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Audible Launches a ‘Hamlet’-Themed #VineThatLine Campaign

Audible has launched a new Vine channel in honor of its recent release, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel. Richard Armitage, the actor who plays Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit film trilogy, serves as the narrator.

To celebrate this new audiobook, the company has initiated the #VineThatLine campaign. From May 19th to 23rd, participants have been asked to create their own Vines reciting one of William Shakespeare’s most famous lines: “To be or not to be.”

Submissions have been turned in from ArmitageThe Goonies actor Corey Feldman, hip hop artist Ice-T, and Heroes actor Greg Grunberg. The video embedded above features Grunberg giving an “offbeat” performance. What is your favorite Shakespearean quote?

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Beowulf’ Translation to Be Published

TolkienJ.R.R. Tolkien‘s translation Beowulf will be published a full-fledged book entitled Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary. The Guardian reports that The Lord of the Rings series author (pictured, via) completed his translation back in 1926.

Additional content within the book includes some of Tolkien’s lectures on the Old English poem. Tolkien’s son, Christopher, will serve as the editor of this project.

According to The Bookseller, HarperCollins has the UK rights and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquired the US rights. The publishers aim to release the finished hardcover book in May 2014.

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Warner Bros. Releases ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Trailer

Warner Bros. has released a movie trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

According to The Atlantic, this three-minute trailer offers fans glimpses of “the film’s dwarves and their quest to reclaim their homeland. There’s even dwarf poetry!”

Check out the first film trailer and a teaser. The second installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit  trilogy will hit theaters on December 13, 2013.  (via School Library Journal)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer Released

Warner Brothers has released the trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the middle of Peter Jackson‘s trilogy adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s famous fantasy novel.

The movie comes out December 13th. Star Orlando Bloom appeared on the Today show, talking about his role:

Bloom explained that despite starring in the films, he initially had no idea what his finished scenes would look like since he’s often filmed “hanging upside-down with wires on a green screen.” He said he spent “hours flailing around, stabbing at things in the air” and then when he finally saw the film discovered that “it looks better than I thought!”

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Trailer Released

The first teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been released, giving readers a glimpse into the second film in Peter Jackson‘s three movie adaptation of the classic novel.

We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think? Here’s more about the film:

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduring popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor.

Air New Zeland Reveals Hobbit Airplane

As Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Hobbit heads to theaters (and courtrooms), Air New Zealand has unveiled an airplane with an enormous Hobbit-inspired mural.

You can see the plane in action in the video embedded above. Here’s more from AgencySpy:

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but when you account for tourism dollars, the LOTR trilogy basically single-handedly boosted New Zealand’s entire economy. It is because nerds will do anything to live out their silly fantasies, and, yes, maybe New Zealand is kind of a pretty looking place. In any case, New Zealanders (or “Kiwis” as your annoying coworker calls them) see the new trilogy as another influx of tourism dollars for their scenic island nation. Therefore, Air New Zeland is has painted one of its jumbo jets with all the characters your weird friend will soon fall in love with and blow their life-savings trying to get a seat on. This painstakingly painted cash-cows follows a spot from Air New Zealand where flyers are briefed by hobbits under a similarly whimsically flute-heavy soundtrack.

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J.R.R. Tolkien Estate Files $80M Suit Against The Hobbit Producers

The J.R.R. Tolkien estate and HarperCollins have filed an $80 million lawsuit against the makers of the upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit, alleging that the filmmakers had breached merchandising contracts for the film.

Despite the suit, Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson and his crew are putting the finishing touches on the first installment of The Hobbit film trilogy.

United States fans have to wait until December 14th for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to hit theaters. The world premiere will take place within the next 24 hours in New Zealand (November 28th).

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s Previously Unpublished ‘The Fall of Arthur’ Coming Next Year

HarperCollins’ UK division will publish J.R.R. Tolkien‘s previously unpublished epic poem, “The Fall of Arthur.” In this work, Tolkien imagines how the legendary King Arthur spent the last days of his life.

Tolkien’s son, Christopher Tolkien, edited the poem and wrote three essays about the literary world of King Arthur for this book. According to Examiner.com, this title will be published in May 2013.

The Guardian has more: “Running to more than 200 pages, Tolkien’s story was inspired by Geoffrey of Monmouth and Thomas Malory‘s tales of King Arthur, and is told in narrative verse. Set in the last days of Arthur’s reign, the poem sees Tolkien tackling the old king’s battle to save his country from Mordred the usurper, opening as Arthur and Gawain go to war.”

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Peter Jackson Makes The Hobbit a Trilogy

Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson revealed today that his adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s The Hobbit adaptation will be a trilogy.

Here’s more from the director:

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.

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‘The Hobbit’ Trailer Released

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We’ve embedded the trailer in the video above–what do you think?

This J.R.R. Tolkien film adaptation is the first of a two-part series directed by Peter Jackson. So far, Jackson has posted four videos from the New Zealand set of The Hobbit on his Facebook page. More than 16,000 fans have hit “like” on Facebook upon the trailer’s release ten hours ago.

Here’s more from the video description: “[The film] follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.”

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