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Peter Jackson’s Hobbit: The Utter Ineptness of ‘The Desolation of Smaug’?

(Warning: The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug is mercilessly and comprehensively discussed below; major plot spoilers abound.) Peter Jackson’s Hobbit: The Utter Ineptness of ‘The Desolation of Smaug’? by Andrew Gilbertson Oh, Desolation of Smaug… what went wrong? As of the time of this writing, it looks as if the Battle of Five Armies will be the only Jackson/Tolkien film ...

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Jemima Catlin and The Hobbit

Jemima Catlin and The Hobbit by Noble Smith I have many editions of The Hobbit in my collection, from Alan Lee’s handsomely illustrated edition, to the bizarre Rankin and Bass animated film book tie-in, to the one with Michael Hague’s sumptuous paintings. All of them have a place in my heart for one reason or another, along with my favorite ...

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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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From Mutants to Middle-earth: An Interview with Illustrator David T. Wenzel

Many may remember David T Wenzel’s work on Marvel comic’s, “The Avengers”, but he is also known for his work in the highly successful “The Hobbit” illustrated graphic novel. You can also see his work in children’s books such as the Little Bear series, A Wizard’s Tale, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Most recently you can find his work ...

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In Defense of Jackson’s Hobbit Trilogy: A closer look at the adaptations that have divided fans around the globe

In Defense of Jackson’s Hobbit Trilogy: A closer look at the adaptations that have divided fans around the globe by John Evans When Tolkien published The Hobbit during the thirties, he had no clue where his writings would take him. Even when his children’s book became a world classic, his heart predominantly thrived in the older, more linguistic works that ...

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition Review

  Today marks the next step in the adventures of the Company of Thorin Oakenshield with the release of The Desolation of Smaug (Extended Edition) on Blu-Ray, 3D Blu-Ray and DVD. Once again Peter Jackson takes us back to Middle-earth and with this extended edition, we get what we expect: more story, more characters, more Middle-earth – and Jackson certainly ...

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Tolkien Cooking with Beorn: Little Bunny’s Bread and Honey

by Astrid Tuttle Winegar After the Troll encounter and a brief encounter with some elves, Bilbo, his companions, and their pack-ponies end up captured by goblins. Goblins apparently “eat horses and ponies and donkeys (and other much more dreadful things).” Now, I do have many delicious goblin/orc recipes, which I will post eventually. Fortunately for you, none of my Orc ...

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Tolkien Cooking: New Fangled Mince Pie

Remember when the Dwarves invade Bilbo Baggins’cozy home and demand all sorts of food-stuffs from his probably-too-full pantries? Bofur asks specifically for some mince pie with cheese. Most traditional mince pies are small and utilize apples and LOTS of booze. I decided to update the concept and came up with this extremely rich and intense version of a mince pie ...

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The Hobbit’s Mark Atkin (Thorin Stunt Double) talks to Legendarium about working in the film

We continue our EXCLUSIVE HobbitCon 2014 interviews with Mark Atkin. Jay Johnstone, Legendarium’s Director of European Media Operations, talks to Mark Atkin who was the scale double for Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. Mark talks about his experience working on The Hobbit films. Stay tuned for more interviews and features from the event every Tuesday and Thursday!  

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Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon Art Book

I just received my copy of Smaug:Unleashing the Dragon! The “Mythical” Dragon has been growing in popularity more in recent times. The book shows us how they created Smaug and how film, drawing, book and myth come together by computer animation. The fire breathing dragon Smaug looked very different at first then the one we meet in the film. The ...

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