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Archive for April, 2011

Sean Bean, HBO and ‘Game of Thrones’ preview

Readers have been appreciating our weekly preview of Sean Bean’s (Ned Stark) new HBO series “A Game of Thrones,” and HBO keeps on providing us with material. This week, Bean is back to verbal sparring with a character that is quickly becoming fans’ favorite guy to hate.

In the second clip, Stark’s son begins his life as part of a “select” band who vow to keep the kingdom safe from legends that live in the far north.

Posted in LotR Cast News, Sean Bean

HOF chats the Hobbit chapter four now!

We’re about to start our chapter discussion of chapter two of The Hobbit in The Hall of Fire on’s irc chat. So if you fancy talking about Bilbo’s unexpected adventures in the Misty Mountains, log in now using our in-browser chat client! (Tip: choose TheHallOfFire on the drop-down menu. And choose yourself a nick name other than “guest”!)

We’re done! Thanks to everyone who joined our discussion!

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Fili and Thranduil Casting Announced on Facebook

Lee Pace as Thranduil

Lee Pace as Thranduil

Dean O'Gorman as Fili

Dean O'Gorman as Fili

Peter Jackson has posted a note on his Facebook page announcing the recast of Fili and the much-anticipated announcement of the actor playing Thranduil! Lee Pace will be playing the Elven King Thranduil and Den O’Gorman will be playing Fili. While we create the bio pages for both, check out Peter Jackson’s note! [PJ’s Note] (Thanks to Ringer Beerenberghusky for the heads up!)

Posted in Casting Rumors, Director news, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

Exclusive Private Ticket Sale – Coming Soon!

To celebrate the much-anticipated release of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy on Blu-ray, a special 3-Night Theatrical Event is being planned this June. And as we teased this week, is excited to be a part of this film series event! Starting tomorrow, we will send a private ticket sale offer to our newsletter subscribers! This means you will be able to reserve your tickets a full 5 days before the general public has a shot! Since this is a single showing of each extended edition film in theaters, it is expected these events will sell out VERY fast. Oh, and did we mention there may be a special video from Peter Jackson before the screenings?? Join our newsletter today and check your email tomorrow for this exclusive offer. And of course, stay tuned in coming weeks for even more details and information about this event! [Join the Newsletter] [Blu-ray Extended LOTR]



Posted in Events, Fans, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, The Hobbit

Hugo Weaving On “The Hobbit” Set

Peter Jackson has just posted on his Facebook page a picture of an “old friend” who dropped by to visit him today.

TORn had earlier this week reported (by way of Jack from the Noldor Blog) that Hugo Weaving had been spotted in Wellington, New Zealand.

The pic PJ posted shows Hugo on the sets of The Hobbit.

While there hasn’t been any official confirmation of Hugo Weaving returning to portray the character of Elrond in The Hobbit yet, fans are keeping their hopes up for the same, so let’s hope his visit to the sets is an indication that things are indeed in motion.

What do you think? Discuss in our message boards.

Posted in Casting Rumors, Characters, Director news, Hobbit Movie, Hugo Weaving, LotR Cast News, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

Hall of Fire chats The Hobbit “Over Hill and Under Hill”!

Tomorrow we continue our examination of the Hobbit with Chapter 4 – Over Hill and Under Hill.

Refreshed from their stay in Rivendell, the Company sets off into the Misty Mountains. Danger quickly finds them. What do we make of the stone giants? And what of our first encounter with goblins? And does Bilbo’s warning to the party as they are captured show that he’s becoming more useful, or is he still somewhat of a passenger?

Join us tomorrow on Saturday April 30 at 6pm EDT in #thehalloffire on our IRC server ( where we’ll delve into the third chapter of the Hobbit “A Short Rest” to talk about Rivendell, Elrond, magical elven swords, magical dwarven maps and much more!

Upcoming chats in Hall of Fire

April 30/ May 1 — The Hobbit Ch 4
May 7/8 — LoTR and Middle-earth Trivia!
May 14/15 — The Hobbit Ch 5

Time zone conversions

Not sure what time the chat will be where you are? Check this little conversion table out for some help.

6.00pm EDT (New York)
5.00pm CDT (Chicago)
4.00pm MDT (Denver)
3.00pm PDT (Los Angeles)

10.00pm GMT (London)

8.00am (Sunday) Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne
11.00am (Sunday) Wellington

Our chats usually last an hour or so, and are very newbie friendly. Simply drop in and join the conversation!

Where — connection details

Chat happens on #thehalloffire on — the TORn IRC server. You can connect instantly via our java chat client that works inside your web browser. Alternatively, you can install a dedicated chat program such as mIRC on your computer and just plug in the following connection details.

Port: 6667
Channel: #thehalloffire

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

War in the North Composer Inon Zur To Attend Wizard World Anaheim

Inon Zur, the composer who just recently recorded the War in the North soundtrack at Abbey Road, is appearing at the Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con this weekend. He will be appearing on Sunday, May 1st at noon. drop by and tell him sent you! More..

Posted in Conventions, Events, Gaming

Hobbit in 5 – Kazinsky’s Departure, Peter Jackson Update, Hugo Weaving in NZ

On this episode of Hobbit in 5 we discuss Rob Kazinsky’s departure from The Hobbit, Ted Nasmith, illustrator of J. R. R. Tolkien’s works, AMC theaters screening of the Lord of The Rings extended edition, Hugo Weaving recently spotted in Wellington, Peter Jackson’s Easter break message, and this weeks character study is Gollum!

April 29th, 2011 – Episode 15

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Posted in Andy Serkis, Crew News, Film Screenings, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Peter Jackson, Rob Kazinsky

The Houston Symphony presents: The Fellowship of the Ring

Texas Ringers take note! The Houston Symphony is performing live to a screening The Fellowship of the Ring:

Join us for an exciting, brand-new journey into the realm of Middle Earth. Over 250 musicians and singers will perform the movie soundtrack live as you watch the full-length film of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.  See it from the beginning as Frodo and Sam, with the help of the Fellowship, undertake the perilous quest of taking the Ring of Power to the land of Mordor. Relive your journey into Middle Earth with this extraordinary pairing of film and live music. Friday, July 22, 7:30 PM and Saturday, July 23, 7:30 PM. Tickets from $25.

Visit for more details and tell them set you! [Click here]


Posted in Concerts, Events, Film Screenings, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring

Calling all Line Party leaders!

Back when the Lord of the Rings films were arriving in theaters each December for three successive years, helped organized and supported line party lines around the world.

Things change a lot in a decade, but we want to get in touch with all the line leaders. If you served as a line leader, please get in touch with us at: Put your city in the subject line to help us sort quickly and feel free to remind us inside the email of your efforts and any details you see fit. Thanks!

Posted in Events, Fans, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Other Events, Announcements, Community

Collecting The Precious: Weta Collectibles

As you know the digital effects wizards at Weta Workshop are not just a company that makes some of the most fantastic images, props, costumes, etc that you see on-screen. They also make collectibles based on some of the stories they help produce. During The Lord of the Rings trilogy their statues, busts, weapons, medallions and environments were integral parts of collecting from those films. In 2005 this line of collectibles came to an end leaving Tolkien collectors with a very impressive collection representing these films.

Well, two years ago Weta came back to making product from The Lord of the Rings trilogy with more environments, a new shield line, swords, and prop replica pieces. One big difference: Weta is now making these pieces under their own collectibles company – Weta Workshop. These new items, allow collectors to continue to build on the previous The Lord of the Rings collection. That’s great news for us!


Posted in Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Production, The Hobbit, Community, WETA Workshop

Sir Christopher Lee Interview On Forbes

John Farrell’s blog on Forbes has a delightful new video interview with Sir Christopher Lee, the first of a series planned over the next few weeks.  His initial interview included a discussion on new media and Lee’s early entrance into hosting a website with help from his son-in-law.

What caught my eye was an initial statement by Farrell on his blog.  He mentioned that Lee was “getting ready to reprise his role as Saruman in Peter Jackson’s two-part production of The Hobbit”.

While there is nothing on the video discussing The Hobbit nor is the statement itself a confirmation, the fact that Farrell recently spoke with Lee and chose this particular phrasing of words (without hedging) suggests this was part of their conversation and that Lee directly stated this.  It could be a case of an over-zealous Tolkien fan reading too much into that statement but TORN followers may want to scour any future videos for tidbits of information.  

Is this a backwards confirmation that Sir Christopher Lee will return as Saruman?   Talk about it on our message boards here!

Posted in Casting Rumors, Christopher Lee, Hobbit Movie