Even though we couldn’t see them everyone could feel evil galloping down the lane, something so black that death and decay seemed to ooze from the ground
Reality: Where is the white rabbit
City of the Immortal
The immortals in their elvish ways took great pains to make it seem like their city grew from the earth
Reality: Hiking trail in China’s Yellow Mountains
Behold the Dwarf Kingdom of Balin
Reality:Khao Luang Caves, Phetchaburi, Thailand
Through the Roof Underground
The Dwarves masters of stone created a hall so big that not even Gandalf’s light could penetrate the darkness
Reality: The Japanese Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel
You fear to pass through the mines of Moria.. the Dwarves dug too far.. you know what they awoke in the deep? There are fouler things in this world than orcs.. ancient beasts from the abyss, we make for the bridge of Khazad-dûm…….run to the other side of the gorge! your swords are of no use here! Light of Ariel, Flame of Urdhu! You shall not pass! You shall not pass! go back to the abyss from where you came. Fly you fools! fly!
Reality: The Subway, Zion National Park, Utah
When at last I smote the Balrog upon the mountain top, I left this world, and passed through fire, water, time, each moment an age of man…… when i awoke i was no longer Gandalf the grey, but Gandalf the Flare Bearer
Reality: A sulfur miner stands inside the crater of the Kawah Ijen volcano looking towards a flow of liquid sulfur which has caught fire and burns with an eerie blue flame.
Before our eyes a forest swaying in the wind turned into living moving beings, the herders of trees
Reality: Peter Dombrovskis’ “Myrtle Tree in Rainforest at Mount Anne” Southwest Tasmania 1984
Smoke rises from the mountain of doom, the hour grows late, and Gandalf the Grey rides to Isengard, to seek my counsel, for that is why you have come, is it not, Mithrandir?
Reality: Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano on November 30, 2010
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For cracked.com lately I’ve been doing image article research and I occasionally come across some amazing photos. Earlier I did Science Fiction as told through Old Timey War Photos. This time I’ve found enough so that instead of Sci/Fi this is LOTR.
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