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How to get up close at The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies world premiere

Hobbit_BOTFA_Intl_poster The World Premiere for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is approaching fast. For those who will be in London on December 1, here’s Warner Bros. instructions on how you can secure the best possible access and views of the red carpet in Leicester Square.

The first thing to note is that that you’ll probably need to get a wristband. As Warner Bros says: “There will be no guaranteed access to the public viewing area without a wristband.” (more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Premieres, The Hobbit, Wellington

Eye of Sauron provides new way of measuring distances to galaxies

N4151_galaxy Science and Sauron! Never would have thought the two would overlap… but that’s geekery for you I guess. Thanks to Ringer Entwife for the heads-up.

 


A team of scientists, led by Dr Sebastian Hoenig from the University of Southampton, have developed a new way of measuring precise distances to galaxies tens of millions of light years away, using the W. M. Keck Observatory near the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. (more…)

Posted in Lord of the Rings

Ian McKellen talks on Gandalf’s last day

GandalfBOTFAPoster Here’s the transcript of a long but very interesting roundtable question and answer session that Ian McKellen conducted with a number of reporters just before his final day on the set of the Hobbit as Gandalf.

The transcript traverses not just his role — and legacy — as Gandalf, but also his Shakespearean endeavours, living in New Zealand, meeting Edmund Hillary, and the challenges that Sean Connery might have faced if he’d ever taken on the Gandalf role.

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Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, 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

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