lord of the rings

gandalf and saruman salt and pepper shakers

Adding a little flavor to your dinner doesn’t have to be boring. You can make it an event with Lord of the Rings salt and pepper shakers. Pit Gandalf the Grey against Saruman the White and see who wins. Or, you can rewrite Middle-earth canon and make them be friends who work together. Nah. Battle is more fun.

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What happens when two Finnish engineers put their skills to use making a gingerbread home? They kick butt and make a 3-foot tall version of Barad-dûr from Lord of the Rings. The structure weighs 13.5 pounds and the Eye of Sauron portion of the tower lights up. If this is what awaits me in Mordor, I volunteer to take the ring there. Sign me up.

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Sometimes I forget that Gollum can be a scary creature, but this realistic cake by Sweet Little Treat has refreshed my memory. Baker Karin spent about 30 hours working on the confection and did a top notch job capturing every detail in Gollum’s sneer. I’m particularly impressed by his teeth. It’s uncanny!

Karen made Gollum’s head for the Cakes from Middle-earth collaboration and used modeling chocolate, fondant, and edible paints to craft the cake. Those single strands of wispy hair? They’re made from sugar.

Check out more photos of the Gollum cake after the break, precious.

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sesame street ian mckellen

The Cookie Monster isn’t the fastest learner when it comes to techniques for curbing his craving. He wants cookies immediately and all the time. I don’t blame him. This time, Sir Ian McKellen stopped by Sesame Street to teach Cookie Monster the meaning of the word “resist.” He uses an example from Lord of the Rings, and it’s the most charming thing I’ve seen this week.

Watch the very important lesson after the break.

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Pumpkin Spice Lattes make life worth living every Fall, but if you live in Middle-Earth then you will never experience the joy of this delicious seasonal beverage. We know this thanks to Polygon writer Alexa Ray Corriea. She was playing Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and swore she heard two Uruk-Hai talking about the drink. Her comments about this experience on twitter led to a response from Hidden Path Entertainment CEO Jeff Pobst who explained the lack of pumpkin. According to Polygon:

We had pumpkin patches in the Shire, and the Tolkien Enterprises people went nuts about it,” he said. Pumpkins, as it were, are a New World crop. Middle-earth is J.R.R. Tolkien’s vision of an ancient Europe, with the author going so far as to base his maps on the continent. Pumpkins are native to North America, therefore there’s no way they’d be growing organically in a fantastical take on ancient Europe.”

They weren’t kidding either, as the Tolkien folks also took issue with tomatoes in the 2003 title The Hobbit. The good people of Middle-Earth, sadly, never knew the joy of pumpkin anything. And no tomatoes? They didn’t have pizza either!

See the tweet after the break.

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Bilbo and Frodo Baggins live in the coziest and tastiest hobbit hole in all of the Shire. Julia Hardy Cakes made this detailed cake for a man who is a huge Lord of the Rings fan. It nearly fills a 14-inch board and features a sculpted stone path, lots of flowers, and Frodo and Gandalf.

More photos of the dessert after the break.

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Tolkien books cake

Committing to reading the works of J.R.R. Tolkien is no small feat. Especially if you include The Silmarillion. We have a suggestion for another way you can enjoy his stories: you can eat them! This wedding cake by Bake My Cake features The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy in a delicious and beautiful stack. Looking at the size of the books, it seems as though she’s basing The Hobbit on the films by Peter Jackson.

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DeviantArtist MirachRavaia staged a Fellowship of the Ring cosplay photoshoot in which she cleverly cosplayed all the characters on her own in one image. It was a cool picture, but even cooler was the donut sitting on the table. The One Donut. It was the subject of much attention and now DeviantArtist DaelaeyniAnne has given the glorious donut its very own epic tale involving Mount Kreme, zepolis, churros, and the evil of the cronut.

Read the epic tale after the break.

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Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd, a.k.a. Merry and Pippin, recently visited New Zealand for BBC America’s Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan. While they were there, they couldn’t resist visiting Hobbiton and going to The Green Dragon. Yes, it’s a real place tourists can visit and get ale and other offerings from the Shire. Not content with merely drinking at the bar though, Monaghan and Boyd stepped to the other side and served beverages. Could you imagine being a visiting fan on that day? I bet a lot of flailing happened.

See the hobbits in bartending action after the break.

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Earlier this week we posted a picture of the One Donut to rule them all and now we have news of the Fellowship that created the treat. The whole thing is the work of DeviantArtist MirachRavaia who staged this shot which shows the donut on the table and features more than a little magic. Since she is a historical fencer she had plenty of costumes and props, so she wore them all and created her very own Fellowship of the Donut.

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