Archive for November, 2012

Hobbit Fans Rejoice

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 6:41
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The AP is running this story on The Hobbit Premier. In the article, Jackson talks about 48 frames per second, and addresses the animal abuse allegations. Martin Freeman says The Hobbit is better than The Lord of the Rings.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Wearing elf ears and wizard hats, sitting atop their dad’s shoulders or peering from balconies, tens of thousands of New Zealanders watched their favorite “Hobbit” actors walk the red carpet Wednesday at the film trilogy’s hometown premiere.

An Air New Zealand plane freshly painted with “Hobbit” characters flew low over Wellington’s Embassy Theatre, eliciting roars of approval from the crowd.

Sam Rashidmardani, 12, said he came to see Gollum actor Andy Serkis walk the red carpet — and he wasn’t disappointed.

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The Press is in Full Hobbit Mode

Sunday, November 25, 2012 7:13
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There’s an article about The Hobbit almost daily now. Here’s today’s. (Even TheOneRing.net can’t keep up!) It’s about the New Zealand film industry.

Not too long now until The Hobbit

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 18:46
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Here’s a sneak peak at the beginning of the upcoming Hobbit film… set to an updated version of an old song Hobbit fans might remember:

LOTR Chapter by Chapter: Voice of Saruman

Friday, November 16, 2012 10:21
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We’re almost to the end of Book 3!

The Two Towers, Book 3, Chapter 10: The Voice of Saruman

Chapter synopsis: Gandalf, Théoden, Éomer, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas go to the stairs of Orthanc to talk with Saruman, while the others wait a little farther away. Saruman has a sweet, hypnotic voice that can easily bring many under his influence. He addresses Théoden first, proposing peace and alliance between Isengard and Rohan and promising great benefits that could come of that. His voice charms the Riders, and it seems that it convinced Théoden too, but then he refuses and clearly states that there will never be such peace. Then Saruman talks to Gandalf and tries to convince him into uniting and using their power and wisdom to govern others. Gandalf laughs at this and then gives Saruman one last chance to come down and help them in their cause, or remain locked up in Orthanc. Saruman rejects this offer, and Gandalf causes his staff to break and casts him from the order of the wizards. A strange crystal globe, apparently thrown by Wormtongue, falls from a window; Gandalf takes it, hinting that it might be an object of great importance. The company says farewell to Treebeard (who promises that the Ents would guard Orthanc and prevent Saruman from escaping) and prepares to leave.

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Review of The Hobbit Storybook

Saturday, November 10, 2012 16:35

Here’s my latest review for TheOneRing.net. This book is quite a good preview of what to expect in the first Hobbit film:

LOTR Chapter by Chapter: Flotsam and Jetsam

Saturday, November 3, 2012 10:14
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Flotsam, Jetsam, now I’ve got her boys, the boss is on a roll!

The Two Towers, Book 3, Chapter 9: Flotsam and Jetsam

Chapter synopsis: Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli stay with the two hobbits, who tell them about their adventures since the breaking of the Fellowship of the Ring: the journey with the Orcs; the meeting with Treebeard; the attack of the Ents upon Isengard. The Ents are not much afflicted by arrows or axes, and they have broken down the gates and walls of Isengard; they could not harm the tower of Orthanc, though, and Saruman was trapped therein. The Huorns have formed a ‘forest’ all around Isengard, where all Orcs fleeing from Isengard have perished. The Ents have built dams and dug trenches, and directed the water from the Isen river towards Isengard, where is has flooded the underground caves and suffocated Saruman’s fires. Gandalf has come and asked for help (hence the newly-grown forest after the battle of Helm’s Deep); and later Wormtongue came, pretending to be a messenger from Théoden. Treebeard, however, whom Gandalf had warned against Gríma, gave him a choice of entering Orthanc or waiting for the coming of Théoden, and Wormtongue waded through the flood and entered the tower.

Tolkien’s Take:

It’s ketchup time. Or rather, catch-up time.

The great have gone off to discuss important matters, and happily we get a fun little break here where the Fellowship reunites and fill each other in on what has happened.

Later on, in The Return of the King, when Frodo and Sam reunite with the rest of the Fellowship, Tolkien tells us how they gathered in a room and talked about all that happened to them, but we don’t get any of the conversation. Tolkien just says something like, “And they talked long into the night.” It drives me mad, because I want to hear all they have to say! I also want a Faramir/Frodo reunion in The Return of the King, but that never happens. Fortunately, in this chapter, we get most of the conversation between Merry and Pippin and the three hunters – and Tolkien keeps it interesting by adding to the story and telling us exactly what led to Merry and Pippin being where we found them, and why Treebeard is on the north side.

I also like this chapter because it’s very “unmovie-ish”. You’d never see it in a film adaptation; it’s a very book kind of thing.

Jackson’s Take:

The movie actually shows the Ents’ battle as it happens, rather than in a flashback, and it is a spectacular CGI fest, with some impressive use of the “Massive” CGI engine to create the fleeing Orc soldiers.

Best Line: “Strider the Ranger has come back.” – Pippin

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