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Archive for October, 2007

Don’t Miss Sideshow Collectibles ‘Spooktacular’

If you are a collector, then you know about Sideshow Collectibles. What you may not have known, is that about this time every year, Sideshow hosts ‘Spooktacular.’ This is no simple promotion. This 24 hour a day, 9-day event features all kinds of Spooky madness. There are contests/promotions nearly every other hour, and if you are on the site at the right time, you can even get stuff for FREE! They have a interactive ‘bob for discounts’ as well as a ‘fortune teller’ who hints a what will happen in the next 24 hours. Of critical importance to LOTR fans, you’ll see a LOT of LOTR related items featured in the random banner discounts. Just to name a few that have been seen already: Faramir 12-inch Figure Second Chance, Helm of Sauron Second Chance, Cave Troll Maquettes, Elrond and Weathertop for 35% off and much more. To particpate, just jump on over to the Spooktacular area of This lasts until Nov 2nd! [Spooktacular 2007]

Posted in Collectibles, Events, Headlines, Merchandise, Sideshow Collectibles

Funny LOTR Comic

Ringer Chris C. sends along a link to a LOTR-themed comic he just created for his blog. Check it out! [LOTR Comic]

Posted in Headlines, Lord of the Rings

RingCon 2007 Report

RingCon 2007Ringer Elentariel sends along this report (complete with pictures!) from RingCon 2007:

I just returned from another wonderful trip to Germany, where I had a chance to attend RingCon 2007. Among thousands of LOTR fans in incredible costumes, there were numerous LOTR stars, and tons of entertainment. (more…)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Conventions, Daniel Falconer, Events, Headlines, John Noble, LotR Movies

A new book asks, ‘Is LOTR a Real History?’

Quest for Middle-earthAuthor Dirk Vander Ploeg has recently published ‘Quest for Middle-earth,’ a non-fiction look at earth before the time of Man, before the time of the flood, approximately 4000 BCE. The book ponders the question that Middle-earth may have really existed. Learn more about the book at Dirk’s website. [Click Here]

Posted in Books Publications, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, Other Tolkien books

‘Born of Hope’ LOTR Fan Film Impresses

Born of Hope LOTR Fan FilmRinger Elentariel sends us this report from RingCon 2007: 

I just returned from RingCon 2007 in Fulda, Germany where I found out about this incredible new british made LOTR fan film, which is still in the works. It tells the story of Aragon’s parents and his childhood, which might be worth checking out. The website contains several trailers and info about the film.

Check out the official website and their impressive trailer on YouTube. [] [Trailer]

Posted in Conventions, Headlines, Lord of the Rings

Itty Bitty Teeny Weeny Bag End

Miniature Bag EndIf we’ve never sent you to Obelia Medusa’s LiveJournal to view the miniature Bag End, we should have! Ms. Obelia has recreated Bag End in teeny weeny doll house scale, and it is quite simply astonishing. There are two posts in her Journal related to this project, one a photo tour and the other a detailed back-story on its creation. As we mentioned, we may have reported this in the past, as the Journal entry is from 2005, but Ringer UncleAndy recently reminded us of this masterpiece, and we thought we’d share! [Photo Tour] [The Making of…]

Posted in Creations, Fans, Headlines

‘Show us Your Hobbit Pride’ Giveaway – Winners Coming Soon!

We were hoping to be able to announce the winners of our ‘Show us Your Hobbit Pride’ Giveaway today, but alas, with the server mishaps of last week, we have not had a chance to review the entries. Instead of rushing the decision, we are going to delay the announcement of the winners until Nov 2nd. We apologize for the delay! If you didn’t enter, but would like to review the entries, jump on over to our Message Boards to see all the wonderful Hobbity goodness! [Show us Your Hobbit Pride Giveaway Entries]

Posted in Contests, Events, The Hobbit

Viggo: I got lucky

Viggo MortensenMessage board member Patty was kind enough to point us in the direction of a Viggo Mortensen article over at In the article, Viggo speaks briefly about the positive effect his role as Aragorn has had on his life, and how he hopes Peter Jackson will eventually direct ‘The Hobbit.’ Full Article

Posted in Director Rumors, LotR Movies, Viggo Mortensen

TV Watch: Orlando Bloom on ‘CNN’

Bloom on CNN Kathy writes: Orlando Bloom will be on Larry King Live on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 8pm Eastern time on CNN. He and other guests will be discussing the environment. Following will be Planet in Peril at 9pm Eastern Time. also has him listed as being on Larry King Sat. Oct. 27 at 9pm eastern, which is most likely a repeat. From CNN: October 25th (Thursday’s Show) Ben Affleck is proud of his two latest productions: “Gone, Baby Gone”, and his daughter Violet! He’ll talk to Larry about both! Then Hollywood hottie Orlando Bloom goes from big screen to big issues with the cold, hard truth about global warming. CNN’s Larry King

Posted in Orlando Bloom, Television

LOTRO Book 11: Defenders of Eriador Now Live!

Exploring Middle-earth: GwindethrondMeghan S. Rodberg, Online Community Manager The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, writes: We’re excited to announce that The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar’ Book 11: Defenders of Eriador is now live on the LOTRO servers! Book 11 launched right on time and all servers are up and available. LOTRO Book 11: Defenders of Eriador Now Live!

Posted in Gaming

Exploring Middle-earth: Gwindethrond

Exploring Middle-earth: GwindethrondVanessa “Saffron” Price, Online Community Representative for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, writes: On the shores of Lake Evendim, deep behind a waterfall lies a grotto – home to Gwindeth, the Blue Lady of Evendim. Learn more about Gwindeth and her home in this week’s update! Exploring Middle-earth: Gwindethrond

Posted in Gaming

The Outing of Dumbledore

The Outing of Dumbledore Kristin Thompson, author of ‘The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood’, writes: J. K. Rowling’s outing of Dumbledore is pretty OT for this site. Nevertheless, I’ve got a blog entry that tries to look past the controversy and examine her remarks on fanfiction and what they might mean for people in all fandoms, including Ringers, who write it and create fanart. Nothing definitive, but it seems like a little boost for the fair-use doctrine. The Outing of Dumbledore

Posted in Books Publications