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Now showing – 3 new TV spots

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Here are 3 new TV spots showcasing “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” in theaters now. Today, December 17 is the official release date for this film in North America and several other countries around the world. This brings with it the knowledge that this will be our last foray into Middle-earth on the big screen for a very long time, so go out and enjoy it, go with a bunch of friends, make new friends at the theaters, and leave your comments about the film on our message boards or within the Disqus comments (but do remember this is a family friendly website, so be civil).

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Join us in Los Angeles in February at The One Last Party

one last party logo We’re hosting a Party of Special Magnificence next February — a final toast to all SIX movies, both The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy.

We’re inviting you to join us and make it happen through our Indiegogo campaign — so we can all celebrate Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth movies together!

Visit our campaign page and find out how you can get involved!

 

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Peter Jackson talks ‘Hobbit: BotFA’ and all Middle-earth with TheOneRing.net

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MIRAMAR, New Zealand — The director’s tent. Inside a sound stage or outside on location, it is a constant and central fixture on a movie shoot. It is home base for Peter Jackson and his team.

It is sacred ground – well almost.

The decisions made inside it, by the team, under Jackson’s direction, are crucial to the project where it is determined what will later happen in front of the camera.

So every day, whatever happens to a set or a soundstage overnight, the tent is there set up and waiting for the core of the shooting unit.

Editor Jabez Olssen, Script Supervisor Victoria Sullivan and First Assistant Director Carolynne Cunningham call it home during the shoot. Cunningham is out a lot, Olssen and Sullivan less so and Producer Zane Weiner is always near. Jackson’s assistant Sebastian Meek is in and out at all times, bringing badly needed tea and watching the door from outside to eliminate distractions inside.

Jackson lives on tea and Meek has a talent for having it handy at the perfect moment.

Jackson7SETTING THE SCENE

In April, 2012, as a representative of fandom via TheOneRing.net, to be on set during five weeks of the filming of the Hobbit films. At the time, it was still scheduled to be two movies and the production had just settled in to shoot in studio instead of on location. Much was unknown then, that now is completely familiar to fans.

When I first arrived at Stone Street Studios, the publicity team took me to set, showed me the ropes and left me to my own devices during the rest of my stay to meet folks and get interviews, which was great. No time and no need for babysitting.

I was there to be a good guest and to observe. Two weeks later I was definitely convinced I had no chance of talking to Peter Jackson, except for an occasional, “Hello, how are you getting on?” from him during my time there.

Fans world-wide know from production diaries, how exhausted Jackson gets during the shooting phase of filmmaking. It is important to really understand why.

Peter Jackson is a busy guy. Particularly when he is shooting, there is a lot to do in a day and a lot of people that need to understand his vision in order to do their jobs well; he is the hub of the great spinning wheel.

Peter JacksonHe is the director, a writer and a producer — each a big job on its own. Many films have one of each of those, or several of some, all working together. But Jackson was all of them at once and combining titles didn’t mean there was less work to be done. Just because he was reviewing shots didn’t mean the script didn’t need his touch or that the art department didn’t need his input as a director or the next day’s schedule didn’t need approval. Others were partners on all of these fronts but they also required Jackson.

In a day he might need to meet with the effects supervisor, set designers, concept designers, costume designers, the composer or see actual costumes for approval or changes to name just a few of the many things that require his time. He will confirm the schedule with his Assistant Director, producers and spend time with the Second Unit Director Andy Serkis to make sure all is to his liking. They need sets built, greens grown, sets decorated, concept guys working ahead, materials guys building everything, maximizing actors’ time, feeding all of those people, screening extras, bringing in the right number of prosthetic artists and on and on. In short, there is never a shortage of people who need Jackson’s input to work on his vision and it takes the logistics of, dare I say, planning a battle with five armies.

In short, he has to sign off on pretty much everything.

Those are the reasons “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and his other Hobbit movies are genuinely Peter Jackson movies. It also means he is booked.

Solid.

THE FINAL HOURS

And so it was, the last day of my time on The Hobbit set, after several assurances that it would happen — it did.

Lunch happened and on the location set of Dale, up on a hill, I was invited to that director’s tent to sit and talk with PJ, just the two of us alone. (One editor asked me if we ate together in the tent but I don’t think so, but why many memories are crystal clear of that meeting, I just have no idea.)

I had been inside before, but not often. The day I shadowed him, I spent several hours, trying to melt into the background. This was his sanctuary and office.

Posted in Alan Lee, Andy Serkis, Characters, Crew News, Director news, Director Rumors, Evangeline Lilly, Fans, Fran Walsh, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Locations Sets, LotR Movies, MrCere in New Zealand, New Zealand, Orlando Bloom, Other Tolkien books, Peter Jackson, Production, Silmarillion, Studios, Terry Notary, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Tolkien, Tolkien Estate, Uncategorized, Warner Bros.

Line Parties and forming your own Fellowship

Members of the Los Angeles Tolkien Forever groupLot of folks gathered for Marathon Monday screenings of the Hobbit Trilogy today, but there are still a ton of Line Party events happening tomorrow (or later, in some locations). So find your Fellowship, because an epic journey is always better in good company. Use this as an opportunity to connect with other Ringers in your local area – because you know you’re going to need company when you go back for a second, third, or thirty-third viewing.

It’s local events like these that lead to the formation of lasting groups, events, and friendships. The Tolkien Forever group has been gathering in Los Angeles for more than 13 years for viewings, Hall of Fire parties, and the annual Tolkien Birthday toast.

Gyűrűk Ura Cosplay ClubOn the other side of the globe, Gyűrűk Ura Cosplay Club has been sharing their amazing costuming talents in Budapest, Hungary. For the opening of The Battle of the Five Armies, with the Hungarian Tolkien Society, they are staging a week-long costume exhibition and immersive Middle-earth experience at the Corvin cinema. All week, they’ll be sharing their costumes, teaching Dwarvish language lessons, fencing, hosting trivia contests, and more. These are fans that know how to get their Fellowship on!

TheOneRing.net started with a small group of fans banding together, and thanks to the internet, we can all get our Tolkien geek on together. But sharing our stories online is only the beginning. If you can, be a part of the One Last Party in February, and celebrate the journey we’ve all been on together. But don’t let the end of these films be the end of the line for your fandom!

 

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Things to do While Waiting for BOTFA – 5

Get musical with the soundtrack and some Elven bird calls while you wait!

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Line Party Roundup! Where to see the Final Chapter with your fellow fans

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Reposting because we’ve been adding lots of new Line Parties and want you all to be able to find them. Please submit a form of your own if you wish to be included.

The only thing better than watching a movie about Hobbits is watching it side by side with a friend. If you’re trying to find a place to watch “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” with a crowd of equally enthusiastic Ringers, scroll down to see if there’s a Line Party happening in your city. Events are being planned for both opening night on Tuesday, December 16, as well as for the special “Marathon Monday” screenings of all three Hobbit films on December 15.

Don’t see an event listed for your city? Plan one, and make it a night to remember! Contact your local theater, set up a Facebook event, and let us know to add it to our list. Need ideas? Check out these tips for hosting a Line Party from our experts! To have your event added to the list, use the form below or send an email to rasputin@theonering.net. Please note that I am updating these listings manually, so I apologize if there’s a delay – please be patient!

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Alabama

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Alaska

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Arizona

Gilbert: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Superstition Springs 25 (Time and link coming soon!)

Glendale: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Arrowhead Towne Center (Time and link coming soon!)

Tucson: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Century Park Place 20, 1:00pm

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Arkansas

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California

Cupertino: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, AMC Cupertino Square, 9:00pm

Irvine: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, 12:00pm

Irvine: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, 5:00pm

Los Angeles – Hollywood: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, 12:00pm

Los Angeles – Hollywood: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre: 7:00pm

San Diego: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Edwards Mira Mesa 18, 7:00pm

San Jose: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Oakridge Cinemark, 7:00pm

Scotts Valley: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Cinelux, 5:00pm

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Colorado

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Connecticut

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Delaware

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D.C.

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Florida

Altamonte Springs: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Altamonte Springs Mall AMC 18, 7:00pm

Fort Myers: Marathon Monday, 12/16, Regal Gulf Coast Town Center Stadium 16 & IMAX, 11:00am

Lake Buena Vista: Marathon Monday, 12/15, AMC Downtown Disney, 12:00pm

Miami: Marathon Monday, 12/15, AMC Sunset Place 24, 12:30pm

Tampa: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, AMC Veterans 24, 8:00pm

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Georgia

Atlanta: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16, 5:00pm

Augusta: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Regal Augusta Exchange 20 & IMAX, 7:00pm

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Hawaii

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Idaho

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Illinois

Chicago: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Navy Pier IMAX, 1:00pm

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Indiana

Fort Wayne: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Carmike Jefferson Point, Midnight

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Iowa

Cedar Rapids: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Wehrenberg (3D), 1:30pm

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Kansas

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Kentucky

Ashland: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Cinemark Movies 10, 7:00pm

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Louisiana

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Maine

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Maryland

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Massachusetts

Boston: Marathon Monday, 12/15, AMC Boston Common 19, 10:00am

Boston: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, AMC Loews Boston Common 19, 7:00pm

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Michigan

Brighton: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, MJR Brighton Cinema, 10:00pm

Lapeer: Marathon Monday, 12/15, NCG Lapeer Cinemas, 12:00pm

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Minnesota

St. Paul: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Oakdale Marcus, Midnight

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Mississippi

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Missouri

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Montana

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Nebraska

Omaha: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Marcus Majestic Cinema, 7:00, 8:00, or 10:30pm

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Nevada

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New Hampshire

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New Jersey

Hamilton: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, AMC 24 Hamilton, Midnight

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New Mexico

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New York

New York: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, AMC Loews 34th Street, 7:00pm

West Nyack: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Palisades Center IMAX 7:00pm

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North Carolina

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North Dakota

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Ohio

Cleveland: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Cinemark Valley View, 1:00pm

Cleveland: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Cinemark Valley View Ohio, 7:30pm

Columbus: Marathon Monday, 12/15, AMC Easton

Mentor: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Atlas Cinemas 16, 7:00pm

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Oklahoma

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Oregon

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Pennsylvania

State College: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, UEC Theatres, 6:00pm

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Rhode Island

Lincoln: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Cinemaworld Theaters, 12:00pm

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South Carolina

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South Dakota

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Tennessee

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Texas

Garland: Marathon Monday, 12/15, AMC Firewheel, 12:30pm

Laredo: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Cinemark Del Norte, 12:00

Plano: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Cinemark West Plano & XD, 1:00pm

Temple: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Temple Mall Premiere IMAX, 7:00pm

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Utah

Sandy: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Jordan Commons, 8:00pm

South Jordan: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Megaplex, The District, 8:50pm

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Vermont

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Virginia

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Washington

Puyallup: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, IMAX

Seattle: Marathon Monday, 12/15, Cinerama, 11:00am

Spokane: Marathon Monday, 12/16, AMC River Park Square 20, 12:30pm

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West Virginia

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Wisconsin

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Wyoming

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INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA – Sydney: Opening FRIDAY, 12/26, Cremorne Orpheum Cinema, 9:30am

BELGIUM – Antwerp: Opening WEDNESDAY, 12/10, Metropolis, Time TBD

CANADA – Ontario, Ottowa: Marathon Monday, 12/15, SilverCity Gloucester, 4:00pm

CANADA – Ontario, WaterlooRegion: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Landmark Cinemas 12 Kitchener, Time TBD

HUNGARY – Budapest: Opening Night WEDNESDAY, 12/17, Corvin Cinema, 10:30pm

HUNGARY  – Budapest: Ongoing activities and costume display, 12/18-21, Corvin Cinema

JAPAN – Tokyo: Opening SATURDAY, 12/13, Marunouchi Picaderi Cinema, 11:00am

LEBANON – Beirut: WEDNESDAY, 12/10, Grand Cinemas ABC Achrafieh, 8:00pm

NETHERLANDS – Utrecht: Opening SATURDAY, 12/13, Pathé Rembrandt Theater, 1:00pm

SPAIN – Barcelona: Opening Tuesday, 12/16, Cinemes Full HD, 16:00

SWITZERLAND – Lausanne: Opening WEDNESDAY, 12/10, Cinétoile Malley Lumière, Midnight

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(NOTE: If you do not provide a link for your Line Party, such as a link to a Facebook Event page, we will list your email address as a contact unless you specify otherwise in the comments.)

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Royd Tolkien Holds ALS Fundraiser: Advance Screening of BOTFA Wows In Wales

Studio_20141207_154915Tonight in the heart of Wales a very special event happened that brought together the family scions of Tolkien while also raising money for ALS; which by way of the viral Ice Bucket Challenge became one of the notable internet phenomena of 2014.  Motor Neurone Disease touches closely on the family, as Royd Tolkien’s brother Mike struggles with its effects.  (more…)

Posted in Events, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Tolkien, Tolkien Family, Uncategorized, Warner Bros.

Cumberbatch is Strange? New rumor about our favorite dragon!

Benedict CumberbatchThe internet was broken today when Mike Fleming announced on Deadline that Marvel had named Benedict Cumberbatch their top choice to play Doctor Strange in a feature slated for 2016, and that they were beginning negotiations. This is still an unconfirmed rumor, and the Strange casting rumors have been brewing for quite some time. Joaquin Phoenix was a confirmed choice up until the beginning of this month, but then they were back to the drawing board.

Over the past months, everyone from Hugh Laurie to Tom Hardy, Keanu Reeves, Johnny Depp, and Daniel Radcliffe have been mentioned in connection with the project. Keen Ringers have tapped Cumberbatch for the role since at least July. It looks like this might be an accurate prophesy. Marvel has been cagey, neither confirming nor denying the report, with Executive Editorial Director Ryan Penagos tweeting about #seeeekrits all afternoon.

We may not have long to wait for confirmation of this particular rumor. Marvel is holding a special press event in Los Angeles tomorrow (which you can follow on their live blog) to make some undisclosed #seeeekrit announcements. TheOneRing.net will be on hand at the event to get the scoop!

Dr_Strange_by_Steve_DitkoSo far Middle-earth fans have embraced Benedict Cumberbatch as a villain supreme “The Hobbit” films, in his roles as both Smaug and the Necromancer (aka Sauron). He’s twisted our minds as a cunning genius in the wildly popular BBC “Sherlock” series, and he rolled villainy and genius into one as Khan in “Star Trek Return of the Lens Flare Into Darkness”. Now it looks like he may have the chance to conquer comics as he has science fiction and fantasy.

The “Sorceror Supreme” of the Marvel universe, Doctor Strange is described as “brilliant, but arrogant,” which certainly seems to be a trend in all the characters mentioned above! And who better than the Necromancer to serve as what Marvel President Kevin Feige describes as the “doorway into Marvel’s supernatural side”?

Tell us in the comments what you think about Benedict Cumberbatch taking on the role of the mightiest magician in the cosmos. Who would win in a fight? The Necromancer or Doctor Strange?

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Lord of the Rings game Steam bundle only $10 for next 24 hours

LEGO The Lord of the Rings

LEGO The Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings gamers will love this, and even if you don’t usually dip your toes into the gaming waters (like me) it does seem to be a remarkably good opportunity to try out a bunch of games for the price of just a few coffees.

Over on Bundlestars, for around the next 24 hours you can grab four Middle-earth games plus two associated DLCs for just $9.99. They’re calling it the One bundle to rule them all, and you get every one of the games listed in the image gallery below. (more…)

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Kili’s Review of Tolkien’s Beowulf

Back at the start of the summer, staffer GreenDragon generously asked the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to send me a copy of Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf to review. While I started the book right away, this review has been delayed by producing Happy Hobbit and attending four conventions, along with writing two books and a script on top of daily life and work, which is a long-winded way to say that I apologize for my tardiness!

While still an undergrad, I took a course in Old English which was an introduction to the language, followed by a semester of translating Beowulf. A year isn’t enough time to master a dead language, and I was attempting to master two at once, for I was also taking Latin at the time (an alternate nickname for me could be Hermione), so I won’t be able to go into the nitty gritty mechanics of the language like Tolkien does in his notes, but I will offer what insight my education allows!

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This is what studying two dead languages looks like.

To offer some context, I will say that Old English is the name we have given to the Anglo Saxon language, for after a strong French influence after the Norman Conquest of 1066, Old English morphed into Modern English. It is important to note, as well, that Anglo Saxon is the language of our (even if you aren’t of English descent, you’re reading this in English) conquerors, for the Nordic tribes of the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes invaded England after the withdrawal of the Roman Empire around 410 CE. They renamed the island Angle-Land. England. So while Beowulf is attributed as being the first great epic in English, it is significant that it is a story from the culture that conquered the island and that its setting is in the conquering nation’s homeland in the north, not England, even though the manuscript was recorded and found in an English monastery, hidden beneath pages of religious text. All of this would have been known to J.R.R. Tolkien at the time of his translation in the 1920s.

Firstly, I will say that my reason for taking Old English was driven by my obsession with Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings. I was first exposed to Beowulf in seventh grade when I read a version of the poem for one of my classes. Enamored with the culture and the exciting, heroic tale, it lingered in my mind in a way that few stories read for school had. In the Humanities Honors Program in college, we were exposed to the literature that laid the foundations for Western civilization and I once again read a translation of Beowulf (picturing Aragorn as Beowulf this time around, of course) and while in my proceeding English courses I avoided the works I had already read, Beowulf was the one text I would read every time I was asked. As such, I have been exposed to three or four translations, including my own.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition Scene Guide

DesolationOfSmaugEECover The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition is out today as a download from iTunes!

As we did last year with An Unexpected Journey EE, TOR.n has compiled detailed descriptions and screencaps from the 25 minutes of extended footage in The Desolation of Smaug.

SPOILERS AHEAD! (more…)

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TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – October 12, 2014

Tolkiens TrainWelcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past week.  If you’ve fallen behind on what’s happening on the Message Boards, here’s a great way to catch the highlights.  Or if you’re new to TORn and want to enjoy some great conversations, just follow the links to some of our most active discussions.  Watch this space as every weekend we will spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards.  Everyone is welcome, so come on in and join the fun!

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A Long Walk to NYCC…

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We tried to film an episode on how to survive in a city, but we kept getting interrupted by this strange man in a TORn shirt… As a result, here are our attempts at an urban episode, complete with a special guest, Thorongil! And where is he headed? To New York Comic Con, of course! Unfortunately, he’s starting his journey from California. Do you think he will make it to the other side of the country in time?

Note: if you haven’t guessed it yet, this skit was our fun way to get you the NYCC details! ;) We hope all who go have a blast!

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