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Archive for October, 2007

LOTR Proofs on Auction Block

A very rare set of proofs, Volumes 1, 2 and 3 of “Lord of the Rings” from 1953-1954, preceding the first edition, bound in wrappers and sent out by the publishers as early review copies, is set for auction by Bloomsbury Auctions on Wednesday, October 24 at 2:00pm EST. Bids will be accepted online by going to (more…)

Posted in Events, LotR Books

Peter Jackson’s bit-players re-unite

From Walter Cannel played a New York tramp and a Gondorian citizen in the films, Philip Eastwood was a hobbit and Laurie Penney was both a tramp and a hobbit. Organiser Paul Giles, 77 – a tramp at the head of a soup kitchen queue in King Kong – said the reunions had begun in 2002 with the help of his late wife, Marie. The informal gathering drew together people from throughout the country, all with fond memories of their show business experience. “There was a great atmosphere and the camaraderie was absolutely to the fore,” Mr Giles said. (more…)

Posted in LotR Cast News

‘Lord of the Rings’ film festival, lecture at Bates College

From LEWISTON – A leading Tolkien scholar will give a lecture Thursday at Bates College following a three-day Tolkien Film Festival that will begin Monday. Thomas Shippey will give his talk, “Filming the Lord of the Rings: How Peter Jackson Coped with J.R.R. Tolkien,” at 7 p.m. in the Olin Arts Center on Russell Street. The public is invited to attend the talk, followed by a reception in the Olin lobby, free of charge. (more…)

Posted in Other Events

New Site Update – Windows IE6 Users

Well its been a few days with our new website, and some initial bugs are making themselves apparent. The most significant is how news is displayed for Ringers with Windows and IE 6 (Internet Explorer 6). We are working on that problem and hope to have a resolution soon. In the meantime, you may want to consider updating to Internet Explorer 7 or using Firefox.

Posted in Announcements

Gosling Leaves, Wahlberg Joins ‘Lovely Bones’

LOTRO Book 11: Defenders of Eriador Release Notes Now Available! Variety is reporting that Ryan Gosling has been replaced by Mark Wahlberg as one of the leads for Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lovely Bones’. The last minute swap culminated in a week long delay in principle photography (and may very well explain it). Gosling and Jackson reportedly parted ways due to ‘creative differences’. Filming commences today in Philadelphia, PA. From Variety: One day before shooting began, Mark Wahlberg stepped in to replace Ryan Gosling in “The Lovely Bones,” the Peter Jackson-directed adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel for DreamWorks. (more…)

Posted in PJ's Other Films

LOTRO Book 11: Defenders of Eriador Release Notes Now Available!

LOTRO Book 11: Defenders of Eriador Release Notes Now Available! Meghan S. Rodberg, Online Community Manager for Turbine, Inc. writes: The full release notes for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Book 11: Defenders of Eriador are now available on our Lorebook! You can view them here! (more…)

Posted in Gaming

Happy Birthday Viggo Mortensen!

Chocolate Fish Cafe to Close? Today is Viggo Mortensen’s Birthday. Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. (born October 20, 1958) is an American theater and movie actor, poet, musician, photographer and painter. He is known for his role as Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

Posted in Viggo Mortensen

Howard Shore Website Update

ROTK Complete Recordings Daisy writes: Check out the update on Howard Shore’s website about the upcoming release of the Extended edition of the ROTK soundtrack: “Howard Shore’s complete Oscar-winning score for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, from the epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, will be available in a deluxe five-disc edition from Reprise/WMG Soundtracks on November 13, 2007.

This historic release contains 3 hours and 50 minutes of music on four CDs, comprising the full score of the 2003 film. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King — The Complete Recordings marks the third and final edition of the three complete recording releases of the film trilogy whose score has been honored with three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. This deluxe set includes exclusive new artwork, packaging, liner notes written by Doug Adams, author of the forthcoming book The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films and features Annie Lennox performing the Oscar-winning song “Into the West.””

Howard Shore Website Update

Posted in Howard Shore, Movie Return of the King, Music

WETA Press Updates

Here are the latest news headlines from the wonderful world of Weta:

Rayguns book opens for sale

Win YOUR head sculpted on a Weta statue
Weta’s design work in kids book featured on TV
Limited Edition Raygun prints released
Weta Bug visits the crazy worlds of conventions in Australia
Convention Costumes – how do they get made?
New testimonial from the Dr Grordbort’s universe

This weekend we’ll be at the Armageddon convention in Auckland, please drop by and say hello if you are attending.

Posted in WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Raimi Up for Hobbit if PJ Produces

No time to delay! Now that the new TORn is alive and well, we’ve got a great link for you to the MTV Movie Blog. Check out what Sam Raimi has to say about ‘The Hobbit’ movie and Peter Jackson!


Check out the entire text-based story! MTV Movie Blog

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Welcome to the New TORn

The New would like to welcome you to the brand new website! Before we review some of the new highlights, we owe you an explanation of just what happened and why we’ve been offline for the last few days.

While we wish we could say we had some exciting Hobbit Movie announcement as the reason we were offline, the real reason was nothing so glamorous.

Posted in Announcements

Owners of Hobbit Grill Warned They Must Change Name

BONITA SPRINGS, FL — The trustees of a million dollar movie trilogy have threatened to sue a local mom and pop eatery. Many people read the “Lord of the Rings” books or seen the films, but the owners of the Hobbit Grille have not done either. They say they’re ready to take on the Saul Zaentz Company, whose attorneys have promised to bury the deli if the owners don’t immediately drop the word “hobbit” from the name.”I just like the name,” explained Co-Owner Thomas Schillig.”What are they going to gain from it? They’re going to put me out of business,” said Chef Paul Mandell.

Posted in Hobbit Book