AP – Elizabeth Jones, “Betty,” Ballantine, passed away on Tuesday, February 12 at her home in Bearsmouth, New York. She was 99 years old. Together with her husband, Ian, who passed away in 1995, they Founded Bantam Books and Ballantine Books, expanding and mainstreaming the market for paperback books in the U.S. Of course, the name ‘Ballantine Books’ is near and dear to readers of J.R.R. Tolkien. What lover of Tolkien’s books doesn’t have several beloved, dog-eared Ballantine editions of “The Hobbit” and/or “The Lord of the Rings” on their bookshelves?Posted in Books Publications, Fellowship of the Ring, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Return of the King, The Hobbit, The Two Towers, Tolkien
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If you’re like me and you’re a big fan of Jerry Vanderstelt’s work, you’re going to love the Thranduil: King of the Woodland Realm art print and will want to add it to your collection. As you may remember a couple years ago Weta Workshop unveiled the very cool Thranduil on Elk statue. This superb print by Jerry Vanderstelt captures the same majesty as the statue, and gives you a peek at just what might have been going on around Thranduil in that moment. As always, Jerry gives fans multiple ways to add this print to their collection, ranging from a high quality paper giclee to a 28×36 gallery wrapped print. This allows fans to get something for whatever their collecting budget allows. Limited to 2000 pieces it won’t last long, so do not hesitate to snag this one today!Posted in Artwork, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Posters Prints, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Our friends at Weta workshop have two fantastic new items for fans who are looking to expand their Middle-earth collections. Our first item allows fans who are missing one of the original The Lord of the Rings statue line greatest pieces The Ringwraith on Steed. This piece is long sold out and hard to track down. So it was a wonderful surprise back during the holiday season they showed off the beautiful Ringwraith at the Ford statue. This superb piece is a companion piece to go with the Arwen and Frodo on Asfaloth, which was announced and shown off during Comic-Con 2018. Like Arwen and Frodo this Ringwraith comes in with an edition size of 750 pieces and a price tag of $699. Fans also have the payment plan option open to them, which will hopefully allow them to add a statue of the year for 2019 candidate into their collections.
Are you a fan of the Mini-Epic line? Then you’re going to love the latest edition to this set of collectibles. You may not simply be able to walk into Mordor but you can once he ships simply walk this one into your collection. That’s right Boromir Son of Denethor is the newest character to get the Mini-Epic treatment. Boromir isn’t due to ship until this summer but he can be had for a fantastic $29.
Great news for lovers of Tolkien-inspired art. TORn’s good friend Donato Giancola is to release a new collection of his incredible Middle-earth paintings, Middle-earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend. Published by Dark Horse, the volume will be available in April.
To preorder the book, visit Giancola’s website, here. For those who’d like to splash out on a Limited Edition, Giancola and Shawn Speakman (of the SignedPage.com) are offering signed and embossed books; the emboss is the sigil of the Kings of Gondor. Click here to order one.
If you aren’t familiar with Donata Giancola’s work, you have a treat in store. He is an astonishing artist – and also a very nice guy, whom TORn followers may have met at past TORn events. Don’t miss out on getting a copy of this fabulous book – and check out some sneak previews of content, above right and below:
Posted in Artwork, Books, Books Publications, Fans, Hobbit Book, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Merchandise, Other Tolkien books, Shop, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, Tolkien
In our Holiday Gift guide this year we let you know about Lootcrate’s exciting Lord of the Rings crates, which will be coming out next year – but are available for pre-order right now! The good folks at Lootcrate have contacted us to let us know that they’ve had such a great response, they’ve extended their special offer for those pre-ordering the complete set of three boxes. Order the trilogy of crates – which will contain fabulous, new Lord of the Rings merchandise – and while supplies last, you’ll receive an exclusive fleece pullover. More information can be found on Lootcrate’s website.
If you’re still doing last minute gift shopping, check out our Holiday Gift guide for more great ideas!Posted in Clothing, Clothing, Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Other Merchandise, Shop, Tolkien, Tolkien Gift Guide
You’ll remember a while back we brought you news of the lovely Middle-earth inspired collection from the good folks at Oscha Slings – stunning throws, scarves, baby wraps and even mugs, all crafted with incredible elven, dwarvish and hobbity designs.
In our Holiday Gift guide we mentioned that there is now clothing available from Oscha – and we want to make sure you all know about it! They have joined forces with Teemill to create some gorgeous tshirts, tops, hoodies, bags, and more. If you’re looking for something beautiful and original for the Tolkien lover in your life (or even just for yourself), then you should definitely check out their amazing products. (The image shows their Doors of Durin design, just one of their hand-drawn illustrations.) Even better, all their products are made using 100% certified organic cotton, renewable energy, and minimal waste technology. Quick delivery is available – but the last order date to have your goodies in time for Christmas is fast approaching, so don’t delay!
Check out our Holiday Gift guide for more ideas.Posted in Clothing, Clothing, Collectibles, Drinkware, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Other Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Tolkien Gift Guide
Iron Studios, who make some really neat collectibles, dropped a bombshell on folks the other day when they announced that they’ll be making items from The Lord of the Rings. The announcement states the line will be in 1:10 scale, which based on their other items in this scale should be pretty darn cool. If you check out their Facebook page you can watch their announcement video, and if you follow them on Instagram you can get some great previews. As we get more information we promise to share.Posted in Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers
Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop Tauriel Pre-Order, Mini Epic Witch-king, New Ringwraith,and 12 Days
Good news is never late. It arrives precisely when means to. If you’ve been following our friends from Weta then you know the last little bit has had some very cool news for collectors. One of the most popular statues from The Hobbit line came from the character of Tauriel. She sold out pretty quickly and on the secondary market can come at a pretty high price. Fans have been asking for a new statue of the character, and that wish has finally been granted. You can grab the new Tauriel for $349, which is a fair amount under the price on ebay. She comes with an edition size of only 800 pieces so she’s likely to not be around too long, and you can expect her to land in your collection in March of next year.Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Return of the King, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop
Once again, it’s time for the staff of TheOneRing.net to share our picks for the perfect Tolkien-themed gifts*, whether it’s for that someone special or you just want to treat yourself!
In addition to all of the gift ideas below, the folks at Loot Crate want to give all of you something special, too: 10% off their Lord of the Rings Limited Edition Trilogy Loot Crates – this deal is exclusively for readers of TheOneRing.net!
Official, licensed Lord of the Rings limited edition crates, based on the film trilogy and curated by Loot Crate, the premiere subscription box service for pop culture fans. Each crate will feature exclusive items. What you get is a surprise until you open it – it’s like getting an excellent 111th birthday present from a dear friend who arrives precisely when he means to!
Order a trilogy of crates delivered right to your Hobbit-hole. Use code ONERING10 to receive 10% off all 3 crates. 10% offer good until Dec. 25th, 2018, midnight ET.
Additional details can be found here: https://www.lootcrate.com/
From everyone at TheOneRing.net, we wish you all a safe and peaceful Holiday season.
deej recommends: Funko Pop! Treebeard – “I may or may not have a slight addiction to Funko figures, with an emphasis on Lord of the Rings/Hobbit and The Nightmare Before Christmas Pops. This one might be my favorite. Just remember – once you start collecting these, it’s hard to stop!” Click HERE to order
Eowyn Sheildmaiden necklace by Badali Jewelry -“A beautiful piece from the talented artists at Badali; the front of the shield shows 2 intertwined Rohan horses. On the back are her words to the Witch King” ‘”No living man am I, You look upon a woman’. GORGEOUS!” Click HERE to order.
greendragon recommends: Oscha official Middle-Earth inspired clothing collection (click HERE), as well as Oscha baby slings and wovens inspired by the world of Tolkien (click HERE ) -“Because this stuff is so stunning and gorgeous! Also it’s organic and ethically made. Support a small business and buy something beautiful!”
In addition to Oscha, can I suggest Albion Tea Company? It’s a small, family business, perfect for the book lover in your life! Right now they have Narnia inspired blends on offer; often they have Middle-earth teas too. Lovely, literature inspired gifts and teas, perfect for a cosy winter afternoon curled up with the Professor. Plus you get to support a small business – win win!” Click HERE to order.
Justin recommends: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Soundtrack Box Set (Vinyl format); click HERE to order.
‘Book Wyrm’ enamel pin from Gimme Flair; click HERE to order.
Kristin recommends: Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth; edited by Catherine McIlwaine, Bodleian Library, 2018 – click HERE to order.
Garfeimao recommends: Orcrist, from Weta Workshop’s Master Swordsmith’s Collection (limited to only 25!) – click HERE to order.
saystine recommends: Isengard print from Etsy – “My recommendation is something for your walls. I love this Isengard print…they have other locales for sale as well.” Click HERE to order.
Magpie recommends: “I often recommend ‘The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien’ as the *next* book to read once one falls in love with ‘The Lord of the Rings’. The format of letters are easy to browse at will and they offer keen insight into Tolkien’s creative world building of Middle-earth. The book has an extensive index but getting an additional Kindle copy lets one do a word search of the book. This could be combined nicely with audio CD of J.R.R. and Christopher Tolkien reading selections from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’.” Click HERE to order.
Also, this J.R.R. Tolkien Miniature Diorama Desk Scene – “This diorama is one of a kind but the artist has done single figures of Tolkien in the past and will take special orders.” Click HERE to order.
Elessar recommends: The Balrog, Flame of Udun Bust, by Weta Workshop: “Got a chance to see this at Comic-Con and its the coolest bust I’ve seen Weta do. The light effect along with the new clear resin are awesome.” Click HERE to order.
Arwen and Frodo on Asfaloth, by Weta Workshop: “About as elegant a rider piece as you’ll ever find and the new clear resin really makes the water and chiffon pop.” Click HERE to order.
*Prices are in U.S. dollars; prices and availability are subject to change.
Posted in Merchandise, TheOneRing.net Announcements, Tolkien Gift Guide
Our friends at Weta Workshop have once again delivered a character that fans have been putting on lists of missed characters for years now. This particular character, if you happened to order the recent Treebeard statue, will make for a great pairing. Who is this character? It’s none other than a very cool looking Orc Grishnakh.
Limited to only 500 pieces worldwide and a price of $399 this one most likely won’t be around long. Sculpted by Jamie Beswarick this statue looks amazing with every piece we saw on screen included in the sculpt. Fans can also use the payment plan system to help them get this and with a release date of April 2019 you’ll have time to pay it off.Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie The Two Towers, Shop, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop
Our friends from Weta Workshop have delivered another hit, and another item that has been years in the making. Before Comic-Con this year, fans finally got a chance to order a character from Rohan, riding a horse; not just a random solider, but Eomer. Eomer had only been done as a bust in the original SSW line when the films were out, and fans have since been craving a proper statue. This statue lives up to the internal hype we’ve all been feeling since The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Lucky fans can still order Eomer on Firefoot and then come chat with us about it in the TORn Collectors Club.
This one’s come as a bolt from the blue! Throughout this year Rhino Records has been releasing limited editions of the Complete Recordings of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King on coloured vinyl.
And to wrap things up, they’ve just announced that the original motion picture soundtracks (the 2001, 2002, and 2003 OSTs that accompanied the theatrical releases of the films) will be available as part of a Limited-Edition 6-LP Trilogy Boxed Set from November 30, 2018.
No details yet on the edition limit, but for the record, the FOTR vinyl set was limited to 5,000 while those for TTT and ROTK were limited to 8,000 each.
Rhino Records’ official press release and track listing follow.Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, Howard Shore, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Music, Return of the King, The Two Towers