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The Hobbit

  1. Entertainment

    Ian McKellen Continues to Be the Best, Shows up Unannounced to Midnight Hobbit Screening

    We already know that, in his spare time, Ian McKellen likes to run around New York taking ridiculous pictures with his BFF Patrick Stewart. So what, did we all just expect him to sit around at home while the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opened last weekend? Of course he was going to crash some theater's midnight screening.

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  2. Entertainment

    Never Get Lost on Your Way to Erebor Again with This Interactive Middle Earth Map

    Google Maps has been good to us nerds. First there was their Street view tour of Diagon Alley, located at the Warner Brothers studios in England. Then there was the Street view TARDIS easter egg, located... well, wherever the hell it wants, because it's a time machine. Now they've given us an interactive map of Middle Earth to play around with.

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  3. Entertainment

    Check Out This Awesome (And informative!) Middle Earth Travel Guide

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smug is only a month away from being released, so it's time to get obsessed with Middle Earth all over again. In order to get us reacquainted with Tolkien's magical realm, HRS UK put together this lovely travel guide so you won't find yourself saying the wrong thing to the locals.

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  4. Entertainment

    The Simpsons: An Unexpected Hobbit Couch Gag

    Fox has released an early peek at the November 3rd episode of The Simpsons. Well, maybe not a peek so much as the entire minute-and-a-half long couch gag, which places Marge in the role of Gandalf and Homer as Thorin Oakenshield. Sure, he's not as dreamy as Richard Armitage, but he still gets the job done.

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  5. Entertainment

    The Hobbit: an Unexpectedly High Insurance Payout

    It takes a special kind of geek to look at The Hobbit and think, "I wonder what the insurance claims from this story would add up to be." Thankfully, Dr. Nils Möckelmann and Andreas Hufgard are precisely that kind of geek. They ran the numbers and figured out how much insurance money Hobbit characters have coming to them.

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  6. Entertainment

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Teaser Trailer Redone Entirely With LEGO [Video]

    Say what you want about the fact that they're squeezing The Hobbit into three movies, but that trailer for The Desolation of Smaug looked pretty impressive. Wanna know what's even more impressive? Brotherhood Workshop did a dead-on-balls accurate, shot-for-shot remake of the whole thing in HD. LEGO Thranduil's paper-clip elk crown, man. It's so frickin' majestic.

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  7. Entertainment

    Orlando Bloom Wants to Remind You Where They’re Taking the Hobbits [Video]

    Orlando Bloom wrapped up filming his scenes for The Hobbit trilogy recently. According to Peter Jackson's YouTube channel, the crew reportedly broke out a couple of beers to celebrate their last day on set,. Then, this happened. Orlando, you beautiful elven dork. Please never change.

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  8. Entertainment

    Get Your First Glimpse of Benedragon Cumbersmaug in New Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Teaser Trailer

    Feel like you're missing out on all the trailer excitement because you don't play video games or care about E3? Let's hope you like dwarves, then, because director Peter Jackson's got thirteen of them to throw your way, along with a whole forest worth of other mythical Tolkien creatures. The first teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the upcoming sequel to last year's An Unexpected Journey, just dropped and look pretty dang neat. You know, if you like dwarves. If not, you'll be pleased to know that there's also a dragon this time who sounds like Sherlock Holmes, and he really enjoys killing dwarves. Either way, there's something for everybody.

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  9. Entertainment

    Here’s Everything Wrong With The Hobbit in Under Four Minutes [Video]

    I'm a serious Middle-earth apologist, but I'm not even close to being a purist. Big difference. I could list off a bunch of things that Peter Jackson's movies "get wrong" about the world and stories of J.R.R. Tolkien except that they're a movie, and the changes are deliberate. I'm generally okay with that, and I love the movies. Which is why I, too, enjoy CinemaSin's latest video, "Everything Wrong With The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey In 4 Minutes Or Less."

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  10. Entertainment

    The Hobbit: There and Back Again Release Date Gets Pushed

    Films that take place in Middle-earth should always debut in December. This is a tradition. One does not simply release such a film in July (as originally intended) as idly as one might walk into Mordor. Sean Bean would have none of that. Which is probably why New Line Cinema has announced that the release date for the final film in Peter Jackson's latest (prequel) trilogy has been changed. The Hobbit: There And Back Again will now hit theaters on December 17, 2014.

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  11. Entertainment

    I Want to Go to There: LEGO Builds Life-Size Bag End

    We got really excited when LEGO came out with a The Hobbit Bag End set over the summer, but it was just so small! Sure it's fun to build tiny LEGO versions of things, but sometimes you just want to climb inside them and play along with your LEGO pals. To do that though, you either need a shrink ray or you need to build gigantic versions of LEGO sets. Most people don't have the resources for either option, but LEGO sure does. They just released photos of a life-size version of their Bag End set, and we really want to play in it. They probably also have a shrink ray. LEGO's pretty awesome like that.

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  12. Entertainment

    Physics Lets Us Know How Many Fish Gollum Needs to Live, We Now Sleep Easier at Night

    One of the great pastimes of geekdom is adding some degree of factual feasibility to works of fantasy in all its forms. With the release of The Hobbit this Friday, audiences everywhere will be reunited with a much younger, more energetic Gollum than the one they've come to know in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. But a haunting question that fans have tried to wrap their heads around for years is how has Gollum managed to be so long lived in spite of the fact he dwelled within the perpetual darkness of the Misty Mountains, dining purely on fish. Using assumptions on Hobbit physiology and his working knowledge of Gollum's subterranean home, Rhett Allain -- an associate professor of physics at the Southeastern Louisiana University -- has crunched the numbers and deduced how many fish the little guy needs to eat to function. The number may shock you -- if you actually care about this sort of thing, of course.

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  13. Entertainment

    What is Bilbo Baggins’ Hobbit Hole Worth in Today’s Market?

    There are a lot of different kinds of geeks in the world. You can be a literature geek, a video game geek, a comic book geek, or really geek out about just about anything. We won't judge you. The folks over at Movoto.com geek out about real estate, but lucky for the Internet, they also geek out about The Hobbit. They've combined their interests to create a real estate valuation and listing for Bilbo Baggins' home, Bag End. They even put it together in tasty infographic form.

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  14. Entertainment

    Forgot About Dwalin: Never Misidentify A Dwarf Again Thanks To This Handy Flowchart

    Are you constantly confusing the thirteen dwarves who travel with Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit? Have you made the embarrassing faux pas of confusing Oin with Gloin? Do you not know your Bombur from a hole in the ground? Never fear, my friend, because the fine folks at Lord of the Rings Project have got you covered with this convenient flowchart that can tell you in just a few simple questions which diminuitive, bearded adventurer you're looking at. Click through to embiggen and see the whole chart, and prepare to amaze friends and family alike with your encyclopedic knowledge of Dwarven lore. Or, you know, depress them with it. Probably that second thing.

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  15. Entertainment

    Three Hundred Lives of Men Gandalf Has Unicycled this Earth [Video]

    Fans of The Lord of the Rings each have their own special way of celebrating the countdown to yet another film installment of their favorite franchise. Some opt to dress like hobbits and refuse to shave their feet until opening night, and others devote themselves to speaking nothing but Elvish for any and all social interactions. Portland's hometown hero the Unipiper, on the other hand, takes it one step further by combining his famous schtick -- playing the bagpipes whilst riding a unicycle -- with his reverence for Gandalf the Grey. What we ultimately get is too much nerdiness for one video to possibly contain!

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