Beautiful Map To Middle-Earth Discoverd On Starbucks Cup

Someone sketched out the map of Middle-Earth onto a Starbucks cup and it's just a nice thing. Look at this adorable little map thing someone with great talent drew. Isn't that nice? » 1/23/15 8:40am 1/23/15 8:40am

The First Hobbit Fan-Edit Cuts The Trilogy In Half

Well, this was inevitable. A Tolkien fan — less enthused by Peter Jackson's expansive, three-movie adaptation of The Hobbit than others — has created his own edit of the trilogy, trimming the 9+ hour-long saga into a much trimmer four hours and 21 minutes. Check it out! » 1/20/15 6:51am 1/20/15 6:51am

How Michael Moorcock Became The Anti-Tolkien

Michael Moorcock once referred to the huge catalog of names, places, rings and rulers in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy texts as "a pernicious confirmation of the values of a morally bankrupt middle class." He accused Tolkien's work of infantilization. And he created his most famous character, Elric, as a critique of… » 1/07/15 3:40pm 1/07/15 3:40pm

Which Dwarf Is Which In The Hobbit Movies? This Cheat Sheet Can Help

The Hobbit movies expanded the personalities of the Dwarven characters from J.R.R. Tolkien's original book, but sometimes it feels like you need a chart to keep track of who is who under all that beard hair. Fortunately, the Lord of the Rings Project has made just such a chart. » 1/02/15 6:00pm 1/02/15 6:00pm

Eddie Redmayne Shows The World His Adorable Audition For Bilbo Baggins

Eddie Redmayne stopped by the The Graham Norton and revealed this interesting little tidbit about his audition for the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. It's just downright adorable. » 1/02/15 1:02pm 1/02/15 1:02pm

If Only The Hobbit Was As Fast As This Music Remix

Here is a very dancey mix made entirely out of dialogue and sound effects from The Hobbit. The best part is when Gandalf shows up around 1:12 — and then things really start getting weird. If only the actual movies moved this fast. Dragon! » 12/31/14 3:30pm 12/31/14 3:30pm

10 Story Decisions Scifi And Fantasy Writers Ended Up Regretting

There are writers who disown entire books after they've written them, but sometimes writers like their stories on the whole, but feel a twinge of regret over one a small (or not-so-small) detail. Here are a few decisions that the writers, in hindsight, wished they had thought through a little better. » 12/24/14 10:00am 12/24/14 10:00am

The Lord Of The Rings' Mythology Explained In Just Four Minutes

If you haven't dived into the pages of The Silmarillion, there's a whole cosmology of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth that you may not know. This short video outlines the basics, explaining as much about the universe's divine and angelic beings as you can learn in four minutes. » 12/17/14 4:30pm 12/17/14 4:30pm

All The Scenes That Could Have Been Cut From The Hobbit Trilogy 

The Hobbit trilogy has thrown Tolkien-fans a rather rare problem: way too much screentime for some of their most beloved characters. So, what could have been cut to make the movie a little smaller and a whole lot better? So, so much. » 12/17/14 4:07pm 12/17/14 4:07pm

Stephen Colbert's Unexpected Cosplay As Bilbo, Legolas, And Gandalf

There is no question that Stephen Colbert is a J.R.R. Tolkien superfan. After all, it's the reason Peter Jackson gave Colbert a cameo in The Desolation of Smaug. And he's bidding farewell to Jackson's Hobbit films by dressing up as the characters. » 12/10/14 12:20pm 12/10/14 12:20pm

The Funniest Tolkien Article You'll Read This Week

We all know that J.R.R. Tolkien's famous fantasy books are merely translations of an ancient text, the Red Book of Westmarch. But what would happen if someone else tried to do their own translation? Could they get sued by the Tolkien estate and win? That's what this hilarious article in the Toast unravels for you. » 12/08/14 2:40pm 12/08/14 2:40pm

The Music Video For The Hobbit's Final Song Will Give You Chills

Billy Boyd (who played loyal hobbit and silken-voiced songster Pippin in The Lord of The Rings) will lend his vocal talents once again to The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. Here's the official music video for"The Last Goodbye," which will play over the film's end credits. » 11/22/14 9:56am 11/22/14 9:56am

Listen To Pippin's Beautiful Return Song From The New Hobbit Movie

Pippin will return in The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. Or, at the very least, he'll appear on the soundtrack. Actor Billy Boyd has returned to Middle Earth to lend his pipes (yet again) to the drums of war. And you can listen to his entire song right now. » 11/14/14 4:00pm 11/14/14 4:00pm

Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Trailer Prepares For An Epic War

Here is your first, long look at the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies—or as we call it, a film that probably shouldn't be this long, but who are you kidding? You're going to watch it premiere weekend anyway. » 11/06/14 10:21am 11/06/14 10:21am

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

6 Types Of Movies We Never Want To See Again

Lately, every movie seems to be a sequel or reboot — but it doesn't stop there. Because the movie industry is increasingly dependent on creating franchises, we're seeing some bastardized forms, that are just designed to keep franchises alive. Here are six newfangled types of movies that we're already tired of. » 10/20/14 10:00am 10/20/14 10:00am

This Epic Hobbit Retelling Is 550 Minutes Shorter Than The Movies

Don't have time to sit through all three of Peter Jackson's almost-three-hour-a-piece Hobbit movies? Then watch this newest video from the Brotherhood Workshop, which chronicles the entirety of Bilbo's grand adventure in a mere 72 seconds, but, frankly, is just as epic. » 10/17/14 6:33am 10/17/14 6:33am

Fall Movie Guide: 6 Movies We're Sure Will Rock, Plus 23 Contenders

This is a great time to be a fan of science fiction and fantasy movies, and this fall is jam-packed with wonder and fascination. There are huge sequels, like Hunger Games and The Hobbit. But also some huge wild cards, like Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and Ridley Scott's Exodus. Here are 29 movies to look out for… » 8/13/14 12:00pm 8/13/14 12:00pm

12 Monkeys, Once Upon a Time, and Arrow Cast Some Familiar Names!

Zachary Quinto talks the state of Star Trek, Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman preview Doctor Who, and Chris Pratt describes the new park that's up and running in Jurassic World. Ted 2 starts filming! Plus, what Easter eggs are hiding in Guardians of the Galaxy? Spoilers now! » 7/30/14 6:00am 7/30/14 6:00am

It's All-Out War In The First Trailer For Hobbit: Battle Of Five Armies

The melancholy teaser trailer for the final Hobbit movie has arrived and it gives us a taste of the war that gives The Battle of Five Armies its name. But as swords are drawn and loyalties are tested, the Eye of Sauron looks out over all. » 7/28/14 12:45pm 7/28/14 12:45pm