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Archive for September, 2008

LOTRO Heroes Guide Launches

The folks at Turbine write: The first article in our new Heroes Guide series is now live at! Long have the thoughts of Dwarves been haunted by an idea. They dream of returning to the glorious halls of Moria, to Khazad-dûm, the masterpiece of Dwarf-delvings, now locked behind the Walls of Moria and the waters of the Black Pool. Read more about a new expedition of hopeful Dwarves as they set out to brave the deep places of the mine in the feature article Heroes Guide to the Hollin Gate. LOTRO Heroes Guide Launches

Posted in Gaming

John Howe’s Journal: FORGING DRAGONS

Forging Dragons

Forging Dragons

(Or Most Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Dragons (Or At Least a Certain Amount)

John Howe writes: A new book coming out is always fun, generally as it means the editors involved are happy to coax me from my lair to go sign copies in some far-flung clime.*

FORGING DRAGONS (Paperback) (more…)

Posted in Books Publications, Characters, John Howe, Merchandise

Exploring Tolkien: Online Tolkien Course

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Cardiff University Logo

Dr. Dimitra Fimi writes: Cardiff University is offering an on-line course taught in 10 weekly units by Dr Dimitra Fimi. The course will run three times during the 2008-2009 academic year, starting on 6 October 2008, 19 January 2009 and 27 April 2009 respectively.

The students will be able to explore Tolkien’s Middle-earth from their home, in their own time. They will examine the vast mythology behind The Lord of the Rings and gain a thorough knowledge of Tolkien’s fiction and its creation by focusing on The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and The Children of Húrin. (more…)

Posted in Events, J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien

Warner Brothers to release a LOTR soundtrack “Rarities Archive”

After spending Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday week riddling, Doug Adams announced what the ‘other major release’ his book will be tied to: LOTR: THE RARITIES ARCHIVE, scheduled for release in the fourth quarter 2009. There will be substantially more rarities material released. Doug’s initial project was limited in terms of budget (buying rights from Warner Brothers). WBR owns all this so licensing rights is not an issue. Doug wrote:

“This means that CONSIDERABLY more music is now available for the project! You will see why this qualifies as something “major,” I promise. And as I’ve said, there is some incredible LOTR music that no one has ever heard.”

It can get a bit confusing even to those of us who keep abreast of the subject so I’m going to be very methodical and touch on what’s already been relesed, what we know will be released in the future and what is new as of September 26…

Posted in Crew News, DVDs, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Other Crew

Chat with Alan Lee – October 14

Message board member Beren sends this in: Hello!. I was contacted this weekend by Houghton Mifflin to do a chat session with Alan Lee on the 14th of October. As part of the celebration for the release of the Children of Hurin Paperback in the U.S., Alan will be doing three days of signing, and will come and chat with Tolkien fans on the 14th. Alan has agreed to make some sketches in copies of the paperback to give away. It would be great if people could send in some questions as well. For sure Alan knows stuff on the Hobbit movies that will be of interest to all Tolkien fans!

The chat will take place at Follow the “Discuss” link below to join the discussion on our message boards and get your question on the list, or email Beren at

Posted in Alan Lee, Books Publications, Crew News, Events, J.R.R. Tolkien, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Other Events, Tolkien

Howard Shore is Working on Hobbit Score

Just this morning Sohaib Awan at Fictional Frontiers spoke to Howard Shore about his recent composition for Macy’s who are celebrating their 150th anniversary. During the interview, Howard had a few words to say about the Hobbit:

“Yes I am starting to work on the Hobbit. A lot of the group is coming back together to work on it. It’s really a wondrous occasion. It’s fantastic guide for me to be able to go back to Middle earth and create more music , ‘cause these films, the films, are placed before Fellowship of the Ring, so I have to go back into Middle earth a little earlier and pick up my writing, and write a piece that would grow and take you right into Fellowship of the Ring.”


Posted in Crew News, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, LotR Movies

Andy Serkis talks about The Hobbit and the role of Gollum …

According to a short video interview with Andy on ITN here, Andy Serkis is looking forward to reprising his role as Gollum:

Female Reporter: Was it very exhaustive being Gollum?

Andy: Yeah, yeah. It was physically very tiring. Physically and mentally and vocally. (laughs)

Male reporter: Being Smeagol, you being Smeagol as well – as an actor, that must be quite nice – to look like you, for once..

Andy: Well the fact of the matter is that I don’t know where they’re going to pick up the story – obviously Gollum in The Hobbit is Gollum – he has transformed into Gollum, so – but then there’s the prequel to The Rings as well, so we’ll have to see. It will be very, very interesting to see where the writing takes the development of the character. But I know they’ll come up with something very interesting.

We’re sure they will too, Andy.

Posted in Andy Serkis, Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies

“The most beautiful writing experience of my life” ~ Guillermo talks scripting The Hobbit

Our friends at Popcorn Taxi have come through with the audio of their August 18 Q&A with Guillermo del Toro regarding Hellboy II to transcribe. The biggest bombshell of the night came near the end of the 42 minute session: The first official news that the scripting team of Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro had begun writing The Hobbit. Here’s how Guillermo described the breaking news:


“Well the only thing I can say is that we are now finally and officially and merrily in progression on the scripting process. We are all actively working on it and having a grand time at it. It keeps transforming and changing and it is ‘the most beautiful’ writing experience of my life, I’m enjoying it tremendously – and there’s bound to be news soon enough.”


Without further adieu, here is the transcript in full of the Q&A session. The Hobbit news can be found at (41:21) on the last page. I would encourage everyone to read the full transcript as Guillermo talks in depth about his early interests in automatons and clocks, his characters, cast, monsters fairies and vampires, children’s books, CGI and effects, his childhood, The Golden Compass, spirituality, his inspirations and his perspective of the world he perceives.



Posted in Director news, Guillermo Del Toro

Court: No punitive damages in ‘LOTR’ suit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has barred the estate of “Lord of the Rings” author J.R.R. Tolkien from seeking punitive damages against the studio that brought the trilogy to the big screen. Tolkien’s heirs claim New Line Cinema has failed to pay any royalties from the estimated $6 billion they say the movie has grossed worldwide. The lawsuit is seeking more than $150 million in compensatory damages based on breach of contract, fraud and other claims. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ann I. Jones also ruled this week that the estate and Tolkien heirs have established a legal basis for the fraud claim against New Line. As part of that allegation, the lawsuit claims New Line sent millions of dollars to Time Warner Inc.’s AOL, improperly claiming they were for advertising expenses. The lawsuit also claims the studio built production offices and facilities in New Zealand and listed them as expenses for the “Lord of the Rings” films, although the heirs claim they are now being used for other New Line projects. (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Studios, Tolkien Estate

Del Toro to release book trilogy

From BBC: Director Guillermo del Toro has announced plans to write a trilogy of vampire novels with crime author Chuck Hogan. The 43-year-old, best known for making Pans Labyrinth, Hellboy and The Devil’s Backbone, said the trilogy would advance in “unexpected ways”. The first book, The Strain, will be released next summer. Earlier this month it was reported that del Toro had signed a four-picture deal with film studio Universal. Del Toro to release book trilogy

Xoanon here: Just a little note about these books. THE STRAIN, the novel to be published is already written. The book was finished a while ago, before del Toro even began work on HELLBOY II. He will not be writing it during THE HOBBIT. It is safe to say what happens in NZ will mostly be Hobbity related!

Posted in Guillermo Del Toro

TORn on ‘Fictional Frontiers’ This Weekend

Fictional will be providing a segment on this Sunday’s broadcast of ‘Fictional Frontiers with Sohaib,’ on WNJC 1360 AM, Philadelphia at 11AM ET. This week, Sohaib will be speaking with Xoanon about the latest news and rumors concerning ‘The Hobbit’ movies. Be sure to tune in for an interview with Howard Shore as well! As always, the show is broadcast live via the internet via the WNJC website. Hope you can join us! [Fictional Frontiers] [Netcast] Join us in chat while the show goes on! [Live Chat]

Posted in Howard Shore

Alan Lee Book Tour News

Word to us has come across the web in regards to the Alan Lee book tour we posted about a little while ago.

The *only* place to get early copies of TALES FROM THE PERILOUS REALM will be at Alan Lee’s bookstore events in October, as well as at Faeriecon — the very first place the book will appear in public. TALES FROM THE PERILOUS REALM will not be in wide release until November, so Alan’s events offer a very special opportunity for fans to be the first to get their hands on copies!

Click here for a full schedule of Alan’s tour

Posted in Alan Lee, Books Publications, Conventions, Events, Other Events