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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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From Middle-Earth to Star Wars: An Interview with Artist Jerry Vanderstelt

Jerry Vanderstelt has been drawing since he was eight years old. His interest in the genre of sci-fi and fantasy was triggered early by authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. His clients have included the Franklin Mint, Bradford Exchange, Hasbro Toys, and Lucasfilm Ltd. Recently, you can find his work as commissioned by Warner Bros. And New Line ...

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An Interview with Fantasy Artist, Danielle Storey

(From the 2012 Interview) While attending Fan Expo Canada, I was fortunate to meet Danielle Storey and view her amazing artwork. After talking with Danielle about her work, I realized how knowledgeable and passionate she was about the fantasy genre. By the time I left her table, not only did I leave with several of her art prints, but I ...

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Baldor the Hapless: Epic Fail in The Lord of the Rings

Over the last year I’ve been reading The Lord of the Rings out loud to my son, and it’s been wonderful to re-experience Tolkien and Middle-earth through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy. The other night we came to the chapter The Passing of the Grey Company where Aragorn and his companions enter the Haunted Mountain and find the mysterious ...

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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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Recipes from the Elves: Lembas

Recipes from the Elves: Lembas by Astrid Tuttle Winegar Lembas is a delicacy produced by Tolkien’s Elves. Tolkien describes them as having “the form of very thin cakes, made of a meal that was baked a light brown on the outside and inside was the colour of cream.” In Peter Jackson’s movie The Fellowship of the Ring, the Fellowship is ...

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Tolkien’s Magical Inventory

The mystical athelas herb, along with the talking troll purse, virtue-imbued staffs, enchanted barrow swords, and spiritually-infused lembas, are all unique examples of Tolkien’s wild creative genius.

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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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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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