“The ring is mine.” Frodo Baggins’ chilling line in the heart of Mount Doom at the end of The Return of the King is one the most shocking moments in Peter Jackson‘s trilogy. After three movies and over nine hours to get to this exact spot, Frodo (Elijah Wood) decides he doesn’t want to destroy The One Ring. He wants to keep it.

So what would have happened had Frodo kept the ring? Well, odds are Sauron would have just killed him and taken it for himself, turning all of Middle Earth into a world of darkness. But had Frodo decided earlier to break off from Sam and the Fellowship and keep the ring himself, he too would devolved into a terrible creature, much like the hobbit named Smeagol did oh so long ago. Before Smeagol became Gollum.

All this is leading to a photo that’s recently come online showing a make-up test Elijah Wood did while filming the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s a test for a scene that showed what would have happened to Frodo had he kept The One Ring. Check it out below. Read More »

It’s the kind of topic that keeps geeks arguing late into the night: Which is more badass, Westeros or Middle-earth? Would Jaime Lannister win in a duel against Aragorn? Are Wargs scarier than direwolves? Could Gimli take on the Mountain?

Sadly, the odds of us ever finding out for certain are slim to none, since there’s unlikely to be a crossover special anytime soon. But as the creator of Game of Thrones (or A Song of Ice and Fire for you book nerds) and a longtime fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin seems as well equipped as anyone to offer some answers. Hit the jump to find out what he had to say.

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LOL: ‘Broship of the Ring’ [Image Gallery]

J.R.R. Tolkien‘s Lord of the Rings trilogy stripped of all its fantasy elements may not sound like a great idea, but that’s only because you haven’t seen the delightful “Broship of the Rings” yet. In her ongoing series, artist Noelle Stevenson reimagines of the iconic Fellowship as an oddball group of modern-day pals embarking on a road trip in their trusty van Shadowfax. While she never explains where they’re headed or why, she does have them encounter all sorts of cool folks and weirdos along the way.

In Stevenson’s interpretation, Legolas becomes a prep school pretty boy, Gimli a truck driver, the Rohirrim a biker gang, Merry and Pippin a couple of hipsters (“What do you mean you’ve never heard of second breakfast?”), and so on. Pretty apt, right? Check out her utterly charming artwork after the jump.

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A bunch of LEGO builders decided to recreate a sequence from The Lord of the Rings in LEGO. The idea quickly expanded into trying to recreate all of Middle Earth, spanning the three books/films. The resulting collaborative build was on display at BrickWorld 2011 in Wheeling Illinois, where it won “Best Group Layout”.

The impressive creation spans from Hobbiton, to the town of Bree and the Inn of the Prancing Pony, Rivendell, the mines of Moria, Isengard and the tower of Orthanc, the Golden Hall of Edoras, the beacon towers, Helm’s Deep, the Pellinor Fields, Osgiliath, Minas Morghul, the Black Gate of Mordor, Mount Doom, and the tower of Barad-Dur.

Check out some photos after the jump.

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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New Zealand Might Build a Wellywood Sign

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New Zealand’s Wellington Airport have announced plans to pay for the construction of a Wellywood sign above Miramar Wharf to celebrate the heart of New Zealand’s film industry. Peter Jackson’s WETA Workshop, the special effects / production facility behind the Lord of the Rings films, District 9 and Avatar, is located within a mile of the Wharf and proposed sign.

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Cool Stuff: GandALF T-Shirt

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Teefuy t-shirt of the day is designed by Sergio37. GandALF is a mash-up of Alf and the wizard Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings series. The bad news is that the t-shirt is only being sold for 24 hours, today (Saturday, January 2nd 2010) only. The good news is that the t-shirt is only $9, plus $2 shipping. Check out the full design after the jump.
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Peter Jackson Goes Blu-ray

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The only Peter Jackson title so far available on Blu-ray is King Kong, a beautifully transferred rendition of the rather underrated film that comes with both theatrical and extended versions on the one disc. Indeed, it is a nice reminder of the superiority of Blu-ray that you can watch the entire extended cut without having to switch discs half way through.

When the Lord of the Rings films hit Blu-ray on April 6th next year, however, they’re coming only in their shorter, theatrical cuts. How long until the extended cuts come? Nobody really knows, but as if rubbing salt into a wound, these short-cut BDs are going to contain a special feature plugging the imminent extended editions. More details on what else the discs will offer after the break.

Another altogether less antagonising tease for some upcoming Peter Jackson Blu-ray releases came when the director made a guest appearance on Cinemagic’s Reel Time show on the Sirius network. Simply put, he revealed that he was currently working on restoration of some of his “early films” for Blu-ray release. But which early films, Peter?

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Cool Stuff: XKCD’s Movie Narrative Charts

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XKCD has produced a series of highly detailed charts showing the character interactions in the narratives of some of the most popular films of all time, including the Lord of the Rings, Star Wars (original trilogy), Jurassic Park, 12 Angry Men, and the insanely complicated to follow indie sci-fi film Primer. Click on through to see the chart in high resolution.

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The Hunt For Gollum

A couple months ago we posted a trailer for a Lord of the Rings fan film titled The Hunt For Gollum. The full 38-minute film has premiered online and is available for free. Over the weekend we were bombarded with e-mails from Ringers telling us to post about it. The story was adapted from elements of the appendices of The Lord of the Rings. The story follows the Heir of Isildur; the “greatest huntsman and traveler in Middle Earth” as he sets out to find the creature Gollum. The creature must be found to discover the truth about the Ring, and to protect the future Ringbearer.

It’s amazing to think that this movie was created for only $3,000. Just goes to show you what passionate talented fans can do if they combine their efforts and donate their time. Watch the impressive short film embedded after the jump, or in High Definition on the official website thehuntforgollum.com.

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