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Archive for April, 2011

Bloom “It would be an honour” To Return

Orlando Bloom is confident he will appear in The Hobbit.

The 34-year-old actor hopes to reprise his role as archer elf Legolas in the highly anticipated two-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The movies, which will be directed by Lord of the Rings trilogy creator Peter Jackson, have created a flurry of excitement surrounding cast members. Bloom says he would love to return to the fantasy franchise and continue his work alongside the talented director.

“I’m going to bet on it,” he said in an interview with MTV. “But I can’t really talk too much about it at the moment because it’s still sort of in the ether. But I would love to go back to work with Peter Jackson. It would be an honour.”



Posted in Casting Rumors, Characters, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Orlando Bloom, The Hobbit, Tolkien

TV3: The Hobbit – Filming at double the frame rate

In Peter Jacksons first article posted on his blog [Facebook] he talked about shooting The Hobbit at 48 fps double that of the normal 24 fps.

In this interview with Kevin Riley from NZ Cinematographers Society [NZCS] explains what filming at 48f ps is all about. [Youtube] [TV 3]


Posted in Director news, Director Rumors, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie FAQ, Miscellaneous, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit, Tolkien

A Very Special Founder’s Day / Fan Tribute

We’re happy to say that our Founder’s Day 2011 celebration has been a resounding success (see Founder’s Day story below)! Of the many wonderful contributions of the day, one stood out as especially representative of the camaraderie that many of us share as fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter Jackson’s movies, and fantasy in general.  Discussion board member One Ringer put together a wonderful retrospective of fan gatherings to mark the special day. In One Ringer’s own words:

“After twelves years of constant coverage of everything Tolkien, stands as the top site for a social gathering for fans of the late Professor and his work. In honor of Founders Day comes the One Slideshow to (hopefully) show many of the great memories that the members of TORn have had in the past years. Click on the link below and watch at your desired video quality. I hope you enjoy.” — One Ringer

We definitely *will* enjoy, One Ringer! Click on the link below to see this wonderful video.

TORn Founder\’s Day Video

Posted in Creations, Events, Fans, Founders Day, Other Events, Announcements

Turbine Assumes Control of LOTRO in Europe

NEEDHAM, MA – APRIL 26, 2011 — Turbine announced today that it will be expanding its global operations and will assume full control of The Lord of the Rings Online™ (LOTRO) in Europe beginning June 1, 2011. As part of this transition, Codemasters Online will continue to operate the European LOTRO service until June 1st when the existing European players will begin the migration to Turbine’s global service. For more information on the transition, please visit:

“We are working very closely with our partner Codemasters Online to facilitate a smooth transition to our new global service. We will be providing free account transfers to our new global service and players will be notified when the transfer utility is available,” said Kate Paiz, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings Online. “We thank Codemasters for the outstanding job they have done publishing and operating LOTRO and we look forward to continuing to deliver one of the world’s best online entertainment experiences to the gamers of Europe.” (more…)

Posted in Events, Gaming

Hugo Weaving Spotted in Wellington, NZ

Our friend Jack from The Noldor Blog has just posted a new blog entry concerning Hugo Weaving/Elrond who’s been spotted down in Wellington, New Zealand.

An excerpt follows:

About an hour ago I received news from one of my more reputable spies, and he has reported seeing Hugo Weaving here in Wellington this afternoon, shopping at Common Sense Organics, the fruit and vege market in Wakefield Street… it’s probably a bit too hasty to assume that he’s here to be in The Hobbit, but I can’t think of any other reason why he would come here right now, just when they’re discussing Rivendell scripts. It’s certainly not for the weather (it’s howling a cold southerly gale out there at the moment).

With Peter Jackson having mentioned in his Easter Break post over at his Facebook page that there’d be “Rivendell scenes coming up“, does it seem too far-fetched to assume that Hugo Weaving is down in NZ prepping for The Hobbit?

Don’t forget to read the entire blog post over at The Noldor Blog.

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

The Return Of The Rings: LOTR’s Extended Editions Coming To The Big Screen

Come June and Lord of the Rings fans will have much reason to celebrate, for in anticipation of the BluRay release of the Extended Editions of the Lord of the Rings films, AMC Theatres will be screening the very same director’s cuts of the films over three weeks in June.

Begin the epic journey of The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition) on June 14th 2011,
experience the union of The Two Towers (Extended Edition) on June 21st 2011, and behold the end of all things with The Return of the King (Extended Edition) on June 28th 2011.

And that’s not all…

Check back at for an EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT about these events in the coming weeks!

Posted in Blu-Ray, Events, Fellowship of the Ring, Film Screenings, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Return of the King, The Two Towers

Welcome to TORn Founder’s Day – 2011!

When marked its 10th anniversary in 2009, we celebrated in style. In fact, we had such a good time, we decided to continue to celebrate every year on April 26, the date that TORn was established.

Founder’s Day is’s official holiday, filled with the best that a virtual party can offer.  If your new(er) to the site, it’s a chance to find out about the roots of the site, about the four founders, and/or just explore the place (hint: start with the links on the left of the page).

If you’ve been around for a bit, it’s a great day to reminisce, tell war stories, and reflect on all the adventures and friendships that have been forged over the years. There will be new things popping up all day on several of the message boards — so don’t be shy! Hunt around, find a party game you like, or a conversation you enjoy, and dive in! Or, join us in Barliman’s chat room.

Here’s to our Founders (from left to right below: Corvar, Xoanon, Tehanu, Calisuri). Happy 12th TORNiversary,!









Posted in Events, Founders Day, Other Events, Announcements

TV Watch: Bloom on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’

Orlando Bloomslugbelch chimed in to let us know Orlando Bloom will be on “Live with Regis and Kelly” Tuesday, April 25. Will he talk about heading down to NZ for ‘The Hobbit’? Check local listings.

Posted in Orlando Bloom, Television

Awesome Hobbit ‘Visual Book Reports’

Shawn writes: I was trawling the internet and found this interesting “visual bookreport” blog, where cartoonists illustrate their favorite books. Happily, one of the contributors (Sam Bosma) chose to depict a few scenes of The Hobbit. I’m not sure if you’ve seen it already, but I thought I’d pass it along for your enjoyment. More..

Posted in Creations, Fans, Hobbit Book, The Hobbit

Ted Nasmith Originals Available on eBay

Ted Nasmith himself dropped me a line asking to promote this fundraiser for a worthy cause, take a look! Just a quick email to let everyone know that 2 original pieces of Ted Nasmith’s work will be on a 10 day auction on ebay starting at 10pm today (UK time).

Tom Bombadil and the River Daughter by Ted Nasmith

Luthien Escapes Upon Huan by Ted Nasmith original art

Tom Bombadil and The River Daughter and also Luthien Escapes upon Huan. Although both pieces should sell for around £4000 each they have a start price of only £1250 each and no reserve. The proceeds from the sale are all going towards urgently needed medical expenses for a loved member of Ted’s family so please give generously and bid early.

Posted in Collectibles, Merchandise

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – April 24, 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, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Miscellaneous, Movie Return of the King, Other production, PJ's Other Films, The Hobbit, Community, Uncategorized, WETA Digital

Peter Jackson Spreads his Wings

Sir Peter Enjoys Airshow in Blenheim

Aviation nut Sir Peter Jackson took a break from filming his Lord of the Rings prequel to show off his toys at the 10th anniversary of the Classic Fighters Airshow in Blenheim yesterday.

Jackson is a regular spectator at the fundraiser for the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, and chief executive Jane Orphan said he had once again been “exceptionally generous”, putting his private collection on display at the centre’s museum.


Posted in Director news, Events, Hobbit Book, Other Events, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit