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Shadow of Mordor – Season Pass Unveiled

ShadowofMordor_FOB_PCWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and Monolith Productions have revealed the Season Pass for the upcoming action game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, showcasing exclusive content that will be available at participating retailers.

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Posted in Headlines, Merchandise, Video games

Happy Birthday to Sylvester McCoy, John Noble, Alan Lee, John Howe and Richard Armitage!

IMG_3850August is a busy month for birthdays in the LOTR/Hobbit movie-verse.  So from all of us here at theonering.net, we’d like to wish everyone a very Happy Birthday.

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Posted in Alan Lee, Crew News, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, John Howe, John Noble, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Production, Richard Armitage, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit

Oakentoon #88 – An Oakenshield is Never Late; Oakentoon #89 – Find Yourself Another Wizard; Oakentoon #90 – It Began Long Ago

oakentoon_logo_by_peckishowl-d6ljafpWelcome to this weeks episodes of the Oakentoons :)

Don’t forget to check out the Oakenstills and Oakencrossovers while you’re there and to say hi to Peckish Owl.

As always, just click the images to go to Peckish Owls site to see the full size images (you’ll also need to click on the longer ones once you’re on her site to see them in full size).

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Posted in Creations, Fans, Oakentoons

Oakentoon #85 – One King to Another; Oakentoon #86 – The Lord of Silver Fountains; Oakentoon #87 – The Eagles are Coming!

oakentoon_logo_by_peckishowl-d6ljafpWelcome to this weeks episodes of the Oakentoons :)

Don’t forget to check out the Oakenstills and Oakencrossovers while you’re there and to say hi to Peckish Owl.

As always, just click the images to go to Peckish Owls site to see the full size images (you’ll also need to click on the longer ones once you’re on her site to see them in full size).

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Posted in Creations, Fans, Oakentoons

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer ­ Sauron’s Servants

MiddleearthShadowofMordor_TalionFaceoff_ScreenshotToday, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and Monolith Productions released the Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer ­ Sauron’s Servants.

Talion sets out to rage war against Sauron’s servants, The Black Captains, who forced the Ranger to watch as his son and wife were murdered.

Get a look behind the scenes of this fall’s highly anticipated action game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, as Troy Baker, who stars as Talion (The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Origins) and Alastair Duncan, who stars as Celebrimbor (Mass Effect, Uncharted 3), discuss their experiences creating the game.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delivers a dynamic game environment where the player orchestrates their personal plan of vengeance as they bend Mordor to their will. The game begins on the night of Sauron¹s return to Mordor, as his Black Captains brutally execute the Rangers of the Black Gate. Players become Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything he holds dear, only to be returned from death by a mysterious Spirit of vengeance. Based on the player¹s actions with the in-game Nemesis System, every enemy encountered is distinct and can evolve to become a personal archenemy through the course of the game. As Talion¹s personal vendetta unfolds, players uncover the mystery of the Spirit that compels him, discover the origin of the Rings of Power and confront the ultimate nemesis.

The Palantir App is available to download for free from the App Store. A partnership between WBIE and Wikia, Palantir will sync with game assets and the final game, to reveal additional layers of information, insights and fan-authored content, creating a unique second-screen experience. Enable Palantir¹s sync mode while the Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer ­ Sauron’s Servants video plays to try it out.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will launch in the Americas on September 30, 2014 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360; and on October 2, 2014 for PC and Steam.

Posted in Gaming, Headlines, Merchandise, Video games

TORn talks to Shaun Gunner, Chairman of The Tolkien Society

935410_10151402223201334_498251264_nOver the last few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with Shaun Gunner, Chairman of The Tolkien Society.  We discussed what he thinks of the Peter Jackson films and where he sees the Tolkien Society heading to in the 21st Century.  And because he said he didn’t mind answering some silly questions, I just couldn’t resist putting grammaboodawg’s favourite question from our Getting to know you Q&A’s to him.

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Posted in Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Other Tolkien books, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, Tolkien Family

Oakentoon #82 – Harp Play; Oakentoon #83 – Shazara; Oakentoon #84 – Christmas Special

After a bit of a break while we digested all the news from Comic Con, finally seeing the first Teaser Trailer and then seeing the first clip from the DoS Extended Edition, welcome back to your weekly doses of the Oakentoons :)

Don’t forget to check out the Oakenstills and Oakencrossovers while you’re there and to say hi to Peckish Owl.

As always, just click the images to go to Peckish Owls site to see the full size images (you’ll also need to click on the longer ones once you’re on her site to see them in full size).

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Posted in Creations, Fans, Oakentoons

Pre-order The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition – Updated with DVD information

DoSEERelease20143DPre-order your copy of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition from Amazon.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Extended Edition) (3D/BD) (Blu-ray 3D)  With Weta Figurine

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Extended Edition) (BD/UV) [Blu-ray] With Weta Figurine

 

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Extended Edition) (3D/BD) (Blu-ray 3D)

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Extended Edition) DVD 5 Disk and Digital Download Amazon France

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Extended Edition) DVD from Walmart

 Update

Latest release dates are:

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Europe/UK – November 3, 2014

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US – November 4, 2014

We will post more as we receive the information.

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Posted in Blu-Ray, DVDs, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net Announcements

Clip from The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition

DoSEERelease2014Several Ringers have written into us about this preview of one of the additional scenes from the extended edition of The Desolation of Smaug from Yahoo Movies UK.

Enjoy :)

From Yahoo Movies UK:

Director Peter Jackson has never scrimped on the footage front with his movies.

And as this exclusive scene from ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ proves, the 25 minutes extra on the new Extended Edition will show off some intriguing new moments from Bilbo’s journey.

Showcasing Martin Freeman’s climbing skills, the group reach a swamp which they’ve been warned by Gandalf holds some dark secrets. That doesn’t appear to stop the dwarves though, who encourage Bilbo to cross as he’s the lightest.

You can get your copy on November 3, in 3D, DVD or HD Digital.

Thank you to all the Ringers who contacted Spymaster@theonering.net

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – August 3, 2014

8725723_1Welcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past week. If you’ve fallen behind on what’s happening on the Message Boards, here’s a great way to catch the highlights. Or if you’re new to TORn and want to enjoy some great conversations, just follow the links to some of our most popular discussions. Watch this space as every weekend we will spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards. Everyone is welcome, so come on in and join the fun!

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Posted in Fans, Fellowship of the Ring, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, Trailer

The Great Hall of Poets

BoromirReadingYeats_RevWelcome to The Great Hall of Poets, our regular monthly feature showcasing the talent of Middle-earth fans. Each month we will feature a small selection of the poems submitted, but we hope you will read all of the poems that we have received here in our Great Hall of Poets.

So come and join us by the hearth and enjoy!

If you have a Tolkien/Middle-earth inspired poem you’d like to share, then send it to poetry@theonering.net
One poem per person may be submitted each month. Please make sure to proofread your work before sending it in. TheOneRing.net is not responsible for poems posting with spelling or grammatical errors.

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Posted in Creations, Fans, Poetry

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Social Media Banners and Icons

With the release of the Teaser Trailer today, we’ve also received these official Banners and Icons for everyone to use on their favourite Social Media site.  So pick your favourite and enjoy.

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These next ones are quite large so just click on the images to get the full sized ones :)

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Posted in Events, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Trailer