Middle-earth in northern Europe
The week's news at a glance.
A Norwegian film distributor has built a hobbit village in central Oslo to house die-hard Lord of the Rings fans as they wait for tickets. The second film in the series, The Two Towers, wont be out in Norway for weeks, but fans have already started lining up. So SF Norge built a miniature inn and little hobbit houses for them in a city park, where it will repeatedly show the first film, The Fellowship of the Ring, on a big outdoor screen. Fans are encouraged to dress as characters from the J.R.R. Tolkien novels on which the films are based.