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Empire Magazine unveils 5 special Hobbit covers!

Special Empire lenticular Galadirel cover The latest edition of Empire magazine which hits newsstands in the UK tomorrow will feature five different covers for the upcoming film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. But these aren’t just any old covers, they are 3D lenticular covers! That’s right, they are scaled-down versions of the 3D lenticular posters seen at this year’s San Diego Comic Con!

The five covers feature the lovable wizard Gandalf, beautiful and wise elf Galadriel, the mighty leader of the dwarves Thorin Oakenshield, crafty creature Gollum, and of course the hero of the story, hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

Subscribers to the magazine will also get their own special Bilbo cover in addition to one of the lenticulars. The new issue will be available in the UK tomorrow, October 25th, as well as in the UK and US  iTunes stores.

Check out all five covers, as well as the special limited edition cover only available to subscribers in the gallery below.

Weta Workshop releases range of Hobbit merchandise

Gearing up for the first installment of the Hobbit franchise due to hit theaters this December, Weta Workshop, the group of artists and craftsmen responsible for helping bring Middle-earth to life, has released a range of Hobbit merchandise for films.

The products include books, statues, fine art prints, jewelry, and much more!

Here is a listing of what Weta has available so far:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art and Design

Hobbit Chronicles book“This book presents hundreds of full colour conceptual drawings and paintings, along with set designs, sculpture and glorious photography across more than 200 pages.

We offer this wonderful book signed by Richard Taylor, Daniel Falconer and a selection of artists who worked on the movies to anyone who pre-orders The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Chronicles: Art and Design from before 14 December.”


Assorted Maps from the original artists

Thorin's map by Weta

“Created from scans taken directly from the original artwork and printed on Italian parchment paper”


An Unexpected Journey – art print, by Gus HunterArt Prints from the original Conceptual Designers

“From Weta Workshop’s Conceptual Designers who worked on the films”

More art prints are being planned for a later release.


1/6 scale figures

Thorin Oakenshield by Weta“Continuing the highly successfully range of 1/6 scale figures sculpted for The Lord of the Rings, the sculpting team at Weta Workshop present the first figures from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”



Authentic Prop Replicas

The Contract of Bilbo Baggins by Weta“Created by the same people and using the same materials and techniques as the items in the film.:”


“Precious” Jewellery

“Weta is pleased to again be working with Jens Hansen Gold & Silversmith to produce The One Ring in gold plated Tungsten Carbide. This version is without Elvish runes.”




For more information on any of the products listed above, click on the links to go to Weta’s website.

Possible first look at The Hobbit’s Great Goblin

In the same book that brought us our first look at the elven-king Thranduil, we may have also gotten our first look at the Great Goblin!

Great Goblin in The HobbitThe book The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey Almanac 2013 (or The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey Annual 2013 in some countries) is a movie tie-in for the first of the three-part Hobbit series. It’s aimed mainly at children, containing character profiles, and puzzles and games. But the adults seem to be snatching this book up for themselves as there are some interesting, never-before-seen images in it. One of these images is what appears to be the Great Goblin.

The book does not specifically say that the image is that of the Great Goblin whose abode lies deep beneath the Misty Mountains, but his appearance seems to fit that as described briefly in The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien.

“There in the shadows on a large flat stone sat a tremendous goblin with a huge head…”  
The Hobbit
, Ch 4, Over Hill and Under Hill

Great Goblin by Alan Lee

Great Goblin by Alan Lee

Another fact to consider is that Tolkien artists John Howe and Alan Lee have a hand in how the locations, characters, and creatures look. Knowing that, one look at Alan Lee’s depiction of the Great Goblin and his hoard, which is part of the illustrated version of The Hobbit, one can see that the image in the new movie tie-in book could very well be that of the Great Goblin.

In the book The Hobbit, the Great Goblin does not appear much, in fact he is only present on the equivalent of one page, but it seems he may have a slightly expanded roll in the upcoming movie since it was announced earlier this year that Australian comedian/character actor Barry Humphries, famous for his character Dame Edna Everage, would be playing the part.

Interestingly enough, a quick look at IMDB shows Humphries being listed for the newly retitled second installment of the Hobbit franchise, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Could this mean that the first movie would end with the capture of Bilbo and the dwarves by the goblins (orcs) of the Misty Mountains, and the second movie start with how they escape them? If so then it would also mean that we would not see King Thranduil of the Mirkwood elves until the second film, which would not go along with his image being released in a tie-in book for the first movie.

King Thranduil revealed in new Hobbit book!

Today it was announced that a new movie tie-in book for The Hobbit was available in the Weta Cave in New Zealand. The folks over at The Noldor, New Zealand have gotten their hands on a copy.

The book called The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey Almanac 2013 is a hardcover book geared towards children featuring many photos and activities.

One of the highlights of the book is our first look at Lee Pace as King Thranduil, leader of the Mirkwood elves and father of Legolas. The images show Thranduil with his woodland crown and also his sword.

King Thranduil of the Woodland Realm

King Thranduil of the Woodland Realm (image from

Another interesting image in regards to King Thranduil is a look at his halls. While not an actual photo, the sketch gives us a good idea of what it will look like;  wood and stone flowing together.

Hall of the Elven King

To read more about this book and see more image, head over to The Noldor, New Zealand‘s website.

Dynamite to reissue classic ‘The Tolkien Years of the Brothers Hildebrandt’

Official press release:

July 10th, 2012 – Mt. Laurel, NJ – The million-selling Lord of the Rings calendars created during the ’70s by renowned fantasy artists Greg and Tim Hildebrandt are now considered artistic masterpieces.  This coffee table art book, “The Tolkien Years of the Brothers Hildebrandt”, collects all that fantastic art, while telling the untold story behind the creation of those cherished illustrations, written by Greg Hildebrandt, Jr.!  Be sure to pick up this book in September for only $29.99!

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the work of two renowned fantasy artists, written through the eyes of Greg’s son. The Brothers Hildebrandt art provided Tolkien-lovers with a fantastic treasury of Lord of the Rings art…the movies of which have now grossed billions worldwide!  This is the perfect time to get the book, with J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit motion picture coming out in December 2013!

Written by Greg Hildebrandt, Jr., Greg Hildebrandt’s son, this book tells the story through the eyes of young Gregory when, at ages five, six, and seven he posed for the various “little people” characters known as the Hobbits. Gregory reminisces about his key role in the development of these calendar paintings and the unique creative ingenuity of his father and uncle.

“From 1975 through most of 1977 my brother, Tim, and I focused primarily on our art for our three J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings calendars,” says LIVING LEGEND GREG HILDEBRANDT!  “We painted these for Ballantine Books. We were obsessed with this art. It consumed us.  Since the last calendar was published in 1978 we created additional art based on Tolkien’s Ring.  This expanded edition of our Tolkien art book is the most comprehensive compilation of that art. The book in itself is a labor of love as it took almost a year to put together and design.  If you are a Lord of the Rings fan or a fan of our art this is a really great collection. One that I am proud of and I hope one that you will enjoy for years.  This updated and expanded edition includes all new pages with commentary and exclusive material.”

“As a long time fan of Greg and Tim’s work, and a fan of the original book it is my honor that Dynamite Entertainment will publish the newest version of this acclaimed book,” adds Dynamite Entertainment President and Publisher Nick Barrucci.  “Greg and Tim Hildebrandt are legends and it is my honor that we can help add to their legacy!”

Also, in July 2012, we have advance solicited The Tolkien Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt 2013 Calendar for October shipping!  Once more, from the magical world of Middle-Earth. Greg Hildebrandt has chosen 14 pieces of original art from the 1976, 1977, and 1978 J.R.R. Tolkien calendars originally created for Ballantine Books. 37 years ago, Greg and Tim dove into Tolkien’s epic The Lord of the Rings with all the enthusiasm they could possibly have mustered. Their art set a standard for what the world saw as The Lord of the Rings. This art is loved world-wide. This calendar represents an excellent look at some of the best of The Brothers Hildebrandt Tolkien art.


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About Dynamite Entertainment:

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Shadow, The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, Game of Thrones and more!

In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Jae Lee, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!

DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. Several of their titles have also hit The New York Times Best-Sellers list: The Boys, Vampirella Archives, Robert Jordan’s New Spring and Wheel of Time graphic novels. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). Dynamite recently won the Diamond Gem Award for Best Publisher Under 4% of market share for 2011! The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt named U.S. publisher of official ‘Hobbit’ tie-ins

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt LogoIn a press release Friday, April 13th, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced that they had obtained the publishing rights from HarperCollins UK to produce tie-in books for the upcoming two Hobbit films The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

From the press release:

“Inspired by the two films based on The Hobbit, the companion books are a fantastic way for fans of the world of Middle-earth to immerse themselves in the film experience,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President of Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing for Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has a strong history with the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and we know that the detailed tie-in books will bring The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again to life in an in-depth and imaginative way.”

Full press release here.