The much-anticipated release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this month is a great opportunity to get your students into Tolkien, especially as this year is also the 75th anniversary of the book's publication. In this week's links bucket we've climbed the Lonely Mountain to uncover treasure trove of news articles, web links and teaching resources.
On the Guardian Teacher Network
The Hobbit schools pack
Fantastically useful schools pack created by HarperCollins to celebrate this year's 75th anniversary of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien including games, excerpts for readings, lesson plans and activities.
Riddle in the dark - A Hobbit adventure from By the Riverside
Do your own Hobbit drama work with this imaginative play script by primary school teacher and writer Sid River. There are three characters (Bilbo, Gollum and a narrator) in this mini-play of one scene and quite a bit of dialogue. Sid advises doing it as a radio style play with the scripts in front of the actors or as a stimulus for writing parodies in an English lesson. You can find more scripts by Sid at bytheriverside.
The Hobbit artwork scroll
This artwork image provides a revealing account of Bilbo's risky expedition across Middle Earth - with a revealing first look of locations he must traverse, including Gollum's Cave.
Hobbit teacher's guide by Random House
This guide to The Hobbit by Random House includes a chapter by chapter summary of the book, comprehension questions and discussion and essay topic ideas.
Writing stories: evil characters
One of The Hobbits main themes is good and evil, so this lesson can be adapted to explore the character of Smaug, the evil dragon who lives for greed and treasures he cannot use.
From the Guardian
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey overcomes setbacks for premiere
Almost a decade after Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings triptych of films set the global box office on fire, the director is back in New Zealand to premiere the first part of his wildly anticipated adaptation of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit.
The Hobbit premiere video
Footage of Martin Freeman, Peter Jackson and Andy Serkis on the red carpet at the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, in Wellington.
The Hobbit premiere in pictures
The stars have come out but it's kind of hard to tell them from the fans in the form of various trolls, goblins, elves and Middle-earth creatures that we can't identify.
The dark side of The Hobbit
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been hit by controversy as this passnotes article explains. At least two horses, three goats, one sheep and about eight chickens passed away during the making of the film. PETA put the number at 27 animals who died needlessly on set.
Peter Jackson hits back at claims that Hobbit animals were mistreated
After accusations from PETA that 27 animals have died due to mistreatment in the making of The Hobbit films, director Peter Jackson reacts.
After Lord of the Rings, New Zealand tour operators are ready for another bonanza.
Should I read The Lord of the Rings?
'Reading the book after watching the film version adds new details and hidden depths,' says the Book Doctor Graphic: demographics of the Lord of the Rings
Do you know your Dwarves from your Hobbits? Your Elves from Men? Any idea on how the characters from JRR Tolkien's works break down by race or gender? These charts show breakdown by race and gender and the decline of the longevity of Men.
Why Tolkien was a fine modern artist
The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit author was also a gifted illustrator, creating abstract and subtly beautiful works of art.
Best of the Web
As you can imagine, this site is a fantastical journey to Middle Earth jam packed full of amazing videos, downloads. If any of you precious ones are feeling tricksy you can even answer one of Gollum's riddles - or pose one of your own.
Filmclub UK on the Hobbit
Hobbit news from Filmclub UK. You can see a live webcast with The Hobbit casting director Amy Hubbard who will be working on just the forthcoming but all three Hobbit films here http://youtu.be/bYM2L7isfSM. Haven't set up a film club in your school yet? Seize the day here.
The Hobbit ebook
This ebook from Hobbit publisher HarperCollins does look seriously inspiring, with stunning interactive maps. Here are links to the Hobbit annual as an ibooks too.
Hobbit Tours in NZ
We're not suggesting you take the class on a school trip here, but it's worth checking out the Hobbiton movie set website on the North Island of New Zealand in your geography travel and tourism lessons? Now with the release of the new Hobbit movie even more Tolkien fans will be on the trail to discover a real Middle Earth.
The Tolkien Society
Some good ideas for teachers here, including comparing a film and a text.
Official blogsite of The Hobbit movie.
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The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien Essay
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The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who lives in a hole in a hill. He enjoys a quiet life but it is interrupted by a surprise visit by the wizard Gandalf. Gandalf comes with a company of dwarves led by Thorin. They were searching to recover a lost treasure that was being guarded by a dragon named Smaug, at the Lonely Mountain. Gandalf decided Bilbo would be helpful to the team as a burglar.
On the journey, Bilbo and the dwarves encounter all sorts of villains and obstacles. While passing thru Elven country Bilbo and the dwarves stay at the house of Elrond, an old friend of Gandalf. During their journey they run into Trolls, Goblins and Giant Spiders. Bilbo does several things that help…show more content…
When Bard, from lake town, strikes this spot, Smaug falls dead, his body crushing the city of Esgaroth. The survivors seek Bard as their new king but Bard declines the offer, as he intends to establish his own city.
Because the treasure is no longer being guarded several groups wanted it. Thorin wants the Arkenstone because it is an heirloom and he threatens to take revenge on whoever has prevented him from getting it. Bilbo decides that he will leave the mountain and offer the Arkenstone to Bard; then, Bard can offer the Arkenstone to Thorin in exchange for a fair portion of the treasure. When the battle begins, it includes men, elves and dwarves. They attack one another until Gandalf tells them the goblins, bats, wolves and wargs are coming. The armies join up becoming known as the "Battle of Five Armies." The Goblins and Wild Wolves battle against the Elves, Men and Dwarves. It is only with the arrival of the Eagles, that army of good win.
After recovering, Bilbo makes his way back home. As Bilbo says, "So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending." Gandalf and Bilbo pass through Rivendell and eventually make their way to Hobbiton. It is summer and Bilbo is disappointed to learn that he is legally dead. Greedy cousins, are selling his property because he is "Presumed Dead." They are more than a little unhappy at his arrival. Bilbo, son of