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The Hobbit Research Project: An Interview with Ernest Mathijs

Peter Jackson’s cinematic interpretations of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings made millions at the box office worldwide. Tolkien fans stretch across the gl0be, but have you ever wondered what other cultures thought about the films? Recently, I contacted Ernest Mathijs to discuss the cross-cultural film critique called the Hobbit Research Project. Mathijs is a professor of Film Studies ...

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Do You Have Goblin Feet?

"Goblin Feet" is the title of J.R.R . Tolkien's first published work. The poem came out in 1915 when he was twenty-three in an anthology produced by Blackwell's Books. Near the end of his life Tolkien stated that he despised the poem: "I wish the unhappy little thing, representing all that I came (so soon after) to fervently dislike, could be buried for ever."

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There and “Parody” Again: A Hobbit’s Journey into Fan Made Movies

Parodying our favorite movies isn’t new to fans. It is a great way to point out people’s perceived story “holes” or even to wonder “what if” to alternate scenarios. It can also be considered a compliment. It was once said that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” and the same could be said for a movie “parody”. I have ...

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HobbitCon 3: Middle-Earth Returns to Germany!

From the official Press Release: The third German Convention to the Hobbit movies Past December, part three of the eagerly awaited adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit, titled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, has been released. The movie can be referred to as an opulent cinematic work, which will in no way be inferior to The ...

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THE MAGIC OF THE RING: From Tolkien to Jackson, an Art Exhibition

From the official PRESS RELEASE: THE MAGIC OF THE RING from Tolkien to Jackson 24th January – 22nd March WOW SPAZIO FUMETTO Comics, Illustration and Animated Picture Museum of Milan Viale Campania 12 – Milan – www.museowow.it Tickets: 5 € (reduced 3 €) – Tuesday to Friday, opening 15.00-19.00; Saturday and Sunday until 20.00. From 24th January to 22nd March, ...

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Hobbit Inspired Recipes: Thranduil’s Spice Pastries

Thranduil’s Spice Pastries by Astrid Tuttle Winegar Bilbo’s innate resourcefulness rescues them all from the gruesome fate of becoming an arachnid’s entrée. Circumstances lead Bilbo and company into yet another stressful chapter wherein the dwarves are captured by the Wood-elves. Tolkien’s elves and dwarves generally do not get along, to put it rather mildly (a situation mostly remedied in The ...

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Movies vs. Book: The Hobbit Roundtable, Part 2

From Essentialcslewis.com: There is no shortage of opinions about the three films based on The Hobbit. Whether you love them or hate them, have you considered if they are can be considered good movies even if they are not faithful adaptations? Also, how close do they come to presenting the core themes of the book itself? In this second and final ...

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Tolkien Inspired Cooking Out of Mirkwood: Tauriel’s Venison

Tolkien Inspired Cooking Out of Mirkwood: Tauriel’s Venison by Astrid Tuttle Winegar Bilbo and company do not meet elves again until after their disastrous journey through the forest of Mirkwood. You’ll remember Beorn warning them not to drink or touch the water here and not to eat the wildlife. Well, of course, circumstances affect judgment, and one dwarf’s physical problems ...

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