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The Hobbit

  1. Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Films Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Passes Away at 59

    Oscar-winning Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, beloved for his work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit films as well as I Am Legend, Babe, the 2005 King Kong, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, passed away yesterday at 59 of an apparent heart attack.

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  2. The Silmarillion Recaps: Of Beren & Lúthien, Werewolves, and Half-Goddesses

    Part 2

    Welcome back, fellow Tolkien fans (or just those curious about the extended edition of Middle Earth)! It’s been awhile since my last recap. I had a baby, no big deal! It’s taken some time to eek out brief minutes to write about Tolkien again, but here we are. And this one’s a doozy.

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  3. Amazons X-Ray Feature Lets You Learn About The Actor, Character, and Even Song That’s On Screen

    Where there's movies there's hope, and need for an actor's history.

    Have you ever watched a movie and go, wait, where do I know that person from? Well, Amazon has a solution for that. It's called the X-Ray, and it will answer all your questions.

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  4. HISHE Takes on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Pages—er, Armies

    Mithril! Mithril solves everything.

    How It Should've Ended teamed up with Screen Junkies for this one, so hit the jump for the crossover Battle of the Five Armies Honest Trailer with a bit of HISHE in it too.

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  5. Spain Is Working on an Unauthorized Middle-Earth Theme Park

    The world is indeed full of peril.

    Welcome... to MIDDLE-EARTH!

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  6. Texas School Suspends 9-Year Old for Threatening to Make Classmate Disappear With the One Ring

    There is only one Lord of the Ring, only one who can bend it to his will. And he does not share power.

    The boy's father assured officials that his son lacks the magical power to back up his statements. "He's a total squib."

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  7. The Silmarillion Recaps: Of Jerk Elves and Really Shiny Jewels

    Part 1

    I’m going to admit it up front: I love J.R.R. Tolkien’s work. I’m particularly fond of Middle Earth but my favorite book is not The Lord of The Rings. It’s The Silmarillion. I know, I know, that dry historical tome that reads like a bible? YES. That one. I love it. It is epic and dark and lyrical and poetic. It’s also kind of banana pants.

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  8. Hannibal Has Cast Richard Armitage For Season Three Because Life Is Beautiful

    Yum yum!

    The Hannibal gods are good, Fannibals, because Richard Armitage has landed a role in the show's new season. (Spoilers for possible season three plot points!)

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  9. Things We Saw Today: A Life-Sized Downton Abbey Dowager Countess Cake Shaped Like Maggie Smith

    I feel bad for wanting to eat it?

    This cake was made by cake and chocolate artist Karen Portaleo for the Downton Abbey Season 5 premiere party. It took 18 hours to make. May there be many more Maggie Smith cakes and statues to come. (via Jezebel)

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  10. “I Thought I was Being Brave”: Eddie Redmayne Tells Embarrassing Story About Auditioning for Bilbo Baggins

    Yes, arm flapping is definitely what I associate most with that character.

    When you're auditioning for a part that someone's already played before you, it can be difficult to find your own voice. But as poor Eddie Redmayne told those in attendance at The Graham Norton show last night (including Anna Kendrick), what you should probably not do is forgo your own voice entirely and do your best Ian Holm impression, because that probably won't go over very well.

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  11. People Are Using Hacked Toy Hobbit Sting Swords to Find Unsecured Wi-Fi

    "I will give you a name...and I shall call you NO MORE LINKSYS."

    The Elvish smiths of Gondolin had their priorities straight: having an early-warning system for nearby goblins and orcs is all well and good, but finding accessible Wi-Fi networks is just as important. And now, thanks to the work of some enterprising nerds over at Spark.io, Sting's true web-cutting potential has finally been revealed!

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  12. Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Is the Phantom Menace Of Middle Earth

    Going by movie order, The Battle of the Five Armies is Revenge of the Sith, but if we're looking at quality, it's The Phantom Menace all the way. While not as bad as The Phantom Menace, it's still the runt of the Middle Earth family. The Faramir, if you will. Except Faramir is the greatest, and he treats women a helluva lot better than The Battle of the Five Armies does. This review contains major spoilers for how things go down in funkytown.

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  13. Prepare Yourself For Final The Hobbit Release Today By Watching All 212,470 Deaths In Lord Of The Rings

    There! I'm numb to emotional pain now!

    Total humblebrag, but I saw Battle of the Five Armies at the Toronto premiere and Peter Jackson sat directly behind me because he had never seen it in IMAX before. I have never been so conscious of how I react while watching a film. Also, Lee Pace looks glorious in a plaid suit. That is all.

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  14. Ian McKellan Teaches Cookie Monster About Self Control By Presenting Him With THE RING OF SAURON ITSELF

    One cookie to rule them all.

    Ah, yes, I remember that passage of The Two Towers well. You know, the one where Cookie Monster is all, "Not were Minas Tirith falling in ruin and me alone could save her, so, using weapon of Dark Lord for good and glory. Me not wish for such triumphs, Frodo son of Drogo.” and then Frodo is like "Okay great, but can I have my chocolate chip cookies back?" and then Cookie Monster roars "NO NEVER, MINE ME OWN ME PRECIOUS OM NOMN NOM NOM," and then Sam cries a bunch.

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  15. Smaug Announces Endorsement for Rand Paul 2016 In Exclusive Colbert Report Interview

    Never laugh at a live dragon, mothaf***a.

    Among other things, Smaug also believes that his negative portrayal in the media is due to a liberal Hollywood bias, calls out the dragon triplets from Game of Thrones, invokes the Stand Your Ground law while defending his attempted murder of Bilbo Baggins, corrects Colbert's pronunciation of his name, and calls Benedict Cumberbatch a hack. What a most specially greedy, strong and wicked worm.

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  16. Do Hobbits Celebrate Christmas? And Other Seasonal Feels From Fandom

    Lena, aka Nokeek on DeviantArt, has created a few nerd-themed holiday cards we thought you might like. Mostly because they feature Doctor Who, Sherlock and other British favorites. And we threw in a few others we thought you might like as well.

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  17. Now Come the Days of the King: Stephen Colbert Transforms Into The Hobbit’s Legolas, Bilbo, & Gandalf

    And may they be blessed.

    Ok, this guy really likes Tolkien, I guess.

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  18. The Hobbit Imagined As One Movie Instead Of Three

    You know, like the book.

    This trailer, by Joel Walden, imagines if The Hobbit had been one movie instead of three. Yep, I dig it.

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  19. The Mary Sue Holiday Gift Guide, Part 4: Stuff & Things!

    You'll have to supply your own disapproving look at Lori, though.

    Face it, nerds love stuff. Memorabilia, merchandise, collectibles, what have you—if we can display it proudly in a glass case in our living room, most of us are pretty happy. Here's a bunch of neat plushies, figures, and other odds and ends (some of them are even practical!) for the collectors and enthusiasts in your life. And don't forget to check out Part 1: Books, Part 2: Movies & TV, and Part 3: Gaming & Tech!

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  20. Don’t Let Ian McKellen Make You Overly Optimistic About More Lord of the Rings Films

    Those were the stories that stayed with you.

    Ian McKellen isn't ruling out the possibility of more films set in Middle-Earth, but you probably shouldn't get your hopes up.

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