'Lord of the Rings' fan creates a Middle Earth family tree
The visage of Gollum greets you at New Zealand's Weta Cave gift shop.
February 7th, 2012
05:02 PM ET

'Lord of the Rings' fan creates a Middle Earth family tree

If you ever want to know the difference between a casual fan and a full-on geek, here's a great example (and we've chronicled oh, so many here on CNN Geek Out's Squee).

As anyone familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth will tell you, there are a lot of complex relationships involved within this universe. Tolkien dedicated stacks of pages chronicling his characters' lineage.

According to nerd proselytizer Chris Hardwick, one thing nerds love to do is obsessively catalog. A perfect embodiment of this notion is now available online, through Emil Johansson of Gothenburg, Sweden's latest project -  an interactive family tree of "Lord of the Rings" characters.

If you want to know how Feanor relates to Celebrimbor, or just want to know your elves from your hobbits and dwarves, this impressively large document can be a helpful resource. It's probably also a great way to pass the time while waiting for the new "Hobbit" movie and should make collecting the upcoming Lego set easier, as well.

CNN Geek Out spoke to Johansson about the project:

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New 'Amazing Spider-Man' trailer arrives
February 7th, 2012
02:55 PM ET

New 'Amazing Spider-Man' trailer arrives

Between the spots that aired during the Super Bowl and today's fresh clip for "The Amazing Spider-Man," it's beginning to feel a lot like trailer season.

The new clip for Marc Webb's take on the comic book hero begins with Gwen Stacy (a blonde Emma Stone) asking Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker how he got outside of her window. He tells her the fire escape – but "it's 20 stories," she replies. "The doorman's intimidating," he fires back.

We're liking this take on Spidey, which Webb told fans during Sony's roll-out of the clip Monday evening is a "more realistic, more naturalistic Peter Parker," according to Comics Alliance.


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