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Archive for July, 2012

Hobbit Premiere Tour Costume Party

“A Party of Special Magnificence”

Red Carpet Tours in conjunction with the are having a Hobbit Premiere Costume Party in Wellington on November 26.

You provide your own costume and we’ll provide the atmosphere, music, nibbles and specially invited guests. And what an atmosphere, as hundreds of fans celebrate The Hobbit!

All those booked on the Red Carpet Hobbit Premiere Tour, you have your ticket price included in your Tour payment.

Those of you on the shorter Tour and those who will be in Wellington for the World Premiere – you can buy your tickets directly through our Secure Booking Form

Posted in Events, Meet Ups, Premieres, The Hobbit, Announcements, Community

EXCLUSIVE: New Line registers Hobbit movie titles

We have exclusive and reliable news from Ringer Spy Thrush that New Line has registered the following film titles:

  • The Desolation of Smaug
  • The Battle of Five Armies
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

Apparently this doesn’t mean New Line is definitely going to use one, or both, or either of them! Our spy tells us that because they must register their eventual title, studios often register multiple titles. One could suggest, based on these titles, that maybe we’ll have a change to the first film title? That ‘An Unexpected Journey’ memorabilia would sure increase in value!  We’ve included some completely fan made versions of the movie title logos below! Enjoy! (more…)

Posted in Casting Rumors, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

TORn staff mull over the Hobbit Three announcement

Well, wasn’t that a surprise?! Now we’re going to have three Hobbit films to watch, ponder and dissect, not just two.

But what do TORn’s staffers make of the announcement that The Hobbit will be transformed from two films into a trilogy of its own?

Read on below the cut out and see what a few of us are thinking and feeling! (more…)

Posted in Director news, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Studios, Warner Bros.

Olympian is a Lord of the Rings fan

For most Olympians, wearing the colors of there country is enough, but for others an ink gun provides the opportunity to express themselves in a more permanent way.

It seems that Karine Sergerie, a member of the Canadian taekwondo team heading to the 2012 London Olympics is a Lord of the Rings fan, sporting a quote from Gandalf in The Fellowship Of The Ring  as tattoo on her forearm from that reads “All we have to do is decide what to do with the time given to us.” now that’s a good mantra to go by!

Thanks to ringer spy Pearl Sandybanks for the spot. [look!] for full size.

Posted in Fans, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies

MarkMonitor registers key Hobbit domains. But why?

While the third Hobbit film was being finalised between Peter Jackson and Warner Bros, in the background a company called MarkMonitor quietly registered a handful of web domains based on the words The Riddles in the Dark and Desolation of Smaug.

It seems likely this is coincidence — Middle-earth Enterprises could easily be registering them for other intellectual property protection or merchandising purposes. However, we know that two brand-new movie titles are required: could these be them? (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Rumors Spy News, Studios, Warner Bros.

Update: Peter Jackson Confirms Third ‘Hobbit’ Film

Note: Updated with confirmation about third film’s release date and content. Updated with Official Press Release as well.

In a note posted to Facebook this morning (in the U.S.) Peter Jackson confirmed there will be a third film in the “Hobbit” series:

So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of “The Hobbit” films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three. has confirmed with two independent sources that the third “Hobbit,” film will not follow the schedule of traditional December releases for Middle-earth movies and will hit audiences in Summer of 2014. TORn has also learned that this newly announced film will not serve as a bridge film but continue to tell the story of “The Hobbit,” in three parts. It is believed that the breaking points of the first film has changed. That film, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” will be released in theaters this December 14. The next film, announced as “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is expected to keep its December 13, 2013 schedule. Its name may change however. The newly announced film, as yet untitled, will follow months later in the summer months of 2014.

The reaction has been swift and strong from film communities and Tolkien fans around the world. Read Peter’s full note here. Join us in our LIVE chatroom Barlimans, on the board, on twitter (@theoneringnet) and on Facebook ( Follow the break for the official press release


Posted in Director news, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, Production, Studios, The Hobbit, Warner Bros.

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – July 30, 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!

Posted in ComicCon, Conventions, Director news, Events, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Other Events, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit, Community

New Lego LoTR short teases Hobbit sets

Ringer HobbitSized tells us that Lego has released another short. Two Minute: Quest of the Fellowship is a summary of sorts of the four chapters that we’ve already seen.

You’ll find that the narrative is slightly different, and it concludes with a very brief Bilbo-Gollum teaser at the end for the sets that we know will accompany the forthcoming Hobbit movie. Looks like Riddles in the Dark will definitely be one of them.

The release date given is Winter 2012.


Posted in Collectibles, LEGO, Merchandise, Toys

Re-cap on the Lego Lord of the Rings game

A lot of people are very excited about the forthcoming Lego Lord of the Rings game.

We may have missed a couple of cool reveals about the game that emerged at E3 around the beginning of last month.

So here’s a re-cap, including an 18-minute on-stage demo that Nick Ricks gave at E3. It reveals a long in-game sequence from the Mines of Moria, including Balin’s tomb. You can also pre-order the game here.

Props to Ringer Lars for the links. (more…)

Posted in Gaming, LEGO, Merchandise, Video games

Billy Boyd to narrate the story of the first-ever Hobbit stage production on BBC Radio 4 this Saturday

This Saturday (August 4) at 10.30am, Billy Boyd will narrate the story behind the first ever stage production of of J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Hobbit on BBC Radio 4.

The very first stage production, written by Humphrey Carpenter with music composed by Paul Drayton, was performed at New College School in Oxford in 1967.

Some of the choristers in that first production are now eminent in the musical world: choral conductor Simon Halsey, Opera North’s Martin Pickard and artist’s agent Stephen Lumsden. Composer Howard Goodall watched his older brother Ashley perform. They talk about their memories and of Tolkien’s presence in the audience on the last night.

Thanks to Ringer Andrew for the heads-up.

Update: Ringer HuanCry adds that Radio 4 is also broadcasting a documentary Tolkien in Love the day before.

[Billy Boyd and the Hobbit] | [Tolkien in Love]

Posted in Billy Boyd, Events, J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings in just 99 seconds

Ringer Tithenmamiwen pointed us in the direction of these very talented fellows.
Lord of the Rings a-capella in just 99 seconds — using all of Howard Shore’s key leitmotifs from the Rings score. Or as they write: “40,920 seconds converted into 99.”

A very cool concept and wonderfully executed. Go and enjoy!

Posted in Creations, Fans

Tolkien and technology: fall, mortality, and the machine

Alan Jacobs muses in The Atlantic that “from the beginnings of modern fantasy, in the work of Tolkien, technology has always been the enemy of the good life. But does it have to be that way?”

It’s an interesting thought piece that draws on some key comments Tolkien made in letters around the time Lord of the Rings was published.

“Anyway all this stuff is mainly concerned with Fall, Mortality, and the Machine.” Letter 131. Letters of JRR Tolkien.


Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Tolkien