Archive of posts filed under the Hobbit category.

Weta Workshop Unveils New Goodies at SDCC 2016

Weta Workshop, the group of creative artisans that have helped bring to life The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, was on hand at this weekend’s Comic Con in San Diego and have unveiled some new figures based on the two movies.

Coming soon to their figures collections are the Witch-king at Dol Guldur, Gimli at Helm’s Deep, and Galadriel at Dol Guldur. Other figures were announced that they are now available to order; they are: Lurtz at Amon Hen, Boromir at Amon Hen, and Saruman the White at Dol Guldur.

Introduced at last year’s SDCC, the Elrond at Dol Guldur figure is also still available.

Weta Workshop’s figures are known for their incredible attention to detail. The figures are designed and created by the same artists that have worked on the movies.

“It takes 400-500 hours to design, sculpt, model make, mold, and paint the prototype for each new piece.” – Weta Workshop

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To order figures that are currently available and keep up on those that are coming soon, visit Weta Workshop’s website.

Elvish Translators Needed for Pittsburgh Public Art Tour

The One Ring scriptCan you speak/translate Elvish, or even Dothraki or Klingon? If so Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Art needs your help.

The group likes to tailor art tours to coincide with other events happening in Pittsburgh and this year they are planning on a downtown art tour the same weekend that the Wizard World convention will be held in November.

Do not worry if you have no knowledge of art. Translators only need to repeat what is being said in English in the fictional language they specialize in.

“They’ll have the benefit of hearing it in English and then hearing it in a language they’ve studied as a passion. I think it’ll be a great question for us to ask once they finish the tour: How was it in English? How was it in Elvish?” – Director Renee Piechocki, 90.5 WESA

Tours last from 45-60 minutes and will take place from November 4 through November 6, 2016. Compensation is $100.

Serious applicants should reply via the Craiglist listing at:


Take a virtual tour of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit locations

Google’s Street View has added imagery from New Zealand’s Great Walks to Google Maps allowing users to take a virtual tour through some of the locations used to film The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.

Seven of the nine Great Walks, popular hiking trails in New Zealand, are available, they are: Abel Tasman, Heaphy, Kepler, Lake Waikaremoana, Milford, Routeburn, and Rakiura / Stewart Island.

To read more about the Great Walks, visit New Zealand’s Department of Conservation website. To take your virtual tours of the walks, visit the Google Street View page for the Great Walks.

Kepler Track Great Walks New Zealand

Kepler Track Great Walks New Zealand

Battle of the Five Armies Poster and Teaser Trailer Released!

Fans of The Hobbit who attended the San Diego ComicCon (SDCC) over the weekend got a special treat in Hall H where The Hobbit panel was held. Not only were numerous cast members present, but fans got the first look at the new teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Director Sir Peter Jackson was kind enough to post it to his Facebook page so that those who were not in attendance wouldn’t miss out. It has also been added to the movie’s main web page. You can view the trailer below as well as the latest movie poster.


Battle of the Five Armies: Facts, Spoilers, and Speculations

Battle of the Five Armies painting

‘The Battle of Five Armies’ by Justin Gerard

Sorry for the lack of recent updates to the blog/website – RL (real life) and copious amounts of playing WoW (World of Warcraft) have gotten in the way.

I don’t have time at the moment to create a decent post but can at least provide a few things concerning the next installment of the Hobbit franchise, “Battle of the Five Armies.”


While no official word has been released as to when we will see the first trailer for the final film, speculation is that it will be sometime this next month, and the date July 20th has even been floated around. So keep those sharp elvish eyes and ears open for the trailer soon!

The official title logo has been released and was posted to the official Twitter feed for The Hobbit.

For those who aren’t turned away from spoiler-ish info and just need to know everything, I invite you to check out this latest post by The One regarding some facts and speculations about the final film. I found the collection of Billy Connolly’s quotes regarding his character Dain Ironfoot rather amusing and exciting, and more Christopher Lee as Saruman – Yes please!

Hobbit 3 fact sheet: what we know about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies is set to be released in theaters in the US 17 December 2014.

Advanced Tickets for Desolation of Smaug On Sale Today!


Advanced tickets for the eagerly anticipated second installment of The Hobbit franchise, Desolation of Smaug, go on today in the United States at 9am ET/6am PT.

The film will be available in Standard, Real D 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D. Check with your local theater to see what versions they will have available.

Links for some of the major theater websites are listed below for those who want to order online.

Regal Movie Tickets

AMC Theaters