It’s release day for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey! On account of which, there are a nearly infinite number of relevant articles and such this week, some of which are aggregated here:
- At The Christophers on Patheos: The Director and Stars of “The Hobbit” Share Thoughts on Bravery, Mercy and Tolkien’s Christianity.
- Mike Ryan at HuffPo talks about the experience of seeing The Hobbit in 48 frames per second instead of the standard 24.
- WhatCulture’s Shaun Munro has an early (possibly spoilerific) review of the movie, titled “The Hobbit: 5 things that were awesome and 5 that sucked.”
- Salon’s Robert Rodi: “Bilbo Baggins says ‘Buy This’.” He says, “Behold the onslaught of Hobbit action figures. Hobbit Legos. Hobbit meals. If only they did this to ‘Anna Karenina’.”
- Artist Donato has some beautiful pieces with Tolkien and his works as subjects.
- Gandalf actor Sir Ian McKellen has revealed he has prostate cancer, and says it is currently being managed and not spreading.
- Having trouble differentiating the dozen dwarves? Check out this flow chart, which distinguishes them by their facial hair.
- The Foxtrot comic strip from December 9 is Hobbit-themed and hilarious.
- Want to dress as an Elf to attend your showing of the movie? OneUpMakeup will show you how to do your makeup.
- Heath Dill has an upcoming cookbook titled Medium Rare and Back Again: A Tolkien Cookbook. Sounds like fun.
- A realistic-looking hobbit pub has opened for business in New Zealand.
- Stopmotion filmmakers Brotherhood Workshop have made a Lego parody video of the Battle of Helm’s Deep, including a blonde moment from Legolas.
- io9 has the 10 most unlikely things that were influenced by Tolkien and Hobbit/LotR cross-promotions that are best off not existing.
In not-so-small Harry Potter news: the stars of the Potter films are getting together to film a Potter mini-movie, which will be shown at the theme parks containing Potter attractions. Over at The Guardian, Ellie Lewis makes a guess at what the movie may be about.