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Archive for December, 2010

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Posted in Announcements

Sean Astin and Billy Boyd in ‘The Witches of Oz’

Veteran ‘The Lord of the Rings’ actors, Sean Astin (Sam) and Billy Boyd (Pippin), will star in the upcoming film ‘The Witches of Oz.’  The film, to be released in 2011, also stars comedic legend Christopher Lloyd.

The Witches of Oz follows the exploits of the grown Dorothy Gale, now a successful children’s book author, as she moves from Kansas to present day New York City. Dorothy quickly learns that her popular books are based on repressed childhood memories, and that the wonders of Oz are very, very real. When the Wicked Witch of the West shows up in Times Square, Dorothy must find the inner courage to stop her.

The official website for the film has posted a behind the scenes and teaser combo video to whet your whistle. [Check it out]

Posted in Billy Boyd, LotR Cast News, Miscellaneous, Sean Astin

Riverside Studios Trilogy Screening in the UK

Mrs Meriadoc writes: Riverside Studios will be screening the trilogy in its entirety in January 2011! Sunday 23rd January (The Fellowship of the Ring 12.30pm, The Two Towers 16.00, The Return of The King 19.30). Tickets £15 (£10 concessions). Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London. Crisp Road, W6 9RL

Book here Or call: 020 8237 1111

Posted in Events, Fans, Film Screenings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers

Merry Christmas from WETA

From our pals at WETA: The whole team at Weta would like to wish everyone on a Happy New Year (and what a big year it is going to be !). Besides a “certain movie project” starting production, we also have lots of The Lord of the Rings goodness on it’s way. The Prancing Pony Environment, Gollum and the Rohirrim Royal Guard Miniature Shield are shipping to customers in Jan. Our new Rivendell Environment is in development

And our Bag End – Collectors Edition is nearly sold out. To see the full LOTR range available here. Authentic collectibles created by the original Weta artists. Plus, there are new project announcements coming soon 2011 – Bring it on !

Posted in Collectibles, Merchandise, WETA Workshop

Video: Sibley’s “A Film-Maker’s Journey” Book Review

Author JW Braun has sent along his latest vlog book review. This, along with several other video blogs from other artists, web personalities and others will makeup a new ‘TORN TV’ feature we are working on, more on that soon. In the meantime check our JW’s book review of ‘Peter Jackson: A Film-Maker’s Journey’ by Brian Sibley

Order the book today on Be sure to check out’s NEW YouTube Channel here!

Posted in Books Publications, Merchandise, Peter Jackson

Pewtersmiths honor age-old tradition

If Robin Hood, King Arthur or William Shakespeare were to parachute into the 21st century, they’d feel right at home in a nondescript cul-de-sac in San Leandro.

That’s where Fellowship Foundry is located, a mom-and-pop metal works that’s one of the last places in the United States to make hand-crafted pewter goblets, candlesticks, chess pieces and other emblems of the Middle Ages. “It may sound corny, but we’re really trying to put art into objects used in everyday life,” said co-owner Randal Moore. “And pewter is just a great metal to work with.” More..

Posted in Merchandise

Pippin gets Married! Congrats to Billy Boyd

Congratulations to Pippin, aka Billy Boyd, who got married yesterday at a service in Glasgow, Scotland. Billy married his long time partner Ali McKinnon. The ceremony served as a LOTR reunion of sorts as both Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan were in attendance. Read more in the following article. [Read More]

Posted in Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Elijah Wood, Events, LotR Cast News, Other Events

Sideshow Teases 2011 LOTR Line-up

As part of their annual ‘12 Days of Sideshow‘ promotion, has revealed quite a few upcoming LOTR statues for 2011. Joining the already pre-ordering Aragorn and Gandalf, are new statues of Arwen, Legolas and Gimli. Click on the image above to see the full version of their tease. [Gandalf Pre-Order] [Aragorn Pre-Order] [12 Days of Sideshow]

Posted in Collectibles, Ian McKellen, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Orlando Bloom, Sideshow Collectibles, Viggo Mortensen

Save 50% on 21-disc Tolkien Audio Set!

Just in time for Tolkien’s upcoming birthday on January 3rd, we’ve found the perfect unexpected gift for Tolkien lovers – a complete boxed set of his spellbinding fantasy tales on CD. These full-cast dramatizations of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and Tales from the Perilous Realm feature specially-composed music and outstanding casts. Also included in this special edition is a hand-drawn Middle Earth map and Brian Sibley’s excellent profile J. R. R. Tolkien: An Audio Portrait. Now you can purchase this 21-disc set directly from AudioGO and save HALF OFF the retail price with code ONERING50. Simply click here, add one or more copies to your shopping cart and enter the code at checkout to get this exclusive collection for just $49.98!

Posted in Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, Other Merchandise, The Hobbit

Houston Ringers – Take the kids to The Hobbit!

If you live in Houston and you are looking for something to do with the kids this January, check out the A.D. Players ‘Hobbit’ children’s theater production. This particular dramatization of ‘The Hobbit’ will run from January 18th – February 18th 2011, Wed-Sat at 10:30am. Here’s the summary of the production from their website:

From Tolkien, author of the classic Lord of the Rings trilogy, this much-loved fantasy novel comes to life as hobbit Bilbo Baggins is pushed into an adventure of dragon-sized proportions. Setting off on a unexpected quest with Gandalf the wizard and Thorin the dwarf, Bilbo must win back a treasure guarded by a real dragon. Overcoming obstacles with his wits and good common sense, Bilbo discovers his true treasure, wisdom.

If you end up going, please feel free to send us a review! [More Info]

Posted in Events, Stage Productions, The Hobbit

Character Profile: Thorin Oakenshield

Continuing our series of character highlights from the upcoming ‘Hobbit’ films…(story spoilers)

Thorin Oakenshield
Alias: Oakensheild, King under the Mountain
Race: Dwarf, House of Durin
Date of Birth: T.A. 2746
CastRichard Armitage

Thorin Oakenshield’s story is one of great daring, pride, revenge, and tragedy. Thorin II hails from a direct royal lineage (the House of Durin) traceable all the way back to the original Seven Fathers of the Dwarves. His clan is also known as the Longbeards.

Thorin’s early years at the Lonely Mountain (Erebor) give The Hobbit its foundational plot and all that happens therein comes from his efforts to avenge the wrongs against his House. At the age of 24, Thorin witnessed the arrival of the dragon Smaug and the slaying of his kin (T.A. 2770). The tragic memory was burned permanently into Thorin’s heart. Twenty-nine years later he fought valiantly against the Orcs beneath the East-gate of Moria at the Battle of Azanulbizar, where he earned the surname “Oakenshield” by using a great oak-branch in a pinch as both shield and weapon.

[Read the Full Profile]

Posted in Characters, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit

Whispers and rumours….

Jack over at the Noldor Blogspot has been picking up a few whispers humming around Wellington about the film production, including a set location. Nothing confirmed, but as always us fans love to speculate. Read More

Posted in Uncategorized