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Archive for November, 2006

Tolkien Exhibit in Frankfurt

Tolkien Exhibit in Frankfurt Elentariel writes: While still vacationing in Germany, I came upon the following Tolkien exhibit at the Frankfurt City library. “Tolkien’s boyhood in Birmingham”, an exhibition on loan from the Birmingham library, their sister city. The exhibition uses maps, and photographs, to show scenes from Tolkien’s childhood in Birmingham, England. It’s both in english, and german. Part of the exhibit are a few costumes, of Eowyn, and a Ringwraith. Also on display are all of Tolkien’s books, and some of the movie stand-ups as in Aragorn, the hobbits, Legolas, Gandalph, and Gollum. You can also pick and chose from several free handouts of the british Tolkien society, the cities of Birmingham, and Frankfurt, regarding Tolkien and his works. Overall, a very informative and well done exhibit. [More]

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More Ring*Con Images

Ring*Con 2006 Images Elentariel writes: I have some more awesome RingCon pics for you, from an incredible weekend filled with lots of entertainment around the clock. Everything from actor panels, swordfighting workshops, artshows, auctions, elvish dance lessons, an elvish choir, literary discussions, stage shows, a medieval market, medieval rock bands, autograph & sessions and lots of incredible costumes. [More]

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Sean Astin Charity Auction

The Melissa Gilbert and OurStoryTM Celebrity Charity Auction launching on eBay December 4th, will allow your fans the opportunity to support a wonderful cause this holiday season, in addition to the bidding some one-of-a-kind items and experiences. The fans of Sean Astin will be able to bid on his auction item, knowing that all the proceeds raised will benefit Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition. The auction features exclusively signed memorabilia items and VIP experiences from celebrities including; Cindy Crawford, Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Marcus Allen, Tom Hanks, Mandy Moore and many more. Just follow this link to see all of the auction items. [ebay]

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Happy Birthday Bruce Hopkins!

Today is Bruce Hopkins’ Birthday! Bruce played the role of Gamling in TTT and ROTK. He was born on november 25th, 1955 in Invercargill, New Zealand. That makes him 51 years old today! Happy Birthday Bruce!

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Sean Connery the Grey?

From Will: The Scotsman reports that New Line Cinema initially wanted Sir Sean Connery for the role of Gandalf. They write, “Sean Connery turned down the largest paycheck in cinema history when he refused an offer to play Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it has emerged.” [More]

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The BBC discusses fan reaction

In a story today the BBC writes extensively about fan reaction to Peter Jackson’s announcement that he will not be directing The Hobbit. Users of TORn’s message boards and chat room are quoted. Mention is also made of the petition which does not appear on TORn. would like to react to recent events without being negative, particularly while lacking a response from New Line Cinema, but we understand that many LOTR fans have strong feelings. [More]

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No PJ for the ‘Hobbit?’ What can YOU do?

So you still feel a little frustrated over all this PJ/Hobbit-news? Here are some things you can do:

Show us Peter Jackson’s Hobbit: Channel that frustration into something fun and creative! Photoshop, cut and paste a scene, poster or screenshot based on The Hobbit or simply the current situation of the project. Let your imagination run wild! [More]

Peter Jackson Caption Contest!: You think you’re upset? Join in on this caption ‘contest’ and let us know what you think Pete’s thinking! [Download the image]

Letter-writing Campaign: With the revelations from Peter Jackson’s letter to, the only way we are going to reach our goal of having a live-action version of ‘The Hobbit’ from Peter Jackson and his team, is by keeping after the studios who own the rights. []

Talk to other fans: TORn’s chat room and message boards have been humming with activity since the news broke earlier this week. Join in on the fun by meeting other Ringers who are chewing over what might happen next. Please mind the rules, and remember that our discussion areas are family-friendly. [Barliman’s chat room] [TORn message boards]

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Elijah Wood comments on ‘The Hobbit’

In the Chicago Sun-Times today, Elijah Wood had this to say about a Jackson-less ‘Hobbit:’ “…I was very disappointed in the news. Peter Jackson is the man who worked over 10 years developing this world. Now, they might move forward on a new project with another director and it won’t look or feel the same.” Thanks to Ringer Mike for sharing this with us! [More]

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Lord of The Rings Feast in Austin, Texas Tomorrow

J.R. Cortez writes: Tomorrow (Nov. 25), one of the local Alamo Drafthouse theaters will be showing all three LOTR movies with meals during the day! [More]

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Sideshow Updates

Be sure to check out our weekly Sideshow Collectibles update! Each week we provide an update on your favorite Sideshow goodies, from busts to premium figures and more! Take a look! [More]

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Show your support!

So you signed every petition you could find and wrote lengthy letters to every New Line and MGM-adress you could find and you still feel a little frustrated over all this PJ/Hobbit-news? You still feel a little disappointed and glum? Let’s try and channel that into something fun and creative! Because like Pete said; there is no positive value in bitterness and rancor. Check out our Photoshop and caption ‘contests!’ [More]

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We’ve updated with the latest contact details of all the parties associated with bringing The Hobbit to theaters – now including the Saul Zaentz Company details! (Thanks to LithQ) We encourage all Tolkien and PJ fans out there to use our letter and postcard templates to let your voice be heard – or at the very least sign a petition that fits your opinion on the subject. [See the Update]

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