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Archive for December, 2007

Karl Urban talks ‘Star Trek’

Karl UrbanIf you were not aware, Karl Urban (Eomer) will be reincarnating the role of Dr. “Bones” McCoy in director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek film. The ‘Deadbolt’ has an interview with Karl discussing his other project, the ‘Comanche Moon’ Mini-series, as well as the Star Trek film. [Read More]

Posted in Karl Urban

Happy Holidays from

Letters from Father ChristmasOn behalf of the staff of, we’d like to wish you all peace, health and love this holiday season. You may notice that our site has ‘re-skinned’ in time for the holiday with a ‘Letters from Father Christmas’ theme – inspired by the artwork of J.R.R. Tolkien. If you weren’t aware, starting in the early 1920s Tolkien responded to his children’s letters to Father Christmas with notes and drawings. He introduced the chores of packing the many packages, the mishaps of weather and the mischief of his faithful helper, North Polar Bear, to his sons and daughter. These letters are lovely reproduced in ‘Letters from Father Christmas,’ a wonderful little book published by Houghton Mifflin. Consider picking it up sometime if you have not already! [Purchase at Amazon]

Posted in Books Publications, J.R.R. Tolkien, Merchandise, Announcements

Tintin in the World, by On the Media

On the Media has a segment today on Tintin, offering a great primer on Georges Remi and his work with Tintin. The joint venture of between Spielburg and Jackson to make a series of movies about the comic.

Tintin in the World

Posted in Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

‘Backstage Pass’ Video for Gandalf vs. Saruman

Gandalf vs SarumanMore than any other collectible company, Sideshow Collectibles seems to really want their collectors to know everything about the pieces they release. To that end, Sideshow Collectibles has posted a ‘Backstage Pass’ video highlighting the recently revealed ‘Gandalf vs Saruman: The Treachery of Saruman‘ polystone diorama. Besides showing some more detail shots of the piece, we also learn that this particular diorama is the largest diorama Sideshow has produced. Check out the video yourself at [Gandalf vs. Saruman]

Posted in Collectibles, Merchandise, Sideshow Collectibles’s Top 20 Fansites

EW LogoFile this under ‘we really don’t want to toot our own horn, but a lot of people are emailing about it.’ Entertainment Weekly has named among the top fansites in their yearly ‘Best and Worst of 2007’ edition, on newsstands now. is deeply and humbly honored to be among those listed. We know, as I’m sure you do, that the success of is built on the passion and persistence of the entirety of Tolkien fandom. We owe everything that we’ve done, are doing, and will do to the genius of J.R.R. Tolkien and his devoted readers. So thank you (yes, you reading this!) for your support through the years, and we hope that you will continue along this journey with us as we move into a new ‘age.’ [Top 20 Fansites] [TORn’s Listing]

Posted in Announcements, Community PJ will only Produce

PortfolioTORn Forum member Diedye sends us a link to an article at which furthers the idea that Peter Jackson will not be directing ‘The Hobbit’ films. The article describes the series of events that brought about the resolution between PJ and New Line, as well as listing the projects and committments Peter Jackson has over the next few years. [Read Full Article]

Side Rant: Our current poll (located on the right side of this page) seems to imply that nearly 90% of fandom out there would like Peter Jackson to direct AND are are willing to wait a little bit for it to happen. While yes, the poll is not scientific, it is a good measure of the general will of Tolkien fandom. As someone in that 90%, I can only hope the flexibility exists for PJ to direct the next installments of the best fantasy film series in history!

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit

Sideshow Announces Premium Format Aragorn

Aragorn Premium Format from Sideshow CollectiblesSideshow Collectibles have announced the latest addition to their Lord of the Rings Premium Format figure line-up: Aragorn! While the piece is only being teased this week, from the looks of the sculpting, it looks to be one of the best to date. We expect this item to have an exclusive version (only available on the web) and pre-order next Thursday, Dec 27th at As always, if you would like to support TORn, please use our links to place your pre-order next week. [View the Preview] [Other LOTR Items]

Posted in Collectibles, Merchandise, Sideshow Collectibles, Viggo Mortensen “Raimi expected to…” helm Hobbit!

Sam Raimi up for HobbitIn an article talking about Sam Raimi’s next film, ‘Drag Me to Hell,’ Variety seems to imply, with some authority, that Sam Raimi is going to be taking the reigns of ‘The Hobbit’ after that films completion:

After “Drag Me to Hell,” Raimi is expected to go right back up the mountaintop and take the helm of “The Hobbit” films for New Line and MGM now that Peter Jackson has made it clear he won’t direct.

Raimi has long been rumored to be in line to direct ‘The Hobbit’ films, but this ‘expectation’ from an industry publication seems to put some weight behind it. [Read Full Article]

Posted in Director Rumors, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

LOTR Online: Quarterly Wallpapers are here!

Quarterly Wallpapers are here! Meghan S. Rodberg, Online Community Manager for Turbine, Inc. writes: It’s that time of year again! Decorate your desktop with one of our handy LOTRO quarterly calendar wallpapers! Wallpapers are here!

Posted in Gaming Guillermo del Toro Talks Hobbit

Guillermo del has asked Guillermo del Toro the all important ‘Hobbit’ question, and his answer has this ‘del Toro’ fan pretty excited: “You know, I think I’ve been abroad too long. I’ve heard some rumblings, but nothing official. I don’t want to think about it because it’s such an eventuality. It’s the only Tolkien book I read. I tried my best to read Lord of the Rings, the trilogy. I could not. I could not. They were very dense. And then one day, I bought The Hobbit. I read it and I loved it. So it would be a privilege. But listen, I wish I knew. At this stage, after Hellboy II, I’m unemployed. [Laughs]

The rest of the questions, and answers, are even more positive! Check it out! [Read Full Article]

Posted in Director Rumors, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

TV Watch: TV One News Talks ‘Hobbit’

TV Watch: TV One News Talks 'Hobbit' From “‘The Hobbit’ back in pipeline” – The film ‘The Hobbit’ is back in the pipeline after Peter Jackson and New Line Cinemas managed to settle a long-running feud. [Follow this link click on ‘Related Video’] []

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson

Newstalk ZB Talks ‘Hobbit’ with Tehanu

Newstalk ZB Talks 'Hobbit' with Tehanu From “Jackson and Walsh secure The Hobbit” – Newstalk ZBs Susan Wood speaks with Erica Challis from The One Ring about Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh making The Hobbit. [Listen (.wma)] [Newstalk ZB]

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit