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Archive for August, 2012

Collecting The Precious: Are You a Super Collector?

I love Middle-earth. I also love collecting items representing that world. As you’ve probably noticed through the reviews here, I’ve got more than a few items in my collection. It helps bring the magic Tolkien created and Jackson adapted home along with smiles every time I look at my items.

Now, TORn, as part of our super-secret project, wants to showcase you and your collection!

Starting today, through to next Wednesday, we here at TORn will be collecting submissions in search of Ringer Super Collectors at large. What we need are three to four good pictures of you and your collection, along with a brief write-up about why you are a super collector (write-ups must be 500 words or less).

Email your pictures and write-up to We’ll start going through the submissions and you never know — you just might see you and your collection posted soon!

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Jewelry, LEGO, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Shop, Sideshow Collectibles, The Hobbit, Toys, Toys, Weta Collectibles

Hall of Fire this weekend — Flight to the Ford

This weekend, we resume our Fellowship of the Ring read-through in Hall of Fire with Frodo still struggling toward the safety of Rivendell — and still pursued by Sauron’s minions.

With a great effort Frodo sat upright and brandished his sword.

‘Go back!’ he cried. ‘Go back to the Land of Mordor, and follow me no more!

FoTR: Book One, Chapter 12 — Flight to the Ford (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Peter Jackson: snippets of Del Toros’ Hobbit remain

Many Ringers have wondered how much of Guillermo Del Toro’s conceptual work and vision we’ll end up seeing in The Hobbit. In a video interview with io9‘s Annalee Newitz, Peter Jackson provides the answer: not much. Del Toro had already invested 18 months in concept designs for the creatures and the world of The Hobbit waiting for movie to be greenlit. But in 2010 he left the project because of the delays, and Jackson eventually took over.

Jackson says: “I looked at his designs and I said: ‘The only person who can make a Guillermo Del Toro movie is Guillermo. It shouldn’t be me. I can’t put my head into somebody else’s idea — I have to generate it from the beginning.’ So really I redesigned the film pretty much. Some of Guillermo’s DNA is in there…”


Posted in Director news, Director Rumors, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit

Eco-Hobbit village: live green like Bilbo Baggins

Living in a hole in the ground and living of the earth is nothing strange for a hobbit. Now in Denmark there’s a eco-friendy spin on the concept with a Shire-like village.

About an hour and a half by train from Copenhagen the eco-village has 74 sustainably-designed highly unique houses and apartment buildings that range from hobbit-style straw bale to high design.

The site also includes seven wind turbines, an impressive 66-foot-long bin system for recycling, chickens, gardens, and acres of green space -— all serving 118 people, 60 of which are children.


Posted in Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings, Miscellaneous, The Hobbit, Uncategorized

We’re looking for the world’s best Tolkien Fan Art!

Turin by Liga-Marta has a bit of a secret – and well, we need to keep it safe, but we are looking for your help. No, no, no… we are not asking you for a donation, just your voluntary help seeking out information on some interesting Tolkien related topics. Today’s topic is Fan Art. We are looking to compile the World’s Best Tolkien Fan Art pieces of all time. Here’s how we define fan art: Artwork that is based on a character, costume, item, or story that was created by someone other than the original artist/creator. It can be physical or digital. If you have you see some amazing examples of Tolkien fan art in your lifetime, we want to know about it. Use the form at the bottom of this post to send us a much information about the artwork as possible. At this point, we do need to ‘see’ the artwork, so hopefully it is represented by an photo or image online somewhere. There is also an option to upload a small  version of it. Thanks for your help in advance and we look forward to seeing the best Tolkien fan art of all time! [Submission Form] (On the right is ‘Turin’ by Liga-Marta)


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

‘Hobbit’ will cost the same in 48 or 24 fps

Fans will pay the same ticket price to see Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit,” at 48 frames per second as they will to see it at 24fps, the traditional projection speed of movies for decades. The first of three films, still titled “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” hits theaters world wide on December 14 with the world premiere scheduled in Wellington, New Zealand November 28.

It isn’t clear yet how many theaters will upgrade to the technology needed to display the film at the higher rate, at at an expense, The Hollywood Reporter sites a source “close to the situation,” saying that U.S. distributor Warner Bros. has received assurances from exhibitors that ticket prices will not go up for the screenings.

Film fans, including those at, have been known to prefer traditional 2D films to 3D and others have complained about higher prices for the extra visual dynamics. But unlike 3D vs. 2D screenings, prices will maintain the same rate. Jackson said months ago at CinemaCon where he screened the 48fps footage, that his intention was not to raise prices for the new screenings. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Studios, The Hobbit, Warner Bros.

New Zealand’s Middle-earth experience

New Zealand Tourism is getting into full swing with this promotional video: “100% Middle-earth 100% Pure New Zealand.” by PureNewZealand ahead of the release of  first Hobbit film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey“. [] UPDATE: We have confirmed that Ian Holm is the wonderful voice behind the beautiful images.

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

Jackson’s Hobbit: Too Much?

The following is an editorial by long-time staffer and original Green Books contributor Ostadan and does not necessarily represent the opinion of our entire staff:

Most people agree that Jackson’s film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings was both an artistic and commercial success. For many fans of the book, it was as good an adaptation as they had any reasonable right to expect (although with some questionable choices); for those who did not know the books or did not remember them well, it served as an introduction to Tolkien’s work. For my part, although there were numerous scenes and bits of dialogue that were distracting — whether because they strayed unnecessarily far from Tolkien’s text (Denethor), or because it simply didn’t ring true to the story at hand (the very over-the-top Hollywood treatment of the Army of the Dead) — there was much more that did feel like reading The Lord of the Rings for the first time. This is very important to me in watching a cinematic book adaptation, even if it is not fully faithful, whether the work in question is The Lord of the Rings or Watership Down. In some undefinable way, the film should remind me of the experience of reading the book so that I feel that I am reading a translation of a sort, rather than a new work inspired by the original.


Posted in Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, Announcements, Community, Tolkien

Last Push to Support our LIVE 24/7 Streaming Road to DragonCon Event!

Thank you to all the supporters of’s 27/7 LIVE stream Road to DragonCon! We have nearly reached our goal, but need your support to push us over the edge. When we leave Monday, we hope that we’ll have reached our goal and have enough funds to stop along the way, visiting Tolkien fans nationwide!  If you are not familiar with the event, a company of staffers will embark on a road trip from Hollywood to Atlanta, GA and back. Fans at home can join the fun day and night with live streaming video, Barliman’s chat room, and mobile phone to share stories, recommend local Tolkien landmarks, and win prizes from our sponsors. We have set up a series of sponsorship levels at our page where you can get some great swag just for supporting this trip. And certain levels get your name in the short form documentary we will be producing about the trip upon our return. Even if you only have $1 dollar to send, please consider helping us on the adventure. (You can click the ‘custom donation‘ level link on the page to enter any amount). And did you know, the highest level of sponsorship will secure you a ticket to our 2013 Oscar Party in Hollywood?!  We hope you will consider supporting us! Follow the link for complete details on the sponsorship levels. [Donate Today!]


Posted in Barlimans, Conventions, DragonCon, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Oscar Parties, Other Events, The Hobbit, Announcements, Community, Tolkien, TORn TUESDAYS Live!

Hobbit’s success hinges on Martin Freeman

Although “The Hobbit” features several Lord of The Rings returning cast members, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood and others reprise their roles, Associated Press writes that the much of the film’s potential hinges on newcomer Martian Freeman.

The filmmakers were so set on having Martin Freeman to play Bilbo they halted production for three months while Freeman returned to British TV to reprise his role as Dr Watson “Sherlock“. Peter Jackson says “It was sort of unheard of for a big-budget movie, but because we wanted him so badly, the studio supported us, and we made that provision in our schedule,”, “He carries the movie. You get that casting wrong and you’re in huge trouble.” [Read More]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Characters, Director news, Director Rumors, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Martin Freeman, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

Weta Consult Massy Vets about Digital Horses

From Emma Horsley at the Manawatu Standard: Weta Digital approached New Zealands Massey University’s Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences equine scientist Dr Chris Rogers and the vets there for advice on how a horse worked from the inside out, so they could construct more believable and realistic computer generated horses for the big screen.

Weta has previously built models by looking at the horses from the outside. The institute has an equine treadmill which was used to collect motion capture images by several camera’s and Massey’s scientists were able to give them an understanding of the structure of the animal.   [Read More]

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Production, The Hobbit, WETA Digital

Radagast the Brown revealed in ‘Hobbit’ calendar *spoiler*

As the first of three movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” inches closer, more and more marketing material will make its way to the interwebs. For example, the just discovered image of Radagast the Brown. Set for December 14, only months remain until  “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” (we think that is the title at least) finally comes to long-waiting fans. A calendar featuring the characters from the film has shipped to the public and on it is the previously glimpsed Radagast the Brown (played by Sylvester McCoy) from a fuzzy image taken from Peter Jackson’s December production diary. (The good Doctor will be in person at DragonCon in just over a week to talk Dr. Who and Middle-earth with fans. In fact, here is the complete schedule for the Tolkien Track.)

The image is a little bit of a spoiler but it seems a likely candidate to appear in the next trailer, due around September. has a calendar in hand and posted the image first after placing an order. This will be in the hands of other consumers shortly or is already. Radagast is visible after just after the break so once you click, you are spoiled. There will be no missing him. (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie FAQ, Sylvester McCoy, The Hobbit