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Archive for October, 2011

First close-up of Beorn’s Hall?

Ringer Spy Glow sends us this fantastic close-up of what we believe to be Beorn’s Hall. Is this the first close-up we’ve seen? Could it be Radagast’s home in Rhosgobel which was said to be built “under the eaves of Mirkwood”?

It’s obviously still under construction, but the one-level nature and sharply pitched roof is very reminiscent of Tolkien’s own sketch of Beorn’s Hall that was published in the book…

SPOILER COUNTRY beyond the cut! (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets

Luke Evans on Bard the Bowman

Moviefone has just published a short Q&A with Luke Evans, who plays the role of Bard the Bowman in Jackson’s adaptation of the Hobbit.  Talking about his role in what he describes “as the longest job of my life”, he says he’s back in NZ in three weeks (to film on location down near Queenstown, we guess) and drops an interesting little fact about the nature of his all-important bow.




Posted in Hobbit Movie

Hobbit stars go country

From The latest phase of filming for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has kicked off with the arrival of several Kiwi stars to the King Country. But there were no international stars – Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett or Elijah Wood – to be seen. Crews have spent many weeks filming in Matamata and are expected to finish this week and it’s the small King Country town of Piopio that the multimillion-dollar movie will now focus on. Yesterday, more than a dozen Kiwi actors and extras flew in to Hamilton International Airport on their way to Te Kuiti.

They included former Shortland St actor Dean O’Gorman and comedian Mark Hadlow, who also starred in King Kong and Meet the Feebles. Hadlow, who is starring as a dwarf in The Hobbit, said the crew were looking forward to their time in the area. “It’s a great place to come. I come here an awful lot with my shows, too. They’re fabulous people.” Hadlow was looking forward to a round of golf yesterday before an unrelenting schedule of filming, which will continue in various locations around the country over the next seven weeks. The premiere of the first movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will be in Wellington before its general release on December 14 next year.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Mark Hadlow, New Zealand, The Hobbit

Hobbiton set report spoiler analysis

So the first set report from the Hobbit is here — and it’s from on location in Hobbiton (well, Matamata). If, like me, you want to know what the obscure (and not so obscure) hints mean for the script, this is the place for you.

If not, best go elsewhere — we’re about to delve headlong into SPOILER country! (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Uncategorized

AICn’s First Report From The Sets Of “The Hobbit”

From Quint via Aint It Cool News:

I’ll be kicking off a new, temporary, regular column that I’m calling An Unexpected Journey because that’s exactly what it is.

A little over a month ago an email arrived asking of my interest in embedding myself on the set of The Hobbit for the entirety of their location shoot, spending over 2 months in New Zealand rolled in with the crew and writing up their adventures, hassles, triumphs and tribulations as they traveled all over the country shooting bits and pieces from the upcoming two-parter (sic) prequel to Lord of the Rings.

Quint’s first report, titled “An Unexpected Journey: Quint on the set of The Hobbit! Part 1 – Concerning Hobbiton“, comes from Matamata, New Zealand, the location of Hobbiton, and it is filled with all sorts of Hobbitty goodness… and SPOILERS (so read the report at your own peril!)

Some non-spoiler excerpts follow:

  • There were all manner of animals on the set ranging from goats to roosters, pigs, oxen, horses and all of them had handlers there to make sure they were fed, watered and safely munching on the lush green grass of Matamata. They would quickly duck out of frame whenever shots would go up.
  • If you’ve watched the appendices on the Extended Editions of the Lord of the Rings films you should recognize Kiran [Shah]’s name. He’s a much loved character around the set. He’s an actor, stunt man and scale double. On Rings he doubled Elijah Wood. [In The Hobbit, Shah will be Martin Freeman’s double.]
  • [Kiran] Shah will also be a Goblin in the film.

So what do you all think? Share your thoughts and speculations on our message boards.

Posted in Characters, Elijah Wood, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Locations Sets, Martin Freeman, Production, The Hobbit

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – October 30, 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, Locations Sets, Production, The Hobbit, Community, Uncategorized

Book Review: J.R.R. Tolkien Artist & Illustrator by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull

For this Halloween installment of J.W. Braun’s bookshelf, J.W. dresses up as a favorite Lord of the Rings character and reviews J.R.R. Tolkien Artist & Illustrator by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull.

Posted in Books Publications, Merchandise, Tolkien, TORN TV

Hall of Fire chatting Nazgul now!

We’re about to kick-off this weekend’s discussion in Hall of Fire. So, if Ringwraiths are your thing, join us as we ask the question “The Nazgul: willing obedience or forced servitude?”

We’re done! Thanks to everyone who came along and made for such a fascinating discussion! Next weekend we’ll be back to our Hobbit chapter chat (or a movie rumour chat if we happen to get any big news. stay tuned!)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Hobbit in 5 – Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan reunite, new Hobbit set pics

This week’s ‘Hobbit in 5’ gives us the details on the Hobbit shoot in New Zealand, the new video game ‘Lord of the Rings: War in the North’, and the recent Hobbit reunion as seen in Empire Magazine. Take a look!

Posted in Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Elijah Wood, Gaming, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, New Zealand, Peter Jackson, Sean Astin, Stephen Fry, The Hobbit

Hall of Fire chat tomorrow. Nazgul: willing obedience or forced servitude?

Nine Rings he gave to Mortal Men, proud and great, and so ensnared them. Long ago they fell under the dominion of the One, and they became Ringwraiths, shadows under his great Shadow, his most terrible servants.

Middle Earth abounds in character quaint and creepy; Gollum, Shelob, trolls and orcs, but arguably none inspire quite the same shivers and chills as the Nazgul.

Everyone assumes Ringwraiths were bad from the word “go” (or “Ring”, as the case may be). Why is there little mention of their sad tales, or of their history? A trail of dropped remarks and an ounce of common sense will help us discover something which has long been shrouded in mists — the story of the Nazgul, and how they entered into bondage to the Dark One. (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

The Auction of Bilbo’s Goods to be Included?

Keen eyed viewers on our message board have spotted something interesting in the recent press conference video coverage from Hobbiton.

Watch out for a lot of furniture outside of Bag End around 40 seconds in the video. This is not a confirmation that the auction of Bag End at the end of the story will be in the movies but looking at this short clip I think it is not just a wild guess that it will be included. What do you think? Comment below.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, New Zealand, The Hobbit

WBIE Releases the Launch Trailer for The Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment unveils the launch trailer for the November 1st videogame release, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North. Developed by Snowblind Studios, this action RPG introduces a new adventure to Middle-earth’s canon, with a new story deeply entrenched in the hallmarks of The Lord of the Rings: strength, courage and fellowship.

In the video, a glimpse is caught of the ring bearer’s quest taking place in parallel, before switching to this vital campaign brewing in the North. (more…)

Posted in Gaming