From: Olympia, WA
Something that may be of interest to hardcore LoTR fans - the standard map of Middle Earth is incorrect, specifically the "East-West Road" that runs from Bree to Rivendell.
Way back in the day I used to design scenarios for CivII, and at one point offered to help a guy who had released a really nice "adventure type" scenario based on Lord of the Rings, and was planning a major upgrade. My task was to try and validate the distances on the map, as much as possible. To do that I went back to the books and concentrated on capturing geographic information from the text, to include days traveled, terrain types, and even the directions of movement. Which was surprisingly easy to do, since Tolkien was quite detailed in those aspects of his narrative.
The biggest surprise came as I mapped out the direction of travel taken by Strider and the Hobbits as they moved eastward from Bree to Rivendell. When you look at the map, the East-West Road is basically a straight shot, but that's not true. The real shape is a large lazy "S", but it only became apparent from mapping out the actual journey. We revised the map accordingly and put that in the scenario - even discussed it a bit in the documentation, but I've never seen any other mention of this finding, which is kind of surprising given the vast amount of attention devoted to all things Lord of the Rings.
So now you know a tiny little new thing about LoTR that nobody else does!
Have you read Bored With The Rings? Remember the "Little X-Shaped Forest"?
Ooh! I LOVE furry toes!!
And then there's Tim Benzedrine and Lady Hashberry to help the travellers along their way...