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Archive for August, 2013

Cryptozoic’s DragonCon Lost Tales: The Tale of August 31st

photo 3 They have arrived at long last! Tested to the edge of their endurance by the hard, unforgiving road, they rest in the rooms of the Marriott inn. The next morn they set out from their rooms in search of the sages of Middle-Earth knowledge.

First off was the panel featuring the players of the re-telling of the Hobbit. Graham McTavish, the Blustery Dwalin, Sylvester McCoy, Radagast of the Woods, and Manu Bennett, that Evil Pale Orc Azog.

Then the sights and sounds of the gathering overwhelmed them, and DragonCon had them in it’s sharp talons. They visited Ed Asner, the Patriarch of the floating balloon house. They tarried among the different different vendors, (noticing that The One Ring’s booth was VERY busy, way to go Ringers), and eventually ended up at “An Evening in Bree” — where there was a marriage proposal!

Bree, City of Men and Hobbits! All the free peoples of Middle-earth had traveled from the corners of the realm to bless this rustic city with their culture and kin. There were hobbits a plenty, men in shining mail, elves in cool thought, and dwarves grumbling into their mugs. Even the closely guarded female dwarves were there, taking a break from their merchant duties among the mountain paths.

There was song and dance, after which the guests of honor arrived to inscribe mementos, well wish followers, and judge the varied garments of the festival based on cut and craftsmanship. There was even a mockup of the dreaded fire drake Smaug! So real it had mothers grasping their children, and armed folk clutching their hilts in angry remembrance.

Last on the list was picking up a tabletop re-telling of the beloved Hobbit story from the fine storytellers at Cryptozoic. Tis a fine game that the company will play without ceasing.

They have arrived, but the true adventure is just beginning.

Tune in tomorrow for the next installment of “Cryptozoic’s Lost Tales” on The Road To Dragon Con!

Doug Brochu.

Posted in Conventions, DragonCon, Events, Fans, Meet Ups

DragonCon: There And Back Again! With even more meetups!

ku-bigpic DragonCon: There And Back Again – the adventure continues next week! Meet our fearless Company of Dwarves as they return to the western lands. Join your local event on TheOneRing Facebook event page. (more…)

Posted in Conventions, DragonCon, Fans, Meet Ups

Collecting The Precious – More Light The Beacons Auction Items

VandersteltFellowshipfinalartI wanted to hightlight a few more of the awesome items that have recently gone up for order via our Light The Beacons Auction.

We recently added a couple of amazing items from our friend artist Jerry Vanderstelt covering his The Lord of the Rings Trilogy prints as well as his newest print of Dwalin the Dwarf from The Hobbit Trilogy. We’ve also added a couple of autograph items from Graham McTavish and William Kircher who play Dwalin and Bifur in The Hobbit Trilogy.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy 3-Piece Print Set

This auction offers a beautiful three-piece set of The Lord of the Rings Collector Edition Lithographs by prominent artist, Jerry VanderStelt. Best known not only for his works inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien, he also captures the worlds of Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and much more in the Fantasy/SciFi genre. Each Lithograph of the three-piece set has a unique Remarque or sketch drawn on the bottom left corner, signed separately from the normal signature and a certification of authenticity.

TORn Collector’s Edition of The Hobbit Magazine signed by Dwalin and Bifur

This is a new copy of’s premier magazine tribute to The Hobbit! 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 versus the movie, articles on games and collectibles, a Middle-earth timeline, and much more! The high-quality, glossy paper used for this 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 82-page magazine.

Dwalin the Dwarf Print by Jerry Vanderstelt

Jerry Vanderstelt is also offering the winner of this Auction the choice of the frame-ready canvas or to have the canvas Gallery Wrapped.  The two images displayed with this Auction show the raw, canvas form and also how the Gallery Wrap option gives it a mounted, more dimensional look.  The canvas measures 18 x 24 inches, NOT counting the border that is designed to be Gallery Wrapped. Once it is Gallery Wrapped, the canvas will measure 18 x 24 inches.  Please allow 2-3 weeks for completion. The work uses the finest materials available of archival inks as well as Breathing Color’s exclusive “Lyve” canvas and “Timeless” protective finish.

he Hobbit Paperback signed by Graham McTavish and William Kircher

This is a NEW paperback copy of The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien with a movie tie-in picture from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey film released in December, 2012.  This copy has travelled to DragonCon 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia and has found itself autographed by two Dwarves (William Kircher and Graham McTavish) for TORn’s Fundraiser Auction.


Posted in Artwork, Books, Books Publications, Collectibles, Collectibles, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Posters Prints, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, William Kircher

Collecting The Precious – Vanderstelt Studio Dwalin the Dwarf Print Up For Order

DwalinJust the other day we let you all know about the amazing Legolas Greenleaf print that our friend artist Jerry Vanderstelt put up for order. Well, today we wanted to let you know he has another amazing print ready for you all to add to your collections, this one capturing the warrior Dwalin the Dwarf.

Just like with the Legolas print this one gives you a great look at all the detail that went into creating this awesome character. Dwalin has a fierce look in his face as he’s about to take on whatever may be coming his way. This amazing print comes in several styles: Paper Giclee 18×24, Canvas Giclee 18×24, and Canvas Gicle with Gallery Wrap 18×24.

The Dwalin print in Paper Giclee comes in at $130 which is a fantastic price for such a great piece of art. You can order Dwalin right now from Jerry’s store: Vanderstelt Studio

Posted in Artwork, Collectibles, Collectibles, ComicCon, Conventions, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Hobbit spoilers from The Desolation of Smaug annual!

Courtesy of Ringer narflet on the TORn messageboards, here is a cool summary of all the plot hints and twists that are revealed in the movie tie-in book The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Annual 2014.

Fair warning, these ARE plot spoilers. Keep away if you prefer surprises!

What do you make of it all? And if you like what you see, remember you can order your copy of the book from Amazon. (more…)

Posted in Books Publications, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Merchandise, The Hobbit

Why yes, the Eagles are ‘the God from the Machine’

Eagles Help In this piece over on io9, Gibbelins discusses why Tolkien knew exactly what he was doing when he was using the Eagles of Manwë. It’s a bit sweary at times, so if you’re put off by strong language this is probably not the article for you. Good, thoughtful writing though. (more…)

Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Return of the King, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Two Towers, Tolkien

Six dramatic images from the Desolation of Smaug 2014 annual

Courtesy of TORn messageboarder narflet here are six more cool images from the new movie tie-in book that’s just been released — The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Annual 2014.

No new spoiler hints to speak of here, but some very nice character shots of Tauriel, Legolas and Bard the Bowman for sure, plus a wider angle of that art image of the dwarves tumbling down the river in barrels.

What do you think of them? If you like what you see, remember you can order your copy of the book from Amazon. (more…)

Posted in Books Publications, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Crytozoic’s Lost Tales: The Tale of August 30th

Hobbit Fans Travel Across Country - Road to DragonCon 2013 - Discussing all things The Hobbit movie, The Lord of the Rings films and Tolkien.The companions awoke refreshed in the last Homely House before Dragon Con. Once they gifted their gracious hosts with a bust of Mirkwood resident Legolas, they saddled up into Shadowfax and headed off into the horizon!

Twas a long ride filled with much entertaining and lore-banter via the crystal slab. They talked of the rings of power and heir respective fates, the Line of Durin and what sealed their doom, and of the secret greed of Sauruman, coveter of the One.

As the sun set below middle-earth so did they set down in the bustling metropolis of Atlanta, City of the Sweet Fruit. The company unloaded their precious cargo of outerwear and delved into the fabled convention.

What will the fellowship of “Cryptozoic’s Road to Dragon-Con” encounter on the morrow? Find out live at or stay tuned for tomorrow’s installment of “Cryptozoic’s Lost Tales”!

Posted in Conventions, DragonCon, Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, Merchandise, Other Events, The Hobbit, Announcements, Community, TORn TUESDAYS Live!, TORN TV

Hall of Fire this Saturday: Boromir, tragic hero of Gondor

Barliman's Chat This Saturday (at 6pm ET (New York time)) Hall of Fire will be discussing one of the great (and tragic) heroes of Middle-earth — Boromir the Brave.

‘The Men of Gondor are valiant, and they will never submit; but they may be beaten down. Valour needs first strength, and then a weapon. Let the Ring be your weapon, if it has such power as you say. Take it and go forth to victory!’ The Council of Elrond.


Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

Cryptozoic’s and’s LIVE Coverage of DragonCon!

Cryptozoic and - LIVE from DragonConCryptozoic Entertainment and bring you LIVE streaming coverage from DragonCon! For the first time, catch 2 roving cameras walking about day and night covering the coolest Tolkien, Whovian, and gaming panels DragonCon has to offer. Learn to play the new Two Towers Deck Building Game from Cryptozoic, live from the gaming tables, then chat with Dwalin, Bifur and Azog themselves at a panel. Between panels, we’ll be walking around all day showcasing DragonCon vendors like Badali Jewelry, then bringing you epic cosplay for #TORnAfterDark. [Cryptozoic]

Join in the fun directly on our LIVE streaming page:
DragonCon Coverage Schedule:
1:00 PM – Hobbit Panel w/ Graham McTavish, William Kircher, Manu Benett
8:30 PM – An Evening At Bree costume and dance party
12:00 PM – Hobbit Panel w/ Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, William Kircher
6:00 PM – TheOneRing Hobbit Panel
10:00 PM – Middle Earth Dance Party
1:00 PM – Desolation of Smaug preview w/
6:00 PM – Hobbit Panel w/ Graham McTavish, William Kircher
10:00 AM – Hobbit Panel w/ Graham McTavish, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Manu Benett


Posted in Conventions, DragonCon, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Meet Ups, The Hobbit, Announcements, Community, Tolkien, TORn TUESDAYS Live!, TORN TV

Badali Jewelry Shows Their Support for

Badali JewelryAs we continue our 2013 Pledge Drive – Light the Beacons – you may be wondering if we are receiving any corporate support.The answer is a decisive ‘Yes!’ Over the years, we’ve been privileged to establish amazing relationships with some very reputable and worthwhile corporate entities. Those entities are now popping up to lend their support to with a financial commitment.

So without further delay, we’d like to announce our first corporate donation is from  Badali Jewelry – the amazing proprietors of quality hand-crafted jewelry-art, and unique and original custom jewelry. While we know them for their amazing line-up of officially licensed Tolkien related items, they also feature other great properties like  have an amazing offering of other categories. From the wonderfully witty Geek Tags, to their Zodiac offerings.

We need to be clear – Badali has contributed financially to our drive. They are simply supporting, just like you have with your pledges. So please take a moment to visit their online store at and make a purchase. Support those businesses that are sharing in the goodwill of our community and helping keep online and thriving for years to come.

As an added incentive, and in celebration of Bilbo and Frodo’s combined birthday, Badali has sent us a 15% off coupon for their entire site. Simply use code BILBO at checkout. It will be good until September 30th. would like to formally thank Badali Jewelry for their continued support of!

[Visit] [Pledge Your Support Today]


Posted in Characters, Clothing, ComicCon, Conventions, Evangeline Lilly, Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Jewelry, Jewelry, Meet Ups, Posters Prints, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Deciphering the plot of The Desolation of Smaug

Gandalf How will The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug unfold. It’s the big question. How do all the threads fits together? What’s being changed? What’s being added that was never in Tolkien’s text of The Hobbit?

Here, Ringer Captain Salt from the TORn messageboards attempts to put string together all the teasing hints that we’ve seen make their way onto the internet over the past 12-18 months.

Needless to say, this really is SPOILER country. If you don’t even want to know what the plot might be, don’t go here! (more…)

Posted in Green Books, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer