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Author Archive nominated for ‘Best Franchise Film Site’

The first annual SFX Blog Awards are open for voting and is humbled to find that we’ve been nominated in the ‘Best Franchise Film Site‘ category. As described by SFX, the awards…

…celebrate the best that SF and fantasy fan-driven and insider-developed internet activity has to offer. These awards aren’t for big, profit-making sites but for sites that were created for the love of the genre, and are maintained by people out of love rather than money.

If you feel is the best in this category, we encourage you to place your vote. And it goes without saying, is only as successful as the efforts and dedication of our all volunteer staff and the constant encouragement from Tolkien fans worldwide. Thank you for your support! [SFX Blog Awards] [Best Franchise Film Site Category]

Posted in Events, Miscellaneous, Announcements, Community Walking with Tolkien in Moseley Bog in the West Midlands, England has posted a slideshow featuring a look at the locations that informed celebrated novelists, from Faulkner to Woolf. Of course Tolkien makes the slideshow with an image and description of Moseley Bog in the West Midlands, England. Follow the link to see both. [Click here]

Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien, Tolkien Family

Pre-Order the LOTR Extended on Blu-Ray with Digital Copy at!

Fans of Blu-ray have been waiting a long time for this day! is excited to help announce the pre-order for The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Edition Blu-ray! Following on the heels of the wildly successful Blu-ray premier of the Original Theatrical Trilogy comes the long awaited comprehensive Extended Edition Blu-ray Trilogy. Over 26 hours of Bonus Content including the rare Costa Botes documentaries that was never released before on the Extended Edition Trilogy. Nearly 5 hours of additional content. Each set includes the fan beloved Extended Editions of each film on Blu-ray plus a bonus Digital Copy of the film available online. Guess who already pre-ordered a few copies?!  [Click here]

Posted in Blu-Ray, DVDs, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers

Mikael Persbrandt’s ‘In a Better World’ takes home Oscar Gold

You may have noticed in last night’s Oscar broadcast that the actor who will play Beorn in the upcoming ‘The Hobbit’ films, was the lead actor in ‘In a Better World,’ the film which one The Best Foreign Language Award. In the film, Mikael Persbrandt (who plays Anton) is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work in a Sudanese refugee camp. Congrats to Mikael and the entire team involved with the film!

Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Mikael Persbrandt, Oscar Parties, Other Events, The Hobbit

Exclusive: Ringer Spy Mr. Anderson Shares Miramar Shots

Ringer Spy Mr. Anderson sends along these exclusive pics of The Hobbit sets being built in Miramar, NZ. If you look closely at some of the pictures, you’ll notice that the architecture seems to resemble that of Moria. I’m sure we can all draw our own conclusions, but could this be a flashforward sequence for Moria? Maybe we are getting a peak into the Lonely Moutain? Or maybe it has nothing to do with Dwarves at all! Share your thoughts and click the ‘continue reading’ below for the full gallery.


Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit

Saoirse Ronan talks ‘Hobbit’

In her first public statements about her rumored role in ‘The Hobbit,’ actress Saoirse Ronan told

“No, nothing has actually been confirmed yet. I’d love to get a role in The Hobbit . I think everybody in the world would like a role in The Hobbit .”

It has been reported that Ms. Ronan is up for the rumored role of Itaril, a character created specifically for the two Hobbit films. Itaril is described as a Silvan Elf chosen to become part of the Woodland King’s Guard. Thanks to Ringer Merielle for the heads up, and click the link for the complete details. [Read More]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Billy Goat Geordie lands part in Hobbit movie

Geordie the billy goat who has spent to the last 20 years grazing on the side of a New Plymouth street is to star in The Hobbit.

The goat who was in the news after he was spray-painted twice by vandals last year landed the role after a Facebook page established for him was spotted by a scout for the movie to be directed by Sir Peter Jackson, The Taranaki Daily News reported.

“A scout rang and asked if we would allow Geordie to be in the movie”, said owner Julie Field.

“We said ‘yes’ and the scout went back to the producer, who saw photos of Geordie and wanted him”. [Read More]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, The Hobbit

UK police hold man with possible Tolkien forgeries

Purchase any signed copies of The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit on Ebay recently? We hope not! Looks like the UK police are investigating a 65 year old man who was selling forged signatures of Winston Churchill, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and others. [Read More]

Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Miscellaneous, Tolkien

HR: Wood talks Hobbit Role

Elijah Wood emphasized his role in ‘The Hobbit’ films will not effect the integrity of the story in a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter:

“There only would have been reservation about taking the part if there had been something that had infringed upon the integrity of the original book,” he says. “But that was never going to be the case.”

While the ‘Rings’ reunion is happening, the actor does not believe it will be a repeat session where the main actors opted for bonding tattoos during the filming of the original series.

“This time around, I don’t think so,” says Wood. “But you never know.”

[Read on]

Posted in Elijah Wood, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Warner Bros to Distribute Hobbit Worldwide

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 6, 2011– Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber, MGM Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officers, Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema and Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that MGM and Warner Bros have concluded a deal for Warner Bros. Pictures to handle international theatrical and video distribution responsibilities on MGM’s behalf for Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”. This arrangement results in Warner Bros. Pictures handling the bulk of worldwide distribution, while MGM will handle international television licensing for the films. MGM and WB will work collaboratively to coordinate marketing and release plans worldwide.

Jackson, who directed all three “The Lord of the Rings” films, will helm the two films back-to-back, telling the story of “The Hobbit” from screenplays written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro.

The two “Hobbit” films are set to begin production in February 2011, with release dates targeted for December 2012 and December 2013. Jackson will utilize groundbreaking visual effects and his incomparable storytelling to bring Tolkien’s novel to the big screen. Both “Hobbit” movies will be filmed in Digital 3-D, using the latest camera and stereo technology to create a high quality, comfortable viewing experience.

Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham are producing the films for New Line, Warner Bros and MGM, with co-writer Philippa Boyens serving as co-producer and Ken Kamins and Zane Weiner as executive producers. The Oscar-winning, critically acclaimed “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, also from the production team of Jackson, Walsh and Cunningham, grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide at the box office. In 2003, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” swept the Academy Awards, winning all of the 11 categories in which it was nominated, including Best Picture – the first ever Best Picture win for a fantasy film. The trilogy’s production was also unprecedented at the time.

Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Happy Birthday J.R.R. Tolkien!

J.R.R. Tolkien“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”  — J.R.R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, S.A., on January 3, 1892.  He would eventually move to England, become an accomplished linguist and scholar, an Oxford professor and a beloved husband and father. While in his twenties, he began developing a series of stories that went on to become the rich, complex history of a place called Middle-earth: a world that millions would eventually visit, both on the written page and on the big screen, and come to love. raises a glass to “The Professor!” today, in honor of all the enjoyment and camaradarie his birth would lead to. Thank you, professor Tolkien!

And don’t forget, today is the annual Tolkien Society’s Birthday Toast to Professor Tolkien. For complete details on the toast, jump on over to the Tolkien Society’s website. [Tolkien Toast]

Posted in Fans, J.R.R. Tolkien, Meet Ups, Community, Tolkien, Tolkien Family

Sean Astin and Billy Boyd in ‘The Witches of Oz’

Veteran ‘The Lord of the Rings’ actors, Sean Astin (Sam) and Billy Boyd (Pippin), will star in the upcoming film ‘The Witches of Oz.’  The film, to be released in 2011, also stars comedic legend Christopher Lloyd.

The Witches of Oz follows the exploits of the grown Dorothy Gale, now a successful children’s book author, as she moves from Kansas to present day New York City. Dorothy quickly learns that her popular books are based on repressed childhood memories, and that the wonders of Oz are very, very real. When the Wicked Witch of the West shows up in Times Square, Dorothy must find the inner courage to stop her.

The official website for the film has posted a behind the scenes and teaser combo video to whet your whistle. [Check it out]

Posted in Billy Boyd, LotR Cast News, Miscellaneous, Sean Astin