The Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien contributed two poems to a school magazine in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, back when he was an Oxford don. One is an early version of a poem that later appeared in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (pictured above), while the other is a Christmas poem, set in a landscape not unlike Middle…
Although The Hobbit movies were way too long as is, there is one solid reason for checking out the extended edition Blu-ray of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies when it arrives next week. Peter Jackson has added blood to the climactic battle of Erebor—enough to upgrade this version of the movie to an R rating—and…
Weta doesn’t just create props and VFX for the movies—they also create awesome collectibles. Including this beauty, which was the hottest item at New York Comic Con. Behold the official bust of Smaug from The Hobbit, made by the same artists and technicians who worked on the films.
Apparently, the extra twenty minutes being added to the extended DVD were where all the superviolence and nudity was hiding. Finally, the grim and gritty version of The Hobbit we were all waiting for.
Several hundred Hobbit fans gathered in the woods near Dosky, Czech Republic, thirsty for the kind of blood-pumping joy that only fantasy combat can provide. Feast your eyes on more photos from the annual Battle of Five Armies reenactment below.
You can say a lot of bad things about Battle of the Five Armies, but its glorious shots of the Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor in the Misty Mountains were definitely a treat. It looks just as amazing when remade in Lego, on a truly massive scale — something that took Michał Kaźmierczak 7 months of building to do!
Someone sketched out the map of Middle-Earth onto a Starbucks cup and it's just a nice thing. Look at this adorable little map thing someone with great talent drew. Isn't that nice?
Well, this was inevitable. A Tolkien fan — less enthused by Peter Jackson's expansive, three-movie adaptation of The Hobbit than others — has created his own edit of the trilogy, trimming the 9+ hour-long saga into a much trimmer four hours and 21 minutes. Check it out!
Michael Moorcock once referred to the huge catalog of names, places, rings and rulers in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy texts as "a pernicious confirmation of the values of a morally bankrupt middle class." He accused Tolkien's work of infantilization. And he created his most famous character, Elric, as a critique of…
The Hobbit movies expanded the personalities of the Dwarven characters from J.R.R. Tolkien's original book, but sometimes it feels like you need a chart to keep track of who is who under all that beard hair. Fortunately, the Lord of the Rings Project has made just such a chart.
Eddie Redmayne stopped by the The Graham Norton and revealed this interesting little tidbit about his audition for the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. It's just downright adorable.
Here is a very dancey mix made entirely out of dialogue and sound effects from The Hobbit. The best part is when Gandalf shows up around 1:12 — and then things really start getting weird. If only the actual movies moved this fast. Dragon!
There are writers who disown entire books after they've written them, but sometimes writers like their stories on the whole, but feel a twinge of regret over one a small (or not-so-small) detail. Here are a few decisions that the writers, in hindsight, wished they had thought through a little better.
If you haven't dived into the pages of The Silmarillion, there's a whole cosmology of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth that you may not know. This short video outlines the basics, explaining as much about the universe's divine and angelic beings as you can learn in four minutes.
The Hobbit trilogy has thrown Tolkien-fans a rather rare problem: way too much screentime for some of their most beloved characters. So, what could have been cut to make the movie a little smaller and a whole lot better? So, so much.
There is no question that Stephen Colbert is a J.R.R. Tolkien superfan. After all, it's the reason Peter Jackson gave Colbert a cameo in The Desolation of Smaug. And he's bidding farewell to Jackson's Hobbit films by dressing up as the characters.
We all know that J.R.R. Tolkien's famous fantasy books are merely translations of an ancient text, the Red Book of Westmarch. But what would happen if someone else tried to do their own translation? Could they get sued by the Tolkien estate and win? That's what this hilarious article in the Toast unravels for you.
Billy Boyd (who played loyal hobbit and silken-voiced songster Pippin in The Lord of The Rings) will lend his vocal talents once again to The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. Here's the official music video for"The Last Goodbye," which will play over the film's end credits.
Pippin will return in The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. Or, at the very least, he'll appear on the soundtrack. Actor Billy Boyd has returned to Middle Earth to lend his pipes (yet again) to the drums of war. And you can listen to his entire song right now.
Here is your first, long look at the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies—or as we call it, a film that probably shouldn't be this long, but who are you kidding? You're going to watch it premiere weekend anyway.