Guillermo del Toro, who was initially due to direct the The Hobbit films before stepping aside in 2010, has weighed in on a popular fan debate comparing Tolkien (and Jackson’s films) with George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire (and the HBO TV show Game of Thrones).
Running again this year from the 14th July; this MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) hosted by Vanderbilt University provides a most enlightening experience of Tolkien, romance and myth. It takes these narratives and presents them as experienced in contemporary media. It also includes on-line activities utilising ‘Lord of the Rings Online‘ (LOTRO).
Two separate Tolkien biopics are currently under development.
Warner Bros. has released deluxe editions of the Rankin/Bass animated films of The Hobbit (1977) and The Return of the King (1980).