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Watch The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer in silky smooth HFR!

vlcsnap-2014-11-07-05h46m53s225 YouTube recently enabled High Frame Rate (HFR) playback supporting 60 frames per second and the new Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies trailer is the first to take advantage of High Frame Rate. Click to watch the video, and when it starts click on the gear in the lower right and choose 1080p60.

Peter Jackson famously filmed the entire Hobbit trilogy in HFR, and every film has been available in theaters in this unique smooth format.

Gamers used to 60fps love it, cinephiles loathe the change from standard film 24 fps. Fans are growing accustomed to the new HFR smooth movie — and for good reason as many other filmmakers including James Cameron plan to utilize this enhanced film format. (more…)

Posted in Creations, Parodies, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Trailer

Richard Attenborough Brought Tolkien and Lewis to the Big Screen

Richard AttenboroughLord Richard Attenborough has sailed into the West at 90. Though mostly known from Jurassic Park (and as older brother of David Attenborough) he holds a dear place for Tolkien fans as the director of Shadowlands, a wonderful film about C.S.Lewis featuring the first cinematic representation of the Inklings group which Tolkien was part of. Lord Attenborough considered Shadowlands his most perfect work, and we can only hope that the two upcoming J.R.R. Tolkien biographical films will be made with as much care and passion as Attenborough put into his films.

There are many tributes and remembrances around the net celebrating his career as actor, director, executive and philanthropist. It is the 1993 film Shadowlands starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger where Attenborough’s talent shines as a storyteller of storytellers. The film is a biographical look at author C.S. Lewis and his relationships both personally and professionally. Importantly it is the first film to include the Inklings – a group of famed authors and writers which J.R.R. Tolkien was part of. Actor John Wood plays a loosely based figure of Tolkien through the character Christopher Riley. Although Riley/Tolkien is the fictional antagonist of the film, his portrayal includes Tolkien’s dialog from what we know of their relationship at the time.

John Wood Riley Tolkien ShadowlandsMany biographies detail how John Tolkien helped bring his fellow author, Oxford academic and close friend Jack Lewis to Christianity, but was dismayed when Lewis chose the Anglican Church of England instead of Tolkien’s Catholicism. This would provide the significant break in their friendship; Tolkien’s Catholicism disapproved of divorce and was not supportive of Lewis’ marriage to Joy Gresham. Shadowlands focuses solely on that marriage and uses Tolkien’s own words and writings in the Christopher Riley character, saying ‘any book written faster than his own books couldn’t possibly be good–and Tolkien wrote slowly, very slowly; he never did finish the dictionary of Icelandic he promised for decades to Oxford University Press.’ (LA Times) Lewis’ brother Warren was  more supportive, writing “For Jack the attraction was at first undoubtedly intellectual. Joy was the only woman whom he had met … who had a brain which matched his own in suppleness, in width of interest, and in analytical grasp, and above all in humour and a sense of fun.”

Lord Richard Attenborough was one of the very few directors or storytellers who could make an emotionally captivating film of a bunch of Oxford professors. Although Shadowlands deviates significantly from real life in some of the character portrayals, Lord Attenborough provides careful directorial attention in bringing this important literary era of Oxford to life.

Shadowlands is close to a perfect film and Richard Attenborough rightly considers it his most perfect work of his career. It demonstrates a nuanced control of the material – the retelling of C.S. Lewis’ late blooming. Even the antagonist, a Tolkienesque figure, is portrayed respectfully without falling into caricature. Films such as Shadowlands, Chaplin and Gandhi prove that Lord Attenborough is one of the greatest biographical storytellers Hollywood has seen. With TWO distinct biographical films in development on the life of J.R.R. Tolkien, studios and filmmakers would be smart to carefully study Lord Richard Attenborough’s biographical output.

Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Miscellaneous, Tolkien

The Hobbit totally won San Diego Comic-Con. Here are just eight reasons why.

The annual tradition of determining who won or lost at San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing across the blogosphere. The all-volunteer staff of TheOneRing.net (who always attend on their own accord and dime) experienced all the booths, panels and exclusive lines at SDCC 2014.

After taking it all in, here are just a few reasons we think 2014 SDCC belonged to The Hobbit. (more…)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Collectibles, ComicCon, Conventions, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Fans, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Movie, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Manu Bennett, Meet Ups, WETA Workshop

#BarrelRider and #DragonFighter photos from the Comic-Con Lake-town Luau!

Attendees at our sold out Laketown Luau SDCC party were treated to a wonderful new photo op featuring Barrel-riding dwarves and Dragon-fighting Bards. Check out the wonderful cosplay and fun photos from all attendees — including Richard Taylor and the WETA team!

Ringmaker Jens Hansen made the photo booth possible, and the Lake-town Luau through the wonderful support of Weta Workshop and Badali Jewelry.

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Posted in ComicCon, Conventions, Fans, Meet Ups, WETA Workshop

FantasyCon 2014 Full Recap!

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Fantasy-Con’s official mascot!

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These dwarves aren’t afraid of Smaug!

The first annual FantasyCon was an amazing weekend! Tens of thousands of fans from around the country and many actors from around the world traveled to beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah for an engagingly fun weekend of group panels, signings, photo ops and fireside chats. Here is a recap of some of the fun from several TheOneRing.net staff members who made the journey there.

Elijah Wood Hosts Kickoff Party

Starting off the week was an amazing dance night hosted by Frodo himself DJ ElWood!

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Elijah Wood is on the right in the center of the stage. Frodo has some groovy tunes!

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Official Fantasy-Con photographers got better shots than we did ;)

Middle-earth Kick-Off!

To start FantasyCon with a celebrity blast, an all-star group of Tolkien guests took the stage including:

  • Sean Astin (Samwise)
  • Adam Brown (Ori)
  • Billy Boyd (Pippin)
  • Jed Brophy (Nori)
  • John Callen (Óin)
  • Peter Hambleton (Glóin)
  • William Kircher (Bifur)
  • Sylvester McCoy (Radagast)
  • Graham McTavish (Dwalin)
  • Mark Ordesky (Executive Producer LOTR)
  • John Rhys-Davies (Gimli)
  • Ken Stott (Balin)
  • author Doug Adams (‘The Music of The Lord of the Rings’)
  • artist Donato Giancola
  • Badali Jewelry
  • …and the staff of TheOneRing.net!

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Posted in Adam Brown, Conventions, Elijah Wood, Events, FantasyCon, Graham McTavish, Happy Hobbit, Jed Brophy, John Callen, John Rhys-Davies, Ken Stott, Meet Ups, Peter Hambleton, Sylvester McCoy, TORn TUESDAYS Live!, William Kircher

Denver Comic Con – Here We Come!

denver_post_pic TheOneRing.net and Happy Hobbit are coming to Denver Comic Con next weekend, June 13-15 with a packed schedule full of Middle-earth fun for fans including a preview of what we expect to see in THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES with Sylvester McCoy (Radagast)!

Join us for an amazing weekend of activities including:

  • TheOneRing.net exclusive T-Shirt at the WETA booth
  • Hobbit: BOFA preview with SYLVESTER MCCOY in person
  • Happy Hobbit panel and fan table
  • FREE FOR ALL fan meet up “TORN MOOT” Friday night

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Posted in Conventions, Events, Happy Hobbit, Hobbit Movie, Meet Ups, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, TheOneRing.net Announcements, WETA Workshop

Pre-Order EXCLUSIVE Wondercon Day 3: TORN Book Club Shirt!

PrintFans have been asking and we can finally announce the availability of the TORN Book Club shirt, designed by Eeva Nikunen

Pre-order the brand new, custom designed t-shirt from TheOneRing.net and avoid the lines! This shirt was created specifically for our TORn Bookclub live show, hosted by Sarumann. This whimsical design incorporates all the best things about Tolkien’s rich world and comes on a 100% pre-shrunk cotton, cream colored shirt.

We sold out most conventions last year and wanted to give everyone the opportunity to get a Con shirt.

NOTE: This is for PICK UP only at WonderCon Anaheim. Currently NOT AVAILABLE FOR SHIPPING.

It will go on sale for non-attendees at a later date. Fear not!

TORN Book Club T-Shirt 100% Pre-Shrunk Cotton

Editor’s note: pre-ordering is now closed. 

Posted in Books, Books Publications, Clothing, Clothing, Conventions, Merchandise, Shop, TheOneRing.net Community, WonderCon

Pre-Order EXCLUSIVE Day 2: Free Bard!

PrintOur last images of Middle-earth showed a very angry Smaug winging his way towards Lake-town with the intent of leveling it to ashes, and of Bard imprisoned, helplessly knowing what is coming. We at TheOneRing.net think it is high time that the Master of Lake-town and the local constabulary #FreeBard.Pre-order this brand new t-shirt from TheOneRing.net and avoid the lines! We sold out most conventions last year and wanted to give everyone the opportunity to get a Con shirt. Please note, the earlier image seemed to indicate this was a Girls designed shirt, but for now we are only able to create the more standard Mens designed shirt.NOTE: This is for PICK UP only at WonderCon Anaheim. Currently NOT AVAILABLE FOR SHIPPING.

Editor’s note: pre-ordering is now closed. 

Posted in Clothing, Clothing, Conventions, Luke Evans, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, WonderCon

Pre-Order EXCLUSIVE Day 1: Ever WONDER How To CON a Dragon?

DragonOnShirtPre-order the brand new EXCLUSIVE t-shirt from TheOneRing.net and avoid the lines! This shirt will only be sold for Wondercon and will not be made available after the convention. We sold out most conventions last year and wanted to give everyone the opportunity to get a Con shirt, so pre-order yours now and it will be waiting for you to pick up at our booth #1504. We will have a limited supply at the convention itself, so ordering in advance is definitely the preferred method to assure you get this whimsical design from TORn staffer Nancy Steinman.

NOTE: This is for PICK UP only at WonderCon Anaheim. Currently NOT AVAILABLE FOR SHIPPING. Please note, the earliest design image of this shirt indicated a Woman’s designed shirt, but for now we are only able to create the more standard Men’s cut shirt.

Every WONDER How To CON a Dragon? T-Shirt 100% Pre-Shrunk Cotton

Editor’s note: pre-ordering is now closed. 

Posted in Clothing, Conventions, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, WonderCon

13 Most Popular Posts of 2013

smaug_the_hobbit_1977To celebrate the conclusion of 2013 Middle-earth’s Year of the Dragon, here are the thirteen most viewed posts of the past year.

As with most of our stories, they are submitted by fans, like you! 2014 promises to be a significant year for Tolkien fandom, please don’t hesitate to send us your news suggestions directly to spymaster@theonering.net!

TOP 13 Posts of 2013:

13. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Sneak Peek – commentary

12. Analysis: just how big is Jackson’s Smaug?

11. All the spoilery details from the 20 minutes of previously unseen footage screened at The Desolation of Smaug Fan Event

10. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition Scene Guide

9. Concerning Christopher – An Essay on Tolkien’s Son’s Decision to Not Allow Further Cinematic Licensing of His Work

8. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug runtime is 156 minutes?

7. Viggo ‘Turned Down’ Role as Aragorn? Not so fast…

6. TORn’s official frame-by-frame analysis of trailer two for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!

5. Finally! See the human face of Beorn!

4. Analysing the role of The Necromancer in The Hobbit

3. ‘Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition’ release dates, content, pricing announced

2. Top 20 Quotes From “The Lord of the Rings”

1. Frame by Frame Analysis of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community

Tracking Fan Sentiment: Collaboration with LOTRProject

We’ve teamed up with always awesome LOTRProject to track fan sentiment coming out of Desolation of Smaug.  As evidenced by the varied reviews by our own staff, fans are either going to fall in love all over again or scratch their heads asking, “why PJ, why?!” In an effort to follow what fans worldwide really think of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, LOTRProject has assembled a visual twitter tracking page of fan opinions of #TheHobbit and any of the characters.

Tweet your true feelings with #TheHobbit

  • Did you find the film amazing and fulfilling?
  • Who is the most popular Desolation character, by tweet mentions?
  • Do fans love the changes Peter Jackson has made to the story?

Tag your tweets with “Desolation of Smaug” or “hobbit” or #thehobbit along with your immediate reaction to seeing Desolation. We will continue to monitor fan reactions through the weekend, and look for the relaunching Ringer Reviews section in the coming days to voice your full nuanced opinions!

Check it out: RECEPTION OF SMAUG http://lotrproject.com/analysis/dos/

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

Cumberbatch ‘Grab’ Fires Up The Internet

It can be argued that the biggest internet story coming out of the premiere is not spiders and bears, but a playful behind grab caught only by TheOneRing.net cameras! During our exclusive red-carpet interview with Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch sneakily snuck up and shared a pinch and a bird with his Hobbit co-star. Animated gifs have turned up everywhere on tumblr, and even Gawker’s Jezebel says this is the greatest thing to come out of it all.
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Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Martin Freeman, Premieres, TORN TV