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Archive for November, 2012

Official Opening Day T-Shirts

Shirts-Clothing -- The Official Online Store of The Hobbit Films and The Lord of the Rings Film has just posted limited edition shirts specifically aimed at helping you celebrate the release of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ in theaters December 14th. These shirts will only be produced from now until December 3rd at 8am ET and then they will be retired forever – making them instant collector items! There are eight shirts in total (four designs for both men and women) and all of them are on discount as of this posting. Snag your shirt today! []

Posted in Clothing, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, Shop, The Hobbit

A world of fans here for the Premiere

Jed Brophy giving his time to the fans

Jed Brophy giving his time to the fans; meanwhile a storm of organisation is happening just out of sight in the background!

The great buzz at the Premiere Party owes a lot to the presence of over a hundred fans from all corners of the earth who came to Wellington on a Red Carpet tour. There was a glorious mix of accents as they streamed into the Amora Ballroom last night. We have Vic, Rae and Julie from Red Carpet to thank for getting the party idea off the ground and then bringing it to fruition with months of hard work. Their work is far from over – they have a whole lot of new Hobbit locations to show their tour group when they take the ferry to the South Island the day after the premiere. In the meantime here’s a picture that sums up Tolkien fandom – there’s Jed Brophy in the middle, sharing his time generously with fans whose appearance is a tribute to their imagination and creativity. In the background – you can’t quite see them, through the door – are the hard working people at the entry desk making everything happen – Vic, Rae and Julie.

There’s a gallery of excellent photos of costumes at the party here, thanks to Fotografdracula.


Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Meet Ups, Premieres, The Hobbit

Hobbitus Ille: The Latin Hobbit – ‘In foramine terrae habitabat hobbitus.’

Hobbitus Ille: The Latin HobbitIn foramine terrae habitabat hobbitus. (‘In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.’)

The Hobbit, is one of the world’s most popular classic stories, appealing to adults as much as to the children for whom J.R.R. Tolkien first wrote the book. Translated worldwide into more than 60 modern languages, now Hobbitus Ille is finally published in Latin, and will be of interest to all those who are studying the language, whether at school or at a higher level.

In the great tradition of publishing famous children’s books in Latin, professional classicist and lifelong Tolkien fan Mark Walker provides a deft translation of the entire book. His attention to detail, including the transformation of Tolkien’s songs and verses into classical Latin meters, will fascinate and entertain readers of all ability, even those with only a minimal acquaintance with the language.  Read this full post for the Press Release and pick up your copy today! [Get your Copy!] (more…)

Posted in Books Publications, Characters, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, The Hobbit, Announcements, Tolkien

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s Riddles in the Dark Art Print

Following the successful series of art prints from both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Weta Workshop is making another beautiful print available to collectors. The second print in The Hobbit art print series takes us to one of the most memorable moments in the story: the Riddles in the Dark sequence between Bilbo and Gollum. The print is priced at $50 U.S. and will ship shortly after purchase. Be sure to order today so you can have this before The Hobbit opens in early December.

Posted in Artwork, Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Posters Prints, Shop, The Hobbit, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

Collecting The Precious – Vanderstelt Studio: The Hobbit Art Print Teaser 3

As the premiere of “The Hobbit: and Unexpected Journey” draws closer, we continue to get more information on what will certainly be one of the coolest items associated with the movie: today we have a third teaser image from artiste Jerry Vanderstelt. In this teaser image we get a glimpse of the three Trolls Bert, Tom, and William. The image also includes a shot of some of the Dwarves and of Bilbo running to catch up with them after they’ve left Bag End. Here is what Jerry has to say about teaser number three:

“Well, it’s another week of painting on the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey artwork, and It’s getting pretty close now to a finish. For now, here is my third little teaser approved by Warner Brothers. This one shows just a small corner of the art with the three trolls, Bert Tom and Bill. Enjoy!”


Posted in Artwork, Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Posters Prints, Shop, The Hobbit

Hobbit Premiere Costume Party – an amazing night! and Red Carpet Tours Premiere Party was a hit. Happy fans, stunning costumes, wonderful music and to top it all off, we were visited by Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Richard Taylor, Tania Rodgers, Gino Acevedo, Philippa Boyens, and a whole parcel of assorted dwarves – Stephen Hunter, Peter Hambleton  and John Callen, to name just a few – well, I’ve surely left some names off the list and I’m sorry for that. But it was a wonderful, wonderful night, and we’re just bowled over at the generosity of the stars who gave their time and enthusiasm so generously. It was fantastic to be able to thank them and show our appreciation for their hard, hard work.

Huge thanks to William Kircher (Bifur) who entertained the crowd with his great band California Dreamers – their Misty Mountains song was a huge hit. Jed Brophy (Nori) was great with his band The Last Resort, and Jed also did a superb job as MC, keeping the crowd happy and keeping everything going smoothly.

Pics will no doubt follow (there were plenty of you out there with cameras, so please send us your faves); meanwhile check out the amazing scenes captured on local media and the reports coming in on Facebook.

Update! Reports are coming in from some of our discussion board members who attended the party. Read their reports on our TORn Moots and Other Event board here.

The Dominion Post

NZ Herald


TV3 Campbell Live

Facebook party page

Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Meet Ups, Premieres, The Hobbit

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s The Fellowship of the Ring Set 1

“You shall be The Fellowship of the Ring.”

-Elrond to the Fellowship at the Council of Elrond

Of the many things at Comic-Con 2012 Weta had three items that fans like myself had been waiting years to finally see. That amazing scene of The Fellowship cresting the hill has been long called for by fans to be turned into a collectible. Well, in June of this year the long wait for something representing this was over. Weta Workshop announced a three part set capturing this long awaited moment and set one has arrived. On the heels of set two going up for order its time to review set one.


Graphically the box for set one is similar to what we’ve seen before with past items from Weta. The Lord of the Rings logo appears once again on the front of the box with a great group shot of The Fellowship as they make their trek across Middle-earth. In the center of the box you have a great picture of the piece number one of this set. On one side of the box you get a great picture of set one while the other contains multiple great images of items that you can find on Weta’s website. The back of the box has one final image of set one a nice story about this piece and what it took to bring it to life.


A team of Weta artists was tasked with finally bringing one of the most demanded pieces to our collections. Based on how the pieces looked at Comic-Con and how set one came out in production they did a great job. One of the biggest challenges in a piece this size is the likenesses. The team at Weta was successful in making sure that each character in set one, which contains Gandalf the Grey, Frodo, and Legolas bears close resemblance to the actors that played them. Detail-wise, this piece is as good as anything you will find. Hair detail on Gandalf, Legolas, and Frodo is there and you even get individual hairs, you get great detail in Sting’s hilt, Glamdring’s hilt, Gandalf’s staff (even has the G-rune), and the detail in Legolas alone is really very good when you look at the size of these statues. The clothing of each character is not without detail either as each outfit is done successfully so that their outfits look like cloth. Finally, the base is as good as anything with its great rock, grass, and even detail in the dirt.


As hard as it would be to sculpt a piece of this size the biggest character is only 5.5 inches tall would be to make sure the paint works with the sculpts. Well, Weta did not miss anything with this piece and it really helps set this piece at the highest level a collector could want. Skin tone on the three characters is on par with a statue two or three times the size. Another possible issue with a statue of this size is how the little details can be covered and that does not happen with this statue. As I said the hair, details in things like Sting, Legolas outfit, etc are all enhanced by the paintwork on this statue. The base is even brought to life and feels real with the sculpt and paint working together. Simply put, it’s a fantastic piece and the paint/sculpt work hand-in-hand to create something special


Set one costs $199 via Weta’s web site as does set two, which is up for Pre-Order now. As I said at the start of this little review this is something I know many of us have been waiting years for so now is the time to jump on these items before they vanish. I know for me personally this is something I’ve dreamt of owning for years and to finally have it coming to the collection piece-by-piece is simply fantastic. In other words this a must have item I think for any fan of Middle-earth!

SPECIFICATIONS: The Fellowship Set 1 is an open edition and comes in at: 5.5″ x 7.5″ x 5.1″ (H x W x D)
14 cm x 19 cm x 13 cm


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

A New Book on the Hobbit Labor Crisis of 2010

Jonathan Handel, a contributing editor for The Hollywood Reporter, covered that tense period during the late summer and early autumn of 2010, when it looked as though the Hobbit production might leave New Zealand. Readers will no doubt remember the labor union issues that raised that threat and the negotiations between Warner Bros. executives and the New Zealand government. Handel has revised and updated his reports into a short book, The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis, available in print form and for Kindle. If you weren’t paying much attention at the time or just have forgotten some of the details, now you can read about that episode secure in the knowledge that The Hobbit‘s production remained in New Zealand!

Posted in Books Publications, The Hobbit, Warner Bros.

Hobbit cast: before and after

Discussion board member Ataahua comes through for us again with a cool online feature from the New Zealand Herald where you can see just how much The Hobbit actors have been transformed for their roles by makeup and prosthetics. Just drag the slider across each photo to see the actor transform into the character. Check it out and have fun! Read More…

Posted in Adam Brown, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, James Nesbitt, John Callen, Ken Stott, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, Peter Hambleton, Richard Armitage, Stephen Hunter, The Hobbit

TORN Message Boards Weekly Roundup – November 25, 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 Creations, Director news, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit, Community

Peter Jackson: “The best fantasy is real.”

ANDREW GORRIE/The Dominion PostDiscussion board moderator, Ataahua (one of our resident Kiwis) sent in this great interview by Tom Cardy of with Peter Jackson. In the interview, Jackson reflects on the long journey that culminated in filming The Hobbit including differences vs. filming The Lord of the Rings. ‘‘I’m trying to shoot The Hobbit in the same style as The Lord of the Rings, but obviously the subject matter is different, in the sense, we’re following Bilbo [the hobbit] and the dwarfs and we’re taking them on this adventure – which is very different to any of what happens in The Lord of the Rings. It simply isn’t about such intense kind of issues and intense themes as The Lord of the Rings.’’ Read More…

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

The Shire Waytes set for Hobbit Premiere Party

The Shire Waytes

The Shire Waytes will play tonight at’s Hobbit Premiere Party.

It’s been an all-out effort from the Shire Waytes to prepare for tonight’s party. This weekend their full complement gathered from the far-flung provinces so they could put the final polish on their act. Ringer Lissuin from our messageboards has been working overtime on their costumes – and you can see the fantastic results here.

If you’re in Wellington don’t miss this your chance to party with the fans! Door sales are available, and once you’re in, you have the chance to win goodies from Weta and Stansborough as we raise money for TORN and Books in Homes.

Posted in Events, Fans, Headlines, Meet Ups, Premieres, The Hobbit, Community