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Collecting The Precious- Sideshow Collectibles Saruman the White Premium Format Preview

SarumanToday’s Sideshow Collectibles Newsletter provided a preview of the newest item to join the Premium Format line of collectibles for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. (more…)

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Shop, Sideshow Collectibles

Voting Begins Now – Middle-earth Madness 2014 Round 1

2014BracketMORIA — As we reported yesterday, the bracket is finalized and the match-ups are set. Our annual Middle-earth March Madness is now underway!

A note on voting: This is a tongue-in-cheek attempt to ‘crown’ a victor of Middle-earth. Each one of you will participate in your own manner. Some may take it very seriously and do your homework to try and scholarly determine who would actual win the battles. Some of you will simply vote based on popularity. Heck, some of you will vote randomly! However you participate, we encourage you to have fun with it.  We encourage you to make your case for a certain combatant in the comments, our forums, Facebook or twitter.

For those of you confused by some of the names, educate yourself by simply googling the name. We found that Wikipedia has a plethora of information on each character/object.

Voting ends at 10pm ET on the final day of the round. In this case, voting for the first round match-ups will end on March 20th. We will then calculate the winners, and post a new bracket on March 21st.

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Posted in Contests, Events, Fans, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers

Middle-earth Madness 2014 Unleashed!

2014BracketMORIA — TheOneRing.net’s selection committee has been hard at work, delving too deep into lore and frivolous fandom to bring you the third? another edition of Middle-earth Madness! The top seeds in each bracket are predictable and Hobbit-book-centric, with fan favorites Thorin, Bilbo, Gandalf and Smaug each holding the top spot in their respective brackets. Smaug anchors the LONELY MOUNTAIN bracket, Bilbo is at home in BAG END, while Thorin heads EREBOR and everybody’s (most everybody’s) favorite wizard and 2013 champion lands in MIRKWOOD. (Don’t expect it to all make sense, we are after all voting for fictional characters based on no specific criteria in a bracket format made popular by NCAA basketball in the 20th Century. Just go with it.)

Smaug is a repeat one seed but in the 2013 version of the contest, the other tops spots were The One Ring, Balin (who lost his opening round match with Pippin, a sixteen seed, by .05 percent) and Galadriel. In 2012, with a smaller field, Gandalf and Bilbo were top seeds along with Legolas and Glorfindel. The first winner  was Sam in 2012 with Gandalf snagging the Maiar community a trophy in 2013. Can the wizard be stopped in 2014?

New to the bracket is Tauriel, the elf maiden entirely made up by filmmaker Peter Jackson’s writing team. The bad-muther elf has the potential to face Gandalf in the Mirkwood bracket if they each win their first four contests. Tauriel must first fend off Saruman’s Palantir. Thranduil, Beorn and Bard are the other second seeds and each seems just fabulous enough to be real contenders. Bard, in the same bracket as Smaug, just might be in the right place to pull an upset. Meanwhile his Black Arrow faces the Watcher In The Water in the Bag End bracket. Another object making its first appearances and likely offending purists and bracketologists alike, is the Bunny Sled. In a tough matchup, it must face Angcalagon, known as “The Black” and the greatest of all winged dragons from Middle-earth’s first age. He was likely the largest dragon that ever graced Middle-earth and could likely use Smaug as a toothpick, but could be erased by a sled – pulled by rabbits.

The Erebor branch of the bracket is filled with dark creatures and objects including rings and The Arkenstone. Once a champion, Sam is now a #10 seed and faces Azog. But the white CGI movie Azog or the vengeful creature from the LOTR appendicies? Only voters can decide who will prevail. If Samwise can down Azog (he was a ring-bearer after all) he may prove Tauriel’s undoing in the second round. Beren (a symbol for J.R.R. Tolkien himself) and Luthein (the author’s wife Edith) each made the field and are always a tough out.

Be sure to follow the complete bracket to see which imaginary character gets an imaginary mithril shirt engraved with MIDDLE-EARTH MADNESS across the chest.

Posted in Contests, Events, Fans, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers

Peter of many colours? Jackson finally leaves the path of wisdom

Peter Jackson stands on the set of Lake-Town

Peter Jackson stands on the set of Lake-town.

In our latest Library feature, TORn columnist Timothy Furnish writes about his reaction to The Desolation of Smaug and why he feels it is the least “true” of the five Middle-earth films that Peter Jackson has produced so far.

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Posted in Green Books, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Collecting The Precious – Asmus Toys Gandalf the White 1:6th Figure

IMG_7056Asmus Toys is proud to present the next figure in their 1:6th action figure line for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Previously Asmus released two bad guys, the Morgul Lord and Gothmog. Now we get the first good guy in Gandalf the White. Gandalf comes with a really good likeness to Sir Ian McKellen, Glamdring, staff, hands galore, and a very cool severed Orc head that will fit on a regular 12″ body. No word yet on when Gandalf will go up for order or price but once he does, we will certainly let you all know.

The full breakdown for Gandalf the White looks like this:

Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Gandalf the White from The Return of the King.

  • Asmus Toys  KP01A+ male body
  • Approximately 30 cm tall
  • Over 36 points of articulation

Features :

  • An authentic likeness of actor from the film.
  • One pair of relaxed posture hand
  • One pair of weapon holding hand
  • One pair of random posture hand
  • One Orc head (can be equipped on regular 12” body)

Special features on Clothing:

  • One white cape
  • One pair of long sleeved under-vest
  • One pair of  long underpants
  • One special patterned movie realistic vest
  • One pair of special skirt
  • One belt plus sheath holder
  • One pair of boots

Special features in weapons:

  • One  sword – Glamdring
  • One sword sheath
  • One  Gandalf the White’s wizard staff

Accessories:

  • One interactive custom base
  • One Asmus Toys figure stand
Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Shop

Collecting The Precious – Sideshow Collectibles Saruman the White Premium Format

Sarumon-775Sideshow Collectibles have released a production sneak-peek at the next items to be released in their The Lord of the Rings Premium Format line. Joining the ranks of the amazing 1:4 statues is a statue of the role played perfectly by Sir Christopher Lee, which is none other than Saruman the White. No word on when this will be up for order but we did get this amazing video showing what is in-store for all of us. Once we get more information we will pass it on to you.

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Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Shop, Sideshow Collectibles

Video: Dan Hennah, Art Director, talks ‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ with TheOneRing.net

Dan Hennah, Academy Award winner and nominee just last year, talked about Middle-earth movies and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” with TheOneRing.net last week while he stood inside the re-creation of Beorn’s house! Hennah and his wife Chris run the Art Department of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies and from concept to shoot day, makes the items and sets happen. He is a pretty incredible guy, right up there with Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor as one of New Zealand’s most amazing individuals. Part of our series of video interviews to get you ready for the World Premiere of the newest Middle-earth film!

See also: An interview with Martin Freeman
And: An interview with Richard Armitage

Posted in Characters, Dan Hennah, Director news, Events, Fans, Film Screenings, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Locations Sets, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, New Zealand, Peter Jackson, Premieres, Press Conferences, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Join us as we watch The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition this Sunday in the Barliman’s chat!

Deeeeaaaaattttthhhhh!!!! It’s the final hurdle. Last weekend we watched The Return of the King Extended Edition. This Sunday (December 8) from Midday ET (that’s New York time), we’ll be continuing our LOTR and Hobbit marathon fun in the Barliman’s chat as we haul out our copies of An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition and all press “play” at the same time.

Click here to join the AUJ: EE viewing party now!

Mark it in your calendar and come join us for an entirely geeky viewing of The Return of the King where you can share thoughts and observations with fellow fans!

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Events, Hobbit Movie, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Other Events, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community

Join us as we watch the The Return of the King Extended Edition this Sunday in the Barliman’s chat!

Deeeeaaaaattttthhhhh!!!! We’re halfway there! Last weekend we watched The Two Towers Extended Edition. This Sunday (December 1) from Midday ET (that’s New York time), we’ll be continuing our LOTR and Hobbit marathon fun in the Barliman’s chat as we haul out our copies of The Return of the King Extended Edition and all press “play” at the same time.

Click here to join the ROTK EE viewing party in #moviechat!

Mark it in your calendar and come join us for an entirely geeky viewing of The Return of the King where you can share thoughts and observations with fellow fans!

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Events, Hobbit Movie, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Other Events, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community

Collecting The Precious – United Cutlery Helm of Sauron Contest

SauronhelmHave you ever wanted to be Sauron? Well, if you have now is your chance to at least have his helm. That’s right! We’ve teamed up once again with United Cutlery to give away another fantastic replica from Middle-earth. Starting today and running for one week only you can enter and roll the dice you just may bring home this $350 item. Thanks to United Cutlery for allowing us to give this awesome item away.

Enter to win your own: Helm of Sauron

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Shop

Join us as we watch the The Two Towers Extended Edition this Sunday in the Barliman’s chat!

Deeeeaaaaattttthhhhh!!!! Last weekend we watched the Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition. This Sunday (November 24) from Midday ET (that’s New York time), we’ll be continuing our LOTR and Hobbit marathon fun in the Barliman’s chat as we haul out our copies of The Two Towers Extended Edition and all press “play” at the same time.

Mark it in your calendar and come join us for an entirely geeky viewing of The Two Towers where you can share thoughts and observations with fellow fans!


Click here to join the viewing party in our chatroom!

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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Events, Hobbit Movie, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Other Events, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community

Creating a Visual Companion: Jude Fisher talks about her life in Middle-earth

Jude Fisher HeadshotFor those of us who have made a habit out of collecting the various tie-in books that have been released alongside Peter Jackson’s Tolkien adaptations – Jude Fisher is a name that springs instantly to mind. She is the author of the Visual Companion books that have come out with each (more…)

Posted in Alan Lee, Barrie Osborne, Books Publications, Hobbit Movie, John Howe, LotR Production, MGM, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, New Line Cinema, New Zealand, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.