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Tolkien’s 100-year-old poem that marked the beginning of Middle-earth

JRR Tolkien It’s the centenary of Middle-earth.

In a piece in The Guardian, Tolkien scholar John Garth analyses Tolkien’s 1914 creative breakthrough — and the poem The Voyage of Éarendel the Evening Star from 24 September 1914 — that ultimately leads to Middle-earth as we know it today. (more…)

Posted in Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Languages, Tolkien

Beyond birthdays: examining Tolkien’s Letter #214

Letters of JRR Tolkien Another September 22 — the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo — has just passed. In our latest Library piece, TORn feature writer Tedoras reflects on Letter #214 from The Letters of J.R.R Tolkien and examines Tolkien’s thoughts on birthday customs in hobbit society and culture.


Beyond birthdays: examining Tolkien’s Letter #214

by Tedoras

The epistolary nature of Tolkien’s literary existence is more than prodigious. If any book so illuminates the man, his deepest thoughts and truest character, it is The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.
(more…)

Posted in Green Books, Headlines, J.R.R. Tolkien, LotR Books, Other Tolkien books, Tolkien

Hall of Fire this Saturday: The Steward and the King

Arwen and Elessar This Saturday at 6pm ET, Hall of Fire returns to Minas Tirith as the entire city waits anxiously for news of Aragorn and the army that has marched on the Black Lands.

And no news came. After the host left Morgul Vale and took the northward road beneath the shadow of the mountains no messenger had returned nor any rumour of what was passing in the brooding East. (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Come help celebrate TORn Barlichat turning 15 today!

Barliman's Chat Today, September 18, the TORn Barlichat turns 15!

As best we can tell, September 18 way back in 1999 is the day our server admin Corvar first fired up our chat software and Barlichat was born.

So we’re gonna have a little get-together today in the chat to celebrate. If you have ever chatted on our server, feel free to drop by and say hello today! Chatters old and new are most welcome. (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

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