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The 14 most popular posts on TheOnering.net in 2014!

With 2014 about to come to a close, we thought we’d look back at the big stories of the year. So read on and check out our 14 most popular posts of 2014!

By the way, it doesn’t end here — don’t forget you can join us in Hollywood in February at the The One Last Party. Even if you can’t make it, there are still plenty of cool and interesting perks available if you’d like to back us!

Or you can always join our community in our chatroom or on the messageboards.

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Posted in Barlimans, Hobbit Movie, Meet Ups, TheOneRing.net Community

Chef Jamie Oliver had to turn down Hobbit cameo

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES The Sydney Morning Herald reports that British chef Jamie Oliver had to turn down the opportunity to cameo in The Hobbit due to work comittments. Unlucky! (more…)

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

Propmaking group builds incredible Bag End catbox and Barad-dûr scratching pole

lord-of-the-rings-cat-house This is amazing.

Propsmaker and FX group Tim Baker Creations designed a one-of-a-kind Bag End cat box and Barad-dûr scratching pole for Tolkien fan Misha Pollack and his cats Frodo and Sam. The group used styrene foam, epoxy and more than 650 feet of coiled rope to create Barad-dûr, while the Bag end kitty box is a shaped fibreglass shell reinforced with dowel, and covered with lichen to replicate the grassy fields of the Shire. (more…)

Posted in Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit

Billy Boyd performs The Last Goodbye live, in-studio on NPR

Billy Boyd The Last Goodbye About a minute into this NPR interview, Billy Boyd and fellow Beecake guitarist Billy Johnston perform a wonderful acoustic rendition of The Last Goodbye.

Boyd also spoke extensively with NPR’s Rachel Martin about the process behind the closing song for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, as well as The Edge of Night from Return of the King. (more…)

Posted in Billy Boyd, Hobbit Movie, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Video interview with Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly and Orlando Bloom

More from the press junket for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies World Premiere in London! This time it’s three elves who were chatting with staffer greendragon – discussing topics such as what exactly is the quality an actor playing an elf has to find, and how to let go and just trust the creative but chaotic genius of Peter Jackson!

Off camera, all three were invited to join us at The One Last Party. They were excited to party with fans – Evangeline Lilly even said that, although that is her one week off in the year, she might break into her down time to be with us! Don’t forget, if you pledge to the crowdfunding campaign before 12noon EST on Dec 31st, you could win a cool prize! Full details here.

 

Join us in Los Angeles in February at The One Last Party

one last party logo We’re hosting a Party of Special Magnificence next February — a toast to all SIX movies, both LOTR trilogy and The Hobbit.

Visit our Indiegogo campaign page to grab your tickets and help make it happen — so we can all celebrate Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth movies together!

Posted in Contests, Evangeline Lilly, Events, Fans, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Lee Pace, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Orlando Bloom, Oscar Parties, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The One Last Party, The One Last Party, TheOneRing.net Community

Luke Evans chats with staffer greendragon

During the press junket for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies world premiere in London, TORn staffer greendragon had the pleasure of sitting down with various cast members, to chat about the film, their experiences on set, and their future projects. She was also able to invite them all to come and join us at The One Last Party next February! (Tickets available here: The One Last Party)

Here is her conversation with Luke Evans – who revealed some fascinating insights into Bard’s character. Enjoy!

 

 

Join us in Los Angeles in February at The One Last Party

one last party logo We’re hosting a Party of Special Magnificence next February — a toast to all SIX movies, both LOTR trilogy and The Hobbit.

Visit our Indiegogo campaign page to grab your tickets and help make it happen — so we can all celebrate Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth movies together!

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Luke Evans, Meet Ups, Oscar Parties, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The One Last Party, The One Last Party

One Last Party campaign extended – and a GIVEAWAY!

We’re still working hard to make #OneLastParty – a Party of Special Magnificence – happen, so we can all celebrate together next February! We had many requests from fans who hoped we could extend the deadline, so after much consideration we went ahead and extended to January 18th. It was tricky to choose a date – of course we all want to reach our target as soon as possible, but we wanted to take into account the fact that some folks don’t get paid until Jan 15th, and may want to purchase tickets then.

So – due to popular demand, you now have until 18th January to pledge, and to persuade all your friends to buy tickets, too!

The goal, of course, is still to reach that target as soon as possible – and to that end, we are holding an exciting GIVEAWAY for all those who pledge before 12noon EST on December 31st! Everyone who has already pledged – and all who pledge between now and then – will be entered into a draw to WIN a Menu from our ‘One Dragon, One Party’ Oscar Moot held 2014 at the Cat & Fiddle restaurant in Los Angeles. This beautiful item, printed on a thick card stock paper, golden marbled, using the Shire Regular font designed by Daniel Reeve (the official Calligrapher for the films), was SIGNED at the party by Adam Brown (Ori), Craig Parker (Haldir) and Dean O’Gorman (Fili).

One Dragon, One Party menu signed by Dean O'Gorman, Craig Parker and Adam Brown

One Dragon, One Party menu signed by Dean O’Gorman, Craig Parker and Adam Brown

To be in with a chance to win this item, you simply need to have made a pledge of ANY level to the campaign before 12noon EST, Wednesday 31st December. You can give $10 and be part of the big thank you card we will send to PJ et al; you can pledge $200 for a party ticket; you can even snag some exclusive items at higher ‘perk’ levels, (such as a solid gold One Ring from Badali Jewelry, which retails for $924, but which you could claim for only $600 – and that includes your party ticket, too!) Names will be entered into the draw for as many times as an individual has pledged – so if you’ve pledged twice, you have two chances to win!

A name will be drawn at random and the winner will be notified by email, and the signed menu shipped out to that lucky person asap. This means that the winner will receive the menu no matter what the final result of our campaign is. Someone is guaranteed to win this special collectible signed by three cast members – all you have to do, to be in with a chance to win, is make a pledge!

And if you need any further persuasion to join the party, here’s a video where Billy Boyd chats with staffer greendragon. Towards the end of the interview, he talks about the music he’d like to play at the party; let’s make it happen, so Billy can come and serenade us all! #OneLastParty – see you there!


Join us in Los Angeles in February at The One Last Party

one last party logo We’re hosting a Party of Special Magnificence next February — a toast to all SIX movies, both LOTR trilogy and The Hobbit.

Visit our Indiegogo campaign page to grab your tickets and help make it happen — so we can all celebrate Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth movies together!

Posted in Adam Brown, Billy Boyd, Contests, Craig Parker, Dean O'Gorman, Events, Fans, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Oscar Parties, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The One Last Party, The One Last Party, TheOneRing.net Community

Chris Lee’s new Christmas tune: Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing

chrislee I think we posted this on Facebook a couple weeks back, but I love me some Christopher Lee metal — especially Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross.

For the last few Decembers, Lee has also been releasing metal-themes Christmas tunes, putting his own inimitable stamp on classics such as The Little Drummer Boy and Silent Night Holy Night.

Now he has a new single: Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing. (more…)

Posted in Christopher Lee, Hobbit Cast News

Listen to Peter Hollens cover Song of the Lonely Mountain

Singer Peter Hollens is quite renowned for his multi-layered a capella covers of The Edge of Night, Into the West and I See Fire.

Now he’s added Neil Finn‘s Song of the Lonely Mountain to the collection. Check it out below. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, soundtrack, The Hobbit

Poll: vote for your fave fantasy movie of 2014 on IGN

Hobbit_3_Horizontal_Teaser IGN is running a number of “best of 2014″ polls. Among the various categories is Best Fantasy Film, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a contendr alongside How to Train Your Dragon II, Maleficent, Into the Woods and Book of Life. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Tolkien’s Hobbit born of humble words

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Sydney Morning Herald writer Darryn King examines Tolkien as the progenitor of the art of conlangs (constucted languanges). But, as King points out, for Tolkien the language always came first and his works were ultimately developed to give to give voice to his invented tongues.

If you’re curious to read some of the primary sources for this, I recommend Letters #294 and #297 from The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


The fairytale opening line of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is among the most memorable and beloved in literature: “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” It is an unassuming first sentence for what turns out to be an epic fantasy saga about good and evil, and one of the most influential works of fiction of the 20th century. (more…)

Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Languages, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Collecting The Precious: Exclusive First Look at Gandalf the Grey’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Staff

A45-UC3108.imageUnited Cutlery has a brand new item that we have the chance to show off you all for the first time.

This new staff is for Gandalf the Grey and is the staff we see him carry after being rescued from Dol Guldur. What once was the staff of Radagast the Brown goes on to be used by Gandalf in the final Hobbit movie as well as The Fellowship of the Ring. Measuring 69″ tall this superb replica can be added to your collection right now for $175 with it shipping in April of next year. A nice touch for those that order this is that you not only get the staff but Gandalf’s pipe and nail, which he uses to clean his pipe after a fine smoke.

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Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies