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The Peculiar Case of Bilbo and Khan

I have been watching season one of Sherlock, a modern version of Sherlock Holmes.  I must admit to a bit of a Sherlock Holmes addiction.  I have read the complete works, watched the horrible old films, watched the great Jeremy Brett series twice, watched the cool new movies, watch Elementary regularly, have seen Young Sherlock Holmes, read the 7 percent solution and watched the movie – now Sherlock!  I still love the Jeremy Brett series best, even better than the original books.


However, I had the strangest moment in watching Sherlock.  First, the lead, Benedict Cumberpatch, who plays Sherlock is now the one who plays Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness.  He does a pretty awesome job acting in both.  The strangest part is that Dr. Watson is played by Martin Freeman, who also plays Bilbo Baggins in the new Hobbit movie series.  Again, he does an awesome job in both.  Now I loved Star Trek: Into Darkness without any reservations, but The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey was an overlong indulgence in making one third of a book into the length of two movies.  It should have been called The Hobbit: No scenes were deleted or cut even though they should have been.

One can debate whether Cumberpatch or Freeman got the better parts to play.  Khan is a cooler character but Bilbo gets at least a three movie deal.  The funniest part was watching Sherlock, and I kid you not, Freeman has to fight a Golem.  Now a golem is a mythical enforcer type, originally created in Jewish stories about a rabbi that makes a giant clay creature come to life to avenge his people.  In the TV show Sherlock, the Golem is a very scary hitman, played I believe, by the same person that played the creepy chained up monster in 300 that cuts Leonidas helmet.  But Golem and Gollum are pronounced the same.

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Dr. Watson fights Golem – Sherlock

Imagine my wonder and delight at seeing Bilbo (as Watson) yelling at Golem, “Hey Golem, stop or I’ll shoot you!” Then duking it out.  I really want to know if at the time of this first season in 2010, they all knew that Freeman would be playing Bilbo and put this whole thing is as an hilarious insider gag.  Does anyone know?  I would love to find out for sure.  Kudos in any event, it was very funny.

bilbo and gollum

Bilbo Baggins and Gollum


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The Hobbit Bar

reposted from thechive.com

New Zealand opens a real-life Hobbit bar (12 Photos)

DECEMBER 14, 2012


Read more at http://thechive.com/2012/12/14/new-zealand-opens-a-real-life-hobbit-bar-12-photos/#Trs6je5Gw0qCp37u.99

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Write Your Name In Elvish for The Hobbit Opening!

Write Your Name in Elvish in Ten Minutes

You want to write your name in Elvish, but every place you go seems to make it harder than it ought to be. Elvish writing looks beautiful and mysterious, but does it really have to be impossible to understand? Why doesn’t somebody just spell out the alphabet so you can simply substitute the letters and get straight to the result? That’s exactly what I’ve done here. Learn to write your name in Elvish in ten minutes. It’s not very hard.

Here’s the alphabet.

That’s it. (If you want details about where this all comes from, look at the bottom of this page.) You only need to know a few more things and you’re ready to go. The most important thing is that vowels go above (or below) the consonants. That’s what the gray arrows signify in the alphabet shown above. You can put the vowels above the letter they follow (Quenya style) or above the letter they precede (Sindarin style). Take your pick. I do the Quenya style. Look at this example.

1. Write the name: ROBERT.2. Shift the vowels up and to the left, so they are above the letters they follow.

3. Substitute the letters using the alphabet provided above. Notice there are two forms for the letter R. One is for the R sound as in RED. The other is for the R sound as in CAR. The name ROBERT starts with the R-as-in-RED sound and near its end it has the R-as-in-CAR sound.

4. Here’s the text notation. I find it useful to use a plain text representation of the characters when I’m explaining things via email. The underscores at the beginning and end show where the baseline is.

   O E
 _ R B R T _

5. All the examples on this page are use the Quenya style, but here’s the text notation for Sindarin (not shown in calligraphy) so you can see how the vowel positions shift to the right.

     O E
 _ R B R T _

Generally the vowels go above the consonants, but sometimes, in the case of Y and silent E, they go below. Here’s another example. This one includes a special symbol, a straight line underneath the consonant, that indicates a doubled consonant. Use this “doubling symbol” with any consonant.

1. Write the name: LYNNE.2. Shift the vowels down and to the left, so they are below the letters they follow.

3. Make letter combinations. Doubled consonants can be combined into one space.

4. Substitute the letters using the alphabet provided above. Use the bar underneath the N to signify it is doubled.

5. Here’s the text notation. Most of the action occurs below the baseline. I’m using square brackets to indicate letter combinations that result in a single letterform.

 _ L [NN] _
   Y  E

The straight line underneath is just one way to make one character do the work of two. There are a number of Elvish letters that stand for two letters of our alphabet. Think of this as a supplementary alphabet.

The line above a consonant means that a nasal N or M precedes the consonant in question. In the next example, we use the nasal modifier and we see what to do with vowels when there’s no consonant in the right place to put it above.

1. Write the name: ANDY.2. Shift the vowels. The Y goes down and to the left. Since the letter A has no consonant to slide above, it goes on a carrier, which is just a straight line that fills in for the job a consonant would normally do. Note that the carrier is just a graphical convention and has no bearing on pronunciation.

3. Make letter combinations using the supplementary letters: N + D = ND.

4. Substitute the letters. The vowel placeholder is a short straight line. The nasal N preceding D is denoted by a straight line above the D.

5. Here’s the text notation. I’m using the colon symbol : for the vowel carrier symbol.

 _ : [ND] _

Here’s one last example with two different letter combinations.

1. Write the name: SHELDON.2. Shift the vowels.

3. Make letter combinations using the supplementary letters: S + H = SH. L + D = LD.

4. Substitute the letters.

5. Here’s the text notation.

     E    0
 _ [SH] [LD] N _

I am often asked how to handle double vowel situations. Remember to use the carrier as shown above in the ANDY example. Here are some examples that illustrate some of the situations that come up.

Text notation:

   A   I A
 _ : D R : N _
Text notation:

   E I [EE]
 _ : :  L  N _

Comment: This is a dramatic example of doubled up vowels. The name starts with two vowels, leaving us no choice but to use two carriers in a row. We use a little artistic freedom with the double E at the end, since they fit nicely over the L. It would have been, however, perfectly reasonable to spell it like this.
Text notation:

   E I E E
 _ : : L : N _
Text notation:

   I E   I
 _ D : T R [CH] _
Text notation:

   A E I
 _ : M L _

Comment: Here again we’re using a little expressive freedom for compactness. The silent E at the end is placed under the L and assumed to follow the voiced I above the L. You can always spell it like this if you want to be absolutely clear.
Text notation:

   A E I E
 _ : M L : _

That’s all you need to get started. If you take a real interest in Elvish and want to learn more, there’s a lot of good information out there for you.

Please be aware that there are many ways to write English words in Elvish. This is just the one that I use. I have tried to keep it very simple here. There are dozens of sites that can lead you through the nitty-gritty details. The best one I have come across yet is Tolkien Script Publishing. You can learn about all details that I glossed over here.

Good luck!

Ned Gulley

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There Will be THREE, yes Three Hobbit Films…

The Hobbit 3 Officially Announced

Peter Jacksons reveals that two will become three when he shoots the further adventures of Bilbo Baggins.

by Chris Tilly
JULY 30, 2012
So it looks like the rumours and speculation were true, and there will be a third Hobbit movie. Check out Peter Jackson’s official statement, which just hit facebook.

It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie – and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life.  All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.’  

We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance.  The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.

So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of “The Hobbit” films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three.  

It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, “a tale that grew in the telling.”


Peter J

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits screenins worldwide on December 14, 2012, while The Hobbit: There and Back Again arrives December 13, 2013. And while there’s no news as to when Jackson will shoot part three, we’re guessing it’ll hit December 2014


reposted from Chris Tilly.

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