Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Internet finds a dragon's horde of 'Hobbit' ephemera

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Ever since last month's premiere of the trailer for The Hobbit, my household has been gripped with Middle-Earth-mania. (Hobbit hysteria? Bilbobsessive-compulsive syndrome?) We've been re-watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy, poring over Peter Jackson's Hobbit production diaries and will probably start listening to books on tape of obscure Tolkien tales. The internet's been providing fun bits of Hobbit-related ephemera, and one suspects it's just getting started. I fully expect to see multiple covers and mash-ups of Leonard Nimoy's "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins," although I kinda like Dan Warren's hardcore version:

A "sweded" version of The Hobbit trailer has bubbled up, if you like that sort of thing. Youtube seems to have the entirety of the 1977 Rankin-Bass animated version of The Hobbit, for the time being at least. The real discovery is an 11-minute animated version of Tolkien's novel, storyboarded, drawn, cut together, narrated and scored by "Tom & Jerry" creator Gene Deitch. It emerged from a 1960s rights dispute and takes wild liberties with the storyline — referring to Smaug the Dragon as "Slag" is the least of it — but serves as a genuine oddity.

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