Pop culture is full of weak villains with nonsense origins. And the latest James Bond film, Spectre, was Exhibit A for “villains ruined by ridiculous new backstories.” But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are 10 villains who actually have origins that make them better and more monstrous.
This is a pretty incredible find: a map of Middle Earth featuring annotations from its creator, J.R.R. Tolkien was recently discovered in a copy of a book owned by illustrator Pauline Baynes, which sheds some light on some of the inspiration behind it.
When Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show launches on September 8 there will be a few surprising guests on his couch: Both Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick are booked for a very tech-focused first week. But that’s not the only hint that Colbert’s show might promise to be the most nerd-friendly late night show ever.
Aragorn’s sword the Narsil had been famously shattered into pieces before the Lord of the Rings trilogy and was then reforged from the shards into the Anduril by the Elves in the last movie. Man At Arms: Reforged recreates that in real life by building the Narsil and then breaking the sword (it wasn’t tempered after…
Everyone has those special film scenes that just give you chills, no matter how many times you see them. For me, one such scene takes place in the first film of the Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring. Here’s a video explaining why this one scene is so perfect.
There's Lord of the Rings fandom—attending midnight movie premiers and dressing up as your favorite elf for Comic-Con, for instance. And then there are the super-fans who speak elvish fluently and reconstruct iconic landmarks from Tolkein's fantasy world in their own homes.
Redditor Eclipse_007, blessed with Dwarven ingenuity, decided to install a secret doorway to a theatre room in their basement - and chose to replicate the entrance the Fellowship takes when they venture into Moria by turning the inconspicuous door into a gorgeous, light up panel that reacts to your touch.
Because Middle-Earth can be a confusing, perilous place, Reddit user mbingcrosby created this Google Maps-style guide to the journey from Hobbiton to Mordor. As you can see, it's expected to take six months ("four months without Orcs"), and be ready, because "this route has trolls."
Matt Ferguson's gloriously geeky art is well known for its awesomeness (as well as its ability to promptly sell out the moment it goes on sale) - and this latest trilogy of posters inspired by the Lord of the Rings is no exception. You've only got until the end of this weekend to buy it though!
The breaching of Helm's Deep in The Two Towers is one of the coolest parts of what is already a pretty darn cool fight scene - and as this incredible diorama by Flickr user Grant Davis shows, it looks just as impressive made out of Lego.
Welcome to ginger-Barad-Dûr, home of the great shadow of Middle Earth, made completely out of gingerbread. Who knew Sauron had such a sweet tooth.
J. R. R. Tolkien's posthumous The Silmarillion describes the universe where The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place. It has all the secrets of Middle Earth, from individual characters to the genesis of wizards, elves, orcs, or men. This must-watch short explainer reveals its crucial elements in four minutes.
It's hard to believe that the above picture is of an actual cake someone made, but lo and behold. this Nazgûl is just that. Never has the Black Rider looked so sinister and delicious!
Martin Freeman is great as Tim Canterbury in BBC's The Office. He's also great as Bilbo Baggins, a pint-sized hobbit from the Shire. With Freeman hosting last night's episode of Saturday Night Live, the comedy troupe stumbled upon a golden "two birds, one stone" opportunity.
Good news/Bad news, everyone - Sauron's eye will not descend upon Moscow City. Plans to install a giant light-up version of the Dark Lord of Mordor's burning eyeball have been scuppered, thanks to complaints from the Russian Orthodox Church.
It's been over a decade since the Lord of the Rings trilogy wrapped up and we're still totaling the body count. After all those sweeping battles and that epically long journey, Digg Video tallied up the death toll and it's an insane 212,470. I guess those movies were pretty long, right?
Air New Zealand loves to make fun in-flight safety videos that can include anything from body paint to supermodels to Richard Simmons to Betty White. This time though, they've gone beyond epic: the safety video is basically a full on LOTR and Hobbit movie set in Middle Earth. It's impressive.
It's less than 10 days to go till Halloween, and that means there's weird, wonderful and just plain awful 'sexy' costumes out on shelves everywhere - but this trio of lovely Lord of the Rings-themed designs by MJ Alexander are for characters who don't usually get the Sexy treatment.