How Do Jackson's Lord of the Rings Characters Compare To Tolkien's?

When it comes to personality traits, how does J.R.R. Tolkien's Gandalf compare to Peter Jackson's movie version? An IBM researcher used the company's artificially intelligent Watson computer system to crunch the data and find out. » 12/26/14 12:00pm 12/26/14 12:00pm

Air New Zealand's New Hobbit Video Is Greatest Flight Safety Film Ever

In honor of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the folks at Air New Zealand have updated their Hobbit-studded flight safety video with even more special effects madness and costumed flight attendants—plus cameos from Elijah Wood, Peter Jackson, and Sylvester McCoy. » 10/22/14 5:30pm 10/22/14 5:30pm

What The Hobbit Diet Reveals About Life On Middle Earth

After learning about the Tolkien estate's downright unseasonable ban on pumpkins appearing anywhere on Middle Earth, a second, and very important question arose: What about potatoes, precious? » 9/30/14 4:20pm 9/30/14 4:20pm

Tips For Playing Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor

Rangers of Gondor! Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is upon us. The time has come to stand up to Sauron's evil forces. But you know what they say about not simply walking into Mordor and so forth. So here are some useful tips to get your and Talion's quest started. » 9/30/14 2:20pm 9/30/14 2:20pm

The New LOTR Game Made Me Fight Dirty

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a revenge story. Sauron has returned to Mordor and a mystery wraith with a grudge has resurrected you to kill him. But from everything I played in a recent demo, it seems like the orcs and other creatures of Mordor should want revenge against me. » 5/22/14 9:00am 5/22/14 9:00am

Watch Gandalf Battle The Balrog In This Found Lord of the Rings Footage

More than 35 years after the film's original release, two clips of lost footage that were cut from Ralph Bakshi's animated Lord of the Rings have been restored "from the cutting room floor," thanks to the work of Bakshi's son, Eddie Bakshi. » 3/22/14 12:30pm 3/22/14 12:30pm

One does not simply walk into Mordor but I've driven through it

Climate scientists from the University of Bristol in England have used a climate model to simulate the climate of Middle Earth. The model was also used to determine where on Earth is most like certain places in Middle Earth. » 12/09/13 4:31pm 12/09/13 4:31pm

The chart that proves just how much of a sausage fest Middle Earth is

It will surprise no one that the works of J.R.R. Tolkien overwhelmingly feature male characters. After all, Peter Jackson had to invent characters in order to cast more than one actress in The Hobbit. But just how big is the Middle Earth gender gap? » 10/13/12 11:00am 10/13/12 11:00am

New TMNT Animated Series: These aren't the same old turtles!

The classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are being totally reinvented for a new animated series... but in a good way. Yesterday at Comic Con, we got a chance to see a panel featuring series executive producer Ciro Nieli (Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go!), who explained how he is taking the best of previous… » 7/14/12 9:20am 7/14/12 9:20am

The 10 Geekiest Google Easter Eggs

The folks at Google are no strangers to science, science fiction, fantasy, or geek culture in general. Evidence of their fandom is plentiful, most commonly in the form of easter eggs and April Fools' jokes, for which the company is famous. But you do have to know where to look. Consider this your guide to the ten… » 6/11/12 10:28am 6/11/12 10:28am

Best Behind-the-Scenes Hobbit Video Yet... With One Amazing Cameo

Peter Jackson has released the seventh video from The Hobbit set in New Zealand. Each one keeps getting better and better. But this "vlog" entry might be the best thus far. Not only does it show the dwarves' "barrel escape" scene, it also has a dynamite cameo at the end. Definitely worth watching the whole thing. » 6/06/12 2:30pm 6/06/12 2:30pm

Incredibly NSFW, anatomically correct Hobbit doll will crush your very…

One unique entrepreneur is peddling naked Hobbit toys, for a whopping $89.99. But when you have first hand knowledge for what a Hobbit's penis looks like, you can set your price anywhere. » 2/17/12 1:40pm 2/17/12 1:40pm

First look at Dori, Nori and Ori from The Hobbit set

Peter Jackson has just released the first images of squabbling dwarf brothers Dori, Nori and Ori from his Hobbit movie. Check out the delightful braided beard detail and adorable (but deadly) weapons! » 7/07/11 9:50am 7/07/11 9:50am

Hipster Lord of the Rings, where the Nazgul ride fixies!

Ever wonder what Lord Of The Rings would look like, if it was set in Brooklyn? Imagine no longer! The amazingly talented Noelle Stevenson has illustrated a gaggle of endearing hipsterfied LOTR images. Behold Arwen, the indie coffee-shop queen. » 6/28/11 10:09am 6/28/11 10:09am

Frodo and Legolas to cameo in The Hobbit?

Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are allegedly in talks to appear in The Hobbit. How is it McKellen and Serkis haven't locked this down already? The only Gandalf and Gollum we want are the originals. [Deadline] » 1/07/11 8:00am 1/07/11 8:00am

The Greatest Knitting Patterns in the Universe

Winter is the perfect time to cozy up in front of a fire and knit. But there's no reason those yarn projects can't celebrate our love for all things science fiction and fantasy. Here are 20 awesome free knit/crochet patterns. » 12/24/10 12:31pm 12/24/10 12:31pm

Islamic jihadists are huge fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy

Muslim extremists are hugely into the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, says British satirist Chris Morris, who studied terrorism for three years before directing Four Lions. "They see themselves as the force for good and Sauron is basically George W. Bush." » 11/05/10 9:00am 11/05/10 9:00am