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Tolkien Toast on Jan. 3rd to celebrate JRR Tolkien’s Birthday

JRRTolkien-donatoJohn Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. To celebrate the birth and life of this much loved author Tolkien fans from around the world are invited to raise a glass and make a toast. In simple terms, you just gather with some friends at a pub, restaurant, cocktail party or bar and at 9pm local time you stand and raise your glass and say the words ‘To the Professor”. And with that, you will be joining together with fans around the world in remembrance of Tolkien and all that he has brought into your life. And if you are unable to join with friends, no worries, pull out your favorite Tolkien book on January 3 and sit and read it and at 9pm you can still perform the Toast on your own. BTW, you don’t have to be drinking alcohol, you could have a glass of water, soda, tea or hot chocolate, whatever feels right to you. What matters is the Toast and acknowledging your love of Tolkien and his words.

For those looking for Tolkien Toast events or wishing to host their own, use the comments section on this article to leave notes. In Los Angeles, Tolkien Forever, the local Smial of the Tolkien Society will host their annual Tolkien Toast at the Cat & Fiddle pub in Hollywood. If you wish to get more info and to attend, you can find details at Tolkien Toast and if you are a So Cal local, feel free to RSVP and join in the fun. Everyone else, leave comments here and let’s see if we can make this the biggest Tolkien Toast of all.

Posted in Events, Fans, J.R.R. Tolkien, Meet Ups, Other Events, Tolkien, Tolkien Toast

We Have to Go Back. . . to see The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug!!!

DSCN4799It is now Boxing Day in Australia and they are finally able to see ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ in all its glory. So now that nearly the whole world has fought spiders, ridden down a river in barrels, had a pile of fish dropped on them and played chicken with a Dragon, it’s time to go back and do it again. Most of the world has a Holiday weekend to fill with fun family activities, such as Holiday meals and sweet treats, opening loads of new toys, games, electronic devices and questionable clothing choices from your Second Aunt once removed, how about adding a return trip to Middle-earth. Even for those who have to go back to work for a day or two, there is Saturday, December 28. New movie releases have started to push ‘The Hobbit’ into fewer theaters and fewer screening options, so strike now while you still have a range of options. Let’s call this ‘DOS Line Party: The Sequel’ and go out and have fun once more with your friends, old and new. Wear costumes, bring trivia games with you, go out for Mooty meals together and enjoy the Fellowship of other Ringers.

If you are in Southern California, we even have a Line Party event set up for the Irvine Spectrum. You can find the info at the Facebook Event page. And if you would like to start your own Line Party Sequel page, make a note of it here in the comments section and see if we can’t have a second Global viewing party.


Posted in Events, Fans, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Line Party, Meet Ups, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Virtual Line Party: Join Ringers everywhere with #TORnHobbitLP

Dnews Lord of the Rings midnight movie Villa TheatreJoin your fellow Ringers from around the world as we gather to experience opening night of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ For folks in the US, that’s happening at midnight tonight, and there are Line Parties happening at theatres across the country. Share your Line Party photos and fun by using #TORnHobbitLP on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Share pics of costumes, your responses to the film, and other activities happening in your Line.

After opening night, share photos from your Line Party with us at

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Line Party, Meet Ups, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Community

Luke Evans played Bard’s ancestor, Girion of Dale

Luke as GirionWhile watching the live stream of the Berlin premiere, which is still running right now at Berlin Premiere Live Stream Luke Evans confirmed that he played Bard’s own ancestor, Girion of Dale. He only had to spend one day in costume, but as you can see from this image, that costume was very elaborate and heavy, similar to what the dwarves had to wear all the time. Luke said he was glad he only had to put on this heavy costume just the one day, but really loved playing his ancestor to bring that history to life.

Posted in Barlimans, Characters, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Luke Evans, Meet Ups, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Hobbit: DOS Line Parties in full swing, get involved

DOS dragon eye posterWe have just under a week until Tolkien fans around the world will pile into theaters for their first glimpse of the Chiefest of all Calamities, Smaug himself, along with Beorn, the giant spiders, and the treasures of Erebor. We set up Line Parties so that fans can arrange to see the movie with fellow fans, both friends known and friends yet to be met. But we’ve apparently had some Goblins get into our servers and create a bit of havoc with the Line Party pages, so we have a couple work around options.


Not all of the Lines are posting in the public ‘Community’ area set up for them, you are only seeing 10 events at a time. All current Lines will be listed at the end of this story. And instead of being interactive, people have not been able to select the ‘Join Now’ button, so we have been encouraging Line Party Leaders to include a Facebook Event page, but not everyone is on facebook. You can still use the program to create a new Line Party yourself, or if you encounter problems, email me at and I’ll help you get started. If you email me to ask that I help create the line party for you, I will need the Full name and address of the theater, the start time and date of the event (is it Thursday midnight screening or on a Friday evening or Saturday matinee?). A Facebook Event link would also be really helpful.


Here comes the list of currently existing Line Parties. If you see one near you that you might like to attend, click the link to get the address and start time and hopefully there is a Facebook event page for you to reach out to your Line Party Leader. If you don’t see a Line Party near you, why not start one yourself? And while I am talking about that, where are our International Line Parties this year? Come on London, Germany, Spain, New Zealand and Australia, why not jump in and put up some Line Parties in your area?  Current Line Party Leaders, if you need help editing or updating your Line listing, drop me a note.

List of Line Parties


TCL Chinese Theater, Hollywood CA – December 12, 6pm start


Arclight Hollywood, CA – Cinerama Dome – December 12, 7pm start


Happy Hobbit DOS Line Party, Scott’s Valley CineLux, CA – December 12, 5pm start


Portland area line party, Bridgeport Regal, Tigard OR – December 12, 7pm start


Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, Irvine CA – December 12, 6pm start


AMC NorthPark 15, Dallas TX – December 12, 6pm start


AMC Concord Mills 24, Concord NC – December 12, 6pm start


AMC Empire 25, Times Square, New York NY – December 12, 11:59pm start


Superstition Springs 25, Mesa AZ – December 12, 11:59pm start


UEC Theaters 14, Cleveland TN – December 12, 11:59pm start


Galaxy Theatres, Tulare CA – December 13, 11:30am start (online giveaway)


Cinema West, Mason City IA – December 12, 11pm start


Regal Majestic Stadium 20 & IMAX, Silver Spring MD – December 12, 7pm start


Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16, Atlanta GA – December 12, 8pm start


MGN Five Star Cinema, Glendale CA – December 12, 8pm


AMC Veterans 24, Town & Country FL – December 12, 8pm start


Ashland Street Cinema, Ashland OR – December 12, 8:30pm start

Cinemark Valley View, Valley View OH – December 12, 9pm start


AMC Loews, West Nyack NY- December 12, 9:15pm start


Boston AMC Loews Downtown, Boston MA – December 12, 10pm start


AMC Showplace 12, Bloomington IN – December 12, 10pm start


Rave Motion Pictures at Milford Post Mall, Milford CT – December 12, 10pm start



Posted in Events, Fans, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Line Party, Meet Ups, Other Events, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien

Tourism New Zealand’s ‘The Book of New Zealand’ event in LA

entering the book of New ZealandTourism New Zealand, 3 foot 7 productions, Warner Bros., and others bring you ‘The Book of New Zealand’ exhibit. This is an invitation only event being hosted out at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. It combines set locations, images of real world New Zealand, and a little movie magic to bring to life much of what makes New Zealand the perfect location for all things ‘Middle-earth’. Here are a few images from the event and a video of the opening greeting, please enjoy.



Posted in Chris Hennah, Contests, Dan Hennah, Events, Exhibits, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Locations Sets, Locations Sets, Meet Ups, Models, Other Events, Peter Jackson, Production, Props, Ra Vincent, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

Tourism New Zealand is opening the Book of New Zealand in LA

100_percent_middle_earthA very unique art installation is about to open in LA, brought to you by Whybin/TBWA, Tourism New Zealand and 3 Foot 7 Ltd. The concept is that of a Pop-up book that shows four different New Zealand filming locations, along with the four corresponding actual film sets from the upcoming film ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug”. This event is mostly by invitation only, with a big Press Opening on Saturday, November 30 and running for 5 days. Luckily, on Wednesday, December 4 there will be a Public Day for fans to see. The point of the whole art installation is to show off the beauty of New Zealand, the fun to be found in New Zealand, and on occasion, the Middle-earthness of New Zealand. To see more details regarding this event, you can read more about it at: Yahoo NZ

So far, the only way to get into that public day appears to be by heading over to the TCL Chinese theater box office and uttering the ‘secret password’. This will get you an entry to win a pass to the event. Make sure to head over this weekend because they will do the drawing on Monday and contact winners then. See the image below for details.


Posted in Artwork, Events, Exhibits, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Meet Ups, New Zealand, Other Events, Press Conferences, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Denny’s invites fans in Connecticut to eat like hungry dwarves!

Dennys DofS menuHere’s something we don’t find ourselves posting every day! As part of their ‘Hobbit menu’ fun this year, Denny’s are holding an eating contest at their restaurant in New Haven, Connecticut!  And they’d like some fans to come along and show that they can eat like hobbits; or dwarves; or even a bear…

The contest is the suggestion of one ‘Jamie the Bear’, a competitive eater who made headlines nationally last year for attempting to eat Denny’s entire Hobbit menu. This year he wants to take on some fans, to see if they can beat him! If you’re in the area and you’d like to go along, here’s what you need to know:


Posted in Collectibles, Contests, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Meet Ups, The Hobbit

Erebor in Hollywood relocated

photo credit to Ron Hall Photography

photo credit to Ron Hall Photography

A few weeks back we reported about how The Grove in LA had been turned into Erebor, even selecting that location for our Pre-Premiere Moot on Sunday night. And then it was suddenly gone, just before The Hobbit and the Greatest of All Calamaties was set to descend upon Los Angeles. Today, the mystery of the vanishing Erebor was solved, it has been moved to the TCL Chinese Courtyard where all those famous footprints can usually be seen. So for those of you coming to LA for the premiere, you will still get to see the Erebor decor, huzzah. And if you have not yet RSVP’d for the Pre-Premiere Moot, here is the  original Moot post

The weather forecast for this weekend looks to be pretty nice with mostly clear skies and sunshine. We will have plenty of reporting from the Premiere before, during and after, so stay tuned to for all your Hobbit: DOS news.

Posted in Events, Fans, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Meet Ups, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Join TORn Live at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood this Sunday and win a Regal Super Ticket for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!

Super Ticket Join TORn Live at our FREE event for Hobbit fans and families at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood from 11am this Sunday and you could win one of 100 tickets to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The first 100 fans in Middle-earth costume will each receive free movie passes to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. (more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Meet Ups, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Will you be in LA for the DOS World Premiere? Join TORn the night before on a Quest to Erebor, and dinner!


Some minor changes to the original plan. 

To say that we have been getting a lot of questions asking if TORn will be doing anything special for the fans for the World Premiere of The Desolation of Smaug would be an understatement.

Well, we finally have plans in place, and here are the details!

On Sunday, December 1st, join TORn staffers and fans at The Grove in Los Angeles for a Quest to Erebor and dinner! Click here for The Grove website and directions.  The Grove in LA.

At 5pm, we will all gather in the central square of The Grove for photo ops among their Hobbit Erebor display. They have a full throne that fans can get their pictures taken in! Coming in costume is highly encouraged!

WB has alerted us that The Grove is being de-Ereborized, so the fun Erebor decor will no longer be there next week. We are still going to advise you to get to the Grove by 5pm so you have time to find parking and take in all the Christmas Decor. More options below. 

At 7pm, we will gather at the Marmalade Cafe (across the street from the gigantic American Girl Store) for dinner. This is a moot-style dinner, which means lots of mingling and fan fun!

The dinner is a set menu, and we ask that fans who wish to attend pay in advance through our convenient Paypal link below! Here is what will be served:

Your choice of one of four entrees: Chicken Picatta, Turkey Meatloaf, Fish and Chips or a Grilled Vegetable Salad (you do not need to choose your entree until you get there).

Optional starter salad of either a mixed green or caesar salad.

Optional dessert of either tira misu or bread pudding.

You can see the prices in our Paypal link below.

The room is limited to 50 people, so grab your dinner ticket while you can!

If you already paid for the Moot and have decided that you no longer wish to attend because Erebor is going, please email for a full refund no later than Wednesday. 

As an alternative, especially for those of you from out of town, let some of us LA locals show you around town for a few hours on Sunday. Head on over to our Facebook Event page to discuss a few options. 

Seeing LA before the Moot

Bear in mind that this is Black Friday Weekend, and traffic and parking will be cumbersome to say the least, so be sure to figure in travel and parking time. Also, the Hollywood Christmas Parade is going on up in Hollywood that evening, a few miles away. If you are staying at a hotel in that area, really give yourself plenty of time to get out of Hollywood and down into Beverly Hills to arrive on time. Just look for the Tolkien fans taking over the Erebor Plaza.

We hope to see you there!

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Posted in Events, Exhibits, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Meet Ups, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

TORn Line Parties now open and in need of Leaders

RingersLP1-costumesWith tickets for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug just hours from going on sale, we are now ready to open up our Line Parties for business. Well, sort of. The Line Party program has been having some quirky issues and not working for everyone. So this is a little list of what you can do with the Line Party section, and what you will want to supplement it with.

First off, let’s have a quick history on what a Line Party is. The geek in us all feels driven to attend the earliest possible screening, and with the Hobbit: DOS, that means the midnight screenings. And let’s face it, we all know we’ll head down to the theater hours before they actually open the doors, and stand in line, and stand, and stand, and stand. Unless, of course, there is a Line Party at your particular theater of choice. Because a Line Party means games, trivia, costumes, Fellowship and fun.

Anyone can host a Line Party, no special skills are required, and truthfully, prizes for the games are not necessary either because it comes down to the Fellowship and Fun. You simply decide which theater you want to host a Line Party at, talk to the staff there to make sure it is OK to do interactive games (some shopping centers and the like have rules about what can and cannot happen on their property), and then create a Line Party page here on

lineparty_mainTo create a Line Party Page, go to the Community section, then click on the Line Party link at the bottom, and you will find a section with a list of existing Line Parties. Take a look to get an idea of what others are doing, then click ‘Start a Line’ to get the Line made. The information you will need to start a Line Party is the full name and address of your chosen theater, and if it is a multiplex, which screen or format you want everyone to get tickets in so you are all in the same Line. A few additional instructions such as when to arrive, what types of games, costumes or not, all this can and should go into your Line Party page.

We are going to add one more step, please create a Facebook Event page for your Line Party as well, and put the link at the bottom of your Line Party description there. This is simply because the ‘Join Button’ of the Line Party function has been having issues, so the Facebook Event page will be the only way for people to RSVP for your Line, and then you will be able to communicate with your Line Members. By creating the Line Party page here on TORn, you let others in your area find you, but by simultaneously creating a Facebook Event page for the same line, you are still able to communicate with your line until we get or functionality back. Win Win.

So here is where it get’s tricky.

Some people have experienced problems logging into their Fellowship account, which is required to start a Line Party. If you are already a Message Board member then you already have a Fellowship log in. But if you are new to this, you will want to register, and if you experience any type of problem with the registration process, please email me at: and let me know of your problem, and then give me all the info you need for your Line Party and I will create it for you. For an example of a Line Party page with the Facebook event page included, please look at Irvine Spectrum line party.

We currently have just 4 Line Parties registered right now, let’s see if we can double and triple that by lunchtime on Thursday. Please email me at the above email address when you start your Line Party, even if you encounter no problems, so I can clear it from the Pending list as soon as possible.

Let’s get creative everyone, start your Line Parties and share your enthusiasm for the films and seeing them with fellow fans.

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Line Party, Meet Ups, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Community