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Middle-earth March Madness Round 2 closes today! VOTE NOW!

2014Bracket2Middle-earth March Madness continues! The competition is going strong, as your favourite Middle-earth characters (and objects!) battle to make it through to Round 3. Today is your last chance to vote in the second round – who will survive?

In the Lonely Mountain bracket, Aragorn and Elrond both look like they’ll have quite comfortable victories (over the Balrog of Moria, and Fingolfin, respectively); it’s a little closer between Treebeard and Gollum, though it looks like the Ent will overcome the tricksy one.  Much tighter is the contest between Frodo Baggins and Bard; Frodo is on top at the moment, but there’s still time for Bard to make a late comeback! Vote now if you want the Bowman to stay in the competition!

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Posted in Characters, Events, Hobbit Book, Lord of the Rings, Other Events, The Hobbit

Richard Taylor, Craig Parker, Dean O’Gorman, Billy Boyd and more at Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo

M-e EXPOMiddle-earth is coming to Canada this Spring, April 24-27, and staff from TheOneRing.net will be there to join in the fun! Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo will be taking place at the BMO Center in Calgary’s Stampede Park; you can find out full details at their website.

There are several guests from both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies who will be attending, and of particular interest to Middle-earth fans is a very special event which will be held on the evening of April 25th: ‘Middle-earth EXPOsed’.  From the organiser’s press release:

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Posted in Billy Boyd, Conventions, Craig Parker, Crew News, Dean O'Gorman, Events, Fans, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Mark Hadlow, Other Cast, Other Events, Production, Richard Taylor, Sean Astin, The Hobbit, WETA Workshop

Vote Now – Round 2 of Middle-earth March Madness is upon us

Things are really heating up in the 2014 edition of Middle-earth March Madness with some competitors moving into the second round by the skin of their teeth. Voting for Round 2 is now open at the bottom of this post.

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LONELY MOUNTAIN BRACKET

The perfect example is the very first match up in the Lonely Mountain bracket. Elrond squeaked past Smaug by just 1%, while his second round match up in Fingolfin made it past Bombur by just under a 3% differential. So what can we expect from a meeting of two great Elven Lords? Fingolfin became High-King of the Noldor once they arrived in Middle-earth and was a well renowned warrior before he fell to Morgoth. Elrond Half-elven is one of the great Elven Lords and by the time we get to the War of the Ring he holds one of the Elven rings of Power, Vilya, the most powerful of the three Rings. With two such regal Elves going toe to toe, this should be one match up to keep your eye on.

The Lonely Mountain bracket have a few other match ups worthy of taking note of. Treebeard beat Saruman, proving that the March of the Ents and subsequent taking of Isengard was no fluke. The eldest of the Ents will take on Gollum, just about the craftiest survivor in Middle-earth, this will be one unpredictable showdown. Aragorn defeated Melian, an ancestor of his wife Arwen while Bain fell to the Balrog of Moria, which face it, was not a fair fight. Aragorn wanted a chance to face the Balrog when the Fellowship was chased to the Bridge of Khazad-dum, but Gandalf stepped in stating that “this foe is beyond you”, now he gets a second chance to face this foe. The final match up in the bracket is that of Frodo Baggins, who defeated Manwe with a decent margin against Bard the Bowman, who handily dispatch Bill the Pony back to Bree. Will the grim holder of the Black Arrow prevail against the final Ringbearer? Only you can decide the fate of these contestants.

BAG END BRACKET

Most of the first round contests were handily won by those who move into the second round, with the closest match up being that of Radagast defeating Balin by just a 5% differential. But now the Brown Wizard will be facing Galadriel, who easily moved past Beren. What can Brown do against the Lady of the Golden Wood, you must decide. The most fascinating duel will be that of the Black Arrow against Anduril. The Flame of the West quickly dispatched the Spiders of Mirkwood while the Black Arrow made quick work of the Watcher in the Water, but these two mighty weapons head to head should be the most hotly contested match in the Bag End bracket. Thranduil didn’t even break a sweat in moving on past Tom, William and Bert, and his new foe, Gwaihir, easily flew past Barliman Butterbur. Can the Wind Lord outpace the King of the Mirkwood Realm?

Of the contests in the Bag End bracket, the most unpredictable is most likely Bilbo against Glorfindel. Bilbo made it past the Fell Beasts fairly easily, while Glorfindel had a harder time against Kili. Having slain a Balrog, and dying in the process only to be sent back to Middle-earth by the Valar probably aided that. Both Bilbo and Glorfindel were living in Imladris, with Bilbo being a special guest of Elrond and Glorfindel acting as Lord Elrond’s Lieutenant. Gandalf has called him “one of the mighty of the Firstborn, an Elf-lord of a house of Princes”. Thus it was that Elrond sent Glorfindel out to assist Frodo in finding his way into Rivendell because he was strong enough to face the Ringwraiths. And yet, Bilbo has faced Trolls, goblins, won the Ring of Power from Gollum, defeated giant spiders and faced a dragon and lived to tell the tale. This should be an battle of epic proportions, vote wisely.

EREBOR BRACKET

This bracket is full of darkness with three of the four contests having at least one Dark character. But none is more full of evil intent than Morgoth versus Ancalagon. While Morgoth easily slipped past the Arkenstone in round 1, Ancalagon reduced the Bunny Sled to ashes and now the Master will face his creation. Ancalagon the Black was bred by Morgoth and was considered the largest and mightiest of all the dragons in Middle-earth, and Morgoth began as Melkor, the most powerful of the Ainur before succumbing to darkness. His is a cautionary tale against pride, wrath, envy, lust for power and greed. Will the mightiest of all Fire-drakes be able to defeat the Dark Lord that preceded Sauron who was, in fact, Morgoth’s lieutenant?

After defeating Gothmog, Dain Ironfoot is set to take on The One Ring after it handily defeated Nenya. Can this Heir of Durin resist the lure of the Ring of Power? In the other contest with dark overtones is that of Beorn against the Witch-king of Angmar. Beorn handily survived Glamdring while the Witch-king crushed the Master of Laketown. Glorfindel is the one who made the prophecy that the Witch-king could not be killed by man, but Beorn is not of the Race of Men, should make for an interesting smackdown.

The final contest in the Erebor bracket is that of Thorin, King Under the Mountain, and Boromir, a Son of Gondor. Thorin dismissed Pippin quite easily, while Boromir sent the two Blue Wizards packing, but these two have so much in common that this is set to be a very unpredictable match up. Boromir, the greatest Captain of the Gondorian army during the War of the Ring becomes enthralled by the temptation of the Ring, and betrays Frodo before coming to his senses. He redeems himself with his sacrifice in order to save Merry and Pippin and becomes the last to use and hold the Horn of Gondor. Likewise, Thorin is a mighty warrior and hero among the Dwarves exiled from their home, but his desire to reclaim his kingdom, and the enthrallment with the treasure sees him succumbing to Dragon sickness. His is a last minute realization that there is more to life, and like Boromir, he is redeemed in the eyes of those he values. This is going to be an epic showdown of two of Tolkien’s most flawed heroes, and their fate is now in your hands.

MIRKWOOD BRACKET

This bracket is a little bit of a wildcard with some  much loved characters going head to head, most notable Gandalf versus Luthien. Gandalf simply trounced the Great Goblin, much as he did in Goblintown, while Luthien barely snuck past Gil-Galad. Can Gandalf, holder of Narya, one of the three Elven rings and wielder of the Flame of Arnoth move on past one of the most beloved of Elven Maidens? She is actually Half-Elven, with the other half being Maiar, and yet she fell in love with a mortal man, in turn inspiring countless tales and songs after she chose to become mortal in order to die alongside her husband Beren. Elves to this day still mourn the loss of Luthien, and a few Men as well, such as Aragorn. It was her choice to become mortal that allowed her descendant Arwen to make the same choice. This match up is sure to inspire great debate and will be more unpredictable than the rest in this bracket.

Glaurung defeated Shelob in a battle of monsters in order to face off against Faramir, who surpassed Varda in round 1. With the incorruptible Son of Gondor be able to survive squaring off against the first dragon of Middle-earth? Glaurung may be the first dragon, but he has no wings, where as Faramir will still have to defeat a fire breathing drake. The next contest has Sting, which easily outwitted the Talking Wallet taking on Legolas, who actually got past Sauron. The small, elvish blade of little consequence for the likes of Elves and Men earns a mighty reputation when put into the hands of a Baggins, but is it capable of defeating a princely Elven hunter? The final pairing is that of Samwise Gamgee against Tauriel. She easily handled Saruman’s Palantir, but Samwise the Brave made mince meat out of Azog. Where as Tauriel is the more skilled warrior, it is doubtful she can top Sam’s ability with a skillet and a brace of Coneys.

In the end, it is up to you to decide what befalls all these characters and artifacts of Middle-earth. Vote, discuss and share and lets see what surprises Round 2 has in store for us all.

Download the Bracket! [Round 2] [Round 1]



The Lonely Mountain – Round 2
March 21st – March 24th 2014


Bag End – Round 2
March 21st – March 24th 2014


Erebor – Round 2
March 21st – March 24th 2014


Mirkwood – Round 2
March 21st – March 24th 2014


Posted in Characters, Events, Fans, Fellowship of the Ring, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Other Events, Other Tolkien books, Return of the King, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Two Towers, Tolkien

Four MTV Award nominations for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

#VoteBilbo Nominations for the 2014 MTV Awards have just been announced, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is up for four of those golden popcorn buckets.

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Posted in Evangeline Lilly, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Other Events, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Evangeline Lilly live Facebook chat Thursday

Lilly Smaug PremiereActress Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel) will be participating in a live chat with fans tomorrow, Thursday, March 6, at 12:oopm PST, on Facebook. Lilly says she will be discussing “The Hobbit” films and her character, Tauriel. Based on past experiences with the fan-friendly actress, it should be a fun opportunity!

To participate, go to the Evangeline Lilly Official Facebook page.

Posted in Evangeline Lilly, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Other Events, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Catch Billy Connolly (aka Dain Ironfoot, the dwarf we have yet to see!) on the radio Wednesday

Billy-ConnollyActor, musician and comedian Billy Connolly, (who will be seen in The Hobbit: There and Back Again as dwarf Dain Ironfoot),  is currently performing on the West Coast of  the US with his one man show, ‘The Man Live’.  This weekend, he’ll be performing at the Montalban Theatre, Los Angeles – tickets are available here.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, Connolly will be appearing on the radio show ‘Kevin & Bean’ on radio station KROQ. Their website states that he’ll be on at 9am (that’s Pacific time); you can tune in at 106.7fm, or listen via their website. Catch up with the latest from the Scot known as ‘The Big Yin’; and check out his other tour dates, to see if he’ll be appearing near you – he’ll also be touring New Zealand later this Spring/Fall.

[Billy Connolly's official website]

Posted in Billy Connolly, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Other Events, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

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 spymaster@theonering.net!

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

Oscar Moot weekend is upon us. . .

82nd academy awardsAnd it comes with lots and lots of water from the sky. Sorry, we’ve been in the midst of very long drought here in So Cal, so it was easy to overlook the fact that this is supposed to be our wettest month. Guess nature is trying to reassert herself here.

That being said, we are still planning to have the ‘Ringer’s Take Disneyland’ event Saturday morning. We may curtail some of the meet ups, we don’t want anyone to get sick. So we will have the 10am meet up and then a group photo upon entering, and then we will have a lunch meet up around 12:30pm in the Pizza Port next to Space Mountain. Beyond that, we leave it up to you to stay or leave as your soggy shoes see fit.

Please meet at 10am on the giant compass in the middle of the entrance pavilion halfway between Disneyland and California Adventure. For those who frequent Disney a lot, you already know this means being in the parking lot by 9:45am in order to take the tram and walk this distance. For those needing to either buy their tickets, or convert an online purchase to an active ticket, you will want to hit the parking lot no later than 9:30am, possibly earlier. If you are early and it is raining, jump into the La Brea Bakery for a coffee or croissant or something before braving the rain. It is just before the box offices.

Disneyland entranceFor more details, please visit our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/704747639545289  including the special ticket offer, but hurry up, it expires at 9pm pacific time. I will shortly be adding a Note on TORn’s main facebook page that is the little scavenger hunt game we will be playing, weather permitting. Feel free to print and bring with you, as soon as I get it up.

 

 

On a quick note about the Oscar Party on Sunday afternoon, try to arrive around 4pm or so, just because parking will be easier on you. The Telecast begins at 5:30pm, but we will be showing the Red Carpet arrivals too. Dress code is fairly casual, just think cocktail party, business casual, or Hollywood Chic. Costumes are also welcome, or what we like to call Costume-lite. Because it may still be fairly moist and cool, most of you will probably just want to show up in sweaters and nice slacks.

party logoWe will have a few items to auction off, and there will be an Oscar Pool game, those notes will also appear very shortly on the TORn’s main facebook page. And last but not least, we will be closing down tickets for the Oscar party at Midnight tonight. Details about the party and tickets can be found on the Event page https://www.facebook.com/events/806336542716595/ As usual, we must remind you that while we have had cast and crew attend the parties in the past, their presence has never been promised or guaranteed. They all have been invited, but they also all have very busy schedules and a lot of commitments on their time with all the other Academy Award events that happen on the same night. This party is for us, the fans, to meet and hang out together and cheer them on and then go back to having our fun.

 

 

 

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Meet Ups, One Dragon, One Party, Oscar Parties, Other Events, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Desolation of Smaug receives eight Saturn nominations

220px-Saturn_Award The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films has just released the nomination list for the 40th annual installment of the Saturn Awards, and The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug has tied with ‘Gravity’ for the most nominations. Both received eight.

The gongs that The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug is up for are: (more…)

Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Crew News, Dan Hennah, Director news, Evangeline Lilly, Events, Fran Walsh, Guillermo Del Toro, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, Joe Letteri, Other Events, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Production, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Live Q&A with Jed Brophy (Nori) on Jed’s Facebook Fanpage this Thursday!

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Calling all Jed Brophy Fans! On Thursday at 10:00 am (NZDT)/8:00 am (AusEDT), Jed will be answering your questions on his Facebook Fanpage live.

To check the time in your part of the world click here

So come and join in the fun at the Jed Brophy Fanpage!

 

 

Editors Note:  Please do not submit questions to us here at theonering.net, you need to submit them on the Jed Brophy Facebook Fanpage. Cheers guys :)

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Other Events, The Hobbit

Desolation of Smaug wins VES Award

headThe Desolation of Smaug has won its first award, winning the VES Award for Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture for the most awesome of all dragons, Smaug! As previously noted, Smaug was the likely winner in this category for the Visual Effects Society’s 12th annual awards.

Congratulations to Eric Reynolds, David Clayton, Myriam Catrin and Guillaume Francois! View all the winners here.

Don’t forget to join us at the Cat and Fiddle for our ‘One Dragon, One Party’ moot for the Oscars where the mighty Smaug is going up against ‘Gravity’ in the Visual Effects category!

Posted in Fans, Headlines, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Meet Ups, Other Events, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net Announcements

Ringers take Disneyland on March 1, 2014

DisneyMordorCalling all Dwarves, Elves, Hobbits and Wizards, you are hereby invited to ‘Ringers take Disneyland’ on Saturday, March 1 as part of the Oscar weekend festivities for fans of Middle-earth. Disneyland has been the site for Star Wars days, Potter Days, Browncoat Days and more, so why not fans of Middle-earth?

Here at TORn headquarters, we began to wonder what else we could do on Oscar weekend apart from our “One Dragon, One Party” that would be fun for locals and out-of-towners alike. LA and Hollywood are a popular tourist destination for dozens of reasons, but we needed a place that everyone wants to go to at least once in their lifetime, and is also family friendly and super fun. Disneyland fits the bill in oh so many ways, not the least of which is the fact that it has Dwarves, a Wizard and Mines, as well as many other Middle-earth-like realms and magical folk.  
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Posted in Events, Fans, Fellowship of the Ring, Lord of the Rings, Meet Ups, Other Events, Return of the King, The Hobbit, The Two Towers, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien