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Varys from Game of Thrones. Shelob from Lord of the Rings. And, of course, Charlotte.
They can all be found in caves in Pará, a state in northern Brazil. There, scientists discovered seven new species — and named them all after spiders in pop culture.
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No, none of them eat hobbits, or befriend curious piglets. But these six-eyed spiders are still pretty cool. Even though they live in caves, they haven’t lost their pigmentation or all of their eyes. (Most spiders, BTW, have eight eyes.) Some of them were even discovered outside of caves. Read more…
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The time has come, friends, to re-enter the magical realm of Middle-earth once again.
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There’s a new J.R.R. Tolkien tale on sale today, and it’s about the fate of two lovers, a mortal man and an immortal elf, which became part of The Silmarillion, the myths and legends of the First Age of the World.
Beren and Lúthien is published by HarperCollins on the tenth anniversary of the last Middle-earth book, The Children of Húrin, with illustrations by Alan Lee, who won an Academy Award for his work on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Read more…
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