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Archive for October, 2012

Taking it back to the source

As fans impatiently wait for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, one journalist in Middle-earth – ahem, in New Zealand – has written a great article which reminds us of the humble beginnings of this extraordinary tale.  When Professor Tolkien jotted down those few, simple words – ‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit’ – it was indeed, as Gandalf might tell us, ‘like the falling of small stones that starts an avalanche…’  When did you first encounter Middle-earth?  Relive those memories with this charming article.

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

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s Strider Mini-Statue Review

“I can avoid being seen if I wish; but to disappear entirely, that is a rare gift.”

-Strider to Frodo while at The Prancing Pony in Bree

Continuing the trend of fantastic mini-statues from The Lord of the Rings, the artists at Weta have created a great version of Strider.  This is the third statue in a beautiful line, which includes Gandalf The Grey and Gollum. This version of Strider captures the character as we first meet him in Bree, sitting by himself, watching the comings and goings of those at The Prancing Pony.


The graphics on the front of the box for Strider have the same elegant look we’ve come to know from the collectibles Weta has created for The Lord of the Rings.  The Lord of the Rings logo appears in the upper left hand corner, while a screen capture of Strider from The Fellowship of the Ring is in the upper right hand corner. In the center of the box you have a great picture of the piece itself, with the name of the collectible under the screen capture of Strider. On one side of the box there is a further picture of Strider, while the other contains multiple images of items that you can find on Weta’s website.  The back of the box has one final image of Strider, with a bit more information on the collectible and the sculptor.


Sculptor Steven Saunders created the Gandalf in this line of statues, as well as the Gandalf from The Hobbit line of statues; so we’ve seen his skills in being able to deliver a great collectible. The likeness to Viggo Mortensen is really well done, especially for a small statue with a head that has to fit in a hood. The texture of the cloak in which Strider has concealed himself is astonishing, giving a real look of draped cloth.  We also get a great little sculpted pipe, which we see Strider smoking as he surveys The Prancing Pony. The extraordinary detail of this statue is continued in the bench Strider is sitting on; the natural lines and markings of the wood are perfectly captured.


The paintwork on Strider is as good as the sculpting.  The greens of Strider’s outfit match exactly what we saw on screen in Bree. The skin tone once again shows that Weta can get it done when it comes to making skin look very natural. One would expect the eyes on this statue, being small, to be an issue – but the painters did a fantastic job capturing Viggo’s eyes.  Strider’s beard has the proper, worn look you would expect on a guy who lives out in the wild!


Strider costs $75 retail via Weta’s website, which is a steal for something as superb as this collectible. So do yourself a favor and hop over to Weta’s site and place your order now for a fantastic Strider statue!


Strider is an open edition. The specifications for Strider are as follows: 5.3″ x 4.3″ x 4.1″ (H x W x D)
13.5 cm x 11 cm x 10.5 cm


Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Shop, Viggo Mortensen, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

Collecting The Precious – The Noble Collection’s Bilbo Baggins’ Contract Winners

On October 18th, thanks to our amazing friends at The Noble Collection, we announced a contest for not one but five of their replicas of Bilbo Baggins’ Contract. This proved to be a hugely popular contest –  with 850 entries! –  and we’re pleased now to announce the five winners of this amazing replica.

The following fans will be receiving this replica directly from The Noble Collection: L. Sherman of Young Harris, Ga, S. Smith of Sherman Oaks, Ca, S. Suzuki of El Sobrante, CA, M. Mitchell of St. Charles, IL, A. Rice of Felton, Ca. Congratulations to all five of you; enjoy this beautiful replica of Bilbo’s Contract! Thanks again to our friends at The Noble Collection; you can check out all 38 fantastic items they have for purchase from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey here.

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop

The Middle of Middle-earth keeps developing!

It’s nearly November – the month of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premiere is almost here.  And news keeps coming out of Wellington of the preparation for the fun!  This is the newest sculpture to pop up in the city – and these dwarves (and one hobbit!) are designed to be tough!  Read all about it here.

Posted in Events, Hobbit Movie, Premieres, Production, The Hobbit, WETA Workshop

TORN Message Boards Weekly Roundup – October 28 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 Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, The Hobbit, Community

Collecting The Precious – Sideshow Collectibles Sauron Premium Format

For Sideshow Collectibles the month of October means their annual Spooktacular event. Now the event brings Ringers a chance to order the best Premium Format Sideshow has ever made. The Dark Lord Sauron has been turned into a massive 3 foot tall Premium Format figure. Sauron will cost you $900 and will not be shipping until July of 2013, so fans will have time to save those pennies or use Sideshow’s super friendly flex-pay plan (up to 8 payments for Sauron). As we saw at Comic-Con this past July, this piece is amazingly large and impressive – worthy of the centerpiece for any The Lord of the Rings collection. [Sauron]


Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, ComicCon, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Shop, Sideshow Collectibles

Vote RINGERS for People’s Choice ‘Favorite Movie Fan Following’

Here at we have a long history of ‘swamping’ polls – showcasing the full power of Ringers worldwide. Well, today we have a special poll from the folks at People’s Choice. They have come up with a list of 10 Nominees for a ‘Favorite Movie Fan Following’ category, and we ‘Ringers’ are among the choices. Sure those other fan bases are great and all, but we hope you hold a special place in your hearts for the Ringer community. (BTW – Anyone know the first use of Ringers to refer to the Tolkien fan community? We’d love to hear what you think in the comments)  Jump over to their nominations page and cast your vote today! [Vote Ringers!]

Posted in Director news, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Miscellaneous, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Other Events, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, Announcements, Community, Tolkien’s The Hobbit Coverage had a chance to visit The Hobbit set and managed to snag a slew of new and interesting information on the films through a series of interviews and observations. They’ve also got a great article – ‘70 Things to Know About THE HOBBIT From Our Set Visit,’ which is definitely worth a read. Jump on over to for the complete coverage. []

Posted in Director news, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit

Hobbity Goodness Invades Your Magazine Shelf

If you are a magazine collector, right now is an amazing time to be a fan of The Hobbit. Not only do we have some amazing new editions from EMPIRE, but you can still grab the remaining copies of The Hobbit tribute magazine! A collaborative effort between Topix Media Lab and your friends here at, it covers everything you need to know about the Hobbit movies from a fan perspective. Side-bars and feature articles, contributed by our own volunteer staff, include interviews, a feature on book vs. the movie, articles on games and collectibles, a Middle-earth timeline, and much more! The magazine is also packed with colorful pictures of cast and crew members, locations, collectibles, gorgeous fan art and a few exclusives! One thing that makes this truly a collector’s edition is that there are only two ads in the entire magazine. If you enjoy your copy, please spread the news! This is the first time a not for profit website like has collaborated with a publisher to release such a publication nation-wide!

Posted in Collectibles, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Other Merchandise, The Hobbit

Hall of Fire tomorrow: A Journey in the Dark

Unable to climb through the violent blizzard on Caradhras, the members of the Fellowship are forced to seek an alternative path forward. The can’t go over the Misty Mountains. They can’t go around. So, they reluctantly decide, they must go under. They must enter Moria.

This weekend — on Saturday October 27 at 6pm EDT (New York time) — the Hall of Fire resumes as we take A Journey in the Dark.

‘Then we must go on, if there is a way,’ said Frodo with a sigh. Sam sank back into gloom.

‘There is a way that we may attempt,’ said Gandalf. ‘I thought from the beginning, when first I considered this journey, that we should try it. But it is not a pleasant way…’

Book II, Chapter IV: A Journey In The Dark (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Happy Hobbit: Chickens – Episode 01

The first episode of Happy Hobbit is upon us! In the first episode, Kili shows the basics of raising chickens. Fresh eggs make good meals, and full bellies make happy hobbits! [Happy Hobbit: Introduction]

Posted in Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Announcements, Community, Tolkien

TORn Founder Tehanu is interviewed by Vulture

As part of their series on fandom, Vulture has profiled our one and only Tehanu.  They talk to her about the founding of TORn, her famous banning from the sets, the resultant meeting between TORn and the movie makers, her views on The Hobbit films and what she’s doing now.

You can read the whole article here


Posted in Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, LotR Production, New Zealand, Community