Warner Bros. has released deluxe editions of the Rankin/Bass animated films of The Hobbit (1977) and The Return of the King (1980). It is only available to purchase in North America.
New Zealand’s Sunday Star Times talks about ‘The Angst of Adaptation’ – translating a book to film – and interviews Philippa Boyens about writing The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films.
School children from Saffron Walden, Essex, have created their own fan film, ‘Children of The Hobbit’, after one young Tolkien fan read The Hobbit.
Ethan Gilsdorf at Boing Boing has published an extensive interview with Tolkien artist John Howe on his role with The Hobbit films.
In a wide-ranging interview for The Telegraph, Viggo Mortensen has described the process of making The Lord of the Rings film trilogy as chaotic and confusing.
In the June 2014 edition of Empire magazine lists the winners of the 2014 Empire Awards. The ceremony was hosted by James Nesbitt (Bofur in the Hobbit films), and was held on Sunday March 30, 2014.
Peter Jackson has announced that the third and final film in his adaptation of The Hobbit will now be called The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Meanwhile the old title, There and Back Again, will be used as a possible alternative name for all three films.