The promotional work for The Hobbit is kicking into another gear; we've seen video extolling its 3D virtues recently, and now Sir Ian Mckellen's updated his blog with musings on a lifetime of fencing training. OK, so The Hobbit is more than a year away from hitting cinemas. That doesn't mean I don't want to see it right now. Just in case anyone from Weta's sitting on some unused cans of digital footage.
No? Oh well. For now, I'm making do with McKellen's always fascinating blog, which he's updated to cover a quiet period in filming The Hobbit with musings on how he learned his stagecraft. When you've had as long and varied a career as he has, that covers a lot of ground, but in this excerpt he covers learning fencing, something he's doing a bit of in The Hobbit. Note that there are spoilers in there if you've not read The Hobbit, but, well, if that's the case, I've got a rather solid reading suggestion for you. [Ian McKellen] Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images