Cinema Sins Brings Us Everything Wrong With The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Those satirically critical folks at Cinema Sins have recently produced an “Everything Wrong With” for Peter Jackson’s eagerly awaited Lord of the Rings prequel, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”.

The first part of Jackson’s latest foray into Tolkien’s Middle Earth adventures performed exceptionally well in movie theaters, so far grossing more than $1billion at the box office. However not everyone was exactly chuffed with the movie, bemoaning that it was too long and generally a bit of a disappointment. Continue Reading

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Bag Eng Bonsai – The Perfect Decoration For Any LOTR Lovers Home

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Check out these fantastically awesome Bag End Bonsai Trayscapes that were created by Chris Guise.

Instead of creating a direct copy of the Hobbit habitat as it appeared in LOTR and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Guise chose to create his replica using a real bonsai tree for authenticity and I’ve got to say, as a huge LOTR geek, I really love it!!

Guise uses roofing tiles to give the appearance of red bricks and uses wood that is finely cut and shaped like a real hobbit fence to enclose the Middle Earth property. He used florists’ Oasis as filler for the little hill upon which the hobbit home sits as this helps to absorb the water for the bonsai while retaining the shape of the creation. Continue Reading

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Now You Can Pretend To Be Thorin Oakenshield With This Awesome $9,900 Orcrist Replica!

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Remember the Orcrist – that fantastical sword that Thorin Oakenshield finds languishing at the bottom of troll cave, treasure trove? Hobbit fans undoubtedly will, for this sword’s legendary capabilities are explained to our Thorin by none other than the wise and wonderful elf lord Elrond!!

According to Elrond, “no finer sword could a king of any race wish for.”
Known colloquially as the ‘goblin cleaver’, the Orcrist was celebrated by Middle-Earth’s nicer, wiser folk and feared by the slimy, murderous, nefarious types.

If you’ve always wanted an Orcrist of your own and have a spare $9,900 lying around the place, then this Weta Workshops replica might be just the thing for you. Continue Reading

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The Hobbit Reunites Gloin with Gimli Behind the Scenes

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If you can’t wait to see Gloin show off his family locket to Legolas in the next film in The Hobbit saga, here’s something quite awesome you may have missed. During the filming process, Gimli actor John Rhys-Davies stopped by the set to meet and greet all the new dwarves. The best part? He was united with Peter Hambleton, who is playing Gimli’s father Gloin in the Hobbit trilogy. The two greeted each other with cries of “Daddy!” and “Hello, my boy!” Rhys-Davies goes on to say that it’s “just like coming home to family.” You can watch this adorable reunion in the third Hobbit production video.

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HobbitCon 2013 to Take Place in Germany

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RingCon is the Tolkien themed convention that has been going on for several years now, which celebrates the world of Middle Earth and Tolkien’s accomplishments as a writer. Over the last few Cons, they primarily brought in actors and creative staff who were apart of the Lord of the Rings films. Well, it looks like next year the Con will be taking on a new name: HobbitCon. Changing the name to HobbitCon is unsurprising really, what with the release of the newest Peter Jackson film and two more on the way.Continue Reading

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Oddball NMA Review For The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Those wacky folk at Taiwanese company Next Media Animation (NMA) have created this rather strange animated review of the eagerly anticipated Peter Jackson movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

NMA, who brought us an animated version of the John McAfee case and an “official” Star Wars Episode 7 trailer, focus primarily on Jackson’s decision to film the movie in the higher frame rate of 48-frames per second. Continue Reading

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Tolkien Fanatic Builds Hobbit House In Pennsylvania Shire

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Looking at this fantastic Hobbit house that belongs to a lifelong Tolkien fanatic you could be forgiven for thinking you are in Middle Earth (ahem New Zealand). But this wonderfully Tolkienesque structure is actually located in the heart of Pennsylvania countryside.

The owner, who likes to stay off the radar, had the Hobbit house constructed because he wanted a private and fitting place to store his collection of rare books and Tolkien-inspired memorabilia.

The 600-sq foot building is just a little way from the owner’s house, a flat stone path that goes through a picturesque garden that would not look out of place in the Shire, connects the two buildings. Continue Reading

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How Many Fat Little Fishies Would Gollum Need To Survive

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If you like random hypothetical questions and LOTR then Rhett Allain’s Dot Physics article which analyzes how many fishes our slimy friend Gollum would need to survive, will be right up your street.

Allain is a bit of an expert when it comes to Gollum-related physics – having previously approached the subject of the different ways it might be possible for the creepy cave-dweller to see in the dark.

If I was asked the question about how many fish Gollum needs, I’d be inclined to answer with the response “as many as he can get his sneaky little paws on”. Me and physics don’t really get on so great, in fact when I get too close to it, I tend to become a little like the sleepy Stony Brook University student we wrote about yesterday – so I’m not even going to pretend I understand how Allain got to his answer. Continue Reading

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Introducing The Green Dragon: NZ’s Real Life Hobbit Pub

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As part of a number of hobbit-related marketing ventures that seek to turn New Zealand into a kind of real life Middle Earth for LOTR enthusiasts, “The Green Dragon” hobbit pub has been opened.

Prime minister John Key officially opened the “The Green Dragon” at the end of November, it is located in Hobbiton, near Matamata – the same place that the LOTR’s movies were filmed.

The pub was constructed by an 80-man crew who took great care and attention to ensure that it was carefully decorated to give visitors a “true Hobbit experience”. From the pictures, it really does look the part! Continue Reading

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Stop Subsidizing Middle Earth To Save Regular Earth Says Joe Karaganis

Vice president of the American Assembly, Joe Karaganis has called on the government of New Zealand to change the way it subsidizes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure in order to better benefit the country.

In an article for Bloomberg, Karaganis uses the example of the Warner Bros picture, The Hobbit and its financial relationship with New Zealand to explore the way in which Hollywood productions often take advantage of their host countries. He highlights the way in which the promise of jobs, a few little perks and the threat of moving their productions to other countries is usually enough to have government ministers eating out of the palm of their hands and that something needs to be done to ensure that the host countries get more out of this relationship. Continue Reading

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