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Archive for December, 2018

The big debate over the filming of the Amazon LOTR series in New Zealand

This past week, the New Zealand Government and executives from Amazon TV held a meeting in an effort to address concerns about a lack of studio capacity in Auckland. This planned 5 season LOTR series is a big production that will require quite a lot of studio space for filming, post production facilities and local crews, so of course they want to make sure the resources exist that they need. It appears that a decision or deal may be made within the next month, so we don’t have long to wait. You can see the source of this story at Stuff.Co.NZ.

You may be wondering why Auckland and not Wellington, but that is easily explained by the fact that the Avatar trilogy of films currently in pre-production will soon be moving into full production. While the Amazon LOTR production will be big, Avatar is going to be much bigger, and there may or may not be enough room for both as far as studio and post-production facilities go.

This leads to a much bigger debate on whether or not this new series should look and feel much like the existing Middle-earth films or whether it should blaze its own path for design and locations. The appeal to any production of not having to look for too many new locations can’t be understated. Film and TV productions are always having to research and locate interesting places that fit what the production needs, so the fact that so many locations in New Zealand have already been established as feeling like Middle-earth is a boon. But then, there are hundreds of beautiful places around the world, and with chunks of filming now happening in studios, does it really matter where those studios are? Is it possible that Amazon can do location filming in New Zealand and Studio work in London, Hollywood or Vancouver? Or why not film in British Columbia, or Northern Ireland or Slovenia for that matter?

Posted in Amazon Studios, Amazon TV series, J.R.R. Tolkien, Locations Sets, Lord of the Rings, LotR Production, New Zealand, Peter Jackson, Production, Studios, Television, Tolkien

Today in Middle-earth, December 25

The Fellowship leaves RivendellThe following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on December 25th:

  • The Fellowship of the Ring leaves Rivendell at dusk (1418 )

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Posted in Calendar, Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Today in Middle-earth

Happy Hobbit: Handmade Gifts (Christmas Special 2018)

Let Kili and Fili give you some fun ideas for handmade gifts… but who is the mystery recipient of Fili’s gift?

Posted in Fans, Happy Hobbit

Lootcrate extends special gift offer with Lord of the Rings crates!

In our Holiday Gift guide this year we let you know about Lootcrate’s exciting Lord of the Rings crates, which will be coming out next year – but are available for pre-order right now! The good folks at Lootcrate have contacted us to let us know that they’ve had such a great response, they’ve extended their special offer for those pre-ordering the complete set of three boxes. Order the trilogy of crates – which will contain fabulous, new Lord of the Rings merchandise – and while supplies last, you’ll receive an exclusive fleece pullover. More information can be found on Lootcrate’s website.

If you’re still doing last minute gift shopping, check out our Holiday Gift guide for more great ideas!

Posted in Clothing, Clothing, Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Other Merchandise, Shop, Tolkien, Tolkien Gift Guide

The Return of the King 15th Anniversary Redux — TORn’s RotK Geeky Observations List

Welcome to TORn’s The Return of the King Geeky Observations List 15th Anniversary Redux!

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Posted in Creations, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Community, TORn's Geeky Observations Lists

The Great Hall of Poets

Welcome to The Great Hall of Poets, our regular monthly feature showcasing the talent of Middle-earth fans. Each month we will feature a small selection of the poems submitted, but we hope you will read all of the poems that we have received here in our Great Hall of Poets.

So come and join us by the hearth and enjoy!

If you have a Tolkien/Middle-earth inspired poem you’d like to share, then send it to poetry@theonering.net  One poem per person may be submitted each month. Please make sure to proofread your work before sending it in. TheOneRing.net is not responsible for poems posting with spelling or grammatical errors.

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Posted in Creations, Fans, Green Books, Poetry

Fabulous new Middle-earth clothing

You’ll remember a while back we brought you news of the lovely Middle-earth inspired collection from the good folks at Oscha Slings  – stunning throws, scarves, baby wraps and even mugs, all crafted with incredible elven, dwarvish and hobbity designs.

In our Holiday Gift guide we mentioned that there is now clothing available from Oscha  – and we want to make sure you all know about it! They have joined forces with Teemill to create some gorgeous tshirts, tops, hoodies, bags, and more. If you’re looking for something beautiful and original for the Tolkien lover in your life (or even just for yourself), then you should definitely check out their amazing products. (The image shows their Doors of Durin design, just one of their hand-drawn illustrations.) Even better, all their products are made using 100% certified organic cotton, renewable energy, and minimal waste technology. Quick delivery is available – but the last order date to have your goodies in time for Christmas is fast approaching, so don’t delay!

Check out our Holiday Gift guide for more ideas.

Posted in Clothing, Clothing, Collectibles, Drinkware, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Other Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Tolkien Gift Guide

Collecting The Precious – Iron Studios The Lord of the Rings Announcement

Iron Studios, who make some really neat collectibles, dropped a bombshell on folks the other day when they announced that they’ll be making items from The Lord of the Rings. The announcement states the line will be in 1:10 scale, which based on their other items in this scale should be pretty darn cool. If you check out their Facebook page you can watch their announcement video, and if you follow them on Instagram you can get some great previews. As we get more information we promise to share.

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

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop Tauriel Pre-Order, Mini Epic Witch-king, New Ringwraith,and 12 Days

Good news is never late. It arrives precisely when means to. If you’ve been following our friends from Weta then you know the last little bit has had some very cool news for collectors. One of the most popular statues from The Hobbit line came from the character of Tauriel. She sold out pretty quickly and on the secondary market can come at a pretty high price. Fans have been asking for a new statue of the character, and that wish has finally been granted. You can grab the new Tauriel for $349, which is a fair amount under the price on ebay. She comes with an edition size of only 800 pieces so she’s likely to not be around too long, and you can expect her to land in your collection in March of next year.

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Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Return of the King, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

2018 Holiday Gift Guide – Plus an Exclusive Offer from Loot Crate

 

 

Once again, it’s time for the staff of TheOneRing.net to share our picks for the perfect Tolkien-themed gifts*, whether it’s for that someone special or you just want to treat yourself!

In addition to all of the gift ideas below, the folks at Loot Crate want to give all of you something special, too: 10% off their Lord of the Rings Limited Edition Trilogy Loot Crates – this deal is exclusively for readers of TheOneRing.net!

Official, licensed Lord of the Rings limited edition crates, based on the film trilogy and curated by Loot Crate, the premiere subscription box service for pop culture fans. Each crate will feature exclusive items. What you get is a surprise until you open it – it’s like getting an excellent 111th birthday present from a dear friend who arrives precisely when he means to!

Order a trilogy of crates delivered right to your Hobbit-hole. Use code ONERING10 to receive 10% off all 3 crates.  10% offer good until Dec. 25th, 2018, midnight ET.

Additional details can be found here: https://www.lootcrate.com/crates/lord-of-the-rings

 

 

From everyone at TheOneRing.net, we wish you all a safe and peaceful Holiday season.

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deej recommends: Funko Pop! Treebeard – “I may or may not have a slight addiction to Funko figures, with an emphasis on Lord of the Rings/Hobbit and The Nightmare Before Christmas Pops.  This one might be my favorite. Just remember – once you start collecting these, it’s hard to stop!” Click HERE to order

Eowyn Sheildmaiden necklace by Badali Jewelry -“A beautiful piece from the talented artists at Badali; the front of the shield shows 2 intertwined Rohan horses. On the back are her words to the Witch King” ‘”No living man am I, You look upon a woman’. GORGEOUS!”  Click HERE to order.

 

 

 

greendragon recommends: Oscha official Middle-Earth inspired clothing collection (click HERE), as well as Oscha baby slings and wovens inspired by the world of Tolkien (click HERE ) -“Because this stuff is so stunning and gorgeous! Also it’s organic and ethically made. Support a small business and buy something beautiful!” 

In addition to Oscha, can I suggest Albion Tea Company? It’s a small, family business, perfect for the book lover in your life! Right now they have Narnia inspired blends on offer; often they have Middle-earth teas too. Lovely, literature inspired gifts and teas, perfect for a cosy winter afternoon curled up with the Professor. Plus you get to support a small business – win win!” Click HERE to order.

 

 

Justin recommends: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Soundtrack Box Set (Vinyl format); click HERE to order.

‘Book Wyrm’ enamel pin from Gimme Flair; click HERE to order.

 

 

 

 

 

Kristin recommends: Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth; edited by Catherine McIlwaine, Bodleian Library, 2018 – click HERE to order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garfeimao recommends: Orcrist, from Weta Workshop’s Master Swordsmith’s Collection (limited to only 25!) – click HERE to order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

saystine recommends: Isengard print from Etsy – “My recommendation is something for your walls.  I love this Isengard print…they have other locales for sale as well.” Click HERE to order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magpie recommends: “I often recommend ‘The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien’ as the *next* book to read once one falls in love with ‘The Lord of the Rings’. The format of letters are easy to browse at will and they offer keen insight into Tolkien’s creative world building of Middle-earth. The book has an extensive index but getting an additional Kindle copy lets one do a word search of the book. This could be combined nicely with audio CD of J.R.R. and Christopher Tolkien reading selections from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’.” Click HERE to order.

Also, this J.R.R. Tolkien Miniature Diorama Desk Scene – “This diorama is one of a kind but the artist has done single figures of Tolkien in the past and will take special orders.” Click HERE to order.

 

Elessar recommends: The Balrog, Flame of Udun Bust, by Weta Workshop: “Got a chance to see this at Comic-Con and its the coolest bust I’ve seen Weta do. The light effect along with the new clear resin are awesome.” Click HERE to order.

Arwen and Frodo on Asfaloth, by Weta Workshop: “About as elegant a rider piece as you’ll ever find and the new clear resin really makes the water and chiffon pop.” Click HERE to order.

 

 

 

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*Prices are in U.S. dollars; prices and availability are subject to change.

 

 

 

Posted in Merchandise, TheOneRing.net Announcements, Tolkien Gift Guide

The Great Hall of Poets

Welcome to The Great Hall of Poets, our regular monthly feature showcasing the talent of Middle-earth fans. Each month we will feature a small selection of the poems submitted, but we hope you will read all of the poems that we have received here in our Great Hall of Poets.

So come and join us by the hearth and enjoy!

If you have a Tolkien/Middle-earth inspired poem you’d like to share, then send it to poetry@theonering.net  One poem per person may be submitted each month. Please make sure to proofread your work before sending it in. TheOneRing.net is not responsible for poems posting with spelling or grammatical errors.

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Posted in Creations, Fans, Green Books, Poetry, The Hobbit