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Yesterday, I stepped into the world of The Hobbit. I stood in Smaug the Dragon's cavernous lair. I cowered as the gigantic beast towered over me. The chance to go face-to-face with one of the most impressive CG creatures ever created, rendered using the most advanced graphics card in the world, is a pretty incredible experience.

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Few movies rival the intensity — or duration — of the extended cuts of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. But you know, we don't all have time to sit around developing carbuncles so obscene they'd make a trauma surgeon faint. When your moments (and unwounded body) are precious, you need clips like this one. Yes, it's The Hobbit, the whole story, condensed into 72 seconds. Spoiler warning for those who haven't read the book!

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On Tuesday night I caught an advance screening of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug which opens in Australia on Boxing Day. Read on for the definitive Kotaku review! (If you’re wondering what this has to do with video games, just look at any one of the roughly 26,000 fantasy RPGs in existence and quit yer belly-aching.)

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If you fit into the piece of the Venn diagram between "Fans of The Hobbit," "Microsoft Users," and "Folks Who Have a 3D Printer," Microsoft and Warner Bros. UK have a treat: On December 13th, when the second Hobbit movie debuts, you'll be able to download plans to 3D print your own souvenir: the Key to Erebor.

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DVD Extras are awesome. They're probably the only reason people buy physical copies of films these days: all that sweet additional content. Martin Freeman in his role as Bilbo Baggins has been trying to foul up the place when it comes to the behind-the-scenes extras on The Hobbit, by giving the finger to the filmmakers whenever they roll tape. This supercut shows off his best antics.

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Middle Earth is an amazing fictional world, but if you want to really get to know it, you've got to read a lot of words. So if you're in the mood for a little Tolkien fantasy without hunkering down for a serious reading session, Google's brand new tour of Middle Earth is a beautiful (and effortless) way to get your fix.

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At the start of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Bilbo's handed a lengthy contract to sign. It's likely, based on an analysis of the insurance costs associated with the film, that's it's mostly a liability disclaimer.

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When it comes to pulling back the curtains on Hollywood, director Peter Jackson does a damn fine job, be it extended features on a DVD, or a quick snap from the set. This image above was captured yesterday and shows three versions of actor Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit films.