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Archive for October, 2005

Alan Lee Book Tour: Denver, CO Report

Alan Lee Book Tour: Denver, CO Report Ringer Unawen writes: Alan Lee at a private reception hosted by the Misty Mountain Smial, Denver chapter of the JRR Tolkien Society. Alan was gracious and granted us 90 minutes of his time prior to a booksigning at the Tattered Cover bookstore for the Lord of the Rings sketchbook. Pat (Altaira on TORN) set this up and kudos are definitely in order! We had a great time at the reception and at the booksigning, lots of “oohs and aahs” from the audience. He was very nice to all of us. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Investing in Middle Earth

The show has an exclusive nine-month run in Toronto Rehearsals began this month for the hotly anticipated The Lord of the Rings musical, scheduled to open in Toronto in March 2006. Based on JRR Tolkien’s fantasy trilogy, it has taken four years to bring it to the stage and promises to be a theatrical extravaganza of unparalleled ambition. A three-hour epic, peopled with hobbits, elves and Black Riders, it will feature a 65-strong cast of actors, musicians and dancers, and at C$27m (£13m) is reported to be the most expensive musical ever staged. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Live in the UK? You A Big Enough Ringer?

Vicki writes: “Greatest Ever Movies” show seeks Lord of the Rings fan to talk about “Fellowship of the Ring” which has been voted number 1 as the British publics all time favourite Blockbuster film. We are looking for someone who has a LOR costume and someone who can speak a few words of Elvish. If you are interested email me at vicki.kisner@diverse.tv

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Alan Lee Live Chat Is Next Weekend!

Readers are reminded that Alan Lee, the acclaimed LOTR illustrator and Academy Award-winning conceptual designer for the film trilogy, will join us in the Hall of Fire (on the TORn IRC server) on Saturday November 5 at 6pm EST for a live question and answer session. Alan will be answering questions on his work illustrating Lord of the Rings, his involvement with Peter Jackson and WETA as a conceptual designer for the Lord of the Rings film Trilogy and his new book The Lord of the Rings sketchbook. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

LOTR Online Update

Meghan, Online Community Manager for The Lord of the Rings Online writes: At long last, the team is unveiling one of their game systems. It’s been wondered, asked, and endlessly discussed; how can we work an MMORPG class system into Tolkien’s world, in which magic classes are clearly limited and magic itself is quite subtle? Answer: The Morale System. Chris “Hakai” Clay explains how pondering one of the major themes in Tolkien’s work, that of Hope, led to the creation of the Morale system. [More]

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Alan Lee Book Tour: Murray, UT

Meet Alan Lee tonight in Murray, UT at ‘Borders Books’ (132 E. Winchester). Alan will be signing copies of his latest book ‘The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook’ starting at 7pm. Alan is also keeping a travel blog of his book tour exclusively with TORN right here! [Alan Lee Travel Blog]

A BIG thank you to JPB for setting up the Blog for Alan’s book tour, you did a great job!!

More tour dates and locations are available here. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Hall Of Fire This Weekend — Beleriand And Its Realms

After the third great battle between the elves and Morgoth (Dagor Aglareb), Beleriand settled into a watchful peace and the elves — both Sindar and Noldorin — established the boundaries of their kingdoms. This is all recorded in Of Beleriand and its Realms — the 14th chapter of the Silmarillion.

We wonder, though, who is telling the tale? From what era? Could it be a Sindar elf, a Noldor lord? Or even a hobbit, perhaps? [More]

Posted in Barliman News

The Alan Lee Live Chat Is Next Weekend!

Readers are reminded that Alan Lee, the acclaimed LOTR illustrator and Academy Award-winning conceptual designer for the film trilogy, will join us in the Hall of Fire (on the TORn IRC server) on Saturday November 5 at 6pm EST for a live question and answer session.

Alan will be answering questions on his work illustrating Lord of the Rings, his involvement with Peter Jackson and WETA as a conceptual designer for the Lord of the Rings film Trilogy and his new book The Lord of the Rings sketchbook. [More]

Posted in Barliman News

The Alan Lee Live Chat Is Next Weekend!

Readers are reminded that Alan Lee, the acclaimed LOTR illustrator and Academy Award-winning conceptual designer for the film trilogy, will join us in the Hall of Fire (on the TORn IRC server) on Saturday November 5 at 6pm EST for a live question and answer session.

Alan will be answering questions on his work illustrating Lord of the Rings, his involvement with Peter Jackson and WETA as a conceptual designer for the Lord of the Rings film Trilogy and his new book The Lord of the Rings sketchbook. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

The Alan Lee Live Chat Is Next Weekend!

Readers are reminded that Alan Lee, the acclaimed LOTR illustrator and Academy Award-winning conceptual designer for the film trilogy, will join us in the Hall of Fire (on the TORn IRC server) on Saturday November 5 at 6pm EST for a live question and answer session.

Alan will be answering questions on his work illustrating Lord of the Rings, his involvement with Peter Jackson and WETA as a conceptual designer for the Lord of the Rings film Trilogy and his new book The Lord of the Rings sketchbook.

The book presents more than 150 of Lee’s celebrated illustrations to show how his imagery for both the illustrated Lord of the Rings and the films progressed from concept to finished art. In addition, the book contains 20 full-color plates and numerous examples of the conceptual art produced for Peter Jackson’s film adaptation.

Alan has been creating fantasy artwork since 1978. He’s illustrated writers such as Dennis L McKiernen, Ursula K. Le Guin and has also worked as a set designer on the films Legend (1985), Erik the Viking (1989) and Merlin (1998).

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tolkien, a new 1,200 page edition of The Lord of the Rings was planned. Alan Lee was chosen as the illustrator. With 50 colour plates, the book was a stunning artistic and commercial success.

Although the chat will not be held until November 5, you can still submit your question for Alan in advance simply by e-mailing it to us at halloffire@theonering.net. We’ll ask it for you on the day!

Alan’s United States book tour

Alan Lee is currently touring the United States to promote and talk about his new book during October. His events will will feature a slide show, a Q&A with fans, and a booksigning. You can also order your copy from Amazon Alan’s tour blog! Get along, ask some questions, buy the book and get it signed by Alan, himself.

Posted in Old Special Reports

Hall Of Fire This Weekend — Beleriand And Its Realms

After the third great battle between the elves and Morgoth (Dagor Aglareb), Beleriand settled into a watchful peace and the elves — both Sindar and Noldorin — established the boundaries of their kingdoms. This is all recorded in Of Beleriand and its Realms — the 14th chapter of the Silmarillion.

We wonder, though, who is telling the tale? From what era? Could it be a Sindar elf, a Noldor lord? Or even a hobbit, perhaps? [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Hall Of Fire This Weekend — Beleriand And Its Realms

After the third great battle between the elves and Morgoth (Dagor Aglareb), Beleriand settled into a watchful peace and the elves — both Sindar and Noldorin — established the boundaries of their kingdoms. This is all recorded in Of Beleriand and its Realms — the 14th chapter of the Silmarillion.

We wonder, though, who is telling the tale? From what era? Could it be a Sindar elf, a Noldor lord? Or even a hobbit, perhaps?

Descriptions of the slag and ash-heaps of Thangorodrim, for example, are reminiscent of the fields outside Mordor’s gate. With smoke constantly issuing from its lofty peaks, Thangorodrim itself feels like a forerunner of Mt Doom.

In describing Angband’s ceaseless furnaces and forges, is Tolkien describing the area around Birmingham and the inexorable industrialisation of his childhood home?

Yet Ard-galen, on Angband’s very doorstep, stands as a contrast. Does Morgoth leave this lush plain untouched and unpolluted as a subtle way to lull the Eldar into a false sense of security? The writer also mentions that many of the horses of Ard-galen sires came from Valinor — given to Fingolfin by Maehdros. Could these have been the ultimate ancestors of the Mearas that arose in Rohan thousands of years later?

The geo-political divisions that develop are also interesting. Maehdros moves his kin to East Beleriand, both to bear the brunt of any attack from Morgoth and to keep the Curse as quiescent as possible. Fingolfin and Fingon rule from Hithlum, one of the harshest places they could have chosen. Was it because their people were the most hardy and valiant? It’s also mentioned that they were the most feared by the Orcs and most hated by Morgoth. Why?

Of all the Noldor, it is Finrod who controls rules the greatest amount of land. Why? And why is it that in Nevrast many Sindar take Turgon for their ruler, yet Sindar elsewhere do not seem to do the same with other Noldor lords? In fact, most of the Sindar followed Cirdan or Thingol, not the Noldor. They appreciate the Noldor as a bulwark against Morgoth, but live apart from them. And the Nandor followed Thingol or no one.

It’s also mentioned that Morgoth’s minions always avoided water “to the sea none would willingly go nigh, save in dire need.” Here we have a definite statement that almost definitely explains the problems the Nazgul have in crossing water. Perhaps Ulmo was part of the reason Morgoth’s servants stayed off the water? And perhaps Ulmo’s protection is the same reason Beren and Luthien choose an island as their home?

Finally, what of the taint on the Esgalduin and Nan Dungortheb? Was it wholly Ungoliant’s? And when she passed on, did that mean it would eventually fade away to nothing?

Join us in the Hall of Fire on the TORn IRC Server this Sunday October 30 from 2pm EDT as we discuss this and more and examine Chapter 14 of the Silmarillion – Of Beleriand and its Realms.

Time and date:
Sunday October 30

America:
2pm EDT
1pm CDT
12pm MDT
11am PDT

Europe:
7pm UK
8pm Central Europe

Asia-Pacific:
4am (Sunday) Brisbane
4am (Sunday) Sydney
6am (Sunday) Wellington

Chats usually last 45 mins to an hour, and are very newbie friendly. Simply drop in and join the conversation!

Alan Lee live chat reminder!

Don’t forget our live chat with famed Tolkien illustrator Alan Lee on November 5. Alan will be answering your questions on his work for an hour. However, this chat is sure to be popular, so send us your question early!

Where?

Chat happens on #thehalloffire on irc.theonering.net – the TORn IRC server. You can connect instantly via our java chat client that works inside your web browser (find it here! ) or choose to install a dedicated chat program such as mIRC on your computer.

To find out more about using mIRC to connect to TORn IRC server, check out these instructions.

Upcoming topics:

Sun October 30 – Silmarillion Ch 14
Sat November 5 – Alan Lee live Q&A
Sun November 13 – The seven deadly sins in LoTR
Sat November 19 – The seven deadly sins in LoTR

Got a topic? Let us know your idea!

If you have a burning desire to discuss something in Hall of Fire, drop us a line with your topic at halloffire@theonering.net. If we like it, we’ll probably give it a run in the coming weeks – you might even get to guest moderate the session!

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