Have You Signed Up for The Hobbit Visual Companion?

I just did it, and honestly, I’m hoping I win this for my 13 year old. She is the kind of child who will treat a book like this gently, and yes, she’s a Richard Armitage fan. She’s just bummed Lee Pace didn’t sign it. :D

Hobbit Companion Signed by Cast Contest

For details, check out TheOneRing’s piece.

Some Speeches I Welcome

Here Comes Cate

Saw an announcement today that Cate Blanchett will reprise her LOTR role in ‘The Hobbit,’ and I chuckled. Then I thought maybe my memory wasn’t so good concerning the book. It has been at least a couple of years since I read ‘The Hobbit.’ I think I was 15 and dare not say how many years ago that actually was. Enough to make me unsure of the character list but not enough to forget it was male dominated.

For those who may not know, this casting is probably a treat for Richard Armitage. Cate Blanchett is one of his favorite actresses.

‘The Hobbit’: Cate Blanchett joins the cast as Galadriel
by Josh Rottenberg
Cate Blanchett had better start brushing up on her Elvish. The Australian actress has signed on to the cast of director Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic The Hobbit, reprising the role of the ethereal elf Galadriel that she played in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. The announcement of Blanchett’s casting comes as something of a surprise, since the character of Galadriel doesn’t actually appear in Tolkien’s novel. Then again, there are virtually no female characters in the book whatsoever, so Jackson is clearly looking to balance out the two-part film somewhat in terms of gender.

Read the rest here.