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Lotr: 10 Facts About Middle Earth They Left Out of the Movies

The Lord of the Rings films are known for how massive and packed with detail they are. The adventure is based in a well-realized location in the form of Middle-Earth. Tolkien's writings and Alan Lee's illustrations gave a clear picture of what this world looked like and how its places connected together.

Related: Tolkien Teaser Trailer: A Story About Fellowship (of the Ring)

Despite everything that Peter Jackson packed into The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, there were still plenty of details about Middle-Earth that didn't make it into the films. As such, we'll be exploring 10 of those facts that were cut from the movie versions of Tolkien's fantastical world.
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The 8 Best Gifts for ‘Lord of the Rings’ Fans

  • Variety
It’s been 15 years since the last “Lord of the Rings” film was released, and four years since “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” premiered, yet the franchise remains a cultural touchstone. J.R.R. Tolkien’s universe of high fantasy adventure and epic battles continues to resonate with pop culture fans both young and old, while inspiring the imagination like nothing else. Whether you’re a big “Lotr” fan or have one in your life, here are eight gifts that are as memorable as the films themselves.

1. “Lord of the Rings” Holiday Sweater

Just in time for your holiday parties, you’ll look precious in this green, “Lotr”-themed “ugly” Christmas sweater. The cozy, nostalgic design includes memorable motifs from the film, including elvish inscriptions, the Eye of Sauron, and “Filthy Hobbitses” text on the sleeves. Purchase: $54.95 from WBShop.com.

2. Funko Pop! “Lotr” Characters

There’s a reason why Funko Pop!
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Photos of Weta Workshop’s Gollum Masters Collection The Lord Of The Rings Statue

The New Zealand special effects and props company Weta Workshop has carefully crafted a collector's statue of the ring-obsessed Gollum from Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The first in a line called Masters Collection, this statue was sculpted by Jamie Beswarick with all of Gollum's features in mind, right down to his stringy hair and wrinkly skin, and we have a look at a photo gallery of the detailed statue:

Gollum: Masters Collection Statue: "Crafted in the heart of Middle-earth, with the most intricate of details. Every pore infused with an unparalleled dedication to artistry. Weta Workshop is proud to present our first Masters Collection statue: Gollum.

Unveiled for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, this haunting sculpture is the embodiment of our finest work.

We hope you enjoy.

Two and a half years in development, Gollum has been crafted by Master Sculptor Jamie Beswarick,
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Should cinema audiences stay put for the credits?

Juliette Harrisson Dec 11, 2017

Getting up to leave as soon as the end credits start: is that a bad thing?

The recent piece on this site about 'credit offset' brings up an important issue that has been the cause of some heated debate among my friends and dearly beloved recently: should cinema audiences stay put for the end credits of a movie? Should people stay in their seats while anything up to 10 minutes of credits sweep by, or should people get themselves up and vacate the cinema so that the hard-working cinema employees can sweep up their rubbish in time for the next showing?

Now, being a Wittertainee and a cinephile, I am anticipating a stream of irate responses along the lines of “Of Course cinema audiences should stay put for the credits! How is this even a question?!”

There are two main reasons for cinema fans’ passionate advocacy for staying in your seats.
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There's a New J.R.R. Tolkien Middle Earth Story From 1917 Called The Tale Of Beren And Luthien

I love J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth universe. I was sucked right into that world the day that I read The Hobbit for the first time as a kid. These Middle Earth stories have played a huge part in my life and inspired my imagination. After Peter Jackson's films were completed, I never thought that I'd be whisked away in a new Middle Earth adventure.

Well, a new story has been uncovered that was written by Tolkien in 1917. The story is called The Tale of Beren and Luthien. It tells a prequel story that takes place "centuries before the events of Lord of the Rings during the First Age of Middle Earth, the story tells the tale of Beren, a mortal man, and the romance and adventures he shared with the immortal elf Luthien." The two characters are the distant ancestors of Aragorn and Arwen.

In Fellowship of the
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Geeks Vs Loneliness: self-definition

Jo Bromilow Mar 10, 2017

A few words for those struggling to like themselves much at the moment...

A warm welcome to Geeks Vs Loneliness, the spot on the site where we just try and stop for a bit and natter about things that may be affecting some of us. This week, we're thrilled to welcome back Jo Bromilow. And she wants to have a quick natter about self-definition...

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Billy Joel sang ‘In every heart there is a room, a sanctuary safe and strong’. This room, he sings, is a safe space to retreat to when suffering from heartache, until you’re ready to fall in love again. We’ve all got a room a bit like Billy’s, I think, where we go when the world gets a bit much, when we lose our
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J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beren and Lúthien set for publication in 2017

Publisher HarperCollins has announced that it is to publish J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth love story Beren and Lúthien in May 2017, some 100 years after Tolkien first penned the tale, and on the tenth anniversary of the most recent Middle-earth book, The Children of Húrin.

The book, which will be edited by Christopher Tolkien with illustrations from Alan Lee, will feature material featuring the mortal man Beren and the elf maiden Lúthien, two star-crossed lovers in the First Age of Middle-earth. A version of their story features in The Silmarilion, and is also recounted by Aragorn in The Fellowship of the Ring.

The story of Beren and Lúthien underwent numerous revisions throughout Tolkien’s life, and the new book will see Christopher Tolkien telling “the story in his father’s own words by giving, first, its original form, and then passages in prose and verse from later texts that
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100-Year-Old J.R.R Tolkien Book Beren And Luthien Being Released in 2017

As hard as it is to believe, the works of J.R.R. Tolkien are approaching a century of existence. EW says Beren and Luthien, a book by the fantasy author, will be available next year as a standalone novel for the first time since its writing in 1917. Beren and Luthien tells the tale of love between a mortal man and an immortal elf, and the romance inspired the events between Aragorn and Arwen in The Lord of the Rings novels and subsequent films. Believe it or not, it tells a much sweeter story than you might initially realize.  

Tolkien once told his son Christopher (who will be editing the story) that the characters Beren and Luthien were based on Tolkien's own romance with his wife Edith. There's something beautiful about a man's fictional story about his wife lasting a century to be showcased to the world. I think we all
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New Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit Blu-Ray Collection Announced

  • Cinelinx
Are you a Lord of the Rings fan who hasn’t collected all the movies yet? Well for the few of you a solution is on the horizon.

On November 1st, 2016 Warner Bros Home Entertainment will release the full 6 film collection with the Middle-Earth 6 film collection. No there are two versions here The Theatrical Versions Collection and The Limited Collector’s Edition. Now with the limited version you get, hold to your butts people I need to crack my finger typers here. 30 discs of the six movies in extended form in faux leather books with a collectible Hobbit style wood shelf. The discs will have all of the bonus content that has been released so far from the theatrical and extended versions of the six films. Also included is a 100 page sketch book made up like the Red Book of Westmarch. And lastly two reproductions of watercolor paintings by artist Alan Lee and John Howe.
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New Lord of the Rings Collection Announced

  • Cinelinx
Are you a Lord of the Rings fan who hasn’t collected all the movies yet? Well for the few of you a solution is on the horizon.

On November 1st, 2016 Warner Bros Home Entertainment will release the full 6 film collection with the Middle-Earth 6 film collection. No there are two versions here The Theatrical Versions Collection and The Limited Collector’s Edition. Now with the limited version you get, hold to your butts people I need to crack my finger typers here. 30 discs of the six movies in extended form in faux leather books with a collectible Hobbit style wood shelf. The discs will have all of the bonus content that has been released so far from the theatrical and extended versions of the six films. Also included is a 100 page sketch book made up like the Red Book of Westmarch. And lastly two reproductions of watercolor paintings by artist Alan Lee and John Howe.
See full article at Cinelinx »

30-disc Middle-earth: Limited Collector’s Edition box-set arriving in October

Tolkien fans – especially those with deep pockets – rejoice, as Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies are getting a 30-disc Limited Collector’s Edition release this October.

See Also: Pre-order the Middle-earth: Limited Collector’s Edition via Amazon Us

For the first time ever, Academy Award®-winning director Peter Jackson’s epic adventure is available in one spectacular limited collector’s edition box set.

The Limited Collector’s Edition includes 30 discs featuring all six Middle-earth films in their extended edition forms, housed in six stunning faux leather books and a collectible Hobbit-style wood shelf. The one-of-a-kind wood shelf is crafted from solid wood with design selected by Peter Jackson.

In addition to the extended edition release of every film, the collection also includes all previously released bonus content from both the theatrical and extended editions.

Exclusive premiums designed for the collection include:

– Spectacular 100-page sketch-style
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Middle-earth 6-Film Collection Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray is Epic, Majestic and Expensive

Warner Bros. has gotten around to packaging Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies on Blu-ray and DVD into a singular box set due in stores on November 1st. That's great news if you're happy with the theatrical editions, but the extended cuts will set you back a mortgage payment.

Officially dubbed the Middle-earth 6-Film Collection Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray, this impressive 30-disc box set includes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in their extended versions.

Each film includes all of its previously released bonus features from the theatrical and extended cut releases, housed in six faux leather books and a collectible Hobbit-style
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Lord Of The Rings Fans -- Get Ready For The Ultimate Box Set Of Your Dreams

By this point, Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, and all-around Middle-Earth fans have collected roughly 17 different editions of these films. Despite the fact that the latest trilogy in the entire opus can't hold a candle to the first, they tend to be worth the purchase by virtue of the special features alone. It's because of that that I have no problem in reporting that Amazon has posted a listing for what they're calling the Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector's Edition.

The eagle-eyed folks over at io9 were the first to report the existence of this listing, which contains a reported 30 discs. That's right. Not one. Not two. But 30 discs, which accounts for five Blu-ray discs per film, which is staggering.

Here are the specifics from Amazon:

Middle-earth Limited Collector's Edition (Amazon/6-pack/Bd) (Bd)

- For the first time ever, Academy Award®-winning director Peter Jackson's epic adventure is available in
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Check Out This All-Encompassing Lord Of The Rings/Hobbit Blu-ray Box Set

Update, 8/19/16: I just received a press release about that which confirms both the content of this box set and the $799.99 price tag. The collection will be available on November 1, 2016. Check out the unboxing video, and the original article follows:

If for some strange reason you want to see even more of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy besides the story they've already stretched into three films, good news: io9 points us to a new Amazon listing for the Middle-earth Limited Collector's Edition, a massive set that contains 30 (!) discs featuring extended cuts of every one of Jackson's Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies. They also include all of the bonus features from all of the previously-released extended editions, which is a stunning amount of content by itself.

Each film is encased in a fake leather book and sits atop a collectible Hobbit-style wood shelf that was "crafted from
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Watch All Three Films in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy on Monday, December 15

As the Studio has done in the past with such epic film series as “Harry Potter” and “The Dark Knight,” Warner Bros. Pictures, in conjunction with New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), is once again treating über-fans to a movie marathon, this time in celebration of the highly anticipated finale of Peter Jackson’s blockbuster “The Hobbit” Trilogy.

On Marathon Monday, December 15—two days prior to the third and final film’s theatrical release—moviegoers in select theaters across North America can experience Middle-earth one last time, beginning with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” followed by “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and, a full 24 hours prior to its theatrical release, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”

Tickets for Marathon Monday go on sale Friday, November 14 at 12:00 p.m. Est / 9:00 a.m. Pst, the same date and time as tickets for opening day of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
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Peter Jackson Revamps 3rd Hobbit Movie Title – The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema jointly announced on Friday that the much-anticipated final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy adaptation of the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, has now been titled The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.

The film, previously titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” will be released worldwide December 17, 2014, with select international territories releasing on December 10, 2014.

Peter Jackson stated, “Our journey to make ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along. ‘There and Back Again’ felt like the right name for the second of a two-film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced — after all, Bilbo has already arrived
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Trailer, Clips, and Special Packaging for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

We posted a motion poster for you last week that gave some of the details of the Blu-ray/DVD release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but now, thanks to the lovely folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, we have the full deets for you, including info on the very cool limited collector’s edition packaging, and some enticing clips to remind you of the awesomeness of the movie:

Trailer: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Available April 8

Clip: The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug – You Have No Right: Available April 8

Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – It Is Our Fight: Available April 8

Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Your World Will Burn: Available April 8

Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – I Found Something: Available April 8

Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Into the Barrels: Available April 8

Continue The Epic Adventure When “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug,
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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Review

Viewed as the extended second act of the larger three-act epic that will be The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is terrific, a dazzling, endlessly inventive adventure serial that is filled to burst with cinematic treats both large and small. Never anything less than intensely entertaining, and absent nearly every pacing issue that left its predecessor, An Unexpected Journey, a solid but uneven disappointment, Smaug is a treat, and will be a welcome breath of fresh air for fans of Peter Jackson’s cinematic Middle Earth.

Taken as a film, however – as the standalone, 161-minute entity that audiences will be watching this weekend – I find The Desolation of Smaug highly problematic, if not downright infuriating. With a cliffhanger ending that cuts things off mid-climax, the film is incomplete, a series of extremely tantalizing set-ups that has only the slightest of internal pay-offs, if even that. No matter
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St. Louis: Win Tickets to an Advance Screening of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’

We have some tickets to giveaway for the next entry in The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug! This one is super simple to enter so read on dear reader. Your journey awaits!

Trailer

Synopsis

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to
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Watch The Sneak Peek Of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug; Plus Official New Poster

On Monday, eager Hobbit fans got the chance to meet new cast members - Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace and Luke Evans - joining the highly anticipated second film in “The Hobbit” Trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, as part of a global fan celebration.

Held simultaneously around the world, each of the satellite-linked cinemas in Los Angeles, New York, London and Wellington, New Zealand broadcast director Peter Jackson, members of his cast and filmmaking team as they showed exclusive footage from the film and answered questions in front of a live audience.

Below is one of the fantastic surprises they had in store.

Additionally, in cities across the globe – including Brussels, Belgium; Hamburg, Germany; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City, Mexico; Miami, Florida, USA; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; Sydney, Australia; and Toronto, Canada – fans were invited to gather at select cinemas to be among the first to see the
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