The Hobbit

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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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