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Author Archive and New Zealand Post’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Contest

NZ Post

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 About “The Song Of The Lonely Mountain”

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

New Zealand Post Releases “Hobbit” Stamps and Coins… Ian McKellen Gives Seal Of Approval

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.

TORn “World Hobbit Day” Exclusive: Interview With Aivale Cole (nee Mabel Faletolu)

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

Upcoming Hobbit Trailer To Feature Epic Music From “Quantum”

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

Cate Blanchett Talks About Returning To Role Of Galadriel

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

Thranduil, Saruman the White, Revealed In ‘Hobbit’ Film Tie-In Book

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

Radagast the Brown revealed in ‘Hobbit’ calendar *spoiler*

As the first of three movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” inches closer, more and more marketing material will make its way to the interwebs. For example, the just discovered image of Radagast the Brown. Set for December 14, only months remain until  “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” (we think that is the title at least) finally comes to long-waiting fans. A calendar featuring the characters from the film has shipped to the public and on it is the previously glimpsed Radagast the Brown (played by Sylvester McCoy) from a fuzzy image taken from Peter Jackson’s December production diary. (The good Doctor will be in person at DragonCon in just over a week to talk Dr. Who and Middle-earth with fans. In fact, here is the complete schedule for the Tolkien Track.)

The image is a little bit of a spoiler but it seems a likely candidate to appear in the next trailer, due around September. has a calendar in hand and posted the image first after placing an order. This will be in the hands of other consumers shortly or is already. Radagast is visible after just after the break so once you click, you are spoiled. There will be no missing him. (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie FAQ, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit

On The Hobbit Recording Sessions & Doug Adams’ Book “The Music Of The Hobbit Films”

Doug Adams, author of the book “The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films“, announced early this morning via his blog that today, August 20, 2012, marks the beginning of the recording sessions for The Hobbit in London.

Fans of Howard Shore‘s scores for the Lord of the Rings films and Doug’s monumental companion book to them will also find much excitement in the news that Doug has also signed on to write another companion book titled “The Music of The Hobbit Films”.

Today the musical world of Middle-earth begins expanding once again. Today, you can no longer say that you know every note of Shore’s music for Tolkien’s world. In fact, you only know about half of it. (This is a ballpark figure; I have no idea how long the three Hobbit films will be!) Today the subject of The Music of the Hobbit Films exists not just in concept, but in reality. Today a new journey begins …

Read Doug’s entire story here. And hop in to our boards to speculate about the songs, recurring themes, and new themes that we might expect in the upcoming films.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Music, The Hobbit

RealD Certified 3D Glasses For The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Ringer spy Pungolo from informs us that RealD will be releasing a limited edition pair of 3D glasses when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premieres in cinemas later this year.

Excerpted from the container:

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, the first film in a trilogy adapting the enduringly popular novel “The Hobbit”. This spectacular journey hits cinemas in RealD 3D December 2012, and Look3D, along with Warner Bros. and RealD, have created these “Middle-earth” inspired 3D Glasses specifically for the new film. 

Make sure your cinema is the only place to see this much-anticipated film with a uniquely designed folding arm frame and hammer forged steel look.


Posted in Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, The Hobbit

Peter Jackson On Doing Away With Miniature Photography For The Hobbit

Given the awe-inspiring miniatures and “bigatures” used for The Lord of the Rings, many of TORn’s members have been questioning (some with a pang of longing!) the decision to do away with miniature photography for The Hobbit, speculating the use of 3D may have had something to do with it.

Whilst poring over the numerous press interviews and Q&As conducted with Peter Jackson over the course of this weekend, we found the answer via in PJ’s response to the question of what the biggest advances in technology have been since The Lord of the RingsHe says:

The technology that advanced the most, in the last 10 or 12 years, is really the fact that we did a lot of miniature shooting on The Lord of the Rings. All the big architectural structures of Middle Earth were really miniatures, some of them quite large. But, you’re limited to what you can do with a miniature because you literally have to have a big camera that has to sweep past it, so you can’t get too close to it and the detail doesn’t hold up too well, if you do. 

This time around, there are no miniatures. It’s all done with CGI.  Everything that we need to build, from a miniature point of view, we build as a CG miniature. I can now swoop in, over rooftops and through doorways. I can do things that I never could have dreamt of doing with the miniatures. For me, that’s actually one of the most profound differences. 

Posted in ComicCon, Conventions, Director news, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Production, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit’s Q&A With Peter Jackson On The Hobbit

Mike Fleming over at has a great Q&A with Peter Jackson post the 12.5 minute showing of the Hobbit Reel at Comic Con.

Read about PJ’s thoughts on how fate may have played a part in GDT’s having to step away from directing The Hobbit and PJ finally realizing that he himself may actually have been meant to direct these films (a belief held by GDT as well, as can be seen in his Q&A with about directing Pacific Rim), a little bit on how The Hobbit tonally compares to The Lord of the Rings, and finally, some more reinforcement that 48 fps might just be the future of cinema.

Personal favourite PJ quote from the Q&A:

I have a certain belief in fate. Not in a religious way but over my life I find that if you try to assert yourself and influence things too much, it’s not necessarily the best idea. You kind of take your foot off the clutch at some stage and freewheel and let things happen…

The reason I never really went there [directing The Hobbit] at the beginning was, I was thinking about that superstition of lightning never striking twice, and I thought I’d always be competing against myself…

Sometimes you’ve just got to let go of the steering wheel and let fate take you where it’s going to take you.

Posted in ComicCon, Conventions, Director news, Director Q&A, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit