Jul 13, 2015

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Hobbit first edition doubles sales record

A first edition of The Hobbit given by JRR Tolkien to one of his former students in 1937 has more than doubled the world record for a copy of the author’s first novel, selling at auction for £137,000.

The Guardian reports: Tolkien inscribed only a “handful” of presentation copies of The Hobbit on its publication, said Sotheby’s, with CS Lewis also a recipient. Kilbride’s includes an inscription by the author in Old English, identified by John D Rateliff, author of The History of The Hobbit, as an extract from Tolkien’s The Lost Road. This time-travel story, in which the world of Númenor and Middle-earth were linked with the legends of many other times and peoples, was abandoned by the author incomplete.

> Full story here.

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Jun 12, 2015

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Christopher Lee Dies at 93

Christopher Lee, Saruman in “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies, died on Sunday in London. He was 93. Coverage here.

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Apr 29, 2015

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Peter Jackson’s statement on the loss of cinematographer Andrew Lesnie

Posted on Peter Jackson’s Facebook page: “Being an only child, I grew up wondering what it would be like to have a brother. It wasn’t until today, in trying to deal with the terrible news of Andrew’s passing, that I came to realise how much he had become that person for me – someone I could intrinsically love and trust – which I know now means someone who is up for all the good and the bad. Andrew was an irreplaceable part of my family and I am in total disbelief that I’ll never again hear his infectious laugh, nor benefit from his quiet wisdom, or enjoy his generous praise. Andrew created unforgettable, beautiful images on screen, and he did this time and again, because he only ever served what he believed in – he was his own artist, separate from me, but always working generously to make what we were trying to create together better. On set we developed an ability to work together using a minimum of words – a rare meeting of minds. I will always remember turning up, countless times, at five in the morning – all those quiet moments I had with him when I could step on to set and know he was there – unfazed, ready, listening, interested, more importantly – ready to catch me if I faltered. He always had my back. The more anxious I became, the more calm he would be. A solid rock in the unpredictable world we both chose to work in. After 17 years and 8 movies together, the loss of Andrew is very hard to bear.”

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Apr 23, 2015

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Peter Jackson selects winner of The Hobbit Challenge

Grand Prize Announcement!Peter Jackson has spoken, the winner of the #HobbitChallenge has been selected! Head on over to fanchallenge.thehobbit.com to watch the winning video!

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Mar 25, 2015

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The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies on Blu-Ray today

Get retailer info here or the new character connections infographic here.

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