The Hobbit Line Parties, Marathons and Other Ways Dallas Can Return to Middle Earth

With Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth hitting theaters next week (read our review of it here), here are som Hobbit-themed things happening around Big D.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Marathon Saturday, December 8th & Sunday, December 9th Both Cinemark and AMC Theatres are hosting day-long marathons of the original trilogy to get you all nerded up for The Hobbit's release next Friday, December 14. But you better clear your schedules my preciouses, because these are the extended editions, meaning this is an all day affair. That's right: 13 hours and 27 minutes of hobbits, wizards, elves, orcs, dwarves, trolls, and lots and lots of walking. And that's just in the multiple endings of The Return of the King.

Differences between the two? Cinemark's presentation will feature special video introductions by Peter Jackson, along with concession discounts and commemorative giveaways. It's going on both Saturday and Sunday and will cost you 30 shekels. AMC, however, is only doing their marathon on Saturday. Seeing it there will get you a limited edition lanyard and a commemorative gift for 25 bucks.

Cinemark Details & Tickets AMC Details & Tickets

Out in the Bedford or Hulen area? Movie Tavern is also hosting a trilogy marathon on Saturday for $25. There you can eat and drink beer to help you get through all three films in one sitting.

Advance screening of The Hobbit Monday, December 10

Warner Bros. is allowing select lucky fans be the first in town to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with a free advance screening on Monday, December 10. Passes are likely hard to come by at this point but you can check out sites like IHeartCinema.net (that's my site), BigFanBoy.com and RedCarpetCrash.com to see if they have any left. I wouldn't try to sneak in if I were you ... that is unless you want "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!" yelled at you.

A Hobbit Line Party at Northpark Theonering.net is sponsoring a get-together on opening night, including contests and general freaking out about the film's arrival. Get all the details here.

Denny's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Menu

In true Hollywood fashion, Denny's is currently doing a tie-in to The Hobbit with a special menu consisting of 11 cleverly titled items including a Shire Sausage Skillet, The Ring Burger (exactly what it sounds like ... a burger topped with onion rings), Gandalf's Gobble Melt, and Bilbo's Berry Shake. What, no Gollum Gammon Steak?

The good news is eating any of these items is sure to make your portly dwarf cosplay more convincing. And if you plan on having a themed-meal to complete your day-long trilogy experience, I'd have second breakfast after and not before. Because eating Denny's and having to sit for 13+ hours as your body attempts to understand why you've tortured it so is not recommended. But hey, free trading cards (and heart attack) with purchase!

Ye Shire Tavern of Richardson Denny's not your type of joint? Want more of an authentic setting for a LOTR-style meal? Then maybe check out the Ye Shire Tavern in Richardson. Granted, it's not intentionally themed around the films or Tolkien's tales, but it is called Ye Shire! And they do serve Sautéed Button Mushrooms - known to be the favorite fare of the wee folk of M.E. However, it should be known that they have a strict "No Shoes, Hairy Feet, No Service" policy.

Lord of the Rings Auto Repair Drive an Audi or a Volkswagon? Are you a Lord of the Rings fan? Then before you go see The Hobbit, drop your car off at Dallas' own Lord of the Rings Auto Repair for a tune up! With a runtime of 2 hours and 46 minutes, it should be finished by the time you emerge from the theater. Or if you're looking to buy an appropriate sized '78 VW Bug to cruise the streets with your Hobbit homies, they have one of those too.

Hosting your own Lord of the Rings-themed event in celebration of the big day? Or know of one we missed? Let us know below!

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