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    Posted October 31, 2012 by
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    CNN celebrates ... Halloween

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    Halloween Blues at Work


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Jeffery Root’s fascination with Middle Earth started when he took a Tolkien literature class at Utah Valley University.

    The class were asked to create their own worlds, written languages, races, histories and art projects.

    “I grew an appreciation for the creation process that went into developing the world of Middle Earth,” said the 30-year-old, who now works as a support technician and studio director who created the outfit himself.

    “After seeing The Hobbit preview I went to fabric stores for some material. My wife taught me how to sew and every once in a while she steps into to correct what I am doing. I also carved my sword out of wood. I make and sell wizard wands, but this was my first attempt at carving a sword and I am pleased with the outcome.”

    To transform into a Hobbit Mr Root left his hair in curlers overnight and applied some prosthetic ears in the morning. “I love Halloween. It's always been my favorite holiday. It is a day where you can be something other than yourself. You can be a hero, an adventurer or just plane dead.”
    - stinabacker, CNN iReport producer

    Yes, it's true, I will be stuck in a control booth for nine hours today at work. I am a support technician and studio director of live interactive courses at Utah Valley University. I'm pretty well known for going all out on Halloween when it comes to the latest costume. This year I decided to dress up as Bilbo Baggins from the up coming Hobbit movie. Every chance I can get I will run down to the professors podium and show off my costume on camera in front of thousands of high school students tuned in live to the class from their schools. They get a kick out of it. Happy Halloween.
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