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Archive for November, 2009

The Hobbit Stage Play News

Claire writes: Having already told you about the Hobbit stage play at the New Theatre, Cardiff, from Tuesday 9th February to Saturday 13th February, more information at I have found dates for the production at other theatres. (more…)

Posted in Events, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

Charles Ross ‘One Man LOTR’ News

Claire writes: Charles Ross will be touring in the UK with his One Man Lord of the Rings production in 2010. Here’s a quote from Sir Ian McKellen: “If you liked The Lord of the Rings trilogy, you’ll love Charlie Ross’ version – and if you didn’t, well, at least his is shorter.”

And here’s a review from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe: “It’s some achievement that Ross and his director TJ Dawe manage to soundly recreate Tolkien’s epic fantasy, especially when you consider Ross has no props, wears only a boiler suit and uses minimal lighting effects throughout. Peter Jackson needed around ten hours of film, hundreds of millions of dollars and enough special effects to keep an army of computer whizkids behind their desks for a very long time! It’s the clever script, Ross’ child like zest and humorous anecdotes which makes One Man Lord Of The Rings such a fine show. … Charles Ross’ Lord Of The Rings trilogy is funny, fitting and fabulous. Essential for all Lord Of The Rings fans and followers. Definite recommendation.” (more…)

Posted in Events, Lord of the Rings

Town set to become Middle Earth

A town in Mid Wales is to be turned into a bit of Middle Earth next summer with the launch of a festival based on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Machynlleth will play host to thousands of fans of the classic fantasy tale who have grown to vast numbers since the books were turned into a series of blockbuster films over the past decade. The man behind the festival is Mark Faith who believes between 5,000 and 10,000 people could be attracted to the three-day event from all over the world. More..

Posted in Events

‘The Lord of the Films’ Author Book Signing

Author J.W. Braun writes: I’ve got a new book out called The Lord of the Films, all about The Lord of the Rings movies. I’m pleased to announce that I’ve got book signings coming up in Wisconsin and Oregon that your TORNados may wish to attend. (more…)

Posted in Books Publications, Events, Merchandise

The Two Towers at Radio City Music Hall!

The Two Towers at Radio City Music Hall

Last October Radio City Music Hall was host to ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ screened with a live orchestra and chorus, we’re doing it again in 2010! Be the first to get tickets to a screening of ‘The Two Towers’! Pre-sale for The Two Towers on October 8 & 9, 2010 will be available Monday, November 23 beginning at 9AM. Please use the code TTT2010.

Tickets for Friday, Oct 8 click here!

Tickets for Saturday, Oct 9 click here!

Posted in Concerts, Events, Movie The Two Towers

Gollum Nabs #1 Best Digital Character

Eowyn1971 writes: Here’s a link to the piece on Fast Company, ‘The 12 Best and Worst Digital Characters’. The #1 spot on the list, of course, belongs to a wretched creature who redefined the term ‘digital character’. More..

Posted in LotR Movies

Weta waxes lyrical on Hobbiton

The regular Weta newsletter talks about the restoration of Hobbiton as well. The team at Weta including Daniel Falconer are happily involved in modelling a collectible sculpture of Bag End at them moment, which should be ready for purchase in 2010. IB14580“>Read Weta’s “News from the Shire”.

Posted in Daniel Falconer, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, New Zealand, The Hobbit, Tours, WETA Workshop

Tours continue as Hobbiton restored

3084443Tourists at Matamata’s Hobbiton will soon see Middle Earth come to life before their eyes, according to a recent report on Vic James of Red Carpet Tours says he is “delighted” by confirmation that Lord of the Rings tourists will continue to be able to visit the site of Hobbiton as filming approaches.

Posted in Locations Sets, Locations Sets, New Zealand, Tours

Weta science fiction exhibition heads to China

Hundreds of items of science fiction art and collectibles created by Weta Workshop began their journey to China Friday night for a fundraising exhibition set to be visited by up to one million people. About 150 paintings by artist and Weta designer Greg Broadmore, along with props and rayguns, would be exhibited in The Exceptional Exhibition – Weta Workshop introduces the World of Dr Grordbort’s, the New Zealand Press Association reported on Friday. More..

Posted in Events, Exhibits, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger Interview

Richard Taylor and Tania Roger

The folks from WIFI, a network of independent film artists based in Wellington New Zealand, send this in: We recently did an interview with Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger from WETA and we thought you may or may not be interested in sharing it with the TORN community. (more…)

Posted in Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, New Zealand, Richard Taylor, WETA Cave, WETA Workshop

Reminder: on Blog Talk Radio

Blog Talk Radio is going talky! Talk radio to be specific! We’ve joined forces with to produce Talk Radio Show. A show dedicated to all things Tolkien, and then some! Check out our profile page here.

We will have alternating hosts and a ton of interesting guests for you to listen to. You can participate to! Callers are welcome to chime in during the show and ask questions, make comments and more.

The first show, aptly named ‘ on BlogTalk Radio Episode 1’ will air on sunday, November 22nd, at 2pm Eastern. Follow this link for more details..tell one, tell all! See you then!

Posted in Uncategorized

Something is Coming..

December 8th, 2009

I received a mysterious email followed up by a phone call in the last few days. I don’t know much, all I know is that ‘Something is coming’ on December 8th, 2009. And that we should be watching this space and stay tuned for more!

What could it be? Speculate on our boards!

Posted in Events, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, Studios