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Archive for October, 2008

LOTR Online: Mines of Moria – The Waterworks

Today Turbine unveiled a new video for The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria, the first expansion for the award-winning massively multiplayer online game, which will release on November 18th. This new video provides a fly-through of The Waterworks, just one of the new areas to be added with the expansion. (more…)

Posted in Gaming

John Howe’s Journal: Many Meetings

Or the Ins and Outs of Tolkien Fandom

John Howe writes: Meeting Tolkien fans is invariably an engaging experience – occasionally delightful, sometimes moving, often a little scary – but never ordinary.

It’s not that they form an always identifiable body, like Trekkies – who I find a little frightening – I mean, to lavish such attention on costumes that look like something Yves Saint-Laurent binned as a bad idea in the 70’s is beyond me, and do we REALLY need more than one Mr. Spock ? – or the exuberant kaleidoscope of Star Wars fans. Tolkien fans come in many shapes, sizes and disguises, from über-serious comma-counters to elegant and flighty Elves. (I’ve just learned that there is debate amongst Star Trek fans as to the correct denomination; “Trekkers” being apparently preferred by those “Trekkies” who “have a life”. Why do I find this deeply perturbing?) (more…)

Posted in Fans, John Howe

Happy Birthday PJ!

Peter Robert Jackson, CNZM (born 31 October 1961) is a three-time Academy Award-winning New Zealand film director, producer and screenwriter, best known for directing The Lord of the Rings trilogy adapted from the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien. He is also known for his 2005 remake of King Kong. He won international attention early in his career with his “splatstick” horror comedies, before coming to mainstream prominence with Heavenly Creatures, for which he shared an Academy Award best screenplay nomination with his partner Fran Walsh. Visit PJ’s Official Website ‘The Bastards Have Landed’!

Posted in Peter Jackson

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 again be speaking with Anthony Moody who was the lucky man to interview Guillermo del Toro earlier this month. Hope you can join us! [Fictional Frontiers] [Netcast] Join us in chat while the show goes on! [Live Chat]

Posted in Guillermo Del Toro

New Developer Diary Video for LOTR: Mines of Moria

Today Turbine unveiled a new developer diary video for The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria, the first expansion for the award-winning massively multiplayer online game, which will release on November 18th. In this new video Cardell Kerr, Creative Director, and Ryan Bednar, Lead Game Systems Designer, discuss the two new classes to be added to the game with Mines of Moria – the Warden and the Rune-keeper. (more…)

Posted in Gaming

The Lord of the Rings: Conquest Pushed into 2009

From Originally planned for a December 15 release, The Lord of the Rings: Conquest will now ship January 9, 2009 internationally and January 13, 2009 in the U.S. Brought to you by the same studio that created gamer favorite Star Wars Battlefront, this new take on the battle for Middle-earth is reminiscent of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings universe that you watched in the films. While waiting for the game to land in retail, Lord of the Rings fans can participate in a “Battle for the Ring” community program where the more active you are, the more “gold” you earn. The social network offers activities and incentives for members to fight against good or evil and earn temporary ownership of the Ring. Prizes are pretty sweet, with the Grand Prize winner (500,000 earned gold) receiving a package that contains a Samsung HT-Z310 Home Theater System, while other prizes range from winning the Xbox 360 version of the game to Microsoft Points. To try your hand at this, just go online and register and see how much gold you can earn.

Posted in Gaming

New ‘Mines of Moria’ Game Screenshots

Today Turbine released a new batch of screenshots for The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria, the first expansion for the award-winning massively multiplayer online game, which will release on November 18th. These new screenshots depict two new areas to be added to the game – The Waterworks and The Flaming Deeps. Mines of Moria expands the online world of Middle-earth to let players adventure into one of the largest and most dangerous online underground environments ever created while extending the challenge to new heights with two new classes, ten additional levels, and hundreds of new quests. (more…)

Posted in Gaming

This Just In: ‘Hurin’ Paperback & ‘Realm’ Reprint!

The folks from Houghton Mifflin sent us along review copies of ‘The Children of Hurin’ paperback and the reprinted edition of ‘Tales from a Perilous Realm’, now featuring artwork by Alan Lee! (more…)

Posted in Alan Lee, Books Publications, Christopher Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien, Merchandise, Tolkien

Essay: The Magic of Faerie Stories

Claudia Riiff Finseth contacted us a while ago offering her articles on Tolkien, here is her second article ‘The Magic of Faerie Stories’.

Riiff Finseth is a freelance writer and author. Among her favorite works of literature is Lord of the Rings, which she has read over twenty times, more than any other book. Name the chapter, and Claudia can tell you what happens in it. Claudia was born in 1954 in Longview, Washington, USA. She studied literature and nursing at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, where she lives today with her husband and their family. She can be reached at (more…)

Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien, LotR Books, Return of the King, The Two Towers, Tolkien

‘Legend of the Seeker’ Seeks LOTR Glory on TV

Inkibus writes: Juts thought you might be interested in the upcoming New Zealand/Auckland filmed fantasy series premiering next Saturday; ‘Legend of the Seeker’ based around Terry Goodkind’s novels. Aside from the NZ locations. it employs some familiar LOTR faces; Bruce Spence, Jay Lagalia, and Craig Parker among them. It’s reportedly being helmed by Sam Raimi, who collaborated famously with the ‘Xenia’ series, which employed much of the pre-LOTR production team.

Posted in Bruce Hopkins, LotR Production, Other Cast, Television

Orcs are back in Lord of the Rings-inspired Born of Hope

Born of Hope is a prequel to the fantasy novels and tells the story of the Dúnedain, the Rangers of the North, before the return of the King. The 60-minute film, which will be released on the internet next year, focuses on Arathorn and Gilraen, the parents of Aragorn, from their first meeting through a turbulent time in their people’s history. Filming has already begun in Epping Forest in Essex, with the latest footage showing actors trudging through the woods dressed as sword-wielding Orcs. Kate Robinson, who is directing the film, said: “Born of Hope is a prequel to the New Line Trilogy and my aim is to make a film that can sit alongside those films without looking too out of place. Orcs are back in Lord of the Rings-inspired Born of Hope

Posted in Creations, Fans

Monaghan Returns to TV, Sorta

Mary writes: I found this news tidbit from Entertainment Weekly: Dominic Monaghan is scheduled to be a guest star on the February 2nd episode of “Chuck”!! Here’s the link to the news plus an interview with Dom. Monaghan Returns to TV, Sorta

Posted in Dominic Monaghan, Television