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Archive for December, 2011

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – Special New Years Edition!!

Welcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past YEAR.  We’ve collected some of 2011’s most popular posts on 10 of our Discussion Boards.  You’ll be surprised at what captured the attention and imagination of our posters.  Come have a look back at what has kept us busy as we patiently [?] wait for news of the filming of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We actually did manage to talk about many fascinating things.  Just follow the links to some of our most popular discussions for 2011. 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 Blu-Ray, Calendar, DVDs, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit, Community, Uncategorized Top 20 Stories of 2011

It is time to say goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012 – a year in which we will not only see the first installment of The Hobbit, but also a year of some huge announcements from us here at!  Below you will find links to the top 20 stories of 2011 based on popularity, visits and shares. We can’t say we are surprised to find that nearly all of the stories relate directly to Peter Jackson’s upcoming ‘The Hobbit‘ films, but a few LOTR specific stories manage to sneak in. Our resolution to you this year: Provide unique, relevant and exciting content inspired by the words and world of JRR Tolkien. Wishing you and years a very Happy New Year! Reminisce and enjoy!

  1. Exclusive: Behold! Thorin Oakenshield and Orcrist!
  2. First Hobbit trailer: TORn’s frame-by-frame analysis
  3. Dwarf Composite from Peter Jackson!
  4. Analysis: Staff Talk Dwarves
  5. Frame by Frame: Production Video Number 2
  6. Balin and Dwalin
  7. The Return Of The Rings: LOTR’s Extended Editions Coming To The Big Screen
  8. Just who is Tauriel? Let the Speculation Begin!
  9. More Hobbiton Set Photos
  10. Dori, Nori, and Ori
  11. Beorn? Radagast? Super set pics from South Island!
  12. Lord of the Rings Extended Editon Blu-ray review
  13. Elijah Wood will be in ‘The Hobbit’ (and we know how!)
  14. Thorin and Company – Full Body Rendering
  15. Empire Magazine’s Massive LOTR Issue
  16. Bombur, Bifur and Bofur
  17. Official Film Titles Announced – March 2nd Titles Confirmed
  18. Photo Analysis: Bilbo, Dwarves and Bag End
  19. First close-up of Beorn’s Hall?
  20. Production begins in New Zealand on The Hobbit
Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, The Hobbit, Announcements, Community, Tolkien

Franco: ‘Oscars should recognize Serkis’

From James Franco has urged Academy Awards voters to seriously consider his Rise of the Planet Apes co-star Andy Serkis for a Best Actor prize. Serkis shot to fame when he was transformed into the creepy Gollum in the Lord of The Rings trilogy and he has since given King Kong and Planet of The Apes’ Caesar a face – and Franco insists his pioneering work will revolutionize Hollywood. The 127 Hours star says, “To me, it seems like such a shame that Andy doesn’t get recognized now, because this is the moment when he’s really broken through… He’s doing it (motion picture) better than anyone else on the planet… What he does is real acting.”

Posted in Andy Serkis

Unreported acts of kindness from New Zealand

Sunset near Twizel, New Zealand on the day of our story.

TWIZEL, NEW ZEALAND — Not every conversation I had in New Zealand is fair game for publication at If they all were, people would have spoken with me a lot less and a lot less openly or maybe just have not spoken with me at all.

During one such private meeting, a shared photo led to a side conversation that led to a revelation about an act of kindness that hit me, and still hits me, in my core. Somebody I knew, not in New Zealand, had heroically withstood some of life’s trials and others, in New Zealand, had selflessly performed a service for them. I can’t relate the story here because it was unmistakably not an interview situation and even the people on the receiving end of the generosity have kept it to themselves.

I was amazed by the revelation at the time and I was on the road much of the next 24 hours, meaning I was alone with my thoughts; Despite having a lot to ponder, this bit of unselfishness stayed with me for the entire drive when I wasn’t distracted by things like getting lost or finding a place to stay. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, MrCere in New Zealand, New Zealand, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, Community

Ladbrokes offer odds on Hobbit film to be lord of the box office

From Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit may be a year from release but the new trailer has caused such a stir that Ladbrokes are already offering odds on it being the most successful JRR Tolkien adaptation yet.

Odds of 1/2 are being offered on the first of the two Hobbit films to be released surpassing the world box office takings of third Lord of the Rings film, Return of the King.

That film – released in December 2003 – was the highest grossing of the Lord of the Rings trilogy which took progressively more at the box office. [Read More]

Posted in Events, Film Screenings, Gaming, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Miscellaneous, Movie Return of the King, Premieres, The Hobbit

Spring Enrollment Open at Mythgard Institute for “The Making of Myth” and “Taking Harry Seriously” until January 13th

The Mythgard Institute will be continuing their look at the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien – while delving into new territory – by offering the course “The Making of Myth: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien” this spring.  The 15-week course can be taken for master’s level credit or audited and will focus on examining the work of Tolkien and Lewis hand-in-hand.  The class will engage in a careful comparison of Lewis’ and Tolkien’s fiction, paying close attention to those moments when they are both exploring similar ideas or undertaking comparable literary enterprises.  Not only will the course look at what they shared in common, but will also examine their primary differences.  Books and essays to be discussed include but are not limited to The HobbitThe Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, “Ainulindale,” The Magician’s Nephew, “Leaf by Niggle,” Till We have Faces, “The Lost Road,” The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and “Smith of Wootton Major.” [Spring 2012 Courses]


Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit, Announcements, Community, Tolkien

MrCere talks NZ, Weta, Hobbit, trailer on SUVUDU

Sohaib Awan from the radio show Fictional Frontiers also does a segment on SUVUDU that focuses on fantasy and science fiction books, movies and comics. He spoke with our own MrCere this week about his trip to New Zealand including Weta Workshop and Richard Taylor. They talk Hobbit of course, Hobbit trailer insights and a lot about travel possibilities for anybody. Listen to the segment right here.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie FAQ, MrCere in New Zealand, New Zealand, Richard Taylor, Tours, WETA Cave, WETA Workshop

Hobbit Trailer Remix

Kaleb writes: Remember that chilling song by the Dwarves in The Hobbit movie trailer? The world was missing a Misty Mountains remix, so I made one.

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Christopher Lee Talks Hobbit

Buford T. Justice writes: Christopher Lee talks about the Hobbit in his Christmas message. Posted on the 27th of December. Forward to 6 minutes for Hobbit goodies.

Posted in Christopher Lee, Hobbit Movie

Why the Hobbit trailer is a test of character

There are many cool things and great moments in the teaser trailer that finally came out just a week and half ago. But, silly lists aside, there’s a lot of interesting stuff at work in this trailer: for what it includes AND for what it omits. One of the things that struck me immediately was the emphasis on character. It’s enormous.

There’s some justification for that: Jackson and his minions need to introduce a core cast of 15. That’s a lot of different people that the audience has to invest in… and differentiate between. (Before you read on, I must warn you: this is inevitably a spoiler-filled discussion) (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

Nine ultra-cool tidbits we were denied in the teaser trailer

We all know lists are ridiculously subjective. Ever tried to come up with your top four-and-a-half music albums of all time? Or your three favourite sightings of the Yeti? I bet they have no resemblance to mine.

So, in the spirit of that sort of subjectivity, here are nine things we were denied in the trailer that I reckon would have been really cool to see. (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

TORn TUESDAYS *Live* takes a Holiday break…

Since our show launched in April 2011, we have *NEVER* missed a broadcast of TORn TUESDAYS Live with Quickbeam! But this week we take a little Holiday break to spend time with loved ones and prepare an even better show for the 3rd of January, 2012!  In the exciting New Year we will have two new guest commentators Bobby Rice (who recently played Boromir in a delicious parody of LOTR) and Eowymilia (the Swedish Girl with the Horse Tattoo) both joining host Clifford Broadway to explore the worlds of Tolkien and The Hobbit production! Prepare for a wide array of special guest stars and exclusive interviews!  Check out the show in our Live Event section next week: 3 Jan 2012 at 5:00pm Pacific Time! Happy New Year to you all from!
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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Other Events, Television, The Hobbit, Community, Tolkien