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Archive for May, 2009

2009 Mythopoeic Award Finalists

The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature is given to the fantasy novel, multi-volume, or single-author story collection for adults published during 2008 that best exemplifies the spirit of the Inklings. Books are eligible for two years after publication if not selected as a finalist during the first year of eligibility. Books from a series are eligible if they stand on their own; otherwise, the series becomes eligible the year its final volume appears. The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature honors books for younger readers (from Young Adults to picture books for beginning readers), in the tradition of The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia. Rules for eligibility are otherwise the same as for the Adult Literature award. The question of which award a borderline book is best suited for will be decided by consensus of the committees. (more…)

Posted in Books Publications

Warner Confirms Long-Term Lord Of The Rings Game Plans

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has confirmed that it will be releasing games based on the Lord of the Rings books and films across “multiple genres and platforms.” The confirmation comes shortly after the company revealed in an E3-related email Aragorn’s Quest, a family-friendly game that will have “accessible gameplay set in a friendly, colorful rendition of Middle-Earth. Players assume the role of Strider and embark on his greatest quests from The Lord of the Rings trilogy.” Warner Confirms Long-Term Lord Of The Rings Game Plans

Posted in Gaming

Alan Lee Heads to the WETA CAVE!

WETA logoFrom the folks at WETA: We are very excited to announce that Weta’s good friend and renowned Tolkien illustrator, Alan Lee, will be doing a book signing at the Weta Cave.

Saturday 20 June 1-3 pm
The Weta Cave, Cnr Camperdown Rd and Weka St, Miramar, Wellington

Entrance is free and you should take the opportunity to explore the rest of the Weta Cave at the same time. More…

Posted in Alan Lee, Events, Fans, Meet Ups, New Zealand, Other Events, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Weta brings sci-fi giant to screen

Giant flying creatures, a lush jungle planet, a futuristic flying machine and a “power suit” are just some of the images audiences are likely to see in Titanic director James Cameron’s new sci-fi movie Avatar. Concept art from the US$200 million film (NZ$320m), shot in Wellington with visual effects by Weta Digital, appeared online this week, sanctioned by the film’s backers 20th Century Fox. Weta brings sci-fi giant to screen

Posted in WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Mailing List Signup

We have been getting many requests for a link to sign up to our mailing list. We have not added the link to our side menus just yet, but we will soon. To sign up to the mailing list simple click over to this link and add your email address in the ‘Subscribing to Lotr_Announce’ section. Thanks!

Posted in Announcements, Community

Matchstick Minas Tirith Amazes

Matchstick Minas TirithDaniel writes: Patrick Acton, the Matchstick Man of Gladbrook, Iowa has posted 5 new photos of his matchstick model of Minas Tirith on his website! He has made a lot of progress and the model is looking AWESOME! The photos show the progress made during the month of April. See the photos at the following link!

Posted in Creations, Fans

Promo Trailer for Del Toro’s The Strain

From: Wired Magazine (via

Next week, Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s “The Strain” hits bookshelves. It’s the first novel in a trilogy (I’ve liked what I have read of it so far) that’s a spin on vampire lore. Del Toro talked about it a bit in this video interview and today Wired released the following “teaser trailer” to tie in with the series. (more…)

Posted in Books Publications, Guillermo Del Toro

Sean Bean Fights Black Death

Sean BeanEvie writes: I surmise you might have wondered what Sean Bean is currently up to – after portraying Zeus in the upcoming “Percy Jackson” movie. This regularly updated bi-lingual English/German page about him (looking very much like Boromir) fighting the Plague in “Black Death”. More…

Posted in Uncategorized


Or A Few Thoughts On Creatures That Don’t Exist

Last October, I was asked if I would write a foreword for a book on… dragons. Having just had Forging Dragons publish at about the same time, they were still very fresh in my mind. Small world. Full of dragons. They seem to be everywhere, their ubiquity matched only by their variety. No other creature speads such colossal wings or drags its scaly belly across the mythical lands of so many cultures over the aeons. They span the spectrum from devilry to divinity, from blackest evil to boundless good. They come in all configurations, they speak, or they make our minds reel with the power of their thoughts, they squat athwart hoards of treasure untold. They are story. They are dragons.

But just what is it about dragons ?

Posted in Uncategorized

Fictional Frontiers May 31st Transcript

Fictional FrontiersElven x sends along a transcript from today’s segment of Fictional Frontiers: A fun show this week on Fictional Frontiers with Sohaib and Larry Curtis talking about all things LOTR and The Hobbit. Some cool Smaug/Mike Mignola news and a heads-up for something Hobbity and extremely special at ComicCon this year … someone will be there! – No, not Guillermo, someone from the Production side of things. Enjoy this week’s show. (more…)

Posted in ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Viggo Mortensen sighted in New Zealand

The latest Red Carpet tour had the worst weather ever, but they did get to pick up a couple of LOTR rumours on their way round the country. Viggo had recently visited the stables where the LOTR stars worked on their riding skills and kept their horses, and he also dropped in to his favourite Wellington steak house, the Green Parrot, according to staff there. He was able to say that he was in New Zealand on movie business, but wouldn’t say more….

Posted in New Zealand, Rumours Spy News, Tours, Viggo Mortensen

A free birthday mathom from LOTR Online and The Lord Of The Rings Online are celebrating the game’s second birthday by giving away ten “Collector’s Editions” and entering couldn’t be easier. This edition of the game includes 30 days of free game play, both complete volumes of the game (Shadows of Angmar and Mines of Moria) in-game tokens, a gold-plated One Ring replica, a Mines of Moria map, a poster, a LOTRO art and music collection and a Collector’s Edition Starter Guide. What a great birthday mathom! Enter the contest and learn more about LOTRO [Contest Page] [LOTRO official site]

Posted in Collectibles, Contests, Gaming, Jewelry, Music, Posters Prints