Tolkien

hobbit honest trailer

The Hobbit was one slim book that’s been stretched way out into three films. Now we’ve got an Honest Trailer for Desolation of Smaug that tells it like it really is, from a vault that looks like it belongs to Scrooge McDuck to a bunch of Dwarves that are captured by everyone and everything.

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In case you missed it over the weekend, Saturday Night Live did a mashup of The Office with everyone from Middle-Earth and it’s simply brilliant. It’s a spin on the UK version of course, and the impressions are spot on, especially with Martin Freeman returning to The Office as Bilbo. Hey, they had to do something once all the epic battles were over, why not work in an office selling paper?

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The Hobbit is not an overly long book, but that didn’t stop Peter Jackson from dividing it up into three movies. Many have wondered how it would have been as one film, but Los Angeles-based editor Joel Walden has gone a step further by giving us a trailer for The Hobbit: The Complete Journey.

He uses clips from the existing movies to create his trailer and, in the process, does a darn fine job of telling what needs to be told in about 4 minutes. Now this is the movie that I really wanted to see.

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There are Lord of the Rings fans, and then there are Lord of the Rings fans that really deserve a a good slap in the face. This guy falls in the later category, constantly rattling off quotes to his girlfriend and recording them for snapchat videos (in portrait mode no less!). It doesn’t matter where she is or what she’s doing, he has a quote ready—even if it means scaring the daylights out of her on a dark stairway. Seriously, this woman is probably going to kill him in his sleep.

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This unbelievably detailed map of Minas Tirith was posted on reddit to support a Middle-Earth RPG by ICE. It is incredibly complex with a key that has over 50 different items that are represented in exacting detail on the full map. There’s so much here, you’ll lose half your day just staring at it all.

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J.R.R. Tolkien provided beautifully sketched maps of the world he created for his stories. Slippery Rock University geography professor Stentor Danielson has taken that drawing style and applied it to modern cities creating maps that look like they were torn from the pages of Tolkien’s books. He’s already got Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Washington, DC, and more, all available as prints to decorate your home.

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The beautiful image you see above is just one piece of the incredible tapestry poster that was created to promote the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which opens on December 17th. Instead of releasing a bunch of separate posters, they created one with individual scenes that roll into one another in a way that makes the story feel truly epic. From Nerdist:

From left to right we’ve got Smaug facing off against Bard the Bowman, Gandalf and Galadriel reenacting some weird Shakespearan tragedy scene at what looks to be Dol Guldur with Elrond and Saruman in the background, Thorin looking dramatic on the throne inside Erebor (he’s surrounded by piles of gold, why so sad, Thorin?) with Bilbo in the foreground, Legolas and Tauriel with very serious expressions, Thranduil at the head of an Elven army, Thorin, Fili, and Kili in the middle of battle with Azog standing over them, and then Gandalf and Bilbo again. Whew.

Whew is right. It’s just three more months until we get to see the film, and if you weren’t excited about it before, this poster will likely have you counting down the days.

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Few things say home to me like Bag End. The home of the Baggins is described as comfortable, cozy, and safe. It’s the perfect theme for a nursery, and Britten thought the Shire would be an ideal baby friendly setting. She worked with artists Nicole Shobe and Minda for three months to finish the murals. The images feature Bag End, the rolling hills of the Shire, and cobbled stone paths. I’d love to step into these paintings and go on an adventure.

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It’s one of the great mysteries of the world. Why didn’t Gandalf just fly the darn eagles all the way to Mordor? Theories abound, but this one, it might be the best. In this Lego-fied explanation, we finally see what would have happened to our heroes had they taken the eagles all the way to their final destination.

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These incredibly detailed illustrations by Ukrainian artist Sergei Iukhimov look like they’ve been pulled right from a Medieval manuscript, but they’re actually representations of something much more recent. He’s illustrated the works of J.R.R. Tolkien in beautiful watercolors that you’ll find in the Russian language editions LOTR. I wonder how things would have looked if Peter Jackson had used these images as his inspiration.

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