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A festive mathom for all readers of!

greendragon with actor John Bell, who plays Bain in The Hobbit movies

On 12th December staffer greendragon was lucky enough to attend the red (well, actually it was green!) carpet in Leicester Square, London, for the Royal Film Performance of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.   Many of the film’s stars – and other celebs who were there to see the movie – stopped by to say hi, and were delighted to see (‘our special friends,’ as Peter Hambleton said) represented there.  This is because YOU, our readers, are all so fabulous – everyone involved with the films knows that the best fans are the ones who visit TORn.  ;)  So here, as a little festive mathom offered to you all from us, the staffers at TORn, is a video of some greetings (and some ‘woohoos’!) to you all, from the folks who work in Middle-earth.

After a little footage of the set up in Leicester Square to set the scene, you’ll see John Bell (Bain) and his parents, Graham McTavish (Dwalin), James Nesbitt (Bofur), William Kircher (Bifur) and his beautiful wife Nicole, artist Alan Lee, Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), Jed Brophy (Nori), Adam Brown (Ori), and of course Dominic Monaghan (Merry) and Billy Boyd (Pippin)- who were there to see the movie and revisit old haunts!  Enjoy!  Wishing you all happy holidays!

Posted in Adam Brown, Alan Lee, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Events, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Movie, James Nesbitt, Peter Hambleton, Premieres, Production, Stephen Hunter, The Hobbit, William Kircher

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – 13-minute TV special!

Courtesy of Warner Bros Belgium, here is an amazing 13-minute look into The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It features behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and many, many other key cast and crew members where they discuss the inspiration for, and direction of, the story the first film reveals. Plus there’s plenty of new, previously unseen (at least by me!) sneak previews of what you’ll see on the big screen! So I guess I’ll add: spoilers! (more…)

Posted in Aidan Turner, Alan Lee, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Dean O'Gorman, Elijah Wood, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, James Nesbitt, John Callen, John Howe, John Rawls, Ken Stott, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, Peter Hambleton, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Production, Richard Armitage, Richard Taylor, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit

The amazing Middle-earth art of John Cockshaw

British artist John Cockshaw creates the most amazing artwork of the landscapes of Middle-earth using his imagination, and a love of landscapes and macro photography. spoke with John about the techniques and inspiration behind his moody and evocative pieces in this extended interview. (more…)

Posted in Alan Lee, Creations, Exhibits, Fans, John Howe, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies

Report: Alan Lee and John Howe at the Weta Cave

Ringer Maya sends us this report from today’s signing at the Weta Cave.

The queues were especially long this afternoon at Weta Cave. The cave is usually rather busy and packed with tourists, movie fans, Tolkien fans and other enthusiastic visitors, but today was exception even in busy times’ standards. Like many others, I too arrived at the cave today, my own wee elfling in tow, willing to brave the long queue especially to meet illustrator Alan Lee and to have him sign our copy of The Hobbit 2013 Official Calendar.

It was such a delight to find out that John Howe, the other major illustrator on the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies was there as well! (more…)

Posted in Alan Lee, Crew News, Events, Exhibits, Fans, John Howe

Alan Lee to grace Weta Cave Sunday for 2013 Tolkien calendar, themed for ‘The Hobbit,’

The 2013 Tolkien calendar naturally features ‘The Hobbit’ this year including the work of Alan Lee and John Howe. To celebrate, the Weta Cave in Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand will host Lee this Sunday to sign this and others of his works.

Lee and Howe have been working on concept art for Peter Jackson’s three-part ‘Hobbit’ movie, headed for a mid-December release but found time to produce some new work for this calendar.

The calendar features 14 paintings, including some created exclusively for this calendar by Alan Lee and John Howe, the two artists whose work has defined the look of Middle-earth over the last 25 years.

This is their first-ever collaboration since the official Tolkien Calendar began publishing 40 years ago.

Each month depicts one of the most famous scenes from The Hobbit, including Bilbo outside Bag End, Smaug the Dragon, the Great Goblin and Bilbo’s Front Hall. As well as classic illustrations from bo
th artists’ celebrated portfolios, the 2013 calendar includes brand new paintings, created by John Howe and Alan Lee exclusively for this calendar.

When: Sunday 9 September, 1-3 pm
Where: The Weta Cave, Miramar, Wellington

A range of Alan’s other titles including The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook will also be available in store. For more details including a map, click here.

Posted in Alan Lee, Events, Hobbit Movie, John Howe, Merchandise, Other Events, Production, The Hobbit, WETA Cave

Weta artwork of Thrain’s key!

You’ve probably already seen the that fabulous picture of Thorin holding Thrain’s key — the one that they need to get into Erebor.

Now Herr-der-Ringe has a spy image of the artwork.

The keys is exactly the same, but the runes on them seem to be slightly different? Was the artwork an earlier iteration that was subsequently simplified? Maybe it’s the equivalent of text greeking? Any runes experts out there able to help? Potential spoiler warning


Posted in Alan Lee, Hobbit Movie, John Howe, Production, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, WETA Workshop

Dale and Laketown: the tale of two cities

For JRR Tolkien, languages evolved at least in part in reaction to the history of their speakers. Looking at recent photos and screenshots of the cities of Dale and Esgaroth, I was struck by the thought that for Peter Jackson’s design team, Middle-earth history could exert a similar effect on architecture.

Curious how the architectural set design choices for the Hobbit might reflect the history of these two cities, I asked Barliman’s chat regular and archaeologist Jenniearcheo to provide a few professional insights on some of the set images that have found their way onto the internet.

This brief essay is the result. We hope you enjoy it.

Warning: SPOILERS.


Posted in Alan Lee, Barlimans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, John Howe, Locations Sets, Production, The Hobbit

Howe, Lee & Taylor Answer Fan Questions on Facebook

From the LOTR Trilogy Facebook Page: Ever wonder how the design & effects came together in The Lord of the Rings trilogy? Well, now you can ask the experts. Alan Lee & John Howe Illustrators & Conceptual Artists for The Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as Richard Taylor, Design and Effects Supervisor for The Lord of the Rings trilogy will be answering YOUR Facebook fan questions! Submit questions below & be sure to let us know who it’s for. More..

Posted in Alan Lee, John Howe, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Richard Taylor

Elijah Wood Says The Hobbit Is “Going To Feel Very Familiar, And Different As Well” has an exclusive interview with Elijah Wood who’s going to be reprising his character of Frodo Baggins in The Hobbit films.

Here follows an excerpt from the interview (but make sure to head over to to read it in its entirety):

CS: What are you most excited about to have the opportunity to be a part of the prequels? Since it wasn’t necessarily built into the original novel that you guys from the “Rings” films would be there.

Wood: Yeah, not at all. Look, I’m just looking forward to going back to New Zealand and spending a bit of time there. There will be plenty of old friends that will be a part of it. Largely I would imagine the entire crew would be relatively the same. So in some ways I think it’s going to be a very surreal journey. It will feel like traveling back in time a little.

But I’m excited. There’s a lot of new elements to this. They’re shooting on the Red [camera]. They’re shooting in 3D, so that should be interesting.


Posted in Alan Lee, Characters, Crew News, Director news, Elijah Wood, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, John Howe, LotR Cast News, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

Hobbit Video Showcases Hobbiton, Lee & Brodie

Gunnar and the folks at Tree Top Media send along this great video featuring some stunning shots of New Zealand, Hobbit Holes and more! Be sure to check out the interview with Alan Lee and Ian Brodie!

Posted in Alan Lee, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, New Zealand, The Hobbit

Fantastic ‘Hobbit’ rally images from Robert Catto

Photographer Robert Catto sent us a link to his collection of excellent photographs of Wellington’s “Hobbit,” rally. There are a lot of snapshots of the event but Catto’s work is worth this click..

Posted in Alan Lee, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, New Zealand, Production, Richard Taylor

Noldor blog reports from the rally

The Noldor blog reports from the pro-Hobbit rally in Civic Square in Wellington, reporting that it was attended by thousands. Images and words available right here.

Posted in Alan Lee, Crew News, Hobbit Movie, New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, Production, Richard Taylor, Studios, Warner Bros.