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Harper Collins competition – win a complete set of new Hobbit publications

As excitement for the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug builds, there are all kinds of goodies coming out to go along with the movie, including some fabulous movie tie in books, as well as some new editions of The Hobbit itself.  Our good friends at Harper Collins, publishers for all things Tolkien in Europe, have given us some amazing sets of NINE (well, actually 12, as one is a box set of four!) books to give away to four lucky readers!  The winners will receive:

Annual 2014

 

 

The 2014 Hobbit Annual

 

 

Movie Storybook

 

 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Storybook

 

 

Official Movie Guide

 

 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Official Movie Guide

 

 

Ultimate Sticker Book

 

 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Ultimate Sticker Book

 

 

Visual Companion

 

 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Visual Companion

 

 

box set

 

 

A box set of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings paperback editions with movie tie in covers

 

 

Pocket Hobbit

 

 

Pocket Hobbit – a mini, hardback edition of the book!

 

 

The Hobbit

 

 

A new paperback edition of The Hobbit with Desolation of Smaug movie tie in cover

 

 

Chronicles Art and Design

 

 

 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles – Art and Design from WETA

 

All of these books could be yours!  And because we love our readers everywhere, this competition is open worldwide.  All you have to do to win, wherever you are in the world, is answer one simple question and complete the form below.  The competition runs until the opening of the movie, on December 13th; after which we’ll pick four winners at random, from all the correct entries.
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Posted in Books, Books Publications, Contests, Events, Hobbit Book, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien

New images from and review of The Desolation of Smaug 2014 Annual

The Desolation of Smaug Annual 2014

The Desolation of Smaug Annual 2014

If you’ve been thinking about grabbing yourself a copy of The Desolation of Smaug 2014 Annual, the folks at German website Premium Format have posted up a bunch of great images (instead of the terrible ones you usually see that use way too much flash) that showcase just how good this hardcover book looks.

There are a few movie spoiler images. In particular, if you’re avoiding Bear Beorn, you’ll want to look away now. We’ve previously covered the spoiler contents of the book. If you’re interested in those, check out this post from last month. (more…)

Posted in Books Publications, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Win a copy of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion that has been signed by the cast members!

The Hobbit Visual Companion Our friends at Harper Collins — the publishers of Tolkien in the UK -– tell us that they’re running another competition in addition to their How do you see Smaug? that is on right now.

This new competition offers the chance to win The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion signed by four members the cast — Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett and Richard Armitage. (more…)

Posted in Books Publications, Cate Blanchett, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Merchandise, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit

How do YOU see Smaug? Enter to win!

Smaug by Donato GiancolaOur good friends at Harper Collins - Tolkien publishers in the UK – are running a competition where they want to see YOUR version of Tolkien’s mighty dragon Smaug!  They say:

‘Smaug is an incredible and mysterious character, his sleep and anger equally frightful.  J.R.R. Tolkien described and illustrated the dragon with awe-inspiring words and artworks.  Now it’s your turn to create your version of Smaug, as you imagined it when you first read J.R.R. Tolkien’s descriptions.  Illustrators, designers, Hobbit fans of all ages – anyone can enter the competition and submit their Smaug’s artworks to win a fantastic grand prize!’

That prize is a copy of your own illustration, beautifully mounted on canvas!  The winner will also get a collection of Harper Collins Hobbit books.  Ten runners-up will win an exclusive, deluxe print of their artworks.

Smaug, The HobbitGet out those pens, pencils, inks, paint and whatever else takes your fancy, grab a copy of The Hobbit, reread Tolkien’s description of the fiery worm, and get illustrating!  Full details of the contest, and where to submit your artwork, can be found here.  The contest runs until December 13th, when (in many countries) we’ll finally be able to see Peter Jackson’s Smaug in all his glory on the big screen!

Harper Collins will be releasing various movie tie-in books for The Desolation of Smaug on November 7th.  We’ll bring you details – and a chance to win copies! – nearer the time.  Meanwhile you can find more information at Harper Collins’ website, here.

[Click here to enter the Smaug Artwork competition.]

 

Posted in Books, Books Publications, Contests, Events, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien

Seven new images from the 2014 Desolation of Smaug Desk Diary!

Gandalf Thanks to our friends at Hobbitfilm.it, we have another seven new art images from The Desolation of Smaug.

Nothing dramatically revealing here, but we do like the moody shot of a swampy Mirkwood forest (is that the Company crossing a vast fallen tree?), and the RA army will undoubtedly appreciate what seems to be a new still of Thorin Oakenshield. (more…)

Posted in Books Publications, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

New illustrated edition of The Hobbit now available

Yesterday saw not only the launch of the new The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug trailer, but also another exciting release for Tolkien fans – the publication of the latest edition of the book which started it all!  You may remember TORn’s post about Jemima Catlin, the young illustrator behind the first new illustrated edition of The Hobbit since Alan Lee’s iconic version in 1997.  (Catlin is also the featured illustrator for the 2014 Tolkien Calendar.)

This book is now available for purchase in the US!  (It was released by HarperCollins in the UK in September.)  It’s a beautiful edition.  The hardcover, with cloth binding, is charmingly old fashioned, and the cover illustrations have gold accents, which shimmer with the promise of the magic contained within.  Catlin’s images are a combination of pencil, ink and watercolour; there are many little pictures decorating the text, as well as more than ten full page, full colour pieces.  The story is interpretated in lively, delightful drawings which show a new interpretation of old friends.

This is an edition to treasure, and would particularly be a wonderful introduction to The Hobbit for children.  It’s a great reminder that, as spectacular as the movies are, the enchantment began in the pages of a fabulous book.  If you’re thinking about holiday shopping already, add this to the list!  I for one feel I can never have too many editions of The Hobbit; this beautiful new edition is certainly worth adding to your collection.

[Click here to order the new illustrated edition of The Hobbit.] [Click here to order the 2014 Tolkien Calendar]

 

Posted in Books, Books Publications, Calendars, Calendars, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, Tolkien

TORn Light the Beacons auction: Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Tolkien signed by Dwalin & Bifur, Autographed Official DragonCon Contest 1 Cert by Bifur, Dwalin, Radagast

As you know, we’re currently conducting our pledge drive to raise funds and keep our servers running. We also have some very exciting auctions going on over at Ebay.

There are some fabulous, exclusive pieces up for grabs – including some things which, usually, money can’t buy! Time is running out on some of our auctions too, so best check them out now. Here are just a couple that might tickle your fancy:

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The wondrous world of The Hobbit from The Desolation of Smaug Annual!

DoS Annual 2014 Bard Here are three quite interesting descriptions from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Annual 2014 of the areas of Middle-earth that Thorin & Company will be passing through early on in The Desolation of Smaug.

Not much that’s new, but it’s certainly more confirmation of divergences from Tolkien’s novel. If you’re trying to remain unaware of these little surprises, don’t read on — here be SPOILERS!

But if you like what you see, you can order your copy of the book from Amazon.


 

Bilbo’s travels with Thorin and the rest of The Company have taken him far from his home in The Shire. From towering mountains to cavernous depths, the heroes find themselves passing through some truly amazing places.

Beorn’s cabin

When the group are searching for somewhere to rest after their dangerous journey through the Misty Mountains, Gandalf leads them here. But after they are chased by a huge bear, Bilbo thinks that htey might have been safer if they’d stayed up a tree surrounded by Wargs!

However, the Shape-shifter Beorn reveals that he is the bear, and welcomes everyone into his home. They Company are able to rest here in peace before continuing their quest.

Mirkwood

When Gandalf heads south on a quest of his own, The Company are faced with travelling through this weird wood on their own. Blanketed in shadows and filled with decay and evil, Mirkwood has claimed the lives of many an unwary traveller. If the deadly waters of its dark rivers don’t claim you, then one of the horrible creatures lurking in the shadows surely will…

The Hall of the Elvenking

The fortress of Thranduil, the King of the Wood Elves. Thranduil sees Mirkwood as his private realm and has little patience for those who enter it without his premission — especially if they happen to be Dwarves. Built over the swift river that leads to the Long Lake, it is here Thorin and his companions are taken when they are captured by the Elves. Luckily for them, Bilbo has a trick or two up his sleeve.

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Posted in Books Publications, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

TORn Light the Beacons auction: Jerry Vanderstelt LOTR art, and Hobbit Magazine or paperback Hobbit signed by Dwalin and Bifur

As you know, we’re currently conducting our pledge drive to raise funds and keep our servers running. We also have some very exciting auctions going on over at Ebay.

There are some fabulous, exclusive pieces up for grabs – including some things which, usually, money can’t buy! Time is running out on some of our auctions too, so best check them out now. Here are just three that might tickle your fancy:

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Posted in Artwork, Books Publications, Collectibles, Graham McTavish, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Other Merchandise, Posters Prints, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, William Kircher

TORn Light the Beacons auction: Oscar Party replica of Bilbo contract, LOTR PEZ gift-set and People’s Guide to J.R.R. book

As you know, we’re currently conducting our pledge drive to raise funds and keep our servers running. We also have some very exciting auctions going on over at Ebay.

There are some fabulous, exclusive pieces up for grabs – including some things which, usually, money can’t buy! Time is running out on some of our auctions too, so best check them out now. Here are just three that might tickle your fancy: (more…)

Posted in Books, Books Publications, Collectibles, Headlines, Merchandise, Sideshow Collectibles, TheOneRing.net Announcements

Tolkien’s unfinished epic: The Fall of Arthur

fall of arthur Yours truly has been ever-so-slowly getting through the newest Tolkien book The Fall of Arthur for the last month-and-a-half with a hope of at some point stringing together a few poor words on the subject.

I’ve also been reading other what others have had to say in the media. This piece, by Tolkien scholar John Garth, is a good place to start if you’re interested.


Early in The Fall of Arthur, long awaited by fans of J.R.R. Tolkien and now edited for publication by his son Christopher, an army rides to Mirkwood where they see in a storm above it, Ringwraith-like:

wan horsemen     wild in windy clouds
grey and monstrous     grimly riding
shadow-helmed to war,     shapes disastrous.

But this isn’t Middle-earth: it is Europe on the brink of the Dark Ages, and the army is led by Arthur and Gawain. Mirkwood is simply the old name for Germany’s eastern forests, which Tolkien borrowed for the children’s story he was writing in the same period in the early 1930s, The Hobbit.

Tolkien was a writer of endless stories. And as with most of them, The Fall of Arthur is literally endless: unfinished. It’s been lying among his vast legacy of papers, almost unknown but for a paragraph in Humphrey Carpenter’s 1976 biography and a single reference in Tolkien’s published letters. Publication follows that of the more difficult The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún in 2009, which Christopher Tolkien probably elected to publish first because it was complete. Like Sigurd and Gudrún, The Fall of Arthur is in alliterative verse, a mode last fashionable in the 14th century.

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Posted in Books Publications, Christopher Tolkien, Collectibles, Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Other Tolkien books, Tolkien

Collecting The Precious – More Light The Beacons Auction Items

VandersteltFellowshipfinalartI wanted to hightlight a few more of the awesome items that have recently gone up for order via our Light The Beacons Auction.

We recently added a couple of amazing items from our friend artist Jerry Vanderstelt covering his The Lord of the Rings Trilogy prints as well as his newest print of Dwalin the Dwarf from The Hobbit Trilogy. We’ve also added a couple of autograph items from Graham McTavish and William Kircher who play Dwalin and Bifur in The Hobbit Trilogy.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy 3-Piece Print Set

This auction offers a beautiful three-piece set of The Lord of the Rings Collector Edition Lithographs by prominent artist, Jerry VanderStelt. Best known not only for his works inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien, he also captures the worlds of Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and much more in the Fantasy/SciFi genre. Each Lithograph of the three-piece set has a unique Remarque or sketch drawn on the bottom left corner, signed separately from the normal signature and a certification of authenticity.

TORn Collector’s Edition of The Hobbit Magazine signed by Dwalin and Bifur

This is a new copy of TheOneRing.net’s premier magazine tribute to The Hobbit! A collaborative effort between Topix Media Lab and your friends here at TheOneRing.net, it covers everything you need to know about The Hobbit movies from a fan perspective. Side-bars and feature articles, contributed by our own volunteer staff, include interviews, a feature on book versus the movie, articles on games and collectibles, a Middle-earth timeline, and much more! The high-quality, glossy paper used for this magazine is also packed with colorful pictures of cast and crew members, locations, collectibles, gorgeous fan art and a few exclusives! One thing that makes this truly a collector’s edition is that there are only two ads in the entire 82-page magazine.

Dwalin the Dwarf Print by Jerry Vanderstelt

Jerry Vanderstelt is also offering the winner of this Auction the choice of the frame-ready canvas or to have the canvas Gallery Wrapped.  The two images displayed with this Auction show the raw, canvas form and also how the Gallery Wrap option gives it a mounted, more dimensional look.  The canvas measures 18 x 24 inches, NOT counting the border that is designed to be Gallery Wrapped. Once it is Gallery Wrapped, the canvas will measure 18 x 24 inches.  Please allow 2-3 weeks for completion. The work uses the finest materials available of archival inks as well as Breathing Color’s exclusive “Lyve” canvas and “Timeless” protective finish.

he Hobbit Paperback signed by Graham McTavish and William Kircher

This is a NEW paperback copy of The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien with a movie tie-in picture from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey film released in December, 2012.  This copy has travelled to DragonCon 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia and has found itself autographed by two Dwarves (William Kircher and Graham McTavish) for TORn’s Fundraiser Auction.

 

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