Facebook for Middle-earth: Six Degrees of Sauron, Another Project from LOTR Project

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With the release of the second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug, comes the latest insane offering from the LOTR Project—-Six Degrees of Sauron, which shows the connections between characters in Tolkien’s works. Users can type in two characters from Tolkien’s vast legendarium and see the chain of who-knows-who. Perfect for the next time you need to sneak into a Mordor night club. Continue reading

Congratulations Hobbit Giveaway Winners

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Some days ago, we announced a contest to give away three copies of a new, fancy, illustrated version of Tolkien’s beloved classic The Hobbit. Now we can announce who won. Get out your goblins bongos of war and let the drum roll begin…

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer Released

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The official trailer for the December 13 release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is now out there in the Internet-verse. Watch it, analyze it, love it, hate it. Let’s hear talk of spoilers, good and bad adaptation decisions on the part of Peter Jackson & Co. And whatever else you want to discuss. Continue reading

New Ancient Greek Action Novel Sons of Zeus

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Noble Smith is a cool guy. He’s an award-winning playwright, video-game writer, documentary-film executive producer, and the former media director of an international human rights foundation. AND he’s also the author the brand new action/adventure novel Sons of Zeus. Continue reading

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Tauriel the Elven Archer

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Ever since I wrote those articles about the archery in Brave, The Hunger Games and Avengers , I get random email, Twitter and Facebook messages from people pointing out archery in other movies, TV shows, comics, cartoons and videogames and asking what I think, and the latest to cross my screen is a note inquiring about the new elf character played by Evangeline Lily in the second installment of the Hobbit saga. Continue reading

New The Hobbit Video Blog Released

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With less than six months to go until the next instalment of Peter Jackson’s epic expansion of Tolkien’s other famous book hits the screens, the first production diary video for The Desolation Of Smaug (technically the 11th overall) has been released. It starts off with some bad news for fans regarding Comic-Con, but continues with more fascinating glimpses into the world of Middle-earth movie making. Continue reading

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer Explained

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The trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second of Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy of Hobbit movies, is out. The movie itself comes Dec. 13. But here’s what secrets the trailer seems to reveal. Continue reading

Unpublished Tolkien Epic The Fall of Arthur Is Released

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Yes, Tolkien’s works keep coming — from beyond the grave. A hitherto unknown poem that Tolkien worked on and never finished was released by Tolkien’s publisher yesterday. Called The Fall of Arthur, the poem is a “new Arthurian epic” retold by Tolkien. Continue reading