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Archive for August, 2010

Wormtongue Interviews with Google

How would a job interview at Google go if the applicant was Grima Wormtongue? Ringer Kevin was kind enough to send in this link to a skit he wrote based on that premise. Embedded below. Enjoy!

Wormtongue’s Job Interview
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Posted in Brad Dourif, Creations, Fans, LotR Movies, Miscellaneous, Movie The Two Towers

James Cameron: I want to compete with ‘Star Wars’ and Tolkien

The subject says it all folks. An interesting article from the LA Times comes our way this evening concerning James Cameron’s lofty quest to be mentioned alongside Tolkien, Star Wars and Star Trek.

“You’ve got to compete head on with these other epic works of fantasy and fiction, the Tolkiens and the ‘Star Wars’ and the ‘Star Treks,'” Cameron said. “People want a persistent alternate reality to invest themselves in and they want the detail that makes it rich and worth their time. They want to live somewhere else. Like Pandora.”

Check out the full article at the LA Times site.  [Full Article]

Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Miscellaneous, Community, Tolkien

Tribunal says no to dams over Gollum fish

A recommendation to ban the construction of dams on a Central Otago river to protect a rare fish called Gollum, named from The Hobbit book, has been hailed as a major victory by environmental groups.

A tribunal – appointed by the Ministry for the Environment – decided to protect the “bug eyed” fish came after receiving submissions from anglers, environmental groups, gold-miners, skiers and kayakers favouring further protection of the Nevis river.

[Full Story at]

Posted in Andy Serkis, Characters, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit, Community

Peter Jackson Hopeful For Hobbit News Soon

Hobbit fans have been waiting for years to see progress on the movie version of Tolkien’s classic novel The Hobbit.  Or at least word on what final decision will be made.  There is now hope that some answers may be forthcoming. posted an interview with Peter Jackson mentioning that Warner Bros was  “making progress untangling the MGM situation, so we should have certainty with The Hobbit sometime soon”.  A decision on whether Jackson would direct the film has not been reached but that verdict likely would be part of any potential announcement.

According to the article, Jackson is anxious to finalize everything in order to “map out a five-year plan for projects that will keep many people very busy”.  That would be happy news for the movie industry in New Zealand and the very enthusiastic fan base. 

You can read the entire article here.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, MGM, Peter Jackson, Studios, The Hobbit

Lord of the Pets!

Bilbo Baggins

Ringer Cherie sent in this beautiful picture of her 17 week old puppy, Bilbo Baggins (a Corgi), and it got us thinking. We’ve never asked the fans worldwide to submit their pictures of pets named after Tolkien related characters. We know there are a lot of you out there with pictures, so let’s share them with all of Tolkien fandom!

Here are two ways to participate:

  1. Forums – Click on the ‘Discuss‘ link associated with this post and you will magically transported to our forum where you can submit a reply with your pet picture(s).
  2. Use Flickr – Post your picture in our ‘Tolkien Pet Gallery‘ on Flickr. We’ve made it a public group, so as long as you have a Flickr account, you should be able to participate.

Feel free to post in one or both places – whatever is easiest for you! We’d love to see your pictures and we will occasionally be featuring your pets right here on TORn’s homepage! Oh, and if there are any Tolkien related businesses out there that want to share some prizes for the folks who participate, drop us an email! [Discuss] [Flickr Gallery]

Update: for those of you new to posting on our message boards, no less uploading pictures, there’s an excellent tutorial at the TORn Image Guide (by board member Magpie) and/or you can email for help.

Posted in Exhibits, Fans, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit, Community, Tolkien

LOTR Corset…Ow!

Luthien writes: I make corsets for a living, and as a huge fan of all things Tolkien I decided to give a “one ring” corset a go. It took me hours to paint the script onto this corset once I had finished the rest of it, but I’m really proud of it. More..

Posted in Clothing, Merchandise

British Novelists Programme: JRR Tolkien

Darren writes: Here’s a link to a BBC programme about British novelists. There is a section dedicated to Tolkien that starts around the 02.40 minutes mark. More..

Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Television

Guillermo del Toro on The Hobbit, 3D

Ain’t It Cool News sat down with Guillermo del Toro to talk about his upcoming projects and other topics, including The Hobbit.  As in other interviews, Guillermo expressed disappointment over his departure but reiterated his confidence in ultimately making the correct decision. 

However, he did mention there is still involvement in The Hobbit.  Not directing, of course.  And he would still love to see Peter Jackson take the reins.  Del Toro says he’s still “an active writer” as well as “an active partner in their quest” to get The Hobbit made.  He also remarked that while he is in favor of 3D overall, he felt it would be inappropriate for The Hobbit.  He said “it needed to be consistent with the trilogy” and that if used it could take “a little bit away from the classicism of the tale”. 

You can read the entire interview here.

Posted in Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Speaking of Tolkien Themed Cakes…

Hobbit Hole Birthday CakeHobbit Hole Birthday Cake

Ringer Ella just sent us some pics of her 16th Birthday cake made by a friend of her Mom (Rebecca). We’ve posted six images in our flickr account for your viewing pleasure. These cakes are simply amazing! [Flickr Gallery]

Posted in Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings, Miscellaneous, Community

WETA’s Bag End – Collector’s Edition

Darren writes: Being a fan of Weta’s sculptures I thought you may like to post a few pics of the Collectors Edition Bag End that was released today. Granted Weta have produced many collectables but in my opinion this has to be one of the ‘Holy Grail’s’ for LOTR collectors!! PRE-ORDER (more…)

Posted in Collectibles, Merchandise

LA Area Bagginses Birthday Bash this September

Garfeimao writes: Southern California Tolkien fans are invited to join in the merriment of TORN’s Annual Baggins Birhday Bash, which will take place on Sunday Sept 19 starting at noon in Griffith Park one road past the Merry-Go-Round turnoff. Costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be bestowed upon the most beautifully or most creatively attired lads and ladies. There will also be fun and games, as usual, and… …maybe even the traditional impersonation contest (I would like to encourage attendees to learn some Hobbit Quotes). Oh, and you can expect a full Golfimbul match, for those who wish to swing a bat at the Goblin King’s head. There will be some wonderful prizes to be won. (more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Meet Ups, Other Events

Online Chat with Ian Brodie

Bruce Hopkins writes: I am just letting you know I have posted to my radio web page the chat I had with photographer Ian Brodie. We talk for 13 minutes, he is such an amazing guy, really enjoy any time I get to talk with or spend in his company. You can check it out here, if that doesn’t work then try this.

Posted in Bruce Hopkins, Locations Sets, LotR Production