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New Zealand Adventure: From Rivendell to Mirkwood

New Zealand Adventure: From Rivendell to Mirkwood by Rachael Ashdown Legendarium reporter, Rachael Ashdown, continues her adventure across New Zealand visiting all things “Middle-Earth”! Day 4: Evil Things Did Not Come Into That Valley The fourth day was full of adventure to stimulate that Took side of me. Morning involved a trip to Zealandia, the nature preserve in the heart ...

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Hobbiton Adventure: Over Rock and Under Tree

Day 3: Over Rock and Under Tree by Rachael Ashdown Continue the “Middle-Earth” adventure with Legendarium reporter, Rachael Ashdown, as she tours New Zealand! Some days I feel like a Hobbit, some like a Dwarf.  But on this day, I felt like an elf.  Most of the day was just taken up driving south to reach the heart of Tolkien-fandom ...

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Hobbiton Adventure: One Does Not Simply…

Hobbiton Adventure: One Does Not Simply… by Rachael Ashdown Continuing on her Hobbiton Adventure: Day 2: One Does Not Simply… Drive into Mordor? In reality, it is that simple. Our day started with eggs and po-ta-toes (a meal certainly fit for a Hobbit), and then began questing once more. Shadowfax flew through the countryside, but had to stop when we ...

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Hobbiton Adventure: A Journal from New Zealand

Hobbiton Adventure: A Journal from New Zealand by Rachael Ashdown Day1: I’m going on an adventure! Smaug greeted me upon landing in Auckland (you know, the Air New Zealand plane). It hit me like one of Sam’s frying pans: I am in Middle Earth! And so my two weeks of questing began. Hopping on Shadowfax (our magnificent white rental van), ...

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Lord of the Rings Museum to be confirmed in Wellington

Stuff.co.nz is reporting that a Lord of the Rings museum is close to being confirmed with the city of Wellington in New Zealand. Wellington City Councilor John Morrison is confirming plans for the museum in the city center. This long-planned project has been in the works since the release of Fellowship of the Ring 2001 and has received support from the Wellington ...

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New Zealand Says “No” to Elijah Wood’s “Maniac”

As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, New Zealand censor’s have taken a hard stance against Elijah Wood‘s horror thriller , “Maniac” and banned the film from being shown outside of film festivals. The ban also forbids distribution of the DVD. The film from Wood’s film company, The Woodshed Horror Company, is a remake of 1980 William Lustig cult classic. An ...

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Swords and Sun Seeking

Swords and Sun Seeking by Olga A. Remember the LotR movies, and the fever that they sparked off? That has made New Zealand, once a remote and shadowy realm on the other side of the globe, a familiar picture-postcard landscape as well as a popular holiday destination. Who hasn’t at some point dreamed about running away to their favourite fantasy ...

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New Book on The Hobbit Crisis

In the years that have followed since the release of Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” films, many fans eagerly hoped to see J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit adapted for the big screen. Initially standing in the way of progress was the lawsuit between Jackson and New Line Cinema, throughout which both parties swore they would never again work together. ...

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Air New Zealand Brings the World to Middle-earth

Remember when the original Lord of the Rings trilogy was in theaters, and you could fly on a plane with Frodo and Sam’s face plastered on the side? Well be prepared for Martin Freeman to grace your airport! Air New Zealand announced today a partnership with New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to feature The Hobbit themed aircraft! ANZ is teaming ...

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