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Archive for October, 2012

Fans in NZ – want to be among the first to get your hands on Hobbit tickets?

Jack from Welly-moot, Wellington’s Tolkien group, has been in touch with us, and it looks like Wellington may have a Line Party coming up sooner than you’d expect – next week, in fact!  Here’s what Jack says:

‘We held Welly-moot (the meeting of Wellington’s Tolkien enthusiasts) at the Embassy Theatre yesterday. I spoke to the Elly, the manager there, and asked her when Hobbit tickets to the December 13th opening would be available. She said at 12:01am Nov 7th (online), and 09:00am next morning (physical box office). I asked her if she would consider opening the physical box office at midnight as well, and she said she’d consider it IF she got enough demand for it.

So: if you are in Wellington and you want to join fellow fans to stand in line for tickets, please send an email to Elly, the manager of Wellington’s Embassy Theatre, at “” with a subject of “Please open the Box Office at 12:01am, Nov 7th for Hobbit Tickets!”.  If the box office opens, I plan to be there on the night – let’s see how many others we can get to join us!’

There you have it, Wellington fans – a call to arms!  It goes without saying, please be nice when you email Elly at the Embassy – we wish you luck in getting the first Line Party going!  Register your interest also at our Line Party page – and remember, wherever in the world you are, you can join a Line Party or start your own!  Just join our Line Party community!

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Line Party, Meet Ups, The Hobbit

New Tolkien website for Brazilian fans!

Opening just in time for Peter Jackson’s birthday. If you speak Portuguese, please go and enjoy our partner site in Brazil, TolkienBrasil

Posted in Community, Tolkien

NZ to see The Hobbit a day early!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released in New Zealand cinemas a day earlier than originally scheduled, on Wednesday December 12, 2012.

The film’s local distributor Roadshow Films NZ announced the date change today.

“Given the unprecedented level of interest in the film on a local level we are delighted to be one of the first markets in the world to screen the film for audiences, a full day earlier than the traditional Thursday release,” says John Davie,  general manager of Roadshow Films NZ.

Midnight screenings launch at 12.01am at select cinemas across the country, with pre-sale tickets for all New Zealand screenings on sale from Wednesday November 7

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

Fabulous new video from Air New Zealand – with some familiar faces!

Today, our friends at Air New Zealand – THE airline for Middle-earth – released this fantastic new safety video.  Look out for some familiar faces – including TORn staffers Quickbeam and MrCere!  This is so much fun – and typical of the spirit and humour of the folks at Air New Zealand.  And as if the video itself weren’t excitement enough, when you go here to watch the video, there’s a link to a chance to win one of six double passes to the world premiere screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Wellington this November!  What are you waiting for?!

Posted in Contests, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Premieres, The Hobbit

Happy Birthday Peter Jackson!

Director Peter Jackson is 51 today!  We wish him many happy returns of the day; and hope he takes some time to celebrate, and then gets back to editing those three, precioussss movies….  Happy Birthday Sir Peter!

Posted in Director news, Peter Jackson, Production

TORn TUESDAY *Live* Webcast with HOBBIT Mischief Today at 5pm PDT!

Join us in about 30 minutes for our *live* weekly webcast TORn TUESDAY! Your congenial host Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway will bring in fellow TORn Staffer and esteemed Middle-earth journalist Larry “MrCere” Curtis to talk about new Line Parties co-crafted by YOU the *fans* using’s exclusive Line Party interface — and also the Wellington premiere party for THE HOBBIT; and we’ll even check out the new T.V. spot! Perhaps we may even begin the OFFICIAL TORn HOBBIT LIVE READING straight from the original book, time permitting. Join us at 5pm Pacific Daylight Time and be part of the chat at our *LIVE Event Page* right here, which includes Barliman’s Chat!  or even turn on your webcam and join us at our Stickam page here —

Posted in Barlimans, Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Line Party, Miscellaneous, MrCere in New Zealand, Premieres, The Hobbit, Announcements, Community, Tolkien, TORn TUESDAYS Live!

The White Tree Fund’s annual journal is available now!

Thanks to johobbit from the Silver Leaves journal team, who let us know that their journal issue number 4 is available now.  She tells us, ‘Silver Leaves Issue 4 is hot off the press.  The theme is Dragons and we are very excited about getting into the hands of Tolkien and fantasy fans.  This is another superb issue, with contributors including Jef Murray, Colin Duriez, Alison Baird, Doug Adams, Tim Kirk, Peter S. Beagle, Constance Wagner, Anna Repp, and Ted Nasmith, among many other talented folk.  Ordering information is available here.  And always remember, ‘It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near  him!’ ‘

If you enjoy the journal and would like to contribute, they are currently accepting submissions for Issue 5, which is themed on The Hobbit.  Deadline for submissions is 1st February 2013; further information here.


Posted in Books, Books Publications, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Win a signed copy of The Hobbit!

Hobbit bookKiwi Ringers! You could win a copy of The Hobbit signed by the Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf!

NZ Charity Skylight is raising money by auctioning a signed copy of The Hobbit. Skylight offers counselling and support to children suffering all kinds of trauma and grief  in their families – things such as earthquakes, mining disasters,  illness and violence. They’re a fantastic service and we would like to support this actors’ initiative to help them. You would need to have a New Zealand TradeMe account to bid on the auction, which goes live on November 20…..happy bidding. Read More

Posted in Collectibles, Contests, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Insight into Richard Armitage’s Thorin; and fun with dwarves on set

A couple of interesting articles came to our attention today – so we’re sharing them with you! has this great interview with Richard Armitage; it contains minor spoilers about Thorin’s character in the Hobbit movies, so don’t read on if you want to stay spoiler-free!


Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit

Wondering about 48fps?

As fans get ready to buy advance tickets (or, in some countries, have already bought them!) to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, you may be wondering what format you’ll be seeing it in at midnight on December 14th.  Will your local cinema be able to show it at 48 frames per second?  Will you have an IMAX experience?  What’s the advantage of all this new technology, anyway?

Thanks to Ringer SM for sending along this interesting article from the Directors Guild of America, where Peter Jackson talks about his decision to push forward the 48fps technology.  He addresses the doubts folks had after seeing footage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas last summer; though he dismisses the criticisms, he does go on to say, ‘The whites were being clipped, and we weren’t getting the dips and the shadows, which were giving it a slightly electronic sort of video look … We’ve completely re-designed the way we convert the data from the camera into the image. The highlights and shadows roll off more, giving it a much more filmic look.”

Read the whole, fascinating article here.  Thanks also to Ringer Gwaihir for alerting us to this page – a site where they’re trying to make a list of theatres which will be capable of showing The Hobbit at 48fps.  If you discover that your local cinema WILL be showing at 48fps, perhaps you can let the folks making the list know?  Otherwise, you might want to check the page from time to time to see if there’s any news about 48fps in your area.

Posted in Director news, Events, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit

Line Party 101: How to host or sign up for a Hobbit premiere viewing near you has a long tradition of using digital means to bring like-minded friends together in real life. Internet friendships are even better when shared over a table of drink and food or a game, discussion or popcorn and soda. The Line Party tradition goes back to the early days of the site and the efforts have cemented life-long friendships. By the time The Return of the King rolled around, over 10,000 people signed up and enjoyed Line Party activities around the globe with many more enjoying the celebrations in person without ever signing up. The largest Line Party had over 1,200 participants but it was not the only one to reach beyond 1,000.

I personally have made many friends from Line Party efforts both at my local line and from people around the globe. A big, widespread effort from fellow fans also demonstrates that we aren’t just an online community but a real-world community that joins with others in celebrating the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Since Fellowship of the Ring hit theaters, users and staff at TORn have celebrated each Middle-earth film by lining up in our local neighborhoods. We even printed a t-shirt declaring: “One does not simply walk into theaters, there are geeks there that do not sleep,” long before it was an internet meme. So join a line and if there isn’t one to join, start one! Here at TheOneRing, we have done this before and, we might be good at it. We will help and support as we are able.  What follows is a guide of the purpose and way to have a line party. We wish you the best success and look forward to celebrating a new journey into Middle-earth. (Line Party page.) (more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie FAQ, Line Party, Meet Ups, The Hobbit, Community

Hobbit movie TV spots

In case you’re a little behind on news – and we certainly are, snowed under as we are with exciting reports coming in all the time! – there are now TWO The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey TV spots out there.  Check them out here – TV Spot 1 and TV Spot 2.   Is this movie nearly here yet??

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit