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Sir Ian McKellen to appear in Santa Monica in November

Ian McKellen Mr HolmesThose of you lucky enough to live in the L.A. area can catch an appearance by Sir Ian McKellen at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica on Tuesday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m. He will be appearing before a special showing of Mr Holmes, in which he portrays an aging Sherlock Holmes struggling to put closure on his last case from thirty years earlier. As we all know, our favorite wizard from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies is always entertaining and gracious to his fans, and may even discuss or take questions on his role as Gandalf, so get thee to the Aero on November 17th if you can! Tickets can be purchased here.

Posted in Events, Film Screenings, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, The Hobbit, Uncategorized

Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship celebrates Hobbits and all things Middle-earth

BTFtreeLogoReworkedCalling all Tolkien Fans in Brisbane Queensland, the coming month is full of Middle-earth goodies presented for you by the Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship.  So if you’re a Brisbane local, or you’re planning on visiting Brisbane this month, come along and join in the fun!


Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Lectures & Education, Meet Ups, Other Events

George R.R. Martin donates first edition copy of The Hobbit to Texas A&M

HobbitMacro-sized Just the other day, Texas A&M University acquired the five millionth book for its library collection. The book in question — donated by George R. R. Martin –was a rare, first-edition copy of The Hobbit.


Texas A&M University Libraries today acquired its five millionth volume, a rare first-edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 classic The Hobbit—a gift from award-winning sci-fi/fantasy author George R.R. Martin, creator of the best-selling book series “Game of Thrones.” (more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, Lectures & Education, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Quickbeam’s HOBBIT THEN & NOW Lecture at Valencia Library


hobbit_bbc_radio_4The third time’s the charm as our very own Senior Staff writer Clifford ‘Quickbeam’ Broadway is set to deliver an entertaining scholarly presentation on Dec. 10th on the various adaptations of THE HOBBIT that have been crafted over 76 years. In tandem with the excitement of the West Coast Premiere of “The Battle of the Five Armies” local residents of Southern California are welcome to attend this FREE event at the Valencia Library in Santa Clarita, just a little ways north of Hollywood.


Posted in Contests, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lectures & Education, Miscellaneous, Out on a Limb, The Hobbit, TORn TUESDAYS Live!

Free Weta Digital presentation on digital tech in movies at Chinese Theatre in Hollywood

Weta-1 As part of the American Film Institute Film Festival in Hollywood, CA., WETA Digital is doing a free presentation lecture on the evolution of digital technology over the last two decades. Although the blurb explicitly mentions Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, it seems inconceivable that they wouldn’t discuss Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films as well.

The lecture is happening at the Chinese in Theatre 1 on November 10 at 1pm. Tickets are free so best hurry to grab yours, one suspects. (more…)

Posted in Events, Hobbit Movie, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, The Hobbit, WETA Digital

Richard Attenborough Brought Tolkien and Lewis to the Big Screen

Richard AttenboroughLord Richard Attenborough has sailed into the West at 90. Though mostly known from Jurassic Park (and as older brother of David Attenborough) he holds a dear place for Tolkien fans as the director of Shadowlands, a wonderful film about C.S.Lewis featuring the first cinematic representation of the Inklings group which Tolkien was part of. Lord Attenborough considered Shadowlands his most perfect work, and we can only hope that the two upcoming J.R.R. Tolkien biographical films will be made with as much care and passion as Attenborough put into his films.

There are many tributes and remembrances around the net celebrating his career as actor, director, executive and philanthropist. It is the 1993 film Shadowlands starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger where Attenborough’s talent shines as a storyteller of storytellers. The film is a biographical look at author C.S. Lewis and his relationships both personally and professionally. Importantly it is the first film to include the Inklings – a group of famed authors and writers which J.R.R. Tolkien was part of. Actor John Wood plays a loosely based figure of Tolkien through the character Christopher Riley. Although Riley/Tolkien is the fictional antagonist of the film, his portrayal includes Tolkien’s dialog from what we know of their relationship at the time.

John Wood Riley Tolkien ShadowlandsMany biographies detail how John Tolkien helped bring his fellow author, Oxford academic and close friend Jack Lewis to Christianity, but was dismayed when Lewis chose the Anglican Church of England instead of Tolkien’s Catholicism. This would provide the significant break in their friendship; Tolkien’s Catholicism disapproved of divorce and was not supportive of Lewis’ marriage to Joy Gresham. Shadowlands focuses solely on that marriage and uses Tolkien’s own words and writings in the Christopher Riley character, saying ‘any book written faster than his own books couldn’t possibly be good–and Tolkien wrote slowly, very slowly; he never did finish the dictionary of Icelandic he promised for decades to Oxford University Press.’ (LA Times) Lewis’ brother Warren was  more supportive, writing “For Jack the attraction was at first undoubtedly intellectual. Joy was the only woman whom he had met … who had a brain which matched his own in suppleness, in width of interest, and in analytical grasp, and above all in humour and a sense of fun.”

Lord Richard Attenborough was one of the very few directors or storytellers who could make an emotionally captivating film of a bunch of Oxford professors. Although Shadowlands deviates significantly from real life in some of the character portrayals, Lord Attenborough provides careful directorial attention in bringing this important literary era of Oxford to life.

Shadowlands is close to a perfect film and Richard Attenborough rightly considers it his most perfect work of his career. It demonstrates a nuanced control of the material – the retelling of C.S. Lewis’ late blooming. Even the antagonist, a Tolkienesque figure, is portrayed respectfully without falling into caricature. Films such as Shadowlands, Chaplin and Gandhi prove that Lord Attenborough is one of the greatest biographical storytellers Hollywood has seen. With TWO distinct biographical films in development on the life of J.R.R. Tolkien, studios and filmmakers would be smart to carefully study Lord Richard Attenborough’s biographical output.

Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Miscellaneous, Tolkien

Aussie Fans come and celebrate Tolkien in Brisbane this September and October

Peter-Kenny-Tolkien-specialistPeter Kenny and the Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship have some amazing events coming up this September and October to celebrate all things Tolkien.  So if you’re going to be in Brisbane from September 21st to October 4th come and join them for some wonderful Hobbity fun. (more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, Meet Ups, Other Events, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Tolkien Reading Day, Tolkien Toast

The top 10 reasons for Tolkienites to attend FantasyCon

FantasyCon is a major part of FantasyCon coming up on July 3 – 5 in Salt Lake City and there is a pretty incredible lineup of of Middle-earth content at the show. We are counting the top 10 reasons to attend one of the largest Tolkien gatherings in the history of conventions. (more…)

Posted in Adam Brown, Billy Boyd, Conventions, Events, FantasyCon, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, John Callen, John Rhys-Davies, Ken Stott, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Peter Hambleton, Sean Astin, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit, William Kircher

Announcing the inaugural Tolkien Society Awards

Tolkien Society Each year The Tolkien Society hosts an AGM for its members. This year, the organisation will institute annual awards in several categories to:

‘recognise excellence in the fields of Tolkien scholarship and fandom as well as highlighting our long-standing charitable objective to “seek to educate the public in, and promote research into, the life and works of Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE”.’


Posted in Conventions, Events, Fans, Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Tolkien

Bodleian Libraries talk: Magical Tales: Wolves and Volumes

Bodleian Libraries As part of the 2014 Oxford Literary Festival, The Bodleian Libraries is hosting a talk by Carolyne Larrington and Diane Purkiss — authors of Magical Tales: Myth, Legend, and Enchantment in Children’s Books on March 26 at the Old Bodleian Library.

Hear how the medieval literature studied in Oxford by some of the world’s best-loved children’s authors — including J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis — inspired magical landscapes and mythic beings in their fiction. Magical Tales accompanied last year’s record-breaking Bodleian exhibition, Magical Books: From the Middle Ages to Middle Earth. (more…)

Posted in Events, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Tolkien

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!

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

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – February 9, 2014

Tolkienia Winter EditionWelcome 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 active 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!


Posted in Creations, Fans, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, The Hobbit, Community, Tolkien