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On the identity and origins of the Nazgûl


TORN’s latest library piece tries to uncover the origins of the Ringwraiths.

Some of Tolkien’s most mysterious and alluring characters in Middle-earth, the Nazgûl have remained in the shadows (no pun intended) ever since their appearance in The Lord of the Rings.

The following article has examines many of Tolkien’s sources in an attempt to “map out” the possible locations where the Nazgûl may have originally come from. (more…)

Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Return of the King, Silmarillion, The Two Towers, Tolkien

The Tale of the Dagor Dagorath – the Last Battle of Arda

The Doors of Night by John Howe

Vingilot leaving The Doors of Night by John Howe.

TORN’s latest library piece tackles the tantalizingly-enigmatic event of the Dagor Dagorath. Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of Tolkien’s fantasy world is its literal creation and ultimate destruction.

The Last Battle has found itself scattered in many of the author’s works but never before has it been compiled together as one tale. The following article has attempted such a task …


Posted in Christopher Tolkien, Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Other Tolkien books, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Why are these Lake-town folk in ruined Dale?

After copious amounts of viewing of the latest Vlog (see the embedded video at the bottom), I’m just wondering what are the two individuals (clearly citizens) from Lake-town, doing in the “desolate” Dale?

What could possibly occur that drives both men and women to the destroyed city? Surely it isn’t a flashback as the snow settling on the burnt stonework is clearly visible — and hence during the time the Company passes through Dale. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Jackson may show 48fps 3D Hobbit clips at IBC awards

PJ AFI Peter Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies, will soon be awarded the International Broadcasting Convention’s (IBC) highest honor in recognition of his work “fostering the relationship between technology and creativity” in the film industry. (more…)

Posted in Director news, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit

Is PJ inching towards making The Silmarillion?

PJ Have you ever wondered how Peter Jackson’s film-making style has evolved over the last 15 or so years?

The short, retrospective video below offers a few tantalizing glimpses into Jackson’s thoughts on his works as he’s built his career across that period — something that, perhaps, could one day lead to a cinematic production involving The Silmarillion. (more…)

Posted in Creations, Fans, Miscellaneous, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate

MGM reports growth thanks to ‘The Hobbit’

225px-The_Hobbit_(1937)MGM is reporting growth, thanks in part to ‘The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey.‘ The privately held studio says that revenues were up across all of its core businesses, but singled out contributions from the international release of home videos for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the James Bond film Skyfall.

The year over year results are slightly skewed by the $55.7M it recorded from a television asset sale in 2012. With that included, net income came in at $35.9M, -16% vs the period last year, on revenues of $339M, +164%. Without the asset sale, net income would have been up $30M in Q2

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Posted in Hobbit Movie, MGM, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey