A new Tolkien book out today; Peter Jackson confirms pick-up filming has begun, and a movie trivia video. Click through for details.
Peter Jackson has begun filming this week. For those who have not closely followed how PJ has put together his movies based on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, a bit of explanation my be in order.
Thinking about throwing a Hobbit party? Kili had one last September in honor of her (and Bilbo’s) birthday. Get some ideas for you own party. Click through to see the video.
Peter Jackson hiring extra characters; a “Smaug sighting,” and a chance to see some Tolkien manuscripts. Plus a video with two Spocks and one old song many would rather forget. Click through to see what it’s all about.
3RingsLeft has created an original song as “a tribute to the cast and crew of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.” Click through to see the video.
This episode is about tacking up a horse. For us city dwellers, this has nothing to do with thumb tacks. See what a good Horseman… err… Horsedwarf(?)… Kili is.
Tolkien was well acquainted with war, having fought in the trenches at the Battle of the Somme in the First World War, and living through the Second, “watching” the atrocities from afar. These wars were demonstrably different from the “war on terrorism” we face today, but there were certainly elements of “terror” in them. …Professor Tolkien had no delusions about the realities of war and how the enemy should be treated.
We have reports on the #VoteBilbo effort and a YouTube video that is sure to please fans of both The Hobbit and Les Mis. Click through to see how creative Hobbit fans can be.
Caldecott reminds us of Sam’s words in The Fellowship of the Ring: “I feel as if I was inside a song, if you take my meaning,” and that this is the etymology of the word “enchanted.” Tolkien’s original idea had been to share his mythology in the form of songs. We have been enchanted, entering the song, and coming back changed.
As the weather warms up, you’ll want to spend more time outside. Be careful in the wild! Ranger… err… Kili gives some survival tips—she really knows her stuff! Click through to see the video.
Bilbo has been nominated by MTV for Best Hero in a 2012 film, and Hobbit fans throughout the world are doing their best to try to make him win. Click through to see how to cast your vote. We also have a video interview with Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, and James Nesbitt.
Easter, April Fools’ Day spoofs, and clips from the next Hobbit movie.
For Easter, Fili and Kili give their unique take on hunting eggs. Click through to enjoy the video.
So, how did Hobbit fans spend their Palm Sunday? Well, many of them spent an hour that day watching Peter Jackson’s online preview of the next Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug. So, how Triumphal was this latest Entry by PJ? I guess it depends on what you were expecting.
This is the day! Get your access codes ready. Peter Jackson will be online this afternoon (3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time) on TheHobbit.com, giving a preview of the second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug. You can also follow my tweets. Click through for details.
As spring is reluctant to move in and take over the reins from winter in much of the United States, Hobbit fans can at least console themselves with the new home edition of the first movie. And we have news about a previously unpublished work by JRR Tolkien, a “blessing” of sorts from the Pope, and video interviews with Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, and James Nesbitt.
Olsen: “It would seem that there are only two sensible reactions we can have to these long strings of wildly improbable events. We can either scoff at them and find the whole story rather absurd, or we can begin to suspect that Bilbo’s adventure is being orchestrated by some power beyond the wizardry of Gandalf the Grey or the wisdom of Elrond of Rivendell.”
Peter Jackson at least seems to understand that the story is about more than a change of physical location. Tolkien certainly would not have approved of Bilbo becoming the crazed warrior he is already becoming by the end of the first movie. But he would approve that Bilbo now cares about more than his own comfort.
Happy St. Partick’s Day from Happy Hobbit. What do the Irish have in common with Hobbits? Watch the video to find out.
This week The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey became available to download. Next Tuesday, the Blu-ray and DVD versions hit stores throughout the United States. We also have links to interview with Martin Freeman (Bilbo) and Elijah Wood (Frodo), and a video interview with Sylvester McCoy (Radagast).
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