Lord of the Rings

Platonic Morality in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

Around the fourth century B.C. - in the Gregorian rather than the Middle-earth calendar - Plato and a couple of wise old friends pondered the formation of ethics.

How 'The Lord of the Rings' Is a Metaphor for Depression

Maria Senise | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

Notice the motif of light used in The Lord of the Rings. The Light of Elendil, given to Frodo by Galadriel, was a light for him in the most dire and hopeless of times, like when he fought off the giant (and hungry) spider that tried to kill and eat him. The spider, an instrument of evil, was scared off by the light.

Deep in the Heart of Mordor: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Shannon Kendall | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Shannon Kendall

From first hand experience, I can tell you that there is nothing more magical than watching fingers of light begin to touch Tongariro's mountain tops and knowing that you are in the minority of the world's population to witness the first sunrise on that day.

Well This Tree Looks Familiar..

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Well that tree looks familiar, a bunch of students from Washington State thought when they saw a familiar-looking tree. And lo and behold, it was ...

A Theme Park Gold Mine: The Comcast/Time Warner Experience

Simon Thompson | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Simon Thompson

Among the things that Comcast own are, as of January 2001 when they acquired a 51% majority stake in media conglomerate NBCUniversal followed by the remaining 49% in March 2013, the Universal Parks and Resorts.

New Zealand: Five of the Best in the Land of the Long White Cloud

Lynn Shepherd | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lynn Shepherd

One of the only good things about January, in my book, is that it's a great time of year to plan a holiday, and that's a perfect excuse to write a travel piece about one of my favourite places - New Zealand.

The Mind of the Religious Terrorist

Ian Linden | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Linden

Tolkien's Gollum would have been a prime target for a religious terrorist recruiter. He is obsessed by the loss of a sacred treasure that defines his identity, obsequious yet angry in its pursuit, reduced to a split personality that goes down dark holes, addicted to being manipulated.

After Harry Potter Success, We Could Soon See a Real Middle Earth

James Peckham | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
James Peckham

Following the success of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter it comes as no surprise that Warner Bros have broached the idea with the Tolkien family who own the rights to the beyond successful series of books.

The Hobbit - 'Unexpected' Sounds About Right

Tim Manton | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tim Manton

The Hobbit is something of a wonder. On one hand, it's an endearingly unique fantasy romp that will impress fans with it's choice of casting and win over the rest with a mix of charm and stunning visual pieces. On the other, not only is it around 170 minutes long, it's also a bit of a nightmare thinking how Jackson will top this with the next two installments.

Thanks to The Hobbit, I'm Officially a Proper Geek Again

Olivia Rudgard | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Rudgard

There's something about the scope of Tolkein's creation that completely captures the imagination. The allegories about the triumph of honour, courage and selflessness still ring true, when in other contemporary works they now feel flat and old-fashioned.

Caroline Frost

'Hobbit' Star Richard Armitage Reveals He Nearly Didn't Come Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK Entertainment

Richard Armitage, star of Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit', confesses he fell so much in love with New Zealand during his time filming the epic, he nearly...

WATCH: 'Lord Of The Rings' - An Honest Trailer

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Comedy

At last! The Honest Trailers team have bowed to public pressure and worked their magic on Peter Jackson's 'Lord Of The Rings' trilogy. Their verdict? ...

WATCH: Gandalf Does Street Magic

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK Comedy

Wondering what Gandalf's been up to in betweenmovies? Wonder no more! It turns out he's gone a bit 'David Blaine' and been trying out his street magic...

Sir Ian McKellen's Secret Battle With Prostate Cancer

WENN | Posted 11.12.2012 | Home

Sir Ian Mckellen has opened up about his secret prostate cancer fight. The Lord of the Rings legend has lived with the disease for the past "six or...

The Hobbit: 'Martin Freeman Warned Me It Wasn't Normal'

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 09.02.2013 | UK Entertainment

"Martin Freeman used to sit and complain, 'I'm so hot. Can someone cool me down?' and all he had going on were his rubber feet. What about us with our...

You Too Shall Pass

PA | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Lord Of The Rings star Sir Ian McKellen is to receive an honorary degree from the University of Ulster. Sir Ian, whose depiction of Gandalf in the ...

Michael Rundle

Lego Lord Of The Rings: One Brick To Rule Them All

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Tech

Lego is all about scale -- but that doesn't just mean making things smaller. The trick with Lego - what makes it such an enduring and hypnotic toy...

Will 'Mount Doom' In New Zealand Blow?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK

A volcano that featured as Mount Doom in Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy could erupt soon, say experts. Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand is al...

Sean Connery Turned Down $10m Role Of Gandalf

WENN | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Entertainment

Sean Connery turned down the role of Gandalf in hit movie franchise 'Lord Of The Rings' because he didn't understand the part. Despite being offere...

How To Tweet Like A Hobbit

Posted 25.12.2012 | Home

Noble Smith is author of the forthcoming book The Wisdom of the Shire from Hodder & Stoughton, available in hardcover and ebook and translated into se...

Empire Release Exclusive Hobbit Covers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK Entertainment

With the release of the highly anticipated 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' getting ever closer, Empire have released five world exclusive covers f...

Andy Serkis' Directorial Debut

WENN | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK Entertainment

'Lord of the Rings' actor, Andy Serkis, is set to make his directorial debut with a big screen adaption of George Orwell's classic novel, 'Animal Farm...

WATCH: Gandalf Nods His Head To Europop

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK Comedy

Sometimes, you can discern all you need to know about the human race simply by seeing what's trending on YouTube. And today? The video everyone's g...

WATCH: Andy Serkis Reads 'The Hobbit' As Gollum

WENN | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Entertainment

Actor Andy Serkis thrilled Lord Of The Rings fans in London on Saturday by reading extracts of The Hobbit in character to celebrate the 75th anniversa...

Lord Of The Rings Mastermind To Direct Dr Who Down Under? It COULD Happen...

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK Entertainment

It's a geek's dream combination that might just come true. Doctor Who actor Matt Smith has revealed his desire to film an episode of the much-love...