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An Unexpected Journey for One LotR Fan

Quint from Ain’t It Cool News has gotten an opportunity of a lifetime — he’s currently living on set with the film crew of the Hobbit, and is reporting on everything he’s seeing and experiencing. Read his first report here.

NZ’s Premier snubs Queen for hobbits

To get an idea of just how important the Hobbit movies may be to New Zealand’s economy, at least in the Premier’s eye, read this article on News 24.

The Hobbit to Premiere in NZ and is for General Release on 14th December 2012

Peter Jackson has announced that The Hobbit will premiere in Wellington, New Zealand in late November 2012. You can read the full story, see 18 pictures of the Hobbiton set and watch a video of Peter Jackson and the NZ Prime Minister, John Key, discussing the news at Stuff.

PJ reveals they have already shot 110 day of the film at the studios in his Wellington Weta studios and started location filming in Hobbiton five days ago. After the Wellington premiere the film will go on general release on 14th December 2012.

Lost Art of The Hobbit

Illustrations not used in previous editions of The Hobbit were discovered by researchers at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. The pictures will feature in a new book “The Art of The Hobbit”. You can read more and see some of the pictures here and here.

Filming in Matamata

Stuff report that the film crews have arrived at the Hobbiton set in Matamata. A source said they started arriving on Saturday. So far none of the stars of the movie have been spotted. According to Stuff; “The filmmakers have consent for shooting at Hobbiton lasting no more than 15 days before November 8”.

Hobbits Reunited

The next issue of Empire is celebrating the ten year anniversary since the hobbits first set off on their quest. The new issue promises tall tales, memories, behind the scenes pictures, Oscar night stories and rarely-seen concept art from the LotR movies.

While you are waiting for the magazine to come out you can watch a trailer of Elijah, Sean, Billy and Dominic here.

The Hobbit’s Unexpected Journey Continues

A recent article in New Zealand’s Marlborough Express has reported that the barrels scenes for The Hobbit movie will begin shooting, on the Pelorus River, in December for about 10 days. Preparations for shooting will start at the end of October. This scene will fit into the first movie.

The link below will take you to the article;


New books being released to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of ‘The Hobbit`

HarperCollins has decide to start the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit ahead of time, beginning with the release of a new book written and edited by Tolkien scholars Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull. Along with ‘The Art of the Hobbit’, the publisher will also be releasing a small format edition ‘The Pocket Hobbit’, a 75th anniversary edition of ‘The History of the Hobbit’ and a 75th anniversary boxed set containing `The Hobbit` along with the three `Lord of The Rings` novels .
The complete article on the new releases can be found by clicking this link to the

House of the Day!

Check out this Hobbit hole fit for Frodo!

Orlando Bloom’s latest ‘Hobbit’ interview

During an appearance promoting ‘The Three Musketeers’, Orlando Bloom was interviewed by Steve Weintraub of In the course of the interview Bloom also discussed reprising Legolas in the ‘Hobbit’ movies. To read the resulting article and hear part of the interview click HERE.