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Archive for September, 2011

Watch the ROTK EE with the War in the North dev team live in our chat!

Here at the TORn chat we’ve just had our own movie marathon, but now you can do it all over again — well, the ROTK EE at least!

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North development team are having a viewing of the ROTK EE today starting at 2pm PDT and running until 6pm EDT — and they’ll be doing it live with us from our TORn chat. If, like the Snowblind Studios team, you’re just looking for an excuse to watch The Lord of the Rings, then come and join us! (HINT: that’s about 10 minutes from now!)

Chat with the game developers, participate in trivia, and win prizes! Can’t make it right at 2pm? Be fashionably late, jump and in whenever! We’ll be giving regular updates letting you know where we are in the movie.

*Please note that — as with our movie marathon — we will not be streaming the film, but we encourage all fans to watch it locally (on your own tv, or computer) while we chat.*

We’re done! Thanks to everyone who joined and made it such a great success!

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Gaming

Behind-the-Scenes Power of 3 Trailer for The Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Snowblind Studios release a new behind-the-scenes trailer for their upcoming action RPG, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North.

Each hero in this tale – Andriel the Elf, Eradan the Human, Farin the Dwarf – contributes a vital talent further uniting the Fellowship. Hear from the creators themselves as they delve into the inner workings of the game’s heroes. Utilizing teamwork and communication, players can join together to fight the War in the North. (more…)

Posted in Events, Gaming

Sala Baker AKA Sauron at Entertainment Media Show

RingsFan writes: Sala Baker is appearing at Entertainment Media Show in London October 1st & 2nd. Will be great! More..

Posted in Conventions, Events, Sala Baker

Peter Jackson Radio Interview

Pioneer writes: Here’s a link to the New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, interviewing Peter Jackson on Radio Live yesterday. New Zealand politics is really exciting!!! More..

Posted in New Zealand, Peter Jackson

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – September 26 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, Community

Epic Balrog T-Shirt Available at Comic-Con New York

Keith writes: A limited edition t-shirt of the Balrog as depicted by legendary comic artist Walter Simonson (The Mighty Thor) will be on sale exclusively at the Epic Proportions booth at New York Comic-Con in October. More..

Posted in Clothing, Conventions, Events, Merchandise, NYCC

Mikael Persbrandt Talks The Hobbit

Anton writes: I have just read an older interview with actor Mikael Persbrandt, back from September 1, in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter where they, among other things, asked him about his role as Beorn in the upcoming The Hobbit-films. I know that the interview isn’t up-to-date, but I still imagine that it’s a good read for Lotr-fans excepting the films. Once again I restrict myself to the things relating to the Hobbit and try to translate it all to the best of my ability. Now lets get on with it…

-“I try to act as him as if it all is a small drama; especially given the suit I’m going to wear.” Persbrandt replied on the question on how he’s going to act as Beorn, and he also apparently laughed after saying the thing about the suit. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Mikael Persbrandt, The Hobbit

Hobbiton clouded in secrecy

Dozens of small-statured folk are ready to dance their way onto the Shire next month, but even Matamata accommodation providers are in the dark as to exactly when the big influx of little extras will hit the region.

Publicist for 3 Foot 7 Ceris Price said 90 people were selected late last year from the 1200-odd who applied to be Matamata-based hobbit extras in The Hobbit, but because people turned up “from all over” for the auditions, she did not know how many were from Waikato. But like everyone else involved in the making of Peter Jackson’s latest film, if there was hobbits grooming their toe-hairs in the Waikato, they were doing it with their lips firmly sealed. Ian Brodie, media and communications manager for Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tours, said confidentiality contracts meant anyone involved in The Hobbit in any capacity was bound to silence. More..

Related: Take a look at our exclusive collection of Hobbiton set photos, going all the way back to 1999! [TORN Scrapbook]

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Locations Sets, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, New Zealand, The Hobbit

LOTRO: Rise of Isengard Live! Launch Trailer + Screens


Third Major Expansion to the 2010 MMO of the Year Now Available Across North America & Europe

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Turbine announced today the launch of The Lord of the Rings Online™: Rise of Isengard™, the next expansion to the award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG). Players across North America and Europe can purchase and play Rise of Isengard starting today by visiting (more…)

Posted in Events, Gaming

Empire Mag Planning Big LOTR 10th Anny Issue?

mikstan writes: Empire mag have a special on ‘Lord of the rings’ in their next issue to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the promises new pics and all sorts of news…Goes on sale in the UK on Oct 27th.

The countdown begins, if any UKers out there get their paws on this magazine, let us know!

Posted in Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Other Merchandise

‘Lord of the Rings’ stars fight it out for Fantastic Fest

Two stars from the “Lord of the Rings” films squared off at the mic last night, and then in the boxing ring. Fantastic Fest continued Saturday night with the “Fantastic Debates,” traditional debates followed by boxing matches. Former hobbits Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan debated about the online video game “World of Warcraft.” More..

Posted in Dominic Monaghan, Elijah Wood, Events

Tickets Now on Sale for ‘Ringers Take Manhattan!’

This time is now! We’re throwing a party in the Big Apple – ‘Ringers Take Manhattan’! This event, held in a private room in Manhattan, is an exclusive chance for Tolkien fans to hang out with like minded people and to celebrate all things Middle-earth!  Ticket price will include appetizers, one free drink of your choice, an exclusive TORn shirt (available during NY Comic-Con only), yet-to-be-announced goodies, a chance to win some very high end prizes (think Jewelry, Statues, etc), and guaranteed good times!  Any profits made will go to support TORn, so you also get to feel good about supporting the website! Our party will be held at The Speakeasy at the Gin Mill, Amsterdam Avenue on Friday October 14th from 7-10pm.  This beautiful location provides the perfect atmosphere, and includes plenty of choices for drink and bar food, so party goers can eat, drink and be Merry (or Pippin if you prefer…)  to their hearts’ content. Tickets are $40 each and on sale right now! We have an extremely limited supply of tickets, so please make sure to place your reservation today! We hope to see you in Manhattan! [Order Tickets] Follow the link to learn more about New York Comic-Con and all the great events taking place that weekend. [New York Comic-Con Tickets] [TORn Panel] (Have a Tolkien related business and want to sponsor our NYCC appearance? Contact us)

Posted in Conventions, Events, Fans, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, Meet Ups, NYCC, Other Events, The Hobbit, Community, Tolkien