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Texas 4th Grader Claims to have One Ring, School Suspends him for ‘Terrorist Threat’

According to New York Daily News writer Nicole Hensley, a nine-year-old boy was suspended from school for claiming to have the One Ring forged in the fires of Mount Doom, and telling a friend that he could ‘make him disappear.’

The boy, Aiden Steward of Kermit, Texas, had seen ‘The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’ just days earlier. While the school principal refused to comment, citing confidentiality policies, the boy’s father, Jason Steward, called the school’s actions “ridiculous.”

This is not the first time Aiden has gotten in trouble at school. He has already been suspended three times this school year, once for referring to a classmate as black, and again for bringing his favorite book ‘The Big Book of Knowledge’ to school because the book had a section on pregnancy, complete with illustrations.

To read the full article, click the link here .

New ‘Epic’ Safety Video from Air New Zealand

To see this new video, featuring celebrities from the Peter Jackson films, just click here .

The Homes of Middle Earth

Hey there,
Just wanted to let you know about a cool Hobbit/Lord of the Rings themed infographic we’ve made over at Good to be Home magazine about the various homes of Middle Earth. However, the spin on it is that we’ve made it as if the homes are all up for sale and available to buy.

See what we mean and check it out here .

Anyway, hope you like it and if you have any questions at all about it then please just ask.
Kind regards,
Chris Thomson

BBC launches online guide on Tolkien and the Great War

AS part of their coverage of the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 the BBC has released an online ‘iGuide’ discussing the impact that his involvement in The Great War may have had on Tolkien’s writings. The guide can be found here .

Friday News Update: new Lego displayed at SDCC, Tolkien Biopics in the Works, Heavy Metal Tolkien, and New The Battle of Five Armies Pics

Click here to see TNI`s coverage of the new Lego 866 piece ‘The Lonely Mountain’ set.

Click here to be taken to Rolling Stone’s coverage of the two planned Tolkien biopics.

Click here here to learn, thanks to Virtual Festivals, what Tolkien’s books inspired in many of the acts that will be appearing at Bloodstock Open Air 2014.

Click here to see, thanks to legendarium, three new Hobbit Movie pics recently released at Comic con.

New Zealand tourists can now take a Dinner Tour of the Hobbiton set

Details of the new dinner tours, which include a stop at the Green Dragon for a complimentary beverage and a dinner feast, can be found here .

How many conventions can Salt Lake City Host ?

Salt lake City just finished hosting the Middle-earth themed FantasyCon, its third fantasy convention in less than a year, and as attendance was down from April’s FanX and last September’s Salt Lake Comic Con there are some concerns that may be too many ‘cons’ for the market.
More information can be found here .

Hobbit-selfie-like statue upsets locals in Khazakstan

Details on the statue can be found here .

Lost Tape of Tolkien Discovered.

Although they are releasing very few details, Middle-earth Network and Legendarium have announced that a lost audio recording of J.R.R. Tolkien has been discovered.
Details of the recording’s upcoming release, and a small audio clip can be found here.

Food in the Hobbit

Curious as to the meal, from his pantry, that Bilbo served to Gandalf and the Dwarves at The Unexpected party? Click here to be taken to an interesting article, ‘Food in The Hobbit,’ from Recipewise