in connection with the "Hobbitception" series of videos


In June 2013, two TORn Staff members, Kellie & Alex (aka 'Kili' & 'Fili', the producers and hosts of the TORn "Happy Hobbit" feature series) made and uploaded a video of their first reactions to "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" trailer. After the video was promoted by Peter Jackson and "The Hobbit" movie's official blog, Jackson made a video response of three "Hobbit" cast members watching the "Happy Hobbit" duo. In turn, the "Happy Hobbit" duo again recorded themselves watching the cast reaction.

The similarity of the increasingly layered videos to the dream-within-dream film "Inception" prompted the term "Hobbitception" (alternately spelled with a dash: Hobbit-ception).

Main Article:

Mathom-house wiki article: Hobbitception

Posts and Tweets about Happy Hobbit's first reaction video

The Hobbit Blog - The official blog of THE HOBBIT movies: Elves watching fans watching The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug teaser trailer
Katie Jackson (daughter of Peter Jackson) Tweet: So this happened...

Posts and Tweets about "The Hobbit" cast's reaction video

The Hobbit Blog - The official blog of THE HOBBIT movies: Happy Hobbits respond to Elves watching their response to Hobbit trailer

Other reactions by cast or crew

2013 San Diego Comic-Con: Evangaline Lilly meets "Happy Hobbit" duo - "The Happy Hobbits Kili and Fili met the lovely Evangeline Lilly while working at San Diego Comic-Con which, in many ways, brings Hobbitception to a close!" (July 2013)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Orlando Bloom Appreciates a Good Playlist (2:30-3:30) - On September 17, 2013 while appearing on the late night U.S. television show, Orlando discussed "Happy Hobbit's" trailer reaction video and the cast's response video with host, Jimmy Fallon, during which a short segment of the video was shown.
Orlando: We were on set when they released the first trailer for the second movie and there was these two girls... Pete found these two girls, there was a response online, and these two girls went absolutely ballistic. (Jimmy interjects, "Watching the trailer?") Watching the trailer. Pete goes, "Let's do a response. Let's do a response." So they filmed us responding to these girls responding to the trailer of the movie! It was kind of genius. (17 seconds of the "Happy Hobbit's" first video was shown after which a few short comments were made.)
The Battle of the Five Armies Hollywood Premiere: Happy Hobbit: BOTFA Premiere (15:35-15:56) - On December 9, 2014 the Happy Hobbit duo, Kili and Fili, interviewed the cast and crew of The Battle of the Five Armies. At one point, they met Peter Jackson and he said, "I know who you are. I remember filming that little video thing we did." At this moment, Orlando Bloom walked by and Jackson brought him into the conversation saying, "These were the two girls that we filmed... with you guys reacting" at which point Bloom realizes who they are and says, "That amazing!... I'm going to pee. (quoting one of the lines from the reaction video). I think I'm going to pee, too. (he said with a smile to them)"


Hobbitception - The Videos
Hobbitception - Viral Nature
Hobbitception - Meta Aspect
Hobbitception - Coverage by Other Media


"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" trailer
"Happy Hobbit's" video reaction to the trailer
"Hobbit" cast members' video reaction to "Happy Hobbit's reaction
"Happy Hobbit's" video reaction to the cast's reaction
The "Inception" edition - all five videos synced into one video