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Archive for January, 2015

Hall of Fire chats The Hobbit chapter 2 tomorrow!

Barliman's Chat Thorin and company set off. Destination: The Lonely Mountain.

Literally shoved out the door by the wizard Gandalf, Bilbo joins them somewhat reluctantly, unaware how doing so will radically change his future — and that of Middle-earth. (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Characters, Hall of Fire, Hobbit Book, The Hobbit

TheOneRing.net presents Friday at FanX in Salt Lake City

Gandalf & Saruman at SLCC 2013

Gandalf & Saruman at SLCC 2013

SALT LAKE CITY — It isn’t traditional convention season but Salt Lake City, that hotbed of nerddom, has invited TheOneRing.net to present a HOBBIT panel Friday at the Fan Xperience. The official title is: Behind the Scenes of The Hobbit: A Look at Hobbiton :: Room 250A but who knows what might happen? Friends may call, secrets may be revealed, photos might be shown and generally Tolkien mayhem is bound to happen.

We will take a deep look at the book and movie versions of Tolkien’s pastoral Hobbiton. They placed us in a pretty decent sized room so support is much appreciated.

Posted in Conventions, Events, Fans, FanX, The Hobbit

Our deepest condolences to Royd and the rest of the Tolkien Family

RoydTolkien02aWe’ve just heard the sad news of the passing of Royd’s brother Mike who has been battling ALS (Motor Neurone Disease).

Royd posted this moving tribute to his brother on his facebook page.

On Wednesday morning, my loving, handsome, devoted brother, Mike, peacefully passed away.
From the moment he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease/ALS he faced it head on, clenched his fists and battled. He took my breath away every single day with his strength and courage.
For 4 years I’ve been strong while silently weeping, now I’ve lost the comfortable feeling that he’ll be around forever and I’m heartbroken.
Every part of me, everything around me, anything I ever did and will ever do is connected to him and I desperately miss him. I’ve lost my friend and my reason and I will never be whole again.
I was privileged to have the honour of being his brother.

From everyone here at theonering.net, our love, prayers and best wishes are with you.

 

Posted in Headlines, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, Tolkien Family

The One Last Party – Save $40 on Tuxedo Rental!

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If you are attending our last party and you are looking to celebrate in style, we’ve secured a special discount for you!

Friar Tux Shop, one of southern California’s premier providers of men’s tuxedos and suits, has graciously come on board in support of the “The One Last Party”! Rent your tux from any Friar Tux Shop and receive $40 off by using the group code: #94185. As our preferred tux shop in the LA area, Friar Tux Shop has locations through out, including Beverly Hills, West LA and Thousand Oaks. With outstanding commitment to service, Friar Tux Shops pride themselves on providing the finest in men’s fashion at affordable prices. Offering all the latest designer styles, including Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Joseph Abboud, and Perry Ellis, you are certain to look your best on this very special night.

You can make your reservation through the FriarTux.com website, or by calling the closest location to our venue in Beverly Hills.

Please make your reservations by February 6th to take advantage of the $40 OFF order!

 

BEVERLY HILLS
Friar Tux Shop
8621 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310-652-4200
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T,W,Th: 12pm-8pm
Sa: 10am-5pm
Su: 11am-5pm

Posted in Events, Fans, Meet Ups, Oscar Parties, The One Last Party, The One Last Party, TheOneRing.net Community

Author George R.R. Martin to gift First Edition “Hobbit” to Texas A&M University

Any Texas residents who live near the A&M University may want mark February 27th on their calendar – particularly those of you who are fans of author George R.R. Martin (the creator of the Game of Thrones universe).

The University has announced that he will stopping by on that date for a ceremony beginning at 11 A.M., which will see him presenting a first edition copy of Professor Tolkien’s The Hobbit as a gift to the university. It will be the University Libraries’ 5 millionth acquisition. (more…)

Posted in Events, Headlines, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit

Did we glimpse baby Samwise?

Baby Samwise

Could these be Gamgees?

The first time I watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition, I mistook a hobbit in the marketplace scene for Sean Astin. Upon pausing the film, however, I realized it wasn’t Sean at all but rather an actor who strongly resembled him… holding a baby. I’m certain the filmmakers also noticed this resemblance, which begs the question: is this Gaffer Gamgee and Samwise?!

Remember, Hobbits are a longer-lived race than Men. They come of age at 30, after all. In The Fellowship of the Ring (book), Frodo celebrates his 50th birthday shortly before embarking on the Quest to destroy the One Ring. The events of The Hobbit are said to take place roughly 60 years before Frodo steps out his front door on that fateful day. Sam is stated to be younger than Frodo in the books, but given the altered timeline of the films, Samwise (who looks older than Frodo in FOTR) could be around 60 years old when he joins his friend on the adventure, which could justify this (possible) baby cameo.

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Samwise is ready for an adventure!

After all, Jackson’s Middle-earth films are a magical place in more ways than one: that stumbling man in Bree is still eating a carrot 60 years later, unchanged by time!

What do you think? Is this baby Sam Gamgee? Or perhaps baby Hamfast (Gaffer) and his father? At the very least, they must be some Gamgee relation!

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Sam and his daughter Eleanor at the end of ROTK

Only one thing is abundantly clear: baby hobbits are adorable.

Posted in Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The One Last Party update – more ‘Entish Entertainment’ tickets available!

one-last-party-logo-300x190We are hard at work planning for The One Last Party – and the good news is, having looked carefully at numbers, we can fit in FIFTY more people for the ‘Entish Entertainment’ ticket!  That’s the ‘show only’ ticket – here are the details:

For those on a budget: join us later in the evening! This ticket does NOT include dinner, free drinks or goody bag. It DOES get you into the event, to party with your fellow fans and enjoy the performance. Dress code is formal or costumes. Drinks and raffle tickets will be available to buy; NO food will be available. Entish Entertainment party goers will be admitted to the party approx 2 hrs into the evening; we’ll confirm details nearer the time.

These tickets are $100, and only 50 will be available!  Click ‘BUY NOW’ if you’d like to grab a ticket before they’re gone! Last chance to join us at the party!  NB as the Indiegogo campaign is closed you cannot buy these tickets there – they are ONLY available by clicking here:

 

We also want to announce the lucky winner of the SIGNED POSTER giveaway that we ran during the last week of the campaign.  Congratulations to Jasmin, who was picked at random from all the pledges received that week. The poster is on the way to you!

Also huge thanks to supporters David and Judy, who donated this amazing collectible.  They say:

2Butterflies‘Besides being big TORn supporters, we also want to donate the poster to bring awareness to Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) — The Worst Disease You’ve Never Heard Of.™

EB truly is one of the most heartbreaking diseases we have learned about in the past few years.  You can find out more about it at
http://blog.ebinfoworld.com/

Children with EB are sometimes called “Butterfly Children” because their skin is a delicate as a butterfly’s wing.  Just the slightest touch can cause painful blisters and the skin to separate, like 2nd and 3rd degree burns.  We just love the scene from Desolation of Smaug, where Bilbo is above the trees surrounded by butterflies.  It makes us think of all those who have passed on and are free from EB.’

We’re glad to help raise awareness; thanks again to our poster donors!

And of course, we owe HUGE thanks to ALL who supported the campaign. Tolkien fans never cease to amaze us! We’re thrilled that we can hold this special celebration, and have you all be a part of it – in person or via the live stream. Which leads us to another announcement – as our campaign was so successful, we will not need to charge for the live stream.  So LIVE STREAM will be FREE and available to all!

Stay tuned for more party details; and we’ll see you there – in Los Angeles or on the internet!

 

Posted in Events, Fans, Meet Ups, Oscar Parties, The One Last Party, The One Last Party, TheOneRing.net Community

A check in with the financials of ‘The Hobbit: BOTFA’

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Well, looks like nobody will go broke making Middle-earth movies. The third of Peter Jackson’s films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” squeaked past $800 million earned world-wide last weekend. Jackson can get on with his “Tin Tin” movie and maybe my wish that he will write and direct a World War I zombie film with 100 percent practical effects in conjunction with Weta Workshop can happen. Maybe not.

But it is time to take a little peek at the box office and see how things are going. If you didn’t hear, another Warner Bros. movie, “American Sniper” assassinated the January box office records in the U.S. while the final Hobbit film slid to eighth place after 30-some days of release. Rentrack tells us it made $4 million on the weekend for a grand total of $244,537,115 domestic. It isn’t quite done, so lets call it $250 million but it will be closer to $260.

Meanwhile, overseas, from 63 territories, it has taken $558,600,000. (Speaking of “Taken” the third one of those movies just made an avalanche of money – see gold pile above – so go ahead and bet on number four. With every new sequel, a legion of devils get their wings; but Hollywood doesn’t care.)

One big market, a dragon of a market if you will, China, hasn’t opened the film yet and so that non-U.S. total is expected to reach past $700 million. This puts Jackson’s final Middle-earth movie very close, but not over $1 billion. Now, it is nothing but an arbitrary mark and a game, but something satisfies our lizard brains to know the film made 1/28th of what Bill Gates has donated to charity.

Can China and the rest of the world world push their share to $750 million or beyond? This film was tracking ahead of the previous one, that finished just more than $700 million, so it is going to be very close, but I can’t find the complete data and my bed calls. More updates in a week – or two.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

‘The Hobbit: BOTFA’ and its shocking VFX exclusion from the Oscar race

One thing that isn’t great about being a fansite: Other outlets and readers treat anything we write as if it were written from a fan perspective. Sometimes that is true, sometimes it is false. As a result of this, we didn’t complain about Oscar Nominations; It just sounds like whining anyway.

For the record, while we are here, there are a few categories that are head scratchers though. The technical category omissions, in my opinion, are a mark against the awards. Films that win these categories generate buzz and these Hobbit films didn’t do that in the right way to win awards. All the folks who work on the film would say they didn’t get into the business to win awards and they are only a bit of extra icing anyway.

But WIRED, not a fansite, has a video series about special visual effects and the series is highly watchable, educational and interesting. (Special effects are things that happen on set.) Staffer Justin pointed out this video from the series where the host expresses real surprise that BOTFA didn’t get a nom. He has some wonderful details about the attack on Lake-town in particular (a favorite set piece of mine, burning or not) and the advancement of the computer program MASSIVE created for the battles in the LOTR films. The folks in New Zealand were pushing boundaries as they do every single time.

It is well worth a watch and it lights a fire under me, at least, to get annoyed that Weta Digital didn’t get an Oscar nom for Best Visual Effcts — except they did get one for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” That does mean Gentleman Joe Letteri will be in Los Angeles so on Oscar night, after he attended previous parties, we will be sure to invite him to our celebration this year. (more…)

Posted in Crew News, Hobbit Movie, Joe Letteri, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, TheOneRing.net Community

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – January 18, 2015

Conspiracy Unmasked Bathing_at_CrickhollowWelcome 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 active discussions.  Watch this space as we spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards.  Everyone is welcome, so come on in and join the fun!

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Posted in Fans, Fellowship of the Ring, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community

Test your Middle-earth knowledge with this quiz!

Tuor Reaches the Hidden City of Gondolin, by Ted Nasmith I think it’s a given that 90% of all online quizzes are just rubbish. Which is why I was really surprised to stumble upon this great Buzzfeed Middle-earth quiz that will may actually stretch your Middle-earth knowledge. (more…)

Posted in Characters, Fellowship of the Ring, Green Books, Hobbit Book, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Other Tolkien books, Return of the King, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Two Towers, Tolkien

Translations from Elvish: dialogue from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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The folks at Gwaith-i-Phethain, The Fellowship of the Word-smiths on the Elendilion website, have just finished analysing and translating the Sindarin dialogue from The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.

They’ve set up a page with and with translations of the Sindarin dialogue of Tauriel, Galadriel, Legolas, etc. by Hungarian linguist Gábor Lőrinczi. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Languages, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, TheOneRing.net Community