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The lake of Kheled-zaram by the foothills of Khazad-dum is full of stars. It is said that at any time of day or night, you can see the universe, stars and galaxies, when you look into its depths. It is deep and bottomless, an abyss of beauty. And now, there's fanart of it.

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The Hobbit

by Katherine Erlikh

Another day, another Daily Geek roundup! We hope that you've been staying well and avoiding all wheat and wheat by-products.

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By Katherine Erlikh

And it's yet another wonderful day in Nerdvana, folks; so tighten your seatbelts, and prepare yourselves - The Daily Geek is coming... oh, wait, it's already here.

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By Alison H. Mayer

Lembas bread ain't the only thing to nom on the quest to destroy the One Ring...now you can munch on these delicious "Lord of the Rings" themed cupcakes too!

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Every week, our on-air host Steven Smith weighs in about whatever's bothering him (or inspiring him) in the world of geek! Here's Steven Smith Says:

I saw the trailer for the next Hobbit flick today and I must say I’m intrigued. Upon first viewing 'An Unexpected Journey' I was unexpectedly underwhelmed... But upon later sittings decided it wasn’t half bad. Definitely no 'Fellowship of the Ring'. 'The Desolation of Smaug' looks to try and reach that high 'Two Towers' bar and just might... Except now I know what the dragon looks like.

There’s been many a critique on the length and content of theatrical trailers. We wait for them with baited bad breath to see them, and nowadays find ourselves watching these mini teasings on tiny little screens, not quite the majesty of yesteryear.

Sometimes I would love to see a modern trailer play out like an old narrated type trailer: Read More...

The Hobbit Fan Vid Reaction

by Alison H. Mayer

Yes, yes, yes we've seen the first trailer for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug', and nothing warms the heart like a three-hour romp through the magic of Peter Jackson's Middle Earth. Except for maybe, POSSIBLY this video. Read More...

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Voting for the MTV Movie Awards, which airs Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. ET, is currently hot n' heavy -- especially in the "Best Hero" category! It's Bilbo Baggins against Kristen Stewart, as "The Hobbit" goes head-to-head with "Snow White and the Huntsman." Could KStew lose to the massive number of "Tolkienites" online? Or will Bilbo be trounced by the "Twilight" fanbase? Read More...

By Steven Smith

First and foremost the scene between Bilbo and Gollum was perfect. PERFECT. And why you may ask? Because it was super true to the book. Boom. Done. Awesome. Andy Serkis has proven time and time again he is the Stanislavski of performance capture and Martin Freeman truly was Bilbo. And the best part was the CGI for Gollum didn’t look like CGI, even in HFR a.k.a. High Frame Rate. I totally dug it.

When I first learned Peter Jackson had filmed "The Hobbit" Trilogy (seriously, trilogy? It’s the shortest book!) at 48 frames per second, well, I reacted as you might have – “Hubba what?” Had no idea what that meant. Sure I knew most film was shot at 24 frames per second, and 60mm film looked awesome and grand --  but that was it for my film knowledge, other than knowing what a Macguffin is (and "The Hobbit’s" was supposed to be the dragon but now it’s all dwarvy.) Read More...

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R.I.P. Peter Parker bit the dust in "Amazing Spider-Man" #700 and we made this nice video tribute to him.

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See Roosters Teeth's Kerry Shawcross and Chris Demarais attempt to finish a 120-mile journey on foot across New Zealand in honor of Sam and Frodo's quest to Mordor. Will they make it?

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If you've never read "The Hobbit", or have yet to get your butt to the theater to see Peter Jackson's movie, there's something you should probably know... There are thirteen dwarves to remember.

Empire recently had a bit of fun with this information, challenging the cast and director to to name Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Thorin, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, and Ori as fast as they could, on camera. Before watching, I assumed Peter Jackson would probably pull it off the fastest, but it didn't quite turn out that way. Watch the video after the break.

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Becoming a toy must be one of the most exciting parts of being an actor in a blockbuster franchise, and based on these charming pics that Mark Pokorny snapped of the cast from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" with LEGO versions of their characters, that's a certainty. See the happiest "Hobbit" cast ever after the jump.

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Now that the embargo's been lifted, reaction to Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" has been mostly positive (it stands at 74% on Rotten Tomatoes), with even so-so reviews like Dana Stevens' from Slate knocking the film (hard) for its high frame rate format. Not helping matters are reports that some viewers at the New Zealand premiere suffered motion sickness and nausea after the seeing the film, (although distributor Warner Brothers and director Peter Jackson were quick to hit back at those claims).

So what's the big deal? What's all of the uproar over 24 fps vs. 48 fps?

I honestly have no idea, so I took decided to dig around a bit to find out more.

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- LARRY DAVID'S THANKSGIVING Funny or Die animates the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star's Holiday memories and it's hilarious.

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New Zealand loves the fact that Peter Jackson has returned to make The Hobbit films and we can't blame them -- we'd be pretty excited too! First the New Zealand Post revealed a bunch of legal tender coins that celebrate the occasion, then a massive sculpture of Gollum was constructed in an airport. Now, Air New Zealand has created a Middle-Earth inspired pre-flight safety video. Check it out after the break! Read More...

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