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Archive for September, 2012

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop releases 19 Hobbit collectibles. TORn offers contest to win a few!

October madness has landed and Weta Workshop has unleashed the first wave of collectibles for The Hobbit: An Unexpectd Journey. Weta released 19 items today with several of them being in-stock so that collectors can start the path to a hoard of their own Dragon’s gold. A few of the things you can order right now are: Art Of The Hobbit (Special Edition) Bilbo Baggins statue, Gandalf The Grey statue (change out hat), Thorin Oakenshield statue, two versions of Thorin’s Map, The Hobbit Art Print, The Key To Erebor and more. Some of these items will go fast so make sure you jump on them now before they vanish! Full List of items released today and pictures after the break: CONTEST: Thanks to our great friends at Weta Workshop, we’ll be giving away two separate items to two lucky fans of Middle-Earth: The Key to Erebor and Thorin’s Map Parchment Art Print. Starting today through next Saturday, October 8th, we’ll be taking entries sent to with the subject line Key to Erebor Contest for the Key, and Thorin’s Map Contest if you would like to win the map.  Please send separate emails for each contest. One entry per contest per person please. In the body of your email, please tell us your name, email contact and shipping information. The contest is open to fans of all ages worldwide. The winner will be chosen at random – one winner per item. Good luck!


Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Headlines, Merchandise, Shop, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – September 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 Artwork, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Other Merchandise, Shop, The Bridge Direct, The Hobbit, Community, Toys, Toys

Tolkien Society Unveils Tolkien Commemorative Plaque in Leeds

The Tolkien Society has unveiled a lovely new ‘blue plaque,’ (a.k.a. historical marker), at 2 Darnley Road, West Park, Leeds, commemorating the time J.R.R. Tolkien lived there. Tolkien became Reader in English language at the University of Leeds and went on to be Professor of the English Language at the university. In 1924 Tolkien bought the semi-detached property on Darnley Road and the family lived there for over a year before Tolkien’s election to the Rawlinson and Bosworth chair of Anglo-Saxon saw them return to Oxford in 1926.

Dr. Kersten Hall, graduate of St. Anne’s College, Oxford and Visiting Fellow to the Faculty of Arts at the University of Leeds, unveiled the plaque on the 1st of October 2012 at 11:30 a.m. local time.

Watchful visitors to the U.K. are sure to have seen a similar plaque on the house at 20 Northmoor Road, Oxford, where Tolkien lived and wrote LOTR during his tenure.  There is a featured shot of this plaque in the documentary film, RINGERS: Lord of the Fans, which was co-produced by

Posted in J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien

More comic geekiness: this time from in print comic

Talented actor Sylvester McCoy is, of course, playing the wizard Radaghast in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies. Apparently, there is no lack of Sylvester McCoys out in the ethernet, so he recently declared himself the ‘real McCoy.’ This grin-inspiring comic is a play on that. Enjoy! Read more…

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

Total Film interviews Benedict Cumberbatch re: Smaug

Our friends at Total Film have interviewed Benedict Cumberbatch regarding doing motion capture for his role as Smaug in the Hobbit movies. From the interview: ““It’s very freeing, once you put the suit on and the sensors. I’ve never felt less encumbered, actually. And you have to be. You have to be free.” Just how does one move like a dragon? There certainly aren’t many real life examples one can observe. (Here’s putting in an early vote for a Benedict/Smaug mocap extra on the DVD set). Benedict also revealed to Total Film that: “I think my eye will open at the end of the first film, and then you’ll get the rest of me in the second.” Read more…

Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Collecting The Precious – Vanderstelt Studio The Hobbit Update

Jerry Vanderstelt is known by many fans of The Lord of the Rings for creating beautiful works of art capturing some of the coolest moments in the trilogy. Soonl, fans around the world will  get a chance to start capturing his amazing art work for the trilogy of films for The Hobbit. That’s right! Jerry will be creating art for the trilogy starting with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this December. If you want to see more on Jerry’s work and get to know more about him you can check out his official site and his official Facebook page.

Jerry also has a statement he wanted to pass on to fans of Middle-Earth:

“Hello fellow Middle Earth fans, Jerry VanderStelt here. As some of you know, I am a Licensed artist with New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers studios in the creation of the Lord of the Rings art reproductions. Now, I have expanded my fine art program to include The Hobbit!

My first Hobbit art piece is a montage that encapsulates key moments, characters and locations seen in the first film. After that, I plan to continue exploring new pieces that focus on either beautiful landscape scenery, character-centric pieces, or specific characters or groups of characters in various environments.

I hope to have my first Hobbit piece out of the gate by the Dec.14 in time for the film’s release. Soon, I’ll be announcing the pricing and sizing as well as the different edition options I plan to offer here in this thread. Feel free to ask any questions that may come up as we go along!”

Posted in Artwork, Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Posters Prints, Shop, Uncategorized

Collecting The Precious – The Bridge Direct Hobbit Figures Arrive October 1st

The figures for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be available in a matter of hours! The Bridge Direct has published their final press release letting fans know what to expect from their awesome line of figures. As we mentioned, starting October first fans will be able to find these collectibles in their favorite brick and mortar stores nationwide. Items for this line range in size from 3.75″ figures to your very own Dwarven Battle Axe. Next week, when these figures arrive in stores, we’ll have reviews  of some of the awesome collectibles you can get your hands on.

Read the official press release from The Bridge Direct (after the break):


Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Bridge Direct, Uncategorized

New Hobbit scroll poster from Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. has revealed another great scroll-like Hobbit poster on their site. Similar to the movie poster revealed recently, the newest poster concentrates mainly on the dwarves, with a little Bilbo and Gandalf thrown in. This helps further establish personalities and, with this particular scroll, names for each of the dwarves, helping fans familiarize themselves with all thirteen prior to seeing the movie.  Do you have a favorite already? More than one? Let us know: Barliman’s chat; Hobbit Movie Discussion; TORn facebook, TORn TwitterRead more…

Posted in Adam Brown, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, James Nesbitt, John Callen, Ken Stott, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, Peter Hambleton, Richard Armitage, Stephen Hunter, Studios, The Hobbit, Warner Bros.

Hall of Fire tackles the Council of Elrond tomorrow

This weekend, we’re resuming our Fellowship of the Ring read-through in Hall of Fire as Elrond summons a great council of representatives of Middle-earth’s free peoples — men, elves, dwarves, hobbits and Istari.

At last with an effort he spoke, and wondered to hear his own words, as if some other will was using his small voice.

“I will take the Ring,” he said, “though I do not know the way.”

FoTR: Book Two, Chapter Two — The Council of Elrond

Frodo and his companions have already done much in simply bringing the Ring safely to Rivendell, and keeping it from the servants of the Enemy. (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

10 Literary Authors Who Illustrated Their Own Work

Ringer jan-u-wine alerted us to an entertaining article on a listing of ten literary authors who illustrated their own work. Number one on the list is none other than J.R.R. Tolkien. Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien are lucky that Tolkien was quite a talented artist who made many illustrations and maps for his literary works. Tolkien’s unique artistic style added charm and character to such works as The Father Christmas Letters and The Hobbit. What better way to envision Middle-earth than through the eyes of the author himself.

As an author/illustrator, Tolkien is in good company. Other authors that illustrated their own works include T.S. Elliot and Rudyard Kipling. Check it out. Read More…

Posted in Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Tolkien

XKCD goes geek

XKCD is getting geeky on us again, this time referencing swords that glow blue. We’re definitely familiar with a few of those, namely Bilbo’s ‘Sting,’ Gandalf’s ‘Glamdring’ and Thorin’s ‘Orcrist.’ Thanks for putting a smile on our geeky faces, XKCD. (Click on the picture to see the full-size image).

Posted in Uncategorized

Collecting The Precious – October 1st to be The Hobbit Day

October 1st marks a big day for fans awaiting collectibles of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This day marks the day where companies can officially start selling products for the first of the films in this trilogy. Film Cells Ltd will at midnight start taking orders for their amazing film cell collectibles with stills from the first movie, and if you know about their The Lord of the Rings items you will want to make sure to get these. As you know figures from The Bridge Direct will start showing up in stores for fans to purchase on the spot. Finally, from the folks at Weta Workshop some of the amazing things we saw at Comic-Con will start showing up on their website. Just some of the things you might see from Weta on Monday include: Fine Art Collectible Sculptures, Authentic Prop Replicas, The Master Swordsmith’s Collection, Art Prints and Maps from the original artists, Jewelry, A series of books created by the artists at the heart of the film-making process, and much more.  Is your bank balance ready??

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Bridge Direct, The Hobbit, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop