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Archive for May, 2011

“The Hobbit” Set Pieces Spotted On NZ Highway?

Our friend Jack down in New Zealand who frequently posts Hobbit-related news on his “Noldor Blog” had a stroke of luck while driving out towards Rivendell/Kaitoke Regional Park. He noticed an open truck carrying along what looked like set pieces for a film, most probably The Hobbit, and he managed to snap more than a few high resolution pictures from a couple of different angles.

Here follows an excerpt from his blog (but don’t forget to head over to The Noldor Blog to read Jack’s entire account and have a look-see at those high resolution pictures we mentioned above.)

We were driving on State Highway 2, heading towards Upper Hutt, and the Kaitoke Regional Park where the Rivendell set was based for LOTR, when in the distance, I couldn’t help but notice an interesting cargo on the back of one of the trucks in front of us.

The pictures appear to show a piece of very nice “stone” masonry, with curved tiles on a fairly large wooden base. Also, underneath some camo plastic, there were what appeared to be pre-fabricated wooden fences of some sort.

Have an opinion about which set the pictures show? Our message boards are just the place to discuss with fellow fans!

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit

Official Film Titles Announced – March 2nd Titles Confirmed

Right smack dab in the middle of the Memorial Day Holiday in the US, Warner Brothers has announced the official titles for the two upcoming ‘The Hobbit‘ films. As previously reported in March, they are ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘ and ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again.’ Click ‘continue reading’ for the full release!


Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Locations Sets, Orlando Bloom, Other Cast, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

Jackson confirms White Council and Attack on Dol Guldur!

Peter Jackson has started answering fan-submitted questions on his official Facebook page, and the first answer is a big one! Since learning there would be two films, most of us here at were dreaming we’d get to see The White Council and the attack on Dol Guldur. Well, as it turns out, we will! Not to take anything away from PJ’s official post, we won’t reveal more here in this article. (including the exclusive picture of The White Council). You’ll have to jump over to Facebook and see it for yourself. And don’t forget to ‘like’ on Facebook to get all the latest Hobbit updates! [PJ’s Answer] [ on Facebook]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Director news, Director Rumors, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – May 29, 2011

Welcome to Gandalf and Legolasour 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, Casting Rumors, Director news, Director Rumors, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Miscellaneous, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, Community

Orlando Bloom Returns as Legolas – Local News Clips

As announced on Peter Jackson’s Facebook page, Orlando Bloom is reprising his role as Legolas “Greenleaf” in The Hobbit. Below are some video clips of the local coverage.


[TV3] [PrimeNews]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Characters, Director news, Fellowship of the Ring, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Orlando Bloom, Peter Jackson, Return of the King, The Hobbit, The Two Towers, Tolkien Mark Hadlow ‘Dori’ all in a day’s work

Sir Ian McKellen is his co-worker, and he spends his days covered in prosthetics – but it is all in a day’s work for Mark Hadlow.

Meeting the celebrity cast of the film was an ”oh my god” moment, Mr Hadlow said.

However, ”it’s not really any different” acting with celebrities once the camera is rolling.

He said acting opposite Sir Ian was a ”fantastic” experience.

”He is a huge world-renowned talent and you’re in a scene with him – it’s flipping fantastic.”

Mr Hadlow said he wakes up at 4am each day and spends ”a couple” of hours having make up and prosthetics applied, to transform him into a dwarf, before he begins filming his scenes.

[Full Article]

Posted in Characters, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Mark Hadlow, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Hall of Fire Hobbit chat this weekend!

Over the past couple of months, TORn’s Hall of Fire has been dissecting the Hobbit chapter by chapter.

This Saturday May 28 at 6pm EDT in #thehalloffire on our IRC server (, we plan to re-cap our discussions so far with a collective look at the first five chapters — all the way from An Unexpected Party to Riddles in the Dark.

If you’ve not been able to join us yet, it’s the perfect spot to join in and catch up. If you have, come along and bring your thoughts on how Bilbo, Thorin and co are faring so far in their quest! (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Peter Confirms Orlando Bloom joining ‘The Hobbit’

Direct from Peter Jackson…

Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas. I’m excited to announce today that we’ll be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more. I’m thrilled to be working with Orlando again. Funny thing is, I look older—and he doesn’t! I guess that’s why he makes such a wonderful elf.

Check out Peter Jackson’s Facebook Page. [Click Here]

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

Hobbit in 5 – Benedict Cumberbatch, Larry Curtis Article, Nori Character Study

On this episode of Hobbit in 5, we discuss Benedict Cumberbatch’s role in The Hobbit, the small explosion at Stone Street Studios in NZ, the cast and crew’s involvement in the Christchurch Earthquake Relief telethon (and wish Ian McKellen a very happy birthday), and give an excerpt from Larry Curtis’s article from We also take a look at Nori in this week’s character study.

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Sideshow’s Boromir Statue

TVOne’s coverage of earthquake relief telethon

Larry Curtis article

Posted in Characters, Events, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Merchandise, New Zealand, Rumors Spy News, Shop, The Hobbit, Community, WETA Workshop

Honorary Doctorate Presented to Sir Richard Taylor

Stephen writes: Special effects wizard Sir Richard Taylor was awarded an honorary doctorate at a graduation ceremony Thursday 26th of May. The honour was conferred at the morning ceremony for Massey University graduates in the Michael Fowler Centre.

The doctorate recognises the contribution Sir Richard has made to the film industry and the Wellington creative community for more than 25 years. From Braindead to Black Sheep,King Kong and the global phenomenon of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, and current filming of its prequel The Hobbit, Sir Richard and the company he co-founded Weta Workshop, have been at the forefront of Wellington’s emergence on the filmmaking scene.

He is a graduate of the School of Design at the former Wellington Polytechnic. The School is a forerunner institution to the College of Creative Arts at the University.

Posted in Events, New Zealand, Richard Taylor

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Stunts!

The Hobbits are putting together a stunt team. PARKOUR! Slight Language Warning.

Posted in Fool, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring

Collecting The Precious- Vanderstelt Studios

This week we have something a little different from previous articles you’ve seen with this column.  Art Prints are a collectible I love adding to my collection especially when the subject is The Lord of the Rings.  So, I wanted to take the time and get something set up with one of the leading artist out there working in Middle-earth.

The artist that I wanted to bring to your attention is the one and only Jerry Vanderstelt. You may recognize Jerry’s work from his The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Prints, ‘Clash of The Kings,’ ‘Fell Beast Print,’ or his most recent ‘Sauron’ Print. Not to mention Jerry has done many Star Wars pieces for ACME Archives.  These art prints from Jerry are some of the best pieces in my collection, and only add to the amazing items we’ve seen from Weta and Sideshow Collectibles. Needless to say after seeing the print pictures in this article and reading the Q&A below, you need to go to Jerry Vanderstelt’s site and get your prints now!

Finally, I want to thank those that helped with some of the questions. Sending them in really aided me in getting this article finished. Click the ‘Continue’ button to read the interview.


Posted in Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, Other Merchandise, Posters Prints, Sideshow Collectibles