The Hobbit

The Hobbit Trailer Is Here

I know we weren’t going to post news stories over Christmas but some stories are too big to ignore. The first proper trailer for Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth dropped this morning and half the internet is already in the midst of a major Hobgasm. From the moment you hear those familiar strings swell up, you’re going to find yourself taken right back to the happy place you were when the Lord of the Rings movies came out. Get ready for more men with beards talking in horse whispers, more chain smoking hobbit weed and lots lots more walking. Jackson’s back.

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Check out the rest of our Hobbit coverage HERE

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The Merry Band Revealed: 13 Dwarves Stride Forth for Adventure!!


Nori (Jed Brophy), Fili (Dean O' Gorman), Dori (Mark Hadlow), Bofur (James Nesbitt), Gloin (Peter Hambleton), Dwalin (Graham McTavish), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), Balin (Ken Stott), Oin (John Callen), Bombur (Stephen Hunter), Bifur (William Kircher), Ori (Adam Brown) and Kili (Aiden Turner)

Thorin Oakenshield stands at the centre of his Merry Band, a set of Dwarves set on a quest many would never face. In response to the reaction to public reveals of theHobbit Warner Bros have revealed the complete Dwarf set. In response to a great many public reedits of the assembled dwarves as they were revealed in sets of of two’s and three, Peter Jackson has released his own collective image of the assembled band. Equipped with weaponry, food packs and instruments they are set on their journey to face Smaug and the Battle of the Five Armies. Not all will return but very few can remember who.

Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage)

Bombur (Stephen Hunter), Bofur (James Nesbitt) and Bifur (William Kircher)


Oin (John Callen) and Gloin (Peter Hambleton)


Balin (Ken Stott) and Dwalin (Graham McTavish)


Fili (Dean O' Gorman) and Kili (Aiden Turner)

Check the rest of our Hobbit coverage of our full breakdown of events in Hobbiton and Middle Earth (Wellington, New Zealand) as things have taken place.

A Long Journey Began: Gandalf the Grey and Bilbo Baggins revealed

Finally, after an extended time – we are beginning to see the images from the set of The Hobbit. Warner Bros. are being understandably coy in releasing any extensive images (steadily releasing small parts of the whole). 5 of the Dwarves have now been released and the designs and make up work is extensive. Two characters however that required the least amount of attention are two old friends, together at the start of a strange old adventure that will ultimately consume all of Middle Earth. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and Gandalf the Grey (one day to be Gandalf the White) have both been released by WB.

These are no surprise. The casting of Freeman was a nigh unquestionable piece of casting. He looks to have populated the character perfectly, originally played as his older self in LOTR by Ian Holm. It is with a steady heart that fans of LOTR have taken Freeman on board and these pictures confirm a harmless and fairly seamless continuation of the story of the most famous resident of Bag End.

McKellen of course reprises his role as Gandalf the Grey and WB have offered up a suitably relaxed image of the old wizard reclining at the base of some old tree. The question is this, while mainstay characters originally developed in the original LOTR films remain simple and conscise in appearance – how, when Jackson and his costume and make up department know that the globe will be watching, will they maintain a steady and even hand in the Dwarf design? All too easily expectation can lead to over working basic concepts. Will we see an overworked principle cast as SW I, II and III? Hard to say at this stage – but here is Dori, Nori and Ori and Oin and Gloin in full uniform. You judge….

Rivendell and back again: the first blog film from the set of the Hobbit (featuring Peter Jackson)

For all of those who thought it would never take place and that Peter Jackson would never return to the Shire here is a very special video. An amazing film, posted by Peter Jackson himself to include the fans of the films and the original book. Including the opening ceremony with Mauri warriors it ends exactly where you want it to… with the first shot of The Hobbit being filmed.

I will simply leave it there. Thank god its back. See you at the cinema in 2012….

(and back here for more updates!)

Even Sauron Loves Kinect!

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There have been some pretty groovy hacks of the X-Box Kinect since the device hit the shelves last year and with Microsoft moving to a stance of supporting developers rather than┬ápenalizing┬áthem, it looks like we’re set to get even more before all’s said and done.

In this video the guys at The Technology Studio have combined the Kinect with a Pufferfish spherical display unit to create this rather creepy bit of Middle Earth fandom.

And you thought an Ipad was a cool gadget!

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