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35 years ago today, a light went out in Arda…

… and Beren joined his beloved Lúthien in a fate unknown to anyone but Eru.

On Sep. 2, 1973, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien left this world and the Great Story behind. I thought I would commemorate this day with a FLASHBACK to the last days of his life, which, I hope, I can show were not altogether unpleasant (his last hours notwithstanding).

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Posted in Headlines, J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien, Tolkien Family

Tolkien Flashback August 23rd-30th

It is that time again – time for Ringer Diedye’s Flashback feature on TheOneRing.net! This week’s flashback details the events that took place in the Tolkien universe between August 23rd and August 30th. This is a weekly feature that Diedye posts in the forum, so if there is ever a time we don’t post it on the homepage of TORn, make sure to check the Main board in our forums. Click on the link below to transported in time!
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Posted in Billy Boyd, Cannes 2001, Ian McKellen, J.R.R. Tolkien, LotR Movies, Other Events, Posters Prints, Production, Sean Bean, Studios, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Family, Viggo Mortensen, WETA Workshop

Tolkien Flashback August 17th-23rd

Ringer Diedye brings us another great FLASHBACK! This week’s flashback details the events that took place in the Tolkien universe between August 17th-23rd. This is a weekly feature that Diedye posts in the forum, so if there is ever a time we don’t post it on the homepage of TORn, make sure to check the Main board in our forums. Click on the link below to transported in time!
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Posted in Alan Lee, Christopher Tolkien, Ian McKellen, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Howe, John Noble, Liv Tyler, Locations Sets, LotR Production, Tolkien

We are a rabid fanbase… but apparently, not rabid enough…

20011621-20011627-largeAccording to Dre Rivas of Film.com, we seem to have lost our passion after the Oscars were handed out for ROTK…

An Apology: The Ringers Fans of Tolkien and Jackson, you will notice LOTR is fairly low on this list. In fact, here you are, into my bear trap and at the bottom…You’re not far from my thoughts. I understand the LOTR fanbase is large and mighty. But where’s the passion people? This list is about what you have done for me lately. And you cats went into hiding after Return of the King took home its eight billion Oscars. Now it’s like you don’t even know me. Hell, even the Trekkies smoked you on this list. You sold out your soul for a gold stiff? No, no, this can’t be.

Well, we may be at the bottom of that list, but did you notice that, in the poll on left-hand side of the page, we’re in the majority? [Read Full Story]

Posted in Fans, Lord of the Rings, Miscellaneous, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

Tolkien Estate Rep Makes Hollywood Reporter Power Lawyers List

Businesswire.com reports: Greenberg Glusker announces that entertainment attorneys Bert Fields and Bonnie E. Eskenazi were included on The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers list– its annual report of the 100 most influential attorneys in the entertainment industry. One of just a handful of women named to the Power Lawyers list, Ms. Eskenazi regularly plays a leading role in resolving high-profile and landmark entertainment disputes. Currently, Ms. Eskenazi represents the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books, in a $150 million profit participation action against New Line Cinema.

Posted in Studios, Tolkien Estate

Tolkien Flashback – July 27 – Aug 2

Ringer Diedye has posted another wonderful FLASHBACK in our forum detailing the events that took place in the Tolkien universe between July 27th and August 2nd. This is a weekly feature that Diedye posts in the forum, so if there is ever a time we don’t post it on the homepage of TORn, make sure to check the Main board in our forums. Click on the link below to transported in time!

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Posted in Books Publications, Events, Fans, J.R.R. Tolkien, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Miscellaneous, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Rumours Spy News, TheOneRing.net Community, Today in Middle-earth, Tolkien

June 29th-July 1st Flashback!

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June – Mabel Suffield Tolkien converts to Catholicism, which shocks both the Unitarian Suffields and the Baptist Tolkiens. Despite being familially estranged and financially cut off due to this decision, she remains undeterred and begins her sons’ instruction in the Catholic faith, one that becomes especially deep-rooted in Ronald for his entire life.

1915
June 29 – At his army physical, Tolkien declares that he has never suffered from any serious illness or injury. (more…)

Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Miscellaneous, Sideshow Collectibles, Studios, Tolkien, Tolkien Family

Weta Digital is helping children to walk

andyserkis-in-mocapFrom the New Zealand Herald: Animation technology used in blockbuster movies such as Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings is now helping children to walk. The Gait Laboratory at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane uses animation technology developed at Weta Digital in Wellington to see why some children, as young as 3, have trouble walking. Gait Laboratory director Dr Robyn Grote said the technology was reducing the number of times children had to undergo surgery because of its precision in mapping a child’s motion. Read More

Posted in WETA Digital

Sir Ian McK becomes Companion of Honour

Ian McKellan Companion of HonourFrom Metro.co.uk: Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen has been made a Companion of Honour for services to drama and equality. The Order of the Companions of Honour consists of the Queen and only 65 other members, all outstanding talents in their fields from painters Lucian Freud and Sir David Hockney to acclaimed actress Dame Judi Dench. He’s known around the globe for his role as Wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which earned him an Oscar nomination in 2002. His other nomination was in 1999 for Gods and Monsters. Read More

Posted in Ian McKellen, LotR Cast News

Peter Jackson is 14th Most Trusted…

Peter Jackson2From the Otago Daily Times: Reader’s Digest commissioned an independent research firm to survey a representative sample of 500 New Zealand adults. The Most Trusted survey asked respondents about three categories: individuals, professions and brands.

“Cuddly filmmaker Peter Jackson is right up there at 14, while Queen Elizabeth ties with Richie McCaw at 20th equal just ahead of food-in-a- minute merchant Allyson Gofton and Hayley Westenra.”

Most Trusted? Well, if a man is willing to bare his soul… or the soles of his feet, he’s pretty much an open book.

Posted in Director news, Peter Jackson

Tolkien Flashback – June 14th-June 20th

This week’s LOTR movie news is kinda sparse, so I thought I’d add in some Tolkien stuff. I tried to concentrate on mostly on things related to LOTR, with a smattering of some personal (but public) info on Tolkien & family. (more…)

Posted in Events, Ian McKellen, John Rhys-Davies, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Rumours Spy News, Tolkien, Tolkien Family

TV Watch: Guillermo del Toro on Starz

Comics Unbound‘The Hobbit’ Director Guillermo del Toro will be featured on a Starz documentary titled ‘Comic Books Unbound’ at 10pm EST on Tuesday.

“Comic Books Unbound”, a Starz Originals production, looks at the evolution of Hollywood’s revolutionary adaptations of famous and infamous comic book characters and storylines. With Selma Blair, Roger Corman, Guillermo Del Toro. 2008, TV14, USA

Keep an eye out for actor Ron Perlman, who will most likely be involved in ‘The Hobbit’ films in some capacity as well. [Starz]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Director news, Guillermo Del Toro