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Birmingham, England: Tolkien hotspots outside of New Zealand

sarehole-mill The West Coast Sentinel has a nice write-up about Sarehole Mill — the Birmingham water mill that was a playground in his youth, and later an inspiration for The Mill in The Lord of the Rings. Click through at the bottom to read the entire article. (more…)

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

Peter Jackson guest edits Empire Magazine plus a new behind-the-scenes still!

hobbit-subscribers-cover Peter Jackson is the editor for the new, upcoming issue of Empire which is being released next week.

“Empire likes movies, and for that reason I have always liked Empire. As Editor-In-Chief for this issue, it’s certainly been an interesting experience — signing off pages and approving photo shoots for Empire, at the same time as I’m signing off visual effects shots and approving sound mixes for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.

Coming to the end of such an unexpected, unforgettable journey fills me with a mixture of pride, relief, sadness, fun and satisfaction. Middle-earth is such a fascinating, rich world to explore and one that never leaves you, even if you leave it.”

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Posted in Books Publications, Collectibles, Director news, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Hall of Fire chat topic today: Saruman!

Barliman's Chat A little later today, at 5pm ET, Hall of Fire will be talking about the great Istari Saruman.

“And here you will stay, Gandalf the Grey, and rest from journeys. For I am Saruman the Wise, Saruman the Ring-maker, Saruman of Many Colours!”

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hobbit’s road comes to an end

Hobbit cast poster Brisbane tabloid The Sunday Mail sent writer Neala Johsnon across the pond to New Zealand in June 2013 for a stint on the set of The Hobbit during pick-ups. This article finally popped up in the paper’s mag last weekend.

As The Sunday Mail — especially its longer, feature-style magazine articles — doesn’t really make its way online at all, here’s the article re-typed in full for TORn readers. Beware minor movie spoilers, there are a couple of new lines of movie dialogue below and more information about the situation in the ruins of Dale in the lead up to the final battle. (more…)

Posted in Director news, Evangeline Lilly, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Ian McKellen, Lee Pace, Locations Sets, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Martin Freeman, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Thorin, Fili and Kili banner in super high-resolution

Thanks to Ringer Bellerophon, we have the banner featuring Thorin, Fili and Kili in super high resolution. And for those of you who prefer a clean verison, we have that as well.

Just click for the image the large (5,000 pixel) version. (more…)

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

Finnish Hobbit fans brave cold and snow to queue for tix!

CAM04294 They breed them tough in Finland! TORn chatroom moderator Miriel has been queueing with around a hundred fellow Hobbit fans at Helsinki’s Tennispalatsi cinema to be among the first to snaffle up tickets for The Battle of the Five Armies. (more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Line Party, Meet Ups, The Hobbit

Hobbits and hippies: Tolkien and the counterculture

Ringfrodo The BBC’s Jane Ciabattari writes about the ’60s counter-culture influence of J.R.R. Tolkien. It seems a bit of a reach to call Tolkien a figurehead for the movement, but certainly his works struck a chord — and inspired — with people.

A couple of nitpicks and clarifications:

It’s Middle-earth not Middle Earth.

The note (which is from Letter #226) about the influence of the Somme on the Morannon scenes is incomplete. It reads in full: “The Dead Marshes and the approaches to the Morannon owe something to Northern France after the Battle of the Somme. They owe more to William Morris and his Huns and Romans, as in The House of the Wolflings or The Roots of the Mountains.” (more…)

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

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game: acting clever again

Benedict Cumberbatch Benedict Cumberbatch chats about his role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, and the impact of fame on his life. (more…)

Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Hobbit Cast News

Majesty and simplicity: on Tolkien and allegory

J  R  R TolkienIn our latest Library feature, Tedoras takes up the vexed issue of Tolkien and allegory.

 


Majesty and simplicity: on Tolkien and allegory

by Tedoras

Tolkien’s disdain, and avowed desuetude, of allegory is widely known by most familiar with his writings. Snippets from essays, letters, and remarks all show the Professor rejecting the notion that allegory is employed in his mythology; instead, Tolkien directs readers to the difference between allegory and applicability. (more…)

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

The Google Chrome Middle-earth map updates!

hobbit-google-chrome The interactive map of Middle-earth created by Google has been updated, complete with locations from both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, as well as videos and quotes from the characters. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again

The Unexpected Booklet project releases Desolation of Smaug EE fan booklet

UnexpectedBooklet2_640 The Unexpected Booklet project continues with the release of a fan booklet for the Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

TheHutt, editor of the Russian Tolkien site Henneth-Annun.ru, is the brains behind this project — a custom-designed, non-commercial booklet for each of the special editions of the Hobbit, that is consistent with the style established for The Lord of the Rings. (more…)

Posted in Creations, Fans, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net Community

More on the running time for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES Over the last few days, we’ve noticed theatres around the world are starting to put up running time estimates for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. IMAX Raleigh, for example, lists 144 minutes, and Swedish website SF.se has the same figure, as does Event Cinemas in Australia. (more…)

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