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Humans Encouraged To Stay Clear Of New Zealand's 'Lord of the Rings' Volcano

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | May 12, 2016

Humans Encouraged To Stay Clear Of New Zealand's 'Lord of the Rings' Volcano

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Unless you have any Hobbit business that is absolutely necessary to saving the world from evil entities, you should probably stay away from Mordor.

That’s the good word at the moment from officials who see signs that Mount Ruapehu, the volcano used to play the role of Mordor’s Mount Doom in the “Lord of the Rings” franchise, has become active.

A violent cauldron of liquid magma is useful if you have to destroy the one ring, but it’s extremely dangerous to hikers and curious folk in New Zealand on a guided tour.

Reuters reports GNS Science, an organization that monitors Tongariro National Park’s volcano, has seen fit to alert those who might normally be attracted by its beauty and famous backstory.

Volcanologist Brad Scott tells Reuters, “There are more signs of life at the volcano.”

A rise in temperatures means officials have upgraded its alert system from the relatively benign “moderate” to the absolutely ominous sounding “heightened unrest.”

It’s the kind of warning that would have any crack team of adventurers well back of the impending doom, leaving any pertinent tasks left to unexpected heroes.

Still, Hobbits, Orcs or just plain men are to keep a safe distance. In this case, two kilometers is recommended.

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