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Best Ways To Bring Middle Earth To Baltimore

December 6, 2012 6:00 AM

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(photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

(photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

The theatrical release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” based on the classic tale by J.R.R. Tolkien, is just around the corner. Find out how you can celebrate all of the wondrous aspects of Middle Earth, from the lush green lands of the Shire to the dark mountains of Mordor, right here in Baltimore.
(photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

(photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

The Lord of the Rings TrilogyAMC Theaters
8141 Honeygo Blvd.
White Marsh, Md. 21236
(410) 933-9428
www.amctheatres.com

Price: $24
Hours: Dec. 8 – 10 a.m.

Regal Theaters
Snowden Square Stadium 14
9161 Commerce Center Drive
Columbia, Md. 20146
(410) 872-0676
www.regmovies.com

Price: $25 members/$30 non-members
Hours: Dec. 8  – 11:15 a.m.

Prepare for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” by watching the director’s cut of all three films of The Lord of the Rings, shown back-to-back. That’s more than 10 hours to watch Frodo Baggins and his adventures with elves, dwarves, fairies, wizards and men to destroy the one ring in the fires of Mordor. While Regal Crown Club members save $5 off the purchase of the marathon, AMC theaters will give out a limited-edition lanyard and commemorative gift, as well as a $5 AMC Stubs Card for members. Check the websites to find which theaters nearest to you are hosting this event and gather a fellowship to attend.

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(photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

(photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Anne Arundel Archers
1188 Route 3
Crofton, Md. 21054
www.annearundelarchers.comAdmit it. From the moment Legolas drew his first arrow, you have been dying to learn archery. It is harder than it looks as the sport takes strength, balance and patience. Anne Arundel Archers can teach you the basics, like how to notch an arrow, and experienced archers may perfect the bow arm so as to avoid injury. It is easy to feel as if you are right in Legolas’s homeland, the Woodland Realm, as you will practice in a wooded area with 28 targets. Before long, you may even be skilled enough to kill your first Oliphaunt, even if Gimli says it only counts as one.

(photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

(photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Denny’s
1995 E. Joppa Road
Carney, Md. 21234
(410) 882-1423
www.dennys.comEveryone’s favorite eatery has concocted a visionary and delightful Hobbit-inspired menu. Start your day off with a Hobbit hole breakfast but don’t forget to eat the Shire sausage skillet for second breakfast. Enjoy Frodo’s own pot roast or be tempted by The Ring burger. Denny’s has also included Middle Earth recipes on its website for you to make at home. Host a Hobbit party with Sam’s “po-tay-to” and onion soup, the Green Dragon’s spiced cider, Gollum’s precious cookies and, of course, Lembas bread. Visit your neighborhood Denny’s in Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Frederick, Hagerstown, Dundalk and many more locations to try these tasty dishes.

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(photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures/Mark Pokorny)

(photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures/Mark Pokorny)

Artistic Costumes & Dance Fashions
1304 Goucher Blvd.
Towson, Md. 21286
(410) 321-1121
www.artisticcostumes.comWhether you are attending a Hobbit party or planning to watch the midnight showing, dress up as your favorite character to help bring the story to life. Halloween is only one day, yet Artistic Costumes & Dance Fashions offers costumes for you year round. Don a cloak to become Bilbo or Frodo Baggins. Add a sword to go as brave Aragorn, or a walking stick and wizard hat to be Gandalf. Dress in a gown to become the fairy Arwen or elf Galadriel. The truly bold may use Artistic’s makeup to transform into Gollum or evil orcs.

(photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

(photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Midnight Premiere
University of Maryland
1000 Hilltop Circle, Commons 2B10
Catonsville, Md. 21250
(410) 455-3618
www.facebook.com/Price: $5
Hours: Dec. 13 – 11 p.m.

Being a college student can be costly, so when an opportunity presents itself to save money, one should take full advantage. The UMBC Student Events Board has planned a bus trip to Hollywood Theaters in Arbutus to see the first midnight showing of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Watch as Bilbo Baggins is asked by Gandalf the Grey to assist 13 dwarves in a quest to reclaim their kingdom from the dragon Smaug. The amazing price of $5 includes both shuttle and admission to the theater.

Pam Smith graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in English and a passion for writing. Her adaptive nature led her to work in the scientific, energy supply, and business industries while writing on a multitude of topics for various online media. Pam currently resides in Baltimore County. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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