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Archive for August, 2012

Warner Bros drops new Hobbit film titles and dates!

Hollywood Reporter and various other outlets are reporting that July 18, 2014 will be the release date for the third Hobbit film.

In addition, they report that Warner Bros has announced that the third film will be renamed The Hobbit: There And Back Again.

The second film, to be released on December 13, 2013 will be called The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of International Distribution said in the press release: “The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be an action spectacle and an emotional conclusion for this already much-anticipated trilogy. Opening in the summer will maximize playability for what promises to be an event film for fans the world over.”

EDIT: I think that the second title Desolation of Smaug means that it will conclude with the demise of Smaug at the hands of Bard the Bowman. Highlight to see spoilery speculation.

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, MGM, New Line Cinema, Studios, Warner Bros.

DragonCon is here!

Ok, so officially things don’t really get going until tomorrow, but in the hearts of everyone arriving at hotels in Atlanta today, DragonCon has started!  And as you know, and Tolkien fandom are here in force!  Staffers deej and greendragon are hard at work to make the TORn table fun for all – come and see us from 11am Friday in the Hyatt (Exhibit Level, near the Art Show) to try your hand at trivia or pick up one of TORn’s fabulous new shirts! Or just pop by to chat – we love seeing old friends and new!

You can also visit TORn’s good friends Badali Jewelry here at DragonCon.   They will be found in the Dealers Room located on the bottom floor of the Marriott Marquis.  For your spending pleasure, they will have a full inventory of Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit items, as well as some of their most popular Fantasy, Celtic, Pirate, Vampire, and Elven pieces.  There will be 3 brand new Officially Licensed Hobbit pieces to see, and they even have a fabulous offer for fans here at – 15% off your entire purchase!! Just stop by and say the magic words “Gandalf Sent Me”.

The good times keep coming with ‘Evening at Bree’ Friday night, and panels from TORn 4pm on Friday, 5.30pm Saturday and 11.30am Monday.  For a complete list of Tolkien Track panels, click here.  Can’t wait to see everyone! – and for those of you who can’t join us, we’ll bring you updates of all the fun, right here on TORn.  Let the games begin!

Posted in Conventions, DragonCon, Events, Jewelry, Merchandise

Sir Ian McKellen plays another magician – at the London2012 Paralympics

London2012’s Paralympics got started last night with an opening ceremony which included Professor Stephen Hawking, Queen Elizabeth II and Gandalf himself – only this time in the role of Prospero.  The Tempest has been a running theme for London2012 – the bell housed in the Olympic Stadium and rung in July’s opening ceremony  is inscribed with a line from Shakespeare’s play, ‘Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises,’ and in the Olympic closing ceremony actor Timothy Spall (as Winston Churchill!) gave the speech from which that line is taken.  Continuing the theme, Sir Ian appeared in a stunning blue and golden robe, holding one of Prospero’s books, and bid actress Nicola Miles-Wildin, in the role of Miranda, to ‘shine your light on the beautiful diversity of humanity.’

Diverstiy was appropriately and wonderfully represented in this ceremony, with 141 disabled performers taking part, including 27 wheelchair users – 6 of whom were flown into the stadium in golden chairs!  Sir Ian was quoted in British press as saying, ‘I’m the least sporty person I know, but thrilled to have a small part to play in  the Paralympic opening ceremony in praise of endeavour and enlightenment.’

You can read a description of the ceremony and Sir Ian’s role here, and can see some highlights here.

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

Thranduil, Saruman the White, Revealed In ‘Hobbit’ Film Tie-In Book

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Annual 2013, one of several film tie-in books scheduled for this year, released today, and our message board member Bexlin was awesome enough to share some hi-res scans of its full colour pages.

Besides character pictures of the 13 dwarves, Gandalf, Elrond, and Galadriel, we also get our first look at Saruman the White, and a brilliant reveal of Lee Pace’s character Thranduil the Elvenking.

Here in the image upon the right sits Saruman with the rest of the White Council, seemingly in the much-talked-about scene of the discussion surrounding a certain Wraith’s blade.

And as for Thranduil, the Elf gets his revel after the break.

A fair warning to those who do not want to be spoiled… believe us, you do NOT want to click the “Continue Reading” button.


Posted in Characters, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lee Pace, Production, The Hobbit

Trivia Challenge on The Hobbit Facebook Page

The Official Facebook page for The Hobbit has recently put up a little Trivia Challenge that comes with some rather cool prizes. Here is what they say about the contest:

“Longing for a quest of your own? Test your knowledge of Middle-earth and its many inhabitants by taking The Hobbit Trivia Challenge! Score a perfect 10 out of 10 for a chance to win a special prize pack for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey from Comic-Con!

List of Prizes
SDCC Exclusive invisible Bilbo Baggins action figure from our Master Toy partner, The Bridge.
Limited Edition Thorin Oakenshield Bust from Gentle Giant
Limited Edition 1/6 scale Thorin Oakenshield statue from WETA
Limited Edition Art Print—An Unexpected Journey from WETA
First ever LEGO Hobbit minifigure – Bilbo Baggins from the upcoming LEGO The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey constructions sets releasing this December”

One word of caution, you do need to get all 10 questions correct, and this is a timed test, each question has its own timer. So, don’t dilly dally, take a deep breathe and go have some fun.
Posted in Contests, Events, Fans, Gaming, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Dragon*Con 2012 Starts Tomorrow!

As you undoubtedly know by our grand adventure across the country, is set to invade Dragon*Con , the world’s largest Sci-Fi/Pop Culture convention, this Labor Day weekend (August 31st – September 3rd) in Atlanta, Georgia.

This years LotR/Hobbit guests feature a star-studded line-up: Billy Boyd, John Rhys-Davies, Craig Parker, and Sylvester McCoy.

Meet up with other Tolkien fans at the annual Evening at Bree event on Friday August 31st, hosted by Tolkien’s Middle-earth Track with music by Emerald Rose and a costume contest MC’d by Craig Parker.     The Tolkien Track will also host fan film screenings,  costuming panels,  scholarly discussions, even open mic nights!   Stop by TOR.n’s fan table to pick up a TOR.n t-shirt and try your hand at Tolkien trivia.     And of course TOR.n staffers will be on hand to discuss all the latest information on ‘The Hobbit’ films.

For a complete list of Tolkien Track panels, click here. [DragonCon] [Tolkien Track]



Posted in Billy Boyd, Casting Rumors, Conventions, Craig Parker, DragonCon, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, John Rhys-Davies, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Hobbit giveaway!

Publishers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are running a competition where they’re giving away a nice little Hobbit and Lord of the Ring swag. It’s only open to US citizens and residents (which excludes me, too!) but the prizes are pretty nice. Competition closes very soon, so best enter now!

The winner receives:

  • A Hobbit tote bag
  • A ‘Second Breakfast is the Best Breakfast’ mug
  • A ‘Gandalf For President’ pin
  • A The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings boxed set


Posted in Books Publications, Merchandise, Tolkien

Have you Snagged EMPIRE’s US iPad Edition Yet?

Have you snagged your copy yet? One of our very favorite magazines and supporter of our Road to DragonCon Adventure, EMPIRE Magazine, has published their ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ edition and it is quite impressive! This special edition of the magazine features a detailing of their set visit in New Zealand, with a special focus on Gollum and Bilbo’s ‘Riddles in the Dark’ sequence. For those of you who can’t pick up a copy of the magazine locally, check out the iPad edition. The US iPad edition of EMPIRE is available in iTunes store, and it is a complete steal for only $20/yr, $1.99/mo or $4.99 an issue. EMPIRE is one of the best entertainment magazines out there and have always treated Tolkien fans to some amazing content. Make sure to pick up your copy! [iPad Editon] [iTunes] [EMPIRE Online]

Posted in Andy Serkis, ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit

Air NZ shoots Hobbit-themed Safety Video

Jess Lee from The Sydney Morning Herald: If your flying Air New Zealand from November you’ll be greeted by Hobbits, Wizards and elves in a Hobbit-themed safety video. Crew member’s were given a Middle-Earth make over to get into character for the video which is being released to coincide with the world Premier of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Air New Zealand is renowned for making quirky in-flight briefings with the likes of fitness guru Richard Simmons and the All Blacks rugby team in them. Carrying on a successful collaboration between Air New Zealand and film studios New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during The Lord of the Rings trilogy. [Read More]


Posted in Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, New Zealand, The Hobbit

The Hobbit with Training Wheels!

DragonCon is nearly here, and here’s some news of a great giveaway which will be happening at TORn’s booth at the convention.

Those of you who have kids, take note! In addition to some big stars from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, DragonCon this year will also feature the little star authors of Nimpentoad, a children’s fantasy book.  The furry bright-eyed little Nimpentoad is tired of being picked on by the bigger and meaner creatures of the ancient shadowy Grunwald Forest. He convinces his fellow Niblings to make the perilous journey to a castle where they hope to find refuge.  Along the way, they are confronted by ravenous goblins, trolls, rhinotaurs, and other perils. But with teamwork and Nimpentoad’s leadership, the Niblings outwit these menaces.


Posted in Books, Books Publications, Conventions, DragonCon, Events, Merchandise, Shop

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – August 26, 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 Director news, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, Community

Looking for Ultimate Tolkien Fans!

Patrick Acton's Matchstick Minas Tirith

Patrick Acton’s Matchstick Minas Tirith is continuing on our journey, quest, thing and we’re on the hunt for super fans. Think you have what it takes to be called an “Ultimate Fan?” Maybe you know someone who can be give that title? If so, we want to hear from you.

Do you have an awesome Tolkien tattoo. Maybe you’ve turned your home into Middle Earth! Maybe you named your children after Tolkien characters?  Artist, costumer, musician, baker, you name it — if you, or an acquaintance, have a large body of work or an ultimate super project, we want to know about it.

To tell us what makes you, or someone you know, the biggest and best of Lord of the Rings fans, use one of the links below to send us as much information as possible. We’ll need to see what your submission is all about, so please submit a URL to an image or site. Or you can upload a small photo version. (Don’t worry, right now we don’t need super-big images and we will follow up if we need more information.)

We can’t wait to see what our fellow fans are up to as we continue our quest! [Submit Yourself] [Submit a Friend]

Posted in Creations, Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Miscellaneous, Other Events, The Hobbit, Announcements, Community, Tolkien