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Archive for June, 2007

Character of Middle-earth: Gildor

Vanessa “Saffron” Price, Online Community Representative for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, writes: Learn more about the noble and respected Gildor Inglorion of the House of Finrod, one of the eldest of the Elves yet remaining in Middle-earth. [More]

Posted in Gaming, Old Main News

TV Watch: Serkis as Van Gogh on PBS

Andrew writes: Please let the readers of TORN know that PBS is currently running a great documentary on the life of Vincent Van Gogh with Andy Serkis in the staring role. Please check the listings for your local PBS stations and do try to see this show. Serkis makes Van Gogh come back to life with equal measures of genius and sensitivity and deals with the artist’s illness that is real and sympathetic. It is the quality of performance that you rarely see these days in such pieces.

Posted in Andy Serkis, LotR Cast News, Old Main News, Television

Even Gollum gets a makeover in London

LONDON–Michael Therriault has learned a new definition of “precious.” True, he’s spending his days swooping around the giant stage of the Drury Lane Theatre in search of the One Ring in The Lord of the Rings, opening here tonight. But ask him what he really cares about and Therriault, who is here recreating his award-winning Toronto performance of Gollum, answers without hesitation: “My family and friends back home. I wish I could be with all of them.” But there’s only going to be one person in the Therriault cheering section tonight, his girlfriend, actor Tracy Michailidis, and that’s the way he wants it. [More]

Posted in Lord of the Rings, LotR Stage, Old Main News

‘Lord of the Rings’ on London’s West End

LONDON, June 19 (UPI) — The Theatre Royal in London’s West End launched the stage adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings.” The show, which cost $24.9 million and features 17 pneumatic lifts beneath the stage, began previews in May, the BBC reported Tuesday. The production debuted in Toronto last year but was cut by about 35 minutes for the West End opening after it wasn’t well-received by critics. [More]

Posted in Events, LotR Stage, Old Main News, Stage Productions

Middle Earth comes to life

From Michael Billington (at Guardian Unlimited): I suppose there are two ways to approach this mega-musical: either as a paid-up Tolkien aficionado or as a wide-eyed newcomer. Having dipped only briefly into the original trilogy and the Peter Jackson movies, I entered Drury Lane as innocent as any hairy-toed hobbit. But I emerged three-and-a-quarter hours later sceptical as to the main matter but hugely impressed by the manner of Matthew Warchus’s production. Obviously Shaun McKenna and Warchus, as co-authors, face a huge task in boiling down a 1000-page fantasy into a theatrical narrative. But, although bits of the backstory remain obscure, the main thrust is clear. Frodo Baggins, a junior hobbit, and his chums are deputed by the wizard, Gandalf, to undertake an epic journey to Mount Doom to dispose of the evil Ring. In the course of their quest they acquire the company of elves, dwarves and rangers. They encounter sinister black riders and orcs, pass through Rivendell and the Golden Wood and ultimately do battle with the forces of the Dark Lord, Sauron. Finally, however, they get rid of the damned Ring. [More]

Posted in Events, LotR Stage, Old Main News, Stage Productions

TV Watch: ‘Figwit’ on Conan

‘Figwit’, the female fan phenomenon from the LOTR trilogy will be on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ tonight. He will be there with his ban Flight of the Concords, who have a new HBO show set to debut soon. ‘Late Night’ airs on NBC at 12:35AM. Set those VCRs!

Posted in Bret 'Figwit' McKenzie, Old Main News

Lord of the Rings Questionnaire

Lynnette P writes: As part of my research for my current Lord of the Rings book project, I’ve set up a questionnaire here. To gather comments about Tolkien’s book, Peter Jackson’s films, and Lord of the Rings fandom. The survey is completed anonymously and takes about 5-10 minutes. I’m looking for a wide variety of responses, from long-time Tolkien readers to new fans of the films. I appreciate all responses to the survey, and thank everyone in advance for helping me conduct my research. Could you post the link and a brief message about my research on TORN? If anyone has questions about the survey or the forthcoming book, please contact me at [Survey]

Posted in Fans, Old Main News

DVD Tuesday: Bridge to Terabithia, Die Hard collection & More!

Take an early look on our ‘DVD Tuesday’ feature…every Monday! There are a whole slew of amazing DVDs out tomorrow, take a look at some TV goodies like; ‘Animaniacs, Vol. 1-3’ & ‘Daniel Boone: Season 4’. Some new collection DVDs include ‘The Die Hard collection’ & ‘Lucille Ball Film Collection’ The big releases of of the week include; ‘Bridge to Terabithia’, ‘Miss Potter’ & ‘Reno 911: Miami’. The Blu ray gurus get only ‘Bridge to Terabithia’. Check out the whole list here! [More]

Posted in DVDs, Merchandise, Old Main News

Weta Limited reveals Show Exclusive

Weta Limited, under the brand Weta Originals has revealed its show exclusive piece for 2007, that will be available this years San Diego Comic Con. The piece is a miniature version of the Weta Originals ManMelter from the Rayguns range, titled, the ‘Mini ManMelter’. The Mini ManMelter is a quarter sized replica of its larger brother, the ManMelter. The Mini ManMelter weighs approximately 120 grams (not including packaging), is slightly larger than a matchbox and is priced at $30US. [More]

Posted in Collectibles, Merchandise, Old Main News

Christopher Lee at the Festroia Film Festival

Lee at the Festroia Film Festival Antonio writes: My father and I saw Christopher Lee at the Festroia Film Festival in Portugal, we took some pictures that we want to share. [More]

Posted in Christopher Lee, Old Main News

Celebrate the Summer Solstice in Middle-earth

The Lord of the Rings Online game will celebrate the first annual Summer Solstice Festival live for three weeks. The first of many planned seasonal festivities, the festival will offer players a number of unique quests, vendors and activities.

Turbine (US) and Codemasters (Europe) provide the update as part of the quest to attract and retain monthly subscribers who want to play in and explore an online version of Middle-earth populated with other players participating live.

The Summer Solstice Festival is called different things by different races. Whether it’s the Lithe Festival (Hobbits), Summerdays (Men), Summerfest (Dwarves) or the Festival of Enedhin (Elves), they all share the common themes of summer including planting, dancing, drinking, games and fireworks. Players can celebrate throughout
Middle-earth from June 20th to July 10th by interacting with special vendors and participating in quests designed just for the festival.

According to a press release from Turbine activites include:

  • Dancing – There will be dancing quests with new race-specific dance emotes as a reward.
  • Fireworks – Players who collect fireworks from each of the four vendors in the Summer Solstice Festival will receive a unique firework.
  • Scavenger Hunts – Players can participate in one of three scavenger hunts that will grant them unique special recipes, seeds and pipeweed.
  • Hobnanigans – Join in madcap chicken-chasing games! There is an arena near the Bree Festival Grounds with two team captains as quest bestowers. Once twelve players are ready, the “Game Hen” will appear in the center of the arena and players will use a stick to persuade the chicken around the arena. Each team will have to get the chicken into a goal at the far end of the field three times within a certain time limit.The Lord of the Rings Online delivers an interactive experience brimming with life and filled with the familiar people, places and monsters from the most beloved fantasy adventure of all time. From the quaint surroundings of the Shire to Angmar, the vile kingdom of the Witch-king, players can experience Middle-earth online. The Lord of the Rings Online is now available for purchase at major retailers across North America and Europe. For more information about visit
  • Posted in Gaming, Old Special Reports

    Bring on the dancing hobbits

    It’s the most expensive West End musical ever and has been three years in the making, but now The Lord of the Rings is about to open. Paul Arendt enters a world of elves, ents and leather-clad orcs. Matthew Warchus is looking a little frazzled. It’s not surprising: after three years of development, a lengthy dry run in Toronto and an unprecedented six weeks of London previews, The Lord of the Rings musical is ready to face the critics. As director and co-writer, Warchus has given four years of his life to the project. “I don’t have to worry about this becoming habit forming,” he says during a break in rehearsals. “I certainly don’t intend to do something on this scale ever again.” [More]

    Posted in Events, LotR Stage, Old Main News, Stage Productions