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MGM CEO Harry Sloan talks ‘Hobbit’

EW.com scored an interview with MGM CEO Harry Sloan after this mornings announcements. The biggest highlight is, “Is there any chance that Peter could direct the Hobbit sequel?”, which he answered with, “Well, he could direct either of them.”

MGM CEO Harry Sloan talks ‘Hobbit’

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Make the Hobbit Happen, The Hobbit

DM of the Rings

mudo pointed us to a web comic that we haven’t covered before, “Lord of the Rings is more or less the foundation of modern D&D. The latter rose from the former, although the two are now so estranged that to reunite them would be an act of savage madness. Imagine a gaggle of modern hack-n-slash roleplayers who had somehow never been exposed to the original Tolkien mythos, and then imagine taking those players and trying to introduce them to Tolkien via a D&D campaign.” DM of the Ring

Posted in Creations, Fans

PJ is one of EW’s Smartest People In Hollywood

deej wrote in to let us know that PJ ranked number 16 in EW.com‘s The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood. PJ’s entry

Posted in Peter Jackson

Small Hobbits, Giant Gorillas, and Other Adventures of a Cyber Actor

Andy Serkis @ ORC 2007It is the season of charity, and Andy Serkis is doing his part with Barnardo’s (a UK based children’s charity). Andy will be hosting two sessions where he will be telling stories from his career, auctioning off memorabilia, and doing a meet and greet with guests. Full information is available at Andy’s website. Small Hobbits, Giant Gorillas, and Other Adventures of a Cyber Actor

Posted in Andy Serkis, Events

University of Washington Tolkien Lecture Series

Amber writes to let us know that UW History Professor Dr. Robin Stacey is presenting a 5 part lecture series examining the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The series is set to start on January 15, and more information will be posted on Dec 1 to the UW Alumni Website.

Posted in Events, Lectures & Education

HobbitCon IV

HobbitCon IV is taking place next weekend (November 17) in Sao Paulo. There will be lectures by Tolkien Experts, a Costume Contest, RPG sessions and Card Games, along with many other activities. The website has more information, but is in Portugese. [More]

Posted in Conventions, Events

‘Conchords’: Music, Comedy, Clueless Kiwis

FigwitThe interview with Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement of “Flight of the Conchord” which originally aired in June 2007, and was repeated today on Fresh Air on NPR is available for download. [Click Here]

Posted in Bret 'Figwit' McKenzie

‘The Flight of the Conchords’ on NPR’s Fresh Air Today

I am not sure from the promo if Bret “Figwit” McKenzie will be interviewed, but Fresh Air is doing a segment on “The Flight of the Conchords” today.  Check your local NPR affiliate for the schedule.

Posted in Bret 'Figwit' McKenzie

Win LotR Inspired Furniture

Middle Earth Furniture is running a competition until Dec 31 for one of their Darkness & Light chairs. Full information on the contest is available at the contest website. [More]

Posted in Merchandise, Other Merchandise

Sketching Tour with Daniel Reeve – LotR Artist and Calligrapher

If you have a spare couple of weeks to take a tour of New Zealand next October, Red Carpet Tours has setup a wonderful tour that includes Daniel Reeve. He will be leading sketching workshops and traveling with the group to a variety of locations where the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. I haven’t had the pleasure of taking one of these tours, but according to the people who have, they are fantastic. [More]

Posted in New Zealand, Other Crew, Tours

LoTR Origami

LoTR OrigamiOstadan sent us the link to Eric Joisel’s page where he explains how to create origami versions of Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas. It is incredible, even if it doesn’t quite match your vision of the characters. [More]


Posted in Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings

Maps: Finding Our Place in the World

Starting November 2, the Field Museum in Chicago is hosting an exhibit that will include some of J.R.R. Tolkien’s maps and writing. Specifically, included will be Thror’s Map from The Hobbit, Topographical View of Minas Tirith from The Return of the King, and Notes on Times and Distances by J.R.R. Tolkien (all of the John P. Raynor, S.J. Library, Marquette University).

From clay tablets to sea charts, from satellite navigation systems to sketches of worlds real and imagined—maps are much more than wayfinding. Travel through landscapes of time and space, science and imagination, in a rare exhibition of more than 100 of the world’s greatest maps. Explore high-tech interactive displays, and see original works by Ptolemy, Leonardo da Vinci, J.R.R. Tolkien, and many others. You’ll learn how early maps were made, see how the technology changed over centuries, and discover the latest advances in digital map-making. [More]

Posted in Events, Exhibits, Hobbit Book, LotR Books, Other Tolkien books, Return of the King, The Hobbit