The game covers the "The Lord of the Rings" original trilogy, including "The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers," and "The Return of the King," and you'll get several of the iconic locations and most memorable scenes as they played out in … Read more
I can't say enough good things about TT Games' Lego series, which have brought everything from Batman to Harry Potter to "Star Wars" to life in glorious brick form.
And last year's Lego Lord of the Rings was among the best yet, an epic and thoroughly entertaining game version of the entire three-movie series. Of course, you needed a PC or game console to play it.
If you've spent a couple decades studying, learning, and speaking Klingon, then you probably already know in your gut it's a real language. Linguist John McWhorter has your back.
McWhorter explains in a short Ted-Ed lesson how certain made-up languages can qualify as real languages. He investigates Elvish from "The Lord of the Rings" books and movies, Klingon from "Star Trek," Dothraki from the "Game of Thrones" world, and Na'vi from "Avatar." These all qualify as fantasy constructed languages, better known as conlangs.… Read more
Spotify's Top 10 viral songs this week:1. Celine Dion: "Loved Me Back To Life"
2. A Great Big World: "Say Something"
3. Sleigh Bells: "Bitter Rival."
4. All Time Low: "A Love Like War"
5. John Legend: "All of Me"
6. Lorde: "Royals"
7. RAC: "Let Go"
8. Klingande: "Jubel"
9. Avicii: "You Make Me"
10. Volcano Choir: "Byegone"
Don't forget to follow Shanon Cook on Twitter! Additional thanks to Johdhi the Scrappy Sulpter for his video voice mail and Justin M. for this Bridget Carey-inspired notification tone!… Read more
One my biggest disappointments with Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" was its failure to include Tom Bombadil, the immortal woodsman who is immune to the One Ring.
The character has a small but intriguing part in J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy, but of course there's no room for him in a blockbuster film. Not so, however, with this very cool Periodic Table of Middle Earth, which replaces elements with earthly characters from LOTR and "The Hobbit." … Read more
Whatever your fandom may be, some Lego aficionado has probably already built a massive version of it. OK, so we've already seen a 200,000-piece alien city and a 70,000-piece Serenity spaceship. Now feast your hungry building-block eyes on this stunning 150,000-brick Helm's Deep from "Lord of the Rings."
Built by Rich-K and Big J, the model is 90 percent complete. The Lego fans (under the name "Goel Kim") uploaded the creation to MOCpages, an unofficial Lego fan site where builders share their accomplishments. And what an accomplishment this is. The creators managed to capture the regimented mayhem of the battle of Helm's Deep in incredible detail.… Read more
Few actors have gathered as much geek street cred as Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, with credits for "Star Trek," "The Lord of the Rings," and "X-Men" between them. Now, there's news of a crossover most of us didn't see coming: McKellen says he will officiate at Stewart's upcoming nuptials.
Let's savor this for a moment. Gandalf will be officiating Captain Picard's wedding. Magneto will be helping Professor Xavier get hitched. I know it's too much to hope they'll do it in costume, but a gal can dream. I'm imagining McKellen in a Magneto costume with a Gandalf hat and beard, while Stewart dons a "Star Trek" uniform and sits in a clear plastic wheelchair (just in case Magneto decides to act up).… Read more
Open your wallets, Ultima fans. Lord British needs cash.
Lord British, whose real name is Richard Garriott, says Shroud will be "a fantasy role-playing game that will focus more on player choices and discovery than on level grinding." … Read more
When Joseph Alvernaz set out to build a sand sculpture replica of Minas Tirith from "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," he didn't take any shortcuts. The structure took two summers to create out of a sandy loam that holds together better than regular beach sand. Once finished, he could stand atop the 10-foot-tall structure without breaking it.
While Minas Tirith in the books and movies had to deal with orcs and lumbering oliphaunts, the sandcastle version had to contend with birds and waves. The creation was made entirely of sand and water, with the exception of a single brace in the top tower, which was necessary to counteract the ruthless attacks of birds landing on it and breaking it.… Read more