Because of their diminutive size, scientists and laypeople alike have gotten into the habit of referring to the ancient hominids Homo floresiensis as “Hobbits”. The hominids stood about 3 and a half feet tall, making them perfect hobbit size. But now the company that owns the film right to “The Hobbit” has demanded scientists stop calling them hobbits. Hobbits.
Did you now The Hobbit is coming out this December? It’s not like they’re going out of their way to promote it or anything. It’s not like whenever you go to Denny’s, they’ll give you a Hobbit themed menu with items such as “Hobbit Hole Breakfast” and “Gandalf’s Gobble Melt”. That sounds pretty accurate to what Hobbits and wizards eat.
Colbert seen here in his magical goblin fighting armor.
So Stephen Colbert was down in New Zealand for just a day or two last year, just ya know… happened to be in town, checking out the filming of The Hobbit. Ya know, just for the hell of it, and it has nothing to do with a possible Colbert cameo in the film. No, not at all.
The filming of all the Lord of the Rings movies and now the Hobbit movies is kind of a really big deal for New Zealand, and so to celebrate, New Zealand has decided to deck out both its stamps and coinage with characters from the upcoming Hobbit film. Actor Ian McKellen, AKA Gandalf, has said it’s “a wizard idea”.
Instead of trying to cram the single Hobbit book into a single movie like most people, director Peter Jackson confirmed today that his film adaptation of The Hobbit will be split into three movies.