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Help HobbitShop.com choose a shirt design

BotFA shirtsWith the announcement yesterday that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will have its World Premiere in London on December 1st, the final part in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy seems just around the corner! Our friends at the official Hobbit Shop will release an ‘Opening Date’ T-shirt for this third movie, but they want YOU to help decide what the design should be:

Help HobbitShop.com choose this year’s official Opening Date T-Shirt for #TheHobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies! Take this quick survey to select your favorite design: click here.

There are five designs to choose from – one might even call it the Battle of the Five Shirts…  I know which one is my favourite! Which gets your vote?

[click here to take part in the survey]

Posted in Clothing, Clothing, Events, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Premieres, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Peter Jackson’s Battle Plans – SPOILERS!

battle-dwarvesEntertainment Weekly posted this fascinating article, giving some insight into Peter Jackson’s plans for what must surely be the epic battle to end all epic battles. Just how do you stage the fight which is the title of your final movie in Middle-earth?

“There’s a lot of logistics that have to be thought through,” says Jackson. “We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics.”

The EW article contains a particularly interesting ‘map’, showing the different groups and their positioning in the battle at the gate of Erebor. Exactly what/who those five armies will be in Jackson’s movie has been a subject of speculation – and if you’re avoiding spoilers, now would be a good time to stop reading!

Tolkien wrote, ‘Upon one side were the Goblins and the Wild Wolves, and upon the other were Elves and Men and Dwarves.’ Readers have often wondered, however, why the Eagles don’t count as an army; Douglas A Anderson notes, in The Annotated Hobbit, that ‘in the 1977 Rankin/Bass animated television program of The Hobbit, the Five Armies specifically include the Eagles instead of the Wolves.’

Some TORn staffers have suggested that, having experienced battle in the First World War, when flight was still in its infancy and the idea of an air force was new, Tolkien perhaps didn’t consider battles as taking place in the air. It could, however, be a simple question of semantics: the word ‘army’ actually means ‘the military land forces of a nation’ (according to Collins English Dictionary). The Professor, being a stickler for precise meaning, perhaps dismissed as too clumsy ‘The Battle of Five Armies and Two Air Forces’ (if we include the ‘bat-cloud’) – so his ‘five armies’ would only refer to the land forces involved.

None of this necessarily means anything when it comes to Peter Jackson’s movie! He’s already strayed from Tolkien’s outline of the battle participants; the official synopsis for The Battle of the Five Armies states, ‘Sauron, the Dark Lord, has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain’. In the book it is the goblins from the Misty Mountains who instigate the war, gathering forces with their kin at Gundabad, and coming down from the North led by Bolg (Azog, his father, having been slain at the Battle of Azanulbizar) – Sauron isn’t involved at all.

The map in EW’s article shows six different colour-coded groups – goblins and wargs are one colour, with eagles, elves, men and dwarves each having a different colour. This would seem to confirm what we at TORn have speculated in our panel presentations at various conventions – that Jackson’s five armies will in fact be men, dwarves, elves, orcs and eagles, with the wolves/wargs being a part of the orc army. The sixth colour on the diagram is for Beorn and Thorin – perhaps to highlight the key players of the battle (although Bard, though having his own spot on the schematic, does not share this orange colour – and it’s interesting to note that Dain, surely a key player, is not mentioned by name on this map; nor is Azog).

There’s much food for thought in this simple diagram. It appears that Bard leads men attacking from the East (from Dale, whither Lake-town refugees have fled after Smaug’s attack?). Elves come in from the West – presumably direct from Mirkwood. Beorn is coming up from the South, and the Eagles down from the North. There are also numbers on the chart – and Jackson is quoted as saying, ‘We could then start drawing the arrows on the schematics’, suggesting this is just one of several. Perhaps these numbers indicate a sequence of events? Beorn is the highest number on this image – meaning he arrives late in the battle, as in the book?

Lonely-Mountain_990x385Also in the article is a wonderful piece of artwork, showing a mighty battle outside Erebor – if you click on the image (at EW’s site), it links to a bigger version. This picture seems to include cave trolls and other strange, giant creatures – and siege towers? Is this just an artist’s vision of the battle, or does it offer more insight into what we will see on the big screen?

Questions still to be answered include: when/how does Dain arrive from the North? Will Tauriel fight with the dwarves or with her Mirkwood kin? We’ve seen, in the trailer, Legolas in Dale with Bard; will he fight alongside men? The newly released Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition contains dialogue between Thrain and Gandalf, emphasizing an alliance between Smaug and the Necromancer – is it even possible that Smaug’s death will be delayed until the start of the battle, so we see him helping the attacking orcs??

And a final question – is it December yet….?

[Read the Entertainment Weekly article here]

 

Posted in Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Tolkien

EXCLUSIVE – Jed Brophy talks to TORn: Part Three

JedAsNoriAt the start of the summer, TORn staffer greendragon had the chance to continue her series ‘Inside the Middle-earth actor’s studio’ - discussing the craft of acting (and other things!) with cast members from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies. This time she sat down with an actor who has been involved since the beginning of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth films – the fabulous Jed Brophy. To celebrate the release of TORn’s new book Middle-earth Madness, which features this and other interviews, here’s your chance to read what Brophy had to say.

This is the third and final part of a long interview; you can find Part One here and Part Two here.

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Posted in Fans, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, The Hobbit

New York ComicCon is here!

gandalfNew York ComicCon starts today, and TORn staffers are looking forward to meeting with fellow fans! We’ll be at Booth 3040 today – and every day this weekend! - with shirts, lanyards, posters and magnets for sale, and many fabulous prizes to be won!

We’re also getting ready to party with WETA and others tonight at The East Wing – sorry, we’re sold out, but for those who have purchased tickets, see you there!

And finally, don’t forget our panel on Saturday, 9pm, room 1A21: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - an Unofficial Look!’

Ringers take the Big Apple by storm -we hope to see YOU!

 

Posted in Conventions, Events, NYCC, Other Events

Jed Brophy confirmed to appear in ‘The Minister of Chance’ movie

Last week we let you know that Sylvester McCoy is confirmed to appear as The Witch Prime in the planned movie of The Minister of Chance. It has now been officially confirmed that Jed Brophy will also take part in the film, reprising his role of the mysterious and impish Pilot, who in the audio series ferries Kitty and The Minister across the mythical River Hex. Jed has a message for the fans who know him as Nori:

 

The Minister of Chance is shaping up to be a great movie for Hobbit fans! Find out more about this exciting project here.

Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit

EXCLUSIVE – Jed Brophy talks to TORn: Part Two

Jed-Brophy01At the start of the summer, TORn staffer greendragon had the chance to continue her series ‘Inside the Middle-earth actor’s studio’ - discussing the craft of acting (and other things!) with cast members from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies. This time she sat down with an actor who has been involved since the beginning of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth films – the fabulous Jed Brophy. To celebrate the release of TORn’s new book Middle-earth Madness, which features this and other interviews, here’s your chance to read what Brophy had to say.

This is Part Two of a long interview; you can find Part One here. Third and final part later this week!

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Posted in Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Other Tolkien books, Silmarillion, The Hobbit

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s beautiful new box set

Hobbit LOTR boxed setNew York ComicCon is almost upon us, and as you know, TheOneRing.net will be there, at booth 3040, at our panel Saturday at 9pm, and at our party with Weta Workshop on Thursday evening. (More details here - two more tickets just became available for the party, so snap ‘em up before they’re gone!)

One of our generous sponsors for New York ComicCon is Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - publishers of Tolkien in the United States. They have given us some wonderful items for the party goody bags, as well as some lovely prizes for giveaways. One such item is a SNEAK PREVIEW - this beautiful ‘pocket boxed set’ of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings will not be available to buy until October 21st, but we have two sets to give away to some lucky folks at ComicCon!

Here’s what Houghton Mifflin Harcourt say about this new set:

‘This four-volume, deluxe pocket boxed set contains J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic masterworks The Hobbit and the three volumes of The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King). Each book features a leatherette cover with stamped title and all  four books are held in a leatherette bound box with gold foil stamping.’

The books are roughly 7 inches tall, and are therefore an ideal size to take with you whenever you want to have the Professor’s words to hand! If you aren’t lucky enough to win a set from us at New York ComicCon, you can order from HMH here. Our thanks to them for their continued support of TheOneRing.net!

 

Posted in Books, Books Publications, Conventions, Events, Fellowship of the Ring, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Merchandise, NYCC, Return of the King, Shop, The Hobbit, The Two Towers, Tolkien, WETA Workshop

EXCLUSIVE – Jed Brophy talks to TheOneRing.net

Jed-Brophy01At the start of the summer, TORn staffer greendragon had the chance to continue her series ‘Inside the Middle-earth actor’s studio’ - discussing the craft of acting (and other things!) with cast members from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies. This time she sat down with an actor who has been involved since the beginning of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth films – the fabulous Jed Brophy. To celebrate the release of TORn’s new book Middle-earth Madness, which features this and other interviews, here’s your chance to read what Brophy had to say.

This is a LONG interview; the conversation went on for more than an hour, and covered topics ranging from how he started out in theatre and how he deals with acting in prosthetics, to what it’s like to have such devoted fans, and what we might expect in the third and final Hobbit film… This is part one of the interview – look for parts two and three later this week!

[Find out more about TORn's book Middle-earth Madness]

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Posted in Books, Fran Walsh, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Other Tolkien books, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Shop, Silmarillion, The Hobbit

Sylvester McCoy confirmed to appear in ‘The Minister of Chance’ movie

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Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Miscellaneous, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit

New York ComicCon – party with TheOneRing.net and WETA!

NYCC - New York Comic-ConAs convention season draws to a close, there’s still time for one last hurrah in the Big Apple! New York ComicCon will be here in two weeks’ time, and TORn will be there with bells on. (Maybe literally - you’ll have to come and see us to find out…)

If you’re coming to the convention, you can find us at Booth 3040, where we’ll have t-shirts, buttons, lanyards and more for sale, as well as lots of cool giveaways and fun stuff. We’ll also be giving a panel on Saturday night, 9pm, in room 1A21: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – An Unofficial Look’. Find out inside scoop on the third and final film – be ready for spoilers!

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Posted in Clothing, Collectibles, Conventions, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, Karl Urban, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Manu Bennett, Merchandise, NYCC, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, TheOneRing.net Community, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

Continuing the birthday mathoms – 40% off at the Hobbit Shop

DoS DVD coverOur friends at the Hobbit Shop have let us know that they’re celebrating Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday this week with a mathom for you all – 40% off selected items in their store! They say:

It’s a sale of special magnificence at Warner Bros.’ official HobbitShop.com as they celebrate Bilbo’s and Frodo’s birthday! Save up to 40% on Blu-ray and DVDs of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and the first two Hobbit movies, and on their newest collectibles like The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Gandalf Illuminating Staff, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Phone Cases, Hoodies, T-Shirts and more. It’s all here!

Click here to visit the shop and take advantage of the special offers.

 

Posted in Blu-Ray, Clothing, Clothing, Collectibles, Collectibles, DVD/Blu-Ray, DVDs, Merchandise, Other Merchandise, Shop

DragonCon is in full swing!

DCon babyThere’s fun for all ages at TORn’s table at DragonCon – one of our youngest visitors yesterday was baby Stephen, who happily posed as Sam in our photo op. (Thanks to his parents for sharing the pic with us!) (more…)

Posted in Adam Brown, Clothing, Clothing, Conventions, Craig Parker, DragonCon, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit