The Three G’s That Put Nails In The Hobbit’s Coffin – Guillermo, Graphics, ‘Game Of Thrones’

I know people love Peter Jackson‘s Lord Of The Rings trilogy, I just don’t always know why. A good series, derived from a few of the best fantasy novels of all time. Is that enough? Maybe, since there’s no basis for comparison…

Now that we’ve seen Game Of Throneswe’ve learned that fantasy can be done without cheesy special effects and dialogue.

It can be gritty and unrated, taking itself seriously enough to keep us on the edge of our seats without a total lack of humor (see Peter Dinklage and Maisie Williams).

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Cedric Yarbrough As ‘Gandalf The Black’

In 2004 a musical version of Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring was born.

The partially-improvised Fellowship! in its most recent form stars Chris Tallman, original creator Kelly Holden-Bashar, and Reno 911!/The Boondock Saint’s Cedric Yarbrough.

I was listening to Girl On Guy with Aisha Tyler the other day and she happened to be interviewing Yarbrough, who talked about his time as “Gandalf The Black” at Trepany House in Los Angeles.

Fellowship! runs twice every Friday night – through June 29th, 2012. If you live in the area, there’s no excuse not to go.

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This Is What Gollum Should Look Like…

When envisioning J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, some people use images in their heads concocted from reading sessions while others think of Peter Jackson’s films or the late 70’s cartoons by Topcraft (precursor to Studio Ghibli).

Others could imagine something like this. Limited edition Lord Of The Rings illustrations of Gollum, Bilbo Baggins, Nazgûl, orcs, Éowyn, Gandalf, and dwarves by legendary fantasy/sci-fi artist Frank Frazetta.

Frazetta, known for Conan The Barbarian paintings (one sold in 2009 for $1 million), Molly Hatchet album covers, and various comic book work, published these drawings in 1975 to a mere 1,000 lucky people.

Take note, Peter Jackson. This is what Gollum is supposed to be, twisted and terrifying and a little sad. It’s nothing that easily translates to film. No offense to Andy Serkis.  Continue reading “This Is What Gollum Should Look Like…”