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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.
By United Press International
Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman discuss 'Hobbit' transformations

Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman discuss 'Hobbit' transformations

NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- British actors Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman say the costumes, makeup and hairpieces they wore in their new movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" greatly helped them transform into their respective, non-human characters.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Stephen Colbert plans week of 'Hobbit'-themed shows

Stephen Colbert plans week of 'Hobbit'-themed shows

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- J.R.R. Tolkien enthusiast Stephen Colbert plans a week of "The Hobbit"-themed episodes of his New York chat show "The Colbert Report," Comedy Central said.
Denny's puts 'Hobbit' food on the menu

Denny's puts 'Hobbit' food on the menu

SPARTANBURG, S.C., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Denny's restaurant chain says it plans to offer menu items inspired by the movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" in its U.S. diners next month.
Colbert to appear in 'Hobbit 'film

Colbert to appear in 'Hobbit 'film

HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Comedian Stephen Colbert will make a cameo appearance in one of director Peter Jackson's upcoming "Hobbit" films, a source confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.
By United Press International

Third 'Hobbit' film to open July 2014

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The third and final installment of New Zealand director Peter Jackson's adaptation of "The Hobbit" will be released in July 2014, the film's distributor said.
Hobbit village planned for Sweden

Hobbit village planned for Sweden

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- An entire village like those inhabited by the hobbits from J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" is planned for a Stockholm island, its developers say.
'The Hobbit' to be three films

'The Hobbit' to be three films

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 30 (UPI) -- The big-screen adaptation of "The Hobbit" will be told in three films shot in New Zealand, instead of two as initially planned, producers said Monday.
Peter Jackson mulling 'Hobbit' trilogy

Peter Jackson mulling 'Hobbit' trilogy

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 24 (UPI) -- New Zealand director Peter Jackson is in talks with Warner Bros. about releasing his two-part film "The Hobbit" as a trilogy, TheWrap reported.
Shooting wraps on 'The Hobbit'

Shooting wraps on 'The Hobbit'

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 6 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Peter Jackson announced in a blog post Friday he has completed principal photography on the two-part epic "The Hobbit" in New Zealand.

Problem-solving begins with $402 million

MENLO PARK, Calif., June 20 (UPI) -- Two California investors said they had begun a venture capital fund with $402 million in start-up money they would use to solve some esoteric problems.

Tolkien, Dickens kin team up on books

LONDON, April 18 (UPI) -- Descendants of British literary lions Charles Dickens and J.R.R. Tolkien are collaborating on a pair of fantasy novels and audiobooks, their publishers said.
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Billy Connolly joins 'Hobbit' cast

Billy Connolly joins 'Hobbit' cast

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Scottish actor Billy Connolly has signed on to play dwarf warrior Dain Ironfoot in Peter Jackson's two-part "The Hobbit" project, the director said Wednesday.
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WAX2002020201 - 02 FEBRUARY 2002 - YPSILANTI, MICHIGAN, USA: Defense attorney and literature professor Henry Russell, Ph.D., will serve as prosecutor during a mock trial on Feb. 7, 2002, at Ave Maria College, of Peter Jackson "for the desecration of 'The Lord of the Rings.'" The question is wether Jackson's movie rendition of the popular J. R. R. Tolkien trilogy passes muster with tried-and-true Tolkien fans. rlw/HO UPI..
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University from 1925 to 1945 and Merton Professor of English Language and Literature there from 1945 to 1959. He was a close friend of C. S. Lewis—they were both members of the informal literary discussion group known as the Inklings. Tolkien was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 March 1972.

After his death, Tolkien's son Christopher published a series of works based on his father's extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion. These, together with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about a fantasy world called Arda, and Middle-earth within it. Between 1951 and 1955, Tolkien applied the term legendarium to the larger part of these writings.

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