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Browsing all articles tagged with The Hobbit.

Tough Travels: Beginnings

Tough Travels: Beginnings 

This is NOT an April Fools’ Day trick. Tough Travelling is back! At the start of every month, Fantasy-Faction will lead you (yes, YOU!) on a tour of the fantasy genre. From high to low, from classics to new releases, from epic to urban; each month, we will guide you in search of a different […]

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The Ciftci Case: Is Gollum Good or Evil?

The Ciftci Case: Is Gollum Good or Evil? 

Almost 80 years after Gollum appeared in The Hobbit, and 60 years after Frodo first suggests that it may have been better if Bilbo had killed Gollum when he first had the chance, the question is once again rising in a Turkish court – is Gollum good or evil? If you aren’t familiar with the […]

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Roads Go Ever Ever On

Roads Go Ever Ever On 

Something important is ending as we speak; the end of an era of not only entertainment, not just a story, but our invited cinematic access to a deep, rich and vivid world. I’m talking about Middle Earth. I wouldn’t even necessarily say I’m talking about The Hobbit as a movie, or an adaptation, either. Rather, […]

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 

 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings Peter Jackson’s filmic reimagining of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tales of Middle-Earth to a close in epic fashion, and with the emotional weight of thirteen years of visual storytelling that will likely never be rivaled again. Many scoffed when Jackson, not known for his restraint, announced that […]

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THE HOBBIT IN 72 SECONDS… Cause you ain’t got 9 hours.

THE HOBBIT IN 72 SECONDS… Cause you ain’t got 9 hours. 

Not everyone has enjoyed The Hobbit movies so far and that’s a problem. Expected to sit at around 9 hours in total, when all is said and done, that’s a lot of life to waste on a trilogy of movies. What if you are one of the people who didn’t enjoy it and a friend […]

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Video Game Review

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Video Game Review 

Author’s Note: This review is spoiler free! Licensed video games do not have the best of reputations. E.T., for the Atari 2600, is considered one of the worst games ever made. The recent Legend of Korra game has been widely panned. Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi? Well, the less said about that train wreck, […]

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Medical Science reveals why Gollum & Smaug lost to Hobbits…

Medical Science reveals why Gollum & Smaug lost to Hobbits… 

So, this is a strange one! A paper appeared in this month’s Christmas edition of the Medical Journal of Australia with a theory as to why, in fantasy novels, the bad guys tend to lose: Vitamin D deficiency! I will include a copy of the paper below (it is open access), but, for those who […]

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The Tolkien Archives at Marquette: A Glimpse At His Original Manuscripts

The Tolkien Archives at Marquette: A Glimpse At His Original Manuscripts 

Through a stroke of luck and the foresight of their one-time curator, the Marquette University libraries house the original manuscripts for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. We’re talking original type-written and hand-written items, donated by Tolkien himself (and some later items donated by his son, Christopher Tolkien). I’m lucky enough […]

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Jackson Facebooks new ‘Hobbit’ poster

Peter Jackson decided to get us Hobbit fans all excited yesterday by releasing a special SDCC edition of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” poster on his Facebook page. Without any explanation or ‘check out this piece of awesomeness’ type comment he simply asked: “Anyone else excited about San Diego Comic Con?” That […]

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Did Shakespeare invent Gollum?

Did Shakespeare invent Gollum? 

Was Gollum inspired by one of Shakespeare’s villains? Martin Freeman, star of The Hobbit, thinks it’s a distinct possibility. In an Interview with The Telegraph, where he is explaining how he sees and will play the character of Richard III, in the famous play of the same name, Freeman explains that: “I’ve just been rehearsing […]

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Woman Sculpts Smaug the Dragon Out of ‘The Hobbit’ Pages

Within ‘The Hobbit’, J.R.R. Tolkien used words to craft one of the most memorable fantastical beasts all time; the massive, fire-breathing Dragon, Smaug. One reader wasn’t content to use just those words and her imagination to shape our good friend, Smaug, though – oh no! Victoria, an artist based out of Denmark who specialises in […]

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 

It’s been a year since Peter Jackson took us back to Middle Earth and Bilbo Baggins set out on An Unexpected Journey. After mixed reviews, the consensus seemed to be that Tolkien fans were largely disappointed with the adaptation, which seems inevitable when such a beloved classic is presented to fans through someone else’s eyes. […]

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