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Archive for July, 2008

Turbine Announces Fall Expansion Partnership with Warner Bros.

Turbine, Inc. announced today its partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to distribute The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria, the first retail expansion for the award-winning massively multiplayer online game, in North America. In conjunction with this announcement, Turbine also unveiled its fall product lineup including two titles to be available at retail and a digital-only title for existing subscribers. More details follow in the official press release.

In addition, Turbine has released new concept art for the upcoming expansion, which depicts some of the environments, monsters and the Lothlorien region to be added in the fall.


Posted in Gaming

Economy Hits LOTR Themed Community Hard

Hobbit COmmunityApparently, the current economic shadow affecting real estate may feel like the tentacles of Mordor reaching out across the country. A LOTR themed community in Bend, OR is currently feeling it as this article discusses.

The rise and fall of Bend’s real estate economy has resulted in foreclosure proceedings against The Shire, a village-themed concept in southeast Bend patterned after J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” series.

For more of the story, read The Bend Bulletin

Posted in Fans, Miscellaneous, Other Merchandise

New Book: Tales of Moseley Bog – The Voles of Old

Shire Productions Stageplay Vivienne Wilkes, local amateur dramatist, and co-organiser of the annual Middle Earth Weekends at Sarehole Mill, is the author of the recently published children’s book called “Tales of Moseley Bog – The Voles of Old”. Moseley Bog has been the setting for several drama excerpts from Tolkien’s work at the above weekend and is a beautiful and unspoilt nature reserve nestling in the suburbs of Birmingham within walking distance of Sarehole Mill, the inspiration for the Mill in Hobbiton. J.R.R. Tolkien and his brother Hilary knew it well when they played there as children but today it is still a relatively unknown gem even to those living nearby. Within this atmospheric, natural woodland mini-mammals and wildlife dwell, their struggle for existence largely unnoticed by most visitors. Within the book, Moseley Bog is the Old World setting for the life and death adventures of Foxtail and Rye, a couple of young field voles, on a quest to find the mythical water voles of legend. Further details of the book can be found on-line via the website:

Order “Tales of Moseley Bog – The Voles of Old” on today!

Posted in Books Publications

Best Buy Offer To Snag A LOTR Collectible

Best Buy Logo Ron writes: With Best Buy DVD purchase of Iron Man or Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, you get a $50 or $25 (respectively) gift card to be used online at Great way to pick up that LOTR collectible at a reduced price. News article link is here.

Posted in DVDs, Merchandise, Sideshow Collectibles

Del Toro, Miramax not ‘Afraid of the Dark’

Guillermo del ToroThe Hollywood Reporter has reported that ‘Hobbit’ director Guillermo del Toro will also be producing Miramax’s upcoming remake of ‘Afraid in the Dark:’

Guillermo del Toro and Miramax will produce a remake of the horror-thriller telefilm “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” the specialty distributor’s first big dive into genre filmmaking under president Daniel Battsek. Comic book artist-writer Troy Nixey will make his feature directorial debut with the adaptation of ABC’s 1973 cult classic.

Read the full article at [Full Article]

Posted in Guillermo Del Toro

Sideshow Collectibles Memorial Auction features LOTR Items

Diane KamaheleIn Dec 2006, Sideshow Collectibles lost a good friend and collegue: Diane Kamahele. Since her passing, they have been holding semi-annual auctions at Comic-Con and Toy Fair to help raise for her three young children. This year’s auction features three highly prized LOTR related items. To learn more about the auction and the items, click on one of the items below.

  • The Balrog Legendary Scale Bust with Light-up Feature – Only 1 piece in the world – never produced [Auction]
  • The Aragorn Premium Format Figure Pre-Production Sample. [Auction]
  • Gollum Bust Prototype signed by Andy Serkis [Auction]

For all of the unique items being offered in this auction, please Click Here. [Learn more about Diane]

Posted in Collectibles, Merchandise, Sideshow Collectibles

Frodo holds off Batman at NZ box office

From (via The Dominion Post)Despite a challenge from The Dark Knight, Peter Jackson’s The Return of the King is still king at the New Zealand box office. The latest Batman film, which broke box office records for an opening weekend in the United States, made $1.8 million in New Zealand, $800,000 short of the $2.6 million record accomplished by The Return of the King in 2003. However, The Dark Knight had the biggest opening weekend for a film so far this year, beating Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($1.6 million), I Am Legend and Iron Man (both $1.3 million).

Posted in Movie Return of the King

Asin and Dourif at FanExpo Canada

FanExpo Logo Ruth let us in on a Canadian Convention next month called FanExpo Canada 2008. LOTR alums include Sean Astin and Brad Dourif. Other guests of note include WES CRAVEN, BUZZ ALDRIN, KATE MULGREW, EDWARD JAMES OLMOS, BRENT SPINER, MICHAEL ROSENBAUM, JAMIE BAMBER, KRISTY SWANSON, JEREMY BULLOCH, ALEX ROSS and HENRY WINKLER (what? Yeah I wrote that). [FanExpo Canada 2008]

Posted in Brad Dourif, Conventions, Events, Sean Astin

LOTRO: Book 14: The Ring-forges of Eregion is now live!

LOTR ONLINE LOGO Meghan Rodberg, Online Community Manager for Turbine, Inc., writes: We’re pleased to announce that the latest free content for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Book 14: The Ring-forges of Eregion, is now live on the Turbine servers! Book 14 brings us one step closer to The Mines of Moria with the Volume II prologue. Players can witness the Fellowship departing Rivendell for Mordor! Book 14 also offers many new features, quests, and enhancements to both the PVE game and monster play. The full release notes are available on the LOTRO Lorebook, LOTRO’s official wiki, here!.

Turbine has also released a handful of new Book 14 screenshots depicting the new Moria prelude quests.

Posted in Gaming

Oxonmoot ’08 Prices to Rise

Ian Collier, Tolkien Society Publicity Officer sends along word that prices for Oxonmoot ’08 in Oxford will rise on August 1st. Oxonmoot ’08 will be held at Christ Church College, Oxford from Thursday September 25th to Sunday September 28th.

Posted in Conventions, Events, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education

Theater campers stage a production of ‘The Hobbit’ in a hurry

Just a little cardboard, paint and some imagination can turn a Piggly Wiggly shopping cart into Smaug the Dragon. A summer theater camp at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina put together a production of “The Hobbit” in a week and on a budget the cost of a Happy Meal. The script was written by camp organizer Bruce Connelly, an actor in the arts center production of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” and best known as Barkley the Dog on “Sesame Street.” But other than that, the two dozen students started from scratch, working six-hour days last week. Theater campers stage a production of ‘The Hobbit’ in a hurry

Posted in Events, Stage Productions

Viggo Mortensen shooting a movie at Mount St. Helens this weekend

Viggo Mortensen From Don’t be surprised if you’re at Mount St. Helens this weekend and you run into Viggo Mortensen. The Academy Award-nominated actor will be there filming scenes for the big-screen adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel “The Road.” It’s a post-apocalyptic tale of a journey taken by a father (Mortensen) and his young son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) across a barren landscape blasted by an unspecified cataclysm that destroyed civilization and most life on Earth. Mortensen and Smit-McPhee will be shooting scenes with director John Hillcoat Friday through Monday. The film also stars Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Michael K. Williams and Robert Duvall.

Posted in Viggo Mortensen