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Archive for March, 2011

TORn Exclusive: First Pics from The Hobbit Set

Nothing too groundbreaking here folks, but we do have some of the first pics from the set of The Hobbit! Just like during the production of The Lord of the Rings, folks are out there trying to capture any tidbit of information related to the The Hobbit and enthusiastic to share it with the world! The images in this article come to use from Master Titi who captured a few actors and crew as they prepped for their roles in the film. Among the imagery you will see Andy Serkis in his motion capture suit for Gollum, Adam Brown (Ori) coming out of his trailer, James Nesbitt (Bofur) on a cell phone and some other cast/crew hanging out. So if you didn’t believe production had begun, now we at least have proof that something is happening! Also, if you think you can identify the other crew/actors in these pics, please leave a comment or share your thoughts in our forum!

Posted in Adam Brown, Andy Serkis, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, James Nesbitt, Locations Sets, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit

LA Times: ‘The Hobbit’ illustrated by Maurice Sendak? The 1960s masterpiece that could have been


In an article written by Tony DiTerlizzi for The LA Times, we get a rare glimpse at what could have been the 30th Anniversary Edition of The Hobbit, illustrated by renowned artist Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are). But with thanks to a mislabeling error by an editor, and Sendak’s first heart attack, then project never came to fruition. A great read for the start of the week.  [Read on]

Posted in Books Publications, Characters, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Hobbit Hobbled by Hobbiton Higher-ups? Ho Hum

The long road to ‘The Hobbit’ filming was full of hurdles. And sometimes, it seems those of us whom report on the topic are downright anxious to raise the alarm when another possible ‘hurdle’ presents itself. Local NZ sources are reporting that the the permission by the Matamata-Piako District Council to film on the land where the Hobbiton set is built will run out by the end of April. Obviously with the start of filming being delayed for a variety of reasons, the most recent PJ’s hospital stay, that time frame is going to have to be adjusted. Is there a soul out there who actually believes the local council is not going to approve an extension? Ultimately, the production company will apply for an extension and it will be granted. Not too worry. With that said, here are links to two articles on the topic.  [Article 1] [Article 2]

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, New Zealand, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – March 27, 2011

Welcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past week. If you’ve fallen behind on what’s happening on the Message Boards, here’s a great way to catch the highlights. Or if you’re new to TORn and want to enjoy some great conversations, just follow the links to some of our most popular discussions. Watch this space as every weekend we will spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards. Everyone is welcome, so come on in and join in the fun!

Posted in Calendar, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, LotR Books, Music, Community, Uncategorized

Hall of Fire Hobbit Rumours Round-up Tonight!

We have a director. We have a script. We have a cast. And filming has finally begun!

With all legal issues and director shenanigans finally resolved, TORN’s Hall of fire will hold a series of fortnightly (that’s once every two weeks) Hobbit Rumours Round-up chats over coming weekends that will give Hobbit fans the opportunity to dissect and speculate upon all the latest news from the productions.

These fortnightly chats — starting this Saturday March 25 — will alternate every other week with our chapter-by-chapter discussion of The Hobbit. Yes, that’s tonight! Read more for all the details.


Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

What’s Elijah Wood doing with that…dog?

The advertisements are appearing on FX television of Elijah Wood’s, aka Frodo Baggins, upcoming comedy series, “Wilfred“; an American remake of the hit Australian TV sitcom by the same name and with the same…dog?  Jason Gann (co-creator of the original series) reprises his Aussie role as Wilfred, a very cheeky canine, who plays the part in a very bad dog suit.

Ryan (Wood’s character) is a depressed, neurotic man preoccupied on the best way to commit suicide.  His plot is spoiled when his attractive neighbor (Fiona Gublemann of “Californication”) asks him to watch her “dog”, Wilfred, during the afternoons.  To her and everyone else, Wilfred appears as a normal dog; but to Ryan (and the audience); Wilfred is a full-grown man in a very bad dog costume.  Ryan struggles daily as he tries to keep Wilfred under control.  Unfortunately, Wilfred’s raunchy, self-serving tendencies challenge Ryan and have him questioning his grip on reality.  Eventually, Wilfred draws Ryan out and their relationship diverts him from his depression as Wilfred becomes his alter-ego and friend.


Posted in Elijah Wood, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Miscellaneous, Television

“Pete is adding a lot of characters in the film adaption”…

The LA Times ’24 Frames’ blog has an interview with rumored Hobbit participant, Saiorse Ronan, which reveals a significant statement about PJ’s adaptation of The Hobbit to film. Among other highlights in the article is the following statement from Ms. Ronan:

“Pete is adding a lot of characters in the film adaption,” she said. “Hopefully they have a part for me.”

This lines up with long standing rumors that a character named ‘Itaril’ has been added to the movie and Ms. Ronan is queued up for the role.

Itaril is described in unofficial casting call sheets as: female, A woodland Elf, this character is one the Silvan Elves. The Silvan Elves are seen as more earthy and practical. Shorter than other elves, she is still quick and lithe and physically adept, being able to fight with both sword and bow. Showing promise as a fighter at a young age, ITARIL was chosen to train to become part of the Woodland King’s Guard. This is the only life she has ever expected to live, until she meets and secretly falls in love with a young ELF LORD. This role will require a wig and contact lenses to be worn. Some prosthetic make-up may also be required. LEAD. AGE: 17-27.

Time will tell, but odds are we’ll be seeing Saiorse Ronan in this role for The Hobbit. Saiorse also mentioned that The Hobbit will be ‘a little bit lighter than ‘Lord of the Rings’.’ Read the full interview at the LA Times [Read on]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, Saoirse Ronan, The Hobbit

How did you celebrate Tolkien Reading Day?

Today is the annual Tolkien Reading Day where fans from around the world celebrate J.R.R. Tolkien and his works by simply reading. Some schools around the globe participate as do bookstores and coffee shops but many more take part in their own way, by themselves or with friends and family. How did you celebrate? There are excellent responses on TORn’s own Facebook page (and we like to be “liked”) or you can share your experience on our message boards by following the “discuss” link below. It is also an excellent time to check our our own Reading Room including this post. If you didn’t have a chance to read Tolkien today, its not too late in many time zones (and we promise not to tell if you do it a day late.)

Posted in Books Publications, Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, LotR Books, Other Tolkien books, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, Community, Tolkien

Hobbit in 5 – Production Begins, TheOneRing Hall of Fire, and Frodo Baggins

On this episode of Hobbit in 5, Production finally begins on the Hobbit, launches both it’s Hall of Fire Chats and it’s Special Events Calendar, plus the official blog of the Hobbit goes up! We know the name of the show is “Hobbit in 5” but we let the length of this one slide since it’s our tenth! Thanks for watching and supporting us!

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Posted in Characters, Contests, Elijah Wood, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, Announcements, TORN TV, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Reposted Essay: Tolkien’s Trees

Claudia Riiff Finseth contacted us a while ago offering her articles on Tolkien, here is her third and last article ‘Tolkien’s Trees’.

Riiff Finseth is a freelance writer and author. Among her favorite works of literature is Lord of the Rings, which she has read over twenty times, more than any other book. Name the chapter, and Claudia can tell you what happens in it. Claudia was born in 1954 in Longview, Washington, USA. She studied literature and nursing at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, where she lives today with her husband and their family. She can be reached at More..

Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien

Exclusive: Cate Blanchett Talks HOT FUZZ and THE HOBBIT



From Earlier today I got to speak with Cate Blanchett for director Joe Wright’s new movie Hanna. While I’m embargoed from saying what I thought about the film, I’m sure it will surprise no one that I thought Blanchett was fantastic as a ruthless intelligence operative.

While I’ll have the full interview online the week of April 8th, I had to post what she said about two of her most famous roles. As most of you know, Blanchett played Galadriel in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies. With production now underway in New Zealand on the two Hobbit films, I asked her what kind of part she has and when does she start filming. Unfortunately, she has yet to see a script, and wasn’t sure when she starts filming. More..

Posted in Cate Blanchett, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

It’s Lustrumfeest Time!

Frandalf writes: In a hole….no, once upon a time in a remote corner of Europe there was a Tolkien Society. Quite an old one too… We are talking about the Tolkien Society Unquendor in the Netherlands. It was founded in 1981, which means that this year we’ll be celebrating our sixth lustrum. Needless to say this must be done in style, as we did with the previous lustra. Yes, it’s partytime again in the Lowlands!

So: from 20 to 22 May 2011 Unquendor invites all its foreign friends to its Lustrumfeest! (more…)

Posted in Conventions, Events