- Thorin learns news of Smaug’s death from the ravens (1341)
- Battle of Bywater, and Passing of Saruman. End of the War of the Ring (1419) (more…)
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Sophie Lapin from the webshow SF Go Pop recently sat down with Billy Boyd (who as we all know played Pippin in The Lord of the Rings) and quizzed him about his thoughts on The Hobbit, and what it felt being on the outside, looking-in after spending so many years of his life intimately involved in Middle-earth.
Check it out! (more…)Posted in Billy Boyd, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
- An angered Smaug searches the mountain (1341)
- Bilbo returns to Smaug’s chamber in the afternoon (1341)
- Smaug attacks Lake-town (1341)
- Lake-town in the aftermath (1341)
- The hobbits rest in Rivendell as scouts search the lands for news of the enemy (1418)
- They are arrested at Frogmorton (1419)
In the case of Zane Weiner on “The Hobbit,” it meant getting in touch with someone nobody was meant to get in touch with.
Living in Hawaii, she was a month removed from the birth of her child, email turned off, not taking calls about work and still confined to bed rest.
“So I was still in bed with the baby,” she told TheOneRing.net in full Tauriel outfit and gear during a lunch break on a full day of filming on “The Hobbit.”
This lunch tent, while perhaps not glamorous, is an essential part of Stone Street Studios and making Peter Jackson movies, designed to feed and shelter quite an enormous crowd. Breakfast was served there for anybody wanting to start the day off right. Coffee and tea were available on any sound stage but also in the tent — a first stop for many on a shoot. (more…)Posted in Evangeline Lilly, Fran Walsh, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mark Hadlow, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, MrCere in New Zealand, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien
You just might be in for a frightful tale if you’re brave enough to join Fili and Kili to learn how to make caramel apples… Happy Halloween! If you want another thrilling tale, check out Kili’s book here. WARNING: This caramel is dangerously sticky/chewy! The recipe is below if you’d like to try it out yourself! (more…)Posted in Fans, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, Uncategorized
Yes, this story will be riddled with spoilers in it, and some snark.
With less than 2 months to go before The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, we at TheOneRing.net thought you might like a little survival guide if you happen to be Arachnophobic or Drakonophobic. The Lord the Rings: The Return of the King was a little hard on many avowed Arachophobe Tolkien fans, this reporter’s sister being one of them. She watched the entire Shelob sequence from behind her purse every time she saw it on the big screen. It was only when she saw it on DVD that she could watch it unfettered.
Long before Tolkien conceived of Sam fighting off Shelob to try and save Frodo, he placed an entire Colony of giant Spiders in Mirkwood to trap the Company of Dwarves for Bilbo to rescue. This was Bilbo’s first real challenge to help the Company and he rose to the occasion. Here you can see the fear on Bilbo’s face, but he conquers it to save the Dwarves, and you can conquer your Arachnophobia too.
As for Drakonophobia, that may have been made up word, not quite sure, but better safe than sorry. Now, to be fair, there are probably more Arachnophobes than there are Drakonophobes in the world simply because there are more spiders in the world than there are dragons. We have all those Knights in Shining Armor to thank for that. Except in China, where the dragons settled in the Rivers and became good luck symbols and come out every Chinese New Year. Gung Hey Fat Choy!!!!
Dragons as seen in Tolkien’s Middle-earth can easily instill Drakonophobia in man and beast alike , and Smaug is the most famous of those dragons. There was fear, mixed with anger and sadness when Thorin told the story of Smaug’s attack on the Lonely mountain, killing so many and driving out the few survivors. Thranduil would not risk his own people to help and Dale was completely destroyed. The entire area around the Lonely Mountain was called the Desolation of Smaug while the Men of Lake-town built their town on stilts over the lake in the hopes of surviving future dragon attacks. Smaug has not been seen in 60 years, and yet Drakonophobia is still affecting the people of Lake-town to this day. But no one is really sure he is still really alive since it’s been so long since he was last seen, at least not until Bilbo makes his fateful first burgal attempt.
So, without further ado, here are a few helpful pointers on how to survive your inner phobias when spiders and dragons appear onscreen.
1) Read The Hobbit before the film opens, familiarity makes it easier to handle shocks of this nature, at least the chapters in Mirkwood through Bilbo entering the Lonely Mountain.
2) Go with a really tall friend and sit behind them. If you have no tall friend, find a tall person in the theater and sit behind them.
3) If you prefer to see the film unfettered, then bring a jacket or purse to put in front of your eyes during the spider or dragon scenes.
4) Failing a jacket or purse, buy a soda or popcorn to raise up, my preference would be popcorn, because if you spill it from fright, it is less messy and certainly not cold or sticky.
5) Bring Litzi (Red Envelope with money or gold in it) purely to use as a Chinese New Year gift/bribe
6) Put on your Ring of Power and hide
7) Hold hands with your best friend, try not to cut off the circulation.
8) Run out of the theater during the scary bits (works for children)
9) If running out of the theater seems to be a waste of money, just close your eyes, but you may need to hold your hands over years ears too, those spiders seem to make some creepy noises. Smaug, on the other hand has a rather awesome voice.
10) Wait for the film to come out on DVD/Blu-rayPosted in Fans, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, J.R.R. Tolkien, Line Party, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Movie Return of the King, Premieres, Return of the King, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien, Trailer, Uncategorized
Why did Tolkien imagine only men killing dragons?
by Dr Timothy Furnish, PhD.
Dragons were very important to J.R.R. Tolkien, who acknowledged that his very first attempt at fiction-writing, when he was seven, centered around a “great green dragon.”
In his seminal work Beowulf: the Monster and the Critics, Tolkien noted that in myth “there are… many heroes but very few good dragons.” And in On Fairy Stories he confessed that he “desired dragons with a profound desire.” (more…)Posted in Characters, Fellowship of the Ring, Green Books, Hobbit Book, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Other Tolkien books, Silmarillion, The Hobbit
- The Council of Elrond (1418)
Ever wanted to brew on your own cider, but thought it was all too hard?
Think again! Join Kili in Episode 27 of Happy Hobbit and find out just how easy it is to make yourself a delightful hobbity treat!
Marcella Clinard braided her long hair into an epic beard that any Gimli cosplayer would be proud of. She also took a pile of pictures and made her beardy adventure into a step-by-step tutorial for others, too.
Posted in Creations, Fans, John Rhys-Davies, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies
“I’m a female middle-school English teacher. For Teen Read Week last week, I braided my long hair into an epic Gimli dwarf beard.
I made a tutorial showing how to do it! It would be a great Halloween costume for women with long hair who know how to braid!”
TORn Tuesday will be chatting with Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee) later today at 5pm PT.
So join us on theonering.net/live then! Additionally, Sean and TORn Staffers Cliff “Quickbeam” Broadway and Justin Sewell will be at Cross Campus in Santa Monica for another public discussion with FilmBreak at 7pm. So if you happen to be in the area, come along! (more…)Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Sean Astin, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TORn TUESDAYS Live!