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Archive for June, 2012

Badali Jewelry at Comic-Con with TORn as guests!

Waaaay back at the dawn of (last century) Badali Jewelry was the very first sponsor of our enterprise website that dared to follow “The Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy when it was just a whisper on the wind. Since then the maker of officially licensed Middle-earth jewelry have been tight with the website. But this year at Comic-Con, TORn and Badali are getting even closer! Besides making amazing One Rings, they feature custom works spanning 22 specialized genre lines and they expanded space for this year’s show, allowing enough room to share with us! TORn will be hanging out for the duration of SDCC, so really, we can’t thank them enough for that. (We will also have staff hanging with our friends at the Weta Workshop booth, more on that in another story!)

We checked in to see what they had going on for the show and it turns out they have some great new items, including plenty of “Hobbit” related stuff and some significant discounts. Here is what they had to say:

Our main announcement is that we will be hosting TORn at our booth this year, but of course, you already know that. 😉 We are spreading our wings into two booth spaces this year so that means more room for people to peruse and have a friendly chat with the BJS Inc and TORn crews. We are in our traditional location of Booth #530 and now also #532.

We will also be debuting 3 brand new Officially Licensed The Hobbit pieces; Sterling Silver Bag End Door Necklace, White and Yellow Bronze Large Bag End Necklace or Key Chain, and Thror’s Key, used to open the Secret Way into The Lonely Mountains. These pieces are so detail oriented you have to see them with your own eyes to fully enjoy them. (more…)

Posted in ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Hobbit Book, Jewelry, Merchandise, The Hobbit

Primary filming for The Hobbit is nearly done?

Luke Evans, the actor playing Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit, has tweeted that he is starting his final four days of shooting on the film tomorrow.

Does this mean that the entire primary shoot could be finished mid-next week? Is it more evidence that points to a Peter Jackson appearance at Comic-Con? Or is it just that Evans is wrapping up his role?

Let the speculation begin!

Posted in ComicCon, ComicCon Rumos, Hobbit Movie, Luke Evans, Production

io9 says Comic-Con 2012 to be fantastic

Popular webzine io9 says that 2012 is the year for fantasy and urban-fantasy at Comic-Con. And, with the line-up featuring The Hobbit, Breaking Dawn, ParaNorman, The Legend of Korra, Game Of Thrones, and True Blood, Teen Wolf, 666 Park Avenue, Supernatural and Beauty And The Beast (plus much more), it’s a proposition that’s difficult to dispute. There’s also this paragraph buried near the bottom of the article:

True, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is rumored to be revealing a trailer, but what is a short trailer compared to actual panel time (and footage) with Peter Jackson?

Now, I don’t think I’ve seen any official word that Jackson will or won’t be in attendance. But I think this is some good guesswork (or perhaps an inside tip).

Consider: the wrap party for the Hobbit is on July 7 (Connolly is startlingly specific compared to McKellen’s much more vague comment that filming would conclude by the end of July. Comic-con starts July 11. Do you think the boss of the show wouldn’t attend the big promotional launch of his film at one of the world’s key fantasy-sf conventions?

[More] | [TORn’s SDCC Panel]

Posted in ComicCon, ComicCon Rumos, Events, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson

Elijah Wood on the Late Late Show

Ringer Elpidha tells us that Craig Ferguson interviewed Elijah Wood last night on the Late Late Show about the show Wilfred. The Hobbit wrap party came up in the chat, but Wood didn’t spill any more details about the production.

Ferguson’s interview with Wood begins roughly 19 minutes into the show.

[Watch on CBS] | [Watch on Youtube]

Posted in Elijah Wood, Hobbit Movie

Lego debuts Fellowship animated short

Ringer fan Elf Overlord sends us news that Lego has uploaded the first part of an animated series promoting their Lego Lord of the Rings product line.

It’s an amusing and entertaining, but not very accurate, (editorial warning for understatement!) video retelling of the beginning of the Fellowship of the Rings.

Anyone hoping for Tom Bombadil and Goldberry is, as usual, doomed to disappointment.


Posted in LEGO, Merchandise, Toys

TORn’s own tour to New Zealand for “The Hobbit” premiere is now open for business

We are now finally able to take deposits and start booking excited fans to join in New Zealand for what promises to be a party to remember. You will find all the details and proposed schedule for the tour here TORn Hobbit premiere tour. Please do take the time to read the schedule and all the terms before committing to the Non-Refundable Deposit of$300 per person. Once you’ve read through everything, asked all the questions you need to ask, you may fill out the Registration Form Space is limited, so this will have to be on a First Come, First Served basis. And if we are unable to accommodate you on the trip, you will be contacted and offered the choice of a refund or being put on the waitlist. You may email me at or

Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Meet Ups, New Zealand, Other Events, Premieres, The Hobbit, Tours

McKellen and friends at the Opera House

Ian McKellen. Photo by Brendon Doran. This account of Ian McKellen’s one-man-show the other night at the Opera House in Wellington in aid of the earthquake-struck Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch features some glorious photography of the performance.

We mingled with the Hobbit cast, Martin Freeman expressing his general surprise at what was happening “We had no idea about this” (though with a grin on his face) and everyone then crowded in around Ian as he explained what would happen next.

Photo to the right by Brendon Doran. See bigger, better versions by following the link below.


Addendum: there’s also this review over at The Dominion Post.

Posted in Events, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Other Events

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – June 25, 2012

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!

This week saw the return of the one and only Nomad with “a limerick I just wrote while sitting in a MSSQL 2012 class“, which spawned a limerick challenge here on Main, some hilarious, some groan-worthy, but all worth a look 😀


Posted in Casting Rumors, Characters, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit, Community

Hobbit ‘mockbuster’ about to film

A B-grade movie about hobbits is set to begin shooting in July — and could be out on DVD before Peter Jackson’s much-anticipated version debuts in December.

The LA Times reported a production house called The Asylum was shooting the film. Called Age of the Hobbits, it has nothing to do with Peter Jackson or Weta Workshop.

Few details about the film’s plot or cast are available, but a description on Netflix called it a “reimagined version of JRR Tolkien’s mythical universe”.

We wonder if Saul Zaentz has heard the news yet.


Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

More evidence for Freeman and Armitage at Comic-Con plus video of the ‘Hobbit’ cast on stage — together

Warner Bros. has not confirmed ‘The Hobbit’ panel at Comic-Con, but perhaps the vagaries of Twitter have. Several independent tweeters who attended Ian McKellen’s benefit show last night in Wellington have said Lee Pace stated Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage would be at Comic-Con in July. We cannot confirm the reports, but we believe them and expect both key “Hobbit” actors to be in San Diego. We also volunteer to act as popular-culture coaches as the place will be mad for them.

And while WB has officially said it hasn’t officially said a ‘The Hobbit’ panel will be part of the three-hour block the studio has reserved on Saturday in the 6,500 seat Hall H, but it is widely believed ‘The Hobbit,’ will play a big part of it. The hall, the biggest the convention center has to offer, has required waiting in long lines at least the last three years and now even camping out for a space is not unheard of. Over 125,000 people attend the show each year. (Video of the fundraiser after the break) (more…)

Posted in ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Hobbit Movie, Lee Pace, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit

Ian McKellen stages fun raising event

Ian McKellen’s one-man show to raise funds for the benefit of Christchurch’s earthquake-damaged Isaac Theatre Royal is in Wellington this weekend for its final few shows. Here’s a snippet of video from the last night’s show at the Opera House that features cameos from cast members from The Hobbit, and the locals.

Thank-you to RichardArmitageNet for information on images and video.

Posted in Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, The Hobbit

Billy Connolly: “I’m covered in armour. It’s like wearing a volkswagon.”

As we know, Billy Connolly has been doing the rounds with various media interviews about his new movie Brave and his role as ‘Dáin Ironfoot‘ in The Hobbit.  Here he’s funny as ever in a largely spoiler-free interview with local NZ TV station TV3.


Posted in Billy Connolly, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit