Lord of the Rings

Motion quickness: The Hobbit is technically two films in one

Illustration: Oliver Raw

Are you ready for a hyper-real Hobbit? Director Peter Jackson's new film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released yesterday to much fanfare, but the starring role of this fantastical slice of cinema will be invisible to most.

Friday, 14 December, 2012, 3:42pm

Middle Earth mania in New Zealand capital for Hobbit debut

"Hobbit" fans pack central Wellington at the world premiere on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Huge crowds swarmed into central Wellington on Wednesday for the world premiere of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, an event that has sparked Middle Earth mania in New Zealand.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Wellington goes Hobbit mad ahead of film premiere

An Air New Zealand jet painted in Hobbit images. Photo: Xinhua

Up to 100,000 people are expected to line the streets of Wellington on Wednesday for the world premiere of director Peter Jackson's long-awaited Middle Earth epic The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

26 Nov 2012 - 6:20am

Tolkien heirs sue moviemakers over merchandising

Tolkien's estate does not want  hobbits being used in digital marketing. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The heirs of late author J.R.R. Tolkien are suing the producers of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies over alleged exploitative merchandising.

21 Nov 2012 - 10:16am