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The real fantasy football: Lord of the Rings meets the NFL

Lord of the Rings fans get the chance to return to Middle-earth once more, as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters this weekend. In honor of the release, we wanted to take the chance to reintroduce you to some of the best characters from the series, but with an NFL spin. Here are nine iconic characters from the The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, as well as their NFL equivalent for the 2012 season.