Feb 13, 2014

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What would Middle Earth look like from space?

Middle Earth From Space

A team of Danish programmers is rendering Middle Earth on a truly planetary scale. As reported on the Fast Company Design blog, “The scale model is called the Middle-Earth Project, and it is so epic in scope that you can see the Eye of Sauron from space, yet so finely detailed that you could zoom from space right into Bilbo’s Hobbit hole.”

You can watch a video demo of the project on YouTube, or download a demo of the program for yourself here, or join in on the lively conversation about the project over at io9.

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Dec 17, 2013

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More Smaug (because there’s never enough Smaug)

A new poster image from Warner Bros.

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Dec 13, 2013

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New poster image

New poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – in theaters any minute now.

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Dec 2, 2013

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Smaug the Dragon revealed in Auckland

Air New Zealand today revealed Peter Jackson’s theatrical interpretation of the mythical Dragon Smaug to the world, ten days ahead of the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in theaters.

A Boeing 777-300 aircraft with the 54 metre (177 feet) long Dragon emblazoned on both sides was unveiled in Auckland this morning, making Kiwis the first in the world to see the iconic Dragon in all his glory.

Weta Digital designed the graphic especially for Air New Zealand. “Capturing Smaug’s presence and the amazing detail in his design while accommodating the windows, doors and wing shape was quite a different experience for us,” said Visual Effects Supervisor Eric Saindon of Weta Digital. “It was great to see Smaug brought to life, and he appears even larger in the film!”

The aircraft is headed to Los Angeles, arriving just in time for the premiere on Monday, December 2.


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Nov 13, 2013

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Latest Desolation of Smaug goodies

Warner Bros. has unveiled a few new treats for fans of The Hobbit this week. First up is this Cast Moments art…

They’ve also updated the Hobbit Wallpaper Generator app with a new tapestry image, which you can peep below.

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Nov 4, 2013

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug poster debut

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