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Archive for March, 2011

Official Behind the Scenes with Snowblind: Blood and Steel

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Snowblind Studios today reveal an all new video, the Official Behind the Scenes with Snowblind: Blood and Steel. The video offers a look at the upcoming Action RPG The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, delving into the violent, detailed and varied combat in the game. As described by key members of the Snowblind Studios team and depicted in visceral gameplay footage, players can switch between melee and range attacks, and enhance their character’s power with kill streaks that augment their abilities. Treating players to warfare befitting the clashes of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North comes to player’s hands later this year.

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Posted in Gaming

Figwit May Figure In The Hobbit

Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie is possibly being wooed by Peter Jackson to accept a role in The Hobbit, the Dominion Post has revealed in an article today.

The article did not speculate whether McKenzie would play a new role or reprise his Lord Of The Rings character, popularly known as Figwit.  That is an acronym for “Frodo is great … who is that?”, dubbed by a fan after his short appearance in the Oscar winning films.  

By coincidence McKenzie attended the opening of Miramar’s new Roxy theatre where Jackson and other Hobbit cast members were celebrating.  You can read the entire article here!  The Dominion Post

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Uncategorized

LOTRO: Epic ‘Echoes of the Dead’ Pics

From the guys at Turbine: The Epic Story Continues with Volume III, Book 3: “Echoes of the Dead” — At the conclusion of Volume III, Book 2: “Ride of the Grey Company,” a great deal of intrigue surrounded the dwarf Nár: what compelled him to speak of the Paths of the Dead when he seems oblivious to everything else? The Rangers have decided to investigate the library at Zudrugund before continuing their journey south. (more…)

Posted in Gaming

John Rhys-Davies at Armageddon Expo

linuxelf sends this along: John Rhys-Davies will be attending the up and coming, Armageddon Expo, Wellington, April 9th & 10th 2011! He will be signing autographs at Celebrity Signing Area at 2pm to 5pm both days. Guests are subject to change, please check the event web site for updates. (more…)

Posted in Conventions, Events, John Rhys-Davies, New Zealand

Orlando Bloom Talks ‘Hobbit’

Orlando has an interview with Orlando Bloom where they ask him about The Hobbit, check out the pertinent info below and read the whole interview here!

You’re rumoured to be returning as Legolas in The Hobbit. Can you tell us anything about the project?

I wish I could. I would be honoured if I was asked to do it, and I would run to work with Peter Jackson again. I adore him and I’m so excited at the prospect of it. But at this stage, it’s not something I can confirm. (more…)

Posted in Billy Boyd, Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen

Billy Boyd Wants to Visit Middle-earth Again

According to an article in the today, actor Billy Boyd (Pippin) is planning a trip back to New Zealand this year to visit The Hobbit set during production. Billy, Elijah Wood (Frodo), and Dominic Monaghan (Merry) want to catch up with old friends and, for Billy and Dom, try to land even the smallest of cameos in the background. As Billy says in the article:

“Most of the guys have been back for a little trip or something but I have not managed it.

“I have been talking to Dom and Elijah and we are all going to go back this year. We will all go together, like a reunion trip. We want to go and see the sets.

“And while we’re there, there must be something for us. They must need a hobbit in the background somewhere. I can even put the big feet on myself!”

The article goes on to discuss Billy’s upcoming projects, music career and more. (Psst – Billy, if you feel like sharing some pics from your visit, send them along! We’d love to share your reunion experience!) [Read on]

Posted in Billy Boyd, Casting Rumors, Dominic Monaghan, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Rumors Spy News, Sean Astin, The Hobbit Celebrates Hobbit Production with 20% Off

If there was a time to stock up on your favorite LOTR related items, now is it! The, the official LOTR store online, is offering 20% Off from now until April 5th 2011 on most The Lord of the Rings items. That includes statues, prints, maps, drinkware, jewelry and more! The only items not on sale are the Blu-ray and DVDs, but we’re pretty sure you could find something else to collect! []

Posted in Calendars, Clothing, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Jewelry, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Music, Other Merchandise, Posters Prints, Sideshow Collectibles, The Hobbit, Toys

You really should be following Ian McKellen’s Hobbit Blog!

Every day or so, Sir Ian Mckellen (Gandalf) is posting updates to his Hobbit Blog on his official website at In today’s post ‘Gandalf is Tested,’ Sir Ian speaks about costume changes from LOTR to The Hobbit and getting his ‘nose’ just right! Follow the link and bookmark it! [Latest Post] [Hobbit Blog]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, LotR Cast News, Production, The Hobbit, WETA Workshop

Roxy Theater Opening Coverage features Hobbit Cast

There are quite a few articles out today about the re-opening of the Roxy theater in Miramar, NZ and The Hobbit cast and crew taking a break to celebrate. The $7m 3D cinema was rebuilt by Sir Richard Taylor’s wife Tania Rodger and film editor Jamie Selkirk. Follow the links for complete coverage and check out the video above from 3 News NZ (provided by Ringer Linuxelf) [Video] [3 News Article] [ Article] [Roxy Theater]

Posted in Director news, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Make the Hobbit Happen, Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, Uncategorized

WIC and TORn fan sites party like its 1999

(Note: This story appears on both: and

Remember a decade ago when the world was going to end? Younger readers may not clearly recall, but a computer glitch dubbed “Y2K” (the date changing from 1999 to 2000 on January 1) was going to throw computers and thus the world into complete chaos. Planes were going to fall from the sky, bank accounts were going to reset while bankrupting corporations, energy sources were going to fail and missiles would launch and plunge the world into nuclear holocaust.

And worst of all, what if wasn’t available when I got to work and opened my browser? What if I couldn’t keep up with the latest news tidbit about the Peter Jackson team working on three “Lord of the Rings Films” by reading the fan site dubbed TORn (for brevity). I wasn’t obsessed, I was focused. has taken me back to those days like a time capsule. That site, like TORn, is reporting daily on the minutia of a fantasy story told, in what I hope is grand fashion. Once again, like so many others, I have found myself checking in each day, following the tiniest details and I have been transported back to those days of eager anticipation when it seemed the world, as we know it, might end. (more…)

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Peter Jackson, Sean Bean, Studios, The Hobbit, Community, Uncategorized

The Bag End Giveaway! is proud to team up with WETA Workshop to celebrate the start of production on ‘The Hobbit’ with a The Bag End Giveaway!

One lucky fan will walk away with this exquisite collectible replica of Bag End created by the renowned artists at Weta Workshop! Perfect for an office desk or at home, Bag End is a small scale reproduction of the best Hobbit hole in Hobbiton. It is sure to be the highlight of any The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fan’s collection. Follow the link for entry details. [Learn More]

Posted in Collectibles, Contests, Events, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, The Hobbit, WETA Workshop

TORn Exclusive: Did Master Titi capture Martin Freeman as Bilbo??

Master Titi, the spy that send the set pics exclusive to yesterday, has sent in a new batch of images today. In this latest set, we get to see some actors in costume, and in one particular image, it sure looks like he might have captured the first pic of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins! Click on the images below for a larger version and let the conversations begin!  (Don’t forget, to click the ‘discuss’ link on this story to share your thoughts with over 6000 Tolkien fans, or find us on Facebook to interact with 20,000+!)


Posted in Casting Rumors, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Martin Freeman, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit