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Getting to know Corvar

Since TORn’s beginning early in 1999, Corvar (William R. Thomas) has been the mystery man behind the scenes working on TheOneRing.net’s server from where he lives in Wisconsin. A computer programming professional who, along with Calisuri (Chris Pirrotta), is the guy responsible for making sure that everything runs smoothly and the lights stay on. Corvar’s vast programming knowledge in the ever-changing computer field ensures that TheOneRing.net keeps clipping along without a hitch. But when we do hitch… he’s the one they call.

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An Evening in Middle-earth Charity Dinner Dance

An Evening in Middle-earth Charity Dinner Dance

June 1st, 6:00 p.m. Gaythorne Bowls and Sporting Club, Brisbane, Queensland.

Join Hobbits and Friends at Brisbane’s biggest and best Hobbit Party – “An Evening in Middle-earth” hosted by The Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship.

This will be the most memorable night of entertainment, humour, music, dancing and fine foods for all your family and friends.

On arrival at the venue enter into a decorated banquet hall of Middle-earth. Each table will be decorated as a Middle-earth location. You and your party can pre-nominate which table to sit at. Choose from one of the realms of Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, Men or Orcs.

During the Evening have your photo taken at Bag End with Hobbits, Wizards, Dwarves and Elves.

Smaug’s Treasure Hoard will be on display, complete with a large Dragon Cake surrounded by treasures which will later in the Evening be shared with all guests.

Leanne our Hobbit Chef will prepare a wonderful buffet meal, including many dishes especially cooked for a traditional Hobbit Feast. Leanne adds, “all you can eat”.

Our night’s music includes Middle-earth favourites, Hobbit music and dance music after dinner and formalities.

This is a Charity Event in support of The Pyjama Foundation, with donated prizes from companies and individual donors from here and overseas. There will be raffles, door prizes, numerous spot prizes, and costume prizes. During the night those in costumes will be invited to parade before guests and a number of prizes will be awarded to the finest and best costumes on display.

All children 12 and under in attendance will receive a small gift from The Hobbit Sack.

Tickets: Adults $60; Children 12 and under $30.

At Event Brite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-in-middle-earth-tickets-54914060433?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Meet Ups, Other Events, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

Tolkien – Maker of Middle-earth Exhibit

 

I recently visited “Tolkien – Maker of Middle-earth”, an exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City, which runs through May 12. The exhibit is the most extensive display of original Tolkien material gathered in one place for several generations. It includes pieces from The Morgan, The Bodlein Library archive at Oxford University, the Marquette University Libraries in Milwaukee, and private lenders. It takes you on a journey through the life of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (or as we know him – J.R.R.) with photos, letters, text, and Tolkien’s own work. For me, it was a truly awe-filled and emotional experience.

To enter the exhibit, you walk through the round green door of Bag End to behold a wall-sized mural of Tolkien’s painting of Hobbiton. There are other murals throughout the exhibit, and it is cool to see his work so large because things that are usually seen as tiny details are suddenly more apparent, and you are drawn in to the landscape. But the real attraction of the exhibit is Tolkien’s actual work.

On display is an extensive selection of his original drawings, paintings and hand-written manuscripts. I can’t possibly describe in words what it is like to stand in front of the original hand-painted dust jacket for “The Hobbit”, replete with Tolkien’s handwritten comments in the margins; to view “Conversations with Smaug” so closely that you can see J.R.R’s brushstrokes; to revel in the light of “The Forest of Lothlorien in Spring.” One of my personal favorites is “Bilbo Comes to the Huts of the Raft Elves”, the image chosen for the exhibition’s catalog cover. If you can’t make it to the museum, I highly recommend this book with the same title as the exhibit. It is available online and includes full color images of every piece in the exhibit along with the accompanying text.

Exhibition catalog available online

There are early sketches for The Doors of Durin, which were a special treat for me because I recently painted a life-sized version of the West-Gate of Moria (Speak “Friend” and Enter) at Scum and Villainy Cantina in Hollywood, where Torn Tuesday is broadcast from. There are even pages Tolkien created to look like they were from The Book of Mazarbul – the book that the Fellowship finds besides Balin’s tomb – hand-calligraphed, painted, torn and burnt. Tolkien the artist could have found himself a place on the team at WETA.

Page from The Book of Mazarbul

There were many manuscript pages filled with Tolkien’s tight, flourishy handwriting, written first in pencil, then erased and crossed-out, then written over in ink. It’s amazing to me that these were able to be deciphered and included in the books.

There were quite a few different, and often large, hand-drawn maps of Middle-earth; original book jackets for LotR; some of the charming drawings and letters from Father Christmas that Tolkien sent to his children. And there were illustrations I’d never seen before – beautiful pieces expressing Tolkien’s vision of Fairy and his ideas about how creativity flows. There were even full-sized newspaper pages crammed with his colorful doodles, some quite Elven in style.

One thing that really struck me was a hand-calligraphed letter that was meant to be reproduced and included at the end of the Lord of the Rings, but unfortunately, the publishers nixed the idea. The letter was from Aragorn to Master Samwise, letting Sam know the King would be stopping for a visit outside the Shire. The letter has two versions side-by-side written in Tengwar – one in Sindarin, the common tongue, and one in the high-Elven speech, Quenya.

Aragorn’s letter to Sam

And there was mention of an epilogue for LotR that Tolkien wanted to write. In it Sam was to tell his family what happens to all the characters after the end of the Lord of the Rings. When I researched this further, I found a snippet of his intended conclusion, which appears in the ninth volume of “The History of Middle-earth”:

‘… said Elanor. “A story is quite different, even when it is about what happened. I wish I could go back to old days!”

            “Folk of our sort often wish that,” said Sam. “You came at the end of a great age, Elanor; but though it’s over… things don’t really end sharp like that… There are still things for you to see, and maybe you’ll see them sooner than you hope.”’

It makes me think Tolkien knew that his epic story would go on and on, even if he could never have imagined the film-making technology that would become available to make it happen.

I hope you have a chance to see the exhibit, for it is truly incredible and a joy to behold.

Posted in Books Publications, Exhibits, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Tolkien, Tolkien Art, Uncategorized

TORn at Wondercon this weekend

Wondercon kicks off in a few hours in Anaheim, California and J.R.R. Tolkien and TheOneRing.net will have a big presence this year. On Friday afternoon at 4:30pm, the panel for Tolkien, Fox Searchlight’s historical biopic about the early life of the author who would create Middle-earth will give numerous glimpses into the what the film has in store for audiences. The panel discussion will include Director Dome Karusoski, and actors Nicholas Hoult, Anthony Boyle, Tom Glynne-Carney and Patrick Gibson. The Panel will be moderated by our own Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway, and will be in the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center. More details can be found at the WonderCon sheduling page here.

On Saturday we will be having our own panel discussion at 3pm in room 213CD covering the Tolkien film, the Morgan Library exhibit in New York and all the activity regarding the Amazon Middle-earth TV Series. We will also have a very special surprise for attendees that you won’t want to miss. In fact, you should make plans to be occupied for the rest of the evening on Saturday. We can’t say much more, but if you have been paying attention to the internet chatter about Wondercon, you may know the surprise already. Just look for “There and Back Again: A Tolkien Store” at Wondercon and come visit us. Details can be found here.

Posted in Amazon Studios, Amazon TV series, Anthony Boyle, Conventions, FOX Searchlight Pictures, J.R.R. Tolkien, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Gibson, Studios, Television, Tolkien, Tom Glynn-Carney, WonderCon

Today in Middle-earth, March 25

map Battle of Morannon and Mt Doom March 25The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on March 25th:

  • The Captains of the West come to the Black Gate (3019)
  • The Host is surrounded on the Slag-hills (3019)
  • Downfall of Barad-dûr and the passing of Sauron (3019)
  • Frodo and Samwise reach the Sammath Naur (3019)
  • Gollum seizes the Ring and falls in the Cracks of Doom (3019)
  • Minas Tirith (3019)
  • Gondor proclaims their New Year (3019)
  • Frodo comes home  (3020)
  • Birth of Elanor the Fair, daughter of Samwise (3021)
  • The First “Tolkien Reading Day” (2003) 

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Posted in Calendar, Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Today in Middle-earth, Tolkien Reading Day

TORn goes to Wondercon in Anaheim next week

Yes, we will be at Wondercon, but with a booth. We do, however, have a panel, and a surprise after the panel. Can’t talk about the surprise just yet, but keep reading for more details.

2019 is our 20th Anniversary, so we are lining up lots of Middle-earth and Tolkien fun throughout the year. Our Wondercon panel will be on Saturday afternoon, March 30 from 3pm to 4pm in room 213CD. The plan is to cover both the upcoming Tolkien biopic film and to discuss the facts and rumors surrounding the Amazon Prime TV series. We will have some other Tolkien news too, so don’t miss our panel or you will miss out on the surprise. Mathom or Moot, we must “Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe”, for now at least.

You can check out more details on our event page on facebook, which is the only place we will be updating with any additional information we are allowed to share. You can find our Wondercon Panel here. Our event page does link back to the Wondercon Schedule, which is important so you can check out the schedule for Friday afternoon at 4:30pm in the Arena for Fox Searchlight’s film Tolkien, with cast and crew members in attendance.

It’s been a while since we’ve had this much Tolkien to talk about, come have some Hobbity fun with us.

 

 

Posted in "Tolkien" Movie, "Tolkien" Movie Cast News, Amazon Studios, Amazon TV series, Anthony Boyle, Conventions, Fans, Film Screenings, FOX Searchlight Pictures, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Meet Ups, Nicholas Hoult, Other Tolkien books, Patrick Gibson, Silmarillion, Studios, Tolkien, Tom Glynn-Carney, WonderCon

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s Aragorn at Amon Hen Preview

If you were lucky enough to attend opening day at the Emerald City Comic-Con in Seattle, Washington today, you may have had the opportunity to get an up-close look at the next awesome statue from our friends at Weta Workshop in their The Lord of The Rings statue line. Adding to the amazing scene set-up with the Boromir and Lurtz statues, we now have Aragorn at Amon Hen. In this piece, we get to see Aragorn as he races back to help save Boromir who has blown The Horn of Gondor in desperation as he defends Merry and Pippin from attack by Saruman’s Uruk-hai Orcs. Fans can sign up to be notified when this beautiful statue goes up for order, and as soon as it does you can count on us to let you know.

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Conventions, Events, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Shop, TheOneRing.net Community, Viggo Mortensen, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

Free Lord of the Rings Art Show in San Jose, CA

The Incredible Art Gallery in San Jose is hosting a free, three-day Fantasy art show featuring Tolkien-inspired art, among others.

Free Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Disney, Star Wars. Marvel & Game of Thrones Art Event featuring Nationally Recognized Fine Artists Christopher Clark Art & Kat Tatz at Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown 282 Almaden Blvd, San Jose, CA 95113.

FREE Admission & Attendees will receive a FREE 9″ x 11″ Lord of the Rings print (Limit 1 per 2 attendees). Artists will sign & add paint highlights/embellishments to purchased artwork making each piece unique & one of a kind.

There will be a huge exhibit of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics, Game of Thrones & Alice in Wonderland art on display & available to purchase along with Show Specials. Original oil on canvas paintings will also be available for purchase.

Event is Kid Friendly. Cosplayers are welcome! Cosplay With Pride will be present for free photo opportunities.

Sounds like a fantastic opportunity for residents of the Bay Area! Link to the Facebook event page here.

Posted in Exhibits, Other Events

Reminder: TORn Exclusive coming tomorrow, February 12!

As we revealed here on Saturday, TORn will be offering our readers a very special, exclusive treat tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. PST. We’re keeping the details under wraps until then. However, as promised, we’re offering a couple of clues as to what it might be. Take a few guesses, and come back Tuesday morning to see if your guesses were correct!

Clue 1: British Beast

Clue 2: Tea with a wise man

Posted in Events

Is Amazon Studios scouting LOTR filming locations outside of New Zealand?

A report has appeared in Scotland’s Daily Record stating that representatives of Amazon Studios were scouting filming locations for their Lord of the Rings TV project in Scotland over the summer. This story is light on details, so we at TORn are treating this information as rumors, for now. These location scouts purportedly traveled as tourists, checking out various locales around Scotland, which offered the opportunity for a meaningful connection with the local communities.  (more…)

Posted in Amazon Studios, Amazon TV series, Locations Sets, Lord of the Rings, New Line Cinema, Television, TheOneRing.net Announcements, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Family

TORn Exclusive coming Tuesday, February 12!

From time to time, TORn gets exclusive news and other goodies we’re pleased to share with our readers, and this is one of those times!  This coming Tuesday, February 12, at 7 a.m. PST, we’ll be sharing something VERY special that you’ll only be able to see at TORn. What is it, you may ask? We don’t want to spoil the surprise, so set your clock, tablet *and* phone alarms for 7 a.m. PST and join us for an exceptional treat! Can’t wait until Tuesday to find out what it is? Visit TORn on Monday, February 11 and we’ll give you a couple of clues.

Posted in Events

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s Ringwraith at the Ford and Boromir Mini-Epic Pre-Orders

Our friends at Weta workshop have two fantastic new items for fans who are looking to expand their Middle-earth collections. Our first item allows fans who are missing one of the original The Lord of the Rings statue line greatest pieces The Ringwraith on Steed. This piece is long sold out and hard to track down. So it was a wonderful surprise back during the holiday season they showed off the beautiful Ringwraith at the Ford statue. This superb piece is a companion piece to go with the Arwen and Frodo on Asfaloth, which was announced and shown off during Comic-Con 2018. Like Arwen and Frodo this Ringwraith comes in with an edition size of 750 pieces and a price tag of $699. Fans also have the payment plan option open to them, which will hopefully allow them to add a statue of the year for 2019 candidate into their collections.

Are you a fan of the Mini-Epic line? Then you’re going to love the latest edition to this set of collectibles. You may not simply be able to walk into Mordor but you can once he ships simply walk this one into your collection. That’s right Boromir Son of Denethor is the newest character to get the Mini-Epic treatment. Boromir isn’t due to ship until this summer but he can be had for a fantastic $29.
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Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Sean Bean, Shop, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop