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Another thirteen possible titles for The Hobbit: There And Back Again

Our earlier post suggesting a baker’s dozen of alternative titles for The Hobbit: There And Back Again proved quite the hit.

And because so many of you tossed in even more brilliant suggestions, we thought we might as well do a sequel.

Studios do it, so why not us? (more…)

Posted in Creations, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, MGM, New Line Cinema, Parodies, Peter Jackson, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Warner Bros.

Explore this great interactive map of lost Beleriand

A couple of weeks ago we revealed LOTRProject’s new interactive map of Middle-earth — complete with key dates, events and character movements for events of the Second Age and Third Age.

Now Emil Johannson has reached back into the events of the Elder Days of Middle-earth’s history, creating a similar interactive map that depicts the key events of the elves’ war against Morgoth on a map of Beleriand. (more…)

Posted in Christopher Tolkien, Creations, Fans, Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Other Tolkien books, Silmarillion, Tolkien

Thirteen alternative titles PJ should consider for The Hobbit: There And Back Again

It may be that Warner Bros., New Line and MGM are currently reconsidering exactly what they should call the final film of Peter Jackson trilogy of Hobbit films. Or maybe they’re not. Maybe it’s for some related thing (a video game tie-in, perchance?). We’re still not quite sure.

However, IF a title change is in the air, the smartmouths of the internets would like to put in their two bob and suggest some alternatives that could prove a hit with the punters. (more…)

Posted in Creations, Fans, Hobbit Movie, MGM, New Line Cinema, Parodies, Peter Jackson, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Warner Bros.

Watch Luke Evans — aka Bard — play The Hobbit Lego video game

Bard the Bowman as played by  Luke Evans.

Bard the Bowman as played by Luke Evans.

Here, Luke Evans chats with IGN about The Hobbit while playing the new Lego Hobbit video game as his own character — Bard. IGN does make it awful hard by firing questions at him about the films and his character while he’s playing! (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, LEGO, Luke Evans, Merchandise, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Video games

Video: virtual cinematography in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Here’s a really interesting behind-the-scenes clip from the folks at Weta Digital that delves into the virtual cinematography of The Desolation of Smaug.

Apparently, fully a quarter of the film is made of all-CG shots, and this clip describes the typical workflow of developing the camerawork, keyframe refinement and how lighting choices were dictated by the mood of each scene. Thanks to Ringer Sandesh for the heads-up!

(more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, WETA Digital

Armitage talks Hobbit, the Battle of the Five Armies, Into The Storm, Schwarzenegger and more

RichardArmitageDigitalSpyInterview01 Richard Armitage is really doing the rounds pressing the flesh lately and chatting with journos. Here’s another interview, this time with Joe.ie.

A couple of interesting quotes:

If you look at the detail on the Lake-town set (in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) some of the glasses have specific carvings into the glass and the cutlery –- it’s astonishing and the camera sees it all.

…even the title, the Battle Of The Five Armies, suggests something that is going to be pretty epic. When I saw the model of the battle ground, which was in a little secret room that you could sneak into and take a look at, something made me realise that Tolkien’s description of that battle is quite limited to where Peter has expanded it to.

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Posted in Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit

Congratulations to our 2014 Middle-earth March Madness champion: Thranduil!

memadness2014-champion-fb The results are in! After three weeks of intense competition we can finally crown a winner! In the end, Thranduil — the Sindarin king of the Woodland Realm — has taken the crown in our 2014 Middle-earth March Madness contest!

We received more than 20,000 votes in the final, and Thranduil (Thrandy to his nearest and dearest?) soundly defeated his worthy opponent Legolas (aka Leggy) with 64.18% of those votes! I guess it is good to be king!

We’d like to thank you all for participating in this year’s event and hope you had a fun time discussing the finer points of your favourite Middle-earth characters and objects, regardless of whether you viewed the contests as a physical battle, a game of wits, or a popularity contest (all valid ways to vote!). It’s also a neat way to explore what makes these characters such interesting and vital parts of Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

(more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Fellowship of the Ring, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Return of the King, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Two Towers

Hall of Fire chat this Saturday: The Pyre of Denethor

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm ET, Hall of Fire will be looking at moral dilemnas as we examine our next chapter of The Return of the King — the Pyre of Denethor.

‘…I am frightened. Something terrible may happen up there. The Lord is out of his mind, I think. I am afraid he will kill himself, and kill Faramir too. Can’t you do something?’

Gandalf looked through the gaping Gate, and already on the fields he heard the gathering sound of battle. He clenched his hand. ‘I must go ‘ he said. ‘The Black Rider is abroad, and he will yet bring ruin on us. I have no time.’

‘But Faramir!’ cried Pippin. ‘He is not dead, and they will burn him alive, if someone does not stop them.’

(more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Richard Armitage chats with the German Tolkien Society

DoSThorin01 Chairman Tobias M. Eckrich of the German Tolkien Society (Deutsche Tolkien Gesellschaft) recently chatted with Richard Armitage about his time on the Hobbit set. What he says about the Erebor interior scenes in the confrontation with Smaug being shot inside nothing but a great green box is interesting — one wonders whether a theatre background helps with the adjustment to such an absence of visual cues.

Don’t forget to follow the link at the bottom for the complete interview. You can find the English transcript immediately below the German translation.

(more…)

Posted in Characters, Fellowship of the Ring, Green Books, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Return of the King, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Two Towers

Follow Mashable’s Hobbit scavenger hunt

1012875_10151734987468078_5989034310269212298_n Follow Mashable today on Snapchat for an epic themed Hobbit adventure through New York City to coincide with the release of the DVD and Blu-ray for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Keep an eye out for TORn staffer ImladrisRose who may make a surprise appearance during the hunt.

You should be able to follow their journey on Twitter with the hashtag #thehobbit, Tumblr and Facebook.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit LEGO video game release, reviews and a few cheat codes for some extra fun

Those who have been waiting for LEGO The Hobbit, rejoice. It’s out (except on the Wii U — those folks will apparently have to wait until April 22).

The games allows players to adventure within key locations from the (first two) of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films, including Lake-town, Dale, Erebor, Bag End, Goblin-town, Mirkwood, Rivendell and the High Pass over the Misty Mountains. From the product blurb:

Fans will assume the roles of their favorite characters, including Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and the Dwarves of Erebor: Thorin, Fíli, Kíli, Óin, Glóin, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori and Ori, each possessing a unique and hilarious ability. One of the main new features of the game allows players to utilize the Dwarves’ combined abilities such as buddy fighting, two-player attack, staff climb, mace swing and belly bounce to help them fight Orcs and fouler things or to progress through the game. (more…)

Posted in Gaming, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, LEGO, Merchandise, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Video games

Check out this very cool poster about The Arkenstone!

You might recall last year that Warner Bros published a series of posters to coincide with the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on DVD and Blu-ray. Here’s a new one with some neat movie-canon factoids about The Arkenstone for the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. (more…)

Posted in Blu-Ray, DVDs, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.