Ever since 2001, many of us have come to recognize New Zealand as “the place where Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, was filmed.” Now even more people know it as “the place where I took my vacation.”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first in a series of three films by director Peter Jackson, is almost three hours long. I know this, because when the credits rolled, I noticed my bladder was screaming. But I didn’t realize it before then, because for two hours and forty-nine minutes, I was swept up in the world of Middle Earth. The movie sped by.
Fans, be prepared to open your wallets. Profiles in History, dealers of Hollywood artifacts, is holding yet another auction where one-of-a-kind treasures are on offer. And this auction looks to be more interesting than most.
Usually, when a game trailer consists solely of cutscenes, it makes me suspicious: If the cutscenes are that much more cinematic and interesting than the gameplay, then someone is doing something wrong. But in the case of the LEGO Lord of the Rings launch trailer, I’m absolutely fine with it. I’m fact, I’m positively tickled. […]
In-flight instructional videos are a boring yet necessary part of air travel, and if we didn’t watch them, we would never know that the seat cushion doubles as a flotation device. But AirNZ recently managed to jazz up a standard safety video with one that doubles as in-flight entertainment. Instead of flight attendants showing us the ropes (and the seat belts), flyers are now being treated with helpful hints from characters from Lord of the Rings.
The LEGO videogames have been bringing two-person co-op fun to franchises such as Star Wars, Batman, and Harry Potter. The Lord of the Rings will be the next entry in this successful series when it appears later this year. If the newest trailer, below, is anything to go by, it’ll have the same adorable humor as every other LEGO game…but this time with more hobbits.
Book collectors have been known to spend big money on their hobby, and recently a first edition of John James Audubon’s illustrated Birds of America sold at auction for $7.9 million. Some books are considered valuable because they’re somehow rare, or perhaps they’re autographed. So why does this copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit cost €900 (approximately $1,100)?