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Staffer Quickbeam talks Bakshi on Story 2 Screen this Saturday!

Our own Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway will be appearing the Story 2 Screen Movie Review Podcast this Saturday to discuss the 1978 animated Lord of the Rings film by Ralph Bakshi.

You’ll be able to grab the podcast (free) via itunes here. (more…)

Posted in Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community

Viggo Mortensen’s Far From Men screens at Venice Film Festival

far from men Viggo Mortensen has been doing a bunch of press at the Venice Film Festival for a new film called Far From Men — a story about two men, a schoolteacher and a murderer, caught up in Algeria’s 1954 war for independence — that opens in France in January next year.

In another tangential link to Wellywood, the score is composed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, who also did the soundtrack for the Peter Jackson-produced documentary film West of Memphis. Read below for an early review from Indiewire, but if the idea of Mortensen speaking French appeals, this is one you probably won’t want to miss. Thanks to Ringer Davidsenex for the heads-up. (more…)

Posted in LotR Cast News, Viggo Mortensen

Oz Comic-Con starts in Brisbane tomorrow

occ14-logo-445x165 Ringers in Brisbane will be gearing up for Oz Comic-Con, which starts tomorrow at the Convention and Exhibition Centre at South Bank.

In addition to a host of other fandom celebs, Ringers will be able to catch Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Stephen Hunter (Bombur) and Dean O’Gorman (Fili), who will be signing autographs and doing photos with fans. (more…)

Posted in Conventions, Dean O'Gorman, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, Orlando Bloom, Stephen Hunter, The Hobbit

See the complete Dale set from high above Earth!

We’ve seen lots of photos of the Dale set in that was erected at Maupuia bush on the Miramar peninsula not too far from stone street Studios. But I don’t think we’ve ever seen one from above. Until now.

Ringer Duncan sends us the below image that he discovered on applemaps (which, weirdly, redirects to googlemaps but yano whatevs).


Dale set aerial view

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Hall of Fire chat this Saturday: The Field of Cormallen

eaglesThis Saturday at 6pm ET, Hall of Fire rejoins Aragorn and the armies of the west as they stand before the black gates of Mordor.

Gandalf stirred; and he turned, looking back north where the skies were pale and clear. Then he lifted up his hands and cried in a loud voice ringing above the din: The Eagles are coming!

The Return of the King: Book VI, Chapter IV: The Field of Cormallen (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire chat this Saturday: Mount Doom

Frodo at Mount Doom This Saturday at 6pm ET, Hall of Fire climbs Mount Doom with Frodo and Sam and we finally reach the culmination of their long, draining quest.

‘I have come,’ he said. ‘But I do not choose now to do what I came to do. I will not do this deed. The Ring is mine!’ And suddenly, as he set it on his finger, he vanished from Sam’s sight.

(more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Lord of the Rings physics: how long was the Balrog’s whip?

Over on Wired, Rhett Allain from Southeastern Louisiana University has been crunching some numbers on an interesting problem — all in aid of encouraging people to think about maths. The problem in question? How long was the Balrog’s whip in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings?

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His answer, in part: (more…)

Posted in Creations, Fans, Green Books, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies

Empire Magazine’s The Battle of the Five Armies issue

emp914_1 Our friends The Heirs of Durin have full scans of the September issue of Empire Magazine and their “access-all-areas” tour of the final Middle-earth movie’s post-production facility.

I’ve picked the eyes out of it and listed some highlights below (contains some minor movie spoilers), or you can follow the link below and read the article in full yourself. Thanks to Ringer Eol for the link.

  • The digital remaster of Braindead will be released post-The Hobbit (one for TBHL fans.
  • There is already a working cut of the film, with only a couple more shots to “chisel into shape”.
  • Without credits, the cut currently runs to 150 minutes and Jackson says he’s aiming at 140 minutes.
  • Jackson: “I think of this third movie as a psychological thriller with actions scenes interspersed in the middle of it. It has for a very tight narrative structure.”
  • Thranduil’s Warmoose will return! (Yay!!).
  • Line from Thranduil to Thorin: We’ve come to tell you payment of your debt has been offered… and accepted.
  • The orcs have all manner of creatures. Not just trolls, but creatures they have bred for their armies.
  • Negotiations between Thorin and Thranduil conclude abruptly when Dain Ironfoot’s “cavalry” arrives.
  • The dwarves are mounted on battle goats and battle rams. Dain rides a warpig.

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Posted in Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Jackson muses on his Middle-earth exit

HobbitFreemanJacksonAW-620x349 Fairly wide-ranging interview from Deadline with Peter Jackon conducted around the time of the San Diego Comic-Con.

It actually contains little that’s new: the fact that The Dam Busters film is still on the cards will be of interest to war-buffs who remember the 1955 original. And apparently Jackson and Mortensen have chatted about those 3D comments that Viggo made to press a couple of months back, too. Something something misquote. Supposedly.

Anyway, here’s the meatiest bit of the entire interview about The Hobbit: (more…)

Posted in Christopher Tolkien, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, MGM, New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate, Warner Bros.

How The Lord of the Rings was influenced by WWI

JRR Tolkien The Beeb, as part of its commemorations of WWI, have assembled this multi-part online educational guide exploring how — and where — World War One influenced JRR Tolkien and his writings.

Narrated in part by John Rhys-Davies, and including a short interview with Tolkien scholar and Cardiff Metropolitan University lecturer Dr Dimitra Fimi, it’s worth a look. (more…)

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

Hall of Fire chat this Saturday: The Tower of Cirith Ungol

frodo-cirith-ungol This Saturday at 6pm ET, Hall of Fire finally cracks open Book 6 of The Lord of the Rings as we examine the events of The Tower of Cirith Ungol.

Sam roused himself painfully from the ground. For a moment he wondered where he was, and then all the misery and despair returned to him. [...] He wondered what the time was. Somewhere between one day and the next, he supposed; but even of the days he had quite lost the count. He was in a land of darkness where the days of the world seemed forgotten, and where all who entered were forgotten too.

The Return of the King: Book VI, Chapter I: The Tower of Cirith Ungol

Sam awakes by the under-gate to the orc stronghold in Cirith Ungol. (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hobbit 3 teaser trailer attached to Guardians of the Galaxy

Hobbit_3_Horizontal_Teaser A heads-up for any readers who are keen to see the teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the cinema. TORn staffer Rasputin the Evil Balrog
saw the teaser attached to Guardians of the Galaxy in IMAX 3D at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood last night. (more…)

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