Topic: Lord of the Rings

The Pros and Cons Of Dating A Hobbit

The Pros and Cons Of Dating A Hobbit

Even though I’m pretty sure I would marry Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Merry or Pippin in a heartbeat (maybe even all of them, if they’re up for a little polygamy), having a hobbit as a significant other would likely have its drawbacks. So in honor of this Friday’s release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of dating a hobbit. More »

Gallery: The Cutest Toy Pop Culture Duos You Will Ever See

Gallery: The Cutest Toy Pop Culture Duos You Will Ever See

If you’ve ever wished you could snap up your favorite pop culture duo and keep it in your pocket, now’s your chance. Artist Andrew Kolb’s series “Two of a Kind” takes well-known characters and turns them into wooden dolls that may be the cutest things I’ve ever seen. The characters run (naturally) in pairs, and of the inspiration for the series, Kolb says, “The idea stems from the recurring theme of pairs comprised of one who is tall and thin and the other who is short and stout.” Each set of figures starts with the same basic templates; then Kolb unleashes his artistic talents, and they turn into unique renderings of pop culture regulars. Like what you see? Check out more of Kolb’s work on his Tumblr. More »

Watch Andy Serkis Experience the Full Range of Human Emotion as an Ape in ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

Watch Andy Serkis Experience the Full Range of Human Emotion as an Ape in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

Andy Serkis is the master of performance capture. That’s what he calls it, not motion capture — because “performance” implies a more wholehearted effort on the actor’s part. And after seeing Rise of the Planet of the Apes, we’re inclined to give this nontraditional actor props. After all, he pioneered the technology when he played the terrifying Gollum in Lord of the Rings starting in 2001. But did you know that he worked with Peter Jackson again a few years later, when he starred in King Kong? That’s right, the 5’8″ actor played the magnificent Kong and actually made us feel sorry for the misunderstood gorilla. Now, he’s embodying a primate again, on a smaller scale and with even more creepily accurate human emotion on his digital face. More »

Gallery: The Entirety of Middle-Earth Built Out Of Legos

Gallery: The Entirety of Middle-Earth Built Out Of Legos

Okay, I lied: It’s not ALL of Middle-Earth, but it’s pretty damn near most of it. In one of the most impressive acts of nerdery I’ve ever seen, a whole bunch of Lord of the Rings/Lego enthusiasts built pretty much the entire landscape of Tolkien’s universe as part of BrickWorld 2011 in Wheeling, Illinois. I think the only locations not pictured here are Weathertop (where Frodo gets stabbed in Fellowship of the Ring) and Lothlorien (where Galadriel hangs out), but everything else from Hobbiton to Mount Doom itself is there. Want to see how accurate the Lego renderings are? Fine– included are also images from Peter Jackson’s films. I wonder if they’ll do the Misty Mountains once The Hobbit comes out… More »

Video: The Lord of the Trololos

Video: The Lord of the Trololos

I’m not entirely sure what to tell you guys about this video. It’s funny. It is possible one of the funniest things I have ever seen. And every time I watch it, IT JUST GETS FUNNIER. Anyway, if you’ve ever wondered what would happen if The Lord of the Rings and the Trololo song had a lovechild, now’s your chance to find out. For the curious, the original scene is from the extended edition of Return of the King (check it out here if you haven’t seen it). Watch. Laugh. Good morning! More »

‘Star Wars vs. Star Trek’ and Other Tales: Which of These Franchises Would Win in a Fight?

'Star Wars vs. Star Trek' and Other Tales: Which of These Franchises Would Win in a Fight?

On May 18, a fantastic new book will hit the stands: Star Wars Vs. Star Trek by Matt Forbeck. As you might expect, this book examines the age-old rivalry of Wars fans and Trek fans, though it does it through an unusual lens: The hotly debated question, could the Empire kick the Federation’s ass? In the words of Mr. Spock, fascinating! But how does the book measure the seemingly immeasurable qualities of these two science fiction giants? I have six words for you: Who. Would. Win. In. A. Fight. That’s right: Star Wars Vs. Star Trek pairs similar characters and creations from each franchise and invents a scenario in which the two would find reason to fight. Subjective? Maybe. But entertaining? Hell yes. Storm Troopers fighting Red Shirts? Check. Yoda facing off with Spock? Check. Darth Vader battling Khan? Check!

That got us here at Crushable HQ to thinking: How many other franchises have we always wanted to see duke it out? The answer was plenty. So, ladies and gentlemen, I bring you Pop-Culture Collision, in which we pit a selection of today’s most popular franchises against each other. Who’s going to win? Read on to find out! More »