When it comes to personality traits, how does J.R.R. Tolkien's Gandalf compare to Peter Jackson's movie version? An IBM researcher used the company's artificially intelligent Watson computer system to crunch the data and find out.
Welcome to ginger-Barad-Dûr, home of the great shadow of Middle Earth, made completely out of gingerbread. Who knew Sauron had such a sweet tooth.
Martin Freeman is great as Tim Canterbury in BBC's The Office. He's also great as Bilbo Baggins, a pint-sized hobbit from the Shire. With Freeman hosting last night's episode of Saturday Night Live, the comedy troupe stumbled upon a golden "two birds, one stone" opportunity.
In honor of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the folks at Air New Zealand have updated their Hobbit-studded flight safety video with even more special effects madness and costumed flight attendants—plus cameos from Elijah Wood, Peter Jackson, and Sylvester McCoy.
After learning about the Tolkien estate's downright unseasonable ban on pumpkins appearing anywhere on Middle Earth, a second, and very important question arose: What about potatoes, precious?
More than 35 years after the film's original release, two clips of lost footage that were cut from Ralph Bakshi's animated Lord of the Rings have been restored "from the cutting room floor," thanks to the work of Bakshi's son, Eddie Bakshi.
We did not think this mash-up of The Hobbit and Mean Girls would work. But oh my god, does it ever. Thranduil is SUCH a bitch.
If you're ever lucky enough to fly Air New Zealand, you might want to actually pay attention to the safety video that plays before takeoff. The airline hired WETA, the effects shop responsible for The Lord Of the Ring films, to punch up the video. And not surprisingly, they delivered (and then some) with a short…
It will surprise no one that the works of J.R.R. Tolkien overwhelmingly feature male characters. After all, Peter Jackson had to invent characters in order to cast more than one actress in The Hobbit. But just how big is the Middle Earth gender gap?
The classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are being totally reinvented for a new animated series... but in a good way. Yesterday at Comic Con, we got a chance to see a panel featuring series executive producer Ciro Nieli (Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go!), who explained how he is taking the best of previous…
The folks at Google are no strangers to science, science fiction, fantasy, or geek culture in general. Evidence of their fandom is plentiful, most commonly in the form of easter eggs and April Fools' jokes, for which the company is famous. But you do have to know where to look. Consider this your guide to the ten…
Peter Jackson has released the seventh video from The Hobbit set in New Zealand. Each one keeps getting better and better. But this "vlog" entry might be the best thus far. Not only does it show the dwarves' "barrel escape" scene, it also has a dynamite cameo at the end. Definitely worth watching the whole thing.
Imagine you could make any of these weapons real. Which one would you choose? Gandalf the White's staff, Vader's lightsaber, Arthur's Excalibur, Doctor Who's Sonic Screwdriver or Harry Potter's wand? Discuss in the comments. Or just get the t-shirt at [Redbubble]
One unique entrepreneur is peddling naked Hobbit toys, for a whopping $89.99. But when you have first hand knowledge for what a Hobbit's penis looks like, you can set your price anywhere.
How can you redeem the terrible 1980 The Return of the King animated movie? Simple: Add G-strings and pasties!
Peter Jackson has just released the first images of squabbling dwarf brothers Dori, Nori and Ori from his Hobbit movie. Check out the delightful braided beard detail and adorable (but deadly) weapons!
Ever wonder what Lord Of The Rings would look like, if it was set in Brooklyn? Imagine no longer! The amazingly talented Noelle Stevenson has illustrated a gaggle of endearing hipsterfied LOTR images. Behold Arwen, the indie coffee-shop queen.
Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are allegedly in talks to appear in The Hobbit. How is it McKellen and Serkis haven't locked this down already? The only Gandalf and Gollum we want are the originals. [Deadline]
Winter is the perfect time to cozy up in front of a fire and knit. But there's no reason those yarn projects can't celebrate our love for all things science fiction and fantasy. Here are 20 awesome free knit/crochet patterns.