dennys_hobbit_facebook-post-option-a16On Monday we let you know about an exciting contest Denny’s are holding this year, where one lucky fan will win a trip to see the World Premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  The competition officially launched yesterday, but we were too busy watching the trailer multiple times to post about it!

So, if you’re getting your video entry ready to prove yourself the biggest Hobbit fan out there, here are all the details you need, taken from Denny’s official press release:

Denny’s, America’s iconic family diner, announced today its renewed partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures to bring another taste of Middle-earth to the national diner, inspired by the long-awaited fantasy adventure The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM). To celebrate the highly anticipated movie, Denny’s is inviting Hobbit fans to showcase their dedication in “The Search for Middle-earth’s Greatest Fan” contest for the chance to win an exclusive trip to the movie’s world premiere screening.

Beginning October 1, through October 31, Hobbit enthusiasts are invited to visit  and upload a one-minute video demonstrating why he or she should be named Middle-earth’s greatest fan. One grand prize winner will be selected by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson to receive a trip for two to attend the film’s world premiere screening.  Four runner-ups will receive free Denny’s Grand Slam®’s for one full year.”

Those details again – a ONE MINTUE video uploaded to the competition website [click here] by October 31st, to have a chance of being declared the Number One Fan!   Remember, staff from TORn will be helping with the judging, before the top five videos will be passed along to Peter Jackson himself.

[And now the part which breaks our hearts; having looked closely at the rules for this contest, it looks like it is open to US residents only.  I know, I know – that sucks. We do realize there are fans all over the world!  And we report on any and all contests we hear about.  Alas, this one is America based.  So sorry to those whom this rules out!]

Hobbit-Board-Badge-SmallLogo-paperTORn has also been involved with Denny’s ‘Advisory Board’, as the restaurant chain has sought to make their Hobbit menu this year as interesting as possible for the fans.  The new menu will be launched on November 5th, and Denny’s will also be offering the chance to ‘access a variety of exciting movie content in-store, including an augmented reality interactive placemat, a series of “Elvish Made Easy” social posts and an exclusive behind-the-scenes film content piece.’  We happen to know that the Elvish work for Denny’s posts was done by someone very highly respected in the realm of Tolkien languages; more on that as we get nearer to the launch of the menu!  (I for one am hoping those red velvet hushpuppies will be back….)

Get cracking on those one minute videos – and good luck!

[Upload your contest videos here]  [Visit Denny’s main website]