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With Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy coming to a close, here is a look back at why Lord of the Rings fans are just the best around.
1. Lord of the Rings fans in Kazakstan called “Tolkienisti” dress up as hobbits and re-enacted scenes from the trilogy, despite the threat of detainment and beatings from local authorities who view their activities as subversive and counter-cultural.
2. Super-Fan Builds built a Bag End litter box and an Eye of Sauron scratching post for their cat.
3. The Tolkien Society, a charitable organization made up of Tolkien fans, has donated books to libraries all over the world, and through their website, they provide teaching kits and curriculum developed for children, secondary school-age students, and adults.
4. Aspiring actress and Lord of the Rings fan Kate Madison used her life savings, about $39,000, to self-produce a prequel to the series titled Born of Hope. The prequel follows the parents of Aragorn, Arathorn and Gilrean, and it is available on YouTube or at BornOfHope.com.
5. Led Zeppelin were famously fans of Tolkien and Lord of the Rings, so much so that they reference the books many times in their songs including “Ramble On,” “Misty Mountain Hop,” and “The Battle of Evermore.”
6. A Russian art group is building an Eye of Sauron light installation in Moscow on top of a skyscraper, though the Russian Orthodox Church has called it “a demonic symbol.”
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8. Stephen Colbert and James Franco are both enormous Lord of the Rings fans, and they have faced off over who is the bigger fan on numerous occasion. Best moment: “You come into my house? How dare you!”
9. One of the most irritating arguments that Lord of the Rings detractors have brought up over the years is why Gandalf didn’t have the eagles fly the ring to Mount Doom. Fortunately, Luke Bailey at BuzzFeed explained exactly why that plan wouldn’t have worked, ending years of pointless arguing between fans and non-fans.
10. Brickshelf user Astuanax built this extraordinarily detailed re-creation of Minas Tirith. More pictures are available here.
11. Canadian actor and playwright Charles Ross has toured the world with his one-man stage show One Man Lord of the Rings, which condensed the entire trilogy into one show. He has similarly adapted Star Wars into a one-man show.
12. The LOTR Villains Virtual Challenge is a race specially themed for Lord of the Rings fans that raises money for RESULTS, an anti-poverty organization working in the United States and around the world.
13. A dedicated fan with some editing skills created this trailer mash-up of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and the Transformers cartoon.