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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.

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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

Download this high-res desktop wallpaper of Bilbo kneeling with Sting!

After we posted on our Facebook page about the update to TheHobbit.com, I noticed a fair few folks craving a desktop wallpaper of the new background for the official site.

Basically, a horizontal version of the official teaser poster. (more…)

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

Five official stills from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies teaser trailer

Check these five official stills from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies teaser trailer. The resolution is a lot higher than on any of the other stills floating around right now. The one of Smaug strafing Lake-town is amazing. (more…)

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

Thirteen highlights from the teaser for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Well, the teaser trailer is here. and I think we can all agree that it was well worth the wait. Here are thirteen highlights from it that we totally love!

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