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Hall of Fire chat today: share what Tolkien means to you

Barliman's Chat J. R. R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State in South Africa. If he was still alive, today he would be 123 years old — and fast catching up on The Old Took!

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” he used to say. “You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to. Do you realize that this is the very path that goes through Mirkwood, and that if you let it, it might take you to the Lonely Mountain or even further and to worse places?”

— Frodo about Bilbo in The Fellowship of the Ring.

What Tolkien and his works mean to you (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire, J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien

January 3: It’s time for the Tolkien Toast!

Tolkien2 J. R. R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State in South Africa to English parents. If he was still alive, today he would be 123 years old — and fast catching up on The Old Took!

To celebrate this event, The Tolkien Society invites Tolkien fans around the world each year to raise a glass and toast the birthday of our much-loved author. When? (more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, J.R.R. Tolkien, Meet Ups, Tolkien

Peter Jackson’s long goodbye to Middle-earth — and his Five armies cameo

Peter Jackson has this nice little piece about Peter Jackson, including his cameo in The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies.


Given how long he has been hanging around Middle-earth, it’s easy to imagine that Peter Jackson finds it hard to say goodbye. (more…)

Posted in Director news, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson, 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

TORn One Last Party fundraiser hits the $100,000 mark!

one last party logo Our One Last Party fundraiser on Indiegogo has just hit the $100K mark and we’re pretty stoked!

If you’d like to join us at our Party of Special Magnificence — a toast to all SIX Middle-earth movies — in Hollywood on Saturday February 21, now is the time to jump on board.

We’ve come a long way, but we still need your help to get from $100K to our $180,000 goal. (more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, Oscar Parties, The Hobbit, The One Last Party, The One Last Party, Announcements

Evangeline Lilly chats about her last day on the set of The Hobbit

300891id6a_TheHobbit_TDOS_Tauriel_BusShelter_48inW_x_70inH.indd Here’s a transcript of a long but interesting roundtable question and answer session that Evangeline Lilly conducted with a number of reporters on her final day on the set of The Hobbit as Tauriel. As you’ll gather as you read along, the contents were under strict embargo until recently.

The transcript traverses not just her role, but also Lilly’s recently released children’s book, The Squickerwonkers.


Posted in Evangeline Lilly, Green Books, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Cinemax goes 60 seconds with cast members of the Hobbit

cinemax These little clips where several members of the cast of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies interview each other over just 60 seconds are pretty cute.

First Lee Pace and Evangeline Lilly put the hard word on Orlando Bloom. Then Pace and Bloom return serve on Lilly. (more…)

Posted in Evangeline Lilly, Hobbit Movie, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, The Hobbit

Swedish sculptor crafts 70cm Smaug entirely from gingerbread

smaug Swedish artist and sculptor Caroline Eriksson has constructed a 70-centimetre-long replica of the dragon Smaug entirely out gingerbread.

The 27-year-old put in around two weeks of work into the 50-centimetre-tall creation. (more…)

Posted in Creations, Fans, The Hobbit

Chef Jamie Oliver had to turn down Hobbit cameo

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES The Sydney Morning Herald reports that British chef Jamie Oliver had to turn down the opportunity to cameo in The Hobbit due to work comittments. Unlucky! (more…)

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

Lord of the Rings trilogy to screen in Brisbane

Ringfrodo Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (affectionately known as GOMA) will be screening a series of films between January 8 and March 9 covering the topic Myths and Legends.

Among those being shown on the screen at the GOMA Cinematheque will be Peter Jackson’s Fellowship of the Ring (Feb 21), The Two Towers (Feb 28) and The Return of the King (Mar 7). (more…)

Posted in Events, Film Screenings, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies

Propmaking group builds incredible Bag End catbox and Barad-dûr scratching pole

lord-of-the-rings-cat-house This is amazing.

Propsmaker and FX group Tim Baker Creations designed a one-of-a-kind Bag End cat box and Barad-dûr scratching pole for Tolkien fan Misha Pollack and his cats Frodo and Sam. The group used styrene foam, epoxy and more than 650 feet of coiled rope to create Barad-dûr, while the Bag end kitty box is a shaped fibreglass shell reinforced with dowel, and covered with lichen to replicate the grassy fields of the Shire. (more…)

Posted in Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit

Billy Boyd performs The Last Goodbye live, in-studio on NPR

Billy Boyd The Last Goodbye About a minute into this NPR interview, Billy Boyd and fellow Beecake guitarist Billy Johnston perform a wonderful acoustic rendition of The Last Goodbye.

Boyd also spoke extensively with NPR’s Rachel Martin about the process behind the closing song for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, as well as The Edge of Night from Return of the King. (more…)

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

Chris Lee’s new Christmas tune: Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing

chrislee I think we posted this on Facebook a couple weeks back, but I love me some Christopher Lee metal — especially Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross.

For the last few Decembers, Lee has also been releasing metal-themes Christmas tunes, putting his own inimitable stamp on classics such as The Little Drummer Boy and Silent Night Holy Night.

Now he has a new single: Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing. (more…)

Posted in Christopher Lee, Hobbit Cast News