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Announcing the Release dates and titles for the Hobbit Movies

According to an article inThe Hollywood Reporter the release dates and titles for the two Hobbit movies have just been announced. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” will be released on Dec. 14, 2012 and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” will be released on Dec. 13, 2013.

Peter Jackson answers 20 questions- Question#1

On May 2nd Peter Jackson promised to answer 20 questions, concerning The Hobbit movies, chosen from the thousands posted by fans. Today he posted the answer to Question #1 on his Facebook Page.

Legolas is Officially Confirmed

Peter Jackson has officially confirmed on his Facebook Page that Orlando Bloom will be reprising his role, as Legolas, in The Hobbit.

Interview with ‘Dori’ Actor

In an article in, New Zealand actor Mark Hadlow discusses what he can of his experiences playing a Dwarf in The Hobbit.

Is The Hobbit production cursed?

In a commentary on Spinoff Online reporter Graeme McMillan questions whether the recent explosion at the Stone St Studios is indicative of a production that is plagued with bad luck. He wonders; “Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone who’d know when it’d be a good idea to just… stop?”.

Minor explosion at Hobbit studio.

Two workers received minor burns after a small explosion at Stone St Studios in Miramar. The men were working on sculptures to be used in The Hobbit. For more details see this article at

More ‘casting’ news for The Hobbit

This article in The Kaipara Lifestyler details the adventures of two of the more unusual cast members now in rehearsal for roles in The Hobbit.

Martin Freeman says his Sherlock co-star has landed a role in The Hobbit,

According to BBC News, Freeman let the news slip at the Bafta TV awards. For more information click here.

New Additions to the CoE Store

The CoE Store has added a new section. You may now purchase Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader and Tolkien Kindle e-books through the Council of Elrond Store. Every item purchased at Amazon, after linking through our CoE Store, helps defray the cost of running our favorite site. Your business is appreciated!

Tolkien and Wales: Language, Literature and Identity

Cardiff University’s Dr Carl Phelpstead has just written a book detailing the influence of Wales on Tolkien and his work. “Tolkien and Wales: Language, Literature and Identity,” will be released on May 21st at Cardiff University’s Bute Building. For more information click here