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Betty Ballantine, paperback pioneer, dead at 99

Courtesy of Tolkienlibrary.com

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?

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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

Today in Middle-earth, February 14

The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on February 14th:

  • The Mirror of Galadriel (1419)
  • Gandalf returns to life, and lies in a trance (1419)

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Posted in Calendar, Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Today in Middle-earth

TORn staff react to “Tolkien” trailer

It’s been a little more than 24 hours since the “Tolkien” trailer hit the internet, and we’re finding that the reactions and feedback on online news and social media sites is overwhelmingly positive. The trailer packs a lot of information and visuals into its 56 seconds: from lighthearted shots of J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult), in his early school days, to romantic scenes with his future wife Edith (Lily Collins), to compelling fantasy-like images from Tolkien’s imagination, it’s clear that FOX Searchlight Pictures’ “Tolkien” is going to be much more than your run-of-the-mill biopic.

As is tradition here on TheOneRing.net, we’ve gathered impressions of the trailer from some of our staff. We hope you enjoy reading the comments, and invite you to leave your own impressions in the story comments below!

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Posted in "Tolkien" Movie, FOX Searchlight Pictures, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lily Collins, Nicholas Hoult

TORn Exclusive! FOX Searchlight Pictures “Tolkien” movie trailer!

As promised, today we have a very special treat for our readers. Our friends at FOX Searchlight Pictures are letting TheOneRing.net host the premier of the trailer of their highly anticipated movie “Tolkien.”  For the next two hours, from 7:00 a.m. PST to 9:00 a.m. PST, you’ll only be able to see the movie trailer here on TORn, after which it will go live on The FOX Searchlight Pictures site.

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Posted in "Tolkien" Movie, "Tolkien" Movie Cast News, FOX Searchlight Pictures, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lily Collins, Nicholas Hoult, Tolkien

Is Amazon Studios scouting LOTR filming locations outside of New Zealand?

A report has appeared in Scotland’s Daily Record stating that representatives of Amazon Studios were scouting filming locations for their Lord of the Rings TV project in Scotland over the summer. This story is light on details, so we at TORn are treating this information as rumors, for now. These location scouts purportedly traveled as tourists, checking out various locales around Scotland, which offered the opportunity for a meaningful connection with the local communities.  (more…)

Posted in Amazon Studios, Amazon TV series, Locations Sets, Lord of the Rings, New Line Cinema, Television, TheOneRing.net Announcements, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Family

Donato Giancola’s book ‘Middle-earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend’ to be published

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.

Giancola shares some insight into the development of the book on the blog MuddyColors; click here to read more.

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

Save the Date: May 10, 2019 for “Tolkien”, the Biopic about J.R.R. Tolkien will finally hit theaters

Principle photography was completed on this film a little over a year ago and the first test audience screenings began in June, so we’ve been waiting quite a while for this release date to be announced. This film will open on May 10, 2019 in a limited release, as is usual for indie films. This is good news if you live in big cities that typically get art films, but others may have to make a little more effort to get out and see it. Once we get word on just how many theaters it will open in and whether it will go into a wider release, we will share that news here. Also, there are those among us who have seen the film, and once permission has been given you can expect a review or two. But first, just what is this film about and when is it set?  (more…)

Posted in Events, Film Friday, Film Screenings, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, LotR Books, Studios, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, Tolkien Remembrance

Today in Middle-earth, January 15

Gandalf challenges Balrog w Glamdring

Today in Middle-earth, January 15

  • The Bridge of Khazad-dûm, and the fall of Gandalf (1419)
  • The Company reaches Nimrodel late at night (1419)

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Posted in Calendar, Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Today in Middle-earth

The Inklings, Tolkien, Lewis: Collectively providing scaffolds of support

Hey Tolkienites, MrCere here, with a love for Tolkien undiminished. A few days and 127 years after The Professor was born seemed like a good time to share the work of a member of the Tolkien community that examines Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and The Inklings.

Christopher Herzberg, known sometimes as Chris Greenleaf, wrote a thesis on his way to earning a masters degree. One of the great aspects of our fandom, and TheOneRing, is how many different ways there are to enjoy Tolkien and his works. That definitely includes scholarship.

Chris is probably best known to the Tolkien community in Atlanta. He participates in Middle-earth cosplay and is known to frequent Dragon Con in Tolkien finery. He also shapes young minds by teaching school.

I’ll get out of the way and let Chris do his thing. Enjoy!

He writes:

“In the early 1930s, a group of writers met each week and discussed their literary works in progress. The types of support varied from confidence builder to constructive criticism from fellow writers. At least six of the founding members had served in World War I. The group would end up providing member J.R.R. Tolkien with invaluable friendships, as well as a place to find solace with others who had witnessed the atrocities of World War I.”

To read a PDF of the published thesis, please click right here.

Posted in Creations, Fans, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

Happy Birthday, J.R.R. Tolkien!

127 years ago today, January 3, 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien came into the world in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After the death of his father in 1896,  his mother, Mabel, decided to return to England with ‘Ronald,’ just three years old at the time, and his younger brother, Hilary. While it’s possible, even likely, that the family would have returned to England eventually, the loss of his father at such a young age, the move back to England, and the loss of his mother less than ten years later, propelled Ronald on an adventure that would take him ‘West of the Moon, East of the Sun.’

Tolkien’s adventures included meeting and eventually marrying the love of his life, Edith; fighting in World War I; attending and later teaching at Oxford; meeting, collaborating (and having a few pints) with his fellow Inklings, including C.S. Lewis; and, of course, creating and writing about the beloved realm of Middle-earth.

Today is a day for all of us to celebrate the life of a great man, and our love of the world and characters he created. As is the tradition every year, the Tolkien Society invites his fans to raise a glass (alcoholic or not, alone or with friends), to “The Professor.” Alternatively, you may want to celebrate by pulling something off of your shelf of Tolkien’s works (we all have one),  opening it to a favorite passage (or two), and smiling in remembrance.

However you choose to celebrate, let’s all wish a happy birthday to J.R.R. Tolkien and the amazing, awe-inspiring legacies he left us.

 

Posted in Fans, J.R.R. Tolkien, Meet Ups, Tolkien, Tolkien Family, Tolkien Toast, Uncategorized

The big debate over the filming of the Amazon LOTR series in New Zealand

This past week, the New Zealand Government and executives from Amazon TV held a meeting in an effort to address concerns about a lack of studio capacity in Auckland. This planned 5 season LOTR series is a big production that will require quite a lot of studio space for filming, post production facilities and local crews, so of course they want to make sure the resources exist that they need. It appears that a decision or deal may be made within the next month, so we don’t have long to wait. You can see the source of this story at Stuff.Co.NZ.

You may be wondering why Auckland and not Wellington, but that is easily explained by the fact that the Avatar trilogy of films currently in pre-production will soon be moving into full production. While the Amazon LOTR production will be big, Avatar is going to be much bigger, and there may or may not be enough room for both as far as studio and post-production facilities go.

This leads to a much bigger debate on whether or not this new series should look and feel much like the existing Middle-earth films or whether it should blaze its own path for design and locations. The appeal to any production of not having to look for too many new locations can’t be understated. Film and TV productions are always having to research and locate interesting places that fit what the production needs, so the fact that so many locations in New Zealand have already been established as feeling like Middle-earth is a boon. But then, there are hundreds of beautiful places around the world, and with chunks of filming now happening in studios, does it really matter where those studios are? Is it possible that Amazon can do location filming in New Zealand and Studio work in London, Hollywood or Vancouver? Or why not film in British Columbia, or Northern Ireland or Slovenia for that matter?

Posted in Amazon Studios, Amazon TV series, J.R.R. Tolkien, Locations Sets, Lord of the Rings, LotR Production, New Zealand, Peter Jackson, Production, Studios, Television, Tolkien

Today in Middle-earth, December 25

The Fellowship leaves RivendellThe following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on December 25th:

  • The Fellowship of the Ring leaves Rivendell at dusk (1418 )

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Posted in Calendar, Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Today in Middle-earth