When Warner Bros. announced ‘The Hobbit’-saga to be turned into two movies back in 2008, a team behind som ‘LEGO’- games got the idea to pitch a live-action oriented videogame tie-in with the project to make players feel like if they were experiencing the movies.

Within six months (until February 2009), a demo was made and taken on a 39-hours long trip to New Zealand to be presented to Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro.

(so the people behind the game project decided to use ‘Lord of the Rings’ as a template.

So what these guys did was to use ‘Lord of the Rings’ as a template with key scenes from the trilogy and picture what it could be achieved at that time with the Xbox 360- hardware (and it’s still looks great 11 years later, imho).

They developed four fully playable and polished levels (and five additional tech demos).

The first level was a demostration of free stealth gameplay; Frodo could sneak, hide, throw rocks to distract the Uruk-Hai, climb trees, use his senses to focus on enemies, jump from trees onto foes, and try to fight them directly (against the odds, of course).

The second level was the Isengard fight between Gandalf and Sauron; you could cast spells, deflect attacks, and throw Saruman around the room.

The third level was another stealth based level in the woods, with Frodo trying to avoid the black rider. If he got spotted; he would have to resist the temptation to use the one ring.

The last level was the Gandalf vs The Balrog fight in Khazad-dûm (it looks epic).

The tech demos showcased Aragorn fighting the Uruk-Hai; showing the combat-mechanics, Frodo and Sam at Weathertop trying to avoid the Nazguls and the forementioned using the ring, the prologue Sauron battle (shown at the very beginning of the films) testing how many enemies could be processed, Frodo and Sam in the Shire and in Rivendell; using motion-capture to re-create moments from the film.

Both Jackson and del Toro were positive about the project and wanted to the see it happen. Warner Bros, however, wanted instead a game that wasn’t directly based on the movie but that was set in the same world at the same time, so it was never released.

What do you think?

‘RETURN OF THE KING’ Premiered 15 YEARS Ago On This Day

The third and final installment in the Tolkien- epic fantasy movie adaptation premiered in theaters on this day, 15 years ago.

It became an instant classic and managed to live up to the expectations that the first two movies of trilogy built up to. Everything lead to this moment and it truely blew up our minds.

I was 14 years old when my father took me and my yonger brother to the cinema to watch the movie. It wasn’t on the premiere day. Here (in Sweden) it premiered one day later than the US and we saw it one or two weeks afterwards. Yet, I still remember how I got carried away and the three hours in theaters literally felt like 5 minutes.

I had a friend that prior to the release avoided to see trailers and wished not to see the posters all around the town so that the upcoming experience of seeing the climax to the trilogy would not become spoiled, not in the smallest detail at all.

Return of the King won 11 academy awards (Oscars), including the Best Picture (which actually means the best movie). Uo to date it got a rating of 8,9/10 with over 1,4 million votes counted and makes it the highest rated of the series.

The Saga will be revived by a TV show in production from Amazon. It is expected that it will center around a young Aragorn (at least the first season) and to be minimum 5 seasons long. Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf) has expressed his wish to be a part of it and some rumors claim that Peter Jackson himself will be involved with the production. Follow this site for more info as soon as it emerges.


Play as Baranor, Captain of Minas Ithil, and journey far to the Eastern desert of Lithlad in the all-new Desolation of Mordor Story DLC for Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Employ an army of ruthless human mercenaries – along with their new combat and stealth abilities – to conquer the imposing Marauder fortress of Shindrâm. In Lithlad, deadly were-wyrms prowl beneath the sands while lost Númenórean artifacts wait to be found and wielded in battle once again. But take heed, for Baranor is mortal…and death will have its consequences. The Desolation of Mordor Story DLC is available now.


Few fans may have missed that The Lord of the Rings will be adapted to the small screen by Amazon. The series will explore the time and events leading to The Hobbit and LotR.

On Graham Norton’s radio talk show, the host went on to question McKellen’s thoughts on the new series and what he thought of the idea of another actor helming his iconic role as Gandalf. Well, Sir Ian was not having it. Check out his thoughts below:

What do you mean, another Gandalf…I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked, but are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it?

McKellen went on to say:

Gandalf is over 7000 years old, so I’m not too old [yet].”


#MOVIES: Top 10 Fictional Universes

WatchMojo has made a list of Top 10 movie universes.

Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Star Wars made it on the list. Watch the video and enjoy!

What are your favorite movie universes? Let me know by dropping a comment.   

Happy Birthday To Ian McKellen A.K.A. Gandalf & Magneto


Happy B-day to Sir Ian McKellen! He is turning 76 today. He is known for his roles as Gandalf in Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit and also for his role as mutant Magneto in the X-Men movies.

#MOVIES AND #TALES: The Beautiful Hand-Writing And Maps Of ‘THE LORD OF THE RINGS’ #FILM

A map of Middle Earth, drawn for the original LotR trilogy.

The maps and caligraphy of ‘THE LORD OF THE RINGS’- and ‘THE HOBBIT’- movies was made by the same artist. His name is Daniel Reeve and he is from New Zeeland. He have made some nice work for Peter Jackson and below are some examples of his works for the two trilogies with astunning works of calighraphy and maping.

Reeve writing on camera for The Hobbit

Pieces made to dress the set for The Lord of the Rings

Pieces made to dress the set for The Lord of the Rings written in the fictitious script Tengwar

Moon runes from The Hobbit

Tengwar script to dress the Rivendell set in The Lord of the Rings

Check out more of his stunning work at his official website:

Thanks to Laughtingsquid for this post.

#NerdTV: Se #ComHem’s ‘SAGAN OM RINGEN’- Inspirerade Reklam Med Judit Och Judit #reklam

Har sett reklamen ett par gånger nu men bara en gång har jag fått möjligheten att se den hela, oklippta versionen. Comhem har valt att kalla reklamen för “Lord of the Cable” och den har redan nått över 300 000 visningar på Youtube sedan den 5:e iår, dagen då den laddades upp.
Se den och enjoy!

Lord of the Rings for next-gen announced

Lord of the Rings for next-gen consoles have been announced with the upcoming title Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.

The game is set to take place between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It’s also on development for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. The game is being developed by Monolith Productions and is featured on the December cover of Game informer, where you can read more about the story and the gampelay.

Lord of the Rings for next-gen, yay!