In the summer of 1952, sixty-year-old J.R.R. Tolkien encountered a tape recorder for the first time [and]…So enchanted was Tolkien with this novel technology that he proceeded to record himself reading much of his work over the years to come.
A LOTR inspired cabin at the Chateau de Soleil country house in the Black Hills of South Dakota, decked out with Elvish signs; a Sauron mask; a gauntlet with the gold ring and Hobbit-feet slippers tailored for all age groups.
Alice Finch, who has previously built a massive LEGO Hogwarts, teamed up with David Frank to build a giant model of Rivendell from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Over 200,000 were used to create the sprawling diorama.