Tag Archives: The Hobbit


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

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series History Of Science Fiction

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.

  Read More…

LEGO Smaug

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 … Read More…

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 … 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 … Read More…

LEGO The Hobbit — Kili

Builder Pâté-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 … Read More…

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 … Read More…