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Archive for September, 2013

Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen on TODAY show tomorrow, Tuesday

ian mckellenThe excitement just keeps coming! Sir Ian McKellen just tweeted as follows:

Time to set those DVRs, and catch Gandalf and Legolas on tv before you watch the latest trailer!

Posted in Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Television, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer

Elves! Dwarves! Hobbit! Brand-new artwork for The Desolation of Smaug

Here’s high-resolution clean versions of the Hobbit artwork that has just debuted today on the official Hobbit website. Download and enjoy. We think they make great desktop artwork! (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Want to go to the Desolation of Smaug Premiere? Are you the world’s biggest Hobbit fan?

Denny's Hobbit menuLast year, you may remember that Denny’s had a Hobbit menu in their restaurants during the holiday season.  Today we can reveal that they’re doing it again this year, with an all new menu to be launched close to the film’s release; but the REALLY exciting news is the contest they’ll be launching tomorrow, to celebrate their renewed partnership with Warner Bros. and the Hobbit movies.

Denny’s will be hosting ‘The Search for Middle-earth’s Greatest Fan’.  This competition will run throughout the month of October, and will be for an AMAZING prize: a two-night trip for two, including flights and hotel, to see the Desolation of Smaug world premiere!  That’s right; if you’re deemed Middle-earth’s Greatest Fan, your reward will be that you will get to be in the audience at the world premiere screening of the next Hobbit movie, in December this year.

How do you win such an incredible prize?  Full details of the competition will be coming tomorrow, when Denny’s make their official launch, but we can let you know that you’ll need to make a video explaining WHY you are the biggest fan.  Tomorrow a website will go live, where you can upload such a video; we’ll let you know details, such as how long it should be and any other rules.

Denny’s will pick their favourite videos.  They will then send those videos along to us here at TORn, where we will pick, from Denny’s favourites, what we think should be the top five.  This top five will then be sent to Peter Jackson himself, who will choose his favourite to be the winner.  Does it get any better than that? – Peter Jackson himself choosing the lucky winner who will get to join him at the premiere.

Hobbit-Board-Badge-SmallLogo-paperTORn is excited to be partnering with Denny’s on this.  If you read this post last year, you’ll know that we were pleasantly surprised by the care and attention Denny’s gave to their Hobbit menu.  This year they’ve been going even further, and have been consulting an ‘Advisory Board’, which includes Senior Staff at TORn, about some of their menu content and giveaway ideas.  And of course, we here at always love bringing you, dear reader, the chance to win cool stuff – and what could be cooler than this contest?

Check back tomorrow morning – after you’ve watched the new Desolation of Smaug trailer – to get all the details on how you could win those tickets to see the world premiere!  Smaug is coming!!

Posted in Contests, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Premieres, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

New Desolation of Smaug artwork revealed, in the run up to the new trailer! UPDATE

Hobbit-DOS-key-art-posterAs everybody has been emailing Spymaster to say, the latest Desolation of Smaug trailer will be launched tomorrow, 1st October!  The new trailer will be available online at 9am EST – that’s 2pm in the afternoon in the UK, 6am in the morning on the West coast of the US.  Of course, TORn will bring you a link to the trailer as soon as we can – and you can expect our usual thoughts and analysis soon thereafter!

Meanwhile, TORn has been told that in the 24 hours running up to this trailer release, various websites will be revealing new artwork for The Desolation of Smaug.  The first piece has already gone up; it was unveiled on MSN, and can also be seen on The Hobbit websiteCheck it out here – cobwebs and dwarves and hobbits, oh my!

We’ll be keeping our ears to the ground, and will be sure to share the rest of the new artwork as soon as we can!  Smaug is drawing near…

UPDATE: And here’s the second new piece of artwork – for all you elf fanciers out there!  Check it out.   Thanks to spy DanielLB for the heads up!



Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

TORn exclusive – Q&A with Andy Serkis

BFI London Film Festival Awards - Arrivals:54th BFI London Film FestivalAs promised in this post last week, TORn is delighted to bring you this exclusive Q&A with our favourite specialist in performance capture, Gollum himself, Mr Andy Serkis!

Serkis was giving the press Q&A specifically to talk about The Bone Season, the new book for which he and his team at The Imaginarium have obtained the film rights.  This first novel in a new fantasy series is a real page turner, and has great potential for the big screen – and Serkis was clearly excited to tell us about it!  He also talks about other upcoming projects, how working with Peter Jackson has influenced his career, and, in response to the questions put to him specifically by TORn, he leaves us with a tantalizing remark about Gollum and The Hobbit


Posted in Andy Serkis, Books, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: There and Back Again

TORn chats with PeckishOwl creator of the Oakentoons

oakentoon_logo_by_peckishowl-d6ljafpOver the last week I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with PeckishOwl about her hilarious Oakentoons.   We discussed where she gets her inspirations for the various toons and which one she loves the most.  I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did doing it.   So without further ado, over to PeckishOwl 🙂


Posted in Creations, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Parodies, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Community

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – September 29, 2013

Tolkienia MonumentWelcome 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 up on 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 enjoy the fun!


Posted in Creations, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Parodies, The Hobbit, Community

Was the Elvenking of The Hobbit supposed to be Thingol?

Thranduil Anyone who’s read both The Silmarillion and The Hobbit will have noted the strong similarities between the Elvenking of Mirkwood and Thingol Greycloak. In this article, Tolkien scholar Michael Martinez examines whether, at the time Tolkien was writing The Hobbit, the Elvenking was intended to be Thingol himself.

John Rateliff addressed this question in The History of The Hobbit without really closing the issue, although he favors the view (based on the available evidence) that the Elvenking of The Hobbit (whom we learn is named Thranduil in The Lord of the Rings) is NOT to be equated with King Thingol in The Silmarillion. (more…)

Posted in Characters, Christopher Tolkien, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, Tolkien

IBC wrap-up: ‘We would be fools if we didn’t learn from The Hobbit’

bilbo on gold Audience reaction to Hollywood’s first high frame rate movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was decidedly mixed, but frame rates—along with higher resolution, laser light, immersive sound and second screen experiences were very much on the minds of digital cinema leaders last week at the International Broadcasters Convention.

During the event, this community debated how to respond to the advancements taking place in home entertainment. “TV [technology] is moving faster,” admitted Disney’s vp production technology Howard Lukk during a panel discussion. “What keeps us up at night is how [cinema] stays the premium experience.” (more…)

Posted in Director news, Events, Hobbit Movie, Other Events, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Four new Hobbit images from the 2014 Desolation of Smaug Calendar

Thorin and Bilbo in Mirkwood.

Thorin and Bilbo in Mirkwood.

Courtesy of the folks at RichardArmitageNet, we have four new, exciting movie stills from the 2014 The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Wall Calendar to have a look at. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Announcing The Winners Of TORn & WaterTower Music’s “Hobbit Day” Mathom

HobbitAUJOSTWe are happy to finally announce that the 5 lucky winners of TORn & WaterTower Music’s “Hobbit Day” mathom are Iván, TammyConnor, Reagan V & Meaghan M.

You can expect an email from our friends at WaterTower Music with the code to download your very own digital copy of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtrack. Congratulations and we hope Howard Shore’s wondrous music brings you many enjoyable moments.

Many thanks also to the few hundred fans who entered this giveaway. If you don’t already have the soundtrack, consider purchasing the Standard Edition from iTunes or Amazon, or better yet, the Special Edition from iTunes or Amazon.

Posted in Contests, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, Merchandise, Music, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Tolkien and the boy who didn’t believe in fairies

Robert Quilter Gilson (left) and Tolkien in 1910 or 1911.

Robert Quilter Gilson (left) and Tolkien in 1910 or 1911. Photo courtesy of Julia Margretts.

John Garth, writer, researcher and author of Tolkien and the Great War recently published online for the first time — with previously unseen photographs — a paper first published in Tolkien Studies 7 in 2010 (Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review is an annual journal of scholarship on J.R.R. Tolkien and his works).

Garth introduces the feature as follows: A salutary lesson in his youth taught Tolkien that fairy-stories are not only or mainly for children. Here I uncover the who, the where and the when. (more…)

Posted in Christopher Tolkien, Green Books, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Other Tolkien books, The Hobbit, Tolkien