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You are formally invited to TORn’s 2014 Oscar viewing party

One Dragon, One PartyCome join us for our Feast of Starlight celebration at the historic Cat & Fiddle Restaurant and Pub in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 2 for “One Dragon, One Party”. We will be taking over the place and watching the telecast of the 86th annual Academy Awards® Middle-earth style. There will be big screens available in both the main dining room and out on the patio, as well as the mounted televisions located throughout the restaurant. With the nice weather Southern California has been enjoying all winter long, it is a safe bet that viewing on the patio will be a delightful experience, but mind the spiders…
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Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Meet Ups, One Dragon, One Party, Oscar Parties, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Yes, there will be a TORn Oscar Party

oscar-party-picFull details aren’t ready for full disclosure just yet, but should be available very soon. Just crossing the Ts and dotting the Is on booking a venue. We wanted to make sure you knew this was happening today, just as the Oscar Nominations are announced so you can ‘Save the Date’. Here is what we can tell you.

The Oscar party will be held on Sunday, March 2, but then, that date was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

This will be a viewing party, with dinner, games, auction and raffles, and some geeky fun. That also means it will start in the mid to late afternoon as the Red Carpet telecast gets underway.

Rather than a big fancy party as in years past, we’ve decided to go more casual this year. This is more of an Oscar Moot, a gathering of friends and fans for food, Fellowship and fun. No need for fancy dress, although costumes are always welcome.

The cost will be much more within reach, basically just covering the meal, tax and gratuities.

We are endeavoring to make this family friendly, all ages welcome, so feel free to bring the younglings.

Look for more details in the coming weeks when we issue the formal invite.

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Meet Ups, Oscar Parties, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Yet another movie poll to swamp, what fun

movie brawl 2014Anyone up for a little game of ‘Swamp the movie poll?’ MTV is hosting a little poll to discover the most anticipated film of 2014. Round one is in full swing now with just a few more hours left to help The Hobbit: There and Back Again beat off it’s competition. The first round closes at 12 noon EST tomorrow, just 11 hours or so from now. If we can get The Hobbit: TABA to move on to the next round, keep this link around to help keep it moving along. Movie Brawl 2014 You can vote as often as you like, so let’s make the next few hours count.

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Other Events, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Reminder – Tolkien Toast on Jan. 3rd to celebrate JRR Tolkien’s Birthday

JRRTolkien-donatoJohn Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. To celebrate the birth and life of this much loved author Tolkien fans from around the world are invited to raise a glass and make a toast. In simple terms, you just gather with some friends at a pub, restaurant, cocktail party or bar and at 9pm local time you stand and raise your glass and say the words ‘To the Professor”. And with that, you will be joining together with fans around the world in remembrance of Tolkien and all that he has brought into your life. And if you are unable to join with friends, no worries, pull out your favorite Tolkien book on January 3 and sit and read it and at 9pm you can still perform the Toast on your own. BTW, you don’t have to be drinking alcohol, you could have a glass of water, soda, tea or hot chocolate, whatever feels right to you. What matters is the Toast and acknowledging your love of Tolkien and his words.

In Los Angeles, Tolkien Forever, the local Smial of the Tolkien Society will host their annual Tolkien Toast at the Cat & Fiddle pub in Hollywood. If you wish to get more info and to attend, you can find details at Tolkien Toast and if you are a So Cal local, feel free to RSVP and join in the fun. Everyone else, leave comments here and let’s see if we can make this the biggest Tolkien Toast of all.

Posted in Events, Fans, J.R.R. Tolkien, Meet Ups, Other Events, Tolkien, Tolkien Toast

Tolkien Toast on Jan. 3rd to celebrate JRR Tolkien’s Birthday

JRRTolkien-donatoJohn Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. To celebrate the birth and life of this much loved author Tolkien fans from around the world are invited to raise a glass and make a toast. In simple terms, you just gather with some friends at a pub, restaurant, cocktail party or bar and at 9pm local time you stand and raise your glass and say the words ‘To the Professor”. And with that, you will be joining together with fans around the world in remembrance of Tolkien and all that he has brought into your life. And if you are unable to join with friends, no worries, pull out your favorite Tolkien book on January 3 and sit and read it and at 9pm you can still perform the Toast on your own. BTW, you don’t have to be drinking alcohol, you could have a glass of water, soda, tea or hot chocolate, whatever feels right to you. What matters is the Toast and acknowledging your love of Tolkien and his words.

For those looking for Tolkien Toast events or wishing to host their own, use the comments section on this article to leave notes. In Los Angeles, Tolkien Forever, the local Smial of the Tolkien Society will host their annual Tolkien Toast at the Cat & Fiddle pub in Hollywood. If you wish to get more info and to attend, you can find details at Tolkien Toast and if you are a So Cal local, feel free to RSVP and join in the fun. Everyone else, leave comments here and let’s see if we can make this the biggest Tolkien Toast of all.

Posted in Events, Fans, J.R.R. Tolkien, Meet Ups, Other Events, Tolkien, Tolkien Toast

We Have to Go Back. . . to see The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug!!!

DSCN4799It is now Boxing Day in Australia and they are finally able to see ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ in all its glory. So now that nearly the whole world has fought spiders, ridden down a river in barrels, had a pile of fish dropped on them and played chicken with a Dragon, it’s time to go back and do it again. Most of the world has a Holiday weekend to fill with fun family activities, such as Holiday meals and sweet treats, opening loads of new toys, games, electronic devices and questionable clothing choices from your Second Aunt once removed, how about adding a return trip to Middle-earth. Even for those who have to go back to work for a day or two, there is Saturday, December 28. New movie releases have started to push ‘The Hobbit’ into fewer theaters and fewer screening options, so strike now while you still have a range of options. Let’s call this ‘DOS Line Party: The Sequel’ and go out and have fun once more with your friends, old and new. Wear costumes, bring trivia games with you, go out for Mooty meals together and enjoy the Fellowship of other Ringers.

If you are in Southern California, we even have a Line Party event set up for the Irvine Spectrum. You can find the info at the Facebook Event page. And if you would like to start your own Line Party Sequel page, make a note of it here in the comments section and see if we can’t have a second Global viewing party.

 

Posted in Events, Fans, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Line Party, Meet Ups, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ Ringer Reviews are awaiting your input

Bard posterYou’ve seen many of the major news outlet’s reviews for the film and we’ve posted reviews from most of our staff, but now that ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ has been out for over a week it is time for Ringer Reviews. This is the time when you get to have your say; good, bad or otherwise. We are open to all opinions but we will be scanning the reviews for foul language, adult content and rude behavior. Short of that, this is your time to be heard.

Australia, Japan, we know you don’t have the film yet, bookmark this section and come back to it when you have had a chance to watch the film, we’ll keep the light on for you.

ringer-reviews-bkgd-dos-titleTo get started, head over to Ringer Reviews. You will find the review section comes in two parts. One allows you to rank various aspects of the film, cast performance and production values, while the other portion allows you to write a review of up to 5000 characters. Once you hit ‘submit’ the review will be scanned by one of our staff for any of the above mentioned offenses, and once cleared it will appear. Do give us between a few hours to a full day to get to your review and have fun with it. We don’t want to decline a review, a good rule of thumb is “would you let your mother or grandmother read this?”, if so, then you can expect to see it published.

Posted in Events, Fans, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Media Reviews, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Top 12 list of things to looking forward to in ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’

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Since this is full of conjecture for the next film, consider it wall to wall spoilers!!!

 

Here is a list of all the things we are looking forward to seeing in ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ next December. Since there are so many changes, additions and enhancements in the films, we can only know the broad strokes of what is to come with the details up for grabs. That means this list will mostly be based on events that occur in ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ and the questions and actions they leave open heading into ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’

 

And now we begin the Spoiler filled guesswork portion of this article. 

 

1) Legolas catching up to Bolg. Nobody, but nobody gives Leggy a bloody nose and lives.

2) Smaug’s attack on Lake-town will be epic! Bard’s response will be equally epic!

3) What exactly does it take to pry Thranduil out of Mirkwood and enter the fray? Could it be a true desire to assist the Men of Lake-town in their hour of need? Or will it be his desire to recover the missing elven gems? Or will it be a more personal desire to find and bring back Legolas and Tauriel who are missing and presumed to be in the middle of the fight already?

4) How will an injured Kili and the rest of the dwarves get out of the way of an approaching Dragon? And what about Bard’s kids?

5) Who springs Bard out of prison? Will it be Tauriel, Bofur and Fili, or might it be his son, Bain?

6) What becomes of Tauriel? Does she stay with the Dwarves and Bard’s kids or does she try to catch up to Legolas?

7) How does Gandalf get out of his pickle?

8) Radagast went to inform Galadriel of what was happening at Dol Guldur, will she go to War? Who else might come with her? Will Saruman join in or drag his feet?

9) Does Bilbo have the Arkenstone already? If not, how will things play out in Erebor while Smaug is away? And how does the Company find out about Smaug’s fate and how long does that take?

10) Is that big Orc army we see marching through Dol Guldur going to be present when the White Council shows up? Or is the army headed towards Erebor, leaving Dol Guldur rather defenseless when the White Council does show up to spring Gandalf?

11) When will Beorn decide to jump into the fray and how many dead orcs does he leave in his wake?

12) Will we see an auction beginning at Bag End with Lobelia stashing silverware into her bodice?

Posted in Aidan Turner, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dean O'Gorman, Evangeline Lilly, Events, Fans, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, James Nesbitt, John Bell, Lawrence Makoare, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Manu Bennett, Martin Freeman, Mary Nesbit, Mikael Persbrandt, Peggy Nesbit, Richard Armitage, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Top 10 list of things that surprised audiences in ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’

DOS dragon eye posterAdditional characters aside, as they were all known before going in so they can’t be a surprise anyhow, here is a list of things that have surprised audiences in ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ this past week since the film’s release.

1) Legolas got a bloody nose, which seemed to surprise him almost as much as it surprised the audience. He’s never been wobbly in a battle before, not sure if that is going to make him more cautious or not as he chases after Bolg, the one who inflicted the injury.

2) Smaug seems surprisingly well informed. He knew that Thorin had earned the nickname of Oakenshield while out in Middle-earth after the fall of Erebor. Smaug also seems fully aware that a Dark Power is rising and that there is an impending war coming. Now if we can just figure out who is feeding him this intel.

3) A Wind Lance, really? Not a standard Long Bow? How disappointing, although it is wicked cool looking and realistically makes more sense, it is not the image most fans were expecting from Bard the Bowman.

4) So Kili gets injured and is left behind in Lake-town, along with 3 other Dwarves. Wow! the Breaking of the Company. The fact he was injured by a Morgul bladed arrow was also a surprise.

5) The Orcs were chasing the Dwarves down the river and fighting the Elves in full sunlight? What’s up with that?

6) The other surprising bit with Smaug is that he could sense the Ring’s presence and by force of will convince Bilbo to take the Ring off. Yipes! It’s a power similar to that of the Nazgul.

7) Back to Bree we go, and this time the guy sitting in the corner is actually dangerous, and that dude munching on a carrot is back.

8) The Spiders did speak, but only Bilbo can hear them when he wears the Ring. Well, except for when he took the Ring off and stabbed that one spider, who then says “it stings” before dying, giving Sting it’s name. So the Spider’s speaking was a surprise, and the way it was handled was a surprise, but there is at least one inconsistency to this plot device. Does anyone care about that? Probably not, cause the spiders were creepy as all heck.

9) Gandalf entering Dol Guldur alone, first facing Azog and having to resort to trickery to get away, and then the big face off with the Necromancer, who reveals himself fully to Gandalf. The endless emptiness that is Sauron is epic.

10) While not surprised that the molten hot gold did not seem to injure Smaug, the most surprising bit in that whole sequence was just how transfixed Smaug was when the Golden Dwarf statue was revealed. He looked like an animal caught in a Cobra’s stare, which is probably the reverse of what Smaug normally encounters.

Posted in Aidan Turner, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dean O'Gorman, Fans, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, James Nesbitt, Lawrence Makoare, Luke Evans, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Classic Hildebrandt Artwork Exclusively Available in New Formats

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To the Death – Eowyn and Nazgul

Rare and Unique Items from Greg and Tim Hildebrandt Available Now!

Back in the 1970′s Greg and Tim Hildebrandt created 3 Tolkien themed calendars for Ballantine Books, beginning around the time of the 25th anniversary of the publishing of ‘The Lord of the Rings’. During this resurgence of popularity for Tolkien’s collective works, those calendars provided an entire generation’s vision of Middle-earth and all the characters within. Since the release of those calendars, very few alternative versions of those images have been available outside of the calendars and a few art books. Greg and Tim were always very particular about the quality of how their art was showcased. That is all changing, much of this work is now being released in multiple formats that meet with Greg’s exacting standards. (more…)

Posted in Artwork, Books, Books Publications, Calendar, Calendars, Calendars, Characters, Collectibles, Fans, Fellowship of the Ring, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, LotR Books, Miscellaneous, Other Merchandise, Posters Prints, Return of the King, Shop, The Hobbit, The Two Towers, Tolkien

Luke Evans played Bard’s ancestor, Girion of Dale

Luke as GirionWhile watching the live stream of the Berlin premiere, which is still running right now at Berlin Premiere Live Stream Luke Evans confirmed that he played Bard’s own ancestor, Girion of Dale. He only had to spend one day in costume, but as you can see from this image, that costume was very elaborate and heavy, similar to what the dwarves had to wear all the time. Luke said he was glad he only had to put on this heavy costume just the one day, but really loved playing his ancestor to bring that history to life.

Posted in Barlimans, Characters, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Luke Evans, Meet Ups, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Hobbit: DOS Line Parties in full swing, get involved

DOS dragon eye posterWe have just under a week until Tolkien fans around the world will pile into theaters for their first glimpse of the Chiefest of all Calamities, Smaug himself, along with Beorn, the giant spiders, and the treasures of Erebor. We set up Line Parties so that fans can arrange to see the movie with fellow fans, both friends known and friends yet to be met. But we’ve apparently had some Goblins get into our servers and create a bit of havoc with the Line Party pages, so we have a couple work around options.

 

Not all of the Lines are posting in the public ‘Community’ area set up for them, you are only seeing 10 events at a time. All current Lines will be listed at the end of this story. And instead of being interactive, people have not been able to select the ‘Join Now’ button, so we have been encouraging Line Party Leaders to include a Facebook Event page, but not everyone is on facebook. You can still use the program to create a new Line Party yourself, or if you encounter problems, email me at Garfeimao@TheOneRing.net and I’ll help you get started. If you email me to ask that I help create the line party for you, I will need the Full name and address of the theater, the start time and date of the event (is it Thursday midnight screening or on a Friday evening or Saturday matinee?). A Facebook Event link would also be really helpful.

 

Here comes the list of currently existing Line Parties. If you see one near you that you might like to attend, click the link to get the address and start time and hopefully there is a Facebook event page for you to reach out to your Line Party Leader. If you don’t see a Line Party near you, why not start one yourself? And while I am talking about that, where are our International Line Parties this year? Come on London, Germany, Spain, New Zealand and Australia, why not jump in and put up some Line Parties in your area?  Current Line Party Leaders, if you need help editing or updating your Line listing, drop me a note.
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List of Line Parties

 

TCL Chinese Theater, Hollywood CA – December 12, 6pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/hollywood-los-angeles-chinese-theater/

 

Arclight Hollywood, CA – Cinerama Dome – December 12, 7pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/hollywood-2-hobbit-boogaloo-arclight-cinerama-dome-double-feature/

 

Happy Hobbit DOS Line Party, Scott’s Valley CineLux, CA – December 12, 5pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/happy-hobbit-dos-line-party/

 

Portland area line party, Bridgeport Regal, Tigard OR – December 12, 7pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/portland-area-the-hobbit-dos-line-party/

 

Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, Irvine CA – December 12, 6pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/the-irvine-spectrum-imax-the-hobbitdos-line-party/

 

AMC NorthPark 15, Dallas TX – December 12, 6pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/dallas-tx-hobbit-desolation-of-a-line-party/

 

AMC Concord Mills 24, Concord NC – December 12, 6pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/amc/

 

AMC Empire 25, Times Square, New York NY – December 12, 11:59pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/manhattan-line-party-in-times-square/

 

Superstition Springs 25, Mesa AZ – December 12, 11:59pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/desert-rat-dos-line-party/

 

UEC Theaters 14, Cleveland TN – December 12, 11:59pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/cleveland-tn-uec-theaters-14-desolation-of-smaug-line-party/

 

Galaxy Theatres, Tulare CA – December 13, 11:30am start (online giveaway)

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/the-hobbit-desolation-of-smaug-line-party/

 

Cinema West, Mason City IA – December 12, 11pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/the-hobbit-the-desolation-of-smaug-midnight-premiere-line-party/

 

Regal Majestic Stadium 20 & IMAX, Silver Spring MD – December 12, 7pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/the-hobbit-the-desolation-of-smaug-washington-dc-line-party/

 

Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16, Atlanta GA – December 12, 8pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/atlanta-line-party-the-hobbit-the-desolation-of-smaug-in-hfr-3d/

 

MGN Five Star Cinema, Glendale CA – December 12, 8pm

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/one-party-to-rule-them-all-glendale-ca/

 

AMC Veterans 24, Town & Country FL – December 12, 8pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/the-hobbit-double-feature-desolation-of-smaug-tampa-line-party/

 

Ashland Street Cinema, Ashland OR – December 12, 8:30pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/desolation-of-finals-celebration/

Cinemark Valley View, Valley View OH – December 12, 9pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/valley-view-cinemark-cleveland-oh-the-hobbit-dos-line-party/

 

AMC Loews, West Nyack NY- December 12, 9:15pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/desolation-of-smaug-line-party/

 

Boston AMC Loews Downtown, Boston MA – December 12, 10pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/boston-line-party-for-the-hobbit-desolation-of-smaug/

 

AMC Showplace 12, Bloomington IN – December 12, 10pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/hobbitdesolation-of-smaug-line-party-bloomington/

 

Rave Motion Pictures at Milford Post Mall, Milford CT – December 12, 10pm start

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/events/the-hobbit-the-desolation-of-smaug-line-party-in-milford-ct/

 

 

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