Some news sources are speculating that Doctor Who's David Tennant will be at Comic-Con next week--for the primary reason of making an appearance as the man who will portray Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit.
Led by Christopher Tolkien, the case angles to get the original 7.5% of receipts originally agreed to 40 years ago, and also affect the progress of the production on the upcoming Hobbit films.
Dr. Corey Olsen has bug a series of online lectures/podcasts, going through Tolkien's books in detail, exploring Tolkien's world, characters, language, and themes... This is an casual academic study we highly recommend.
The beginning of what was intended to be a collaborative work between Tolkien and Lewis has been discovered in Oxford.
Visit this festival (with Events for all ages) where Tolkien spent part of 1915/1916 in the Army training camps on Cannock Chase and in a small cottage called Gipsy Green in Great Haywood, near Penkridge, with his wife Edith
Here's a good look at The Hobbit director himself... how he thinks, how he decides, and why he likes what he likes.
There's not a bad chance that the original Bilbo Baggins will voice the same role as a narrator of sorts for The Hobbit.
"I knew that if and when it happened I'd get a call and we'd chat about it, but I haven’t spoken to anyone about it..."
10 years later, there's only an inch of difference between production companies...
It sounds like the real work is going to start this in just a couple of months!
National Geographic posts a verbal and visual overview to Tongariro National Park in New Zealand -- used as the setting for Mordor and Mount Doom.
Peter Jackson relates that he's committed to shooting his films in 3D.
The original Elrond will be back in The Hobbit to once again portray the ageless elf.
Jack at The Noldor Blog confirms Viggo's presence there with a few pictures.
"Back in 2003, Peter Jackson and Jamie Selkirk got together and bought up an old Cinema here in Wellywood called Capitol Court, which is a 1920's Art Deco building. The word around town was that it would be developed into a LOTR related cinema, possibly with a Rings museum attached to it."