J. R. R. Tolkien

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ABOVE: TARDIS liquor cabinet. Take a few shots, and I’m sure it will look “bigger on the inside” [TDWGeek]


Principle photography for Peter Jackson’s two-film epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is finally done after a ridiculous 266 shoot.  And now, ladies and gentlemen, let the teasing begin!


The first round of visual enticement comes in the form of some images.  This new panoramic banner collects some of the eye-candy that the movie is expected to be and mashes it up for your enjoyment.  The banner is up above, second image down (just in case you missed it).

The pictures are a little hard to see, so here are some close-ups of each piece:


It almost reads like a tale straight from Middle Earth. Gandalf the Grey, known to most as Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry, who plays the Master of Laketown in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit, are coming to the rescue of The Hobbit Pub. The Southampton, England establishment owned by Stella Roberts has come under attack from The Saul Zaentz Company who hold the copyrights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The pub is famous for not only its namesake but for serving Tolkien-themed drinks as well, all of which come under copyright infringement and would require them to pay The Saul Zaentz Company some egregious royalties. Roberts feared the license fee she’d be required to pay would, “be $100 this year and $20,000 next year.”

Thankfully the thespians have stepped in to put the whole matter to rest. McKellen and Fry have agreed to pay the fee and have also called out The Saul Zaentz Company’s actions as “unnecessary pettiness” and “self-defeating bullying.”

Roberts added, “They’ve said as soon as they finish filming they would like to come down and visit the pub.” What an awesome ending to a battle between fan love and corporate greed. I can only hope their drinks will be on the house.

Source: Blastr

Dwalin and Balin Photos from ‘The Hobbit’

Fans of great cinema and all that is Tolkien have been keeping up with Jackson’s film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey through blog and video posts chronicling the movie’s production. TIME has released the above image of dwarves Balin (left), and Dwalin (right) along with Warner Bros. released description of the characters:


“Dwarf Lords in their own right, Balin and Dwalin are close relatives of Thorin. Beyond this, these brothers are two of his most loyal and trusted friends. An old warrior, Balin has lived through hard times and fought many battles, yet he harbors doubts about the wisdom of the Quest to retake the Lonely Mountain. Dwalin has no such forebodings – his belief in Thorin’s leadership is unshakeable. A powerful and bruising fighter, with a natural tendency to distrust anyone who is not a Dwarf, particularly anyone who might be an Elf, Dwalin is not someone to cross lightly.”

These two dwarves, along with the many others whose photos have been released, are so detailed and captivating that you get a sneak peek of how real it will look once it hits the big screen. I mean I could gush on and on about the wonderful makeup,  weaponry, and costumes that they’re wearing, but you can see it too. These little glimpses of what we can expect in theaters really drives home the sentiment that this film will do justice to the J.R.R Tolkien franchise.

To see the other dwarf images click here , here, and here.



Hobbit Titles and Release Dates Announced!

It is about damn time!

After years of lingering in pre-development hell, Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit is finally moving along. They have been shooting for a number of weeks, and New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM have officially announced the titles and release dates for filmmaker Jackson’s two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s masterpiece.

The films will be released a year apart, just like The Lord of The Rings. The first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to be released on December 14, 2012, with the second part arriving almost a year later on December 13, 2013 and titled The Hobbit: There And Back Again.

It’s been a long road, but we are finally going to see the films on screen. Are you excited? I personally cannot wait!

The full press release can be seen below the jump.



News about the Hobbit is like playing Telephone with 4 down syndrome kids. The right information might not go down the line exactly as you hoped but in the end, we are all winners for hearing those goofy bastards speak (sorry for the insensitive handicap joke but we are bastards, it’s our namesake). While the news of what’s happening with the Hobbit films (studio financial woes, who’s director, who’s starring…etc.) is being kicked around like a tornado made of shit (shit tornadoes are the worst) production preparations are still being made under the assumption that things will un-shit themselves. In this facet, we know that Peter Jackson has been making some rounds on a casting tour, auditioning actors for certain roles. We haven’t really heard much of this, until now. It appears that Scottish actor Sylvester McCoy (former Doctor Who) is in negotiations to join the film. He told Argyllshire Standard the following:

Mr McCoy told the Standard that contrary to widespread Internet rumors, he’s not vying for the role of Bilbo in The Hobbit (due to start filming next year) – but is one of two actors being considered for one of the wizard parts.

“I am being cast in The Hobbit,” he said. “We’re currently in negotiations – there are two of us under consideration. It’s not the Bilbo role, but could be bigger.”

Well certainly he’s not up for the role of Gandalf. Replace Ian McKellen, who would do such a thing? Being that McKellan is most likely to reprise his role, what other Wizard could McCoy be up for? Word around the LOTR water cooler (ala the onering.net) speculates the role is for the character Radagast the Brown.

Radagast the Brown is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. He is one of the Istari or Wizards who were sent by the angelic Valar to aid the Elves and Men of Middle-earth in their struggle against the Dark Lord Sauron. Radagast appears in The Lord of the Rings and Unfinished Tales, and is mentioned in The Hobbit and The Silmarillion.

Huh, sounds like good casting to us. What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.