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Trivia Challenge on The Hobbit Facebook Page

The Official Facebook page for The Hobbit has recently put up a little Trivia Challenge that comes with some rather cool prizes. Here is what they say about the contest:

“Longing for a quest of your own? Test your knowledge of Middle-earth and its many inhabitants by taking The Hobbit Trivia Challenge! Score a perfect 10 out of 10 for a chance to win a special prize pack for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey from Comic-Con!

List of Prizes
SDCC Exclusive invisible Bilbo Baggins action figure from our Master Toy partner, The Bridge.
Limited Edition Thorin Oakenshield Bust from Gentle Giant
Limited Edition 1/6 scale Thorin Oakenshield statue from WETA
Limited Edition Art Print—An Unexpected Journey from WETA
First ever LEGO Hobbit minifigure – Bilbo Baggins from the upcoming LEGO The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey constructions sets releasing this December”

One word of caution, you do need to get all 10 questions correct, and this is a timed test, each question has its own timer. So, don’t dilly dally, take a deep breathe and go have some fun.
Posted in Contests, Events, Fans, Gaming, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

The Hobbit, World of Warcraft mash up trailer

The guys at have posted a pretty cool fan made video by Grimalkins Machinima which is a mash up of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie trailer and World of Warcraft game.

Posted in Creations, Fans, Gaming, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Games Workshop minatures list holds Hobbit spoilers?

As you probably know, Games Workshop creates tabletop war-gaming miniatures. One of the licenses it holds is for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

The clever folks on our message boards have very recently unearthed on Pastebin a list of film-related gaming miniatures that GW is set to release in the near future. This is potentially of interest not only to tabletop gamers, but also to film spoiler hunters.

It’s hard to to know far one can legitimately extrapolate from this list to scenes, and creatures, that might make it into the movies, but there is certainly heaps of food for thought here! If you want to put in your two cents, head on over to our message boards where a healthy discussion is going on about the implications.

Full list below the cut — and, be warned, plenty of potential spoilers too! (more…)

Posted in Gaming, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit

Lego LoTR collector’s edition ships with Elrond?

Ringer Combee alerts us that it appears that the pre-order bonus for the Lego Lord of the Rings game is an Elrond mini-figure from the battle of Dagorlad. French site Lord of The Brick has more details.

Update: We also now have this translation courtesy of Ringer Elpidha.

And it is that releases information about the Special Edition version of the videogame LEGO Lord of the Rings now in preorder (release date: October 2012). We discover that the minifig of Elrond will be included as a bonus with the collector’s edition of the game, and it is indeed the same minifig that was seen in the minigame available on the line’s official site (see that article).

The minifig is a success, no doubt about it. It remains to be seen if it will also be available in a future set or if it will be necessary to go to Bricklink or eBay to buy it separately.

[Original French]

Posted in Collectibles, Gaming, LEGO, Merchandise

Fantasy Flight Games posts cardgame expansion teaser

Fantasy Flight Games has posted another teaser for its new expansion of The Lord of the Rings: the Card Game.

We’ve now seen several card previews from the forthcoming cardgame expansion. As always, the artwork for these cards, not based on film images, is imaginative and well-executed. As noted in earlier previous teasers, this set still requires the original The Lord of the Rings core set. Fans of the game will likely enjoy the expansion, but new players will also have to get the core set — gift-givers or new players should take note.

Also note that the Shadow and Flame, completing the six-part Dwarrowdelf expansion cycle for the core game, will also debut soon.


Posted in Gaming

Lego flash game: The Siege of Helm’s Deep

Ringer Quackingtroll alerts us to a Lego Lord of the Rings playable online flash-based game over on the Lego LoTR website.

It’s called The Siege of Helm’s Deep. Personally, I found it a bit confusing, but go try your hand!

If nothing else, the lead-up cut-scenes look really, really cool.


Posted in Collectibles, Gaming, LEGO, Merchandise

Re-cap on the Lego Lord of the Rings game

A lot of people are very excited about the forthcoming Lego Lord of the Rings game.

We may have missed a couple of cool reveals about the game that emerged at E3 around the beginning of last month.

So here’s a re-cap, including an 18-minute on-stage demo that Nick Ricks gave at E3. It reveals a long in-game sequence from the Mines of Moria, including Balin’s tomb. You can also pre-order the game here.

Props to Ringer Lars for the links. (more…)

Posted in Gaming, LEGO, Merchandise, Video games

Inside the music of LOTRO: The Riders of Rohan

In January, Lord of the Rings Online an expansion to the MMO called Riders of Rohan. Launching on September 5 this year, the game expansion adds the regions of East Rohan, Amon Hen and the Eaves of Fangorn Forest, a new mounted combat system plus a new, original score by award-winning composer Chance Thomas.

Thomas’ work should be familiar to anyone who’s already played the Lord of the Rings Online Games: Shadows of Angmar and Mines of Moria. Writer Layton Shumway recently visited a recording studio near Thomas’ Utah home and learned just how much effort the maestro behind the music of Turbine Entertainment’s Lord of the Rings Online puts into his craft. (more…)

Posted in Gaming, Video games

Lego debuts Helm’s Deep animated short!

Lego has just debuted its third animated short for its Lord of the Rings game, this time with members of the Fellowship repelling the Uruk-hai hordes of Saruman at Helm’s Deep.

Thanks to ringer whatisabagginses for the heads-up!


Posted in Gaming, LEGO, Merchandise

News from the Mark – WB and Turbine sneak preview music for the new Riders of Rohan game

Award-winning composer Chance Thomas’s work should be familiar to anyone who’s played the Lord of the Rings Online Games: Shadows of Angmar and Mines of Moria. Those are just two examples in an impressive resume. His latest collaboration with LOTRO and Warner Bros. Entertainment is the soundtrack to the new online game Riders of Rohan, releasing September 5, 2012. Posted on Lord of The Rings Online’s YouTube site are three musical selections: “LOTRO Legacy”, “Shadow of the Argonath” and “Boromir’s Last Stand”. Be sure to click on “Show more” on the individual pages for “Shadow of the Argonath” and “Boromir’s Last Stand” to read Thomas’s insight into the composing of the music.

Additionally, the second in the series of behind the scenes videos: “Immersion through the look and sound of Rohan”, posted July 5th, has interviews with Thomas as well as Director Mitch Cohen, Director of Photography Scott Kevan and Senior World Designer Chris Pierson. The composer speaks to how he relied on painstaking research of the literature to create what he feels is “authentic” and true to Tolkien’s vision of the role of music in his stories. This video along with the first behind the scenes and various teasers and trailers for the game are available at LOTRO’s YouTube page. More musical tracks will be posted as the launch date approaches. In the meantime check out Chance Thomas’s official site to hear examples from some of the composer’s other works.

Posted in Gaming, Merchandise, Video games

New: Guardians of Middle-earth gameplay trailer

Warner Bros Interactive has just released its first gameplay trailer for Guardians of Middle-earth.

Digital Spy reports the trailer showcases the new Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game’s multi-player combat and objectives, and features battles between the likes of Gandalf and Sauron.

Exclusively developed for consoles by Monolith Prductions, the game sees players attempt to conquer opposition fortresses, using the abilities and skills of their guardian characters. It features 20 “guardians”, including Gollum, Galadriel, Legolas and Gimli.

Thanks to Ringer Irfon for the heads-up.

[Digital Spy] | [Trailer] | XBLAFans review]

Posted in Gaming, Lord of the Rings

New Hobbit card game bound for German audiences

Hobbit card game -- Der Hobbit: Das Kartenspiel by Martin WallaceIn April, the cover image of a new ‘Hobbit’ card game from game designer Martin Wallace was leaked — a very nice illustration indeed, and attributed to Ted Nasmith.

Now German publisher Kosmos has announced the publication of this game for October 2012.

“In Der Hobbit: Das Kartenspiel, two teams play against each other: good versus bad. The basic game mechanism is trick-taking, but whoever wins the trick can distribute the cards amongst all the players, depending on his character’s ability. Some cards hurt, some heal — and only one team can win the game.”


Posted in Gaming, Merchandise, The Hobbit