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Archive for December, 2013

Silvan and Sindarin elves: Legolas, Tauriel, Thranduil… and Oropher

332284-the-hobbit-the-desolation-of-smaug-tauriel founder and Tolkien scholar Michael Martinez discusses the history and inter-relationships of the Silvan elves of Mirkwood and their Sindarin kings — and whether and where Tauriel could have fitted in. Interesting piece. Follow the link at the bottom to read the complete feature.

Q: Is Tauriel in the Book, the Hobbit?


Posted in Characters, Evangeline Lilly, Green Books, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

From The Hobbit to An Unexpected Journey: A look at the similarities and differences of a film adaptation

Yahoo! Movies ExclusiveIt’s safe to say that following the release of any film adaptation, conversation naturally veers to discussing divergences from the original work and creative license taken by the filmmakers. But what of those moments in which the film follows the lead of the novel more closely? A couple of
days ago, over on our forums, Ringer Barrow-Wight started a topic, including a LIST of many moments throughout The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, in which events and/or dialogue were very faithfully transferred from book to film. We’ve got it below for you to read.

After you take a look at Barrow-Wight’s list, be sure to check out this link, posted further down in the thread, which examines the differences between the films and the book: “The Hobbit: A List of Differences between the movies and the book” (more…)

Posted in Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Tolkien

LOTRProject’s Emil Johansson: it is no longer Tolkien’s Middle-earth

Bilbo with Sting You’ve almost certainly visited Emil Johannson’s LOTRProject website at some point or another, whether to pore over his Middle-earth genealogy page, view the historical timeline of Middle-earth or try out his recent “Which Hobbit character are you?” quiz.

We asked Emil if he’d like to write a few words collecting his own thoughts on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Here is his review of the film.

If you’re still to see the film and are avoiding spoilers, please be aware that there are spoilers throughout.

The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug review: It is no longer Tolkien’s Middle-earth

The screen went black. The Desolation of Smaug had ended and I was left in the darkness of the cinema with a mix of emotions and thoughts in my head. It had been an entertaining and breathtaking two and half hours. They had essentially consisted of one single long action scene set in some truly spectacular locations. Martin Freeman had once again proved his worth as Bilbo Baggins, his subtle humor and incredible timing perfect for the role. (more…)

Posted in Fans, Green Books, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Melting gold in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Hobbit Smaug Poster Associate Professor of Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University, Alain Rhett, tries to use phsics in this interesting piece on Wired to estimate exactly how much energy would have been required to melt all that gold in that cool scene in The Desolation of Smaug — you know the one we mean.


After watching The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug I quickly realized my initial estimation for the amount of gold under the mountain was WAY too low. There are some other things I noticed, but perhaps I should give a SPOILER ALERT. (more…)

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

Martin Freeman to co-host New Year’s Day special Soul Show on BBC Radio 2

Martin Freeman On New Year’s Day none other than Martin Freeman will be joining Trevor Nelson on BBC Radio 2 to spin a few discs (does that phrase even make sense in an age of digitisation?) and share his love of soul music. If you’re a music fan and a Martin Freeman fan, this one has to be a “must-listen”. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Martin Freeman

Watch the trailer for LEGO The Hobbit the video game

lego hobbit Near the end of November we reported on rumours on the Brickset forums about a new video game coming out in 2014 from LEGO for The Hobbit.

Now there’s a trailer to enjoy. Check it out in case you’ve missed it previously. (more…)

Posted in Gaming, Hobbit Movie, LEGO, Merchandise, The Hobbit, Video games

Listen to Chris Lee and Benedict Cumberbatch in Neil Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere’ on Radio 4

Benedict Cumberbatch If you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman and his fantasy novel Neverwhere, here’s a treat for you -– BBC Radio 4 is re-broadcasting the for-radio version that proved a hit earlier this year. No wonder that it was popular considering it features the following cast: James McAvoy as Richard Mayhew, Natalie Dormer as Door, Benedict Cumberbatch as The Angel Islington, Anthony Stewart Head as Croup and Christopher Lee as The Earl of Earl’s Court (to name a few).

Three episodes have already aired (and can still be listened to on the Beeb website) while the remainder will air over the next few nights at 11:30pm GMT, up until Monday December 30. Go and have a listen over on the Radio 4 website and enjoy. (more…)

Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee

Armitage: we tried to make him not look like an ageing rocker, but…

Thorin Bus Shelter HDOS-1 Jenny Cooney Carrillo, writing for The Sydney Morning Herald comes through with a couple of golden quotes in this short feature on Richard Armitage.

‘In the first film, the quest was controlled very much by Gandalf, but in this film you see him leave it in Thorin’s hands, and the first thing he does is to get captured by the elves, so I guess it’s the lowest point in his career,’ Armitage says. ‘But what’s also an important turning point in this film is he goes from being anti-Hobbit to being pro-Hobbit and finally learning to trust Bilbo.’ (more…)

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

Lesson one: never interview dwarves

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Not sure how I missed this first time round (possibly because of the fuss over the international cinema hookup and a quick visit to Wellington), but this is an insightful and at-times hilarious interview with several of the dwarven actors from the cast of The Hobbit, including Jed Brophy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman and William Kircher. Be sure to follow the link at the bottom to read the full transcript. It’s long, but worth it.

Or as Fairfax puts it: At one point we had one interview with an everchanging cast of dwarves. The following is the edited transcript – amusing, informative, long (very long) and occasionally anarchic.

JED BROPHY. My name is Jed Brophy and I play Nori the Dwarf. In The Hobbit. Which is a film. And a book. And possibly a TV series. And a radio play. Yeah.

QUESTION. How would you sum up your Hobbit experience so far? What has it been like?

JED BROPHY. It’s been amazing and exhausting. But mainly amazing.

QUESTION. So you have worked on nearly all of Peter’s films?

JED BROPHY. Yeah, I played a hardcore zombie in Braindead way back in the day in 1991, and then the boarder in Heavenly Creatures who seduces Mel Lynskey’s character, puts her off men for life. We’ve done Lord of the Rings, all three movies, and then got to work on King Kong and did a bit of work on Tintin as a mocap actor. So yeah, I’ve been very lucky to be included in a lot of his projects. It’s been a good run for me.

QUESTION. And he just rang up and asked you, “Want to be a dwarf?”

JED BROPHY. It was really interesting. I had got to do pre-vis on the mocap stage. So we were doing lots of working as a dwarf. They shot it as an animated feature to have a look at how they were going to progress the story and look at the script. I thought I was going to be possibly playing Orcs and maybe Goblins, similar roles that I did on Lord of the Rings. So it definitely went out of the box to be cast as a dwarf. I didn’t see myself physically in that role, but given the fat suits and the boots and the beards, they can do a lot.

QUESTION. What’s the progression been like, from all the way back then, as compared to now?

Peter-Jackson-Doctor-Who JED BROPHY. Yeah, look, I think that Peter hasn’t changed his process of filmmaking an awful lot. He is a visionary. People say he’s a genius. He is. He’s a visionary, he has the vision in his head, he surrounds himself with people who are all at the top of their game who share a similar vision, and he’s always been very, very careful to make the movie that he wants to make. He never shies away from making people work really hard to get that. Yeah, I don’t see a lot of difference in the way that he works, from the very first time.

QUESTION. How long did it take before you were comfortable to have lunch in the beard?

JED BROPHY. It’s never really comfortable to have lunch. I eat a lot of the yak hair. I’m pretty sure I’ve got fur balls. It’s just one of those things where you just have to get used to holding it down to [eat]. I don’t have morning tea once the mustache is on. It becomes impossible because it kind of hangs in there and you end up just eating yourself, which is not the most enjoyable thing, really.

QUESTION. Seeing as you’ve worked with Jackson on the previous ones, how’s the makeup changed for you? Is it much better now?

JED BROPHY. Yeah, the old days of foam latex. The foam latex is difficult in that once it gets dry, you can see the edges and it’s very hard for people doing the paint work. They have to continuously recheck and repaint and keep it moist. But with the silicon, with the translucency, it looks a lot more like skin. It’s a lot lighter to wear, you don’t sweat quite as much in it, and it looks fantastic.

I’ve had people come up to me not knowing which is my face and which is the prosthetics, which you can take as a [good or bad] thing. Obviously my nose is a lot smaller than this in real life. But yeah, it’s always a buzz that people can’t quite tell.

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Posted in Adam Brown, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, John Callen, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, William Kircher

The Desolation of Smaug strikes box office gold in Australia

Desolation_-_Bard_poster The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug finally opened in Australia on Boxing Day, and promptly took the second-highest Boxing day box office ever to add to the Smaug-like hoard that it’s already amassed globally.

Peter Jackson has confirmed his position as Lord of the Ringing Tills with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug recording the second-highest Boxing Day opening in Australian history. (more…)

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

TORn Staffer Saystine reviews “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

Hobbit Desolation of Smaug Poster Editor’s note: Our latest staff review comes from Saystine. As always if you’re still to see the film and are avoiding spoilers, please be aware that there are spoilers all through this review.


After seeing the film five times in the opening weekend, here are my thoughts… (more…)

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

Questions (questions that need answering!) in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

Disclaimer:  I enjoyed ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ very much, and have seen it 3 times as of this writing.  Smaug is, in this writers opinion, THE dragon to end all dragons, and the creative team deserves kudos for the incredible sets, cgi, costumes, and Thranduil’s eyebrows.   So it is with love and respect that I ask the following questions (spoilers ahead):


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  •  Is it ever sunny and dry in Bree?
  • Where does Beorn keep his pants post-skin change?
  • What snarky remark must Thranduil have said to the dragon (Smaug?) to get that nasty scar on his face?
  • Does Tauriel secretly have an “I (heart) Hot Dwarves” t-shirt under her outfit? ( Legolas must be jealous.)
  • What is the landspeed velocity of an unladen Orc?
  • Gandalf appears to use the Patronus spell during his encounter with The Necromancer Saaauuurrron.  What form would it take?
  • Where did Tauriel (a self-described ‘lowly Sylvan Elf’) learn such impressive healing skills?  (Arwen must be jealous.)
  • How would Smaug have known the name ‘Oakenshield’, unless he leaves Erebor for the occasional pint at the Prancing Pony?
  • Did the dwarves REALLY think that a little molten gold would hurt a fire-breathing dragon with impenetrable scales, or did they just think a little bling would soothe his hurt feelings?
Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug