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TOR.n at L.I. Geek Convention this weekend

idx_guest_graham will be at Long Island Geek Convention this weekend (May 2nd and 3rd) along with Dwalin himself, Graham McTavish! In addition to having TOR.n t-shirts, buttons, and lanyards for sale at our fan table (or try your hand at Tolkien trivia for a fun prize!), we’re also participating in several panels throughout the weekend. Stop by and say hello!



Saturday –

11:00-12:00  Tales of the Hobbit with Graham McTavish; Graham McTavish tells tales of his adventures as Dwalin in the Hobbit movie trilogy.  Hosted by Kirsten Cairns/Greendragon from

14:00–15:00  Extended Edition, Biopics … Silmarillion? What’s next for fans of Middle-earth?;
Staffers from speculate and share inside info on what may be in the Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. And once that is released – to what can fans look forward next? Could The Silmarillion ever make it on to the big screen?

20:00–21:00  There and Back Again – a look back over the 17 year journey through Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth; Staffers from get nostalgic! Join us as we recall the journey from Fellowship to Five Armies – the ups and downs, the quests to New Zealand, the fans and friends we met along the way. How has
your passion for Tolkien and for these movies enriched YOUR life?

Sunday – 

10:00–11:00  Tales of the Hobbit with Graham McTavish; Graham McTavish tells tales of his adventures as Dwalin in the Hobbit movie trilogy. Hosted by Kirsten Cairns/Greendragon from

13:00–14:00  Kick the Hobbit! All the things we love and hate about Peter Jackson’s second Middle-earth trilogy; A love of Tolkien is the common bond shared by all staffers at; and most of us also love Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth movies. But we still have our personal pet peeves – and now is the chance to air them! Join us to let rip about those things which just didn’t work in The Hobbit trilogy – and maybe a few from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, too! (We say it all with a great deal of affection…)

Posted in Conventions, Events, Graham McTavish

Tolkien community loses Melissa Petrey Kern

Mel is gone.

Chris Mel KernIt has been weeks now and this isn’t news. I have felt the loss personally and thought about the loss for so many.

Melissa Theresa Petrey Kern, 42, is gone. In her real traditional obituary, it says she was of Lawrenceville, Georgia. Respectfully, I disagree, or I want to state on the record, that while that may be true, it isn’t the whole truth.

More of the truth would say that Melissa Theresa Petrey Kern, 42, a notable figure in the Tolkien Community, died March 8, 2015, after a long battle with ALS. She lived among us, the fan community, and was our neighbor and shared her life with us and is missed by us, as she is missed in Lawrenceville. You could write about more places she lived and is missed too.

I remember, fortunately a few conversations we shared that didn’t seem especially significant at the time, but feel pretty lucky now. We talked about an artist that visited Georgia. We talked about the Tolkien Community in Atlanta. We even talked about specific people she wanted good things for. We talked about fandom, that included her own early love for the books of J.R.R. Tolkien. We shared some moments and I value them, as part of the beautiful experience of our community and they are just a tiny sample of many such moments she shared with many people.

More memorable than the things she said were the people she influenced. The Georgia costuming community, I think it is fair to say, wouldn’t have been so organized or so unified if not for Mel. The Arms of Middle-earth might not have existed at all without Mel, but I don’t pretend to know the reality of that claim. We can safely and accurately say, she was at the heart of the community.

There is a photo, I am sure dozens of people have it, where a significant number of Tolkien costumers were all gathered together in an impressive array of characters from “The Lord of the Rings.” It was during Dragon Con in Atlanta, before the convention had matured to quite the level it has now. Groups of costumers were less frequent and large numbers of themed costumes were rare. There, in that spot, was organized and gathered an outstanding display of fans, living their passions and forming a genuine fellowship. It was a very fine cosplay effort but it was a transcendent community effort. (more…)

Posted in Billy Boyd, DragonCon, Fans, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Rhys-Davies, Martin Freeman, New Zealand, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Collecting The Precious – Bofur the Dwarf Barrel Rider

hobbit-barrelrider-bofur-a2One of my favourite Dwarves has finally gotten his barrel rider statue.

Bofur the Dwarf, who was such a great character during the films, joins Bilbo, Oin, and Bombur as the fourth barrel rider.

This fantastic little piece is sculpted by Gary Hunt who you will get to know better through several reviews that are coming up.

Bofur comes in with a price tag of only $65 and is in-stock shipping from the New Zealand warehouse.

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, James Nesbitt, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies DVD/Blu-ray review – RELEASE DATE MARCH 24

botfa dvd artIn the USA, from March 24th, the last in Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth movies will be available for you to take home. (It’s been available in digital version in many countries since March 3rd; but from Tuesday you can get your hands on a ‘hard’ copy.)

Many fans, of course, like to wait for the Extended Edition release before purchasing a copy; but speaking personally, my collection isn’t complete unless I have the theatrical cut as well. I was thrilled to get my hands on a review copy of the Blu-ray Combo pack, which includes copies of the movie on Blu-ray, on DVD and a Digital HD copy – as well as various extras. (more…)

Posted in Billy Boyd, Blu-Ray, DVD/Blu-Ray, DVDs, Fran Walsh, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Martin Freeman, Merchandise, New Zealand, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Production, Shop, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Warner Bros.

The One Last Party – more pics, Roll of Honor!

Presenting The One Last Party at the Hollywood Post 43 of The American Legion.More than two weeks have passed since our celebrations in Hollywood – how time flies! During those two weeks we’ve still been working hard – updating records, and making sure we know who collected their perks, and to whom we still need to send things!

All remaining perks should ship towards the end of this week; if you haven’t received something by the END OF MARCH, then please let us know!

We’re also busy working on the ‘Red Book’ – the thank you which we will send to Peter Jackson, including the names of all who supported The One Last Party Indiegogo campaign. Those names can now all be seen on our Roll of Honor – click here to see this splendid Fellowship of Fans!


Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Jewelry, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, New Zealand, Oscar Parties, Sideshow Collectibles, The Hobbit, The One Last Party, The One Last Party, Community, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop, William Kircher

Vote for The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies in the 2015 Empire Awards!

jameson-empire-awards-2015-logoThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has snared four nominations at the 2015 edition of The Empire Awards. Voting is open to the public now, and the winners will be announced on Sunday March 29 in London.

The awards The Hobbit has been nominated for are: (more…)

Posted in Events, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Other Events, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s Bifur the Dwarf Statue

hobbitbifura2The latest member of Thorin’s company has landed! Bifur the Dwarf is the eleventh of the company to be produced in statue form.

Bifur was sculpted by the insanely talented Lindsey Crummett who did a fantastic job of capturing one of my favorite looking Dwarves.

Bifur is limited to just 1000 pieces worldwide, with a price tag of $249. If you’re like me and hate waiting, then you’re in luck, as he is an in-stock item and is ready to ship to your collection now.

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop, William Kircher

Aidan Turner talks about Poldark

Television Poldark Aidan Turner is set to star in the BBC’s new adaptation of Poldark — the series of novels written by Winston Graham in the 1940s and 1950s.

He recently spoke with The Telegraph about the role. He also dropped a few anecdotes about his time on The Hobbit, and revealed how a story about him helping a fan escape a mugger in Odessa is not actually true.

Thanks to Ringer Taekotemple for the heads-up! (more…)

Posted in Aidan Turner, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Exciting news for Aidan Turner fans

AidanTurnerPoldarkRinger kiwifan has told us that Aidan Turner’s new mini-series “Poldark” will be heading to the small screen very soon.   Aidan’s co-stars include Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley), Heida Reed (Silent Witness), Ruby Bentall (The Paradise), Jack Farthing (Blandings), Kyle Solder (Anna Karenina), the late Warren Clarke (Red Riding), Phil Davies (Whitechapel), Beatie Edney (Poirot) and Robin Ellis, who played the title role in the original 1975-77 BBC adaptation of Winston Graham’s acclaimed novels.

Poldark starts on BBC One in the UK on Sunday 8 March at 9 pm and in the US on PBS Masterpiece on 14 June. It will also be on ABC in Australia.

Aidan says of the extensive riding required, “Luckily I did a lot of riding in New Zealand when we were there filming The Hobbit. I trained a lot and thought I’d leave a pretty good rider – thank God I did as there was a lot of riding in Poldark. It’s very much a part of who Ross is, so it’s immediately getting you into character.” [Read More]

Posted in Aidan Turner, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, The Hobbit

Check out 24 fabulous teaser images from The One Last Party

Presenting The One Last Party at the Hollywood Post 43 of The American Legion. TORn staffers Ashlee Rose Scott and Greg Barrett were among TORn’s official photographers for The One Last Party at the Hollywood Post 43 of The American Legion. They took more than 2,500 photos of all the action on the night, but here’s a handful of teasers to tide you over while we sort out the very best.

Also very quickly, on behalf of, I’d like to again thank all the Indiegogo supporters and sponsors who helped make the party possible. Whether you contributed $1 or $1,000, or even simply told folks about our campaign on social media, this party could not have happened without your belief and backing! We hope everyone who attended had a ball, and that those who weren’t able to make it had fun watching our live stream.

We do still have some Indiegogo perk fulfillment to complete, and for those waiting on perks, we’ll be in touch soon to let you know what’s happening there.

In the meantime, enjoy these great teaser stills from the party!

Posted in Bruce Hopkins, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, John Bell, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Oscar Parties, Peter Jackson, Sala Baker, The Hobbit, The One Last Party, WETA Digital

The #OneLastParty Auction and Raffle list of prizes

TORn IGG page assets-13List of some of the Auction and Raffle prizes:

Here are some of the items we will have available for the silent auction and raffle, including something for the Non-Attending Supporters of our Indiegogo campaign. We have some rather big ticket prizes, numerous autographed items, and some original artwork for you, and at least one item offered for a Charity Auction. Everything on this list will be split fairly evenly between the silent auction and the raffle, giving everyone a chance to walk away with something very cool. This is not a complete list, things are still arriving, but it will give you an idea of what you will have a chance to either bid on or try and win in a Chinese style raffle drawing.

Gollum glass

SR Pony mug










Artwork –

Gollum Stained Glass Window – handmade

Prancing Pony Mug – handmade

Green Dragon Mug – handmade

Bilbo’s Teacups – handmade

Mallorn Leaf Serving Plate – handmade

Signed Items –

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King “For Your Consideration” script – signed by numerous LOTR cast and crew

DOS Bilbo Poster – signed by numerous Hobbit cast and crew

DOS Cast Poster – signed by numerous Hobbit cast and crew

TOPPS Autograph Cards – One each for Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Billy Boyd, Sean Astin and Elijah Wood.

Samwise autograph card

Frodo autograph card






Big Ticket Items –

Sideshow Artist Proof of Sauron statue

Sideshow Artis Proof of Galadriel

One note for those of you not attending the party, two of the Signed TOPPS cards, the Sam and Frodo cards, will be raffled off for the Non-Attending supporters during our Live Stream of the party.

Posted in Billy Boyd, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Liv Tyler, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Oscar Parties, Sean Astin, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The One Last Party

Golden Globes round up – with a Hobbity slant!

Staffer Justin spots the Hobbit connections in yesterday’s Golden Globes awards ceremony:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was not nominated in any categories at the 2015 Golden Globes, but it was still very present at the ceremony. From the outset of the first award, Benedict Cumberbatch raised his hand to present on stage with Jennifer Aniston. Smaug the prankster was just getting warmed up.

A few minutes later during a photo-op gag featuring Meryl Streep and Margaret Cho, Benedict repeated his famous #Cumberbomb in what was probably one of the most DVR-rewind moments of the night. (Click the image for the animated GIF!)  BC at Golden globes

Eddie Redmayne took home best dramatic actor for The Theory of Elvenking errr Every Ring errr Everything, but few knew about his Hobbit connection! Mr Redmayne originally auditioned for Bilbo way back when, and the audition did not go very well. Watch the video below to see him telling Graham Norton about it.

radagastFans on Twitter also spotted BOFUR himself James Nesbitt in the audience!

Several awards including Screenplay and Comedy Actor went to BIRDMAN. We are talking about the same bird man right?

Martin Freeman and the team in FARGO won for Best Miniseries. That makes Martin one of the most gilded TV actors between Sherlock and Fargo.

Even without any nods to The Hobbit, the fact that Middle-earth has touched the careers of so many wonderful actors makes for a fun awards watching experience. Awards season is just getting started – will you help us bring it to an eagle-soaring completion at #OneLastParty?

One Last Party fundraiser!

one last party logo Our One Last Party fundraiser on Indiegogo is 80% funded and we’re pretty stoked!

If you’d like to join us as a Party of Special Magnificence in Hollywood in February — a toast to all SIX Middle-earth movies, then now is the time to throw in your support! Even if you can’t make it to Hollywood (or if you’ve already contributed), you can help out by retweeting or sharing our fundraiser across social media to get the word out.

Visit our campaign page to see how you can help — so we can all celebrate Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth movies together!

Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, James Nesbitt, Martin Freeman, Oscar Parties, Other Events, Television, The Hobbit, The One Last Party, The One Last Party