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There And Back Again

There And Back Again

Peter Jackson Says Smaug Fans Will Not Walk Away from Desolation Disappointed

There’s one thing we all know about modern monster movies, and that is that you can never really know whether they’re going to let you get a good look at the monster. Are they going to tease it in the trailers and then reveal it early on? Or just keep teasing you with it the whole movie? Are you going to get one quick reveal before it slides back into the shadows, or will you actually be able to appreciate the design work that went into it without pausing the film?

The way Peter Jackson is talking about Smaug these days, it sounds like we’ll be getting a nice eyefull of Smaug the Terrible this weekend.

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Got £25k or More? Barbara Remington’s Lord of the Rings Concept Art Could be Yours

Barabara Remington‘s covers for the Ballantine paperback editions of The Lord of the Rings are infamous among fans for being rather strange, undeniably beautiful, and, particularly in the case of The Fellowship of the Ring, not really having very much to do with the visual elements of the series as described in the books. Her art for The Two Towers and The Return of the King are actually remarkable likenesses when you consider the constraints Remington was under: Ballantine had not managed to send her actual copies of the books, nor was she, in America in 1965, able to track them down herself. Her illustrations had to be based on vague recollections of the books from her friends. Later, when she finally got her hands on the trilogy, she became quite a fan, saying that she’d definitely have drawn things differently if she’d been able to. I grew up with Ballantine copies of the Two Towers and The Return of the King and I liked them much better than the cheesy, D&D manual style painting of Gandalf in a bathrobe that adorned my Fellowship. If you feel similarly, and have a bunch of cash, Remington’s original concept art for Fellowship is up on eBay.

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An Unexpected Google Hangout With Thorin and Tauriel Starts Right Now!

Or, rather, Richard Armitage and Evangeline Lilly. Also attending, of course, is Peter Jackson, rounding out a trio of Hobbity folks answering fan questions and debuting a brand new clip of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which comes to theaters next Friday.

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Air New Zealand Reveals Smaug Design, Sorta

Air New Zealand got to plaster a Boeing 777 with what must be a close to life size decal of Smaug the Magnificent, and they made a time lapse video of it to share with us. You can kinda see him, behind all the scaffolding. So nobody shoot any arrows at this plane.

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Watch The Hobbit Get the Mean Girls Treatment

Oh my God, Tauriel, you can’t just go around asking people why they’re not dwarves!

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The Lord of the Rings Quiet Book Lets You Pick A Royal Outfit For Aragorn

Julie Gillrie has sent us her latest Quiet Book project – The Lord of the Rings. Or should I say, The Quiet Book and the Ring? As you can imagine, it’s filled with adorable stuff.

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A Biopic On Hobbit Author J.R.R. Tolkien Is Officially In The Works

While we anxiously await the second installment to Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, a new report says Fox Searchlight is putting a film into production which will focus on the famous author who started us down this path long ago – J.R.R. Tolkien.

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New Zealand Wins Again With Another Fantastic Hobbit Themed Travel Commercial

We were very impressed with Air New Zealand’s Middle-Earth inspired pre-flight safety briefing video, but this one takes it up a notch. Check it out for yourself, you just might see a few familiar faces or hear a familiar voice.

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New Hobbit Clip Takes Us Behind The Scenes of the Battle of Moria

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey coming out on DVD means one thing: hours and hours of special features. This is a Peter Jackson Tolkien film, after all. This particular clip shows how the Battle of Moria flashbacks in the first movie were filmed, and we get to see a bit of Andy Serkis in his role as second-unit director.

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Desolation of Smaug Featurette Shows Us the House of Beorn

“It’s kind of like being a little kid again,” says John Howe, noted tall person, about sitting at an oversized table. I’m five foot three why do you ask?

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