The Third Hobbit Movie Made Me Sad and Hollywood's New Addiction For Splitting Adaptations Sucks

Column by Rob Hart February 16, 2015
The third Hobbit movie pretty definitely proves: The new trend of splitting small books into multiple movies isn't doing the source material any favors. Will it end? (Probably not.)

Storyville: 3 Essential Books You Should Read in Every Major Genre

Column by Richard Thomas June 14, 2013
Here are three essential books you should read in every major genre.
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Trailer

First Trailer for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

News by Dean Fetzer June 12, 2013
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the new Peter Jackson movie due in December - and it features a dragon!

Lord of the Strings: The Influence of Tolkien on Heavy Metal Music

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky January 7, 2013
Why do metalheads love 'The Lord of the Rings' so much? We explore the influence of J double-R on metal music and culture.

The Blagger's Guide to J. R. R. Tolkien

Column by Cath Murphy December 21, 2012
Want to sound like a Tolkien expert without dressing up in a cloak and joining the local Middle-earth society? The Blagger's Guide gives you the trivia with none of the pain.

Scandalous! Five Ways in Which The Hobbit is Superior to The Lord of the Rings

Column by Rajan Khanna December 18, 2012
A look at some of the elements of J. R. R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' that are superior to 'The Lord of the Rings.'

Merry Wishmas: Top 10 Book Gifts I Wish Existed

Column by Meredith Borders December 14, 2012
Let's play Fantasy Bookstore!
Peta alleges 27 animals killed while making 'The Hobbit'

Hobbit Premiere Overshadowed by Protests and Allegations of Animal Cruelty

News by Dean Fetzer November 26, 2012
With the premiere of Peter Jackson’s 'The Hobbit' only a few weeks away, activists are planning to protest the movie over alleged animal deaths during production.

'Hobbit' Actor Billy Connolly Says Tolkien's Books Are 'Unreadable'

News by Rob Hart September 25, 2012
The Scottish actor is playing Dain Ironfoot in 'The Hobbit'--but he's not exactly a big fan of the source material. And he's afraid of people who are.

The Fantasy Novel Back To School List

Column by Rajan Khanna September 12, 2012
A look at classic fantasy works and some modern counterparts that deal with similar themes.
The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug

And The Second Hobbit Film Shall Be Called...

News by Rob Hart September 4, 2012
Warner Bros. and MGM have revealed all three titles and release dates for the Hobbit movies.
Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' to be a Trilogy

It's Official: Peter Jackson Is Delivering A Hobbit Trilogy

News by Rob Hart August 1, 2012
Originally slated to be two movies, director Peter Jackson has confirmed that his adaptation of 'The Hobbit' will now be stretched into three films.

Race and Races in Fantasy

Column by Rajan Khanna
A look at the benefits and dangers of using non-human races in fantasy fiction.

The Building of Worlds

Column by Rajan Khanna June 26, 2012
An examination of worldbuilding in fantasy fiction. What constitutes good worldbuilding? And why would worldbuilding be a bad thing?

What Is Fantasy?

Column by Rajan Khanna March 9, 2012
An introduction to the genre of Fantasy. Where do we draw the lines? And are those lines important? What constitutes good Fantasy? This post sets the stage and lays down a path for future columns.
Tolkien: Not A Fan Of Nazis

J.R.R. Tolkien: Not A Fan Of Nazis, Unearthed Letter Reveals

News by Rob Hart
A Berlin-based publisher wanted to translate and release 'The Hobbit'--and when they asked for proof of Tolkien's Aryan descent, the author wasn't too thrilled.
JRR Tolkien was snubbed for the Nobel prize

Tolkien Snubbed By Nobel Prize Committee For 'Poor Storytelling'

News by Rob Hart January 9, 2012
Newly declassified documents show JRR Tolkien was nominated for the Nobel prize--but he was swiftly rejected for what the jury deemed a low standard of storytelling.
'The Hobbit' Trailer

First Trailer for Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' Is Here!

News by Rob Hart December 21, 2011
Peter Jackson has returned to Middle Earth, and it is good. Here's your first look at the cinematic adaptation of JRR Tolkien's 'The Hobbit'.
Additional JRR Tolkien illustrations uncovered

Uncovered Tolkien Drawings Mark The 75th Anniversary Of "The Hobbit"

News by Rob Hart October 25, 2011
Just in time for the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit, HarperCollins has uncovered more than 100 additional drawings JRR Tolkien made.