The good folks at Film Cells Ltd are celebrating the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug by giving YOU a chance to win one of their exclusive collectibles! These fabulous pieces are made using real film provided directly by Warner Bros. (If, like me, you were wondering how there is still film available, when the movies were shot digitally, here’s what Film Cells Ltd say about that: ‘We believe that the movies are available on 35mm film because there are still theaters throughout the world that are not capable of showing digital movies. We assume that one day this may stop being the case, but for now film is still available.’)
These authentic pieces of movie memorabilia are then mounted in beautiful displays, to make unique collectible items – a stunning addition to any Hobbit collection! To be in with a chance to win one of these items, simply complete the entry form below. The competition will run until Tuesday 10th December, and is open worldwide!
If you’re not lucky enough to win, you can still get your own film cell collectible with a discount of 10%, exclusively for TORn readers! Enter this code at checkout: 1RING2013 The code will get you 10% off any Hobbit or Lord of the Rings purchases from Film Cells Ltd, and is valid until December 24th. (Within the US there is also an offer for free shipping – use the code FREESHIP.)
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Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Contests, Events, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Here’s something we don’t find ourselves posting every day! As part of their ‘Hobbit menu’ fun this year, Denny’s are holding an eating contest at their restaurant in New Haven, Connecticut! And they’d like some fans to come along and show that they can eat like hobbits; or dwarves; or even a bear…
The contest is the suggestion of one ‘Jamie the Bear’, a competitive eater who made headlines nationally last year for attempting to eat Denny’s entire Hobbit menu. This year he wants to take on some fans, to see if they can beat him! If you’re in the area and you’d like to go along, here’s what you need to know:
Posted in Collectibles, Contests, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Meet Ups, The Hobbit
As readers will know from this post last week, Richard Armitage recently took the time to chat with TORn staffer greendragon. As ever, Armitage was gracious and erudite. His respect for his fans is evident, and he seems always ready to acknowledge their support, and share some time with them if possible.
The interview covered the topic of getting ready for the upcoming release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and whether there might be even MORE pick ups next year in New Zealand. Also discussed at length was Armitage’s theatre training, and his approaches to the craft of acting. His first love, it seems, is classical theatre; and fans can expect to see him back treading the boards sometime in the not too distant future. Here are the highlights of what he had to say.
Posted in Characters, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Production, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Last week, TORn staffer greendragon caught up with Thorin himself, for a chat about topics including what he is planning post Middle-earth, the upcoming release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and whether to go dressed as Sally Bowles to the Berlin premiere of said movie. (Answer: it seems unlikely that either greendragon or Richard Armitage will be at the premiere in stockings and a bowler hat…)
Look for most of the interview in a post later this week. Meanwhile, we here at TheOneRing.net have been pondering the division in fandom which seems to be being created by the Hobbit movies; and this interview seemed like a great opportunity to get Armitage’s thoughts on the subject.
Posted in Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien
Back in 2011, we told you about fan created film The Fellows Hip – Rise of the Gamers. With a slightly changed name - it’s now simply called Rise of the Fellowship - this comic movie about geeks at a gaming competition has now been given a release date! The film, which won the GenCon 2012 Film Festival, will be available December 3rd on VOD, Walmarkt, iTunes, and you can already pre-order on Amazon.com.
The creators tell us that Rise of the Fellowship ‘is a buddy-comedy written in honor of online gamers and The Lord of the Rings. Full of Tolkien-references and good-hearted parody, The Fellows Hip [sic] will appeal to Tolkien-fans and gamers alike, as well as anyone who’s never been part of the in-crowd.’ (more…)
Posted in Creations, DVD/Blu-Ray, Fans, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Shop
As excitement for the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug builds, there are all kinds of goodies coming out to go along with the movie, including some fabulous movie tie in books, as well as some new editions of The Hobbit itself. Our good friends at Harper Collins, publishers for all things Tolkien in Europe, have given us some amazing sets of NINE (well, actually 12, as one is a box set of four!) books to give away to four lucky readers! The winners will receive:
The 2014 Hobbit Annual
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Storybook
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Official Movie Guide
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Ultimate Sticker Book
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Visual Companion
A box set of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings paperback editions with movie tie in covers
Pocket Hobbit – a mini, hardback edition of the book!
A new paperback edition of The Hobbit with Desolation of Smaug movie tie in cover
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles – Art and Design from WETA
All of these books could be yours! And because we love our readers everywhere, this competition is open worldwide. All you have to do to win, wherever you are in the world, is answer one simple question and complete the form below. The competition runs until the opening of the movie, on December 13th; after which we’ll pick four winners at random, from all the correct entries.
Posted in Books, Books Publications, Contests, Events, Hobbit Book, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien
TORn’s good friend and artist extraordinaire Donato Giancola, who was part of TORn’s art show in Los Angeles last February, has recently completed a new masterpiece: a commissioned painting showing a scene from The Silmarillion, when Huor and his brother Hurin are rescued by eagles. The work is huge – roughly 9 foot by 6 foot! – and perfectly showcases Giancola’s skill in capturing landscape and living beings alike. (The image of Donato himself sitting in front of the painting gives you an idea of the scale of the piece!) The majestic scenery is breathtaking, with beautiful play of light and shadow over the mountains and the valley floor. The patches of glimmering snow on the peaks in the foreground of the picture are mirrored in the white towers of Gondolin,which gleam ‘like … spike[s] of pearl and silver’.
You can read about Giancola’s inspiration for his work – from artists in the Hudson River School of landscape painters, for example – at his website, here. You can also see more of his incredible Tolkien paintings in his book, Middle-earth: Visions of a Modern Myth. Tolkien isn’t the only writer who inspires Giancola; readers who are fans of George R R Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire can look forward to a calendar in 2014, for which Giancola will create 12 new paintings inspired by that world.
Meanwhile, enjoy Huor and Hurin Approaching Gondolin.
Posted in Books, Events, Exhibits, Other Tolkien books, Shop, Silmarillion
Look3D, the company who last year brought you the ‘dwarven’ styled special 3D glasses for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, have just announced their new design for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; and they’ve allowed TheOneRing.net exclusively to reveal this fabulous item! Along with Warner Bros. and RealD, Look3D have created ‘Thorin Oakenshield’ inspired 3D Glasses, specifically for the new film. The beautiful design features a Dwarven sword in gold and silver along the arm of the glasses, with the movie logo embossed on it. They are packed in a cloth bag which also features the movie logo.
The glasses will be available in selected cinemas worldwide and also on Look3d.com. They will also be available in retail through Best Buy in the US; and possibly in some giveaways from your friends here at TORn! Get ready to watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in style!
Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Other Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Middle-earth’s Diner is back! Denny’s new Hobbit menu is available in their restaurants from today. Judging by all the preparation and hard work Denny’s have been putting in over the past months, and to which we at TheOneRing.net have been privy, this should be a fun and tempting menu! In their official press release, Denny’s say:
“The quest for Middle-earth inspired adventure begins today at Denny’s, as America’s Diner celebrates the long-awaited release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM). A bold new menu features seven authentic dishes inspired by The Hobbit films, and a bounty of exclusive movie content available only in-restaurant …
“We’re thrilled to bring the taste of Middle-earth back to America’s Diner,” said John Dillon, vice president of marketing for Denny’s. “Last year’s menu attracted both Denny’s guests and fans alike with a combination of movie-inspired elements and traditional holiday flavors. This year we’re elevating the experience with the introduction of adventurous new flavors, exciting exclusive content and once-in-a-lifetime prizes, taking our guests on a truly authentic dining journey.”
Posted in Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, Other Merchandise, Stamps & Coins, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Back at the start of October, we told you about Denny’s exciting contest to find Middle-earth’s greatest fan. For US residents, this is a chance to win flights, accommodation and two tickets to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug world premiere in Los Angeles at the start of December.
There’s only a week to go to submit your video entry to win this incredible, once in a lifetime prize – the contest closes on October 31st. And because we love to give stuff away, we here at TheOneRing.net have an additional incentive for you!
As part of their new Hobbit menu, Denny’s have created some ‘dwarvish gold’ coins. These will not be available in restaurants; they are an exclusive piece of film memorabilia that fans won’t be able to purchase anywhere – and they come affixed to a Denny’s 20% off entire guest check coupon! The only way to get one of these coins will be through contests and giveaways such as this. To get your hands on one of these exclusive collectibles, here’s what you have to do:
Create your video and upload it to the Denny’s Fan Quest contest – you can find all the rules and details here.
Once you’ve entered the competition, tweet @theoneringnet with the words ‘I’ve entered Dennysfanquest.com’, using the hashtag #MiddleEarthsDiner
That’s it! When the competition closes, we’ll pick at random twenty tweets from those sent to us, with the hashtag and the right phrase. Those twenty folks will each be sent a piece of dwarvish treasure, courtesy of Denny’s!
So what are you waiting for? Get filming, get tweeting and maybe get winning!
[Click here to enter Denny's Fan Quest.]
Posted in Contests, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
There are many places, stories and events which are said to have been influences on J R R Tolkien in his tales of Middle-earth. One which has long intrigued the Professor’s fans is Perrott’s Folly in the West Midlands, England. This extraordinary tower is located in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham, near where Tolkien lived as a boy. It is a 96 foot tall structure, built by John Perrott in 1758 for some reason which is unknown today – possibly it was simply a status symbol, though the more romantic belief is that he wanted a building from which he could see his wife’s grave 15 miles away (even though she was still alive when first Perrott built the tower; the sceptics say he was in fact using it to spy on her infidelities…)
You can read more about Perrott’s Folly and its supposed influence on Tolkien here. Normally this strange building is not open to the public; visitors on the Tolkien Trail in Birmingham are turned away, disappointed. However, next Saturday, 26th October, the Folly will be open for a ‘Drawing Event’, organized by Trident Reach the People Charity, which manages the building. The occasion will be a family friendly, experimental art event, where mirrors, odd objects and noise will be used to imagine how Perrott’s Folly might look, sound and function in the future.
The day will run from 11am to 5pm, and is free and open to all. You can read more about it here. If you’re in the area, don’t miss this great opportunity to see inside a landmark which would have been very familiar to J R R Tolkien, and which just might have been a seed for one of his ‘Two Towers’.
[Click here to find out more about Trident Reach the People's Folly Project.]
Posted in Events, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Other Events, The Two Towers, Tolkien
We all like to keep some things secret (and keep them safe); movie studios are no different. As we get closer to the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros. are finally lifting embargos and allowing interviews and content to be posted, which reveal spoilers, and drop hints, about what we can expect when the next film hits the big screen in December.
Our own staffer MrCere spent three months on set last year; stay tuned for some exclusive reports from him, coming soon. Meanwhile, here are several interviews on which the press embargo has just lifted, covering a two-day set visit for members of the press early last year.
Please note, there are movie spoilers to be found within. You have been warned!
Posted in Director news, Evangeline Lilly, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Ian McKellen, Locations Sets, Luke Evans, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug