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TORn joins media frenzy leading up to ‘Hobbit’ world premiere

WELLINGTON — Our story so far: On behalf of, I was invited by Warner Bros., supported by the good folks in Peter Jackson’s camp, to come to Wellington and relate the experience of the World Premiere of The Hobbit to fans worldwide. This is a personal thrill for me but I feel also the responsibility to convey as much of the experience as possible to TORn readers and everybody who cannot come. It is 5 a.m. in Wellington on HOBBIT: An Unexpected Journey premiere day. (More photos after the red carpet so we don’t bog down the site.) (more…)

Posted in Fans, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, Premieres, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit, Wellington

Your views sought on Hobbit research project!

A team of academic researchers from the University of Waikato (New Zealand) and Ryerson University (Canada) is currently conducting a major international research project exploring audience engagement with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey prior to the film’s release. The survey will remain open until the TH: AUJ general release begins to roll out on December 12.

You can help them out by completing their anonymous survey! (They say it takes around 30 minutes, and I discovered that was fairly accurate estimate.) (more…)

Posted in Fans, Hobbit Movie, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, The Hobbit

Hobbit 75th Anniversary celebrations at the Boston Book Festival

Our good friends at publishers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt wanted to be sure that fans in the Boston area know about a Hobbit panel, which will be part of the Boston Book Festival.  The panel features folks such as Wayne Hammond, Christina Scull, Corey Olsen (The Tolkien Professor) and another friend of TORn, writer and lifelong geek Ethan Gilsdorf.  The fun happens at 11am on Saturday 27th October – all details here.  (NB We have it on good authority that the ‘sneak preview’ of the film will not include anything not already seen in trailers – so whilst it may be new to some in attendance, we know that everyone here will have seen it already!)  What better way to spend a Saturday morning than in the company of fellow Tolkien fans?

Posted in Calendar, Conventions, Events, Hobbit Book, Lectures & Education, The Hobbit

Call for papers: The Third Conference on Middle-earth, Part 2

Get out your calendars for 2014. The Third Conference on Middle-earth, Part 2, will be held March 28-30, 2014 in Westford, MA, USA. The organizers are getting a head start on planning by issuing a call for papers. Are you a scholar or student of Tolkien who has thoughts and theories you’d like present and share? Then, you have plenty of time to prepare. Here’s a general description of the topics From the event website: J.R.R. Tolkien, his works, works based on Tolkien and his works, criticism, teaching Tolkien in the classroom, the books’ impact on oneself and/or the world, the films and the film industry, the music, the art, the fannish side of this universe and its impact, and anything you can imagine on topic. Head over to the Call for Papers page of the event website for more. Read more...

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

Hobbit Day events around the world

We’ve been getting lots of mail alerting us to events all over the world meant to celebrate World Hobbit Day (September 22 -also Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday) and cap off a fabulous Hobbit week that included the debut of a new Hobbit Trailer. As a service to our readers, we’ve gathered information about all of the events we know about into one place so you can plan your weekends accordingly. Starting with world-wide second breakfasts tomorrow, and moving on to online events and local celebrations, the weekend promises food, friends and fun for all: what Hobbit wouldn’t love that? If you have an event that you’d like us to include, please drop us a line at and we’ll add it to the list.


Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Meet Ups, Other Events, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Cardiff Metropolitan University presents online Tolkien course

Cardiff Metropolitan University is offering  another great online course: J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth and Middle-earth in Context.  Online registration is available now for the course that begins September 19 and runs for twelve weeks. The course is available to anyone who can access the internet – you don’t need to live in the U.K. However, only a limited number of students may enroll, so all enrollments will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis. While this is an accredited course at Masters level, students can take it for credit or just for pleasure. Students will have access to Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Electronic Library (which includes a wealth of e-books, databases such as JSTOR and Literature Online), as well as relevant journals such as Tolkien Studies and Mythlore in electronic format. According to our friends at Cardiff, this unique course will not be offered again for at least a year or two, so be sure to register soon!

For more information, follow these links: course description / unit-by-unit video introduction / enrollment / FAQ, or visit Cardiff’s Tolkien and Fantasy Online Courses facebook page.


Posted in Events, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Languages, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Celebrating The Professor in Loughborough

This afternoon the “Return of the Ring” event, held by the Tolkien Society at the University of Loughborough from 16 to 20 August, ended. In programming it, the organizers sought to bring together academic studies of “the Professor,” fan activities, and figures from entertainment—the latter being represented by Brian Sibley and others active in various adaptations of Tolkien’s work. With as many as seven separate panels and activities competing with each other in some time slots, there was something for all interests and some tough decisions about which ones to attend. (more…)

Posted in Conventions, Exhibits, Lectures & Education, Meet Ups, Tolkien Family

Announcing Oxonmoot 2012, Celebrating 75 years of Tolkien’s The Hobbit

From our friends at the Tolkien Society: The Tolkien Society is pleased to announce that this year’s Oxonmoot will take place on 21st-23rd September at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. This year will be The Tolkien Society’s 38th Oxonmoot and will include fellowship, talks and panels, friendly discussion, a quiz, an art exhibition and a party with a raft of creative opportunities! This year’s Oxonmoot is particularly special as The Tolkien Society will be holding a celebration in honour of the 75th anniversary of the publication of The HobbitThe Hobbit was first published on the 21st September 1937 and has become one of the world’s most popular books: it has been translated into over 50 languages and estimates put sales of The Hobbit at over 100 million worldwide.


Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Meet Ups, Other Events, Tolkien

Mythgard Institute offers Hobbit lecture downloads

If you’ve been too busy to attend the online Tolkien and fantasy-related lectures offered by Mythgard Institute, you’ll be pleased to know that you can download many of them at their website. In particular, “The Hobbit Lectures” are both interesting and topical and include titles such as “Bilbo Builds his Resume” and “Bilbo Earns his Reward.” These, and other downloads are free, and available at the Mythgard Institute website.

Posted in Events, Hobbit Book, Lectures & Education

Uni of Illinois professor gives Tolkien talk

The University of Illinois has just announced a topic for its Engaged Citizenship Common Experience Speakers Series. On July 17, 2012, it will present Sanctifying Myths: The currency of class, gender, and courage in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings & Peter Jackson’s films.

Dr Donna Bussell, PhD, will highlight Tolkien’s understanding of the spiritual and cultural work of mythology and manifestations of courage in major characters such as Frodo, Sam, Arwen and Aragorn.

Her talk also explores the importance of minor characters whose roles (and lower status) reveal much about the nature of courage in relation to class and gender in the story. Bussell concludes with a few thoughts on how these ideas are (or are not) treated in Jackson’s films, and the implications of these revisions for the transmission of Tolkien’s ideals.


Posted in Events, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Peter Jackson, ‘Hobbit’ stuff at Comic-Con: Full details!

With only a few weeks before the San Diego Comic-Con, is excited to formally announce that we have been invited to present a “Hobbit” panel at SDCC. The website also has extensive plans to bring the experience to fans who can’t attend.

With a time slot that has become something of a tradition, the fansite will open the show on the first hour of the first day. Thursday, July 12, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., in room 6DE, TORn will talk Hobbit. The room holds 1,000, and like every year, especially this year, a capacity crowd is expected with many unable to get in. Being the first event of the day also means that if the room is full early, we can start early and stretch our hour into more if possible. Another great feature of being the first event of the day, the convention is more liberal about giveaway items.

TORn will also be present at not one but two table locations on the 500,000 square foot dealers floor where supports can buy shirts, buttons and talk to a large contingent of staffer. (More details later, but one table next to Badali Jewelry and one table with Weta Workshop! Expect new tshirts, details to follow!)
But what to expect from a TORn presentation?
* It will be 100% re-written, not a duplicate of any previous presentation
* An audio and visual extravaganza (not people just talking)
* It is expected to feature video content from Weta Workshop
* It may contain pictures from New Zealand
* It will feature around 6 TORn staffers (the most ever) with several more in the audience if we need them
* Special guests have been invited
* Two panelists have been on “The Hobbit” set
* A significant segment of Q&A, time for fans
More about Comic-Con after the break including info for audience at home: (more…)

Posted in Billy Connolly, ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lectures & Education, Martin Freeman, Merchandise, Richard Armitage, Studios, The Hobbit, Warner Bros.

Tolkien Society adds Peter Gilliver to Return of the Ring

The Tolkien Society has announced the addition of Peter Gilliver to the guest list of its Return of the Ring event in August.

Peter, who is Associate Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, will be delivering a talk titled “Making the Music: a possible source for the Ainulindalë”. Peter is well-known to Tolkien fans as co-writer of The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary, and has described Tolkien’s time at the OED as “crucial” in shaping Tolkien’s works. (more…)

Posted in Events, Lectures & Education