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Meet Ben Pitchford, builder of the 120,000-piece Lego Rivendell

LEGO Rivendell_16125000049_l A little while back, we featured a story on a 120,000 piece Lego replica of Weta’s rendition of Peter Jackson’s Rivendell from The Hobbit.

Here, the designer and builder — Ben Pitchford — chats with us about his enormous creation, and how Lego has since asked him to submit a smaller, potentially commerciable, version to their Lego Ideas site. (If you’d like to see it become a reality — it needs 10,000 supporters to move to the next stage and is already almost halfway there — then head over to Ben’s page on Lego Ideas and add your backing.) (more…)

Posted in Creations, Fans, Green Books, Headlines, LEGO

Hall of Fire this weekend. Mortality. Immortality. Is the grass really greener?

Barliman's Chat This weekend, Hall of Fire will be focusing on mortality and immortality in Tolkien’s legendarium. A lot of people seem to feel that immortality is superior. But is that truly the case?

But the Lords of Valinor forbade [the Dúnedain] to sail so far westward that the coasts of Númenor could no longer be seen; and for long the Dúnedain were content, though they did not fully understand the purpose of this ban.

But the design of Manwë was that the Númenóreans should not be tempted to seek for the Blessed Realm, nor desire to overpass the limits set to their bliss, becoming enamoured of the immortality of the Valar and the Eldar and the lands where all things endure.

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hall of Fire this weekend: The Hobbit chapter 6

Barliman's Chat This weekend Hall of Fire returns to The Hobbit as we examine the events of Chapter 6: Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire.

“I brought him, and I don’t bring things that are of no use. Either you help me to look for him, or I go and leave you here to get out of the mess as best you can yourselves. If we can only find him again, you will thank me before all is over.”

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Listen to Armies, Dragons and Rings, a piece created for The Battle of the Five Armies marketing campaign

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Blake Robinson is an Australian composer of music for film, TV and games. He writes:

Armies, Dragons and Rings was created by request, specifically for the final theatrical trailer music for The Hobbit 3. It heavily features [Howard Shore’s] “The Ring” theme in a new context. (more…)

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

Hall of Fire chat tomorrow: the importance of Rohan in the survival of Gondor

Barliman's Chat Early in the Third Age, the Kings of Gondor began to forge an friendship with the Northmen of Rhovanion. Umtil Rhovanion’s demise, the Northmen kingdom provided a crucial bulwark for Gondor against reavers from the east.

[The Northmen] had increased greatly in the peace brought by the power of Gondor. The kings showed them favour, since they were the nearest in kin of lesser Men to the Dúnedain (being for the most part descendants of those peoples from whom the Edain of old had come); and they gave them wide lands beyond Anduin south of Greenwood the Great, to be a defence against men of the East.

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Shadow of Mordor wins Game of the Year at the GDC Awards

ShadowofMordor_FOB_PC Yesterday, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor snared the top prize at Game Developers Choice Awards.

The open-world action game developed by Warner Bros. and Monolith took home the coveted Game of the Year award. (more…)

Posted in Gaming, Headlines, Video games, Warner Bros.

Vote for The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies in the 2015 Empire Awards!

jameson-empire-awards-2015-logoThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has snared four nominations at the 2015 edition of The Empire Awards. Voting is open to the public now, and the winners will be announced on Sunday March 29 in London.

The awards The Hobbit has been nominated for are: (more…)

Posted in Events, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Other Events, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit

Hall of Fire this weekend: discussing the fan-film Born of Hope

Barliman's Chat This weekend (Sat March 7 at 5pm EST) Hall of Fire will be chatting about the Kate Madison-directed Middle-earth fan-film Born of Hope: The Ring of Barahir.

Arise Dúnedain, remember who you are!

Born of Hope: The Ring of Barahir

Born of Hope is based on the appendices of The Lord of the Rings and tells the story of the Dúnedain as it follows the lives of Arathorn II and Gilraen, the parents of Aragorn. (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Creations, Fans, Hall of Fire

Sneak-preview: go behind-the-scenes on The Battle of the Five Armies with Cinefex Issue 141

1280_681277441897649_536404643_n We’re delighted to bring you an excerpt from Cinefex‘s forthcoming behind-the-scenes account of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Joe Fordham’s 26-page feature in Cinefex 141 includes in-depth interviews with the film’s effects artists — and Peter Jackson — and is accompanied by 28 behind-the-scenes photos and frame clips from the movie. Many of them are exclusive to Cinefex.

Here’s a teaser exclusively for TheOneRing.net readers: (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Joe Letteri, Peter Jackson, Production, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, WETA Digital

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies available now for digital download

poster227x227 Little birds tell me that the theatrical edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is available now for digital download on Apple iTunes. Makes sense: March 3 was the advertised release date for the digital version.

I don’t use the service myself so I can’t check, but those keen to grab a digital copy right away might like to point their web browser in the direction of Apple’s service. (more…)

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

George R.R. Martin donates first edition copy of The Hobbit to Texas A&M

HobbitMacro-sized Just the other day, Texas A&M University acquired the five millionth book for its library collection. The book in question — donated by George R. R. Martin –was a rare, first-edition copy of The Hobbit.

 


Texas A&M University Libraries today acquired its five millionth volume, a rare first-edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 classic The Hobbit—a gift from award-winning sci-fi/fantasy author George R.R. Martin, creator of the best-selling book series “Game of Thrones.” (more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, Lectures & Education, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Aidan Turner talks about Poldark

Television Poldark Aidan Turner is set to star in the BBC’s new adaptation of Poldark — the series of novels written by Winston Graham in the 1940s and 1950s.

He recently spoke with The Telegraph about the role. He also dropped a few anecdotes about his time on The Hobbit, and revealed how a story about him helping a fan escape a mugger in Odessa is not actually true.

Thanks to Ringer Taekotemple for the heads-up! (more…)

Posted in Aidan Turner, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit