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10 things you didn’t know about the hobbit
10. Source: Moment Magazine.
10 Israeli pilots were shot down & kept in an Egyptian prison.
From 1970-73 they translated The Hobbit into Hebrew, which is seen as the best translation of the book to this day.
9. Source: Latyshev V., ‘The Hobbit’
In 1984 a Soviet TV film version of The Hobbit was made.
Bilbo is taller than Gandalf, and dancing goblins are portrayed by a Russian ballet school.
8. Source: BBC
An unauthorized Harry Potter sequel was published and sold in China.
It was actually comprised of large sections of The Hobbit, with names changed.
7. Source: Arda Philology 1, the letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Khuzdul, the Dwarvish language, is based on Hebrew.
As with the ancient Jews, the Dwarves are a race without their own homeland.
6. Source: BBC
Film Company SZC threatened ‘The Hobbit’ pub (UK) with legal action due to copyright infringement.
Outraged, Stephen Fry & Jan McKellen paid the pub’s license fee.
5. Source: Unwin, R., Review of the Hobbit
The son of Tolkien’s publisher was the 1st to review the book. Source: LYBIO.net
10-year-old Rayner Unwin wrote ‘it is good and should appeal to all children between the ages of 5 and 9’.
4. Source: Scotsman, io9.com
In the film, all of the dwarves beards & hair, with the exception of Richard Armitage’s beard, were made from yak hair.
20 liters of glue & 450 miles of yak hair were used.
3. Source: Stuff.com
To make Jan McKellen look larger than Bilbo & the dwarves in 3D, motion slave capture was used.
McKellen & the dwarves were on different sets, but shooting the same scene simultaneously.
2. Source: io9.com
When making Smaug’s treasure & lair, the production team used up all the gold paint in New Zealand.
They had to import more from Germany to finish the set.
1. Source: Forbes, Hollywood Reporter
The first 2 Hobbit films have a budget twice that of the entire ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy- $200+ million each.
Reportedly $380,000 was spent of coffee during production alone.
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