December 14, 2012 is a big day for fans of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. It’s the day the long-awaited film series returns with the first of “The Hobbit” series, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Prepare to delight as Bilbo Baggins returns to the screen and all your Middle Earth favorites accompany him, along with some new additions. This film has “huge event” written all over it and it is crucial that you celebrate in style. So break out your hobbit feet and that brown cape and take a look at these ways to help bring Middle Earth to the Mile High City.
One Man Lord of the Rings
Lone Tree Arts Center
10075 Commons St.
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Date: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 8 P.M.
Price: Tickets start at $36
Charles Ross may be a comic genius and a movie-trivia mastermind. His last show, “One Man Star Wars,” was a huge hit, having been performed more than 1,200 times from Off-Broadway to the West End in London. It was a huge sell-out here in Denver, too, as “Star Wars” fans flocked to see this man take on the entire trilogy in a one-man show. And now, Charles Ross returns to bring Middle Earth to his unique brand of singular entertainment with “One Man Lord of the Rings.” Just two weeks after “The Hobbit” opens in theaters across the country, Ross will be performing all three “The Lord of the Rings” movies in just 70 minutes. It’s a hilarious and geek-tastic version of a beloved film franchise, and one that is sure to amaze fans of the series. What better way to celebrate the return of Peter Jackson’s films than to relive it through the eyes of a genius such as Charles Ross?
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Get a costume at Disguises Costumes
9797 W. Colfax Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80215
The long-awaited film, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” opens in theaters across America on December 14, 2012, and it is sure to be a huge event. Take a break from all the chaos of the holidays and be sure to get your tickets early so you can be a part of the opening-night celebrations. Of course, since you are going, you really should dress the part and attend the premiere in costume. With a film franchise like “The Lord of the Rings” to choose from, you have no shortage of costume ideas to select. Grab some hobbit feet and ears from Disguises Costumes and don’t forget the iconic brown cape. It’s the perfect way to attend this film premiere in ultimate fan-boy style.
Throw a Hobbit Party with supplies from The Wizard’s Chest
230 Fillmore St.
Denver, CO 80206
So you’ve purchased tickets for the midnight showing of “The Hobbit” and now you and your friends are decked out in costumes and ready to go. The problem is that it’s still a few days away and you are all dying to return to Middle Earth. Well, why not throw a hobbit party in anticipation of the big day? There is no better place in town to shop for hobbit-themed, magical goodies than the iconic Wizard’s Chest in Denver. So swing by and pick up something special for the party like “The Lord of the Rings” role playing game or board game. Then, grab the original trilogy (or for a bit of a change, pick up the 1977 animated film version) and invite all of your friends over for a viewing party. After the films, play a game and make it count. The losing team has to pay for the winning team’s popcorn on the night of the film.
Learn Archery at Denver Archery
37 Hudson Road
Pine, CO 80470
Why not take a lesson from the worlds of Middle Earth and learn archery? Certified by the National Archery Association, Coach Mike Holzer over at Denver Archery would be happy to help with individual or group archery lessons. From parties to weekly classes, Denver Archery is a great place to learn all about the art and skill of the bow and arrow, as well as all of the important safety rules and regulations. Denver Archery even offers new and used archery equipment, so you can gear up there as well.
Visit the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
There are a lot of different lessons that you can take from “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a great place to learn more about them. Check out the “Gems and Minerals” exhibition at the museum to learn more about gems that the dwarves loved so much. Or wander through the rest of the museum to find different exhibits that the characters in the novels would have known about. As a largely nature-based society, there are tons of things you can learn about and discover at the museum, and then you’ll know even more when you go to enjoy the new film.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.