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Archive for April, 2009

Tolkien Society Also Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Ian Collier of The Tolkien Society writes: I thought that you’d be interested in the news about this year’s Middle-earth weekend (formerly the Tolkien Weekend) event at Sarehole Mill. Like TORN the event is celebrating its 10th anniversary so this one should be extra special. (more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Meet Ups

Billy Boyd Rescues Edinburgh

Billy Boydalduya writes: On April 25 an organization called Invisible Children held an event in 100 cities in 10 countries called The Rescue. The goal is to get the child soldiers kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda rescued. As such the event involved people “abducting” themselves and waiting to be “rescued” by a mogul (a politician or celebrity) endorsing the cause. Billy Boyd was the rescuer in Edinburgh. There’s a video of his speech here and more information can be found at and

Posted in Billy Boyd, Events

Tolkien’s in, but e-library still lacking

NEW YORK – The latest J.R.R. Tolkien project lasted six years, more than half as long as the author needed to complete his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Getting permission to release a book in electronic form can be as hard – or harder – than writing it. “The Tolkien estate wanted to be absolutely confident that e-books were not something ephemeral,” says David Roth-Ey, director of business development at HarperCollins UK, which announced last week that the late British author’s work – among the world’s most popular – would be available for downloads. “We were finally able to convince the Tolkien estate that the e-book is a legitimate, widespread format.” Tolkien’s in, but e-library still lacking

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

LoTR fan film set for net premiere

Fans of the Lord of the Rings who have not yet had their fill of cinematic Middle-earth should make a date for Sunday 3 May at 4pm (UK time), when the internet and the Sci-Fi-London festival will simultaneously host the premiere of The Hunt for Gollum – a “film for fans by fans” knocked together for just 3,000 quid. According to the BBC, the film is set between The Hobbit and the Fellowship of the Ring, and “tells the story of Aragorn as he sets out to discover the truth about the Ring”. Writer and director Chris Bouchard explained that, with the blessing of Tolkien Enterprises (as long as the project was non-profit, natch), he set about recruiting a vast cast of volunteers – including 160 credited crew and 60 who worked on visual effects alone. LoTR fan film set for net premiere

Posted in Creations, Fans

The fight is on to re-open Tolkien pub

DiveTwin points out on our message boards that a campaign has been launched to re-open a pub that was once a haunt of none other than J.R.R. Tolkien’s. The story reads:
Pub lovers are backing a campaign to return a pub once popular with Lord of the Rings writer JRR Tolkien to its former glory. The Community Alert on Pubs group is hoping to re-open the Grade-II Listed Three Cups Hotel in Lyme Regis, West Dorset, which was where Tolkien is believed to have penned much of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Read on

Posted in Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, LotR Books

See ‘District 9′ Trailer in Glorious Quicktime Early!

District 9 PosterThe word is out that the trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s ‘District 9′ will debut on Apple’s trailer site on April 30th. Fans can then see the PJ produced alien thriller on the big screen the next day during screenings of ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’.

Posted in Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

LOTR Online Update

Lord of the Rings Online: The Mines of MoriaSapience from Turbine sent this in: There’s all kinds of craziness going on with LOTRO right now and we wanted to make sure you caught it all. Enjoy the update!

Welcome back to LOTRO! We kicked off our Second Anniversary with a week-long welcome back for former subscribers from April 24-30. Not only are we giving returning players an entire week of free game play, 25% bonus XP on mob kills, and the Anniversary token event, but there are currently some great subscription offers for everyone too! (more…)

Posted in Gaming

A photo tribute to 10 years of TORn

During my association with I have often felt very fortunate to know great people and be in great places. Sometimes I have been lucky enough to have my camera along.

Out of that vast TORn photo library that includes digital images, and old scratched negitives, I put a few images together with some music from Arjan Kiel, (with thanks to fan film ‘Born of Hope,’) to pay tribute to the whole community of

Click on the small triangle to play and to see the best fullscreen version, click on the box at the far right.

Posted in Andy Serkis, Barrie Osborne, Billy Boyd, Bruce Hopkins, ComicCon, Conventions, Dominic Monaghan, DragonCon, Elijah Wood, Events, Fans, Founders Day, Howard Shore, Ian McKellen, Jim Rygiel, John Howe, John Rhys-Davies, Lawrence Makoare, Lectures & Education, LotR Cast News, New Zealand, Ngila Dickson, Original TORn, Oscar Parties, Other Events, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Randy Cook, Richard Taylor, Sala Baker, Sean Astin, Sideshow Collectibles, Community, WETA Workshop

More Photos From Peter Jackson’s Lovely Bones

From Access-Saoirse (via Access-Saoirse has received more scans of photos from Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones that can be found in the new issue of Empire magazine. Opening December 11, the big screen adaptation of Alice Sebold’s best-selling novel stars Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli and Ronan. The film centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family – and her killer – from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal. More Photos From Peter Jackson’s Lovely Bones

Posted in Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

PJ’s ‘District 9’ Trailer to Screen During ‘Wolverine’

We’ve received official word that trailers for Neill Blomkamp’s ‘District 9’, which is produced by Peter Jackson, will play before screenings of ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ when it opens on May 1st. ‘Wolverine’ co-stars Dominic Monaghan as ‘Chris Bradley AKA Bolt’. District 9 Official SiteWolverine Official Site

Posted in Dominic Monaghan, Film Screenings, Peter Jackson, PJ's Other Films

EW Talks ‘The Hunt for Gollum’

Simon Vozick-Levinson writes: I have no clue how The Hunt for Gollum has gotten past New Line Cinema and the J.R.R. Tolkien estate’s intellectual property lawyers. Nor do I care, because this “by fans, for fans” non-profit 40-minute Lord of the Rings tribute film looks awesome. As far as I can tell from the trailers, the plot, adapted from part of Tolkien’s voluminous appendices, is supposed to take place some time between The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring. EW Talks ‘The Hunt for Gollum’

Posted in Creations, Fans

Turbine Celebrates 2nd Anniversary of LOTR Online

Turbine Celebrates 2nd Anniversary of The Lord of the Rings Online

Turbine kicks off the 2nd anniversary celebration for its award-winning massively multiplayer online game, The Lord of the Rings Online, with a special limited-time anniversary pricing promotion and various in-game anniversary activities (see official release below for more information). (more…)

Posted in Uncategorized