The Bitchin Fantasy Artist You Didn't Know You Already Admired

You may not know Ian Miller's name, but you've definitely marveled at his ornate, harrowing art before. His work has adorned everything from H.P. Lovecraft book covers to Warhammer 40K concept art. And at last, 300 of his best pieces are being collected in a book, The Art of Ian Miller. We've got an exclusive peek,… » 4/10/14 12:51pm Thursday 12:51pm

An Exclusive First Look At The Knobbit, An Unexpected Porn Spoof

Yes, it was bound to happen. The folks who brought you Game of Bones and Buffy The Vampire Slayer XXX are now bringing you The Knobbit. Which is just what it sounds like. We've got the first trailer exclusively at io9 — it's work-safe, except for a bit of swearing. » 4/07/14 8:00pm 4/07/14 8:00pm

Tons Of Details On Game of Thrones, Including What's Not In The Books!

Could X-Men: Apocalypse bring back Gambit and Nightcrawler? Find out what's in store in the third Hobbit movie. There are details about what The Amazing Spider-Man 2's Oscorp is up to. Find out what's going on with the Mass Effect movie. Plus, Marc Guggenheim pitches another Arrow spinoff. Spoilers now! » 3/24/14 6:00am 3/24/14 6:00am

Making The Hobbit 2's barrel escape was its own epic adventure

When Bilbo and the dwarves escaped Thranduil's kingdom, they did so in empty wine barrels, rushing down the forest river, fighting wood elves and the rapids simultaneously. Their escape was a breeze compared to what director Peter Jackson and the actors went through to make the scene, as this Wired video reveals. » 3/03/14 4:00pm 3/03/14 4:00pm

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch on all fours in his mo-cap suit as Smaug

Benedict Cumberbatch has said that he felt like a "boobie" in his motion capture suit for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but how did he actually look? This video shows us how Weta translated Cumberbatch's performance into the CG-animated Smaug. » 2/24/14 1:20pm 2/24/14 1:20pm

This small Netherlands town has streets named after Tolkien characters

In the little Dutch town of Geldrop there is a neighborhood with streets named after characters from the stories of J.R.R. Tolkien. You'll find the names of hobbits, dwarves, wizards and elves – but there's at least one name that's conspicuously absent. » 2/16/14 9:30am 2/16/14 9:30am

Why good bests evil in Middle Earth: Evil has a Vitamin D deficiency

Why is it that the plucky Hobbit Bilbo Baggins triumph again and again over the likes of Gollum, the goblins, spiders, and Smaug? A cheeky medical paper suggests that good characters have an advantage over evil ones in Tolkien's world because good characters spend more time in the sun and absorb more Vitamin D. » 12/22/13 2:00pm 12/22/13 2:00pm