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Archive for April, 2007

DVD Tuesday: Dreamgirls, The Hitcher & More!

Take an early look on our ‘DVD Tuesday’ feature…every Monday! Check out some TV on DVD goodies like ‘Beverly Hills, 90210 – The Second Season’, ‘Dinosaurs – The Complete Third and Fourth Seasons’ & ‘The Girls Next Door – Season 2’. There are a few compilations out tomorrow including; ‘Tyrone Power: Swashbuckler Box Set’ & ‘A Collection of 2006 Academy Award Nominated Short Films’. The big releases of the week are ‘Dreamgirls’, ‘The Hitcher’ & ‘Alpha Dog’. Personally I’m interested in ‘Fletch: The Jane Doe Edition’ & ‘Michael Palin’s Around the World in 80 Days’! Check out the whole list here! [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar

Midway Games has announced the long-awaited release of Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, the world’s first massively multiplayer online game based on JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Chance Thomas composed and conducted the live orchestral and choral score for the game. The orchestra and choir were recorded and mixed at LA East Studios in Salt Lake City, UT. Concert Master was Lenny Browse. Chief engineer was Glen Neibur. Hundreds of additional vocal and live instrumental overlay tracks (Hammer Dulcimer, Penny Whistle, Highland Pipes, Pedal Harp, Fiddle, Bass Flute, English Horn) and small acoustic ensembles were recorded at Lakeview Audio in Orem, UT. Chief engineer was Steve Lerud. All live sessions were produced by Chance Thomas. Additional tracking, mixing and editing were completed at HUGEsound near Yosemite, California. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Rings stage adaptation may look nothing like Jackson’s magnum opus

London, April 28 (ANI): Lord of the Rings admirers might be left disappointed after seeing the stage adaptation of the best selling novel. Fans hoping for a recreation of director Peter Jackson’s vision of Middle Earth might be disenchanted, for the show’s set designer Rob Howell has never seen the films. While the film adaptation shows the hairy-toed hero Frodo Baggins battle it out against the evil of Mordor, Howell consciously stayed away from the movie vision and stuck to JRR Tolkien’s original story. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Adam Tolkien Interview Redux

Roheryn writes: If you missed the Adam Tolkien interview on the BBC Radio programme “Today,” you have a second chance to catch it. On Saturday morning, the BBC radio program “The Ticket” did a feature on “The Children of Hurin,” including what sounds to be portions of the same “Today” interview with Adam Tolkien, Christopher’s son and The Professor’s grandson. Here’s the link, but I think it may be active for only a week. For best results, select “RealPlayer” for playback, and when it’s loaded, slide into the program about 12 minutes. The interview runs about four minutes. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Elf Fantasy Fair 2007 Images

Elf Fantasy Fair 2007

Éowyn writes: I would like to give you some photos from the Elf Fantasy Fair 2007 in the Netherlands. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Sideshow Collectibles Newsletter

Be sure to check out our weekly Sideshow Collectibles update! Each week we provide an update on your favorite Sideshow goodies, from busts to premium figures and more! Take a look! [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Children of Hurin Chat on May 6th!

After a long break, Hall of Fire finally returns to host a discussion on the very recently released Children of Hurin. Scrupulously edited together from JRR’s manuscripts by Christopher Tolkien, the tragic tale of Hurin’s children is not new to many fans of Tolkien’s writings, having been previously revealed in one form or another in the Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales and the History of Middle Earth. However, Children of Hurin presents the tale without the severe abridgement of the Silmarillion, or the confusing annotated form that is present in Unfinished Tales and HOME. [More]

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Children of Hurin Chat on May 6th!

After a long break, Hall of Fire finally returns to host a discussion on the very recently released Children of Hurin. Scrupulously edited together from JRR’s manuscripts by Christopher Tolkien, the tragic tale of Hurin’s children is not new to many fans of Tolkien’s writings, having been previously revealed in one form or another in the Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales and the History of Middle Earth.

However, Children of Hurin presents the tale without the severe abridgement of the Silmarillion, or the confusing annotated form that is present in Unfinished Tales and HOME.

Has Chris Tolkien succeeded in editing together – from diverse manuscripts written decades apart – a tale that is easier going than the archaic, name-filled Silmarillion? Does the introduction of a gloassary of characters help ease those used to the more reader friendly style of Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit into the story? And what of the choice of tale? Children of Hurin is, as Chris Tolkien states – one of the three keystone tales of the First Age that JRR worked on the most. It’s also extremely dark, presenting the reader a protagonist who, through his reckless deeds and fiery nature, is difficult to like, much less cheer on. Indeed, many people say they would you have preferred to see a book telling the story of Beren and Luthien instead.

And what of the artwork of Alan Lee? Does it mesh well with the material and the style of the tale? Would you have preferred to see Ted Nasmith or John Howe?

The gory details
Date: Sunday 6 May 2007
Time: 7PM EDT
Location: The TORn IRC server: irc.theonering.net in #thehalloffire How long: Between 30 minutes and an hour, but you’re welcome to just pop through!

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Posted in Barliman News

Conductor candidate takes stage

Andrew Grams was relaxing over a beer. He was taking a break from an eight-concert tour of Germany, where he was conducting a symphonic version of “Lord of the Rings” music. His phone rang. Suddenly he had a new engagement a mere week away: two concerts with the Charlotte Symphony. When you’re an ambitious 29-year-old conductor, you’re flexible. Tonight and Saturday, Grams fills in for the Charlotte Symphony’s Christof Perick, who bowed out because of an illness in his family. There’s more at stake than concerts. Perick steps down as the orchestra’s music director in 2009, and Grams’ visit adds him to the mix of potential successors. Four candidates will lead concerts next season, and others will follow. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Will the £25m Lord Of The Rings musical be a monster hit?

For a fictional world boasting ten kingdoms, endless mountain ranges and an enchanted forest or two, Middle Earth is hot, dark and surprisingly cramped. There’s an ashen-faced Gandalf, a grumpy-looking Saruman and a balding Aragorn busy exchanging flirty glances with a gorgeous Arwen. Four fat hobbits adjust their false bottoms and make puerile jokes. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

LOTR Online Review to Download

Dave from gamerzines.com writes: When we did a preview of LOTRO in issue 2 of PCGZine, you were good enough to link to it. Issue 5 of the free PC game mag is out for download now and has our review of the final game. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

One MMORPG to Rule Them All?

Game makers Turbine and Midway have brought the Lord of the Rings series of novels to the world of massively-multiplayer online gaming. “Lord of the Rings Online” allows players to create their own characters and take part in adventurous quests throughout Middle-earth. The game also includes social networking and wiki elements. Lord of the Rings (LoTR) fans now have the opportunity to cast themselves as their favorite Hobbit, Elf, Dwarf or Man. Game software makers Turbine and Midway announced Tuesday the release of “The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (LoTRO).” The game is the first massively-multiplayer online (MMO) game based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s popular trilogy set in the mythical realm Middle-earth. “The release of “The Lord of the Rings Online” marks a momentous occasion for MMO gamers and Tolkien fans around the world,” said Jeff Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine. “Countless adventures await gamers eager to experience Middle-earth in an entirely new way and we’re confident that once they’ve visited this epic world, they’ll never want to leave.” [More]

Posted in Old Main News