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Lord of the Rings Mythology 101

Lord of the Rings Mythology 101

The great explainer CGP Grey provides a simple-ish summary of The Lord of the Rings mythology, from its universe’s creator to the silly thing that led to the suffering of millions. TL,DW: all we have are six movies about nobodies.

Hobbit: Battle of 5 Armies (Trailer)

Hobbit: Battle of 5 Armies (Trailer)

“You have but one question to answer: how shall this day end?” The Dwarves, the Wood-elves, the Men of the Lake, the Goblins and the Warg clash upon the Lonely Mountain in The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.

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Hobbit: Battle of 5 Armies (Teaser)

Hobbit: Battle of 5 Armies (Teaser)

“I will have war.” Bickering over Smaug’s treasure, and greed threatens to consume the heroes of Middle-earth in the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the final film in the second Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

FantasyCon Cosplay

FantasyCon Cosplay

Sneaky Zebra’s latest video takes us to Salt Lake City’s FantasyCon 2014, where fans showed off their spirit with costumes from all manner of science fiction and fantasy. The Hound and Arya win our top prize – while R2 and 3PO win nothing.

Catacombs

Catacombs

A unique co-op fantasy board game in which players must flick their wooden hero discs across the playing field to battle monsters and earn treasure. If Dungeons & Dragons and curling had a baby, this would be it.

Journey to the West (Trailer)

Journey to the West (Trailer)

From director Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle, CJ7) comes a comedic re-telling of the legendary Chinese novel Journey to the West. The movie portrays the tale’s hero as a pacifist demon hunter.

The Hobbit: TDoS (Trailer 2)

The Hobbit: TDoS (Trailer 2)

The latest trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is very exciting, but it’s also particularly ominous. When two wizened and bearded dudes tell you you’re in grave danger, you’re in grave danger.

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

The second film in The Hobbit trilogy continues Bilbo and Gandalf’s epic journey with Thorin and his fellow dwarves on their mission to take back what is rightfully theirs – the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Out 12/13/13.

KIN

KIN

Brothers Seb and Ben McKinnon took home the well deserved Best Cinematography award at the 2013 Fantasia Film Festival for KIN; it’s gorgeous fantasy and fable, with rich, abstract storytelling, and amazing visual composition.

47 Ronin (Trailer)

47 Ronin (Trailer)

Keanu Reeves leads a band of outcast samurai who aim to avenge their master and regain their honor. But to do so they have to defeat an army of mythical creatures. 47 Ronin is (very) loosely based on a legendary Japanese story.

Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

“If you awaken that beast, he will destroy us all.” Bilbo, Gandalf, Legolas, Thorin and their companions attempt to reclaim the lost dwarf kingdom Erebor from the mighty dragon KHAAA– er, SMAAAAAUUUUGGGGG!

The Hobbit (Trailer 2)

The Hobbit (Trailer 2)

The latest trailer for the first of P. Jack’s Hobbit films gives us a greater look at Bilbo Baggins’ epic quest to take back the Kingdom of Erebor, and his encounter with Gollum along the way.

Torchlight II

Torchlight II

The launch trailer for the sequel to the hit action RPG. Torchlight II has 4 new classes, co-op via Internet or LAN, offline single player and just a $20 price tag. Sweet. Drops 09/20.

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Cutout Paper Art

Cutout Paper Art

It’s amazing what artist Patrick Gannon is able to accomplish with textured and carved paper. Each work pieces together a beautiful land filled with the creatures of his fantastic imagination.

Game of Thrones Recap

Game of Thrones Recap

(MAJOR SPOILERS) HBO’s 22-minute recap of the first season of Game of Thrones is perfect for those who are new to the series. We watched this just so we could stare at the beautiful Emilia Clarke.

The Witcher 2: X360 (Trailer 2)

The Witcher 2: X360 (Trailer 2)

For its Xbox 360 release, The Witcher 2 bucks today’s DLC gimmickry and includes all of the post-release content and fixes from the PC version, along with more enhancements at no added cost.

Wrath of the Titans (Trailer 2)

Wrath of the Titans (Trailer 2)

Perseus runs from an ogre, meteors turn into Siamese twin soldiers and Hades finds time to be dramatic in the midst of destruction in the latest trailer for Wrath of the Titans.

KoA: Reckoning (Launch Trailer)

KoA: Reckoning (Launch Trailer)

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning looks mighty fine in its launch trailer. It’s unfortunate that its publishers have bought in to the pre-order exclusive gimmick, but we’ll take what we can get.

The Hobbit (Trailer)

The Hobbit (Trailer)

The long-anticipated prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Here’s the first look at Peter Jackson’s fantasy spectacle, the story of Bilbo Baggins, to be told in two parts in 2012 and 2013.

Jack the Giant Killer (Trailer)

Jack the Giant Killer (Trailer)

Hollywood’s fairy tale bandwagon keeps on chugging with this re-telling of that children’s story about a douchebag who kept stealing magical stuff from a poor giant and never got punished for it.

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Snow White & The Huntsman

Snow White & The Huntsman

Aeon Flux gets pissed off when she hears that a vampire’s teenage wife is more beautiful than her, so she hires Thor to kill the kid. A surprisingly intriguing re-telling of the fairy tale.

Villafranca Fantasy/Sci-Fi Statues

Villafranca Fantasy/Sci-Fi Statues

Steampunk? Check. WOW-esque fantasy? Check. Old-school Sci-fi? Big check. Californian artist Vincent Villafranca’s cast sculpture work appeals to all sides of your most base nerd.

Game of Thrones: Fear and Blood

Game of Thrones: Fear and Blood

(Slightly NSFW) This show looks better every time we see new footage. This is no dumbed-down kiddie fantasy world. It’s every bit as intense and adult as anything we’ve seen on HBO. Starts 4/17.

Game of Thrones: Featurette 2

Game of Thrones: Featurette 2

The producers, actors and author George R.R. Martin himself give us a tour of some of the places – as well as their culture and atmosphere – we’ll see in the epic new HBO TV fantasy series.

Game of Thrones Teaser 2

Game of Thrones Teaser 2

Game Of Thrones premieres April 17 on HBO, and we are seeing and hearing more from the vengeful characters in this reveal. Raise your hand if you love relentless medieval scheming! (Thanks Colin!)

Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Pt1

Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Pt1

The new theatrical trailer for the next Harry Potter is the beginning of the end for Harry, Ron and Hermione, leading up the the great Battle of Hogwarts against the evil Lord Voldemort.

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