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  • Without the cooperation of the Tolkien estate, there can't be more films': Peter Jackson

    12/04/2014 8:54:23 AM PST · by bkopto · 55 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 12/4/2014 | Hanna Flint
    Peter Jackson has said he won't be making anymore movies based on J. R. R. Tolkien's work, because the estate won't let him. SNIP The writer's son Christopher, who was appointed by his father as his literary executor, said that he was disappointed by the way the movies had diluted the artistry of the novels. He told Le Monde in 2012: 'Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed by the absurdity of our time. 'The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work and what it has become has overwhelmed me. The commercialisation has...
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review - exactly what it promised to be (3-stars)

    12/04/2014 3:42:12 AM PST · by Perdogg · 31 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Tuesday 2 December 2014 03.02 EST
    hortly after the climactic battle scene of this final instalment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit series gets underway, an outsize troll-like monstrosity with a pointed stone headpiece runs full tilt into a fortress wall, making a breach through which a bunch of orcs and other malevolent nasties can pour through. The troll, or whatever it is, lies full length on the ground, stunned; entirely disregarded as its compadres swarm past. Well, I can sympathise entirely; I reeled out of the cinema in bit of a daze myself after this extended dose of Jackson’s patented ye olde Middle Earth cranium-smashing.
  • Ten years On, Scientists Still Debating The Origins Of Homo Floresiensis—The 'Hobbit'

    10/28/2014 10:53:04 AM PDT · by blam · 22 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | Bob Yirka
    Oct 23, 2014Bob Yirka Homo floresiensis adult female - model of head. (Phys.org) —It's been ten years since the bones of Homo floresiensis, aka, the "hobbit" were uncovered in Liang Bua, a cave, on the island of Flores in Indonesia, and scientists still can't agree on the diminutive hominin's origins. This month, the journal Nature has printed a comment piece by Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London and two pieces by Ewen Callaway, one a retrospective with interviews with the central players, and the other a podcast with the four principle scientists involved in the find—Bert Roberts,...
  • The Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies ends with a 45-minute battle scene

    10/24/2014 6:51:44 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    Perhaps explaining why those Hobbit movies cost so much damn money to make, Entertainment Weekly has revealed that The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies will end with a 45-minute battle scene. Director Peter Jackson spoke with EW about the logistics of creating such an epic climax. “We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics,” Jackson explains, before sharing the highly scientific way he maps out his fight scenes:
  • The Bilbo Baggins Inside All of Us

    10/01/2014 7:35:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 1, 2014 | JASON SCHREDER
    This past summer my junior honors theology students read The Hobbit in preparation for their morality class this fall. While reading, I discovered why so many enjoy The Hobbit. We can connect so well with Bilbo Baggins and the other characters because they are so real, so like us. One can also find many “hidden” parallels or analogies to the Catholic Faith if they are truly sought out. What draws so many readers to The Hobbit is this central Christian message: there is a Bilbo Baggins inside of us who is faced with a decision whether or not to...
  • Take a Trip Down the Hobbit Hole: Lord Of The Rings Hotel Opens in Belgium

    05/20/2014 12:36:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 20th May 2014 | Sarah Barns
    Ever wished you were a hobbit? Well now you can experience how Bilbo and Frodo Baggins live by visiting Balade Des Gnomes, a unique hotel in Belgium. Near the picturesque town of Durbuy in Belgium, the wooden topsy-turvy rooms feature carved wooden beds that look like they are nestled in the hollow of a tree, a dining table perfect for goblin guests and a gothic, ornate bath. The Hobbit, travel, holiday, short breaksFANTASY: La Balade Des Gnomes is the perfect location for Lord Of The Rings fans [CATERS] The Hobbit, hotel, travel, short breaks, holidayCOSY: Wooden beds look like they...
  • 'The Hobbit 3' News: Sauron to Return and Defeat the White Council in 'There and Back Again?

    04/10/2014 3:49:12 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    enstarz.com/ ^ | By Natasha Taggart, ENSTARS / Apr 10, 2014 11:13 AM EDT
    It is being rumored that the evil Sauron will return and battle the White Council in The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
  • The Hobbit: from Concept Art to Big Screen

    03/14/2014 3:07:25 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 14 replies
    Hit the jump to check out The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug character designs
  • Weekend Report: Burgundy Beaten by Bilbo

    12/23/2013 3:49:39 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Box Office Mojo ^ | 12/22/13 | Ray Subers
    Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues had a solid debut this weekend, though it wasn't strong enough to take first place away from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Among the other new releases, American Hustle got off to a great start, while Saving Mr. Banks and Walking with Dinosaurs disappointed. Overall, it was a very good weekend at the box office—the Top 12 earned $137.3 million, which is up a whopping 37 percent from the same weekend last year. Unless all five Christmas Day releases bomb, the 2013 box office is now guaranteed to top last year's $10.84 billion record.
  • Arrow-wielding elves and fiery Smaug amp up action in 'The Hobbit'

    12/12/2013 5:53:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    money.msn.com ^ | December 12, 2013 6:03 PM ET.
    In the male-dominated realm of Middle Earth, only a few female characters are given a chance to shine - notably Liv Tyler's elf maiden Arwen and Cate Blanchett's elf queen Galadriel in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. When adapting Tolkein's prequel "The Hobbit" into three films, Jackson worked with producers to create a new character not featured in the original book. Unlike Tyler and Blanchett's characters, the elf warrior Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly, is not high-born - she is a working class 'Silvan' elf, who guards the Elven kingdom.
  • BILBO'S JOURNEY: A CATHOLIC TRAVEL GUIDE TO THE HOBBIT (Dec 5 at 11pm on EWTN)

    12/05/2013 2:03:32 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    EWTN ^ | December 5, 2013 | Francis Dolores
    Before you visit theatres for the second installment of the film based on J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved "The Hobbit," brush up on your elvish and pack your "Baggins," because Tolkien Scholar Joseph Pearce is taking you on an extensive tour of the Catholic themes found in "the Hobbit" in a new hour-long special, "Bilbo's Journey!" Based on his popular book, Pearce takes you far beyond the surface of this classic tale's plot, and delves deep into a symbolic journey that truly finds the middle ground between Middle Earth and our own Catholic Faith. Begin your journey through Tolkien's fantastical world...
  • The Hobbit and EWTN

    11/27/2013 2:50:45 PM PST · by NYer · 38 replies
    Waiting for Godot to Leave ^ | November 21, 2013 | Kevin O'Brien
    Joseph Pearce writes ... I'm at EWTN at the moment and had a sneak preview of the forthcoming Hobbit special on which we worked. It's truly superb and you are as wonderful as ever! It's being aired on December 5th. Can't wait to see it! We filmed two specials - one on The Hobbit and one on The Lord of the Rings.  I have not yet heard when the second one will air.  I play Tolkien in both specials and Joseph offers his insightful commentary on the Catholic elements in Tolkien's works.  I'll pass long more info as it's passed...
  • The Hobbit hole man who left his 9-to-5 life behind to survive on $5,000 year underground house

    10/14/2013 1:44:49 PM PDT · by Dysart · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10-14-13 | Joshua Gardner
    Dan Price was once a successful but stressed out family man in Kentucky but left it all behind twenty years ago to live underground in the Oregon woods. He's the Hobbit hole man who walked away from the 9-to-5 life, dug himself a house under a horse pasture and he has never looked back. ‘When you get rid of things and you’re willing to have less, you’re given a gift of more,’ said Price as he sat in his 8-foot abode.Price once worked as a photojournalist to help support his wife and two young kids and to pay the family...
  • [C-Span Video] John McCain: Blocking Obama on Syria Would Be 'Catastrophic'

    09/02/2013 6:56:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Video at link
  • Archaeologist who discovered the Hobbit dies [ Mike Morwood ]

    07/28/2013 7:11:45 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    The Conservation ^ | 23 July 2013 | Sunanda Creagh
    The archaeologist who helped discover the extinct Homo species Flores Hobbit, Professor Mike Morwood, has died after a struggle with cancer. New Zealand-born Professor Morwood, who was based at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Wollongong, was also a world expert in Australian rock art. Professor Morwood was based at the University of New England in 2003 when he and a team of Indonesian researchers excavated the Liang Bua Cave on the island of Flores and found a set of curious bones that came to be known as Homo floresiensis or the Hobbit. The discovery...
  • HUMAN ORIGINS: Battle Erupts Over the 'Hobbit' Bones

    02/26/2005 2:32:32 PM PST · by Lessismore · 18 replies · 771+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 2005-02-25 | Elizabeth Culotta
    Research on human fossils generally proceeds at a leisurely pace. Those who discover new bones sometimes take years to analyze them, while their colleagues and rivals wait impatiently to get a good look. But that's not the case with the 18,000-year-old "hobbit" skeleton of Indonesia. Ever since the Australian- Indonesian team that discovered the bones made the startling claim that they are the remains of a species of small, archaic human, Homo floresiensis (Nature, 28 October, p. 1055), the bones have been analyzed and reanalyzed at a breathtaking pace. For the past 3 months, however, the studies have been directed...
  • Newly Found (Human) Species Goes Missing Again (Floresiensis)

    02/09/2005 11:31:13 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 1,098+ views
    The Age ^ | 2-10-2005 | Stephen Cauchi
    Newly found species goes missing again By Stephen Cauchi Science reporter February 10, 2005 The disputed Homo Floresiensis. Photo: Robert Pearce The remains of an extinct metre-high human species have become virtually as hidden as they were before their discovery last year rocked the world of palaeontology. One of Indonesia's leading palaeontologists is refusing to hand back the remains to the team that found them on the Indonesian island of Flores. As reported last year, Professor Teuku Jacob, of Gadjah Mada University, grabbed the remains of the seven creatures - dubbed "hobbits" - and locked them in his safe, refusing...
  • Biblical-giants book soars up charts

    02/01/2005 1:47:51 AM PST · by ChristianDefender · 33 replies · 1,976+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 02-01-05 | WND
    A unique book that purports to explain the past existence of giant beings referred to in the Bible as the Nephilim is skyrocketing up online best-sellers lists, now appearing in the top 15 at Amazon.com. Published by Xulon Press, "The Nephilim and the Pyramid of the Apocalypse" presents an explanation for an unusual verse in the first book of the Bible, Genesis 6:4, which reads: "There were giants (Nephilim) in the Earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men and they bare children to them." The book's author,...
  • 'Hobbit' tools found near remains

    10/17/2005 2:56:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies · 564+ views
    physorg.com ^ | October 17, 2005
    Researchers say they have found "Hobbit" tools on an Indonesian island near where the remains of nine ancient individuals were found. The researchers have excavated more than 500 stone tools within several miles of the remains of Homo floresiensis, believed to have inhabited the site from an estimated 95,000 to 12,000 years ago, the BBC reported Friday. "At Mata Menge there are hundreds and hundreds of in situ stone artifacts with Stegodon fossils," Mike Morwood, of the University of New England, director of the excavations, told the BBC News. Last year, the announcement that a partial skeleton about three feet...
  • Villagers speak of the small, hairy Ebu Gogo [New human species ... still alive?]

    10/27/2004 6:14:36 PM PDT · by aculeus · 32 replies · 1,044+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | October 28, 2004 | Richard Roberts
    Richard Roberts, discoverer of the Hobbit, says local tales suggest the species could still exist When I was back in Flores earlier this month we heard the most amazing tales of little, hairy people, whom they called Ebu Gogo - Ebu meaning grandmother and Gogo meaning 'he who eats anything'. The tales contained the most fabulous details - so detailed that you'd imagine there had to be a grain of truth in them. One of the village elders told us that the Ebu Gogo ate everything raw, including vegetables, fruits, meat and, if they got the chance, even human meat....
  • The Mystery Ape of Pleistocene Asia [ from Longgupo in Sichuan province ]

    06/25/2009 2:52:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 777+ views
    Nature 459, 910-911 ^ | Wednesday, June 17, 2009 | Russell L. Ciochon
    Fossil finds of early humans in southeast Asia may actually be the remains of an unknown ape. Russell Ciochon says that many palaeoanthropologists -- including himself -- have been mistaken. Fourteen years ago, a Nature paper by my colleagues and I described a 1.9-million-year-old human jaw fragment from Longgupo in Sichuan province, China1. The ancient date in itself was spectacular. Previous evidence had suggested that human ancestors arrived in east Asia from Africa about 1 million years ago, in the form of Homo erectus. Longgupo nearly doubled that estimate. But even more exciting -- and contentious -- was our claim...
  • Who's Your Daddy? [ Homo floriensis in Australia ]

    09/08/2011 1:17:07 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Heritage Daily ^ | Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 | Sue Carter
    Following on from the previous article, The First Boat People, we know that Sahul, the original name of Australia during prehistoric times, was settled around 40,000 years ago. Although this date is disputed it is now universally accepted as the most accurate and reliable. But who were these first people and from where did they come? Could humans have developed in Australia at the same time they were developing in Africa? Was there a wave of immigrants or only one founding population? And where does Homo floriensis fit into this picture, if at all? It can quite comfortably be stated...
  • The Hobbit Hole III - Journey to the Cross-roads!

    12/17/2002 7:32:02 AM PST · by HairOfTheDog · 65,542 replies · 14,143+ views
    Welcome to The Hobbit Hole! Journey to the Cross-roads The Two Towers Edition Come on! Come in! -if you would like to have some seedcakes and a pint and relax a while. (If it is a special occasion, we still have a few bottles of the old wineyards left!) Our first thread ( New Zealander builds Hobbit hole ) reached 4,100 posts, and we thought that was big. Our second thread (The New Hobbit Hole ) held us for over 48,000 posts, and we loved it dearly. We talked about moving to a new thread for the last 38,000 posts,...
  • The Real 'Hobbit' Had Larger Brain Than Thought

    04/17/2013 10:34:45 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies
    Live Science ^ | 4-18-2013 | Charles Choi
    The Real 'Hobbit' Had Larger Brain Than Thought Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Date: 16 April 2013 Time: 07:01 PM ETThe hobbit, Homo floresiensis, lived on the island of Flores some 18,000 years ago, and now researchers have more evidence (its relatively large brain) the diminutive creature was a unique human species. The brain of the extinct "hobbit" was bigger than often thought, researchers say. These findings add to evidence that the hobbit was a unique species of humans after all, not a deformed modern human, scientists added. The 18,000-year-old fossils of the extinct type of human officially known as Homo...
  • The Hobbit ring that may have inspired Tolkien put on show

    04/03/2013 9:44:42 AM PDT · by Altariel · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 1, 2013 | Maev Kennedy
    In what was once the housekeeper's office of a Tudor mansion in Hampshire, a very odd golden ring glitters on a revolving stand in a tall perspex column. In chapter five of The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins finds a ring in the gloom of Gollum's cave. Not just any ring. "One very beautiful thing, very beautiful, very wonderful. He had a ring, a golden ring, a precious ring." A new exhibition opening today at The Vyne, now owned by the National Trust, raises the intriguing possibility that the Roman ring in the case, and the ring of power in JRR Tolkien's...
  • Anyone disturbed by "The Hobbit" film?

    12/26/2012 3:46:05 AM PST · by LinnieBeth · 83 replies
    12-26-12 | LinnieBeth
    We went to see The Hobbit yesterday and we thought it was awful. Been surprised that since it's release there haven't been any posts to the Hole. Are you all disgusted with Part 1?
  • The Hobbit: A Film of Friendship, Faith, and the Good Fight

    12/22/2012 3:19:36 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 21, 2012 | Meryl Amland
    Martin Freeman stars in a scene from the movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (CNS photo/Warner Bros.) Director Peter Jackson does not disappoint. Like the great Lord of the Rings films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is filled with beautiful scenery, epic battle sequences, humor, good versus evil, and many lessons on true friendship and sacrifice. Avid Tolkien fans may notice some minor additional plot elements and bits and pieces of The Silmarillion, as well as parts from the appendices to the Lord of the Rings. However, these additions and minute changes do not diminish the greatness of Tolkien’s...
  • The Hobbit and Evil

    Some may see the films or books as just entertainment, but Tolkien spent a lifetime creating a mythos with far more detail than most writers ever imagine. An Oxford professor, he approached his writing as if it were a scholarly pursuit. Yet it was still entertaining and captivating, full of themes and message (though he never intentionally preached, so to speak, his beliefs informed his work). That’s why it has endured for so long (The Hobbit was originally published in 1937, mainly directed at children. Don’t see many children books like this anymore, do we?). Tolkien drew on many influences...
  • Hobbit has ring of a darker journey

    12/19/2012 7:09:06 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 8 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 19 Dec 2012 | EILEEN BATTERSBY
    JRR Tolkien’s debut prose fiction The Hobbit (1937) may at first glance appear simple, particularly when compared with the epic grandeur and gravity of what was to follow in The Lord of the Rings (published in three volumes between 1954 and 1955), yet it should not be underestimated. The Hobbit is an exciting, fast-moving and witty novel, featuring an unlikely, quintessentially English middle-class hero none too keen on adventures: “Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them.” ...Tolkien wrote The Hobbit for his children. It defers broadly to the conventional fairy...
  • Vanity - Has any one seen "The Hobbit"

    12/15/2012 2:39:40 PM PST · by Perdogg · 80 replies
    I was going to avoid it because I saw too many mental Hobbits (no offense to Hobbits) on election day. I was wondering if it was any good. Next week I will see "Jack Reacher" and post a review.
  • Is ‘The Hobbit’ a ‘Christian’ film? Yes and no.

    12/14/2012 8:23:30 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 15 Dec 2012 | Kay Campbell and Greg Garrison
    Travel along, if you dare, with Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit” — either in J.R.R.Tolkien’s beloved 1937 novel, or through the first installment of Peter Jackson’s film trilogy based on the book, which opens in theaters on Friday (Dec. 14). If you do, you will, essentially, be traveling in a world constructed on Christian principles, says Devin Brown, a professor of English at Asbury University, a Christian liberal arts college near Lexington, Ky. ...
  • The Director and Stars of “The Hobbit” Share Thoughts on Bravery, Mercy and Tolkien’s Christianity

    12/10/2012 6:04:54 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 34 replies
    Patheos/Christopher Closeup ^ | December 10, 2012 | Tony Rossi
    The new film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (opening Dec. 14) has got action and adventure galore, just like “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy that preceded it. But the director and actors who worked on the movie are well aware of the deeper themes that lie at the heart of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), who authored all the original books, published between 1937 and 1955. At a recent press conference about the film in New York City, Richard Armitage, who portrays the Dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshield, said, “One of the things I find when I look...
  • 'The Hobbit' premiere: Peter Jackson's fantasy epic is eye-popping (FIRST REVIEW)

    12/02/2012 10:56:54 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 91 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, November 29, 2012, 7:47 PM | Ethan Sacks
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- There’s only one real wizard in Middle Earth - and it’s director Peter Jackson. The auteur from Down Under unveiled “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” - the first installment of his prequel trilogy to his “Lord of the Rings” series - in his native New Zealand Wednesday. It was an eye-popping night, from the celebrity-filled red carpet to, more important, the action on screen. Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 children’s tale which set the stage for the author’s much darker and heavier later books, Jackson’s “The Hobbit” harkens back to a more innocent time when men...
  • An Unexpected Briefing - (Best ACTUAL Airline Safety Briefing Video, EVAH!)

    11/01/2012 3:12:05 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11-1-12 | TCRLAF
    This is the ACTUAL Boeing 777-300ER passenger safety briefing video that Air New Zealand began using today, November 1st. In all of my years of flying, this is likely the FIRST time I have paid attention to the brief video, all the way through! Watch closely for all the stars, and people connected to the author.
  • Why J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ Isn’t Just For Kids

    10/17/2012 1:01:51 PM PDT · by Altariel · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 21, 2012 | Corey Olsen
    One of the most consistently underappreciated elements of “The Hobbit” is Tolkien’s use of poetry and song throughout the book. Most readers skim over the poems or even skip them outright, but they miss out on some of Tolkien’s most thoughtful and compelling literary moments. The songs in “The Hobbit” are not merely verses embedded in the story; they are poems carefully designed to capture the voices and illustrate the attitudes of their singers. The simple chant of the goblins when they first capture Bilbo and the dwarves, for instance, gives readers a stark insight into the goblin outlook on...
  • New Hobbit Trailer From Brave Now Online

    08/07/2012 4:53:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    PJMedia ^ | August 6, 2012 | None
    New Hobbit trailer available online. YES!!!
  • ‘Hobbit’ trilogy confirmed by Peter Jackson, Internet rejoices

    07/30/2012 10:29:08 PM PDT · by Altariel · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 30, 2012 | Jen Chaney
    Peter Jackson formally announced this afternoon that his take on “The Hobbit” — originally envisioned as a two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s tale — will be a trilogy. The Oscar-winning filmmaker — who, as Smeagol scholars are well aware, directed the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy to much critical acclaim and financial success — had hinted about a third “Hobbit” during a recent appearance at Comic-Con. But today’s statement officially confirms that a third, not-yet-titled movie will follow “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and ”The Hobbit: There and Back Again.” Part three of the Bilbo Baggins saga is slated for...
  • VIDEO: McCain Says President Obama Will Remain On Arizona Ballot Despite Birther Threats

    05/19/2012 9:09:25 AM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 74 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | May 18, 2012 | Nick Martin
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said late Friday that President Obama will remain on Arizona’s ballot despite conspiracy theory-fueled threats from the state’s top election official. “The president of the United States is not going to be taken off the ballot,” McCain told Phoenix television station KPNX.
  • Happy Birthday, Professor Tolkien - Jan. 3 !!!

    01/03/2012 9:25:16 AM PST · by fishtank · 25 replies · 3+ views
    http://www.tolkiensociety.org/toast/ ^ | Jan 3, 2012 | JRR Tolkien
    On the 3rd January 1892 JRR Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. To celebrate this event, on this day each year Tolkien fans around the world are invited to raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author. The toast is "The Professor". For those unfamiliar with British toast-drinking ceremonies: To make the Birthday Toast, you stand, raise a glass of your choice of drink (not necessarily alcoholic), and say the words 'The Professor' before taking a sip (or swig, if that's more appropriate for your drink). Sit and enjoy the rest of your drink.
  • Lord of the Rings - Yearly Ritual

    12/26/2011 5:31:35 PM PST · by dagogo redux · 51 replies
    12/26/11 | dagogo redux
    Every year now for a number of years my wife and I watch the entire six disc extended version of the Lord of the Rings during the gloomy Northwest winter around the Thanksgiving-to New-Years time. It helps us through the winter gloom, but since Obama's election it also helps us maintain hope and courage. I grew up on Tolkien before he was well known, and it probably shaped me in ways I can scarcely appreciate. My wife on the other hand, from the Third World, had no inkling of Tolkien until this movie cycle came out. We are both very...
  • The Hobbit Trailer (2012)

    12/20/2011 8:45:05 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 119 replies
    You Tube ^ | 12-20-2011 | Peter Jackson
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=G0k3kHtyoqc
  • Reading LOTR:FOTR - Chapter 1 - Part 1 - A Long Expected Party - Audiobook

    11/21/2011 8:34:44 PM PST · by Altariel · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 23, 2010 | PhilsStuffofDoom
    Read by Phil Dragash and edited, and mixed, sound-effected, and designed, and painted as well. Forgive the many mistakes and glitches. I'm the only one working on this after all!
  • Peter Jackson & John Key – full Hobbiton media conference - Video

    10/29/2011 5:30:04 PM PDT · by Immerito · 31 replies · 1+ views
    News 3 (New Zealand) ^ | October 28, 2011 | News 3
    The full, uncut video of filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson and Prime Minister John Key speaking at Hobbiton today
  • Tea Party ‘Hobbits’ Confront McCain at Town Hall: ‘Are You Going to Apologize?’

    08/09/2011 10:08:37 AM PDT · by Sopater · 43 replies
    Conservative Daily News ^ | Aug 9th, 2011 | R. Mitchell
    "...I'm sorry if it was misunderstood, I'm not sorry for what I said."
  • Hobbit Name Generator

    08/01/2011 8:12:49 AM PDT · by kingattax · 96 replies
    You have a secret name. Find out what it is.
  • Thad McCotter To The Tea Party: Time To Grow Up

    07/31/2011 10:32:24 AM PDT · by mnehring · 72 replies
    Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.), a Republican presidential candidate, called Saturday morning for Republicans and the Tea Party to stop fighting and work together to help save the country, presumably from Democratic policies, although he was not specific. “On the right, take note,” McCotter said on the House floor. “It is as unwarranted and injurious for a Republican to call a Tea Partier a hobbit as it is for a Tea Partier to call a Republican a RINO.”
  • McCain is turning into Walter Matthau, calling his fellow Repubs "hobbits."

    07/28/2011 6:30:41 AM PDT · by donjuanluis07 · 16 replies
    RINOList.org ^ | Jul 28, 2011 | donjuanluis
    Just got this from Glenn Beck's The Blaze news blog. Wow, McCain is turning more and more into Walter Matthau each day. Here is the link to the Blaze article. Comment at will. Sorry ahead of time for the short post. More are coming in the next few weeks, as I have been on hiatus for the summer. Look for a list of Repubs that vote for either a Bonner plan or something like it.
  • WSJ: Tea Party “hobbits” need to go back to Middle Earth, or something

    07/27/2011 6:13:44 PM PDT · by Immerito · 48 replies
    HotAir.com ^ | July 27, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    BARAD-DUR, MORDOR (HA) — The Wall Street Journal offered this, er, interesting assessment of Tea Party opposition to the John Boehner plan: But what none of these critics have is an alternative strategy for achieving anything nearly as fiscally or politically beneficial as Mr. Boehner’s plan. The idea seems to be that if the House GOP refuses to raise the debt ceiling, a default crisis or gradual government shutdown will ensue, and the public will turn en masse against . . . Barack Obama. The Republican House that failed to raise the debt ceiling would somehow escape all blame. Then...
  • 'Hobbit' First Look: 3 pics !

    06/24/2011 3:20:16 AM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 23 replies · 12+ views
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | June 24, 2011 | Josh Rottenburg
    Peter Jackson lets us sneak a peek at work-in-progress; spy Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, with the director's comments
  • The Official HOBBIT Titles And Release Dates!

    05/30/2011 8:13:13 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 37 replies
    aintitcool.com ^ | 053011 | Nordling
    We've known about this unofficially since March, but it's official now - New Line, MGM, and Warner Brothers have announced that Peter Jackson's HOBBIT films are titled THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, to be released December 14, 2012, and THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN, to be released December 13, 2013.