Take A Stroll Through Hobbiton In This Beautiful Gallery

Whenever the lush hills of the Shire come into view in The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit movies, it's almost impossible not to be filled with a desire to be whisked away to the peaceful land of Hobbits. Turns out you can go - and as these photos show, it looks as good in the flesh as it does on film. » 1/11/15 3:22pm 1/11/15 3:22pm

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

How Peter Jackson leaving Middle-Earth might give hope for Fantasy Films

With the première for The Battle of The Five Armies this week, many sites reported on comments made by Jackson about legal issues could keep him away from the rest of Tolkien's Middle-Earth tales. While it's still sad to see these sagas end, his departure might mean good things for Epic Fantasy at the Box Office. » 12/04/14 10:49am 12/04/14 10:49am

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 10:15am 5/22/14 10:15am

Genre Actors Who've Owned More Than One Iconic Role

When an actor takes on a huge, break-out role, he or she runs a huge risk of getting typecast. This is what leads to things like Leonard Nimoy writing I Am Not Spock. But occasionally, an actor won't just play one iconic, famous character – they'll play two, or three. Here's a list of the genre actors who were either… » 9/13/13 12:35pm 9/13/13 12:35pm

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

Martin Freeman turned down the role of Bilbo Baggins?

We're not sure whether to believe this rumor — because, honestly, who in their right mind would turn down The Hobbit? Martin Freeman would have been a particularly inspired casting decision as Bilbo Baggins, too. » 9/07/10 4:30pm 9/07/10 4:30pm