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‘Minister of Chance’ second series for 2015

MofCOur good friends over at The Minister of Chance have let us know that the second series of their popular podcast will be available to fans in 2015. Their press release tells us, ‘Radio Static, the company behind the groundbreaking Minister of Chance franchise, have delighted geekdom by announcing the production of a second season of the award-winning podcast series.’

There are also still plans in the works to create a film of the series, which would include actors Jed Brophy and Sylvester McCoy, reprising their roles from the first season; and we’re also told, ‘A Minister of Chance convention is now in the works for autumn 2015 which will also be held in the county [of Cheshire in the North West of England], and this is also expected to bring in a legion of fans to meet the famous names involved.’

Read more at the series’ website, here.

Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Radio, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit

Middle-earth filmmakers set their sights on stop motion ‘Birds’

BirdsCatching up with some of our friends from New Zealand, we learned about a project that involves the efforts of a lot of Kiwis, including Sylvester McCoy of Hobbit fame and Lord of the Rings’ Alex Funke. For good measure New Zealand’s Grammy winner Kimbra (Somebody That I Used To Know) is supporting the project with her voice.

In the age of computer generated effects, the film “Birds” is a throwback. A friend to TORn, Horst Sarubin, who worked on visual effects for the three Hobbit films, is behind the project that uses puppets, shot one frame at a time with incremental movements between frames to create a motion picture. The film, about the struggles of George the bird in the primordial forests of Zealandia (pre-historic New Zealand) to carry on.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEYMcCoy is well known for his bird whistles and humor, which Hobbit director Peter Jackson definitely brought through the former Dr. Who’s Radagast into cinematic Middle-earth. In the film’s kickstarter campaign McCoy presents those whistles and gets a little bird treat in return. In the same video Funke, who is best know for helping make the LOTR bigatures look amazing on screen, explains his role is to make the cinematography great.

The stop-motion technique is being employed to give the filmmakers a hands-on experience and a final project they claim will be alive and organic. Tying closely with the passions of Peter Jackson, these are the same techniques used by Ray Harryhausen and Willis H. O’Brien. The original King Kong movie was made in this fashion, inspiring a generation of filmmakers.

With a team of grass-roots talent with a Middle-earth cinematic legacy efforting the film and a universal appealing story, but set in the ancient human-free land that would eventually become New Zealand, TORn readers may want to know further information is available at georgethebird.com. The grass-roots effort is seeking fan support via the kickstarter campaign above.

Posted in Alex Funke, Crew News, Lord of the Rings, Models, New Zealand, Peter Jackson, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit

Air New Zealand unveils the Most Epic Safety Video ever made

ANZ This adorable video makes an excellent addition to Air New Zealand’s more lighthearted and fun approach to safety videos shown at the beginning of every flight.

Kiwi filmmaker Taika Waititi has taken two Middle-earth fans and placed them in the middle of an Epic Journey, surrounded by Hobbits, Dwarves, Orcs and Elves, and some of them are the actual actors from the films. All the bases are covered, seat belts, electronic devices, life vests, etc, but there is a very definite Middle-earth vibe going on. (more…)

Posted in Dean O'Gorman, Elijah Wood, Fans, Locations Sets, New Zealand, Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Tolkien

It Comes in Print? I’m Getting One.

Middle-earth MadnessYou asked for it. We listened.

When TORn’s new book, Middle-earth Madness, came out last month for Kindle and Nook, some fans were delighted, like Elizabeth Trogden who gives the books five stars at Amazon saying, “Just as the movies led me to the books, TheOneRing.net informed me of the many fans and their activities. This book wonderfully complements all of them.”

But there were others lit up Facebook and message boards with a clear request: “We want a printed version!” As Ithilwen commented, “I hope for printed version as well, it just seems way more fitting to read about Middle-earth from a paper book. Or maybe I’m just a bit old fashioned.”

Well, here it is. Real pages packed with hobbity goodness for you to hold in your hand and set on the shelf with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies the book is all about. It’s a little piece of TORn you can keep as a collector’s item and look back on as the years go by.

Get yours today to find out…

Middle-earth Madness- Which creature design in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the filmmakers weren’t satisfied with and secretly changed for the extended edition DVD
– Which Hobbit movie includes an item with J.R.R. Tolkien’s name written on it
– Which item Bilbo takes from Beorn’s house and takes home
– How Peter Jackson could make an adaptation of The Silmarillion without obtaining the rights from the Tolkien Estate
– and lots more, including interviews with Richard Armitage (Thorin), Sylvester McCoy (Radagast), Richard Taylor (Weta Workshop), Mark Ordesky (LOTR Exec) and many more of your favorites.

Want to read a sample chapter and see what all the fuss is about? Here you go!

Update: thanks to DanielLB on our discussion boards for pointing out that the book is also available on some Amazon sites for countries other than the U.S. (amazon.uk, amazon.fr). So check out your country’s site in case you can save on some shipping.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Collectibles, Graham McTavish, Happy Hobbit, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie FAQ, Lord of the Rings, Richard Armitage, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien, William Kircher

Jed Brophy confirmed to appear in ‘The Minister of Chance’ movie

Last week we let you know that Sylvester McCoy is confirmed to appear as The Witch Prime in the planned movie of The Minister of Chance. It has now been officially confirmed that Jed Brophy will also take part in the film, reprising his role of the mysterious and impish Pilot, who in the audio series ferries Kitty and The Minister across the mythical River Hex. Jed has a message for the fans who know him as Nori:

 

The Minister of Chance is shaping up to be a great movie for Hobbit fans! Find out more about this exciting project here.

Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit

Sylvester McCoy confirmed to appear in ‘The Minister of Chance’ movie

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Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Miscellaneous, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit

TORn Book Now Available For Kindle & Nook

The kindle version of TheOneRing.net’s new book, Middle-earth Madness, has been selling at Amazon for the last week. Now it’s available for Nook!

We’ve previously shared a sample chapter about Lord of the Rings executive producer Mark Ordesky. Now here’s another sample, our interview with Sylvester McCoy.

Behind-the-Scenes with Sylvester McCoy (Radagast)

Let’s be honest. If you were sitting at a pub having a pint, and the fellow next to you was rambling about how he was almost Bilbo Baggins in the movies, you’d wonder if he’d had one too many of the Gaffer’s home brew. But if that fellow happened to be Sylvester McCoy, you should know two things: first, he’s telling you the truth, and second, the craziness has probably just begun.

“I was up for Bilbo Baggins originally,” McCoy says, referring not to The Hobbit but to The Lord of the Rings movies. “And it got down to me and another person. Just two left of the many hundreds that started off on the journey. And I didn’t know Ian Holm was the other person, but if I had known, I would have known I wouldn’t get it, because Ian Holm is a brilliant, wonderful actor. And later I was delighted to be at least in his company. But that was the beginning of the journey toward Radagast.”

Sitting down to chat with TheOneRing.net, McCoy is as eccentric as the wizard he plays, at times pretending to have birds under his hat and at other times playing a pair of spoons for our entertainment. But then his journey from almost-Bilbo to Radagast was anything but conventional itself.

“The Bilbo audition was the beginning of it. Then [the filmmakers] saw me as the Fool in King Lear in New Zealand, and they offered me the job of Radagast. And when I went to see them, we were chatting about the fact that I didn’t do Bilbo Baggins. And they said, ‘We think maybe that’s a pretty good thing, because we’ve written you a bigger part.’ I thought, ‘I have to read the book again.’ It had been years. And I read it, and I kept thinking, ‘Where is Radagast? Where is he?’ And I thought ‘Oh dear, what kind of part is this?’”

McCoy, born as Percy Kent-Smith in Dunoon, Scotland in 1943, is a jack of all trades, having been a comedian, a busker and, of course, a character actor. Taking his stage name from a character he played in a comedy act (An Evening with Sylveste McCoy: the Human Bomb), he gained international fame as the seventh Doctor in the long running British television series, Doctor Who. (He still carries his question mark umbrella with him, showing it off to us while we chat.)

“When I took over as Doctor Who from Colin Baker,” he explains, “he had an umbrella in this story, so I ended up with an umbrella, and I actually quite like it. I’m a proppy person. And in my mind I could see an image of the shape of me with an umbrella—the shadow thing—and I said, ‘Let’s make it with a question mark.’ And one of the great designers of the Doctor Who shoot said how wonderful she thought it was. She thought it was very witty and, in a sense, understated. I find the question mark [costume] overstated, and if I had had my way, or if I would have done the fourth season, I would have gotten rid of it. Because it was too many question marks. People should be continuously saying, ‘Why the question marks? What does it mean?’ But no one ever did, because people just ignored it. In real life they wouldn’t, would they?”

As McCoy alluded to before, a few years before joining the cast of The Hobbit, he toured for two years as the Fool in King Lear. Playing the king was Ian McKellen, who was willing to bare it all for the production. “Originally, [director] Trevor Nunn wanted us both to take our clothes off, but luckily I had this harness on, so I didn’t have to. In order to be hung I had to have a harness I could be strung up on. So thank goodness I was hung at the end of the first act, or otherwise I would have had to have been very well hung to compete with Ian. Because my God, who can compete with Ian?”

Stepping away from the “biggest little wizard” competition, we ask McCoy about the beginning of his time in New Zealand as he was preparing to shoot The Hobbit.

“I love doing conventions, and I was doing a convention in Auckland, and the whole thing kind of fitted into my call on The Hobbit. They were going to send a car for me on the Monday night after the convention finished and drive me down to Piopio, which is kind of halfway down the North Island, but then they changed their minds because of the weather. So I was on the stage—trying not to talk about The Hobbit to the conventioneers—when my phone rang! And so I answered the phone, and I said to everyone, ‘Oh my goodness, it’s The Hobbit! The Hobbit [people] are on the phone!’ And they all got very excited. And The Hobbit people wanted to come and pick me up a day earlier. And I said, ‘Well, I’ll have to talk to the organizers of the convention.’ And before I had finished, the organizer of the convention knew as much about it as I did because someone in the audience was texting or twittering, telling everything that was going on. But anyway, they ended up sending a helicopter for me. And so I got to fly all that way at seven in the morning and see half of the island, and it was stunning. You could see Middle-earth, with the mist coming off the rivers and the lakes and another kind of softer mist coming out through the woods. I mean, that was really magical.”

Though Radagast is only mentioned once in passing in Tolkien’s version of The Hobbit, director Peter Jackson assured McCoy there were bigger plans for the “tender of the beasts,” as the wizard’s name translates to. It didn’t take long for McCoy to fall in love with the part.

“It’s great. It’s a nice role to do. When the costume arrived and I looked at myself, suddenly Radagast emerged. I’m not really a method actor. I get an instinct about something. Sometimes it feels quite magical. Suddenly something arrives. Working with Ian in the theatre on the stage, he does that. He stands on the side of the stage, and he knows the lines and the moves and all that, but you can see the mysterious, spiritual part of it only comes when he steps onto the stage, and it’s so exciting. And I started to realize I was doing the same—partly because I didn’t know what he was going to do and what emotion or strength I would require.”

And how long did it take to get into that make-up and wardrobe? “Oh, a couple of hours, really. They gave me a prosthetic nose. It was quite simple, really. They stuck on a nose, and it was slightly bent. And then I had big ears, but you couldn’t see them because of the hair. Then they gave me a funny little tooth; a sweet little snaggletooth. It was alright, except for bird whistling. I had to learn how to whistle again with a tooth. The Dwarves had it worse. I knew some of those actors from Britain before, and I came in and was having lunch; I was sitting next to this dwarf, and I didn’t realize it was an old mate of mine, Ken Stott! I didn’t recognize him until he spoke. I was given an aide-mémoire [a cheat sheet] with the pictures of all the actors playing the dwarves. It was really handy, except it wasn’t the characters. So I was going around with this, and you couldn’t tell who was on this aide and who was there.”

It didn’t take long for McCoy to begin shooting at Rhosgobel. “I’d just arrived a couple of days before, and the scenes I did there were the first scenes. They picked me up at four in the morning, and I didn’t get home until ten at night. And I literally could not walk. I was utterly exhausted. Because I was the only person there; with a stuffed hedgehog. So there was no one else to pass the buck to. It was just me. But when I went into the cottage I just fell in love with it. It was so beautiful. A higgledy-piggledy place. And I loved the idea that he was so in love with nature that he wouldn’t cut down a tree that decided it was going to move in and live with him. You know, he was like, ‘Come live with me, great oak!’ But it was very hot. They had to blow in air to keep me cool. It was so enclosed. There were no false walls or anything like that. You know, sometimes they have a set and they can take a wall away so they can shoot from there. No, they built the actual thing. It’s a shame they’ve taken it away. I’d loved if they had kept it, really. Because people would be delighted to be able to go through it. The detail! I cannot tell you the beautiful detail on the set. And some of it’s not seen, really, on the screen. But those artists that work on The Hobbit are just brilliant and detailed and so enthusiastic. Their love for it is just a joy. New Zealand is so far away, and especially in the old days before the internet, Peter said if they wanted to get anything they’d have to write and wait six months for it to come from Europe or England or America to get there. So they had to invent their own stuff and be creative in that way. And out of it has grown this wondrous, creative industry.”

McCoy, of course, had to learn Elvish to save Sebastian. (Or at least he had to learn a couple lines of it.) But don’t ask him to repeat it! “I did know what it meant when I was saying it at the time. I had to learn it and say it properly again and again. It was a bit of a nightmare trying to get it, you know. The pronunciation had to be so precise because there are some people out there who are so pernickety about things,” he says, looking straight at us. “And you don’t know how much that drives us poor actors mad! But I can’t remember now what the Elvish was. As an actor, as soon I’ve done something it’s gone. Because I’ve only got so much room in my head! I mean, I’ve been an actor now for forty-odd years. And I’ve been one of those very, very lucky actors who’s continuously been employed in something or other. So many lines have gone through my head, they go in my ear, they come out my mouth and that’s it.”

After working with the stuffed hedgehog (used to give him a reference before the computer generated version was added), it was on to rabbits—which were no more real! “For a while I thought they were going to get real rabbits. Because, they’re based on these very large rabbits in northern Belgium, and I thought maybe I was going to have trained real rabbits, which would have been quite cool really. But then they would have all pooed all over the place and made more rabbits while we were watching and all that. But the wizards of Weta are marvelous. There’s a bit in the film where we’re kind of waiting, and one of the rabbits is stamping his foot on the ground, and another one is doing something else, and they’ve all got individual little quirks about them. Astonishing really. Bloody upstaging rabbits!”

They say not to work with children or animals. Didn’t anybody warn McCoy? “They did, but I thought I was going to get away with it on this film because I was working on green screen, so there weren’t any animals there. I had to imagine them. And I didn’t know those wizards at Weta were going to come up with these birds and animals that were going to upstage me like mad. Like Sebastian the upstager. I mean, look at him! No, it’s true. Don’t work with children or animals or Weta animals.”

McCoy, of course, spends frequent screen time with his old friend from the stage. “Serena McKellen,” he calls him, knowing McKellen would appreciate the mondegreen. “I was working with him in London, and he just got ‘Companion of Honor’, which is another one of those medieval honors that they dish out in modern Britain. And we were going into the stage door, and he said ‘My dear boy, I’ve just become a camp onion of honor.’”

Asked if he was able to meet fellow wizard Christopher Lee, he replies, “No. That’s really sad. I didn’t meet him, because he’s getting on a bit and to travel out to New Zealand from London would be too much for him. So again, the magic of film, they went and filmed him in London. You know that scene [in Rivendell] where they’re all together sitting around the table? He’s not there. He’s in London. But it was so real and so clever. Galadriel walks right behind him. It was just so wonderful. But I —oh, I can’t talk about the next film. I want to! I’m so excited! I want to tell you all about it, but I can’t. I got a letter the other day that said ‘McCoy, keep your mouth shut!’ Or something along those lines, anyway. I’ve been programmed by Weta to cover my mouth whenever I’m going to give a spoiler.”

Overall, McCoy says he enjoyed working in New Zealand. “Yes, it’s funny really, I expected that I would be overawed by it all, but Peter Jackson is so good at making people relaxed. And the people of New Zealand, all of them (there are only four million of them in the country) must have somehow been connected with it. They’re great. They’re laid back, and you feel very relaxed. That was great. I mean, there are some times when you know the epic moments that you’re involved in—you felt the weight of that. But most of the time it’s just great fun. I did a scene that I’m not supposed to talk about with Cate Blanchett, and I would have given my fee back just to do that scene because she’s great. She is absolutely amazing, and she’s so lovely and down to earth. I mean, she’s like Australian royalty. She’s so elegant, so intelligent and beautiful, but she’s also very, very friendly. Her children were there, and it was great getting to know her.”

McCoy was also very impressed with the Dale set, which he had the opportunity to see as a ghost town before it was shot. “I went out with Andy Serkis, who was acting as second unit director. He invited me to come out one Sunday when no one was there. It had been built, and he was just going around kind of walking out some shots for the burning of it. So they spent all these millions building this amazing town, and then they burnt it down. But it was lovely. We had lunch there, and it was like being in some Italian village on top of a mountain. It was glorious.”

So was it a good idea to expand the film series to three parts?

“Yes! My agent thinks it’s a good idea. My bank manager thinks it’s a good idea. I’m not arguing with that one, really. In a way, I was slightly despondent I never got offered anything in Harry Potter. Continuously while it was going on, people kept saying to me, ‘Why aren’t you in Harry Potter?’ And I said, ‘Well, no one asked, or maybe I was busy.’ I don’t know whatever it was, but it would have been quite nice.”

Looking back at his career, McCoy can’t help but think about his clothes and the man who has been collecting them, a genre fan by the name of Peter Jackson. “He is a great collector of things. He’s got warehouses of stuff. He has got my Doctor Who costume. He’s also got my Radagast the Brown costume. I’m hanging on to my street clothes like mad. He’s not getting them. I have to have something to walk about in!”

Speaking of that seventh Doctor, when McCoy was cast as Radagast, many thought he might be given a “question mark” staff and some fans still look for, or think they see, a question mark in his costume. “No, there aren’t any,” he admits. “It’s a different part altogether. The only hint of Doctor Who in it is that I have to talk about rrrrabits, and there is a bit of rolling of r’s.”

And so what’s left for McCoy? Something different, he says. “There are some actors who we love and adore who are the same in everything, and we like that. You know, Sean Connery never changes his accent, but he gets away with it because we love that accent. He got an Oscar for a Scottish Irishman, if you know what I mean. And there are others: Bob Hoskins, who had a great Cockney accent, and John Wayne. And we love actors like that, but I’m not that kind of actor. I’m a character actor. I want to be different.”

Here is the complete table of contents for Middle-earth Madness, a book that covers the first two Hobbit movies and looks back at The Lord of the Rings:

Introduction
The History of The Hobbit Films
Behind-the-Scenes with Richard Taylor

An Unexpected Journey (AUJ)

AUJ: A Long Expected Success
AUJ: An Unexpected Failure

I: Prologue
II: An Unexpected Party
III: The World is Ahead
IV: Roast Mutton
V: On the Run

Behind-the-Scenes with Sylvester McCoy
AUJ Soundtrack Review
Inside Information with Richard Armitage

VI: A Short Rest
VII: Over Hill and Under Hill
VIII: Riddles in the Dark
IX: Out of the Frying-Pan, Into the Fire

Getting to Know Kiran Shah
A Look Back at TheOneRing.net News
Inside Information with Graham McTavish
Hobbitception

The Desolation of Smaug (DOS)

DOS: A Deep Disappointment
DOS: A Dazzling Success
X: Queer Beginnings
XI: Lost in Mirkwood & Attacked by Spiders
XII: The Elves & the Woodland Realm
XIII: Barrels out of Bond

Behind-the-Scenes with William Kircher
DOS Soundtrack Review
Inside Information with Peter Hambleton

XIV: Bard the Smuggler
XV: Lake-town
XVI: To the Doorstep
XVII: Inside the Mountain
XVIII: The Wrath of Smaug

Inside Information with Jed Brophy
A Letter to the Cast and Crew
Nine Mind-Blowing Reasons

Looking Back at The Lord of the Rings

Worldbuilding (From The Frodo Franchise)
Q&A with Design Artist Daniel Falconer
Hobbiton (From The Lord of the Films)
The Legacy of The Lord of the Rings Films
Getting to Know Mark Ordesky
Middle-earth Fans: Dressing the Part

Looking Back at the Animated Hobbit

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Epilogue

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements

The New TORn Book – Middle-earth Madness

TORNMMTheOneRing.net is pleased to announce that to celebrate the birthdays of Frodo and Bilbo, we are releasing a digital book called Middle-earth Madness. Join Quickbeam, Happy Hobbit, greendragon, MrCere, Kristin Thompson, J.W. Braun and the gang, along with Richard Armitage (Thorin), Sylvester McCoy (Radagast), Richard Taylor (Weta Workshop), Mark Ordesky (LOTR Exec) and many more of your favorites for an in-depth look at the first two Peter Jackson Hobbit movies as well as a look back at his Lord of the Rings.

With it’s scene-by-scene analysis and behind-the-scenes stories, Middle-earth Madness is your tour guide and backstage pass all rolled into one. Best yet, with no spoilers for the third Hobbit film, it’s a great way to look back and reflect before enjoying The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

You can get yours for Kindle here. Or, check out a free sample chapter here.

(The book is available at Amazon websites worldwide. We will have the it available for Nook very shortly.)

Posted in Books, Books Publications, Fans, Green Books, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Merchandise, Richard Armitage, Richard Taylor, Shop, Sylvester McCoy, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community

Happy Birthday to Sylvester McCoy, John Noble, Alan Lee, John Howe and Richard Armitage!

IMG_3850August is a busy month for birthdays in the LOTR/Hobbit movie-verse.  So from all of us here at theonering.net, we’d like to wish everyone a very Happy Birthday.

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Posted in Alan Lee, Crew News, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, John Howe, John Noble, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Production, Richard Armitage, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit

FantasyCon 2014 Full Recap!

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Fantasy-Con’s official mascot!

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These dwarves aren’t afraid of Smaug!

The first annual FantasyCon was an amazing weekend! Tens of thousands of fans from around the country and many actors from around the world traveled to beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah for an engagingly fun weekend of group panels, signings, photo ops and fireside chats. Here is a recap of some of the fun from several TheOneRing.net staff members who made the journey there.

Elijah Wood Hosts Kickoff Party

Starting off the week was an amazing dance night hosted by Frodo himself DJ ElWood!

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Elijah Wood is on the right in the center of the stage. Frodo has some groovy tunes!

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Official Fantasy-Con photographers got better shots than we did ;)

Middle-earth Kick-Off!

To start FantasyCon with a celebrity blast, an all-star group of Tolkien guests took the stage including:

  • Sean Astin (Samwise)
  • Adam Brown (Ori)
  • Billy Boyd (Pippin)
  • Jed Brophy (Nori)
  • John Callen (Óin)
  • Peter Hambleton (Glóin)
  • William Kircher (Bifur)
  • Sylvester McCoy (Radagast)
  • Graham McTavish (Dwalin)
  • Mark Ordesky (Executive Producer LOTR)
  • John Rhys-Davies (Gimli)
  • Ken Stott (Balin)
  • author Doug Adams (‘The Music of The Lord of the Rings’)
  • artist Donato Giancola
  • Badali Jewelry
  • …and the staff of TheOneRing.net!

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Posted in Adam Brown, Conventions, Elijah Wood, Events, FantasyCon, Graham McTavish, Happy Hobbit, Jed Brophy, John Callen, John Rhys-Davies, Ken Stott, Meet Ups, Peter Hambleton, Sylvester McCoy, TORn TUESDAYS Live!, William Kircher

Middle-earth kickoff panel at Fantasy Con

Fili barrelThe Official Day 1 of FantasyCon was yesterday, July 3 and was filled with cosplay, LARPing, music and heraldry. A few awesome Middle-earth costumers visited our booth, and we even had a Dwarf in a Barrel. The barrel and the 4 Hobbits standee proved to be quite popular with those holding a camera, especially the children.

At 11am TheOneRing.net hosted their first panel at the convention with the Preview of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies to an enthusiastic crowd. We fully expect that the trailer will be out by the time San Diego Comic Con rolls around in a few weeks, at which point our Preview panel will be dramatically updated.

Near the end of the day, the entirety of the Tolkien programming track was introduced on stage at the Middle-earth kickoff party. Artists, musicians, writers and TheOneRing.net staff on hand, plus an Avalanche of Dwarves, as John Rhys-Davies put it, a Wizard and a pair of Hobbits converged on the Main Ballroom stage to thunderous applause. Moments later, the entire room went silent, you could almost hear a pin drop, along with one wee Hobbit singing his heart out.

During the panel, numerous questions were asked of many Dwarves, Hobbits and a Wizard, but none were handled with quite so much originality as the one about the Dwarven prosthetics.

The day ended with the Red Party, a less bloody affair than the Red Wedding. Costumed denizens of Westeros and many other realms all danced the night away.

 

Posted in Adam Brown, Billy Boyd, Conventions, Events, Fans, FantasyCon, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jed Brophy, John Callen, John Rhys-Davies, Ken Stott, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Peter Hambleton, Sean Astin, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien, William Kircher

TheOneRing.net joins the FantasyCon parade, seeks costumers

ParadeWith only 10 days left until the largest gathering of Middle-earth actors, artists and other talents converge on Salt Lake City for FantasyCon, TheOneRing.net is joining the ranks for the event’s July 4 parade. TORn submitted an entry in the walking parade that features 40 or more groups of costumers marching the morning of July 4 from the streets of the city into the mammoth convention hall where the celebration of Fantasy awaits. (more…)

Posted in Adam Brown, Conventions, Elijah Wood, Events, Fans, FantasyCon, Graham McTavish, Jed Brophy, Peter Hambleton, Sylvester McCoy, William Kircher