The results of TheOneRing.net and New Zealand Post’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Contest held back in January are in.
Congratulations to the winners… your prizes are on their way from New Zealand! And thanks to all who entered.
Visit New Zealand Post for the entire range of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” stamps and coins.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Silver Coin with Gold Plating
Winner: Talya S from USA
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Ultimate Collection
Winner: Pravalprukskul P from Thailand
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Presentation Pack
Winners: Alicia R from UK and Annemarie D from The Netherlands
Posted in Contests, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Stamps & Coins, The Hobbit
In case you haven’t already done so, here’s a quick reminder that today is the last day to enter TheOneRing.net and New Zealand Post’s “The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey” Contest.
Contest form and details here.
Posted in Contests, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Stamps & Coins, The Hobbit
Early in October, TORn announced the release of the New Zealand Post’s exclusive commemorative stamps and coins for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Today we’re giving you the chance to win some of the best of these commemorative items for your personal collection.
Simply answer the questions provided in the contest entry form below, fill in your details, and check back here on February 17th to see if your name is among the winners. Entries with correct answers to all questions will be entered into a lucky draw that will result in FOUR LUCKY WINNERS.
If you need any help with answering the contest questions, head over to the New Zealand Post’s Official Website.
One winner will take home The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Silver Coin with Gold Plating, one will take home The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Ultimate Collection, and two will take home The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Presentation Pack.
Hit the break for the contest questions and a gallery of the prizes you can win.
Posted in Contests, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Merchandise, Stamps & Coins, The Hobbit
The Gwaith-i-Phethdain, or the Fellowship of the Word-smiths, is a part of the Polish website Elendilion.pl, run by our friend and Tolkien geek Richard “Galadhorn” Derdzinski. Since the early days of the internet when information was hard to come by and to share, he has led the effort in analyzing the languages in the Lord of the Rings films from 2001 through 2004, and beginning last year, he’s once again embarked on analyzing the languages in The Hobbit films.
To quote Richard:
The way to find the texts in the languages of Middle-earth was difficult. First of course was the careful and watchful hearing in the cinemas. Richard traveled far from Poland to Ireland to watch the movie 2 weeks before the Polish premiere. The first results were published thanks to the work of Miriam “Niranare” Simon of the German forum Mellyn Lammath and Cerebrum of the Hungarian website Parf-en-Ereglas. Then the international community of the Tolkien linguists with Helge K. Fauskanger (of Norse Ardalambion) and Andrew Higgins (of Elfling list) helped to find the detailed explanation of David Salo’s conlang forms.
The dialogues, together with lyrics and inscriptions, in the languages of Tolkien were created for the movies by David Salo, an American linguist. Richard’s analysis is a work in progress, continually updated based on suggestions from fans contributed via comments to his blog-style posts, and the results of his work on The Hobbit thus far can be found as follows:
The analyses of the dialogues, lyrics and inscriptions in the Lord of the Rings films can be found at Elvish.org.
Elendilion.pl is also famous for the investigation of the oldest ancestry of the Tolkien family. This family name emerges for the first time in the mediaeval sources of the German Order in Prussia, in small village in today’s Poland, Tołkiny, cf. http://www.elendilion.pl/2010/02/02/tokiny-in-warmia-a-nest-of-the-tolkien-family-ii/
Posted in David Salo, Hobbit Movie, Languages, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Tolkien Family
Christmas brings to mind the timeless, poignant image of a mother cradling her newborn child.
At this rather apt time of year then, TORn’s music geeks are pleased to bring you an exclusive interview with Hilary Summers.
An alto hailing from Wales, UK, Hilary recorded “Gilraen’s Song” that plays over the scene where Aragorn kneels in reverence before his mother Gilraen’s memorial in Rivendell, and whose lyrics hark back to the words once spoken by Gilraen herself.
Little boy, little one, night is falling, come into my arms, let me hold you safe.
But still you run through the twilight, lost in your play, slaying demons in the shadows.
Little boy, little one, full of grace, full of joy, oh, my heart will break,
For I see it in your eyes… you are your father’s son, not your mother’s child.
Join us in this exclusive interview as we talk to Hilary about her experience recording the song for The Lord of the Rings.
Posted in Crew News, Fellowship of the Ring, Howard Shore, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Music, Production, The Two Towers
Update! Sorry all, jumped the gun our contest a bit. We will be posting this contest shortly – stay tuned! If you already entered, do not fear, we have your entry. Thanks!
Posted in Collectibles, Contests, Events, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Stamps & Coins
Neil Finn talks to Andrew Dickens of News Talk ZB about recording “The Song of the Lonely Mountain” for the end credits of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Choice quote regarding the “anvils” used in the song:
“I’d love to paint a picture of a big, blacksmith’s anvil sitting in the middle of the studio but, in actual fact, it was my son Liam [...] poised over an electronic keyboard.”
Listen to the interview here.
Posted in Hobbit Movie, Neil Finn, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, Uncategorized
Today marks the day the New Zealand Post, in an exclusive arrangement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Warner Bros. Pictures, and the filmmakers, releases commemorative stamps and coins for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
New Zealand Post’s spokesman for stamps and coins Simon Allison says:
We’re the only country in the world with the rights to produce these highly collectable coins, featuring iconic characters from what is sure to become a classic series of films.
The items announced today are appropriate mementoes of the film, and fit in with the mythology of Middle-earth – New Zealand. We’re committed to honouring the legacy of Sir Peter’s films, by creating stamps and coins of the highest quality.
Hit the break for hi-res pictures of the stamps and coins, and the world exclusive press release for the same, courtesy of our friend Emma over at New Zealand Post.
Posted in Characters, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, MGM, New Line Cinema, Other Merchandise, Studios, The Hobbit, Warner Bros.
As we wrap up our “World Hobbit Day” festivities, we at TORn are pleased to bring you one final piece of our celebratory specials via an exclusive interview with Aivale Cole (nee Mabel Faletolu).
For fans of Howard Shore and the music of The Lord of the Rings films, Aivale (credited as Mabel Faletolu on the soundtrack of The Fellowship of the Ring) perhaps needs no introduction. For the rest, you probably recall that most heartrending of voices that engulfs the broken Fellowship as they emerge from the darkness of Moria and grieve over Gandalf’s fall into Khazad-dûm.
That piece was sung by none other than Aivale, a vocalist hailing from Wellington, New Zealand. Back in 2001, she recorded the solo piece with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Join us in this exclusive interview as we catch up with Aivale who, after more than a decade, takes us back to that “crazy but exciting” time when she worked with Howard Shore and Peter Jackson, and also shares a rather amusing anecdote involving Ian McKellen.
Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, Howard Shore, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Music, Peter Jackson
Ringer Spy Stratos has sent us some exciting news concerning the upcoming trailer for The Hobbit.
It seems the trailer will feature a piece from Immediate Music’s album QUANTUM, described by them as…
“… our edgiest and most modern Live Orchestra and Choir release yet… a combination of Epic Action and Drama making a grand debut as our most unique hybrid orchestral album for film trailers and advertising… loaded with layers of ground breaking sound design accompanied by dark, edgy guitar melodies combined with our signature sound of lush cyclical strings, huge swelling brass, and massive booming drums.”
From Immediate Music’s news release:
We can’t wait for the debut of the second Hobbit trailer! We can confirm that one of our Epic Dramatic Adventure pieces from Quantum will be featured in the upcoming trailer for Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This classic will follow Bilbo Baggins as he journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves. We are thrilled to be a part of Warner’s marketing campaign for this series.
So while it seems highly unlikely that the trailer will feature a Howard Shore composition, it looks like we can expect some breathtaking music nonetheless.
Posted in Hobbit Movie, Production, The Hobbit, Trailer
Spanish website Milenio has an interview up with Cate Blanchett discussing, among other things, her return to the role of Galadriel in The Hobbit.
Thanks to our message board member HiddenSpring for sending along a translation of the relevant bit.
Milenio: It’s been 12 years since you played Galadriel. How did it feel going back to that character and that universe?
Cate Blanchett: I’m more mature as an actress; that’s what made me want to play her again. Peter called me and thought I might not accept the role. I told him “Are you kidding me? Of course I will!”
Galadriel is a special character to me, mythic and fascinating. It was as enjoyable to shoot as Lord of the Rings. When I wore the elf ears again, I had this wonderful feeling of dejá vú. I couldn’t stop laughing.
I was very young when I played Galadriel. I hope to have evolved, to be a better actress, person and mother. Professionally I think I’m much more flexible now, and easier to work with. I know Peter thinks so! (laughs) Come Christmas the audience will be able to decide for themselves.
A lively discussion has ensued on our message boards. Feel free to check it out.
Posted in Cate Blanchett, Characters, Director news, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Annual 2013, one of several film tie-in books scheduled for this year, released today, and our message board member Bexlin was awesome enough to share some hi-res scans of its full colour pages.
Besides character pictures of the 13 dwarves, Gandalf, Elrond, and Galadriel, we also get our first look at Saruman the White, and a brilliant reveal of Lee Pace’s character Thranduil the Elvenking.
Here in the image upon the right sits Saruman with the rest of the White Council, seemingly in the much-talked-about scene of the discussion surrounding a certain Wraith’s blade.
And as for Thranduil, the Elf gets his revel after the break.
A fair warning to those who do not want to be spoiled… believe us, you do NOT want to click the “Continue Reading” button.
Posted in Characters, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lee Pace, Production, The Hobbit