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Evangeline Lilly ‘stamps’ her mark on Middle-earth

Tauriel and Legolas Stamps and CoinsActor Evangeline Lilly says she is delighted to be featured on an official New Zealand Post stamp and coin to help celebrate the upcoming release of the epic fantasy adventure The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM).

Lilly plays a fierce Elf warrior named Tauriel in the second film in The Hobbit Trilogy from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson, and is excited to feature on New Zealand Post’s latest collection of The Hobbit movie-inspired stamps and coins.

“I’m on a stamp and coin from Middle-earth. It doesn’t get much cooler than that,” said Lilly.

[Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Set] [Presentation Pack] [All Hobbit Items]


Posted in Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Stamps & Coins, The Hobbit

Here’s how to grab your tickets for The Desolation of Smaug LIVE Fan Event happening on November 4!

300512id1_TheHobbit_TDOS_INTL_Tapestry_Keyart_7inH_x_38inW.indd You’ve undoubtedly heard that that Peter Jackson will be hosting a simultaneous world-wide LIVE Fan Event in a eleven different cities to celebrate the forthcoming release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Everyone around the world will be able to watch the LIVE stream of the Q&A on the web at The Hobbit on Youtube. So don’t panic!

However, if you live close enough, you may be able to attend an event at your local theater!

That’s because four cities — New York, Los Angeles, London and Wellington — will feature guests from The Hobbit’s cast and crew LIVE and in-person taking questions! (more…)

Posted in Evangeline Lilly, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Other Events, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

TORn’s official frame-by-frame analysis of trailer two for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!

Last Tuesday, Peter Jackson and Warner Bros. finally released the second official trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

If you need to refresh your memory … who are we kidding? … you’ve memorised it all! But if you’d like to see it again, check it out on Youtube or on

In the intervening time, staff here at have watched the trailer again and again… and again… We’ve also been poring over large screencaps, with a magnifying glass, to spot any tiny details which just might give us some further insight into what we will see when the movie is finally released in cinemas in a little more than 60 days’ time.

Check out what we spotted below! You can click on the small thumbnail screencaps to see large, high-resolution versions. A warning for spoilers!. But you’re expecting them if you made it this far, surely? (more…)

Posted in Green Books, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Announcements, Community, Trailer

Crytozoic’s Lost Tales: The Road to DragonCon 29th of August

Wildwood Rabbitry - The Road to DragonCon 2013 - After a night of narry a wink of sleep, the companions set out at first light on what would be one epic day.

Winding country lanes called their name and they answered. Among the winding mountainous roads they found one of Radagast’s hidden dells of unspoilt nature, The Wildwood Rabbitry. The two sisters who call this haven their’s were strong and of the earth, like the Entwives of old.

Among many Shire-like services they did for the community and the land itself, they bred giant Rhosgobel (Flemish Giants) Rabbits, the ones that in times past pulled the woodland sleigh of the Brown Wizard. They fed the weary band with homemade rolls that would’ve made Beorn himself blush, crystal clear spring water reminiscent of the Ent draught of legend, and desert cakes that Bombur could only dream of.


Posted in Conventions, DragonCon, Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Merchandise, Other Events, The Hobbit, Announcements, Community, TORn TUESDAYS Live!, TORN TV

The Road to DragonCon – The Full Roadtrip from

Team | Roadtrippers | Road Trip Planner | Route PlanningWondering where our adventurers are going on Cryptozoic and’s Road to Dragon Con? Thanks to the folks from, we can now share with you an embedded roadmap of their journey! (see below) If you are following along, they are currently in Green Forest, Arkansas checking out the gigantic flemish rabbits! Yes, just like Radagast’s bunny sled rabbits! [LIVE] []

Posted in Conventions, DragonCon, Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Merchandise, Other Events, The Hobbit, Announcements, Community, TORn TUESDAYS Live!, TORN TV

Christopher Lee Releases a Heavy Metal Album on his 91st Birthday

Amazon.com_ Charlemagne_ Omens of Death_ Christopher Lee_ MusicWhat will you be doing on your 91st birthday? If you are Sir Christopher Lee, you are releasing a heavy metal album based on the life of the French ruler Charlemagne. Recorded with Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner, Charlemagne: The Omens of Death is the follow-up to Lee’s 2010 release Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross. One can only hope to be so active in their Nineties!  [Audio CD] [MP3 Download] [Vinyl]

Lee was born in Belgravia, Westminster, England on May 27th 1922 – making him exactly 91 years old today. We all know his work as Saruman in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films, but did you know Sir Lee holds the world record for most film acting roles ever ! We at would like to continue to offer a good pint of well-earned ale as a toast to a true master of his craft! A better portrayal of Saruman there will never be! Cheers!

[Audio CD] [MP3 Download] [Vinyl]

Posted in Christopher Lee, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, Other Events, The Hobbit, Community

Willie Nelson wants to replace Ian McKellen as Gandalf – Team Coco Video, aka Conan O’Brien, one of America’s most popular late-night talk show hosts, got their hands on Willie Nelson’s audition tape for, what they call, ‘The Hobbit 2.’ In the video, Willie suggests to Peter Jackson that he may make a better Gandalf than Ian McKellen. (Strong language and content warning!) [Direct Video Link]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Director news, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

‘The One Expected Party’ – A Party of Special Magnificence!

If you are on the fence about attending our Oscar night celebration let this whet your whistle a bit…


Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, Meet Ups, Oscar Parties, The Hobbit, Announcements, Community, Tolkien

Win Badali’s TORn Line Party pin, today only

Why not cap off 2012 with a sweet giveaway?, with long-time supporter Badali Jewelry is offering five commemorative pins of Line Party celebrations FREE for those entering this nifty contest.

Cast in solid bronze, pins retail for $30 and are only available until midnight tonight in very limited quantities. The pin will stand a permanent reminder of participation in a world-wide celebration of Tolkien fandom.

You can order the pins directly from the source at before 2012 closes and we at TORn want to thank them for years of association, support and friendship. Remember, numbers are extremely limited.  Badali also crafted the “good luck” pins from to Peter Jackson and his team wore to the Academy Awards and are visible in footage and in photos from that night. Badali holds the license to make jewelry from Tolkien Enterprises, as it has for many years.

The contest, open to users from the U.S. and Canada, is free. Simply click this handy, dandy contest link fill out the form and submit. We would also love to know what Line Party you attended in the note field.

Posted in Collectibles, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise

Winners in the ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art and Design’ Giveaway

Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers for sponsoring this amazing giveaway to promote the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art & Design.

The 40 Randomly Selected winners are…

Robb B. – NJ, US
Deana B. – California, US
Talytha B. – South Carolina, US
Peter B. – LA, US
Carmelita B. – NJ, US
Joshua B. – IL, US
Jody C. – UT, US
Mike C. – Utah, US
BreeAnn C. – CA, US
Debbi C. – CA, US
Natalie D. – Ut, US
Judy D. – IL, US
Ryan F. – SC, US
Pete F. – MI, US
Morgan G. – MN, US
Randi G. – MD, US
Kimberley G. – AL, US
Megan K. – Ontario, Canada
Logan K. – Ca, US
Xavier K. – Montana, US
Landon L. – AR, US
Maura M. – NJ, US
Roland M. – Washington, US
Clare M. – GA, US
Timothy M. – , US
Adam M. – ma, US
Joshua M. – VA, US
Donna M. – New Jersey, US
Georg N. – New York, US
Sophia P. – WI, US
Kenneth R. – MS, US
Erik S. – Maine, US
Robert S. – Illinois , US
Elizabeth T. – Alabama, US
Miranda T. – British Columbia, Canada
Garret W. – GA, US
Sheri W. – Tn, US
Brett W. – Az, US
Jeffrey Y. – NY, US
Kay G. – Texas, US

Congrats to you all – you will be getting an email soon with confirmation of your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Don’t forget to order your copy of  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art & Design today! [Click here]

Posted in Books Publications, Contests, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, The Hobbit, Announcements, Community

TORn, Fictional Frontiers chat ‘Hobbit’ and scrutinize critics

There has been some noise from some corners that The Hobbit isn’t so great or even good. During Hobbit Week (#HobbitWeek on Twitter) those comments can be a little painful to fans hoping to go and love the movie. Fictional Frontiers radio host Sohaib Awan interviewed TORn staffer Larry D. Curtis “MrCere” this week in a show that airs at 5 p.m. ET in Philly today. But Fictional Frontiers has shared the extended chat with TORn listeners early right now, right here.  MrCere quite liked the film and is okay with 48 fps but needing further review and both gentlemen are critical of the critics whom they feel are sometimes giving the show a bit of a raw deal, intentionally or not. These guys have opinions and maybe informed ones at that.  Here is the extended chat:

Posted in Hobbit Movie, New Zealand, The Hobbit

Under Construction! TORn gets a Facelift

Mind the dust! We’re undergoing a bit of a face-lift over the next few days and would greatly appreciate your patience as we finalize all the details. Once it is finally done we’ll make an announcement with an explanation of all the new exciting features! Thank you!

Posted in Headlines, Announcements, Community