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Archive for January, 2014

Mystery Artist creates Gollum installation in tree at a Queensland Park

The-Hobbit-GollumRinger Peter Kenny from Brisbane sent me this story from the Courier Mail earlier today over on Facebook.  Have to say it made me think of a Lewis Carroll/JRR Tolkien cross-over, curiouser and curiouser! 😀

 

 

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Posted in Creations, Fans

Middle-earth — 100 years old and counting

Tolkien_2692769b Tolkien scholar and researcher John Garth writes about how the roots of Tolkien’s Middle-earth made their first public appearance exactly 100 years ago (plus a few days). It’s not in the form you might expect — but it is quite fascinating.

One hundred years of Middle-earth

by John Garth

Tolkien’s Middle-earth began in 1914. That may come as a surprise, considering The Lord of the Rings was published in 1954–5 and even The Hobbit appeared no further back than 1937. But the fact is that before and beneath those two books there already existed a huge foundation of creative work: the vastly ambitious cycle of stories that became The Silmarillion, as well as annals, cosmographical description, poetry, illustrations, maps and, of course, several invented languages and writing systems.

The first identifiable fragment of Middle-earth emerged on 24 September 1914, when Tolkien (pictured here in June) was staying as a guest at his aunt’s Nottinghamshire farm. War had just broken out in Europe, the whole world seemed in ferment, and Tolkien set foot on the path he would follow for the rest of his life. But we’ll come to that in due course.

Today, 26 January 2014, is the 100th anniversary of the first known public reading of Tolkien’s epic prose. It’s not what you might expect: there are no cavalry charges here, nor mythological monsters, nor swordplay. These are the official minutes of a college meeting – a session of Stapeldon Society, the body of undergraduates attending Exeter College, Oxford.

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Posted in Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Today in Middle-earth, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate

The Desolation of Jackson? A review of the Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug

Hobbit Smaug Poster Let ‘forge the golden dwarf’, join ‘jump the shark’, and ‘nuke the fridge’ in our lexicon for describing when a once-great creative force reveals itself truly spent.

The Desolation of Smaug, and the Hobbit trilogy as a whole, only makes sense as the world’s most expensive satire on the vast canvas of a contemporary film industry increasingly supported by so-called ‘tentpole blockbusters’. In true Kiwi fashion, the trilogy achieves this through an amazing capacity to laugh at itself… but quite literally at the audience’s expense.

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Posted in Green Books, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien

Oakentoon #25 – The Hard Awakening, Oakentoon #26 – Oakentoon Special, Oakentoon #27 – The Only One He Ever Loved

oakentoon_logo_by_peckishowl-d6ljafpWelcome to your latest dose of the Oakentoons 🙂

Don’t forget to check out the Oakenstills and Oakencrossovers while you’re there and to say hi to Peckish Owl.

As always just click the images to see the full size ones. Also don’t forget to click on the images on Peckish Owls site to enlarge them there.

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Posted in Creations, Fans, Oakentoons

The Great Hall of Poets

ThorinReadingWelcome to The Great Hall of Poets, our regular monthly feature showcasing the talent of Middle-earth fans. Each month we will feature a small selection of the poems submitted, you can read all of the poems that we received here in our Great Hall of Poets.

So come and join us by the hearth and enjoy!

If you have a Tolkien/Middle-earth inspired poem you’d like to share, then send it to poetry@theonering.net
One poem per person may be submitted each month. Please make sure to proofread your work before sending it in. TheOneRing.net is not responsible for poems posting with spelling or grammatical errors.

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Posted in Creations, Fans, Poetry

Tolkien characters found at every turn in Dutch neighborhood

LotR GoogleSo, you’re going out for a Sunday drive. You travel down the street, you make a left turn on Aragorn… what’s that you say? You don’t have streets in your neighborhood named after Tolkien characters? Well, plainly you don’t live in the town of Geldrop, in the Netherlands.

As residents of the area can tell you, every street in this neighborhood is named after a character or location from Professor Tolkien’s Middle-earth. You’ll find names from The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and even The Silmarillion. (more…)

Posted in Characters, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Miscellaneous, Tolkien

WIN TICKETS to see Orlando Bloom – coming to cinemas across America

Romeo and JulietAt the end of last year, Orlando Bloom was appearing on Broadway in Romeo and Juliet – here at TORn, we even gave away tickets so some lucky fans could go along and see the production. For those who didn’t make it to New York to see Shakespeare’s tragic play, the good news is that the show was filmed on November 27th 2013, and will be broadcast this February (13th to 19th) in cinemas across the United States.

The even better news is that TORn is once again giving away tickets!  We have two pairs of tickets to give away, so two lucky winners can go (with a friend – or a date!) and see the broadcast of Romeo and Juliet at the cinema nearest then.  (A full list of theatres and dates for the screenings can be found here.) What more romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day than watching the tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers?

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Posted in Contests, Events, Film Screenings, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Orlando Bloom, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

Happy Birthday Elijah Wood!

ElijahWood2013Today is Elijah Wood’s birthday! Elijah Jordan Wood was born on January 28, 1981, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. That makes him 33 years old today! Happy Birthday Elijah and we hope you get all your wishes this year!

 

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Posted in Elijah Wood

“One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor”

fellowship-movie-posterIn our latest Library feature, Robert Repici writes about the narrative and thematic force in Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring.

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Posted in Green Books, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – January 26, 2014

Snowy HobbitsWelcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past week.  If you’ve fallen behind on what’s happening on the Message Boards, here’s a great way to catch the highlights.  Or if you’re new to TORn and want to enjoy some great conversations, just follow the links to some of our most popular discussions.  Watch this space as every weekend we will spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards.  Everyone is welcome, so come on in a join the fun!

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Posted in Fans, Hobbit Movie, Meet Ups, Stage Productions, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community

Reminder: Rewrite Tolkien January contest ends January 27th

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January’s Rewrite Tolkien contest – The Hobbit in the style of a newspaper article – ends on Monday, January 27th at noon, Eastern Standard Time, so there’s only a short time left to submit your entry.

Click here for contest information and submission guidelines, and good luck!

 

Posted in Contests, Events, The Hobbit

Hall of Fire chat tomorrow: did Jackson break the fanbase?

Barliman's Chat Disagreement and argument is inevitable in any fandom. However, there’s a point where the disgreements become so vehement, and the positions of the sides so entrenched that constructive debate becomes impossible.

At that point you have what media and fandom wiki TV Tropes calls a Broken (Fan)Base.

This is the topic that we’ll be examining tomorrow in The Hall of Fire: is the Tolkien/Lord of the Rings fanbase irretrievably broken, and did Peter Jackson break it with The Hobbit? (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire