Over the weekend, gamers visiting Target‘s online store found out that Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor was getting a sequel called Middle Earth: Shadow War. Way to go Target. Now that the Orc is out of the bag, the powers that be have released the trailer for the new game which we probably wouldn’t have seen until next week when the gameplay video was expected to drop. Check it out below. (more…)


You may have missed the leaked trailer for Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies earlier today. If you did, don’t worry, the quality was crappy and it got taken down pretty fast. Jackson used his Facebook page to release the official trailer just minutes ago. Take a look, it might be the last Tolkien project from Jackson ever.. or at least for a while. (more…)


Prince Charles, as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, is touring New Zealand with his wife Camilla. The Prince of Wales spent part of his 64th birthday visiting with The Lord Of The Rings director Sir Peter Jackson and touring Jackson’s WETA workshop.

What a fantastic way to spend your birthday. He was shown costumes, props of the film, and met with actors and special effects and props masters.

The Prince watched and chatted with actor Peter Hambleton, who plays the Dwarf Gloin in the new film, as he had his make-up applied.

Another great part of the prince’s visit was when actor Mark Hadlow, who plays Dori, one of the dwarfs in the film, drops to his knees and offers to be the Prince’s servant for the day.

“Your Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, I am Dori the dwarf and on this special day your birthday, I offer myself at the request of Sir Peter Jackson for you to command as you see fit, your servant Dori,”

I love that Dori mentions the dwarf beatings that Sir Peter Jackson has threatened and committed in the past. They all seem to be having a lot of fun amidst all the hard work of making the movie. With the amount of time they will be spending together during the next years of filming, it’s important they can all have a good time and get along.

Via: Ain’t It Cool News

A great look behind the scenes of the upcoming Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has hit the Internet. It features the Dinner party scene at Bilbo’s. There’s tons of food, frolicking, and . . . and . . . beards. That music in the background just makes me smile every time I hear it.

The LOTR Disc set has great behind the scenes looks at the trilogy and one can expect the same from The Hobbit films.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theater screens on December 14th.

The first television spot for Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has hit small screens everywhere, but with many Nerd Bastards’ readers streaming television from the internet, it’s just easier to catch it here instead of dusting off the remote and flipping through television channels hoping to stumble across it.

With such a short TV spot time, around 30 seconds is average, you can bet that the marketing gurus are going to mention The Lord Of The Rings connection as many times as they can. Remember that these television pieces are aimed at the general populace and not fan boys and girls.

It’s an interesting look at what the powers that be think the general public will want to see in the movie. There’s a lot more action and less of the character items that make the “Ringers,” as some Tolkien fans are known, OHH and AHH.

Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theater screens December 14th, with advance tickets going on sale November 7th if you really want to ensure your seat.

The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Via: /Film

You can get a good look at one of the major bad guys in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Bolg the Orc Chieftain, played by Conan Stevens. I bet it was hot as hell in all that makeup and Orc armor.

Bolg is described as:

An Orc chieftain who came to power in the Misty Mountains after his father, Azog was killed in the war with Dwarves. Bolg ruled for some 150 years and led an army of Orcs in the Battle of Five Armies.

He’s a mean looking sucker, isn’t he? Of course one never really sees many petite, pretty orcs.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theater screens on December 14th, 2013.

Via: GeekTyrant

It’s time to slip off your shoes, put your hairy feet up, light your pipe if you’ve a mind and preference to, and raise your flagon to celebrate the birthday of two of the Shire’s most famous Hobbits; Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. You remember those Bagginses, they actually like to wander around outside the Shire among all those Elves, Humans, Orcs, Goblins, Giants, Wizards and what not. I know . . . I know, utter nonsense. What is there that any self respecting Hobbit could possibly need out there? Nothing I say, but when they came back they did tell a good tale, didn’t they?

Saturday, September 22nd marks the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins (Bilbo is reported to have been born in the year of 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 during the Third Age, 1290 and 1368 respectively in Shire-Reckoning.). As most of you already know, Hobbits enjoy a good party and there’s no better party than the birthday party of a Bagginses. Why, there might even be wizardly fireworks!

We’ve collected a gallery of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobitt themed birthday cakes to celebrate the occasion. There are home made cakes and very professional cakes to admire in the collection below. I’m sure any self respecting Hobbit would enjoy a large slice of any of those cakes during breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, and supper. Hmm, I think I’ll go downstairs and see if there is any cake left in the refrigerator.

Which cake would you want a slice from? Let us know in the comments section below.


The news keeps trickling out to the Internet like a leaky faucet, one new drip at a time from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey production team. This time, the big news is Radagast (Svlvester McCoy, pictured above), a character only mentioned during one conversation in Tolkein’s The Hobbit and later in The Fellowship of the Ring where he helps the dark wizard Saruman lure and trap Gandalf in the tower (The scene was never filmed).

Last year, forums were ablaze as Tolkien fans reacted to the news characters not from The Hobbit would appear and that some characters in the book would play much bigger roles in the film.

The co-writer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Philippa Boyens (with Fran WalshPeter Jackson, and Guillermo del Toro) says it’s a good bet Radagast will become a well-loved character,

He’s not at all like Gandalf. There’s a power and danger and sharpness and wits and cunning even about Gandalf that you sense immediately, whereas Radagast is much quieter and gentler. You could mistakenly think he’s not even a wizard or that he might not have any powers of his own, and then you discover that he does.

Those who have read the books know Radagast only played a small part in the overall story. How will that change in the movie is unclear as Boyens is keeping tight-lipped about Radagast’s part, and if the character will appear in all three films.

There were also these new additional stills of characters we already know about. Check out the gallery below.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theater screens on December 14, 2012.

Sources: CBM, Cinema Blend