At a cost of about fourpence to make and absolutely free to you to view through the magic of the internet (I watched on my iPhone, naturally) comes The Hunt For Gollum, a 40-minute micro-epic based on a few of the twiddly bits of The Lord of the Rings.
I'll say little more about the plot because anyone who hasn't read the Appendices of The Lord etc etc would be bored, and everyone else would find it completely unintelligible. Suffice it to say that it's less to do with LOTR than a kind of prequel to the Peter Jackson version, evident from the stylings, the music (which is completely original for all that it sounds like Howard Shore out-takes) and the valiant cast of Mortensen and McKellen lookalikes. Well, they must have had fun making it ... and it's something to chew over while we wait for the big-budget version from Jackson and Del Toro. Go there and see for yourself. Think of it as your birthday present. Preciousss.
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