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Archive for September, 2012

J.W. Braun’s Bookshelf – September

This month, J.W. reviews The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Annual 2013, a companion to the first Hobbit film. Meanwhile, in his mailbag section he answers questions about The Lord of the Rings films, Howard Shore’s “Complete Recordings”, and Tolkien himself.


Posted in Books Publications

Collecting The Precious – The Story of Legolas and Tauriel

As we reported earlier this week it appears that figures from The Bridge Direct for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey are starting to land in stores before their official October 1st release date. We showed you pictures of the Legolas and Tauriel figures which are part of wave 1. Today, rumors are starting to surface around the internet that Warner Bros. may be having these two figures pulled from this wave. Why? It would be a sign that these two characters will not be making an appearance in the first Hobbit film. If there’s any truth to the rumor, you may want to grab these two figures if you see them because their value on the secondary market could jump quiet high because they’ll be in the packaging for the first movie.

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Evangeline Lilly, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Orlando Bloom, Shop, The Bridge Direct, The Hobbit, Toys

Ringers take Manhattan! Party in the Big Apple, Oct 11th

Following on from our ‘save the date’ a short while ago, here’s the info on TORn’s party in the Big Apple!  We’ll be gathering at The Speakeasy at 442 Amsterdam Avenue – same venue as last year – on Thursday 11th October, 8-11pm.  This venue is a fabulous private room, where we’ll have suitably Middle-earth themed entertainment.  Your ticket includes finger food, a drink of your choice and two entries into the raffle for the evening, where we’ll be giving away some fabulous prizes!  Price also includes, of course, the chance to mingle with fellow fans and to support!  So what are you waiting for?  Get over to this page and order your tickets!  $25 in advance, $30 on the door.  Hope to see you there!

Posted in Conventions, Events, Fans, Headlines, Meet Ups, NYCC, Other Events

Contest for Canadians to win tickets to advanced screenings of The Hobbit

Warner Brother Canada has announced a contest where a lucky Canadian can win two tickets to an advanced screening of “The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey.” The contest started on September 21 and will run through 11:59 EST on October 7. The winner and one guest will attend an advanced screening prior to the December 14, 2012 release date (no exact date given yet), either in Vancouver or Toronto, whichever city is closest to where they live. All you have to do is fill out the online entry form and try to go about your daily tasks until October 7 with both fingers crossed! The contest is only open to legal residents of Canada. Good luck!

Posted in Contests, Events, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

New dwarf-centric movie poster debuts on Facebook

A new movie poster for “The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey just debuted on the official Hobbit Movie Facebook page. The new poster is all about dwarves, dwarves and more dwarves. In fact, they managed to get all thirteen of them in the poster. All of them are very much in character which is that much more encouraging that Peter Jackson and crew will be able to pull of the challenging accomplishment of distinguishing thirteen major characters (and then some) and make them unique and memorable for the audience. What do you think the poster says about each of the dwarves’ personalities? Join us in our chatroom, on our facebook page or on our Hobbit Movie discussion board and let us know!

Posted in Adam Brown, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Movie, James Nesbitt, John Callen, Ken Stott, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Richard Armitage, Stephen Hunter, The Hobbit

MANY MISSING THINGS: Top 25 Gems Absent from the Trailer!

Greetings – Quickbeam here.

The new Hobbit trailer, judging by various responses from fans and non-fans alike, is a resplendent thing.  I remember the phrase “an embarrassment of riches” being applied to The Fellowship of the Ring in an early review back in 2001 – and certainly that phrase fits here. It’s only a trailer, but man, is it stuffed to the brim! There are even five alternate endings, each offering more laughs and delights.

This second big trailer release gives away SO MUCH of Peter Jackson’s sprawling adaptation, I’m left wondering why the Bag End kitchen sink wasn’t thrown in as well…

But actually there’s quite a bit missing.


Posted in Uncategorized

Kabam and Warner Brothers bring Hobbit games to mobile devices/web

SAN FRANCISCO – Sept. 25, 2012 – Kabam, a leader in massively multiplayer games for connected devices, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have partnered to co-publish games for mobile devices and the Web inspired by Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM).

Under the deal, Kabam will develop and operate two multiplayer strategy games, The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth for mobile devices and The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age for web browsers, both launching in fall 2012. Starting Sept. 25, players can sign up to take part in the upcoming beta for The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age at


Posted in Merchandise, Other Merchandise, The Hobbit, Video games

Goblin King & Thorin Figure Set Revealed!

Big thanks to Ringer MrHollandsays for sending us pics of the ‘Thorin Oakenshield & The Goblin King Battle Set’ from The Bridge Direct. You can pre-order the vast majority of these figures right now on – so start your ‘Hobbit’ collection today! For those wishing to avoid spoilers, don’t look beyond the break as we have close up shots of the figure! [The Bridge Direct Hobbit Goblin King with Thorin 3.75″ Battle Pack] [All Hobbit Pieces]

Posted in Collectibles, Evangeline Lilly, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Merchandise, The Bridge Direct, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Toys

Billy Connolly talks The Hobbit

When cornered Billy Connolly for an interview, they got an ear full about his role as Dain Ironfoot in the upcoming Hobbit movies. According to Connolly, he has yet to finish his battle scenes, so he’ll be returning to New Zealand next year. When asked if he’d ever read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, he replied: “I could never read Tolkien. I always found him unreadable,” though he did say the scripts are brilliant, Martin Freeman is brilliant and the 3-D is stunning. Maybe some audio books are in order? We’ll gladly send you a set, Billy, if you’re interested. Read more…

Posted in Billy Connolly, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

TORn “World Hobbit Day” Exclusive: Interview With Aivale Cole (nee Mabel Faletolu)

As we wrap up our “World Hobbit Day” festivities, we at TORn are pleased to bring you one final piece of our celebratory specials via an exclusive interview with Aivale Cole (nee Mabel Faletolu).

For fans of Howard Shore and the music of The Lord of the Rings films, Aivale (credited as Mabel Faletolu on the soundtrack of The Fellowship of the Ring) perhaps needs no introduction. For the rest, you probably recall that most heartrending of voices that engulfs the broken Fellowship as they emerge from the darkness of Moria and grieve over Gandalf’s fall into Khazad-dûm.

That piece was sung by none other than Aivale, a vocalist hailing from Wellington, New Zealand. Back in 2001, she recorded the solo piece with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Join us in this exclusive interview as we catch up with Aivale who, after more than a decade, takes us back to that “crazy but exciting” time when she worked with Howard Shore and Peter Jackson, and also shares a rather amusing anecdote involving Ian McKellen.


Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, Howard Shore, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Music, Peter Jackson

Hobbit toys hit store shelves, Tauriel revealed

Word has been seeping out for a few weeks of some of the toy characters (on display at Comic-Con) being revealed through various channels of the pipeline that gets movie tie-ins to market. Now, made by Bridge Direct, they are for sale on store shelves in at least some locations including the new Toys-R-Us in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Not only is it exciting to see new products (Tolkienites make great consumers!) but there are some clues about “The Hobbit: A Long Expected Journey,” and, our staff thinks, some false leads. But true or false, except for some glimpses in Peter Jackson’s production diaries, we have our first clear look of Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel. For those wishing to avoid spoilers, don’t look beyond the break!

The process of merchandise hitting the market and spoiling some aspects of movies is inevitable and fun for consumers but maybe less fun for filmmakers who may want to keep a lid on every possible detail. Lilly’s character, a creation of the screenwriting team, has been mildly controversial as a character not created by J.R.R. Tolkien who wrote the children’s novel the trilogy of movies is based on 75 years ago. Many message board users at have taken a wait-and-see stance. (more…)

Posted in Collectibles, Evangeline Lilly, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Merchandise, The Bridge Direct, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Toys

Baggins Birthday Bash a hit, says LA Weekly

On Saturday September 22, 2012 over 150 Southern California Ringers were treated to a party of special magnificence. Hobbits, elves and wizards gathered in Griffith Park and ate plentiful food, drank refreshing beverages, read the first chapter of The Hobbit, sang songs, played games, won prizes, received mathoms and had the most fantastic time celebrating the 10th anniversary of the event. Of course, reasons to celebrate also included the 75th anniversary of the publication of “The Hobbit” (September 21) and Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday (September 22).

LA Weekly did a story of special magnificence about the event, including background on and speculation from some well-known picnic goers about the upcoming Hobbit movies. For example, our own Cliff Broadway, a.k.a. “Quickbeam” offers this on why three movies: “A few million dollars [investment from Warner Brothers] equals another billion dollar box office,” Broadway says, explaining that with the set already built and the actors already in New Zealand, it made financial sense to expand. “But Peter, when you ask him in an interview, Peter will say, ‘I’ve got so much more story to tell.'” Continue reading for more pictures of the event, and follow the “Read more” link for the entire LA Weekly story. Read more…


Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Meet Ups, Other Events, The Hobbit, Tolkien