If you just can’t wait until December 14, when the latest Tolkien saga (even though it’s actually the first), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, comes to our big screens, here are a few treats to keep you going…
Warner Bros has just released a web app that riddles you, as Gollum does with Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. It’s quite good fun – and if you think you can do a better job with the riddles, you’re invited to submit your own as well.
iPhone and iPad users can bring the magic of Tolkien’s furry footed adventurer to their mobile devices with the official Hobbit Movies app, which promises to give you the chance to explore Middle-Earth, and find out more about Bilbo’s journey. You can also enjoy artwork, production videos and interactive character galleries.
The app is free from iTunes
We’re still waiting for the official launch of the game The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth. Warner Bros has teamed up with Kabam, which creates massively multiplayer games to produce a couple of games for the web and mobile devices. Two multiplayer strategy games are under way – The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth for mobile devices and The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age for web browsers, both due to launch this autumn.
The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth lets you manage your own kingdom in Middle-Earth, joining with other players to explore and engage in epic war, while The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age is a browser-based game that sees you leading an army of Elves, Dwarves or Orcs, and controlling heroes including Bilbo Baggins in fast-paced strategic combat.
Both games will be free to play. You can sign up now for the beta version of The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age at The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age.
Away from electronic screens, Lego is big business now – whether you’re looking for Tattooine and Sebulba’s pod racer from the Star Wars franchise, Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Castle, or superheroes. So it’s no surprise that The Hobbit is going to get the Lego treatment as well.
Riddles for the Ring costs £11.99 and is set on the shores of an underground lake beneath the Misty Mountains, where Bilbo Baggins, armed with Sting, discovers a magic ring that was recently lost by the creature Gollum. Use the reveal function to take the golden Ring! But beware – only Gollum knows the way out. Includes two minifigures: Gollum and Bilbo Baggins.
If you’ve got a bit more clash to flash, the Attack of the Wargs pack is £49.99. Catapult the Dwarves into the leafy branches of the tall tree where they’ll be safe as Yazne and two Hunter Orcs arrive and attack! When the Orcs try to burn the tree down, use the tree’s magic flame shooter function to fight back.
Includes three exclusive minifigures: Thorin Oakensheild, Bifuf the Dwarf, Yazneg, plus two Hunter Orcs, and assorted weapons.
The Hobbit Lego sets will be available from December 1 online and from retailers such as John Lewis.
And while you’re sitting at home, awaiting the big screen celebration of the Bagginses and the Proudfeet, keep your own toes cosy in a pair of Hobbit slippers from Thinkgeek for $19.99. Or if you’re feeling creative, download a Kindle edition of Knits for Nerds – a book of 30 knitting projects for science fiction, comic book and fantasy fans, which includes a pattern for knitting your very own Hobbit feet. £7.31 from Amazon.
And if you haven’t seen it yet, take a peek at how Air NewZealand has given its safety video the Hobbit touch. Look out for the cameo by director Peter Jackson too.