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Archive for January, 2011

Dominic Keating Auditioned for Role in Hobbit

Thanks to a recent interview by Robert Beck of, we now know that actor Dominic Keating (Malcom of Star Trek Enterprise) auditioned for a role in The Hobbit. When asked what roles he has upcoming, Dominic answers…

And I’m still waiting to hear on the Hobbit. They’ve been in production a long time to get this going but they lost their director which is maybe why I haven’t heard anything yet so fingers crossed.

[Read the full interview] What role could he be up for? Discuss in our forums and on facebook!

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Reminder: LOTRO Video Gameplay Contest and Turbine Inc. want your best gameplay videos! Do you kick orc butt? Can you take out an entire goblin village single-handed? We want to see it! Simply record your best Lord of the Rings Online action and send it to us! The top selected videos will then be put online for YOU to vote on!

What do you get for your killer LOTRO skills video?

-The video with the most votes will receive 6000 Turbine points to be used in LOTRO
-Second place received 3000 Points
-Third Place 1000 points

So get on your game! Load up LOTRO to hack and slash your way to winning 6000 Turbine Points! Click here

Posted in Contests, Events, Gaming

Live in Oz? Want to See One Man LOTR?

HeidiYuko sends this in: Charles Ross will be performing several of his “One Man LotR” shows, this time at the Sydney Opera House. There will be two preview performances on the 23rd and 24th March followed by a season running from the 26th March through to 3rd April.

Posted in Events, Lord of the Rings, Stage Productions

Mike Foster Interview on NZ Radio

Our friend and LOTR Alum Actor Bruce Hopkins sends this in regarding his radio program: I had a chat with Mike Foster, who heads the US Tolkien Society and is a Professor of English. During his college days at Marquette University he got into Tolkien and was able to actually use Tolkiens original hand written manuscripts! He tells us how Tolien actually wrote on the back of exam papers and so the reverse side had comments to students with regard their marks etc. We only had 9 minutes to talk, but I will chat with Mike on another show and carry on our Tolkien conversations. More..

Posted in Bruce Hopkins, Fans, Lord of the Rings and Galatia Films Present: ‘Hobbit in 5’

We’re ecstatic today to be announcing a new feature on called ‘Hobbit in 5’. ‘Hobbit in 5’ brings you the latest news and rumors from in a convenient 5 minute HD video for you to digest and pass along to your friends! Check out the first episode and press release below, be sure to check back every Friday for a new episode. Subscribe to the YouTube channel and never miss a segment!

Press Release: and Galatia Films Come Together to Produce Unique Online Experience with ‘Hobbit in 5’
All the news of condensed into 5 minute video segments available on all platforms.

January 24th, 2011 – and Galatia films have joined forces to produce ‘Hobbit in 5’, a weekly video series of Hobbit movie news.

“The staff at have been eager to get news out to as many people as possible, producing original online videos and hosting them on YouTube is the best way of going about it” says Michael Regina, editor-in-chief and co-founder of “The video format provides a unique experience to our fan base, while new viewers can easily catch up with the latest news about The Hobbit Movie”. Galatia Films spokesman and Reclaiming the Blade director Daniel McNicoll co-produces the series with Regina. (more…)

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, Announcements, Tolkien, TORN TV

History of The Hobbit in Illustrated Form

BookMoot sends this in: Here is a nice post about the history of History of Hobbit illustrations at children’s author Tony DiTerlizzi’s site. Since, he has shared an illustration by “Where the Wild Things Are” illustrator, Maurice Sendak who was set to illustrate the Hobbit but suffered health issues that prevented the project going forward. Thought this was interesting. More..

Posted in Hobbit Book, The Hobbit

Local business to get boost with Hobbit films

With production on the Hobbit films to begin in the next couple of weeks, business owners in Miramar, the home of Sir Peter Jackson’s studios, are gearing up for what they believe will be a very busy season.

Since the Lord of the Rings hit the big screen, the town of Miramar has been a hive of activity, with blockbusters like King Kong and Avatar also being produced there.

And now from doggy daycare to cafes and stores, Miramar business goers are preparing themselves for the arrival of hundreds more animators, set builders and film crew. More..

Posted in Hobbit Movie, New Zealand, The Hobbit

Sideshow Collectibles teases Gimli Statue

Teased as a silohuette during their ’12 Days of Sideshow’ celebration, Sideshow Collectibles has now posted a ‘Production Peek’ at the upcoming Gimli Statue.

This is the fourth piece in the series that started with Gandalf the Grey, Aragorn as Strider and Legolas. Check out the full collection and more details at [View Video]

Posted in Collectibles, John Rhys-Davies, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Orlando Bloom, Sideshow Collectibles, Viggo Mortensen

TORN Newsletter – Full of Hobbity Goodness!

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Posted in Announcements

MTV: EXCLUSIVE: Elijah Wood Reveals ‘The Hobbit’ Details!

From Two weeks ago, news broke that Elijah Wood will be returning to Middle-Earth (a.k.a. New Zealand) as beloved Shire-dweller Frodo for a small role in Peter Jackson’s two-part “LOTR” prequel “The Hobbit” — and now MTV News has scored some exclusive details on the cameo from Wood himself.

While at the Sundance Film Festival to promote the Adam Yauch-directed Beastie Boys short “Fight for Your Right Revisited,” Wood opened up to MTV about why he’s excited for his “Hobbit” role, what it might entail and why J.R.R. Tolkein purists need not fret — or snarl like Gollum — at the idea of Frodo’s inclusion in the films (he wasn’t in the book). Check out the interview below.

Posted in Elijah Wood, Events, Hobbit Movie

War in The North Toasts The Professor

I blame Canada Post for my missing out on The Toast festivities a few weeks back on January 3rd. You see the folks behind the forthcoming War in the North videogame planned an event to celebrate The Professor’s birthday in unison with geeks all across the land, on January 3rd we were to raise our collective glasses and cheer before preparing to go off to war! While this event did indeed happen, I did not participate! Seems Canada Post caused a delay and I did not receive a very special package that was promised to me weeks earlier by the folks at WB Games. Well it finally did arrive, with plenty of cool goodies for me to giveaway so fear not! We shall all be going to War (in the North) very soon! Check out the awesome package and stay tuned for your chance to win War in the North goodies from WB Games and be sure to check out (more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Gaming, J.R.R. Tolkien

TORN Podcasts Now Added to TORN TV Channel

Cliff ‘Quickbeam’ Broadway and Justin Sewell from Slave Boy Films have produced a series of great podcasts for over the years. We have finally gotten around to gathering them all together in our newly opened ‘TORN TV’ channel on YouTube, take a look!

Posted in TORN TV