The Hobbit

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Martin Freeman hosted SNL this weekend, so of course there was a "Lord of the Rings"/"Office" mashup.

In one of the funnier sketches of the night, after saving Middle Earth, Bilbo Baggins starts working for Gandalf at a paper company alongside the pesky Gollum.

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This week Stephen Colbert did some "Lord of the Rings" cosplay and wrote about the new movie "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" as a guest editor at "Entertainment Weekly."

On Thursday night, things got even weirder.

Smaug the dragon (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) stopped by his set for a chat – or at least his massive head did.

In the 7-minute interview we learn some important things: that he has eaten the ladies of "The View," he was offered a role on "Sherlock" but turned it down because he said hates that "hack" Cumberbatch, he supports stand-your-ground laws (especially when it comes to Bilbo Baggins) and he supports Rand Paul for president in 2016.

He also slammed some of the other big dragons in TV and movies – including Daenerys' three children and Toothless from "How to Train Your Dragon."

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LEGO architects David Frank and Alice Finch teamed up to create this amazing masterpeice that lays out the elven outpost of Revendell from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Brothers Brick recently interviewed the two builders on how the incredibly detailed structure came together.

The Brothers Brick: What did you struggle with the most?

Alice and David: One of the major challenges with this build was making the buildings truly fit into their setting. Usually when you design a building, you do just that — you do the structure first and then fit it into its setting. In this case, we did all the landscaping first, which involved some significant elevation change and quite a few waterfalls. And since it's on a total of 32 baseplates, we had to make sure that the joints were as invisible as possible — no small challenge when there are so many different elevations. (read more)


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Director Peter Jackson shares a behind-the-scene clip of Orland Bloom singing along to the classic "They're Taking the Hobbits to Isengard" remix from his last day of shooting as Legolas on the set of The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

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In anticipation of the release of The Hobbit, Brian the Unipiper rode through Portland on his unicycle in full Gandalf garb while playing "Concerning Hobbits" on the bagpipes.

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Here's a view of the Green Dragon Pub at Hobbiton near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand. Originally built as a movie set for The Hobbit trilogy, the bar recently opened to public as a licensed pub in late November. For more info, check out the article over at Noosa News.



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Chicago-based comedy group Octavarius presents a compilation of quotes that are unlikely to be said by Gandalf, Thorin and Bilbo Baggins in this short parody of the upcoming film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

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In celebrating the upcoming release of The Hobbit, Utah-based Balloon artist Jeremy Telford turned his family living room into an authentic hobbit hole using 2,600 hand-pumped balloons over three days in about 40 hours of work. If you're curious about the process, be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes video!

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The Wellington airport just got a lot more precious. What's next, New Zealand? Peter Jackson for Prime Minister?

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Peter Jackson has also revealed the running time of the first film: 2 hours and 40 minutes.

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Denny's is rolling out an unexpected menu, full of Hobbit-themed food options. Anyone up for "Shire Sausage" or "Gandalf's Gobble Melt?"

See if you can stomach the commercial.

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According to Empire, Colbert recently visited the Hobbit set in New Zealand:

I flew out and watched them shoot some scenes and went to some locations. I saw a 25-minute cut, and it was amazing. [Peter] Jackson knows I'm a big fan of the films.

Asked if he would be making a cameo, Colbert replied coyly: "Could be."

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Starting November 1, New Zealand will be putting The Hobbit on its stamps and money. Ian McKellen is delighted by the concept: "To put Gandalf on these splendiferous coins is a wizard idea."

We see what you did there, Sir Ian. The coins are not only highly collectible, they're also legal tender. It's all about the Bagginses, baby.

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Stay warm through Halloween and the rest of the winter with this snuggly beard-and-helmet combo.

Sure, there have been other hats with facial hair, but these are by far the most robust.

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