10 Pieces Of Gorgeous Middle-Earth Artwork

The writings of J.R.R. Tolkien have inspired a lot of people over the years in many different ways. Perhaps the biggest impact would simply be the amount of fantasy writing that has been produced as a result of The Lord Of The Rings.  But there's also been a lot of artwork produced inspired by his creation of Middle-Earth. Here I'm picking out ten really gorgeous, but very different pieces of Middle-Earth inspired art for you to enjoy. All of this art is available to look at on Deviantart and I would strongly encourage you to go and browse the rest of the artists work. It will be rewarding. Zirakzigil by …Read more  »

The History of Science Fiction Part 10: 1950 — 1959 (Books)

The 1950s were a peak in American culture in some ways. It was also a time when television was established, radio still had a presence and movies and magazines were still big business. There’s a fair amount of dispute over when the Golden Age of Science Fiction actually ended, but certainly we were still in it at the beginning of the decade. Not only were many of the established writers still publishing furiously, but many new names were coming up and the variety of science fiction being published was about to explode. And it wasn’t just in books and magazines that science fiction was taking off. In fact the amount …Read more  »

LEGO The Hobbit — Smaug the Golden

This LEGO build of Smaug from The Hobbit (not modeled on the movie specifically) is suitably imposing to look at. Its creator Shawn Snyder says that the model is 28" from head to tail with a 35" wingspan. It is intended to be used as part of a larger LEGO diorama of Smaug's attack on Lake Town (Oops! Spoilers for a 77 year old story!). For all that I think its an impressive model in its own right. Source: Flickr - Smaug

Alternate Smaug Designs From WETA

So, as is common in the movie industry, WETA considered a variety of different designs for Smaug before settling on what we got to see in The Hobbit movies. And designer Andrew Baker has posted a big batch of those designs on his blog under the heading Smaug Fails. Looking at what he has posted, I think it's safe to say that he's being self-deprecating on this one. Not all of the designs would have fit the style of the movie certainly. And some wouldn't have captured the right feel for Smaug. But they are all visually arresting in their own right. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="119046,119043,119044,119045"] Make sure to click through …Read more  »

LEGO The Hobbit — Burglar

This is a very clever interpretation of two scenes from The Hobbit with a thematic link to them. Plus the builder has used custom LEGO minifigures rather than the official ones. At the bottom we have Thorin and Gandalf meeting at the Prancing Pony and stating their need for a burglar. Then up top we have Bilbo in the Lonely Mountain hunting for the Arkenstone. Source: MOC Pages - Which is why we're going to need a burglar

LEGO The Hobbit — Kili

Builder Pate-keetongu has made large scale articulated LEGO models of several of the dwarves from The Hobbit (movie versions). But... there are a lot of dwarves... so I guess this is a long term project. His latest build is Kili nephew to Thorin and one of the handsome ones (again in the movie). Check out the whole set in his Flickr Album. Source: Flickr - Hobbit Dwarves

Hobbit Cosplay — Thranduil

The way Peter Jackson chose to portray J.R.R. Tolkien's elves doesn't exactly match what I had in my head. But to be fair I'm not sure I could even verbally explain how I see them in my head, so that is asking an awful lot. More importantly cosplayer Abyssinian has really captured the look of captured the look of Thranduil from the Hobbit movies. Link: CosplayBlog

Adaptations, Reinterpretations, Reboots And Modifications

I was watching one of the introductory lectures for the Comics & Graphics novels course that I'm taking ( https://class.coursera.org/comics-001/class ) and there was a very interesting discusison on the topic of what is the definitive edition of a comic book. The lecturer made an interesting comparison with Shakespeare's Hamlet which also appeared in several editions. Which of course made me think of Tolkien's re-writing of sections of The Hobbit to fit better with The Lord of the Rings. This lead me to thinking about George Lucas' continual changing of small elements in his Star Wars movies. To fans great irritation. I'm not going to defend most of the changes as …Read more  »