News: 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the final film in Sir Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien on The Hobbit, has had a strong start by taking $117 million in the opening weekend.

British daily newspaper, The Telegraph, have released online an interview with Tolkien which was originally published on 22 March 1968. The interview – a must-read for Tolkien fans – covers a wide range of topics including monsters, the films, and his success.

Tolkien fan and news website TheOneRing.net wants to celebrate the final Hobbit film in style by holding The One Last Party in Los Angeles on Saturday 21st February, the day before the 7th Academy Awards. But, they need your help.

American television programme, Saturday Night Live, has filmed a parody called “The Office: Middle-earth” starting Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. For those who haven’t seen the original UK version of The Office, Martin Freeman rose to prominance as the character Tim.

Stephen Colbert, American comedian and well-known Tolkien fan, “interviews” Smaug live on air. In the interview Smaug advocates a return to the gold standard, and admits not to having read the book or heard of Tolkien! Update: the YouTube video has been taken down, but if you’re based in the USA you can watch it […]

BBC iWonder have launched a new online guide exploring the influence of Welsh and Wales on the Elvish language Sindarin and Middle-earth. It is presented by Dr Dimitra Fimi, author of Tolkien, Race and Cultural History, and features the voice of John Rhys-Davies.