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
This time last week TORn staffers were busy getting set up for New York ComicCon. Now it’s over for another year, and we’ve had time to draw breath and take stock of the great time we had there. TheOneRing.net was once again the only Hobbit content at the con; we’re always proud to represent Tolkien fandom! Our booth (complete with a ‘ring’ of dwarves mounted on the top; well done those who got that up there!) drew many folks eager for some Middle-earth goodies, and we were able to satisfy their craving with our own tshirts and buttons, as well as Weta collectibles, Cryptozoic games and fabulous giveaways from Weta, Sideshow and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It is always a pleasure to meet fellow fans, and this being the third year of New York ComicCon, there are familiar faces whom we are glad to see each year! There were of course many wonderful costumes at the con, and Middle-earth was well represented; we even had Gandalf the Grey hanging out at TORn’s booth for a while! My personal favourite was ‘Shire of the Apes’…
Posted in Contests, Conventions, Events, NYCC
Air New Zealand is showing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey EXTENDED EDITION before any of the rest of us have a chance to get our hands on it! And one lucky fan got to see it. Based on what she could remember, here’s her account — from her blog, ‘fortysixthhour’ – of the new scenes you can expect. TORn’s own comments are added in [bold and square brackets]:
Oh, and a warning for significant movie spoiler material!
Posted in Blu-Ray, DVDs, Fran Walsh, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Just released this morning – amazing new banner art for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. This high resolution image is rich with characters and scenes from the upcoming movie; we see Gandalf in Dol Guldur; Tauriel, Legolas and Thranduil in the woodland realm; our ‘hot dwarves’ Kili, Thorin and Fili, with Mirkwood behind them; the ‘barrels out of bond’ scene, and what looks like Lake-town in the distance (even though the barrels are going away from it); and Bard drawing his bow.
Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
A little bird tells us that the world premiere of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be in Los Angeles on Monday 2nd December. We’d like to invite YOU to join TheOneRing.net to celebrate this event, with a party the night before. Mark your calendars – details will follow, but for now, plan on partying with fellow fans in LA on Sunday 1st December; and then get ready to line the red carpet the next day!
This event won’t be as big as our Oscar parties, but it will be a wonderful time to celebrate the second movie, hang out with friends, and maybe even meet some special guests… Watch this space for more information, and a definite confirmation of date and venue. Hope to see you in Los Angeles on December 1st!
Posted in Events, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
It’s almost here! Before we get to The Desolation of Smaug, we can start that Unexpected Journey all over again with the Extended Edition of the first Hobbit movie! The digital download of the movie will be available October 22nd – that’s just next week! – with the Blu-ray 3D and DVD versions to follow on November 5th in the US, November 11th in the UK.
The word from the official press release is that this extended version ‘Features a 13-Minute Longer Cut and Nearly Nine Hours of New Special Features.’ The digital download will be available exclusively on iTunes from 22nd October, before being made widely available on 4th November.
The press release quotes Peter Jackson:
“I’m thrilled that the Extended Edition will give fans the opportunity to experience certain key scenes in the film as they were originally shot, as well as an abundance of special features,” said Jackson. “It’s exciting to present this expanded and enriched version of An Unexpected Journey to allow fans to fully immerse themselves in the movie, before seeing the second part of the trilogy.”
Here’s what we can expect in those nearly nine hours of special features:
• Commentary with Peter Jackson, Director/Producer/Screenwriter and Philippa Boyens, Co-Producer/Screenwriter
• The Appendices – A multi-part chronological history of the filming of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, covering pre-production in the various departments of the film in the months leading up to the start of principal photography, the boot camp training for the main cast, the work done on set chronologically through the three shooting blocks and in the world of its digital effects.
• New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth [A documentary film we assume, though the press release doesn't say anything else about this feature.]
Once the Extended Edition is available in ‘hard copy’ in November, you’ll be able to choose from a 5-disc Blu-ray 3D set that features the Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray versions of the Extended Edition, or a 5-disc DVD set. The Blu-ray 3D and DVD both include UltraViolet versions of the movie, allowing download and instant streaming.
As soon as we have more details to bring you about the Extended Edition – for example, any different sets or packaging, and any international variations – we will of course bring you that news! Meanwhile, just over a week and we can see those extended scenes… Let the countdown begin!
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Posted in Blu-Ray, DVD/Blu-Ray, DVDs, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Our good friends at Harper Collins - Tolkien publishers in the UK – are running a competition where they want to see YOUR version of Tolkien’s mighty dragon Smaug! They say:
‘Smaug is an incredible and mysterious character, his sleep and anger equally frightful. J.R.R. Tolkien described and illustrated the dragon with awe-inspiring words and artworks. Now it’s your turn to create your version of Smaug, as you imagined it when you first read J.R.R. Tolkien’s descriptions. Illustrators, designers, Hobbit fans of all ages – anyone can enter the competition and submit their Smaug’s artworks to win a fantastic grand prize!’
That prize is a copy of your own illustration, beautifully mounted on canvas! The winner will also get a collection of Harper Collins Hobbit books. Ten runners-up will win an exclusive, deluxe print of their artworks.
Get out those pens, pencils, inks, paint and whatever else takes your fancy, grab a copy of The Hobbit, reread Tolkien’s description of the fiery worm, and get illustrating! Full details of the contest, and where to submit your artwork, can be found here. The contest runs until December 13th, when (in many countries) we’ll finally be able to see Peter Jackson’s Smaug in all his glory on the big screen!
Harper Collins will be releasing various movie tie-in books for The Desolation of Smaug on November 7th. We’ll bring you details – and a chance to win copies! – nearer the time. Meanwhile you can find more information at Harper Collins’ website, here.
[Click here to enter the Smaug Artwork competition.]
Posted in Books, Books Publications, Contests, Events, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien
Greetings from the Big Apple! TheOneRing.net staffers are gathering to get set up and ready for New York ComicCon, which starts tomorrow and runs until Sunday 13th. We’ll be at booth 3008 - that’s a corner booth really near the entrance to 3A on the show floor. Come and see us! Here’s some of the awesome stuff we’ll have at the booth:
Posted in Board Game, Clothing, Collectibles, Conventions, Events, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, NYCC, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Yesterday saw not only the launch of the new The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug trailer, but also another exciting release for Tolkien fans – the publication of the latest edition of the book which started it all! You may remember TORn’s post about Jemima Catlin, the young illustrator behind the first new illustrated edition of The Hobbit since Alan Lee’s iconic version in 1997. (Catlin is also the featured illustrator for the 2014 Tolkien Calendar.)
This book is now available for purchase in the US! (It was released by HarperCollins in the UK in September.) It’s a beautiful edition. The hardcover, with cloth binding, is charmingly old fashioned, and the cover illustrations have gold accents, which shimmer with the promise of the magic contained within. Catlin’s images are a combination of pencil, ink and watercolour; there are many little pictures decorating the text, as well as more than ten full page, full colour pieces. The story is interpretated in lively, delightful drawings which show a new interpretation of old friends.
This is an edition to treasure, and would particularly be a wonderful introduction to The Hobbit for children. It’s a great reminder that, as spectacular as the movies are, the enchantment began in the pages of a fabulous book. If you’re thinking about holiday shopping already, add this to the list! I for one feel I can never have too many editions of The Hobbit; this beautiful new edition is certainly worth adding to your collection.
[Click here to order the new illustrated edition of The Hobbit.] [Click here to order the 2014 Tolkien Calendar]
Posted in Books, Books Publications, Calendars, Calendars, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, Tolkien