So you think you enjoyed The Battle of the Five Armies? A few months ago, a customer at a Starbucks in Liverpool meticulously reproduced this entire map of Middle Earth onto his coffee cup. He even used the old teabag trick to give it that aged look. Then, he gave his masterpiece to a barista and disappeared like Bilbo at a birthday party.


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Recognizing next-level fan art when he saw it, the barista posted a few photos of the cup on Imgur, which have racked up more than 470,000 views in two weeks. Media outlets immediately went into warg mode and tracked down the artist, who turned out to be 26-year-old hospital porter (and hobbyist cup decorator) Liam Kenny.


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“I’d been drawing on paper for so long and wanted a new challenge,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “Starbucks had a competition for people to draw on their cups and when I saw some of the entries I was in awe of what people had done. I didn’t actually enter myself, but I was inspired to give it a go. The first one I did was the map of Middle-earth. It took me a few sessions to complete because your hands get quite sore when you’re doing such detailed work. I think it took about five hours altogether.”


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In addition to his Tolkien-inspired cups, he’s done some impressive Star Wars and superhero renderings as well. After checking them out on his Instagram account, we’ve decided we’re no longer drinking out of receptacles that don’t have original work by Jeffrey Eugenides or hand-drawn fan art on them.

[via Huffpost, Buzzfeed]