Ahead of the release of The Hobbit, here’s a list of things you might want to cross out before calling yourself a true Lord of the Rings fan!

Seen ‘em all!

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Read ‘em all!

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Two Towers

The Return of the King

The Hobbit

But these will not do! Can you find your way around Middle Earth? Know of times before the Hobbit? You think you know it all about Tolkein, professor from Oxford who shot to fame with his books? No? Then you’ll need these too!

The Essential J.R.R. Tolkien Sourcebook: A Fan’s Guide to Middle-Earth and Beyond by George Beahm

Maps of Middle Earth: The Lord of the Rings Map Set illustrated by Daniel Reeve

The Lost Road and Other Writings (The History of Middle-Earth, Volumes 1 to 5) by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkein

Build your world

Assemble your own Middle Earth with Lego’s The Hobbit collection available exclusively at Landmark. Make up these scenes:

Gandalf the Grey travels to Shire to visit his friend Bilbo Baggins.

Gollum lures Frodo into the lair of the ancient giant spider Shelob.

Pippin, Boromir, Gimli and Legolas have to hold back the ginat troll, orcs and skeletons to make it out of the Mines of Moria.


With The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings predominantly shot in New Zealand, indulge in the sights and sounds of the landscape of Middle Earth and others.

Fly the Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300ER decorated with scenes and characters from the movie: The Hobbit

Visit the Hobbiton set outside the North Island town of Matamata.

Take in the vistas of Mordor by trekking the Tongariro Crossing.

On a scenic drive to Glenorchy near Queenstown you’ll pass the fortress of Isengard.


Own the figurines of the main characters

Sport an Elvish tattoo of ‘Not all those who wander are lost’ 

Learn to speak Elvish (There’s help online at: http://www.hockel.com/therese/elvish/combinations.htm)

Have you won all the battles yet? Think again! From LOTR-based card games, board games to online games and gaming consoles, have you conquered all the battle grounds?

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