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Rewrite Tolkien February Contest

It’s here!  February’s Rewrite Tolkien contest, where you, the fans, can rewrite your favorite passages or scenes in the style of a classic author or theme.  We will select a theme each month, and then it’s up to you to put your spin on it.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the theme for the month of February is:

 

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The Hobbit in the style of Jane Austen

“You pierce my soul.  I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you.” ~Persuasion

Using characters and settings from ‘The Hobbit’, put together a romantic tale in the style of ‘Emma’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Persuasion’, or any of Ms. Austen’s other works.  Get creative, but please keep your entry family friendly / PG rated!

Our judges will read through all of your submissions, and choose the best of the bunch.  The Grand Prize Winner will get their entry read live on TheOneRing.net’s newest show, TORn Book Club as well as having it published here on TheOneRing.net.  The runner-up will have their story published on TheOneRing.net.

The contest deadline is 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Monday, February 24th 2014.   Please be sure to read all of the submission guidelines below and submit your entry to rewrite_tolkien_contest@theonering.net. Good luck!

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  • Contest is open to individuals worldwide, age 13 and up at the time of entry.
  • To avoid duplicate submissions, please include your name and location on all entries.
  • To qualify, submissions must be a minimum of 500 words and maximum of 2000 words, feature at least one character from The Hobbit and be in the style of the author/genre for that month’s contest.
  • All submissions should be emailed to rewrite_tolkien_contest@theonering.net with the entry in the body of the email.  No attachments.
  • No posting your entry on the message boards or TORn’s Facebook page.
  • No profanity. We realize that some authors’ styles require it, so if you MUST use profanity, please censor it with asterisks.
  • By submitting, you are giving TORn permission to reproduce your entry on our website or other formats (Twitter, Facebook, etc…)
  • Only one entry per person, and each entry may not be submitted more than once.
  • Contestants are only eligible to win the Grand Prize once in a 12 month period.
  • Entries that do not follow these submission guidelines will not be considered for the contest.

 

Posted in Contests, Events, The Hobbit

Rewrite Tolkien January Contest Winners

Extra_Extra2Thank you to everyone that participated in January’s Rewrite Tolkien contest – The Hobbit in the style of a newspaper article.  We received some great entries from around the world!

January’s contest winner is:

”Lake-town Welcomes Thorin Oakenshield” by Sanni Kanta-oksa of Finland

Sanni’s entry was read live on TORn Book Club (if you missed the latest episode, check it out on TheOneRing.net’s You Tube channel ), and has been reprinted below, along with the runner-up entry, “Disturber of the Peace” by Nancy Brown of England.

Congratulations to our winners, and stay tuned for information about February’s contest!

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”Lake-town Welcomes Thorin Oakenshield”- The Lake-town Post

by Sanni Kanta-oksa (Finland)

The heir of Durin has arrived in Lake-town and promises to bring wealth back to the city.

Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the company consisting of 13 dwarves and one hobbit, arrived in Lake-town in the autumn of T.A. 2941. The visit has been cited as ‘historical’, for the purpose of the party’s quest is to reclaim Erebor, which has been conquered by the dragon Smaug.

The company sought the Master of Lake-town and claimed Thorin to be the King Under the Mountain. The news was greeted warmly by the Master, as Thorin promised to grant a part of the treasure of Erebor to the people of Lake-town.

”This is actually really good news to us,” the Master told to The Post. ”Our people have suffered from hunger and poverty, but now we can put an end to all our troubles. The King Under the Mountain has promised to donate us, say, a big amount of money and riches.”

The citizens of Lake-town know very well songs of the King Under the Mountain who comes to take back his kingdom and consequently brings better standard of living to the city. The background of these prophecies remains unknown and there is no evidence about their reliability, but the inhabitants seem to be positive and confident.

”I have three children to feed and my house leaks, as there is a big hole in the roof,” Ingrid, from the western Lake-town, says to The Post. ”No one comes to repair the roof as I really don’t have anything to pay them. But if the legends are true and we are about to become richer than we’ve ever dreamed, then there is nothing to worry about. My children will be able to eat as much as they ever want and we don’t have to suffer from that leaking roof anymore.”

However, there are some who remain skeptical. ”In spite of the prophecies, I do not think it’s wise to go near that mountain,” remarked Bard, a father of one son. ”I think these are things that are supposed to be left alone. They are not for us.” The grim archer considers the whole quest as a doomed trial. ”If they [the dwarves] wake that dragon sleeping inside the mountain, then we will all be destroyed.”

The Master doesn’t seem to be too worried about the question whether the trial of the improvident dwarves and a hobbit, who has been described as ‘an official burglar’, will share opinions among the inhabitants. ”There will be some opposing, of course, as there always is,” The Master said mysteriously. ”But I think that will end as soon as everyone gets their share of the treasure. That will silent even the rest of the doubters.”

According to an assistant of the Master, the company will stay at the town for two weeks. They will be taken good care of, as the city offers them food and warm bed so they can rest before the undoubtedly most dangerous part of their quest.

The company will be expected to leave in two weeks. SK

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Disturber of Peace returns! – The Shire Telegraph

Gandalf the Grey has been seen in Hobbiton, Hobbit has gone missing.

by Nancy Brown (England)

Gandalf the Grey, a wizard who is well-known in these parts for causing trouble wherever he goes has been seen wandering the Shire again for the first time since the Old Took died. He was last seen bothering a Mr Bilbo Baggins at his residence on the Hill in Hobbiton yesterday morning, who has not been seen since we spoke to him later that same afternoon. We have paid a visit to his home but received no answer.

The wizard is said to be responsible for the disappearings of many Hobbits. There have been numerous cases of quiet lads and lasses going off into the blue for mad adventures after hearing the remarkable tales which seem to follow him wherever he goes in an extraordinary fashion. He is often spotted with fireworks, especially when there is a party involved, which has given him the name “the Disturber of Peace”. It was the Old Took himself, Thain Gerontius who encouraged these firework displays.

Gandalf is first said to have visited the Shire during the Long Winter nearly two hundred of years ago where he supposedly helped to save the lives of many Hobbits, but despite his good deeds he has since become a bit of a nuisance around these parts. A dreadful famine followed the Long Winter and his visits have eventually become something of concern, especially for parents who do not wish to see their children disappear and perhaps never be seen again.

We spoke to Bilbo Baggins later that afternoon when he visited the shops. Mr Baggins is a very wealthy and respectable Hobbit whose mother is Belladonna Took and is therefore part of the Took Clan, who are very well known for their strange behaviour, having had more disappearances than any other family in these parts. A source has told us that as a child, Mr Baggins attended several parties to listen to Gandalf’s mad stories about Dragons, Goblins and princesses but we were assured that he had grown up to become a more sensible and unadventurous hobbit like his father. The Tooks may be well-known for having adventures but a Baggins is not. Bilbo told us he had no intention of disappearing. He said, “Well I could not believe it. There I was minding my own business when this wizard calling himself Gandalf showed up on the door step trying to get me to go on one of his terrible adventures. So I told him right away no. I said no hobbit around here will be having any adventures thank you very much! It is ridiculous to even suggest a Baggins would run off on some silly adventure”.

But Mr Baggins has not been seen or heard from since. Early this morning we received several unconfirmed reports of Dwarves sitting in the Green Dragon as though they were waiting for someone. We have spoken to one witness who claims he later saw Mr Baggins join them as though he was a friend with an outfit fit for walking and a well packed bag. The group are thought to have since left the Shire.

It appears that Gandalf’s latest visit has caused even more trouble and strange sightings than they normally do but if you see him or Bilbo return or have any other strange happenings to add to this story then please let us know.

Posted in Contests, Events, Fans, Parodies, The Hobbit

WIN TICKETS to see Orlando Bloom – coming to cinemas across America

Romeo and JulietAt the end of last year, Orlando Bloom was appearing on Broadway in Romeo and Juliet – here at TORn, we even gave away tickets so some lucky fans could go along and see the production. For those who didn’t make it to New York to see Shakespeare’s tragic play, the good news is that the show was filmed on November 27th 2013, and will be broadcast this February (13th to 19th) in cinemas across the United States.

The even better news is that TORn is once again giving away tickets!  We have two pairs of tickets to give away, so two lucky winners can go (with a friend – or a date!) and see the broadcast of Romeo and Juliet at the cinema nearest then.  (A full list of theatres and dates for the screenings can be found here.) What more romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day than watching the tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers?

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Posted in Contests, Events, Film Screenings, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Orlando Bloom, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

Reminder: Rewrite Tolkien January contest ends January 27th

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January’s Rewrite Tolkien contest – The Hobbit in the style of a newspaper article – ends on Monday, January 27th at noon, Eastern Standard Time, so there’s only a short time left to submit your entry.

Click here for contest information and submission guidelines, and good luck!

 

Posted in Contests, Events, The Hobbit

Rewrite Tolkien January Contest

Happy New Year, everyone!  It’s time to announce January’s Rewrite Tolkien contest, where you, the fans, can rewrite your favorite passages or scenes in the style of a classic author or theme.  We will select a theme each month, and then it’s up to you to put your spin on it!

 

The theme for the month of January is:

 

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The Hobbit in the style of a newspaper article

Using characters and events from The Hobbit, put together an attention-grabbing newspaper headline and accompanying article:

“Missing Hobbit Last Seen in Company of Wizard and Dwarves” – The Shire Standard

Spider Attacks Up 45% from Last Month” – The Mirkwood Daily Telegraph

Our judges will read through all of your submissions, and choose the best of the bunch.  The Grand Prize Winner will get their entry read live on TheOneRing.net’s newest show, TORn Book Club as well as having it published here on TheOneRing.net.  The runner-up will have their story published on TheOneRing.net.

The contest deadline is 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Monday, January 27th 2014.   Please be sure to read all of the submission guidelines below and submit your entry to rewrite_tolkien_contest@theonering.net

Good luck!
****Submission Guidelines****
  • Contest is open to individuals worldwide, age 13 and up at the time of entry.
  • To avoid duplicate submissions, please include your name and location on all entries.
  • To qualify, submissions must be a minimum of 500 words and maximum of 2000 words, feature characters from The Hobbit and be in the style of the author/genre for that month’s contest.
  • All submissions should be emailed to rewrite_tolkien_contest@theonering.net  with the entry in the body of the email.  No attachments.
  • No posting your entry on the message boards or TORn’s Facebook page.
  • No profanity. We realize that some authors’ styles require it, so if you MUST use profanity, please censor it with asterisks.
  • By submitting, you are giving TORn permission to reproduce your entry on our website or other formats (Twitter, Facebook, etc…)
  • Only one entry per person, and each entry may not be submitted more than once.
  • Contestants are only eligible to win the Grand Prize once in a 12 month period.
  • Entries that do not follow these submission guidelines will not be considered for the contest.
Posted in Contests, Events, The Hobbit

Rewrite Tolkien December Contest Winners

 

dickensThank you to everyone that submitted entries for December’s Rewrite Tolkien contest – The Hobbit as written by Charles Dickens.

December’s Grand Prize winner is…. (more…)

Posted in Contests, Events, Fans

The Winner of the Sideshow Collectibles’ Sam and Frodo Statue is…

Frodo and Samwise Diorama from SideshowCollectibles.comAfter reaching 200k fans on Facebook (we’re now up to 223k!!), Sideshow Collectibles‘ generously gave us one of their Sam and Frodo dioramas as a giveaway. Today we are pleased to announce the winner!

Congrats to Brenden R. hailing from the United States!

The winner’s favorite scene in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy?

“I can’t carry it for you – but I can carry you!”

Special thanks to all who participated and please take a moment to check out The Lord of the Rings collectibles from are contest sponsor, Sideshow Collectibles.  [View all LOTR Collectibles]

 

Posted in Contests, Events, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise

Reminder: Rewrite Tolkien December contest ends Monday December 30!

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December’s Rewrite Tolkien contest – The Hobbit as written by Charles Dickens- ends on Monday, December 30th at noon, Eastern Standard Time, so get those submissions in soon!

Our judges will read through all of your submissions, and choose the best of the bunch.  The Grand Prize Winner will get their entry read live on TORn Book Club, as well as having it published here on TheOneRing.net.  Two runners-up will have their stories posted here on TORn.

Submission guidelines can be found here.   Good luck!

 

Posted in Contests, Creations, Events, Fans

Win a Sam and Frodo Diorama from Sideshow Collectibles!

Frodo and Samwise Diorama from SideshowCollectibles.com
To celebrate TheOneRing.net achieving 200k fans on Facebook, Sideshow Collectibles‘ has generously given us their Sam and Frodo diorama to giveaway to our audience. Fully-realized in high-quality polystone, the statue depicts Frodo and Sam, clad in commandeered orc armor, as they make their way across the black lands of Mordor. Standing at 14 inches in overall height, the Frodo and Samwise Diorama equally captures Frodo’s tormented fortitude and Sam’s earnest vigilance while on the final leg of their quest to Mount Doom. How do you enter? Simply fill in the form below! The winner will be chosen next week. [View the Prize]

Posted in Contests, Events, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise

Harper Collins competition – winners!

Thanks to all who entered our competition to win the complete set of new Hobbit publications from Harper Collins. We had thousands of entries – but alas, only four people could win, picked at random from all the correct answers. Congratulations to Karen in America, Asimakis in Greece, Liudmila in Russia and Teresa in America!

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Posted in Books, Books Publications, Collectibles, Contests, Events, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

Film Cell contest WINNER

film cellsThanks to all who entered our competition to win an exclusive Hobbit collectible from the good folks at Trendsetter/Film Cells Ltd.  We had well over a thousand entries!  Congratulations to our winner, Cyra – enjoy your prize!

For those who didn’t win, Film Cells Ltd are still offering their special 10% discount on all Lord of the Rings and Hobbit collectibles at their website, just for TheOneRing,net’s readers!  Enter this code at checkout: 1RING2013    The code  is valid until December 24th.  (Within the US there is also an offer for free shipping – use the code FREESHIP.)

[Click here to shop at Film Cells Ltd or visit their facebook page here]

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Contests, Events, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit

Record a question for Martin Freeman – on Skype today

Martin FreemanMSN UK are going to be chatting with Bilbo Baggins himself, and they want YOU to ask him a question. They are looking for the world’s biggest fans to pose questions via Skype; the best and most creative questions will then be shown to Martin Freeman, for him to answer. The only criteria for entry is that you must be 15 or older; and the deadline for questions to be submitted (via Skype’s video messaging tool) is TODAY (Wednesday 11th) at 6pm GMT – that’s 6pm in the UK. So get those thinking caps on and put your question to everyone’s favourite burglar!

The interview will take place tomorrow (Thursday 12th); we’ll share MSN’s video with you after it’s happened, so you can see if your question was chosen!

Click here for all details on how to record your question.

Posted in Contests, Events, Hobbit Movie, Martin Freeman, The Hobbit