When Warner Bros. embarked on its journey to turn The Hobbit into a big-screen spectacle like its cousin (er, sequel, I suppose) The Lord of the Rings, there was a lot of enthusiasm in the fandom for the idea. That enthusiasm then turned into frustration, despair, and disinterest as Warner Bros. stretched out the book…
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After years of fighting, with twists and turns and reams of legal writing to rival the books that caused them, the legal battle between Warner Bros. and estate of J.R.R. Tolkien has been settled.
The two people who greenlit Peter Jackson’s ambitious, risky Lord of the Rings trilogy are returning to the roots of Middle Earth. Former New Line executives Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne are producing a biopic of Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, and they’ve just hired a director.
Last week, Amazon accidentally let slip that a new bumper collection including all six extended editions of Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth movies together for the very first time was on its way—and that it apparently had a humongous price tag. We thought it couldn’t possibly be true, but apparently we were wrong.
Pretty much ever since the Hobbit movies were announced, fans have clamored for an ultimate box set that gathered the (then-future) extended editions of those films with the extended Lord of the Rings cuts in a single box set. Well, you’ll soon be able to—and it’s pretty spectacular.
The Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien contributed two poems to a school magazine in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, back when he was an Oxford don. One is an early version of a poem that later appeared in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (pictured above), while the other is a Christmas poem, set in a landscape not unlike Middle…
Although The Hobbit movies were way too long as is, there is one solid reason for checking out the extended edition Blu-ray of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies when it arrives next week. Peter Jackson has added blood to the climactic battle of Erebor—enough to upgrade this version of the movie to an R rating—and…
Weta doesn’t just create props and VFX for the movies—they also create awesome collectibles. Including this beauty, which was the hottest item at New York Comic Con. Behold the official bust of Smaug from The Hobbit, made by the same artists and technicians who worked on the films.
Apparently, the extra twenty minutes being added to the extended DVD were where all the superviolence and nudity was hiding. Finally, the grim and gritty version of The Hobbit we were all waiting for.
Several hundred Hobbit fans gathered in the woods near Dosky, Czech Republic, thirsty for the kind of blood-pumping joy that only fantasy combat can provide. Feast your eyes on more photos from the annual Battle of Five Armies reenactment below.
You can say a lot of bad things about Battle of the Five Armies, but its glorious shots of the Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor in the Misty Mountains were definitely a treat. It looks just as amazing when remade in Lego, on a truly massive scale — something that took Michał Kaźmierczak 7 months of building to do!
Someone sketched out the map of Middle-Earth onto a Starbucks cup and it's just a nice thing. Look at this adorable little map thing someone with great talent drew. Isn't that nice?
Well, this was inevitable. A Tolkien fan — less enthused by Peter Jackson's expansive, three-movie adaptation of The Hobbit than others — has created his own edit of the trilogy, trimming the 9+ hour-long saga into a much trimmer four hours and 21 minutes. Check it out!
Michael Moorcock once referred to the huge catalog of names, places, rings and rulers in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy texts as "a pernicious confirmation of the values of a morally bankrupt middle class." He accused Tolkien's work of infantilization. And he created his most famous character, Elric, as a critique of…
The Hobbit movies expanded the personalities of the Dwarven characters from J.R.R. Tolkien's original book, but sometimes it feels like you need a chart to keep track of who is who under all that beard hair. Fortunately, the Lord of the Rings Project has made just such a chart.
Eddie Redmayne stopped by the The Graham Norton and revealed this interesting little tidbit about his audition for the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. It's just downright adorable.
Here is a very dancey mix made entirely out of dialogue and sound effects from The Hobbit. The best part is when Gandalf shows up around 1:12 — and then things really start getting weird. If only the actual movies moved this fast. Dragon!
There are writers who disown entire books after they've written them, but sometimes writers like their stories on the whole, but feel a twinge of regret over one a small (or not-so-small) detail. Here are a few decisions that the writers, in hindsight, wished they had thought through a little better.
If you haven't dived into the pages of The Silmarillion, there's a whole cosmology of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth that you may not know. This short video outlines the basics, explaining as much about the universe's divine and angelic beings as you can learn in four minutes.