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Line Parties and forming your own Fellowship

Members of the Los Angeles Tolkien Forever groupLot of folks gathered for Marathon Monday screenings of the Hobbit Trilogy today, but there are still a ton of Line Party events happening tomorrow (or later, in some locations). So find your Fellowship, because an epic journey is always better in good company. Use this as an opportunity to connect with other Ringers in your local area – because you know you’re going to need company when you go back for a second, third, or thirty-third viewing.

It’s local events like these that lead to the formation of lasting groups, events, and friendships. The Tolkien Forever group has been gathering in Los Angeles for more than 13 years for viewings, Hall of Fire parties, and the annual Tolkien Birthday toast.

Gyűrűk Ura Cosplay ClubOn the other side of the globe, Gyűrűk Ura Cosplay Club has been sharing their amazing costuming talents in Budapest, Hungary. For the opening of The Battle of the Five Armies, with the Hungarian Tolkien Society, they are staging a week-long costume exhibition and immersive Middle-earth experience at the Corvin cinema. All week, they’ll be sharing their costumes, teaching Dwarvish language lessons, fencing, hosting trivia contests, and more. These are fans that know how to get their Fellowship on!

TheOneRing.net started with a small group of fans banding together, and thanks to the internet, we can all get our Tolkien geek on together. But sharing our stories online is only the beginning. If you can, be a part of the One Last Party in February, and celebrate the journey we’ve all been on together. But don’t let the end of these films be the end of the line for your fandom!

 

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Line Party Roundup! Where to see the Final Chapter with your fellow fans

Hobbit cast poster

Reposting because we’ve been adding lots of new Line Parties and want you all to be able to find them. Please submit a form of your own if you wish to be included.

The only thing better than watching a movie about Hobbits is watching it side by side with a friend. If you’re trying to find a place to watch “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” with a crowd of equally enthusiastic Ringers, scroll down to see if there’s a Line Party happening in your city. Events are being planned for both opening night on Tuesday, December 16, as well as for the special “Marathon Monday” screenings of all three Hobbit films on December 15.

Don’t see an event listed for your city? Plan one, and make it a night to remember! Contact your local theater, set up a Facebook event, and let us know to add it to our list. Need ideas? Check out these tips for hosting a Line Party from our experts! To have your event added to the list, use the form below or send an email to rasputin@theonering.net. Please note that I am updating these listings manually, so I apologize if there’s a delay – please be patient!

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Alabama

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Alaska

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Arizona

Gilbert: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Superstition Springs 25 (Time and link coming soon!)

Glendale: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Arrowhead Towne Center (Time and link coming soon!)

Tucson: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Century Park Place 20, 1:00pm

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Arkansas

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California

Cupertino: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, AMC Cupertino Square, 9:00pm

Irvine: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, 12:00pm

Irvine: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, 5:00pm

Los Angeles – Hollywood: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, 12:00pm

Los Angeles – Hollywood: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre: 7:00pm

San Diego: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Edwards Mira Mesa 18, 7:00pm

San Jose: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Oakridge Cinemark, 7:00pm

Scotts Valley: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Cinelux, 5:00pm

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Colorado

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Connecticut

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Delaware

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D.C.

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Florida

Altamonte Springs: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Altamonte Springs Mall AMC 18, 7:00pm

Fort Myers: Marathon Monday, 12/16, Regal Gulf Coast Town Center Stadium 16 & IMAX, 11:00am

Lake Buena Vista: Marathon Monday, 12/15, AMC Downtown Disney, 12:00pm

Miami: Marathon Monday, 12/15, AMC Sunset Place 24, 12:30pm

Tampa: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, AMC Veterans 24, 8:00pm

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Georgia

Atlanta: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16, 5:00pm

Augusta: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Regal Augusta Exchange 20 & IMAX, 7:00pm

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Hawaii

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Idaho

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Illinois

Chicago: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Navy Pier IMAX, 1:00pm

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Indiana

Fort Wayne: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Carmike Jefferson Point, Midnight

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Iowa

Cedar Rapids: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Wehrenberg (3D), 1:30pm

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Kansas

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Kentucky

Ashland: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Cinemark Movies 10, 7:00pm

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Louisiana

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Maine

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Maryland

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Massachusetts

Boston: Marathon Monday, 12/15, AMC Boston Common 19, 10:00am

Boston: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, AMC Loews Boston Common 19, 7:00pm

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Michigan

Brighton: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, MJR Brighton Cinema, 10:00pm

Lapeer: Marathon Monday, 12/15, NCG Lapeer Cinemas, 12:00pm

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Minnesota

St. Paul: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Oakdale Marcus, Midnight

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Mississippi

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Missouri

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Montana

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Nebraska

Omaha: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Marcus Majestic Cinema, 7:00, 8:00, or 10:30pm

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Nevada

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New Hampshire

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New Jersey

Hamilton: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, AMC 24 Hamilton, Midnight

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New Mexico

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New York

New York: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, AMC Loews 34th Street, 7:00pm

West Nyack: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Palisades Center IMAX 7:00pm

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North Carolina

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North Dakota

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Ohio

Cleveland: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Cinemark Valley View, 1:00pm

Cleveland: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Cinemark Valley View Ohio, 7:30pm

Columbus: Marathon Monday, 12/15, AMC Easton

Mentor: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Atlas Cinemas 16, 7:00pm

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Oklahoma

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Oregon

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Pennsylvania

State College: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, UEC Theatres, 6:00pm

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Rhode Island

Lincoln: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Cinemaworld Theaters, 12:00pm

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South Carolina

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South Dakota

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Tennessee

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Texas

Garland: Marathon Monday, 12/15, AMC Firewheel, 12:30pm

Laredo: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Cinemark Del Norte, 12:00

Plano: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Cinemark West Plano & XD, 1:00pm

Temple: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Temple Mall Premiere IMAX, 7:00pm

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Utah

Sandy: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Jordan Commons, 8:00pm

South Jordan: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Megaplex, The District, 8:50pm

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Vermont

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Virginia

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Washington

Puyallup: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, IMAX

Seattle: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Cinerama, 11:00am

Spokane: Marathon Monday, 12/16, AMC River Park Square 20, 12:30pm

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West Virginia

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Wyoming

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INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA – Sydney: Opening FRIDAY, 12/26, Cremorne Orpheum Cinema, 9:30am

BELGIUM – Antwerp: Opening WEDNESDAY, 12/10, Metropolis, Time TBD

CANADA – Ontario, Ottowa: Marathon Monday, 12/15, SilverCity Gloucester, 4:00pm

CANADA – Ontario, WaterlooRegion: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Landmark Cinemas 12 Kitchener, Time TBD

HUNGARY – Budapest: Opening Night WEDNESDAY, 12/17, Corvin Cinema, 10:30pm

HUNGARY  – Budapest: Ongoing activities and costume display, 12/18-21, Corvin Cinema

JAPAN – Tokyo: Opening SATURDAY, 12/13, Marunouchi Picaderi Cinema, 11:00am

LEBANON – Beirut: WEDNESDAY, 12/10, Grand Cinemas ABC Achrafieh, 8:00pm

NETHERLANDS – Utrecht: Opening SATURDAY, 12/13, Pathé Rembrandt Theater, 1:00pm

SPAIN – Barcelona: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Cinemes Full HD, 16:00

SWITZERLAND – Lausanne: Opening WEDNESDAY, 12/10, Cinétoile Malley Lumière, Midnight

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(NOTE: If you do not provide a link for your Line Party, such as a link to a Facebook Event page, we will list your email address as a contact unless you specify otherwise in the comments.)

Posted in Calendar, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Line Party, Meet Ups, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Uncategorized

Cumberbatch is Strange? New rumor about our favorite dragon!

Benedict CumberbatchThe internet was broken today when Mike Fleming announced on Deadline that Marvel had named Benedict Cumberbatch their top choice to play Doctor Strange in a feature slated for 2016, and that they were beginning negotiations. This is still an unconfirmed rumor, and the Strange casting rumors have been brewing for quite some time. Joaquin Phoenix was a confirmed choice up until the beginning of this month, but then they were back to the drawing board.

Over the past months, everyone from Hugh Laurie to Tom Hardy, Keanu Reeves, Johnny Depp, and Daniel Radcliffe have been mentioned in connection with the project. Keen Ringers have tapped Cumberbatch for the role since at least July. It looks like this might be an accurate prophesy. Marvel has been cagey, neither confirming nor denying the report, with Executive Editorial Director Ryan Penagos tweeting about #seeeekrits all afternoon.

We may not have long to wait for confirmation of this particular rumor. Marvel is holding a special press event in Los Angeles tomorrow (which you can follow on their live blog) to make some undisclosed #seeeekrit announcements. TheOneRing.net will be on hand at the event to get the scoop!

Dr_Strange_by_Steve_DitkoSo far Middle-earth fans have embraced Benedict Cumberbatch as a villain supreme “The Hobbit” films, in his roles as both Smaug and the Necromancer (aka Sauron). He’s twisted our minds as a cunning genius in the wildly popular BBC “Sherlock” series, and he rolled villainy and genius into one as Khan in “Star Trek Return of the Lens Flare Into Darkness”. Now it looks like he may have the chance to conquer comics as he has science fiction and fantasy.

The “Sorceror Supreme” of the Marvel universe, Doctor Strange is described as “brilliant, but arrogant,” which certainly seems to be a trend in all the characters mentioned above! And who better than the Necromancer to serve as what Marvel President Kevin Feige describes as the “doorway into Marvel’s supernatural side”?

Tell us in the comments what you think about Benedict Cumberbatch taking on the role of the mightiest magician in the cosmos. Who would win in a fight? The Necromancer or Doctor Strange?

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Hall of Fire Party in Los Angeles

Smaug guards his hoard at the Hall of FireHobbits, and Rangers, and Elves! Not to mention Dwarves, and Easterlings, and Haradrim! All are welcome at Tolkien Forever‘s annual Hall of Fire event on Saturday, October 11. Every year this party seems to grow more elaborate as we take over a massive, multi-tiered yard at a private residence in Glendora, CA, and turn each nook and alcove into a different Middle-earth-themed experience. Share music and poetry in the Rivendell Pavilion, have dinner, supper, and tea in Hobbiton, peruse Smaug’s golden hoard, and raise a pint or three with the crowd in the Flaming Mûmak Tavern. Costumes are highly encouraged (although not required), and like the Hall of Fire in the House of Elrond, everyone is welcome to participate by bringing games, poems, stories, and music to share.

Partygoers at the Flaming Mumak TavernAs the event is held at a private residence, the address will be sent to those who RSVP directly on our Facebook event page, or email saystine@att.net. All ages are welcome, but please be responsible for your children. The party is held in a big backyard with a pool in the middle of it. Some parts of the yard are dimly lit, so please be aware of your surroundings. All party attendees must respect the wishes of the home owners at all times.

For more information and to RSVP, visit the Hall of Fire’s Facebook page. To see pictures from previous events, click here and here! Tolkien Forever is the local Los Angeles Lord of the Rings fan club group and the L.A. Smial of the Tolkien Society.

Hall of Fire MusiciansWhat: Tolkien Forever’s Annual Hall of Fire Party

Where: Glendora, CA (RSVP to receive address)

When: Saturday, October 11, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

Posted in Events, Fans, Meet Ups, Other Events, Uncategorized

LOTR Trilogy Screening (Extended Editions!) in LA – Win tickets!

fellowship-movie-posterOnce again the fine folks at American Cinematheque will be privileging us with the chance to watch all twelve glorious hours of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Extended Editions on the big screen. The screening will take place at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, California, on Saturday, August 30, and the first film kicks off at 1:00pm. There will be a 20-minute intermission between each film, and your nominally awesome TheOneRing.net staffers will be on hand to provide trivia contests and prizes during the breaks. The Meat in the Middle food truck will also be on hand for your elevnses, tea-time, supper, and dinner needs.

Tickets are available online now for $15 ($10 for Cinematheque members). TheOneRing.net is also giving away one pair of tickets to this special screening. How do you win? You show us your #MiddleEarthLife!

Win tickets: Show us your #MiddleEarthLife


Peter Jackson's #MiddleEarthLifePut on your favorite Middle-earth “lifestyle” and upload the best photo of yourself living a #MiddleEarthLife!  We are looking for more than just costumes; show us how a Ranger, an Elf of the Woodland Realm, a Dwarf, or a happy Hobbit might enjoy their leisure time at home (or even in the garden). Even Wizards, Orcs, Eagles, or shape-shifting bear men can try their hand at this contest.  One winner will receive a pair of tickets to the August 30 LOTR Trilogy screening at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

They say dress for the job you wantImagine if Esquire or Vanity Fair magazines came by to do a “lifestyle interview” of you as a Middle-earth character —  what kind of image would be shown as a splash page for your interview?  Whether you are shown sporting, relaxing, cooking, gardening, or even other activities like horseback riding or climbing trees to see huge purple butterflies, we are looking for fandom to show us their creativity!

Use hashtag #MiddleEarthLife when you submit your images to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Feel your creativity flow and show us what your lifestyle is like as a character in a casual, fun setting. We will judge entries on how creative the costuming, how appealing the setting, and how closely it ties to the theme. You have until 12:00pm (PST) Wednesday, August 27, 2014, to post your submissions, and the winner will be notified by Thursday, 8/28.

Be sure to use the hashtag #MiddleEarthLife and tell us about your entry!

Posted in Contests, Events, Fans, Film Screenings, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers

Evangeline Lilly live Facebook chat Thursday

Lilly Smaug PremiereActress Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel) will be participating in a live chat with fans tomorrow, Thursday, March 6, at 12:oopm PST, on Facebook. Lilly says she will be discussing “The Hobbit” films and her character, Tauriel. Based on past experiences with the fan-friendly actress, it should be a fun opportunity!

To participate, go to the Evangeline Lilly Official Facebook page.

Posted in Evangeline Lilly, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Other Events, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Tolkien Reading Day draws near – come out and read

Tolkien Reading Day LA 2013Since 2003, fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work have gathered each March to celebrate and share his writing with each other and the public.  Set by the Tolkien Society on March 25 to commemorate the downfall of Sauron in “The Lord of the Rings,” the idea of Tolkien Reading Day was inspired by the annual bloomsday celebration of the works of James Joyce.

In Los Angeles, the local smial of the Tolkien Society, Tolkien Forever, has been observing Reading Day since 2006. Open to all who appreciate Tolkien’s work, volunteers sign up to read selections that may range from favorites like “Riddles in the Dark” to lesser-known pieces like the children’s book “Mr. Bliss.”

This year in Los Angeles, Reading Day will be held on Saturday, March 22, and will return to The Last Bookstore downtown, a venue worth visiting for any book lover. Volunteers who would would like to sign up to read should visit the Facebook event page for more details. Come out and share your favorite Tolkien selection with everyone!

For those in other parts of the country and the world, the Tolkien Society is cataloging events around the globe as they are scheduled. Don’t see your town on the list? Start your own Tolkien Reading Day! All you need is a few friends and a copy of “The Hobbit” to get started…

Reading Day Event Information

Los Angeles, USA

Date: Saturday, March 22
Location: The Last Bookstore
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Find out more

Brisbane, Australia

Date: Saturday March 22
Location: Logan North Library
Time: 11am to 1pm
Find out more

Other locations

Tolkien Society Event Index

Do you have information about another Reading Day event that you’d like us to share? Email spymaster@theonering.net!

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Other Events, Other Tolkien books, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Tolkien Reading Day, Uncategorized

Virtual Line Party: Join Ringers everywhere with #TORnHobbitLP

Dnews Lord of the Rings midnight movie Villa TheatreJoin your fellow Ringers from around the world as we gather to experience opening night of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ For folks in the US, that’s happening at midnight tonight, and there are Line Parties happening at theatres across the country. Share your Line Party photos and fun by using #TORnHobbitLP on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Share pics of costumes, your responses to the film, and other activities happening in your Line.

After opening night, share photos from your Line Party with us at spymaster@theonering.net.

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Line Party, Meet Ups, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net Community

Los Angeles Area Hall of Fire Party Saturday, 10/19

Visit the Dragon's Horde!Every fall, Los Angeles Ringers hold a fabulous Hall of Fire party that features all the things Hobbits, Elves, and Dwarves love most: food, drink, and fabulous costumes. The yard of a private residence in Glendora is transformed for the evening with pavilions representing the Shire, Rohan, and other regions of Middle-earth. You can visit Smaug’s Horde and Gollum’s pool, then relax with a drink at the Flaming Mumak Tavern.

Hosted by Tolkien Forever, the local smial of the Tolkien Society, “costumes are highly encouraged (though not required), and just like the Hall Of Fire from the book, people often bring games to play; sing and play music; and share the art and inspiration that Tolkien has given them.”

If you are in the Los Angeles area, join us this Saturday, October 19, at 6:00pm. Visit the event’s Facebook page and read the event details to RSVP and be sent the party address. The party is open to all, but it is being held at a private home, so you must email the host to receive directions. All ages are welcome, but please be responsible for your children. This a big backyard with a pool in the middle of it. Some parts of the yard are dimly lit. so please be aware of your surroundings. All party attendees must respect the wishes of the home owners at all times.

[Visit the event page] [Local to LA? Check out Tolkien Forever] [See photos from last year’s Hall of Fire]

Posted in Events, Fans, Lord of the Rings, Meet Ups, Other Events, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

Rumor: Middle-earth theme park at Disney?

Interior of the next Disney Princess castle?

Could the Disney theme parks be the next potential location for a Lord of the Rings-themed attraction? We reported back in January and also in February that tongues were wagging about a possible Middle-earth theme park partnership between Warner Brothers and Universal. There was even documentation that the Saul Zaentz Company had registered “several uses for Middle-earth properties that includes theme parks.” But those rumors seemed to have fizzled.

Now it seems that, “Disney and Warner Brothers have either signed or are very close to singing an agreement that will bring “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movie-inspired areas to the Disney Parks.”  WDW News Today is reporting that the partnership has been in the works since late last year and is now practically a fait accompli. The story claims that Disney may incorporate a Middle-earth attraction as part of an overhaul at the California Adventure park in Anaheim, CA. It also suggests that Disney may be looking for Hobbits to give them an edge over Hogwarts in order to compete with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter area at Universal Studio’s theme park.

WDW News today says, “As with any rumor, you should take this with a grain of salt until it is actually announced.” Is it likely that Disney would be able to overcome the hurdles that have hung up similar ventures? That they could overcome the long-held anti-Disney prejudice from within the Tolkien Estate itself? TORn staffer Demosthenes points out Tolkien’s Letter #13, where he famously insisted that he would “veto anything from or influenced by the Disney Studios (for all whose works I have a heartfelt loathing).”

Additionally, should the supposed negotiations be happening on the studio level, making an end-run around the Tolkien Estate, it seems unlikely that Warner Brothers  would be keen to work together after Disney stole Oz out from under them when they released Oz the Great and Powerful earlier this year. “The Walt Disney Company did not own rights to the original 1939 The Wizard of Oz movie but moved stealthily to mount an audacious raid on the story and leave a rival studio flat-footed.”

Tolkien signs with Disney? April Fools'!But perhaps TheOneRing.net’s April Fools’ story this year was actually prescient and we will enter an era where Hobbit feet and Mouse ears can coexist in one big glorious theme park universe. Or maybe we’ll all just have to aspire to visit the real Hobbiton for a while longer.

[Read the original story here.]

Posted in Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Rumors Spy News, Rumours Spy News, Studios, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate, Uncategorized, Warner Bros.

LOTR fans get sucker punched by preview for new Chrome app

Dragon Castle ramparts from the movie Sucker PunchWhen Configura Equipos, a Spanish-language website featuring technology and gaming reviews and forums, posted this video last week it seemed like we were seeing something new. A preview for Google Chrome’s upcoming “A Journey Through Middle-earth” interactive map featured clips from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as well as the brief shots from Google’s own preview for the the new app.

But in the midst of these familiar images was what looked like a brand new scene of an army of orcs laying siege to a castle with very striking dragon-shaped prominences on the ramparts. Could this be something we hadn’t yet seen from The Desolation of Smaug? Were we getting a sneak peek at some flashback to Carn Dûm or Minas Ithil?

Nope. It turns out it’s a scene from the 2011 film Sucker Punch from director Zach Snyder.

Keen detective and TORn staffer Magpie matched up the images and found the scene, one of several in Sucker Punch that are overt homages to other genre films. So, alas, as TORn staffer Justin said, “These aren’t the orcs you’re looking for. Move along.”

Troll from Google's Journey Through Middle-earthMisleading clips aside, we’re still looking forward to Google’s “Chrome Experiment,” which will “bring Middle-earth to life in the browser with 3D Trolls, interactive musical experiences, and more.” It’s currently in beta testing to be released to the public later this year. And as for Configura Equipos… ¡Estamos vigilando!

Watch the misleading video here.

Read about Google Chrome’s “A Journey Through Middle-earth” here.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Miscellaneous, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Video games

Victory! We have #votebilbo victory!

Bilbo wins Best Hero 2013The MTV Movie Awards just announced that Bilbo beat out all the other contenders, including Iron Man, The Hulk, Catwoman, Batman, and Snow White, for the coveted “Best Hero” award. A massive fan effort that spanned continents lead to Bilbo’s victory by a margin of more than 100,000 votes. Using the hashtag #votebilbo, fans cast their votes on Twitter and Instagram and forged a dedicated fellowship committed to showing the world that even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

With more than 1.63 million votes, Bilbo was the clear winner, much to the chagrin of legions of Kristen Stewart and Twilight fans who gave our little hobbit a run for the money. In addition to tweeting, fans created thousands of images that they uploaded to Instagram to share their love for our favorite hero. We’ll have a gallery of some of our favorites online soon.

It’s been a true adventure riding the wild voting rollercoaster, and it’s brought many Ringers together and strengthened our community. From #votebilbo, we’re now united under #BilboTheHeroClick to read about how TORn’s MrCere went from thinking this campaign was “harmless but pretty useless,” to wholeheartedly jumping on board the #votebilbo train as, “A funny thing happened during the process: It became really fun on Twitter to #VoteBilbo!”

[MrCere’s “#VoteBilbo becomes a thing]

Posted in Characters, Clothing, Clothing, Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Ian Holm, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Martin Freeman, Merchandise, Shop, Television, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community