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Archive for June, 2005

LOTR Online Update

Meghan, Online Community Manager for ‘The Lord of the Rings Online’ writes: This week, we’ve posted World Lead Ryan Bednar’s first dev diary, Charting the Chetwood. Ryan talks about how the team re-creates the geography of Middle-earth by pulling clues from the text of The Lord of the Rings, and includes a little map he whipped up showing the locations of Archet, Combe, and Staddle. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Hall Of Fire This Weekend – What If Gollum Had Lived?

Sometimes, just sometimes, it’s interesting and fun to play ‘what if?’. That’s why this weekend, we’re asking you ‘What if Gollum had lived?’. At the climax of the Return of the King, Frodo claims the ring for himself, Gollum grabs him and bites off Frodo’s finger. The Precious is his! But as Gollum holds up both ring and finger triumphantly, he slips, dropping both the Ring and Frodo’s finger into the fire. Yet he doesn’t fall in himself. What happens next? [More]

Posted in Barliman News

Hall Of Fire This Weekend – What If Gollum Had Lived?

Sometimes, just sometimes, it’s interesting and fun to play ‘what if?’. That’s why this weekend, we’re asking you ‘What if Gollum had lived?’. At the climax of the Return of the King, Frodo claims the ring for himself, Gollum grabs him and bites off Frodo’s finger. The Precious is his! But as Gollum holds up both ring and finger triumphantly, he slips, dropping both the Ring and Frodo’s finger into the fire. Yet he doesn’t fall in himself. What happens next? [More]

Posted in Old Main News

TV Watch: Monghan on Jay Leno

A repeat airing of ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ featuring Dominic Monaghan airs tonight on NBC. If you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you! The Tonight Show airs on NBC at 11:35 PM EST.

Posted in Old Main News

Hall Of Fire This Weekend – What if Gollum had lived?

Sometimes, just sometimes, it’s interesting and fun to play ‘what if?’. That’s why this weekend, we’re asking you ‘What if Gollum had lived?’. At the climax of the Return of the King, Frodo claims the ring for himself, Gollum grabs him and bites off Frodo’s finger. The Precious is his! But as Gollum holds up both ring and finger triumphantly, he slips, dropping both the Ring and Frodo’s finger into the fire. Yet he doesn’t fall in himself. What happens next?

Perhaps Gollum, in despair or desperation, jumps in after the Ring?

Perhaps he dies more or less straight away because the power of the ring which kept him alive for so much longer than normal is gone?

Perhaps, when the Eagles rescue Sam and Frodo, they leave Gollum to the fire?

Or perhaps, the Eagles rescue Gollum along with Sam and Frodo. After spending time in Imladris or maybe in Hobbiton, he is granted passage into the Uttermost West to seek final healing with Frodo.

Which of these do you think is possible? Which is not? And why?

Or perhaps you have another idea of your own!

Regardless, feel free to join us on the TORn IRC server this Saturday July 2 from 5.30pm EDT in #thehalloffire to share your thoughts!

Time and date:
Saturday July 2

America:
5.30pm EDT
4.30pm CDT
3.30pm MDT
2.30pm PDT

Europe:
10.30pm UK
11.30pm Central Europe

Asia-Pacific:
7.30am (Sunday) Brisbane
7.30am (Sunday) Sydney
9.30am (Sunday) Wellington

Chats usually last 45 mins to an hour, and are very newbie friendly. Simply drop in and join the conversation!

Where?

Chat happens on #thehalloffire on irc.theonering.net – the TORn IRC server. You can connect instantly via our java chat client that works inside your web browser (find it here! ) or choose to install a dedicated chat program such as mIRC on your computer.

To find out more about using mIRC to connect to TORn IRC server, check out these instructions.

Upcoming topics:

“What if gollum lived?”
– Saturday July 2

“Silmarillion Chapter 10 – Of the Sindar”
– Sunday July 10
– Saturday July 16

Got a topic? Let us know your idea!

If you have a burning desire to discuss something in Hall of Fire, drop us a line with your topic at halloffire@theonering.net. If we like it, we’ll probably give it a run in the coming weeks – you might even get to guest moderate the session!

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Posted in Old Special Reports

Happy Birthday Marton Csokas!


Today is Marton Csokas Birthday! Marton was born on June 30th, 1966 in New Zealand. That makes him 39 today, happy birthday Marton!

Posted in Old Main News

Barliman’s Audioscrobbler Community

If you listen to music a fair bit, you might like to consider joining the Barliman’s Audioscrobbler Community. Audioscrobbler is a tiny plugin that works through your music program (whether winamp, i-tunes, windows media player or something else) and compiles weekly statistics on the songs that you’re listening to. If nothing else, it’s a fun way to find out what’s most popular among TORn’s regulars! [More]

Posted in Barliman News

Otto’s ‘War of the Worlds’ Out Today

Miranda Otto’s latest film, ‘War of the Worlds’ is out today. By all accounts it seems like a massive blockbuster. You may also be lucky enough to catch the theatre-sized trailer for Peter Jackson’s King Kong. [Showtimes USA] [Showtimes CAN] [Showtimes UK]

Posted in Old Main News

Dork of the Rings Update

Tim writes: The cast and crew of “The Dork of the Rings” will be quite busy this August making appearances and running seminars on the making of the film at Gen Con in Indianapolis and Elf: A Weekend of Wonder in Orlando, as well as having the UK premiere of their trailer and footage at The Fellowship Festival. The film is currently in post-production with plans for a Spring 2006 release. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

An Otherworldly HJT Inhabits Tolkien’s ‘Hobbit’

The fantasy-laden, visually stunning “Lord of the Rings” films had the benefit of computer-enhanced animation, but when it came to bringing J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” to the small stage at Harwich Junior Theatre, director Lisa Canto was on her own—no high-tech studio graphics for this production. “I have to use real bodies and real makeup,” Canto said in an interview last week, just days before opening night. “But I’ve taken on the challenge with full gusto.” [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Jackson Inspired Undead Helmers

Twin Australian filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig told SCI FI Wire that they were inspired to make their zombie thriller film Undead by audience reaction to some of New Zealand director Peter Jackson’s early schlock horror movies. “One of [my] best movie experiences was seeing Braindead [aka Dead Alive] in Brisbane,” Peter Spierig said in an interview (he and his brother, Michael, both attended Brisbane’s Queensland College of Art). “The audience had never seen anything like that, and it was so good. The audience went nuts.” [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Houston LoTR Exhibit Pictures

Ringer Feather Iron visited the LOTR exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and was able to get a couple of pictures. She writes: “I found the exhibit itself to be really nice. There were three rooms total, a life-size Treebeard, Sauron, Lurtz and cave troll. There is lots of making-of stuff and all the great costumes. There is a room you go in that is round and dark and it has the ring in the middle of it. You hear all the clips from the movie concerning the ring and there is fire all around you. It’s very hard to describe but really cool. Seeing the costumes and the armoury up close was amazing.” [More]

Posted in Old Main News