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  1. Get Your First Glimpse of Benedragon Cumbersmaug in New Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Teaser Trailer

    Plus lady elves, dwarves stuffed in barrels, and everything else you've been waiting to see!

    Feel like you're missing out on all the trailer excitement because you don't play video games or care about E3? Let's hope you like dwarves, then, because director Peter Jackson's got thirteen of them to throw your way, along with a whole forest worth of other mythical Tolkien creatures. The first teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the upcoming sequel to last year's An Unexpected Journey, just dropped and look pretty dang neat. You know, if you like dwarves. If not, you'll be pleased to know that there's also a dragon this time who sounds like Sherlock Holmes, and he really enjoys killing dwarves. Either way, there's something for everybody.

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  2. Is This Lord of the Rings Periodic Table The Geekiest Thing Ever Done?

    As you might imagine, we get sent a lot of geeky things here at the site, but since I started writing for Geekosystem, I don't think I've seen anything as geeky as this. It's The Periodic Table of Middle-Earth, which breaks down the characters from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit into classification by race. It even lists dates of birth and death. This is next-level geekdom at its finest.

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  3. Here’s Everything Wrong With The Hobbit in Under Four Minutes [Video]

    I'm a serious Middle-earth apologist, but I'm not even close to being a purist. Big difference. I could list off a bunch of things that Peter Jackson's movies "get wrong" about the world and stories of J.R.R. Tolkien except that they're a movie, and the changes are deliberate. I'm generally okay with that, and I love the movies. Which is why I, too, enjoy CinemaSin's latest video, "Everything Wrong With The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey In 4 Minutes Or Less."

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  4. Watch James Franco Get Utterly Schooled Trying to Out-Geek Stephen Colbert On Tolkien [VIDEO]

    Questions! Questions That Need Answering

    James Franco was on The Colbert Report last night to promote Oz the Great and Powerful. And the Oz portion of his interview is fine. But if you skip to 5:19 you can see the good stuff: Franco tried to tried to trip up Colbert—who is the biggest Tolkien geek Peter Jackson has ever met, if you'll remember—with a question about The Silmarillion. The result is hilarious. James Franco, you sweet summer child. One does not simply challenge Stephen Colbert on his Tolkien knowledge. (via: MTV Movies Blog) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  5. You Might Be Able To Play A Hobbit Slot Machine At The Newly Trademarked Middle-Earth Theme Park

    Not all that glitters is gold

    Two Tolkien estate stories in one day? Are they trying to steal Beyonce's thunder or something? 

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  6. Rumored Tolkien Theme Park: The Hobbitest Place On Earth

    My Precious!

    Look, New Zealand, you're really far away from us and it's really expensive to get to you. Odds are, most of us won't ever be able to experience your beauty, never mind Hobbiton. So it's with a great amount of glee we report a theme park may be in the works as a joint venture between Universal, Warner Bros., and the Tolkien estate. Get ready for Mr. Frodo's Wild Ride! 

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  7. Things We Saw Today: A Medic Alert Bracelet for the Perfectly Healthy

    Things We Saw Today

    As the daughter of an attorney, I feel compelled to say that this is something you can always work out with a loved one beforehand, in writing. (CubicleBot)

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  8. Ian McKellen Says Which Female Tolkien Character Will Show Up In The Hobbit Extended Release

    Questions! Questions That Need Answering

    The Hobbit, as well as The Lord of the Rings, are lacking in women in a big way. You can blame the guy who wrote the first book in 1937 if you feel the need, but when adapting those stories to film in 2013, the absence is noted. Peter Jackson went so far as to add a new elf, Tauriel, to his Hobbit trilogy but it turns out a few of the women who already existed in J.R.R. Tolkien's world didn't make the cut for theater viewings. Sir Ian McKellen explains who.

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  9. The Inhabitants of Middle-Earth Enter The Hunger Games Arena [VIDEO]

    May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

    I should probably stop being surprised when two fandoms I thought would never meet, collide in an epic parody mash-up. Today's entry: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings and Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. And yet, not as strange as you might have thought. (via io9) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  10. Cast of The Hobbit Tries To Name All The Dwarves [VIDEO]

    Questions! Questions That Need Answering

    We saw GIFs of this on tumblr recently, and while the entirety of it eludes me (seriously, the internet failed me just now), I'm glad this video crossed my path because it's so much better with sound. Now I'll admit, it would probably take me a while to recite all the dwarves names from The Hobbit but it's really fun seeing the actors try it. Maybe time yourself first? (via Empire Online) Previously in The Hobbit

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  11. Things We Saw Today: These Hobbit Cupcakes Would Make for a Great Second Breakfast

    Things We Saw Today

    Cupcakes are appropriate for every meal, OK? Pics of the individual cupcakes, by Wellington, New Zealand's Imaginarium Cakes, can be found at Between the Pages.

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  12. When Can I Move into This Awesome Hobbit House?

    My Precious!

    What do you do if you're a lifelong J.R.R. Tolkien fan who has a ton of memorabilia and is—this part is essential—rich? You have a custom-designed Hobbit house built for you collection, of course! Stephen Colbert, this isn't you, is it?

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  13. LOTR Ripoff Age of the Hobbits Is Changing Its Name, Warner Bros. Is Still Suing Just to Be Sure

    Oh Hollywood

    Looks like that's game, set, and match to Warner Bros. A few months back we got word that A) a company called The Asylum was producing a Lord of the Rings ripoff called Age of the Hobbits and B) Warner Bros. subsidiary New Line Cinema, which is producing The Hobbit trilogy, was planning to sue the pants off them. Now it appears that Warner Bros. has secured their victory, as Asylum has changed the name of of the film (which co-stars Christopher Judge, aka Teal'c from Stargate, interestingly enough) to the non-copyright-infringing Clash of the Empires.

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  14. Wear This LOTR Middle-Earth Map Dress To Someone’s 111th Birthday

    There And Back Again

    When J.R.R. Tolkien was writing The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, did you think he ever considered someone wearing the maps of the land he created as a dress? My guess is no. The photo was taken by Matt & Kristy on Flickr of an attendee at Dragon*Con. Ma'am, we salute you. (via DJ Judy) Previously in The Hobbit

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  15. No, This is Literally The Trailer to The Hobbit

    i'll just leave this here

    Guys, I promise my next post won't be related to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. I just thought you'd all enjoy listening to some dudes describe the visual content of the trailer for The Hobbit, in song along with its soundtrack. Things get real. Then they get real again.

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  16. Animals & Slot Machines Cause Lots Of Legal Trouble For The Hobbit, Peter Jackson Responds

    Not all that glitters is gold

    Peter Jackson is probably hoping the old saying, "there's no such thing as bad publicity" applies to his current predicament. The Hobbit is currently swirling in midst of two very different controversies. The first is allegations of animals dying on production of the films, the other involves unauthorized merchandising not limited to, but including Lord of the Rings slot machines. Jackson has issued a statement on the former.

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  17. The LOTR Project Charts Exactly How Dude-Heavy Middle Earth Is

    i'll just leave this here

    Emil Johansson of the LOTR Project has combed through Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and J.R.R. Tolkien‘s other Middle Earth-set works in order to chart the demographics—life expectancy, age distribution, and the like—of its denizens. It’s the gender breakdown that’s more up our alley, though. Only 19 percent of Tolkien’s named characters are […]

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  18. Lost Tolkien Epic Poem to Hit Shelves Next Year

    Not all that glitters is gold

    Oh, don't worry, Python!Arthur, there'll always be a special place in our hearts for you. It's long been known by Tolkien scholars that the professor worked on a version of the King Arthur legend, specifically about the last few days of the legendary king's life. It's mentioned by title in the work of biographer Humphrey Carter, and in several of Tolkien's letters, but a version of it in any finished state has never come to light. Until now, that is, with HarperCollins bringing the epic to a bookstore near you.

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  19. The Hobbit Actor Billy Connolly Calls Tolkien “Unreadable,” Doesn’t Care What You Think

    Not all that glitters is gold

    Billy Connolly, who plays Dáin Ironfoot in the upcoming The Hobbit trilogy, has made clear his rather strong opinions regarding its source material. In an interview with Vulture.com, the Scottish actor called Tolkien "unreadable," stating "I didn't read [The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings], and I normally don't like people who have! The people who love it, they're kind of scary. They talk all this gobbledygook and they think of it as the Holy Grail."

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  20. Happy 75th Anniversary, Bilbo Baggins, I Got You Leonard Nimoy

    My Precious!

    Wait a second... aren't you supposed to give me a present on your anniversary? Ah well, have some Smauglock.

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