News and Updates Archive

News and Site update Archives:

December

12/30/13
Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Martin Freeman tell Total Film which scenes cut from The Desolation of Smaug they would like to see in the extended edition, such as Thráin at the Battle of Moria and in Dol Guldur.

12/29/13
-Made in Hollywood interview with Richard Armitage about Thorin’s changing relationship with Bilbo.

12/24/13
-ArchedCory’s latest essay discusses the Anatomy of Smaug, as seen in the Desolation of Smaug and the Extended Edition of An Unexpected Journey.

12/23/13
-ArchedCory brings us this translation of interviews with Luke Evans, Richard Armitage, and Martin Freeman from the German magazine Cinema.

12/18/13
-This video from Weta Workshop shows how they created the lifesize giant eagles displayed at Wellington Airport.

-The New York Times has a minute long scene from DOS involving giant spider slaying.

-The LA Times Hero Complex interviews Ian McKellen about Peter Jackson deriving many of the scenes in DOS from the Appendices of Lord of the Rings, the technical difficulties of acting opposite dwarves such as Richard Armitage, or hobbits like Elijah Wood, and having a copy of The Hobbit on him at all times during shooting.

-The LA Times interviews Richard Armitage about finally seeing the dragon, the prologue scene between Gandalf and Thorin, parallels between Thorin, Macbeth, and Henry V, his relationship with Peter Jackson, Thorin’s madness, and how this film has changed his goals as an actor.

-Cirdan of Herr-der-ringe-film.de talks to Peter Jackson about how he adapted the story of the The Hobbit for film in regards the change of narrative point of view and expanding the film to three movies, and what designs are left from Guillermo del Toro.

-Kingfisher posts the second in the series chronicling the weapons of the Company.  This time it reveals all (or most) of Fili’s arsenal.

12/16/13
-Interviews with Lee Pace and Richard Armitage in SKIP magazine.

12/12/13
-Playlist interviews Richard Armitage talking in-depth about the changes Thorin goes through in the second and third film, how much film-Thorin deviates from Tolkien’s Thorin (or doesn’t), and how certain scenes involving Thorin’s father Thrain needed to be cut for pacing (and will hopefully find their way back in the extended edition or third film).  Big spoilers – save this one for after you watch the film.

12/11/13
-TV Spot featuring “I See Fire” with a few new clips from the film.



12/9/13
-TV spot #? (unlisted) has a lot of new scenes, including what might be Bolg, more bits of Smaug, and armies marching around Dol Guldur.



-TV spot #10 has some brief new scenes, including bits of the dragon.



-Video interview on Aftonbladet TV with Aidan Turner and Dean O’ Gorman from the Berlin Premiere. Spoilers.

-AMC video interviews:

  • Richard Armitage about finding the key to developing the character in film two, and reversing the downfall of his line.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch on bringing the voice to the character of Smaug.  The blending of human and animal.  Similarities with the Necromancer.
  • Martin Freeman on Bilbo becoming a little darker in the second film.
  • Evangeline Lilly about her contribution to the barrel sequence, and how Tauriel will influence Legolas.
  • Luke Evans on building up the human behind the legendary archer.

-3News.co.nz interview with Richard Armitage about how Thorin lacks trust due to past experience, about what defines him as a leader, and pushing the physical boundaries of experience while acting.

Peter Jackson interview on CBSNews.com. “I’ve enjoyed making these as much as I’ve enjoyed doing anything in my life…this movie, the pace and the sort of energy of it, I think, is almost reflecting my kind of increased excitement and enthusiasm and spirit as I go along.”

-Rotten Tomatoes interview with Richard Armitage about the experiences of the barrel scene. Dreaming as Thorin.  Peter Jackson’s glee at pouring fish on his stars. A wish to ski down the Lonely Mountain.  How Thorin honors the memory of his lost father by taking on the quest.

-Movies Coming Soon video interviews:

  • Peter Jackson talks about casting Lee Pace, and Luke Evans, and Benedict Cumberbatch, and the one thing he wanted Smaug to be.
  • Evangeline Lilly talks about Tauriel’s skills and what the woodland elves are like, and what Thranduil represents. 
  • Richard Armitage on Thorin’s history, and facing off against Thranduil’s suspicions.  Working with Lee Pace. The experience of the barrels.
  • Luke Evans about Bard being a bargeman.  The poverty of the Lakemen. On doing the dwarves a favor, and reluctance for the quest.

-Trailer Addict video interviews:

  • Stephen Fry on the Master of Laketown being annoyed by heroes and warriors, and people who will disrupt his life.
  • Philippa Boyens on the woodelves isolationist mentality.  Bard’s character.  Why Gandalf goes to Dol Guldur.

-Viso Trailers video interviews

  • Ian McKellen on Gandalf leaving the dwarves, why he helps Thorin, the threat of the dragon, and what Gandalf wants to change about Bilbo.

-Video interviews on Today Online:

  • Richard Armitage talks about some of the difficulties and experiences shooting, including the barrel sequences. 
  • Luke Evans talks about working with Peter Jackson. Hardest scenes and favorite scenes. What other character he would play in the Hobbit.
  • Evangeline Lilly talks about training for the part, both dialect and stunts. About injuries on set in the last film. About the character and becoming more confident in the inclusion of Tauriel in the film.

-We Love Cinema video interview with Stephen Fry on the characteristics of the Master of Laketown, including his political nature, and corrupt features.

-ScreenSlam video interviews:

  • Martin Freeman talks about his favorite aspects of Bilbo and working with Benedict Cumberbatch and Peter Jackson.
  • Richard Armitage on imagining Thorin as a bison, the relationship between Bilbo and Thorin, and how it will change in the last film. How Thorin reaches his lowest and highest points in film two.  Working with Peter Jackson and how it has changed him.
  • Luke Evans on the depth of Bard’s back story. Why Bard helps the dwarves in the beginning. Relationship between Bard and the Master of Laketown. Working with Peter Jackson.
  • Evangeline Lilly on the first meeting with Peter Jackson. Differences between Tauriel as a wood elf and other elves we’ve seen. The training required, and working with the cast. How the Silmarillion impacted her role.

-Video interviews with Talking Pictures:

  • Luke Evans on Bard’s ancestry and accepting the role.
  • Evangeline Lilly on being a geek fan of Tolkien, Peter Jackson’s chaotic genius, and creating Tauriel’s fighting style.

-Clickonline.com interviews Lee Pace and Richard Armitage on the antagonism between their characters.

12/8/13
-Canalplus has a 23 minute behind-the-scenes special (in French) on DOS.  Contains new footage from the film with dialog in French. Spoilers.

Ian McKellen on the Jon Stewart show. Includes clip of Bilbo talking to Gandalf about finding something in the Goblin tunnels. Also talks about Ian’s early life during WWII.

-Access Hollywood interviews:

  • Richard Armitage about filming the scene where Thorin and Gandalf meet for the first time. Discusses the changing relationship between Thorin and Bilbo, and the importance of Dol Guldur scenes. Also working with Orlando Bloom and Benedict Cumberbatch. Spoilers.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch about playing Smaug, and what helped prepare him for the role, and who he says he stole his performance from.
  • Evangeline Lilly about learning to speak Elvish, and why the production chose to use only CGI arrows. Plus, what it was like working with Peter Jackson.
  • Evangeline Lilly about being a strong fan of the original books while playing an invented character. Why she was hesitant to take on the role. Spoilers for the “love triangle” in DOS.
  • Luke Evans about his first scene and archery training. Plus, Luke discusses using his Welsh accent, playing opposite James Nesbitt’s daughters, and working with Stephen Fry.
  • Ed Sheeran talks about the process of creating the song, “I See Fire.” And how it is from Thorin’s perspective. Plus, Ed chats about meeting the stars of the movie.  Another interview with Ed Sheeran about writing “I See Fire”.


12/7/13
-Interviews in the NZ Herald with Lee Pace and Richard Armitage talk about their characters in the next two films, but spoilers are kept to a minimum.

12/6/13
-Today’s post introduces the first part in a series about the weapons of Thorin’s Company, from our new member Kingfisher.  First up: Weapons of a King – Thorin Oakenshield.

-Łukasz Kapuściński has created a guitar cover of Misty Mountains Cold and Song of the Lonely Mountain.

12/5/13
-Talented cosplayers Janette Jolman and Jayn Rogers flew to LA for the Desolation of Smaug premiere to hang out in Erebor, and represent the Line of Durin with these incredible costumes of Thror and Thorin, which combine not only a ton of work recreating armor, leatherwork, and jewelry making, but also wigs, beards, and prosthetic noses and ears.
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You can view more great images on Jathoris’ page here.  Janette made Thorin’s costume, while Thror’s costume is the joint creation of Jayn and Tracy Garner (who is herself a marvelous Bifur!)  Someone else was so impressed they stopped in the middle of the Premiere excitement to come over and snap a picture with Janette. A fitting reward for one’s efforts.

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Image by Celtic Ruin’s Costumes – click for full-size

-Peter Jackson just uploaded video log #13. Enjoy!:



-You can watch the Google interviews with Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, and Peter Jackson.



-There are 13 minutes of B-roll footage showing many behind-the-scenes shots from various scenes in the movie.  Avoid if you don’t want spoilers:



-A new film clip shows Bilbo encouraging the Dwarves to get in barrels in order to escape (one minute 15 seconds):



12/4/13
-A new one minute clip from the film features Thorin’s speech in Laketown and Bard’s misgivings.


-The AU Review has several other HD clips including:

-This interview (translated from French) with Richard Armitage and Orlando Bloom in the magazine Popcorn gives spoilers about the relationship of Thorin and Legolas in the second and third film.

12/3/13
-Hollywood Blacksmith Tony Swatton recreates Bilbo’s Sting in this video.

12/2/13
-Tonight you can watch the Hobbit Red Carpet Livestream on Youtube.  If you missed it you can watch the event below.


12/1/13
-Air New Zealand reveals the dragon Smaug on the side of an airplane.  We still do not see the entire dragon, but the head and tail are very clear in this video.  Here is a detailed look at the head.

The Great Rings Part III – The Last of the Seven, is the final essay in the series which explores connections between the Concerns of the White Council, The Rings of Power and the Heirs of Durin, with particular attention paid to the misfortunes of Thorin’s father, Thráin II.

November
11/30/13
Wellington International Airport unveiled a new Giant Eagle sculpture today, with more to come tomorrow.

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-ArchedCory has gone to the epic effort of translating interviews from the German magazine NAUTILUS for our readers.  Included are interviews with Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, Jed Brophy, Peter Hambleton, Sylvester McCoy, Stephen Hunter, and Mark Hadlow.

-In the spirit of the Dwarf Training Game from last year, there is a new web-based game on the official Hobbit site.  This one is the Barrel Escape.  You control a dwarf (so far I’ve gotten Kili) and maneuver him down the river while shooting at orcs.

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-Larry D. Curtis provides insight into the character of Bard in Desolation of Smaug, and the personality of Luke Evans in this on-set interview.

Dragon Models is set to release a 1:9 scale kit of Thorin Oakenshield wielding Orcrist in January of 2014.  It can be pre-ordered from Forbiddenplanet.co.uk.

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-RichardArmitageCentral.co.uk has translated this interview with Richard Armitage from the Korean MaxMovie Magazine.

11/28/13
-Updated the Photo Gallery with over 45 new or improved DOS images.

11/25/13
-TheOneRing.net interviews Richard Armitage on using his Shakespearean roots in The Hobbit, the trouble of finding Thorin again after a year away, and the need to create his own backstory for Thorin’s relationship with his relatives.

11/24/13
-Interview with William Kircher (Bifur) on the dwarf boot camp, learning Khuzdul, and bonding with fellow dwarves.

11/21/13
-WaterTowerMusic has 1 minute clips from all the tracks on the DOS Soundtrack.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Special Edition


-The Italian Cinema Fanpage has an interview with Richard Armitage, about Thorin’s progression in the second film, which Microlina has translated to English here.

-Issue 87 of SciFiNow contains interviews with Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Martin Freeman, and Orlando Bloom. Of particular interest is the evolution of Thorin’s attitudes toward his hired burglar, Thranduil’s cautious, yet dangerous nature, and how we might not have seen the finished dragon design yet, despite getting a few glimpses in the trailers.

-Tickets to the Gala Premiere on December 9th in New Zealand will be available to purchase: “This year, the general public and avid Hobbit fans alike will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at the New Zealand Charity Gala Premiere on December 9 at The Embassy Theatre, Wellington.  Actors from the film, including Jed Brophy (Nori), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Mark Hadlow (Dori), John Callen (Oin), Peter Hambleton (Gloin) and William Kircher (Bifur), will also be in attendance.”  More information, including price of tickets, and when they will go on sale can be found on Weta’s site here.

11/19/13
-Because the Battle of Moria went by all too fast in the film, I’ve made a gallery of the behind-the-scenes images from the Extended Edition featurette.

-This Latin American trailer gives us more of Bilbo’s initial reaction to the dragon.

-WB releases TV Spot #7 with special focus on Smaug and Bilbo:



-TORn interviews Richard Armitage about how he can be a “purist” but still appreciate Peter Jackson’s deviations from Tolkien.

-ArchedCory has translated a spoiler filled article on Desolation of Smaug from the German magazine CINEMA.

11/18/13
-NewYorkMoves.com interviewed Richard Armitage about politics, weapons, and dwarf cocktails.

-The AU Review has an interview with Dean O’Gorman talking about what it was like being a part of the huge production and press for the trilogy.

11/13/13
-The January issue of SFX features short interviews with Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, and Philippa Boyens.

11/10/13
-Take a tour of Beorn’s house in this clip from Denny’s:


11/7/13
-New DOS banner art from Entertainment Weekly:
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11/6/13
-5 new posters feature images from the Empire magazine covers:

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-6 new international posters for DOS from a French site feature Thorin in Erebor garb (including what looks like the mantle of his grandfather), Legolas, Tauriel, Bilbo, Bard and Gandalf:901355_662558470443352_662891718_o

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-2 new images of Legolas and Tauriel were released by Entertainment Weekly on Facebook.
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-HD Screencaps from the DOS Sneak Peek Trailer are now in this gallery.

11/5/13
-Interview in the Dominion Post about how Ed Sheeran came to record the theme song.

-I’ve posted the (unofficial) lyrics to the “I See Fire” theme song, and track list from the Special Edition soundtrack.

11/4/13
-If all this wasn’t enough for one day, here’s the new theme song from Desolation of Smaug, sung by Ed Sheeran called “I See Fire”.

-The Sydney Morning Herald has interviews conducted in 2012 with several members of the dwarf cast including Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Adam Brown, Graham McTavish, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, and John Callen.

-WB has uploaded the new trailer in HD, so watch it here:


-Peter Jackson released the v-log (#12) shown in the fan event, which you can view below:



-Missed the 1 hr Live DOS Event. Now you can rewatch it here.  It contains both a fun v-log and an incredible new trailer at the end! (You’ll have to fast-forward to 13 minutes to get to the event. V-log begins around 20 min. Trailer is after 56 min.)



11/3/13
-New posters from The Hobbit on Facebook feature main characters from the film including Thorin:

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WarnerBrosOnline have several clips in HD from the film and behind-the-scenes extras found on the Extended Edition, including this one revealing Elrond’s concerns about the Quest of Erebor.



11/1/13
-Interviews in F*** Magazine with Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, and Orlando Bloom highlight the conflict between elves and dwarves in DOS.

-Interview with Dean O’Gorman on ripitup.com.au talks about his surprise at getting the role of Fili.

-Interview with Evangeline Lilly in the LA Times shows a new image of Tauriel standing with Thranduil.
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-Empire Magazine’s December issue features interviews with Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Peter Jackson, and Ian McKellen.  Contains some spoilers for DOS.
-Several new high-res images from the December issue of Empire are now in the Gallery.

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10/31/13
-Larry D. Curtis interviews Evangeline Lilly about her character Tauriel.
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-The Simpsons parody The Hobbit!


10/28/13
-DOS TV spot #5 contains no new scenes (as far as I can tell), but there is new dialog between Bilbo and Balin.


Empire Magazine has revealed their special subscriber’s issue and four collectors covers featuring the new film (click image for full size).  A number of scans from the issue are already online here.

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10/27/13
-New poster for the Desolation of Smaug can be found at various online merchants such as gbposter.com and closeup.de. (Thanks to Ingrid for the heads-up).

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-The Official Photo Gallery has been updated recently with images from Desolation of Smaug tie-ins.

-Second in the series of set reports from Desolation of Smaug by journalist Larry D. Curtis features Laketown images and discusses set designs for Mirkwood.

10/25/13
-There will be a fan event on November 4 @ 5 PM ET with Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, James Nesbitt, Lee Pace and
Luke Evans – Hosted by Anderson Cooper.  Live Q & A and exclusive footage shown in participating theaters and live streamed on youtube.com/TheHobbit
For more information visit http://www.thehobbit.com/fanevent/

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-Several new images from The Desolation of Smaug are shown in one of the 2014 calendars, including new shots of the dwarves in Laketown, Thorin, Kili, and a close-up of Beorn with Gandalf. Thanks to Ingrid for the heads-up!

10/22/13
-Dark Horizons’ set report includes information about DOS scenes, and gives new insight into the design choices for Dale and Erebor. Graham McTavish talks about camaraderie among the dwarf cast.

-Brief preview clip of behind-the-scenes material from the EE on Bindijuice shows Graham McTavish and Richard Armitage stunt training.



10/20/13
-Forbidden Planet lists several soon to be released items from The Noble Collection, including “Bilbo’s Mirkwood Cell Key“, “The Pipe of Bilbo Baggins“, and letter opener versions of Tauriel’s dagger and Thranduil’s sword.

-The New Zealand Post has just released its line of Desolation of Smaug stamps and coins.  You can order them here.  It offers a tiny preview of Thorin’s new wardrobe (also here), which appears to be the reverse side of this outfit.

70c-Stamp-New elf-laden poster art via a jigsaw puzzle made by Ravensburger.  The silhouettes along the bottom appear to feature Azog on a warg, a line of orcs, and Bolg in the lead (if you go by the shape of his mace).
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10/19/13
Peter Jackson describes the nature of the dragon, and talks about scoring DOS in this interview with the New Zealand Herald.

10/17/13
-A trailer for the Hobbit: AUJ Extended Edition debuted on the German WarnerBros Youtube channel. There are brief shots from several new scenes:


Martin Freeman talks about subconsciously playing Frodo while shooting his first scenes with Gollum, and how to estimate the location of an imaginary dragon. There is a very interesting, and very spoilery mention of Bilbo taking the Arkenstone on page 2.

Ian McKellen gives us a little TMI on the character of Gandalf the Grey in this Hitfix interview.

-Larry D. Curtis (MrCere on TORn) begins the multi-week process of recounting his days spent on The Hobbit set last year.  A journey of epic reporting.

Luke Evans explains why everyone in Dale will have a Welsh accent, in this interview with Hitfix.

-Interview with Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Peter Jackson, and Luke Evans on YahooMoviesUK. Explains how Laketown will be very prominent in DOS, more so than in the book.

-IGN interviewed Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly while on a behind-the-scenes set visit from 2011 which they can finally share.  They discuss their characters in DOS.  Collider gives more much detailed accounts by Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly from the same press event.

-Hitfix interviewed Richard Armitage about having more fun than a barrel of wet monkeys on the Hobbit set filming the Mirkwood escape sequence.

Jed Brophy did a Q&A on jaimepaslactu.com.  He describes some of the Hobbit actors in one word.

10/16/13
-New banner for DOS was revealed on TheHobbit.com:

300210id1h_TheHobbit_TDOS_Tapestry_Keyart_7inH_x_38inW.indd-The Extended Edition of the Hobbit: AUJ was shown in-flight on Air New Zealand.  Fortysixthhour on Tumblr was kind enough to report on 12 of the new scenes.  Avoid if you do not want spoilers.

10/15/13
-The Bridge Direct Wave 2 action figures were released today, but with far fewer new figures than expected (so far only Thranduil).  Funko will soon release a DOS line of vinyl figures featuring an invisible Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin, Legolas, and Azog. You can pre-order them on Amazon with a ship date of Nov. 1st.

10/8/13
-Re-uploaded screencaps from the Desolation of Smaug teaser trailer (Trailer #1 from June) with higher quality images.  Examples are here so you can decide if it’s worth a recheck.

10/7/13
Dean O’Gorman and Adam Brown are scheduled to appear at Alamo City Comic Con in San Antonio, Texas at the end of October.

10/4/13
-An Italian Hobbit fan site discovered the first published image of Beorn in the 2014 Desk Diary.  Take a look at it here.

10/2/13
-Added a gallery of HD screencaps from the Desolation of Smaug trailer #2

10/1/13
-Warner Bros Pictures has the new trailer on Youtube in HD, which you can watch below.


-Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom will be on the Today show at 8am on NBC to premiere the new trailer.  The trailers can usually be counted on to appear online on the Hobbit Facebook page.

September
9/30/13
-The official Hobbit Facebook page announced that the next trailer will debut Oct 1 at 6am PT / 9am ET, or 2pm UK time, along with this new banner.  Other banners of Thranduil, Gandalf, and Bard have been posted, which have been added near the top of my gallery here.

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9/29/13
-After reviewing many theories surrounding the prediction of Durin’s Day I can confidently say…I don’t know when it is. But I may be in good company. Find out what Tolkien had to say about the dwarven New Year in my essay: Confusticate and Bebother these Dates! – The Durin’s Day Dilemma.

-ArchedCory shares this information about Bilbo in The Desolation of Smaug, from the November issue of Empire magazine.
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9/28/13
-Thanks to Ingrid we have a few images from The Desolation of Smaug Calendar.  They have been added to the gallery here.

9/23/13
-Calling all artists: The Lord of the Rings Facebook page (run by HarperCollins publishers) is holding a contest for the best Smaug design.  Each entry must be the artist’s own work, and only one entry is allowed per household.  From their terms and conditions notice: “The grand prize is a copy of the winner’s illustration mounted on a canvas and a collection of Hobbit books. Ten runners-up will win a deluxe print of their artworks….HarperCollins grand judging panel will select the winners based on the drawings which most fully bring J.R.R. Tolkien’s descriptions to life.”  Closing date on the contest is December 13, 2013.

9/21/13
-“The first day of the dwarves’ New Year is, as all should know, the first day of the last moon of Autumn on the threshold of Winter. We still call it Durin’s Day when the last moon of Autumn and the sun are in the sky together.” – Thorin Oakenshield
The beginning of autumn is tomorrow (for those living in the Northern Hemisphere) which makes it a good time to consider the coming of the Dwarven New Year. Guest contributor Iduna explores the difficulties with Predicting Durin’s Day.

9/14/13
-Captain Salt provides speculation about the upcoming Necromancer/Dol Guldur plot and it wider implications.

9/13/13
-ArchedCory explores the nature and characteristics of Smaug as described in The Hobbit, as well as alterations of these traits which Tolkien made during the writing process in a new essay: The Evolution of Smaug.

9/6/13
-Missed going to DragonCon? Now you can watch the two Hobbit panels, courtesy of Kuailongkit on Youtube. Middle-earth News has them conveniently organized on two pages in order.
-DragonCon Hobbit Panel 1 (with Graham McTavish, William Kircher and Manu Bennett)
-DragonCon Hobbit Panel 2 (with Sylvester McCoy, William Kircher and Graham McTavish)

9/2/13
-Fans of Aidan Turner can look forward to Issue #2 of ARTICLE magazine featuring an in-depth interview with the actor. A Special Edition is only available by ordering online here, but you can find the regular issue in UK stores at the end of September.

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August
8/22/13
-As a sort of reverse birthday present to all of us, Richard Armitage narrates this advertisement for 100% Middle-earth, 100% Pure New Zealand (in his most compelling Thorin voice).


8/20/13
-Weta Conceptual Designer Paul Tobin talks to TORn about designing the dwarves, and how Tolkien artist John Howe is a true genius.

8/18/13
-A closeup of the cover of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles: Art & Design (available for pre-order now on Amazon.com, with a release this December) appears to show concept art of dwarves making their way through the ruins of Dale and/or Erebor.

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-Middle-earth News interviewed Hobbit fan Amanda Capley who gives a positive review of Boston Comic Con and meeting Aidan Turner and Dean O’Gorman, and also explains how The Hobbit film has helped lift her spirits during a very difficult time.

Narflet of the TORn forums found cover artwork for several Desolation of Smaug tie-in books (full size HD images in the Gallery). The books can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.com:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Visual Companion
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9780547901985_hresThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Sticker Book

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8/14/13
Andrew Baker, Senior Designer at Weta Workshop, shares how he got started, and what led to working on The Hobbit.

8/11/13
Peter Jackson gives an interview in DGA Quarterly about the art and responsibilities of being a director.

8/9/13
-The back of a new Hobbit calendar shows images from Desolation of Smaug, including the first image of Beorn chopping wood.

8/8/13
-The Dwarrow Scholar adds more to the discussion of Dwarven Demographics with this essay on Counting Dwarves by extrapolating from what little information is available in Tolkien’s own writings to arrive at the number of dwarves present in the Third Age.

Another fascinating essay by the Dwarrow Scholar attempts to answer these questions about the Death and Resurrection of Durin the Deathless:

“Was Durin II son of Durin the Deathless? If he was, how could Durin the Deathless have been “reborn” in Durin II, if they at one point were both alive?  Also, Tolkien says that Durin the Deathless died at the end of the First Age, living longer than any other dwarf. Yet at the same time says that Durin’s line never failed, from father to son.  Surely Durin must have seen his children die and grandchildren die, perhaps even many generations.  How did he hold his line in check from not claiming the thrown during his reign?

8/7/13
-Entertainment Weekly gives us a new image from The Desolation of Smaug featuring Legolas and Tauriel.
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-I’ve collected all the fan recordings of the Q&A with Dean O’Gorman and Aidan Turner at Boston Comic Con on one page.

-ArchedCory translates an article about The Desolation of Smaug from the German magazine Cinema. Contains some minor spoilers.

8/3/13
-Amazon.com offers an exclusive gift set of the Extended Edition featuring a statue of Bilbo and Gollum, designed by Gary Hunt of Weta Workshop.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition with Amazon Exclusive Bilbo/Gollum Statue (Blu-ray + UltraViolet)

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition with Amazon Exclusive Bilbo/Gollum Statue (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UltraViolet)

8/2/13
Dean O’Gorman was interviewed on Boston.com and talks about convention appearances and how The Hobbit is expanding his opportunities.

-The Extended Edition can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com in three formats:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Extended Edition) (Blu-ray + UltraViolet)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Extended Edition) (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UltraViolet)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition (DVD +UltraViolet)

July
7/31/13

Details of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition: The length of extra footage has been shaved down from the estimated 20-25 minutes (as mentioned last year by Peter Jackson) to a mere 13 minutes.  It still boasts 9 hours of new extras, although some of that time includes an audio commentary. You can spoil one of those extra 13 minutes of footage right now by watching a scene of Bilbo and Elrond talking in Rivendell, available on Yahoo Movies UK.

7/26/13
-Peter Jackson’s live blog from the last day on the set is still in progress…

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7/25/13
-Today is the last day of filming The Hobbit pickups. Peter Jackson is doing his best to live blog the day’s shoot on his Facebook page, without giving away any spoilers.

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7/19/13
-A brief video greeting from Martin Freeman (in hobbit ears) and Benedict Cumberbatch who tells us everything about Smaug and the Necromancer and Sherlock (or not).

7/8/13
-17 year old Tolkien fan Samm has been fighting cancer since her diagnosis in 2011.  The Make-A-Wish foundation was able to arrange for her to visit the set of The Hobbit while they were filming in June.  Her experiences meeting Peter Jackson, Orlando Bloom, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, the folks at Weta, and many others in the crew are guaranteed to make you smile.

7/7/13
-ArchedCory’s new essay explores the precarious nature of dwarf survival with a focus on Dwarven Demographics.

7/3/13
-Article in F*** Magazine (seriously, that is the name of the magazine) from last year contains an overview of the story, character guides, and interviews with Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Richard Armitage, and Martin Freeman, among others.

7/2/13
-Screencaps of V-log #11 are now in this gallery.

7/1/13
-Peter Jackson has posted Hobbit V-log #11 to Facebook and Youtube.  I’ll have screencaps up later this evening (make that later tomorrow evening).


-Weta Workshop just announced the latest in their line of 1/6 scale statues: Kili the Dwarf is available for Pre-order now!
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June
6/30/13
-It is a month of farewells as actors film their last scenes in the Lord of the Rings universe.  First Ian McKellen, and now Orlando Bloom:


6/27/13
-Kili and Fili fans in the Boston area may want to check out Boston Comic Con. Actors Dean O’Gorman and Aidan Turner have been announced as guests for the August 3-4 event.
-DragonCon in Atlanta has Manu Bennett, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, and James Nesbitt listed as confirmed guests for the Aug 30-Sept 2 convention.

6/26/13
-The latest issue of Empire magazine features interviews with Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, and Orlando Bloom, and several spoilers for the second film.  There is mention of dwarves in there too, I promise.

-Details of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition are listed in this scan provided by richardarmitagenet.com

6/24/13
-Empire’s August issue features Legolas, Tauriel, and Thranduil.
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6/17/13
-Trevor Wheate, member of the Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship, explores the character of Bard the Bowman, what it means to shoot a “great yew bow”, and how the Black Arrow is connected to the smiths of Erebor.Bard4


6/12/13
-I’ve added a gallery of screencaps from the new trailer.

-Peter Jackson posted a new video showing Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, and Evangeline Lilly in costume (check out Thranduil’s armor!) reacting to a video of fan reactions to the new trailer.  Silly elves.


6/11/13
-There are several higher quality images from the new trailer courtesy of Collider.com.

The teaser Trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is here. Big spoiler – there be dragons!



6/9/13
From the official Hobbit Facebook page comes this news and poster featuring Bilbo at the Gate of Erebor:

The new teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be unveiled this Tuesday, June 11th, at 10am PST / 1pm EST!

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6/6/13
-Stuff.co.nz has a new image of the set of post-Smaug Dale, along with an article on when filming will resume in Wellington.

6/5/13
-EW.com just released the first official photograph of Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, along with some information on her character.

-The entire Hobbit panel at Armageddon Expo 2013 was recorded by GoldDragonflame on YouTube.  Adam Brown, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Graham McTavish, Stephen Hunter, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Luke Evans, and Sylvester McCoy were in attendance.

May
5/29/13
-Popcorn Taxi has released 25 minutes of the Q&A event with Richard Armitage from last month.


5/27/13
-The Sword of Kili is now available to pre-order from BUDK.com, along with the Sword of Fili. Check out these and the rest of the United Cutlery Collection here.

-Guest author Ewelina the Wonderer’s essay delves into the possible inspirations for Gandalf the Wizard, and the origins of the Dwarven names in The Unexpected Origins.

5/25/13
-Weta Concept artist Andrew Baker posted several designs for goblins and warg riders, and some early concepts for Thorin, on his blog.

Evangeline Lilly talks about her character of Tauriel in Total Film.

5/19/13
-Weta Concept artist Paul Tobin shares some of his artwork for the film on his blog.

5/15/13
-Ori’s Quill continues analyzing the complicated history of the Rings of Power in the second part of a three-part essay that ties in the Concerns of the White Council, with the power of the Great Rings.  The third essay will connect Thorin Oakenshield with the Lord of the Rings. Those who have not read the books will find this information vital in understanding what may happen in the The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again. Those who have read the books might benefit from a review of this information and find some facts intriguing.

5/13/13
-In this guest post, Anjy Roemelt considers “What’s So Special About These Dwarves?”

Benedict Cumberbatch talks to WSJ about his early exposure to The Hobbit as a child, and why the character of Smaug has always been fascinating for him.

-Most of the videos from the Japanese site mentioned yesterday are also on Youtube, and have been gathered into this post.

-Popcorn Taxi interviews Richard Armitage.  Talks about Peter Jackson’s and Andy Serkis’ directing style, and leaving behind Thorin’s racism for the elves when working with Orcrist.

5/12/13
New promotional videos from a Japanese site give background info on the dwarves of the Company, using behind-the-scenes clips and interviews with the actors. Many thanks to Gloin on Facebook for the heads up!  A couple of the clips are on Youtube as well:



-United Cutlery will release the Sword of Kili this year, most likely in August, according to BudK. This authentically detailed replica is a reproduction of the actual filming prop built by Weta Workshop. The Sword of Kili is 28 3/8” overall, featuring a solid stainless AUS-6 steel blade, solid metal and hard acrylic handle with leather wrapped hilt parts, all authentically “aged” and “battle worn” with a distressed, acid-etched finish to duplicate the original movie prop as closely as possible.

5/9/13

-IGN interviews Richard Armitage about how Thorin will evolve in films 2 and 3 in this video:



5/7/13
-WarnerBros had a Q&A with Richard Armitage which, among other things, asks if he were Thorin, would he stay in the Blue Mountains to rebuild, or take the risk of the Lonely Mountain.

5/4/13
-Themusic.com.au interview with Richard Armitage contains something of a spoiler for the next films in terms of the “gold lust that will eventually consume Thorin,” and his salvation via his relationship with Bilbo.
-TheOneRing.net has the full transcript of Richard Armitage’s on-stage interview with Popcorn Taxis in Sydney Australia.
-Movies.MMGN.com interview mentions how “The relationship with Bilbo for example changes quite a bit and you’ll see that but eventually everything around Thorin, including the relationships, they become quite destructive, so it’s an interesting turn for the character as the story progresses”.

5/3/13
– On CNET Australia Richard Armitage talks about acting with green screens, staying in character throughout the shooting day, how he likens Thorin to a bison in terms of overall stockiness, and how the Silmarillion influenced his portrayal of Thorin, even if it is not spoken of directly on film.

-SFTVau interviewed Richard Armitage:


5/1/13
-An interview with Richard Armitage on News.com.au discusses the very expensive prosthetics required to make Thorin what he is.
-In another interview from Localtoday.com.au, he talks about happily working with Hugo Weaving, and sadly not working with Cate Blanchett.
-The Vine.com.au has a long interview about what he imagined when looking at Azog (since Azog had not been created yet), his idea of Thorin as an elemental rather than pompous character, and what historical inspiration he drew on to form his vision of the dragon attack on Erebor.
-The Vine also hosted a Twitter Q&A where he shares some insights into the personal backstory he created for Thorin, among other things.
-A vaguely spoilery interview on NineMSN mentions *not* filming scenes with Tauriel (or “towel rail”) yet, the biggest challenges of the role, and also shoots down my dream of seeing Thorin playing the harp.  There is a video interview at the bottom of that page.
-GraffitiWithPunctuation.net has an audio interview which contains a tiny little spoiler for movie three, and mentions the perpetually changing structure of film two (but without any details).  Richard also describes his favorite moment in the Lord of the Rings films.
-Popcorn Taxi on Facebook has a gallery of pictures from the Q&A with Richard held in NSW Australia today.

April
4/27/13
-Ori’s Quill joins us on Heirs of Durin with the first part of a three-part essay looking at the “Concerns of the White Council”.  It shows the evolution of the Necromancer’s rise to power, and explains the connection between Thorin and the One Ring. It also attempts to reconcile the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien and An Unexpected Journey, but also to point out the discrepancies.

4/23/13
William Kircher talks about experiencing stardom after a lifetime of acting, and how Bifur is the Keith Richards of the dwarves.

4/21/13
-Interview with Richard Armitage on unterhaltung.de.msn.com explains how the character will remain with him long after shooting ends.

-Interview with James Nesbitt on unterhaltung.de.msn.com talks about how he was new to the fantasy genre before starting work on the film.

4/12/13
-In a fascinating interview with Manu Bennett in Empireonline.com, he discusses how the roles of Bolg and Azog interchanged between Conan Stevens and himself, and how he brought a touch of the Maori warrior to Azog.  And if you think it was hard for Ian McKellen acting alone during some scenes while the dwarves partied in the next room, spare a thought for poor Manu, who had to do his entire performance without any other actors present.

4/9/13
-Interview with Dean O’Gorman in SootMagazine.com talks about what he expected at his audition, and his favorite scene in the movie.

-In a video from YahooMoviesUK, Richard Armitage talks about how the relationship between Bilbo and Thorin is built up in movie two, only to be destroyed in movie three, as per the book. James Nesbitt and Andy Serkis also discuss the upcoming film in terms of tone.

-Weta Workshop’s latest book, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles II: Creatures and Characters is shipping from Amazon.com now. It covers “heroes and villains, beasts and beings that populate Middle-earth…Richly illustrated with behind-the-scenes photographs, digital renders and film stills, this comprehensive book goes species by species, character by character, through the film’s huge ensemble of characters and bustling menagerie of creatures, both physical and digital, telling the stories of how each came to be realized for the film.”

4/8/13
-HeyUGuys interviews Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, and Andy Serkis.

Richard Armitage talks about what’s in store for Thorin in the next film, including his improved relationship with Bilbo, his worries about impending dragon sickness, and the need to reclaim the Arkenstone which “gives him the right to be king”.


-James Nesbitt describes bringing some Irishness to the role of Bofur, how the tone will change in the second film, and how he imagines the last scene of filming to be the battle of five armies.


-Andy Serkis talks about how Gollum is different 60 years before The Lord of the Rings, and how the growing unease more prevalent in LOTR begins to seep into the second film.



4/7/13
Richard Armitage mentions the hazards of being in character throughout an entire shoot in this interview with The Independent.

4/6/13
-ArchedCory gives her account of HobbitCon and meeting Dean O’Gorman.

4/5/13
-Richard Armitage talks to SFX about various techniques used to achieve the dwarves’ proper scale – including feeling like a kid at Beorn’s table. Also his opinion of internet memes, and which dwarf actor is most like their character in real life.


-SFX does NOT interview James Nesbitt about how to play a dwarf, but does ask about The Hat.  He shares a secret about what he hated most about his costume.


-SFX interviews Andy Serkis about Gollum and being second unit director.


-James Nesbitt, Richard Armitage, and Andy Serkis are interviewed by Digital Spy about The Desolation of Smaug.


-Richard Armitage was interviewed by Sarah-Jane Crawford on BBC1. He discusses the reason Thorin is not initially keen on the idea of taking Bilbo.



Manu Bennett, the man behind the malevolent Azog, shares details of why he joined the project so late, how his input helped give Azog more depth, and what might be in store for the character in future films.

-Weta’s Joe Letteri explains in detail how the beauty of Gollum (and Azog) is not just skin deep, in this interview with Bleeding Cool News.

4/3/13
-Magnavision Home Video has interviews with several of the cast on their Facebook page:
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-IGN interviews Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage and James Nesbitt about Smaug.


-I’ve redone the Best Buy Exclusive: A Hobbit’s Tale screencap gallery with HD images from the Blu-ray.

4/1/13
Dean O’Gorman and Graham McTavish were interviewed by Blairemagazine.com.  Both are also scheduled to appear at Supanova this month.

March
3/30/13
-Andy Serkis interviews James Nesbitt and Richard Armitage in this iTunes exclusive.  I found Nesbitt’s opinion of Peter Jackson very interesting.


-There is an interview with Hobbit prosthetics supervisor Tami Lane in the Spring issue (Vol 19, issue 2) of Bradley Hilltopics. It can be read online or downloaded as a PDF
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3/29/13
-Kids’ web channel Bin Weevils interviewed Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, and Andy Serkis about their Hobbit experience.



3/24/13
-The live event hosted by Peter Jackson (and accessible only with a code obtained from a pre-order) is happening today. TheOneRing.net has an FAQ of what you need to know.

3/21/13
-Going frame by frame through a film can turn up surprises, such as the inclusion of unexpected poetry.  Read more about it in The Hobbit and the Highwayman, and add your discoveries in the comments section.

-A reminder about the sneak peak coming this Sunday.


3/20/13
-GettyImages.com published an amusing interview with Richard Armitage last week.

-Screencapped.net has a massive collection of HD shots from The Hobbit in this gallery.

-UPI.com asks Richard Armitage why Peter Jackson was inspired to cast him as Thorin.

-A new video promoting New Zealand tourism features Richard Armitage and the cast of the Hobbit relating their love of the landscape. Be sure to watch in HD if you can.
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3/19/13
-I’ve added a gallery containing screencaps from the 30 minute documentary “A Hobbit’s Tale: The Journey Begins”, which is included in the purchase of the exclusive Best Buy Blu-ray combo.
Update: Best Buy on Youtube posted a 2 minute excerpt from this video featuring Bilbo and Gollum.

3/18/13
-Short interviews with Andy Serkis, James Nesbitt and Richard Armitage by Entertainment Celebrity Extra.

Richard Armitage talks to TheOneRing.net about how Thorin managed to retain his status as a leader after the loss of Erebor. Also confirms that Thrain disappeared 100 years before the start of their quest.


Andy Serkis talks to TheOneRing.net about saying farewell to the character of Gollum, and what he hopes will make it into the Extended Edition in December.

3/17/13
-XBox has uploaded a clip of an exclusive video from their Blu-ray package featuring the relationship between Thror, Thrain, Thorin, Fili and Kili.  It also mentions dragon sickness, and where Thrain may have gone off to.  HD Screencaps from the video can be found here.

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-Interview with Richard Armitage in the May issue of Total Film gives spoilers for the relationship between Bilbo and Thorin in film 2 and 3. richardarmitagenet.com has taken screenshots of the iPad edition, here and here.

3/13/13
-Another Q&A with Dean O’Gorman was recorded at Armageddon Expo.  It is divided into many video segments, so I’ve gathered them together on one page for easier viewing.

3/8/13
-A fan recorded some of Dean O’Gorman’s Q&A session at Armageddon 2013.  Talks about what Peter Jackson is really like to work with, filming the barrel scene from the next movie, and who he would enjoying working with in the future.



3/7/13
-Weta Digital goes into more detail about the software which won them an Academy Award for the CG effects on creatures like Gollum and Azog.

-Andy Serkis, James Nesbitt, and Richard Armitage talk about the Hobbit Blu-ray release.

Richard Armitage was interviewed on the Lorraine show today. Video available via RAnet.com.


Martin Freeman interview on CraveOnlineVideo. Talks about script changes, Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug, and Andy Serkis as a director.


3/5/13
Tomorrow Richard Armitage will be answering fan questions via the official Hobbit Movie twitter account. You can submit questions today to @TheHobbitMovie by including the hashtag #AskThorin.

3/4/13
HobbitCon will be taking place in Germany from March 30 – April 1.  This is the first convention dedicated to The Hobbit film.  Scheduled guests include Dean O’Gorman, Stephen Hunter, Graham McTavish, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, and James Nesbitt, as well as Weta Workshop artists Paul Tobin and Daniel Falconer.  Tickets and passes are still available according to the website.

February
2/28/13
-The final film in the Hobbit trilogy has been rescheduled for release in December 2014, rather than July, according to deadline.com.

2/27/13
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com in DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D.  It is available three different ways:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Blu-ray/DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)

If you live in the UK you have four different versions to choose from on Amazon.co.uk, including an exclusive Steelbook edition (I have no idea what that is, but aren’t you lucky?)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Limited Edition Steelbook (Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Region Free]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Region Free]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Region Free]

Don’t forget there is a special offer when pre-ordering the Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, or Limited Edition Steelbook versions on Amazon.co.uk (this does not appear to be included with the regular DVD version, nor do I see it listed for any edition on Amazon.com):

Receive a unique code to access a sneak peek preview of the second film in the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at 7pm on Sunday, March 24. Offer strictly subject to availability. One code will be issued per customer. An internet connection is required to redeem the incentive. Offer valid when dispatched by Amazon.co.uk. Promotion valid on all existing pre-orders. Amazon reserves the right to change or terminate this promotion at any time. The live stream is only available at 7pm on Sunday, March 24, 2013. The codes will no longer be active after this date.

This advertisement from the official site implies that codes will be included in more editions than just those in the UK, and Amazon.de lists each edition as including a code if purchased before March 17.

2/23/13
Interview in SheWired with make-up artist Tami Lane about making a break into the profession, and her preparations for Oscar night this Sunday.

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2/20/13
Michelle Nevins enlightens us with an Introduction to Runes in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, an essay detailing the different runic systems present in the film. Coincidentally, she finished this work just as linguist David Salo was debuting his own website, Midgardsmal, which will swiftly become the ultimate source for information about Hobbit runes and languages, including Khuzdul, the language of the dwarves.

2/16/13
-United Cutlery is producing the Sword of Fili the Dwarf in stainless steel.  Blade center is currently taking pre-orders, with an expected shipping date in May.

2/15/13
-New essay by Anjy Roemelt: Once a Dwarf – Always a Dwarf? From the Nauglath to the Heirs of Durin – Part 1.  Discusses the evolution of Tolkien’s dwarven races, and how the films fit within this frame.

-There are plenty of images of the upcoming Toy Biz Hobbit figures in this gallery at Figures.com.

2/13/13
-Entertainment Weekly interviewed VFX supervisor Joe Letteri about refining creatures such as Gollum over the years, and also new beasts on the horizon, like Smaug.  There is also a 4 minute video showcasing the transitions between behind the scenes shots and finished effects shots in the film which you won’t want to miss.

2/11/13
-Paul Tobin and Peter Lyon offer their thoughts about the design of Orcrist, and the making of the scabbard for the Master Swordsmith’s edition replica.

-Vanity Fair interviews Peter Swords King about the makeup and hair design on the film.

2/4/13
-Idle Hands has preview photos of the new wave of Bridge Direct Hobbit figures including more dwarves, Azog, Radagast, and a larger scale Bolg.

2/1/13
-Check out this page for a collection of updated information about Thorin’s sword Orcrist, including where to buy replicas.  Weta Workshop has just announced the release of their Master Swordsmith’s version.

-I previously missed this interview with Richard Armitage in NewStraitsTimes from Dec. 27.  Mentions Thorin’s no-fun attitude, his susceptibility to gold, and hunting for the Arkenstone.  Also about working with Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman.

January
1/25/13
-Fan Fiction: 6 stories added to the fan fiction page including; “Unfinished Business” by Ceallaig, which features Thorin tying up loose ends after the Battle of the Five Armies.  And LadyPearlofArguile wrote “A Firelight’s Flicker and a Shadow’s Memory” – Thorin remembers an important person in his past life; “A King’s Words and a Warrior’s Heart” – Gimli wishes to accompany the Heir of Durin on his quest to Erebor; “A Road Song” – one take on how the Hobbit Walking song came about; “Whispers in the Dark” – Bilbo overhears Gandalf and Thorin talking before setting out on the Quest of Eriador; “An Unforeseen Adventure” – Thorin and Bilbo become separated from the main company.

1/24/13
-This essay by guest contributor Anjy Roemelt highlights characteristics of Dori, Nori, and Ori, either visible in the film, or gathered from the movie tie-ins, and also from Tolkien’s text.

1/21/13
-Scans of the interview with Richard Armitage in Fault Magazine can be found on richardarmitagecentral.co.uk. Talks about finding Thorin’s voice, and a little about his role in the upcoming film Black Sky.

1/19/13
-Screencaps of Manu Bennett’s behind-the-scenes work as Azog from the video mentioned in the news from 1/17 are now featured on my “Wuz up with Azog?” page.  So that’s not really the title, but it should have been.

-Interview with Richard Armitage in the Brisbane Sunday Mail last month was posted on richardarmitagenet.com.  Mentions the “paranoia” that Armitage believes Thorin suffers, “‘Why has this come to me? Why am I expected to carry this burden? All the men don’t think I’m up to it and they may be right…they may be wrong.'”

20 minute Hobbit special shown on tennews.com.au last month.

1/17/13
-The LA Times has an article this week on the VFX for the film with a mention about the Goblin King, Gollum, and the making of Azog. As many have already deduced, Azog was originally not a CGI character at all, but they decided they needed something more impressive than what had already been filmed, so they had to very quickly create what we see now as the Pale Orc with help from a motion capture performance by Manu Bennett. Check out the last video on that page for some of the first officially released behind-the-scenes images of Manu as Azog.

1/14/12
-More entries in the Dwarf Costuming Gallery, including a canine version of Thorin from Pugstarsonoma.com, and a very elaborate Kili by Eloquiell.

1/11/12
-Possible translations of the Khuzdûl lines in the film can be found on Elendilion.pl.

-Somehow I missed this interview Richard Armitage gave Movieline last month talking about dwarf sign language and physicality.  On page 2 he mentions the Arkenstone being held up mockingly before Thorin in a later film, the subtle influence of Shakespeare on his portrayal, and he explains how Thorin views his grandfather Thror’s greed, as well as the effect the gold has on him once he enters the Lonely Mountain in the third film.

1/9/12
-My essay Legacy of the People: The Burdens of Thorin Oakenshield and Boromir of Gondor discusses the similarities between the two characters, while Susan Messer Chan’s essay Tolkien’s Antithetical Heroes: Thorin Oakenshield & Boromir of Gondor focuses on their differences.

1/7/12
-Fan Fiction: Two new stories.  Saraleee writes about “The Adventures of Dwalin the Dwarf”. Summary: Before the beginning of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Thorin’s loyal friend Dwalin has some adventures of his own. He meets a beautiful and mysterious female dwarf, and also some of the dwarves who become members of Thorin Oakenshield’s Company.
Task Mistress tells the tale of the “The Silent Partner”. Summary: Although it was believed that Thorin Oakenshield had never taken a wife, an account of the days of exile with Thorin’s seal indicates he did in fact take a wife secretly, to protect her identity from the line of Azog.

-Leathercrafter Rassaku has done a fine job of recreating Thorin and Kili’s bracers from the film.  You can view them (and find out about purchasing a pair for yourself) in this gallery.

-Fan Art: There are many additions to the Hobbit Art Gallery from these fine artists: Jorael, Camila Abondano, Karama-wari, Jeanne-Lui, Pulvis, Finnguala, Maelstromarts, Soft-tofu, Reapersun, Alessia Pelonzi, CamoKitty, GreyKitty, Unda-RM, Rayhyuuga, Baricka, KatyRomance, AngieParadiseeker, Lasse17, 11syphuama, Xenelith, Eljay93, Frene, Kotorigaro, Ochopanteras, Kallielef, Evergard, Ramida-r, Kisaki-shattoriboshi, Thewholehorizon, PeckishOwl, Oznerol-1516, AnnieBradsw, Francoclun, TyrineCarver, Oikeus, Koke, and Teanna.  You can view all the newer works starting from here.

1/6/12
-Group interview with Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, and Martin Freeman at the Apple Store last month.

1/4/12
-ArchedCory considers the fauna featured in the film in a new essay entitled: Middle-earth’s biology as shown in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

December
12/31/12
Billy Connolly claims he is still not a Tolkien fan even after playing a dwarf in the films.

James Nesbitt and Aidan Turner talk about partying in New Zealand.

12/30/12
-20 minute French TV special has more behind-the-scenes clips.

12/29/12
-45 minute German TV special has some behind-the-scenes clips that I have not seen before.


-Interview with Richard Armitage wherein he describes how it would not take a keen nosed dragon to recognize the “smell of dwarves” after a day of filming.

-Interview on This Morning from 12/13 with Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, James Nesbitt, Aidan Turner, and Peter Jackson.

12/28/12
Michael Martinez of Xenite.org has a few words to say about the new and improved Thorin Oakenshield.

12/27/12
-John D. Rateliff, author of The History of the Hobbit, has written a series of reviews on the film, giving a very positive purist’s perspective.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
List of expected scenes that did not appear in the first film

-Richard Armitage gave an interview on Empire’s podcast last week. The audio excerpt can be downloaded here (right click and “Save link as”).

12/24/12
-Looking to waste time while you are at work? Then follow the “Heirs of Durin” on Facebook in the guise of King Thorin Oakenshield, Fili the Dwarf, and Kili, Heir of Durin. We guarantee your productivity will lower because of it.

-Interviews on BadTaste.it with:
James Nesbitt and Aidan Turner
Richard Armitage
Martin Freeman
Andy Serkis
Cate Blanchett

-Interview with Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Andy Serkis on Allocine.

-There is a hint about Aidan Turner’s Kili in the third film towards the end of this interview with Richard Armitage.

-Richard Armitage proves to be the biggest nerd out of Aidan Turner, James Nesbitt, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, and Peter Jackson in this Tolkien trivia question.

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12/23/12
-Susan Messer Chan points out parallels she noticed between Peter Jackson’s Thorin and Norse warriors.

12/22/12
-Moviefone interview with Andy Serkis, Peter Jackson, and Martin Freeman.

12/20/12
-Susan Messer Chan discusses Thorin vs. Aragorn, and why, in her opinion, the disgruntled King under the Mountain comes out on top. Thorin Oakenshield: Tolkien’s Inimitable Hero.

12/19/12
-Interview with Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, and James Nesbitt on Digital Spy. Discusses going back to the roots of dwarf history from the Silmarillion, expansion of characters in the 2nd film, and where Bilbo and Thorin’s relationship is heading in the next two films.

Didn’t like watching the Hobbit in HFR? Here’s why you should give it a try in old fashioned 24 FPS, according to photographer Vincent Laforet.

-Dwarf Costuming: Several new creations were added to the gallery from Andi Tan, Mistergrinn, and Aidan Moon.

-Fan Fiction: Jon brings us a new tale entitled “A Dwarven Love Story, Part One”. Summary: Thorin Oakenshield’s life and upbringing- from a scared young boy in Dunland, to a warrior.

-Neil Finn talks to EW.com about “The Song of the Lonely Mountain”: “They are a solid, earnest, hard-working, loyal bunch, but they’re also very fixated on getting back what’s theirs,” Finn said of the band of dwarves. “There’s a great wound in their psyche, so it seemed appropriate to refer to that in the lyric.”

-Fan Art: There are many additions to the Hobbit Art Gallery from these fine artists: Thomasmonteath, TiaAnthy, Harpokrates, Euclase, Aminawolf, Dermot Troy, Mathurin156, blueToaster, Pau-Norontaus, Art-Calavera, Naivara, BakaHoshi, NiJole-teh-drac, thecapturedspy, harveytolibao, Damaximos, and Luka Cakic. You can view all the newer works starting from here.

-IGN quizzes the Dwarf actors on their Tolkien knowledge.

12/18/12
-ArchedCory offers us this Essay: In Defense of Fili, Kili, and Thorin Oakenshield – an Appreciation beyond Hot Dwarves.

-Interview with Richard Armitage on Collider.com talks about preparations for filming the Battle of Five Armies (which will be the peak moment of Thorin’s redemption according to him) next year. Since I had some trouble getting the video to play the first 5 times I tried, I recorded the audio, in case anyone else had similar issues (right click and “Save Link As…”).

-Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage interview each other in these amusing videos from Cinemax.

Part 1
Part 2



-Are you already thinking about the next film? Here’s what Peter Jackson and the cast have to say about it on Total Film.

12/17/12
Richard Armitage answered 5 questions for USA today last week, but here is a further interview in print.

12/16/12
-So what’s the score?? Sharp eared viewers and lovers of Howard Shore’s score have already noticed interesting themes cropping up in unexpected places in the film. Whatever do they mean? Doug Adams can’t give away all the information, but he assures everyone there is a purpose to it all here.

-Interview with Peter Jackson and Richard Armitage in Post-Gazette.com. Richard talks about using his Maori speech as part of the vocal preparations for Thorin.

-Canal+ has a 24 minute special on the making of the Hobbit (entirely in French). There are a few behind the scenes bits I haven’t seen before, like this one.

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-Video of the visual effects work for the Hobbit:


-Here’s some tips from the cast on how to fit in as a dwarf:


12/15/12
Empire Magazine has video interviews with the cast as well as scenes from the film. The first interview with Martin Freeman starts on this page, but if you go down to the bottom there is a whole menu full of further videos that you can scroll through.

12/14/12
-Another one that’s too good to ignore….Interview in the LA Times where Richard Armitage draws parallels between Thorin and Macbeth, and Thorin and himself as someone who fears failure. Talks about the evolving relationship between Bilbo and Thorin from the first to the third films.

-Oh well, one more link then. FXguide.com has lots of information and videos featuring the work Weta Digital did on the film.

-Uh oh, my Weta book The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Chronicles: Art & Design just arrived. These will be the last updates you’ll see for a bit while I wallow in all the details.

-Peter Jackson’s 10th V-log is out now featuring the Premiere in Wellington!


-Interview in GQ with Richard Armitage talks about beards coming back in style, and what his genuine obsession is.

-Interview on Hollywood.com with Richard Armitage talks about additional ideas for the relationship between Thorin and his nephews, and what we might see in the second film.

12/13/12
-Philstar.com talks to Richard Armitage on the meaning of Thorin and Thrain.

-Interview with Richard Armitage on Monsieur Hollywood talks about the makeup process.

Richard Armitage was on the George Stroumboulopoulos show last week. In a world of typically great interviews, this one is especially insightful, going deep into the character’s qualities. Richard also gives his opinion about what is at the heart of Tolkien’s writing. And…once you get past all the gravitas, they talk about smokin’ weed, eatin’ shrooms, and Richard nearly kills George over a fan video. Best interview evah!


Extended interview (originally listed under TrailerAddict Dec 11) with Richard Armitage on The Tribune.

-Very entertaining group interview by Ann Curry with Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Richard Armitage, Hugo Weaving, and Andy Serkis before the Wellington premiere.

-Interview from last week with Richard Armitage on Cinema.de mentions one of his favorite things about filming was the change in perspective and finally getting to look up at other actors.

Richard Armitage on CityTVOfficial last week, talking about preparing to be a dwarf, how Thorin would fare in the real world, and how polite the fans have been around the world.



-Entertainment Tonight has more interviews with Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage from before the premiere in Wellington.

-Interview with Richard Armitage on Flicksandbits.com where he talks about Thorin’s expectations on coming to Bag End.

Martin Freeman on the Today Show last week.

Peter Jackson interview with Ann Curry in New Zealand featuring a behind the scene look at motion capture and visual techniques.

Peter Jackson on Access Hollywood.

Richard Armitage on the Today Show from Dec 5.

-More interviews by HeyUGuys.co.uk with:
Martin Freeman
Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen
Andy Serkis
Aidan Turner and James Nesbitt

12/12/12
-Interview with Richard Armitage on HeyUGuys.co.uk where he discusses his reaction to HFR and gives us a line in Khuzdul.


TV Spot #13 from WarnerBrosPictures.

12/11/12
-An interview with Richard Armitage from Dec 3 also has a clip from the film between Balin and Thorin.

-A scene from the film. The dwarves sing the “Misty Mountains” song at Bag End.


-Mose at the Movies; Richard Armitage Interview pt 1.

-New interviews on TrailerAddict.
Andy Serkis
Richard Armitage
Ian McKellen
Martin Freeman
Peter Jackson
From the NY Premiere, B-roll footage and interviews:
Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, and Richard Armitage
John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Stephen Hunter, Peter Jackson, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Adam Brown
-L.A. Times interview with Peter Jackson at Comic-Con from this summer. Discusses Goblins and Smaug designs.

-Interview with Richard Taylor about the dwarf makeup process.

-Interview in the NYDailyNews with Richard Armitage.

-Text of the Japanese press conference with Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis, and Elijah Wood.

-Interview with Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage by Japanese press.

-Interview with Richard Armitage on CTV News.

-ClickTV interview with Aidan Turner.

-Interview with Richard Armitage on Middle-earth News. “Bilbo is absolutely the heart of the story. He’s the beating heart of the story that you want to protect and you want to make sure survives. Thorin is the soul, really. He’s the experience, he’s the spirit of the dwarves and their kingdom and this whole bowl that holds the heart in their hands. And that’s how I see it. And they sit in harmony with each other, I think, and are changed by each other.”

-Interview with Adam Brown in the Huffington Post.

-Interviews on E! News with:
Ian McKellen
Andy Serkis
Peter Jackson
Martin Freeman

-Interview with Richard Armitage on E! News.


12/10/12

-Fan coverage by TORn of the red carpet in NYC last week. Peter Jackson mentions his cameo comes in the first 7-8 minutes of the film.

VH1 interview with 11 of the dwarves (minus Richard Armitage and Ken Stott). For those not in the USA you can watch it on Youtube here.

-Hollywoodreporter.com interview with Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner, Richard Armitage, Adam Brown, and John Callen.

-From last week, the Hobbit cast and their LEGO figures.

-Another very spoilery minute long scene from the film featuring the White Council.

Aidan Turner answers questions, and mentions something about film two, in this interview with the Irish Film and Television Network.

-Empire has added more extended interviews with the dwarves. Take a look to see what you’ve missed.

Five questions for Richard Armitage in USAToday video.

-Lots of actor interviews in the Making of Middle-earth Featurette.


-A recording of Richard Armitage on InnerSpace mentions his reasoning behind the song Thorin sings.


-Jakethemovieguy interviews Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, and Richard Armitage.


-Interviews with Andy Serkis, Jed Brophy, Stephen Hunter, Graham McTavish, Mark Hadlow, Jeff Robinov, Philippa Boyens during the red carpet in NY.

-Interviews with Ian McKellen (with Patrick Stewart), Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, and Liv Tyler at the U.S. Premiere.

-Interviews with Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, and Martin Freeman on the red carpet at the U.S. Premiere.

TV Promo on WarnerBroIndia features Thorin and also gives a glimpse of Azog.



Richard Armitage held court in Union Station, Toronto on Dec 3rd to the delight of commuters.

-Video interview with Richard Armitage on VancouverSun.com

-Similarities between Richard Armitage and Thorin on digitalspy.com.

Richard Armitage discusses the meaning behind the names of Thorin and Thráin on movies.inquirer.net.

Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman talk about the evolution of make-up for their characters on UPI.com

-I have many TV spots (and a load of screencaps) to catch up on. Here are numbers 10, 11, and 12 from WarnerBrosPictures:

TV Spot #12

TV Spot #11

TV Spot #10
-Interview with Howard Shore on EW.com.

-Interview in Metronews.ca with Richard Armitage who found himself dreaming in character. That’s subconscious dedication for you.

12/9/12
-Interview with Richard Armitage by Greendragon. Part 1.
Part 2 is an extended version of the interview in Twitchfilm.com posted Dec 5, the summary of which was as follows: He discusses how his character changes through the years, how keeping in character while on set was of paramount importance to him, and how he honors the character by always returning to the book. Also of note is his admiration for the role of Grima Wormtongue in LOTR (I didn’t think Richard could earn more points in my book than he already has, but that just did it).

-My account of meeting the cast of The Hobbit at the U.S. Premiere in NYC.

12/8/12
Richard Armitage takes fan questions on WSJDigitialNetwork.


-14 minute interview on WSJDigitalNetwork with Joe Letteri, and Richard Armitage:


-Working link to the video first posted on the 6th. It is a 13 minute long TV special on the making of The Hobbit. Contains plenty of spoilers and film clips you have not seen.

*Serious Spoilers in the clip below*

12/5/12
-Interview with Richard Armitage on Twitchfilm.com.

12/4/12
-Here is a genuine treasure, or a curse, depending on if you are trying to avoid spoilers or not; Traileraddict.com has a ton of interview clips with the actors (taken on set) and also a bunch of B-roll footage that did not make it to the V-logs (really great behind-the-scenes stuff in here). If that weren’t enough, they also have 6 clips from the film. Links are on this page.

Unfortunately this will likely be it for updates for a few days. I must away ere break of day, and have much to prepare 🙂


12/3/12
-Interview with Sylvester McCoy offers some information about Radagast.

-Interview with Joe Letteri on the visual effects for The Hobbit.

-A “head-cam” interview with Richard Armitage at Union Station. He was gifted three things upon the completion of filming this year, one of which was the oaken shield.

-Another audio interview with Richard Armitage on 680News can be downloaded here.

-Audio interview with Richard Armitage below:


-Screencaps of the new warg scene shown during the Richard Armitage interview today are here.

TV Spot #9 (first glimpse of Smaug) has been officially released on WarnerBrosPictures. Screencaps are here.


-Richard Armitage was on The Marilyn Denis show this morning. Aside from the interview itself, there is also a great new scene from the film where the Company has to deal with the sudden appearance of wargs. *Spoilers* An HD version of the video can be seen here.

Ian McKellen on the Today Show.

-New article about Mikael Persbrandt (Beorn) who we won’t see in film one, but will be filming even more than originally intended next year. English translation by Lissuin.

3 more new Hobbit TV spots, with flashbacks to the coming of the dragon at Erebor, and more from Moria.

Peter Lyon, interviewed on an Australian TV station, shows different scale versions of Orcrist and Thorin original dwarven sword, as well as a look at Bolg’s massive mace.

Empire is counting down to the Hobbit release with an extended interview with the 13 dwarves (one per day with a little more info than was in their magazine last month).

-Interview with Adam Brown (Ori) in Express.co.uk.

-Interview with costume designer Ann Maskrey in the LA Times.

12/1/12
Andy Serkis is interviewed by AFI.

-Part of the Japanese Premiere (in which Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood, and Andy Serkis attended) has been uploaded to Youtube.
Part 1 (Peter Jackson films the premiere and Martin Freeman does a dance).
Part 2 (Richard Armitage explains how not all the onscreen blood is fake).

-Interview with Dean O’Gorman in the LA Times. On the relationship between Fili, Kili, and Thorin: “That relationship triangle does offer a lot of content,” O’Gorman said. “Especially the journey that Thorin goes on — Fili and Kili relate. They’re very much involved in Thorin’s journey, and that dynamic gets involved throughout the movie.”

November
11/30/12
-The press conference for the Japanese premiere was recorded by RACentral.  (Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, and Elijah Wood attended). You can watch it in five parts on Youtube:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

-New interview with Neil Finn about making “Song of the Lonely Mountain”.  “They talked a lot about how the movie really, in many ways, is a tale of the dwarves, as much as it’s called The Hobbit,” Finn tells Rolling Stone.  You can also listen to each song on the soundtrack separately from Rollingstone.com.

-Interview with Richard Armitage on the German site OutNow.CH has been translated into English by Servetus, and is available thanks to RAnet.com.  Interesting mention of potential harp playing.

-Interviews with Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, and Richard Armitage on ZMTV, and with Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens.

-Where there’s a will….  3 epic new TV spots not available online yet. *Spoilers*.

11/29/12
-Screencaps from TV spot #8 in the gallery.

-New TV Spot (#8) from WarnerBrosPictures on Youtube features new shots with Elijah Wood and Ian Holm, and some sword swinging by Thorin and Gandalf.


11/28/12
-The Hobbit will live up to expectations, according to Ian McKellen’s interview.

-RACentral captured a couple of the red carpet interviews: Richard Armitage; part 1, part 2.  Aidan Turner and Dean O’Gorman; part 1, part 2

-Interview with Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, and Andy Serkis.  Richard mentions how his life has been changed by the filming process, how he was made larger in order to be shrunk digitally, and how working with 2nd unit (directed by Serkis) was no less fun than Main unit.

-Interviews with Martin Freeman, Dean O’ Gorman, John Callen, Philippa Boyens, and Graham McTavish from the red carpet.

-12 minutes of the Press Conference from yesterday featuring Peter Jackson and the cast.  Barry Humphries (Great Goblin) gets in some good lines.  Martin Freeman addresses whether or not he is like Bilbo.  Cate Blanchett talks about the appropriateness of the film for children. Elijah Wood and Hugo Weaving talk about how if feels to return to NZ.  James Nesbitt gives NZ a good review.  Peter Jackson on how Freeman’s Bilbo has that crucial sense of irony and the absurd needed to make the character work.

Peter Jackson’s speech from the end of the red carpet yesterday.

-Interview with Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, and Elijah Wood on returning to work in Middle-earth.

-Interview with Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, and Richard Armitage. Richard identifies the film’s real hero, explains the differences between Thorin and Bilbo, and describes his character’s weakness and fears.

-Brief article recapping a bit of what was said on the red carpet last night.

-Cast of the Hobbit participating in a traditional Maori greeting.

-In a press conference, Cate Blanchett discusses whether or not the film’s scarier moments are suitable for children (not very spoilery, but does mention Azog).

-Interview with Mark Hadlow before the premiere yesterday where he describes his pride at having The Hobbit film in New Zealand.

-Album of Red Carpet photos posted on The Hobbit Facebook page.  All your favorite dwarves, elves, hobbits, and more.

-Exclusive posters will be available at some midnight IMAX showings.  More designs, and the list of participating theaters, are on The Hobbit Facebook.

-Lots of new/improved images in the Photo Gallery.

11/27/12
-The Hobbit Page has a free online game allowing you to practice combat tactics by pitting the dwarves against each other using just a few keys on your keyboard.  I’m terrible at it, and so was inappropriately proud that Thorin defeated Balin here:

-Several new high-res images of Thorin and the Dwarves.

-More images of the cast leaving their Hobbit plane.

Graham McTavish (Dwalin) answers several questions from the NZ Herald.

-Interview of Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Aidan Turner, Dean O’ Gorman, and John Callen while on the plane to Wellington.

-A clip from the film has been released on Youtube in which Bilbo receives Sting from Gandalf.  *Spoilers* obviously, but not as far as new twists in the plot.  Thanks to Mirkookrim91 for finding it.

Andy Serkis filmed an add for Cinemark.

-Video interviews with several of the cast on YouTube

-Interview with Andy Serkis in the Dominion Post.

-Interview with Weta General Manager Tim Launder.

-Article and video interview with Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, and Richard Armitage and Andy Serkis.

-Peter Jackson interviewed on Radio New Zealand.

-Great interview with Peter King and Tami Lane about Hobbit makeup. Mentions Cate Blanchett and Lee Pace’s Thranduil.  Also describes Tami Lane’s stint as a dwarf extra during a scene in which Thorin Oakenshield leads a hundred dwarves down a mountain slope.

-Fan coverage of the pre-premiere party thrown by TORn in which Peter Jackson and a few of the cast attended.  A video about preparing for the costume party features Jed Brophy, who was Master of Ceremonies, complimenting the “hardcore fans”.  Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, and Jed Brophy greet fans. -Thanks very much to Erhan for keeping me informed of all these interviews!
-Here is a Costume Party report by fan Mulubinba who has traveled to Wellington to be part of the Red Carpet Tour and will be there for the excitement of the Premiere today!

Jed Brophy (Nori) answers a few questions in the New Zealand Herald.

-John Campbell flew in on the Hobbit plane with the cast. Interviews with Royd Tolkien, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner, Sylvester McCoy (Radagast), and Joe Letteri (visual effects).  More video coverage of arrival.
-Air New Zealand has an album of images from the cast landing in Wellington.
Dean O’Gorman and Aidan Turner are highlighted in this clip from the Hobbit plane arriving in New Zealand with much of the cast.  More views of the cast departing.
-The New Zealand Herald has an album of pictures from the cast arrival yesterday.

11/26/12
-While it was a bit of a shock that Ian McKellen could not attend the World Premiere in Wellington, he offers this good news for us Yanks!

William Kircher (Bifur) answers some questions in the NZHerald.

11/25/12
-An interview with Richard Armitage in the French magazine L’Ecran Fantastique gives us a wealth of insight into Thorin, and the joys and challenges of becoming a dwarf in Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth, in addition to a few spoilers.

11/24/12
-Thanks to ArchedCory, we have a new interview with Aidan Turner (Kili) to enjoy.  There is a bit of a spoiler for film three.

Screencaps from V-log #9 now in the Gallery.

-Peter Jackson has just posted Video Blog #9 on Facebook and Youtube.

11/23/12
-Dwarves on a plane:  Air NZ unveiled its Hobbit-themed aircraft today (Bilbo and Gandalf are toward the tail of the plane) while a sombre choir gave a rendition of Misty Mountains. For more images, visit Weta’s gallery on Facebook.

-An interview with Richard Armitage in the Spanish magazine Acción Cine reveals a little more about the emotional burdens which Thorin carries throughout the films, and how real life pain may have improved his audition. With thanks to RAnet.com for compiling the information.

-Interview with Ian McKellen in stuff.co.nz reveals the beginning of the relationship between Bilbo and Gandalf which may or may not make it to the screen.

-Total Film announces their next issue (#201) will have a feature on the Hobbit.

11/22/12
-Join NowLive.com for streaming coverage of the Hobbit World Premiere next week.

-An interview with Richard Armitage in the Dominion Post discusses the changes the character of Thorin goes through during the course of the trilogy.

11/21/12
-Video interview in the NZHerald with Mark Hadlow (in Dori costume) talks briefly about the Hobbit film.

Ian McKellen talks about returning to the role of Gandalf, from the NZHerald.

-Newzealand.com has a new interactive guide to Middle-earth which contains a wealth of information about the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit locations you can visit while in NZ, and also has some lovely new Hobbit concept art by Weta Workshop within the pages. Worth a look!

11/20/12
Radio interview with Neil Finn about “Song of the Lonely Mountain”.

11/19/12
-Also from Stuff.co.nz – Philippa Boyens gives insight on learning to love The Hobbit; “I sort of had this eureka moment one day when I realised that it’s not about it being too many dwarfs but about there being too few. Once you shape the story and you understand that there’s only 13 of them and they are going to try to take back a mountain from a dragon you’re off.”

Stuff.co.nz reports that jeweller Odette Anscombe-Smith will be making custom pieces for Hobbit producer and assistant director Carolynne Cunningham, but of particular interest to readers of this site, Odette spent time as an extra in the films “as a dwarf woman, complete with beard.”

-richardarmitagecentral.co.uk has scans of the Hobbit articles in the Sunday Times (Nov 18).

-Details on the LEGO set “Barrel Escape” now available.

-Great article, pictures, and video from the Dailymail.co.uk summarizing Prince Charles’ trip to New Zealand and meeting with Dori (Mark Hadlow).  William Kircher and Peter Hambleton (Bifur and Gloin) were also in attendance, along with Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, and the Weta crew.

11/16/12
-Screencaps of TV spot #7 here.
-Another day, another TV spot.  #7 from WarnerBrosPictures on YouTube and The Hobbit on Facebook.  This one gives Dwalin a real reason to panic. 



Kili, Heir of Durin on Facebook shared a new image of Thorin from a German calendar, and reports that although this is the same calendar mentioned in the news from 11/12, it does not contain the images of Mirkwood and the barrels (which are no longer in the first film).

11/14/12
-Screencaps of the TV spot from earlier today now in the gallery.

-WB on YouTube and The Hobbit on Facebook released another TV Spot (#6 by their count) with plenty of new footage and some fine character building on the part of Bilbo.  Bravo little hobbit! Watch below (screencaps will be added to my gallery later this evening):


-Prince Charles meets Dori (Mark Hadlow) during New Zealand visit.

11/13/12
-If by some chance you had no intention of listening to the entire Hobbit Soundtrack this early, then you won’t be interested in knowing that Empire claims to have the whole thing online for your listening pleasure right here. It is not for downloading, and I personally haven’t gotten it to work with my browser, but some people have, so there you go.

-Hobbit International TV Spot (Japanese subtitles) has yet more new moments.  Video and screenies this way.

11/12/12
-Nearly lost in the rush of awesome today, Miruvorheron points out there are new photos of scenes from Mirkwood, (also here) and the barrels (as well as other new pics) in a calendar available from Elbenwald.

Ian McKellen explains that Peter Jackson is still the same fellow who made LOTR, with the possible exception of one thing.

-The Hobbit is already making its bid for the Oscars. Read their list of submissions here (may the best dwarf win).

-The Hobbit TV spot #5 can be seen here, with screencaps of new scenes in the gallery.

-The full “Song of the Lonely Mountain” by Neil Finn has been released online.  Links to the song and my attempt at transcribing the lyrics are here.

11/11/12
-Scans from last month’s Empire magazine featuring brief interviews with each dwarf actor.

11/10/12
-Screencaps from the two new moments in the 60 sec TV spot from 11/7 now in the gallery.

Interview with Martin Freeman in Stuff.co.nz.
-Also a Behind the Scenes Exclusive in Stuff.co.nz

-5 new high-res images of Thorin and friends to enjoy.  Thanks to Ali on RANet.com for sharing them.

11/9/12
-Thanks to Pousette and MrGandalf of TORn for sharing links to new images of goblins, wargs, Rivendell and more.  All in the Gallery.

11/7/12
-Aching to hear some of Howard Shore’s The Hobbit Soundtrack?  Perhaps one minute previews of each track of the Extended version will soothe you.

Extended TV Spot #4 (is this getting confusing yet?) is a minute long and has a moment or two of new footage.

-Weta Workshop is offering a new version of the Ring of Thorin in sterling silver.

-A clearer image of Fili and Thorin is now online, thanks to Fili the Dwarf on Facebook.

11/6/12
-Several behind the scenes pics from Brian Sibley’s Hobbit Movie Guideappeared on Comicbookmovie.com.

-One of the tracks from the Hobbit score is out already, featuring music for Radagast.

11/5/12
-Details of the Hobbit LEGO set “Escape from Mirkwood Spiders” is out. You might also enjoy scrolling through the character list (there is bit more information here about Yazneg).

-As noticed by Gar-mogoth of TORn, the new TV spot (#4 by my count) has quick moments of the dwarves looking to cross a chasm as the stone giants fight it out (blink and you’ll miss it), more interaction between Bilbo and Gollum, and the Company arriving at Rivendell (which would be amazing except it is covered up by the end title).

11/4/12
-For those of you in France, Premiere magazine has a feature on The Hobbit coming up.

11/3/12
-17 of the character posters from Comic-con and Empire magazine are now in the Gallery.

11/1/12
-Ian McKellen blogs about “What it was like to be back.”

-Some of the 3D posters made for Comic-con can be viewed clearly on photographer Nels Israelson’s website.

-Complete track list for The Hobbit Soundtrack revealed.

October
10/31/12
-If you should find yourself flying Air NZ then you’ll be treated to this in-flight safety video.  Dean O’Gorman (Fili) fans will want to watch closely!  You might just see some of this guy:

(images from Air NZ on Facebook).

DanielLB of TORn found the newest TV spot on Youtube via WarnerBrosMexico.  It features brief clips we have not yet seen.  Screencaps of new frames also in the Gallery.

10/30/12
-After the critical reaction to the screening of 48 fps clips at CinemaCon earlier this year, Peter Jackson describes some improvements made: “We’ve completely re-designed the way we convert the data from the camera into the image. The highlights and shadows roll off more, giving it a much more filmic look.”  Check out DGA.org for the full article.

10/29/12
-For more on those 20 foot tall dwarves on the NZ post building, check out Wetanz.com.

-The new LEGO set Attack of the Wargs has been revealed.

-Fan art: New additions to the Hobbit Movie gallery include Fili by xforsty, Thorin by Anninhabs, and Ori by Artsy50.  New works in the Tolkien-Inspired gallery include Thorin and the Great Goblin by Whistler Kenworthy, and Thorin and the Elvenking by Hedonistbyheart.

-Thinking about making a replica of Thorin’s costume, but feeling a little overwhelmed by the details?  Perhaps the latest addition of Thorin to the Dwarf Costuming Gallery (yes there is such a thing!) will inspire you.

-James Nesbitt talks briefly about Bofur in Mirror.co.uk.

-After bringing us set reports and interviews from The Hobbit film, two reporters journeyed to Mount Doom with a determination almost as great as that of Frodo and Sam.  Read about it in these articles from Cinemablend.com and Comingsoon.net.

-Weta creates Dwarf silhouettes for the NZ Post building.

10/28/12
-Ian McKellen blogs about 3D cameras.

10/26/12
-From Cinemablend.com comes the Guide to Recognizing Your Dwarves.  There is overlap with the previously mentioned articles, but also more info about many of the dwarves which has not appeared in the list below (use the links toward the bottom of each page to get to the next dwarf).

-Hobbit TV spot #2 has a scene of Bilbo and the talking trolls. Screencaps also in the gallery.

Armitage, Azanulbizar, and the Arkenstone. Some thoughts on the latest interview with Richard Armitage.

-Loads of interviews posted yesterday on Collider.com with:
Richard Armitage
Martin Freeman
Peter Jackson
Ian McKellen
Richard Taylor
70 things about The Hobbit (Set Visit)
-And on ComingSoon.net: From the Set – Plenty of great background info on each dwarf!
-From io9.com: Massive Secrets of the Hobbit Revealed.  A lot of overlap of material but also some extra details (and you can’t beat the hand drawn illustrations!)

10/24/12
-Another rare and wonderful blog entry from Ian McKellen, going into more depth about his choice to revisit Middle-earth.

-Empire confirmed that the new covers are going to be 3D lenticular, which they say “appear to move and breathe on their own, which is rather lovely.”  Lucky subscribers will also get their own collector’s cover featuring costume concept art of Bilbo.

-So, who’s going to be the first to let us Yanks know what’s in the pages of the upcoming Hobbit issue from Empire?  5 different covers to choose from.  I’ve got mine picked out already.
As a teaser, Primetime.unrealitytv.co.uk has all the covers (in super large size) and a few quotes, including one by Richard Armitage:
In an exclusive interview with the magazine, he spoke of his excitement at working with Jackson: “I’d read The Hobbit over and over as a kid. Then I got into the Lord of the Rings as an adult, but sadly I was never in a position to even be considered for that trilogy.”  He added: “There’s nothing that could have stopped me from doing Thorin. If I never do another piece of work again after this, I think I’ll be happy, genuinely happy. It feels like an arrival….It’s the fact that it’s Peter Jackson and he’s picking up Tolkien and doing what everybody wants to be done with it. It’s his vision, and it’s so so close, so close to my vision.”

10/23/12
-New Hobbit TV Spot gives us a glimpse at a few new scenes.  (Screencaps of the new frames also in Gallery form.)

10/22/12
-Lotrjewelry.com has several new sterling silver designs from The Hobbit, including rings, swords, and Thorin’s Key.  The downside is they only ship to New Zealand and Australia.  Also available at nzjewelleryonline.com.

-Last week Wetanz.com had a featured article on Steven Saunders, the sculptor who created the masterful 1/6 scale Gandalf statue.  There is an interesting bit about how that statue was upscaled for the life-size one seen at Comic-con.

-Details from the third Hobbit LEGO set show “Riddles of the Ring”

Interview with Martin Freeman on Radio Times.

10/21/12
-Fanart: Many new contributions to the Hobbit Art Gallery including Thorin and the Company in song by Felt-heart, Members of the Company by Artsy50, and Gloin by Allpacheco.

10/20/12
-Details from the second Hobbit LEGO set are up now, with the next soon to follow.

-Amazon.com is selling lifesized cardboard standees of the main characters in the Hobbit.  You can get Thorin, Kili, Gandalf, Elrond, Bilbo, Galadriel, Gloin, or Nori/Dori/Ori.  Some of these are made with previously unseen images.  I think my lonely Captain Picardboard from 20 years ago is about to get a bunch of new buddies.

10/19/12
-The Noble Collection finally has their Hobbit catalog up and running.  Great variety of jewelry, statues, replicas, and even a few inexpensive collectibles.  Most items ship in December.  I’m partial to the replica of Thorin’s ring.

-Pousette has given us scans of a new Hobbit playing card deck featuring new scenes, close-ups of a goblin, concept art of the Goblin King and a warg, locations, Galadriel, Bilbo, Elrond, Gandalf, and lots of dwarves.

10/18/12
Matters of Trust: Exploring Conflict in “The Quest of Erebor”. Some of my speculations about what Gandalf and Thorin’s on-screen relationship will be based on.

10/17/12
The Hollywood Reporter has a featured article and new image gallery on The Hobbit.

10/16/12
-Several new still images of Frodo, Gandalf, and Bilbo debuted on Cinemarcado.com.br.

10/15/12
-An interview with Hugo Weaving in Collider briefly mentions more Hobbit filming still to go.

-There were two audio interviews last week with Mark Hadlow on abc.net.au.  The first briefly describes Dori’s personality in the film, while the second gives us a few more details about Dori, the strenuous nature of the shoot, and also a little preview of his in-character accent.

10/12/12
-If you are planning some Hobbit style LARP you will be glad to know a new line of “battle ready latex weapons…built from quality rubber around a fiberglass core” is coming in December.  They include several Hobbit favorites such as Sting, Orcrist, Glamdring, Kili and Fili’s swords, and Fili’s hammer.  Check them all out at Wicked Replicas.

-Just checked the official LEGO site, and am now in more danger of liking these plastic critters, especially when they are recreating scenes from the movie. They currently only feature the Unexpected Gathering set, but will be releasing more info about each set in the following weeks.

-Lots of images from the upcoming Hobbit LEGO sets on Flicker.  I will admit I don’t get the LEGO obsession, and I find it vaguely disconcerting that I may have just viewed scenes from the film in LEGO form first.  But I will say some of these figures are really cute (how can you not love the Goblin King?), and angry…and… okay maybe now I’m starting to see what everyone finds appealing about it.  These little blocks fighting each other is utterly ridiculous, and sort of charming. Here’s the whole Company, Legoized.

10/11/12
-Thanks to DanielLB of TORn for pointing out a list of new collectibles from The Noble Collection which we can expect to appear everywhere very shortly.  It includes letter opener sized versions of Orcrist, and Thorin’s original sword. There is also a Jewelry selection featuring Elven rings and brooches, as well as Thorin’s silver ring, and a pendant version of Thorin’s belt buckle.

-Need an iPhone cover with Thorin, Bilbo, or Gandalf on it? Yeah you do!  How about a mug with your favorite hobbit, dwarf, or wizard? Check out the WB Shop for their latest Hobbit items.

-The soundtrack for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journeycan be pre-ordered from Amazon (2 discs, but not much more in the way of details yet). It has a shipping date of December 11. There will also be a Deluxe Edition.

10/10/12
-The Film Cell (a UK merchant) lists a preview of some of the new Hobbit items coming from the Noble Collection, including weapon and prop replicas.  You can pre-order these items and more on their website.

-Just a reminder that The Hobbit Design Contest ends on October 15!

10/8/12
-Work on the film continues as the people at Weta polish up the Hobbit for presentation by the end of November.

-Info and images from a poster for the not-yet-released Hobbit Lego sets may give away spoilers for the films.

10/6/12
-4 new HD banners from the Hobbit Twitter are now in the Photo Gallery. Most are close-ups from the Scrolls, which is nice in itself, but there is a new image of Thorin as well (featured in the image above) and a reworking of the Gollum/Bilbo shot.

10/5/12
-You can order a stamp set from the New Zealand Post featuring Bilbo, Gollum, Gandalf, Thorin, Radagast, and Elrond, as well as collectible coins (including silver and gold) with the same characters, and more.  The stamps show some new images of Gandalf, Radagast, Elrond, and Thorin.

-Fanart: Added several new Hobbit poster designs by YoungPhoenix3191 to the Gallery.

10/4/12
-New officially licensed T-shirts are available from Amazon.com featuring many characters from the film.  All the dwarves are represented, and there are quite a few great Thorin designs.  A wide selection of these have been added to the Merchandise page.

10/3/12
-If you want to get your hands on a replica of Orcrist there will be multiple options coming your way.

-The French site Tolkiendrim has the scoop on the character of Yazneg, and some new figurines.

-With the release of more images of Bilbo’s Contract, I was able to add to the list of what we can read, with even more additions since yesterday.

-New poster of the White Council features Gandalf, Galadriel, Saruman, and Elrond.

10/1/12
-Ugh! So much merchandizing to catch up on, toys to hunt down in stores, descriptions to update, Contracts to decipher….  But for now enjoy this low-res version of an action packed new poster featuring heroes and villains from The Hobbit.

September
9/30/12
New Hobbit prop replicas from Weta Workshop, including statues, weapons, maps, jewelry, and more!

9/29/12
-Added a text free (and high-res) version of the newest Scroll to the Photo Gallery.

9/28/12
-Another new Scroll is out! (not to be confused with the old new scroll) featuring the full Company at Bag End.

-William Kircher (Bifur) mentions he will be going back to film for about three more months next year in this article from Stuff.co.nz.

9/27/12
-Peter Jackson released a new poster featuring all the dwarves.

9/25/12
-A new Hobbit Strategy Game (and new concept art) is coming soon from Kabam.com.

-Spoilers: For anyone interested in seeing the new designs of Tauriel, Bolg, and Legolas you can check out full views of the Bridge Direct toys at JoeCustoms.com, while ComicBookMovie.com has pics of Grinnah and the Great Goblin.  These figures are already on the shelves at some Toys R Us stores (which is why we are getting these images).  Naturally there is no sign of them at MY local store.

-Billy Connolly is back at it!  Read this interview in The Vulture to find out what he thinks of Tolkien, and how he intends to deal with obsessed fans.

9/24/12
-Interesting interview with James Nesbitt (Bofur) in The Telegraph, talking about the necessity of the Press, the impact of his family’s move to NZ, and a little about filming The Hobbit.

9/22/12
-In honor of the esteemed Burglar’s birthday, the official Hobbit Twitter released a new poster featuring Martin Freeman.

9/21/12
-If you had trouble viewing the alternate Hobbit trailer endings on the official site, you can watch them all here.

-Fanart: Added a wonderful digital painting of Thorin by ThreshTheSky to the Gallery.

9/20/12
-Here are over 200 screencaps of the new trailer, plus the alternate endings.

9/19/12
-The new Hobbit Trailer is here!  Click here for viewing info and some dwarf-centric screenshots!

9/18/12
9 more new images featuring Bilbo, a wicked looking Gollum, oddly endearing Smeagol, more Gandalf and Galadriel, and Thorin and the dwarves!

-The Hobbit Facebook page just shared this image of Bilbo on a bridge from the upcoming trailer.

9/17/12
Photographing the Hobbit: Find out who takes many of the wonderful images which grace our monitors.

9/16/12
6 new Hobbit images from USA Today!  Is this a peek at content from the new trailer?

-As Peter Jackson posted on facebook, the new Hobbit trailer is coming this week!  Look for its debut on trailers.apple.com around Sept. 19th.  MSN NZ claims it will have the trailer first (2am on Sept. 20 New Zealand time).

9/15/12
-Some dwarves are legendary fighters, while others are legendary…foodies.  Bombur’s real worth to the Company is measured in teaspoons and cups, and he shares some of his hearty concoctions on the new website from WB, Recipes from Middle-earth.

9/12/12
-The Hobbit Monopoly game is coming! This is not what I needed to see. I already have two editions of the game, but I don’t see that stopping me from getting a third.

9/11/12
Getting to know your dwarves: Official descriptions from the Hobbit app.

9/10/12
-Part II of an exploration into the history of the sometimes ill-fated Longbeards at In a Hole in the Ground.

-The folks at Elendilion.pl think they have deciphered the runes on Dwalin’s hands in the latest images from the Hobbit app.

9/8/12
-Dwarves riding war-ponies?  What madness is this? Well, so far it’s been fun.  Join me in my limited exploration of the Rohan Beta.

-4 more pics from the app (of Oin, Kili, and Gandalf) added to the gallery, from henneth-annun.ru.

-Over 30 new images are featured in the Hobbit app. Check them out here.

-Loads of new movie images can be seen on the official Hobbit app for use on iPad and iPhone.

9/5/12
-The five movie tie-in books that will be released in November now have high-res cover art, and better descriptions.  You can pre-order the books and view the covers in the gallery.

-The Hobbit Annual provides another look at Thorin, as well as this description of the Arkenstone: “Although Thorin is looking to get all of his family’s treasure back from Smaug, there is one thing in particular he is looking for — the Arkenstone. A huge sparkling gemstone, it is also known as ‘The Heart of the Mountains’.”
I’ve been waiting for some sign the Arkenstone is definitely in the films (I’m likely the only one worried that it will be replaced by some other plot device).  I won’t put all my faith in an activity book description being accurate, but this is a good sign.

-The Hobbit Annual may have also given us the first look at the Great Goblin.  If you don’t want to know, don’t follow this link!

Review of the Gentle Giant Thorin mini-bust by Elessar.

-Lots of speculation at DragonCon last week, maybe even some spoilers mixed in!

-The set of Dale will remain up longer than intended, according to this report.

9/3/12
-Fan Art: Added a drawing of Kili by Kim Kincaid to the Gallery.

9/1/12
-Amazon.com has the Bridge Direct figures available for pre-order now. They only have the 8 figures that were seen at Comic-con earlier this year.  They should be shipping these in October.

-The Hollywood Reporter announced the three Hobbit films will be titled “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again”, with the final film to open July 18, 2014

-Calling all artists!  You will definitely want to take a look at the official Hobbit Design Contest (open to residents in the U.S. and Canada).  Share your Hobbit art with the world, and win prizes by Weta, Sideshow, and United Cutlery.

-Cirdan, of Herr-der-ringe-film.de, informed me of another wonderful dwarf costume replica.  This very detailed outfit of Fili was made and worn at the last Ring Con by female fan Tony Sejari (that’s right ladies, dwarf cosplay doesn’t have to be a boys only activity).  Photos were taken by Andreas Kinder.
Although I have only three examples so far, (I know there will be more in the future) I think it’s time for a new fan art category: Dwarf Costuming

August
8/30/12
-Fans in the UK got their first look at Lee Pace as Thranduil via an activity book. If you live in the US you may be able to purchase it from individual merchants here (I did).  TORn member Bexlin shared the first images from it this morning, including some new ones of the dwarves.  NZNoldor.com had more images of an Elvish nature.

-The version of Thorin’s key that was available for pre-order is no longer listed, but the runes almost certainly read “Durin Heir”. It may not be particularly clear at first, but once you try a translation using the Futhark runic system (which Tolkien used in The Hobbit) it becomes more obvious.  Images of this key, and what is supposedly a Weta design can be seen on Herr-der-Ringe-film.de, and show markedly different runes.

8/28/12
-Richard Armitage will soon become known as the ultimate gruff dwarf, but in reality he’s a true gentleman.  Read about one fan’s encounter on the set of “Black Sky”.

8/27/12
FiliSonofDis and friends have created the first movie-version Dwarf costumes that I’ve set eyes on so far.  This band of adventurers plan on cosplaying several dwarves at New York Comic-con in October (and of course making quite a visual impact at the premiere of the movie).  Here is a teaser featuring Ori, and Bofur!

-Over on In a Hole in the Ground, Landon will soon begin a reread of The Hobbit, but first a discussion of some of the scarce information about dwarves which Tolkien provided in other sources.

-Fanfic: If you have not yet discovered the Saga of Vaenomar I urge you to give it a look.  Currently up to chapter 16, it is set years before the Quest of Erebor, and follows the fate of a human girl caught between the world of elves and dwarves.

8/22/12
-It’s Richard Armitage’s birthday today, and in celebration the official Hobbit Twitter page has given us a much higher resolution version of this image of Thorin!

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield

8/21/12
-We all know how important the score was to making the LOTR films the masterpieces they are, so it gives me a little thrill knowing that Howard Shore is currently recording the Hobbit score!  More info on Doug Adams website.

-In follow-up to the Azog questions from yesterday, Manu Bennett posted this picture on his Facebook page on Aug 4, with this caption:
“With Peter Jackson in his 1970’s Aston Martin – still have the motion capture dots on my face from doing filming for The Hobbit.”

8/20/12
-The latest rumor on the casting of Azog, the slayer of Thorin’s grandfather.  This time it is Manu Bennett!

-Plenty of possible spoilers from a German website, including character descriptions of Radagast, Tauriel, Azog, Bolg, Beorn, and Thranduil.

8/18/12
-Good review (with pictures) of the Weta Thorin statue by Elessar.  Having procured one of these myself, I can say that overall I am very happy with it.

-Fan-art: Kili by Xanthe93 added to the Fan Art Gallery, as well as 20 new icons.

-Added an Articles and Interviews tab to the Menu bar.

8/13/12
-Hobbit Movie Board Game available for Pre-order

8/12/12
New Bilbo images in August 24 Entertainment Weekly

8/4/12
-Thror’s (or Thorin’s) map soon to be available from Weta Workshop.  Here’s a comparative look at the new prop and Tolkien’s original.

8/2/12
-Aragorn the Elfstone of TORn has discovered the G-rated Hobbit trailer on Youtube. Here are screencaps of the new/altered scenes.

8/1/12
-A peek at some dwarven looking 3D glasses for the Hobbit!

July
7/31/12
The Journey of Freryn hasn’t progressed much with all the Hobbit news demanding my attention, but I haven’t been entirely away from the Lord of the Rings Online game. Here are some updates to my version of Thorin in LOTRO, and an unplanned foray into Appendix A: Durin’s Folk.

7/30/12
-The rumor that the two Hobbit films will become a Trilogy is confirmed today by Peter Jackson.

7/28/12
-Here are high-res photos and scans of the September Empire Magazine interview with Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis.

7/26/12
-Allocine interviews Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, and Martin Freeman.  I love how it is character focused, and also just happens to drop the Misty Mountains song right into the middle!  Thanks France!  And a big thanks to Ana Cris for finding this!  Armitage on Thorin: “He’s bringing his people home. He’s coming back to reclaim their treasure and to take his people back to where they belong. So for me, it’s a story of revenge and loyalty, trust and honor. That’s been an amazing thing to try and portray; that sense of a burning ember that’s dying and he has to go and rekindle it.”

7/25/12
-The people on TORn who saw the film footage at Comic-con add to their initial reactions (and a few more spoilery details).

-Over 250 HD images now in the V-Log #8 Screencap Gallery.

7/24/12
-Richard Armitage talks to HitFix about singing dwarves and finding classical inspiration for his character:

7/23/12
-V-log 8 reveals Dwarf armies and a young(er) Thorin! First look at what is almost certainly a flashback

-Peter Jackson’s latest Video Log #8 has been posted on Facebook!!
I’ll be posting the usual pile of screencaps much later tonight (or tomorrow). –If you don’t feel like waiting for me to get my act together (I can’t wait for me either) then check out this link which already has a ton of caps up.

-Brief clips of interviews with Peter Jackson, Ian McKellen, and Richard Armitage (who is now the king of the Hobbits, wouldn’t ya know!) on FoxNews

-Clips from the interviews TheOneRing.net did with Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, and Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens at Comic-con:

Second part of the LaCosaCine coverage of the Press Conference Q&A (first part listed under news for 7/17).

-Gig Patta has three videos on YouTube which cover the same material as the vids from thompsononhollywood listed under news for 7/18, but with a bit of additional material at the beginning, and some extended interviews with Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen at the end.  The audio is still not the best, but clearer in places.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

-Here is some information about upcoming Hobbit LEGO sets from The Brick Fan.

7/21/12
-A look at the smaller scale Bridge Direct action figures, including Fili & Kili, Dwalin & Balin, Bilbo & Gollum, Gandalf, and Thorin.

7/19/12
-Interesting look at how new technology is helping Weta create props for the Hobbit.

-New Thorin wallpaper by Tannni added to the Art Gallery.

7/18/12
-Replaced 7 images in the Photo gallery from EW.com with high-res versions (courtesy of http://www.elanillounico.com).  Also found a larger version of the “Bilbo in the forest” pic.

-More interviews added to the Comic-con Video page.

-Another 2 sections of the Press Q&A with with Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, and Philippa Boyens as covered by thompsononhollywood (be warned, the audio is pretty bad):
Part 1
Part 2

7/17/12
New Interview from LaCosaCine of the Press Q&A with Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, and Philippa Boyens.

-Geeknation.com has posted a clearer HD version of the Hobbit panel from Hall H on their site (still no film footage).

-A personal trainer on the film reveals the challenges of keeping The Hobbit’s dwarves up and running.

-Ain’t It Cool News reports on the behind the scenes reel and film footage shown at Comic-con. Mention of Bard, The Master of Laketown, Smaug’s attack on Laketown, and Bilbo’s lines standing on a mountain of gold in Erebor! Big long summary of the scenes shown. Thanks Quint!

Article in Collider with Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis

-New pictures of Weta replicas from Comic-con added to the Orcrist and Hobbit weapons pages.

7/16/12
-New interviews added to the Comic-con video page including:
Richard Armitage on HitFlix
Peter Jackson on SiriusXM and 3News
Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman on ITN
Peter Jackson and Ian McKellen on AP
Brief quotes by Richard Armitage and Ian McKellen on 7News

-The Hobbit Comic-con crew pose for Entertainment Weekly

-Interesting post on In A Hole in the Ground discussing Dwarven armor in the film

-Added images from Comic-con to the (mostly) high-res Photo Gallery.

-The Hobbit cast at Comic-con have done loads of video interviews this week.  Here are all the ones I’ve found so far.

-Peter Jackson talks to Comingsoon.net about filming more Hobbit footage and the possibility of a third film.

Spoilers Galore! Collection of the best reports of what was seen in the Hobbit footage shown at Comic-con.

-Fanfic: The Approaching Battle – by Yelloweeeee, posted on FF.net. Things are exciting for the young Thorin, but will he ever forget about the past?

7/15/12
-Here is a 25 minute video (shot in HD) of the Hobbit Panel at Comic-con.  Note there is no footage from the films. 

-Here are two neat videos showing the effects of the 3D character posters at Comic-con.

-The Hobbit Panel and footage shown at Comic-con revealed many things, most quite wonderful by the reports.  I’ll try to have a summary of news items and images later today.  In the meantime here are a couple of interviews with the cast, including Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, and Peter Jackson: The Hobbit cast on EW.com, and Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson on Fandango.

7/13/12
-Fan Art: Added two drawings by Joane (jos2507 on deviantART) to the Hobbit Movie Fan Art Gallery.

-Lots of interesting information (via http://www.Elendilion.pl) about Dwalin’s tattoos, Bifur’s impairment, Orcrist’s hilt, and Wargs!  I must say, I love all of this!

7/12/12
-Weta packaging reveals the Oaken Shield and Thorin’s backstory

-Reporting from Comic-con, Ain’t It Cool News has lots of close-up images of Bilbo’s trolls, and great views of the Bilbo, Thorin, Bombur, and Gandalf statues from Weta.

Comic-con Preview Night!  Hobbitcon Begins!  New merchandise, posters, replicas, and more revealed by attendees

-TORn gets a preview of the Gentle Giant Dwalin and Thorin mini-busts at Comic-con, featuring lots of views of both, and several of Gandalf and Gollum in the making

7/11/12
-Fanfic: All About Thorin – by Lizajay12, posted on FF.net.  AU saga wherein Thorin survives the Battle of Five Armies.  First up: “Thorin Has a Bad Day”

7/10/12
-Bridge Direct Hobbit action figures revealed – first look at 6″ Bilbo, Thorin, and Gandalf

7/9/12
-Coming this December – extremely cute little blocky LEGO dwarves!

-It’s not entirely clear if this licensed version of the Key of Thrór by Badali Jewelry is movie accurate or not, but it’s certainly intricate!

-Just added an even larger version of the EW.com “10 scenes scroll” image to the Photo Gallery

-A new Thorin mini-bust from Gentle Giant just announced on TORn!

-10 new scenes from The Hobbit revealed on EW.com, including Beorn, Wargs, Eagles and more! Check out the images here.

7/8/12
-Weta Workshop announces their first limited edition Hobbit statue: Thorin Oakenshield, with shield.  It will be available only at Comic-con and Weta Cave, but another version will be sold later in the year.

-New Thorin wallpaper (1024X768) based on the latest EW photo

7/7/12
-Peter Jackson released a new teaser poster featuring Gandalf walking along a path in the Shire that will be available only at Comic-con (until it is re-sold on ebay, I’m sure).  High-res version now in the Photo Gallery.

7/6/12
-Want more information (and speculation) about the horde of new weapons which will debut with The Hobbit movie?  Check out this post by Landon – “Arming the Crew: Thorin & Company’s Weaponry”

-The first Hobbit Action Figure is revealed (sort of!)  It just happens to be invisible.  You can get your first look (or not) right here!  From TORn: “The Bridge Direct’s limited edition 6” scale figure of Bilbo Baggins will present the title character from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in his “invisible” state while wearing the Ring, which he holds in his hand. Available only at San Diego Comic-Con 2012, this intricately detailed transparent figure will be presented in a numbered collector’s edition box.”  I’m sure if you want it bad enough, just check ebay after the event!

7/5/12
-Principle Photography comes to a close on The Hobbit!

-NZ band Claude Rains featured many of the dwarf cast (Adam Brown, Jed Brophy, Stephen Hunter, Graham McTavish, James Nesbitt, and Mark Hadlow)  in their latest music video: You Say (Hobbit Version)

7/4/12
-2 new images of Balin & Dwalin, and one of Thorin from the EW tablet edition, all thanks to RichardArmitageNet.com!

7/3/12
-I don’t like waiting, and thanks to JasRangoon, I don’t have to!  Scans from the EW issue here.  As well as that big pile of images, and interviews with the big shots, the article also contains some interesting tidbits about dwarven personalities!

-Seems there might be a little longer to wait on that Entertainment Weekly issue (July 13/#1215).  There’s now a slightly different Bilbo and Gandalf pic with hints that it might not come out till Friday.

-Images from EW.com added to the Hobbit Photo Gallery, though I expect to see much higher res versions sooner or later.

7/2/12
-EW.com has the preview of its next issue online (supposedly on sale July 3).  With a Hobbit cover (Gandalf and Bilbo) and a full gallery of 10 new photos, including Gandalf and Thorin looking intense, Bilbo ready to go for a (long) walk, and dwarves in barrels!!


June
6/29/12
-WB made the official announcement of who will be at Comic-con from The Hobbit!

6/27/12
-Finally finished screencap galleries for v-log #1 and v-log #2.

6/26/12
-From 2kiwis.com, here is another account of Ian McKellen at the Opera House, with some very professional quality photos.

6/25/12
-The Sunflowerkid posted a picture on Tumblr of her new copy of The Hobbit, as signed by the cast (including all the dwarves) who were present at Ian McKellen’s show. What a gift!

6/24/12
-Loads of reports, video, and pictures of most of the main cast of The Hobbit sharing the stage with Sir Ian McKellen in Wellington.

6/22/12
3News.co.nz has another interview with Connolly wherein he says of his character: “I’m covered in armour, its like wearing a Volkswagen. Dunno how I’m supposed to fight in all this stuff.”  In the full video interview Billy reveals more of his previous perception of Tolkien’s works.

6/20/12
-In today’s NZ Herald Billy Connolly compares dwarves and elves in battle: “Blonde hair, braided and they’re all slimmy and extremely tall. And we’re very broad and low and f****n ‘Have that’ with our axes and they’ve got their skinny swords and all that.”

-Pictures of Aidan Turner, Adam Brown, and Luke Evans from Dean O’Gorman’s exhibition.

6/18/12
-Thanks to the posters on TORn, we can listen to the “Misty Mountain” song from The Hobbit trailer free of background noise.

-Incredible art that can’t be ignored – “The Death of Balin” by David Gaillet.

6/17/12
-A few more words from Connolly about Dain in an interview in the West Australian: “But let me say, this guy will terrify the life out of you. I have a Mohawk and tattoos on my head. You’ve got to see it.”

6/16/12
-A new interview “From Middle-earth to Vietnam” with Dean O’Gorman (Fili) about his photography exhibition which features fellow actors from The Hobbit, including Luke Evans and Adam Brown. There is also an MP3 interview here on Radio New Zealand (from June 3).  Again, thanks to @eviebowman for the heads-up!

6/13/12
Billy Connolly has been dropping a few hints as to the personality of Dain Ironfoot in several interviews (which mostly focus on the movie Brave) including;
The Australian.com:”It’s a rough and violent character,” Connolly says. “He’s a dwarf but he’s a bad ass. He’s a warrior.”
MSN NZ: “I have a war to fight. Elves to kill. Orcs to maim,” he says.
ABC Sydney: “I’m a dwarf. The baddest dwarf you’ve ever met in your life. You’d run a mile if you saw this dwarf. He is a seriously bad-ass dwarf. His name is Dain Ironfoot and he sorts a few people out with his axe.”
News.com.au: “But you don’t feel like a little guy because you are doing big things like killing people and stuff. And you are wearing all that armour and make-up and everything. It was great fun. I arrive riding a wild pig.”

A list of the many Hobbit merchandizing opportunities that WB has authorized so far

-Eaglemoss to make collectible chess pieces for The Hobbit

6/11/12
-Question and answer in No Magazine with Dean O’Gorman (Fili) who is about to put on an exhibition at Page Blackie Gallery in Wellington, June 19-23.  Thanks to @eviebowman for the info!

-Billy Connolly (Dain) talks football while in Australia during a short break from filming in New Zealand.

-Guardians of Middle-earth and LEGO LOTR game previews posted by TheOneRing.net.  The makers of Guardians state they have been in touch with WETA and Peter Jackson to make sure the Hobbit tie-ins are visually consistent with the new movie!

6/7/12
-Added the Hobbit Production Video #7 Screencap Gallery

-Quotes from Aidan Turner, Evangeline Lilly, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, and Benedict Cumberbatch about their Hobbit characters in the Summer Issue of Total Film, originally scanned by Cumberbatchweb, and RANet.com

6/6/12
-Peter Jackson posts the Hobbit Video Log #7

6/4/12
-Added the Hobbit Production Video #3 Screencap Gallery

6/2/12
-Guardians of Middle-earth Trailer: Who is The Dwarf? Answer: Thráin 🙂

May
5/31/12:
New Photos from the Dale Set?  Take a look!

5/30/12:
-WB announces the fall release of a Hobbit Tie-In Game, Guardians of Middle-earth

-Gorgeous photos from Hobbiton/Matamata taken by Philipp Gunther, and shared via SQPN: Secrets of The Hobbit

5/28/12:
Hobbit Action Figure Pre-orders available again.

5/21/12:
-Fanfic: Added “The Second Time I Saw You” by Jon, to the Fan-fiction page.  Multi-part sequel to “The First Time I Saw You”, in which we meet Groin, and find out more about Thorin’s time spent in Bree…

-Fanfic: “Dragon Eyes”, by Chaos in Her Wake, posted on FF.net. Detailing the takeover of Erebor, from Smaug’s perspective!

-Added the Hobbit Production Video #4 Screencap Gallery

‘Wizard’ McKellen Charms Audience, via nelsonmail.co.nz

5/20/12:
-Fanfic: “Young Thorin in Love” a tale by Saraleee, posted on FF.net

5/17/12:
-Fanart: Thorin art by Xanthe added to the Movie Gallery

-LOTRO: Part V of The Journey of Freryn posted

5/16/12:
-Ian McKellen discusses recognizing his duty of reprising the role of Gandalf for The Hobbit at www.scene.co.nz

5/14/12:
-Fanfic: Introducing The Saga of Vaenomar, by Oakenshield89, the story of a human woman raised by the elves, who is captured by a band of dwarven refugees from Erebor, led by Lord Thorin

-Possible photo of Lonely Mountain set posted on German site

5/11/12:
-Fanfic: Chapter 8, the epic conclusion of “When Thorin Met Tauriel”, by Saraleee, posted on FF.net

5/8/12:
A bit about Sir Ian McKellen’s One-Man Show

April
4/30/12:

Peter Jackson assures The Hobbit will look “organic” and “otherworldly”

-Fan Art: Kili and Fili poster concept by JessicaRathbone added to the Hobbit Movie Fan Art Gallery

4/27/12:
-Many Hobbit spoilers revealed at CinemaCon

Peter Jackson responds to CinemaCon controversy

4/25/12:
CinemaCon reveals some surprises for Hobbit fans

4/24/12:
Luke Evans Talks The Raven and The Hobbit

4/23/12:
-Discussion: Who was the original owner of Orcrist?

4/22/12:
-Larry D. Curtis talks with Conan Stevens (Azog/or maybe Bolg) in an exclusive interview.

4/19/12:
Collider interview with Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman) about the joy of filming The Hobbit, and watching footage at 48 fps

Information from The Hollywood Reporter about what type of equipment it will take to convert theaters to the 48 frames per second format by December.

-Fan Art: Added a drawing by Joane (jos2507 on deviantART) to the Hobbit Movie Fan Art Gallery.

-A fan meets Billy Connolly (Dain Ironfoot) in New Zealand over Easter, from the Wairarapa Times-Age: “Comic tale to last lifetime.”

-Hobbit cast attends the First Olympic Street Party in the World.  Picture of Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Adam Brown (Ori), and Graham McTavish (Dwalin). Also a brief interview with Ian about the Olympics, in the NZHerald.

4/16/12:
How will The Hobbit look at 48 frames per second?

4/10/12:
-Here is the latest information I’ve found about Weapon Replicas in The Hobbit

-All about Orcrist: The Sword of Thorin in Book, Film, and Replica

4/5/12:
-Landon Burgener speculates on who the “Mystery Dwarf” of v-log #6 is.

4/3/12:
-Larry D. Curtis weighs in on “Who will be the breakout star of the Hobbit?”

-Brief filming in Nelson, NZ.

4/1/12:
-Billy Connolly is in New Zealand for filming, according to the NZ Herald.

March
Artwork

-Drawings by GiztheGunslinger and Oakenshield89 added to the Hobbit Movie Fan Art Gallery.

Discussion
-Some thoughts on the Tolkien Professor’s podcast about Thorin.

Fan fiction
-Story by Saraleee added to the Fan fiction page.

LOTRO
-Posted part 3 and part 4 of the Journey of Freryn.

Movie News
-Hobbit toy listings offer film spoilers.

-Added the Hobbit Production Video #6 Screencap Gallery.

February
Artwork

-Painting by Amanda Tolleson added to the Hobbit Movie Fan Art Gallery.

Discussion
-Some thoughts on Thorin and Richard Armitage: Warrior Extraordinaire.

-An exhaustively detailed analysis of the dwarf contract Bilbo is carrying.

Fan Music
-ShadowCa7 sings the full Misty Mountain song.

LOTRO
-Do you play Lord of the Rings Online?  Do you like the tune from the Hobbit trailer?  Now you can play it in game…

Movie News
-A fan shares recent photos of the Hobbiton Movie Set.

-Several actors from The Hobbit recite a soliloquy from Hamlet.

News about the casting of Billy Connolly as Dain Ironfoot.

-Article on the “50 things you need to know about The Hobbit” in SFX magazine.