Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit Museum in the Works?

If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings films, you might be glad to know that a museum dedicated to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit is a distinct possibility in Wellington, New Zealand. According to Stuff.co.nz, a deal may have been reached where a museum will be opened in the island nation’s capital. Wellington city councillor John Morrison confirmed that such a museum is a distinct possibility, and Sir Peter’s Jackson’s team is undertaking investigations of possible sites. No concrete plans have been made, but the talks appear more positive than negative. Of course, discussions about a museum have been circulating since 2001, but things might be considered a little more seriously now.

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A Castle A Week: Conwy Castle

Easily one of the most recognizable castles in the United Kingdom, Conwy Castle in Gwynedd, Wales, is one of the most well-preserved and beautiful castles in the world. King Edward I built this castle in the mid to late-1280s under the supervision of James of St. George, who eventually went on to become Edward’s Master of the King’s Works in Wales.

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A Castle A Week: Lancaster Castle

One of the main gates at Lancaster Castle called John of Gaunt Gate.
John of Gaunt Gate at Lancaster Castle

(Editor’s note: I recently decided to pull a secondary blog I had from the internet. Titled “Of Castles and Crowns”, I originally started it with the intention of posting about one castle a week. Unfortunately I do not have the time to commit to that so as I reblog all of those posts, I will be deleting the blog altogether. In the meantime, read about Lancaster Castle!)–

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This Week in History: The Founding of the Smithsonian Institution

A new segment I am rolling out slowly but surely is a quick snapshot of an important event in history each week. This week, I will be discussing the creation of the Smithsonian Institution. Comprised of nineteen museums, galleries, etc., the Smithsonian Institution is the largest museum complex in the world. It was founded in the mid-nineteenth century with a bequest from James Smithson, an English chemist and mineralogist.

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This Week in History: The Finding of the Rosetta Stone

One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is browse history news articles. And, in doing so, I found that it was this week in 1799 that the Rosetta Stone was discovered. What is the Rosetta Stone, you ask? Only one of the most important artifacts ever found. The primary importance of the Rosetta Stone is that it helped paved the way for understanding Egyptian hieroglyphs.

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