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TORn Exclusive: Interview With Sheila Chandra

Sheila ChandraAmong some of the most profound pieces of Tolkien’s writings are those concerning the concepts of death and immortality, and the ultimate fates of Elves and Men. And a little more than a decade ago, as the tale of Aragorn and Arwen unfolded in The Two Towers, it was the evocative voice of Sheila Chandra that spoke to the hope and heartache of their destinies.

A vocalist of Indian descent hailing from the UK, Sheila Chandra performed “The Breath Of Life” (also titled “The Grace Of The Valar“) as Aragorn’s unconscious form floats downriver while Arwen holds him in thought and sends him a blessing from afar – “May the grace of the Valar protect you“.

The song’s lyrics (adapted from Tolkien’s writings) were written by Fran Walsh:

Shadow lies between us, as you came, so you shall leave from us.
Time and storm shall scatter all things. 

Sorrowing you must go, and yet you are not without hope,
For you are not bound to the circles of this world, you are not bound to loss and to silence.

As our exclusive series of interviews with vocalists from The Lord of the Rings continues, join us today as we talk to Sheila Chandra about how the song, its mood, and her delivery of it were all carefully crafted with the aim of conveying the understanding and mature love that is shared between Arwen and Aragorn.


Posted in Howard Shore, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Movie The Two Towers, Music, Return of the King, soundtrack, The Two Towers

Ed Sheeran Talks About Working With PJ On “I See Fire”

Ed SheeranIn an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ed Sheeran talks about his experience down in New Zealand working with Peter Jackson on “I See Fire” for the end credits of The Desolation of Smaug.

“He [Peter Jackson] was fantastic. At every point where I’d be adding something, I’d play him the song afterwards. I was there for three days, and at the end of every day he would come and listen to the song and give me notes.

He knows what he wants, but he doesn’t pretend to be musical in any way. He let me go on with it, but he also knows his movie, so he would tell me something needs to be less energetic, or more relaxed, or whatever. He knows the colors and templates of what the song should be rather than how the melody should go.”

Read the entire interview over at

Posted in Ed Sheeran, Peter Jackson, Production, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Music Video For DoS End Credits Song “I See Fire” By Ed Sheeran

Ed SheeranPeter Jackson has written a lengthy post on his Facebook concerning Ed Sheeran’s end credits song for The Desolation Of Smaug, “I See Fire”, and the music video for it. A few excerpts follow:

“We have a tradition in our Tolkien films of having a song over the closing credits. It’s very important that the song feels right for the world of the movie – and also carries the emotional resonance of the end of that particular film. The Desolation of Smaug is no different. The ending of this film requires a voice and sensibility that will allow an viewer to process what they have just experienced.

Ed watched the movie at Park Road Post, immediately went into a room, and started writing and singing. Much of what you will hear on this song was recorded that same day, with a few overdubs and tweaks the following day. It was a great experience, and what you will see in this video are moments captured by our behind the scenes team during the creation of the song.

But the images are only supporting Ed’s wonderful song. This is his direct emotional response to seeing The Desolation of Smaug, written and performed on the same day he saw the movie.”

You can read PJ’s entire post and watch the video over at his Facebook. Or you can catch just the video on good ol’ YouTube.

The song features on the OST for The Desolation of Smaug, to be released on December 10, and is available for purchase on iTunes as of today.

Posted in Ed Sheeran, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

New Zealand Post Releases Commemorative Stamps And Coins For “The Desolation Of Smaug”


Continuing with their tradition of releasing commemorative stamps and coins for each of Peter Jackson’s films set in New Zealand, the home of cinematic Middle-earth, the New Zealand Post today announced the release of a new set of stamps and coins featuring key characters and scenes from The Desolation Of Smaug.

The 6 stamps feature Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin, Legolas, Tauriel, and Bard, and are presented in a variety of packaging options.

The silver and gold coins feature Bilbo, Legolas, Bard, Azog, Thranduil, the 13 Dwarves, and a stunning image of  Tolkien’s own art depicting Smaug flying around the Lonely Mountain.

Posted in Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Merchandise, Peter Jackson, Stamps & Coins

Where have all the Hobbit posters gone?

Hobbit Movie Poster GandalfSo today I’m talking posters! And by posters I mean not people who post comments or write posts on websites and blogs. I’m talking sheets of paper that fans of pop stars, bands, TV shows and yes, even movies, do collect and treasure.

Beginning with Comic-Con 2012, fans were treated to one of the first posters for An Unexpected Journey. It was a Comic-Con exclusive that showed Gandalf approaching Bag End on a misty morning in the quiet of the world when there was less noise and more green. And as an allusion, perhaps, to the darker tone of the films compared to the lighthearted children’s tale that is the book, the early morning sun seemed to peek through a wrack of ominous dark clouds.

As an introductory poster to new audiences and also old ones returning to the world of Middle-earth, there couldn’t have been a better piece of imagery set to paper. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, MGM, New Line Cinema, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

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

TORn and WaterTower Music’s “Hobbit Day” Mathom



As we celebrate September 22 and the birthdays of two of our favourite hobbits, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, we are joining with our friends over at WaterTower Music to give away some special little mathoms – 5 digital copies of Howard Shore’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Original Soundtrack.

All you have to do is email with the subject “Hobbit Day” before midnight EST on September 22.

Posted in Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Howard Shore, Merchandise, Music, soundtrack, The Hobbit, Warner Bros.

TORn ‘4th of July’ Exclusive: Interview With Miriam Stockley


Man sí minna? Man ammen toltha i dann hen Amarth?
I anann darthant dam morn, si dannatha.

A little more than a decade ago, these very words drew us into the world of Middle-earth even as a woman in her deep voice began narrating the tale of its history with the unforgettable words “The world has changed. I feel it in the water, I feel it in the earth, I smell it in the air…

Voiced by Miriam Stockley, a vocalist hailing from Johannesburg, South Africa, the text entitled “The Footsteps Of Doom” speaks to the theme of Galadriel facing her ultimate temptation and her choice that would determine the eventual fate of Lothlórien, and Middle-earth:

Who enters here? Who brings to us this token of Doom?
That which has stood so long against the darkness will now fall.


Join us in this exclusive interview with Miriam as she takes us back to the year 2001 to talk about her time recording with The London Voice on the score for The Lord of the Rings. (more…)
Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, Howard Shore, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Music, Philippa Boyens, soundtrack

Announcing the Winners of TORn and NZ Post’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Contest

The results of and New Zealand Post’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Contest held back in January are in.

Congratulations to the winners… your prizes are on their way from New Zealand! And thanks to all who entered.

Visit New Zealand Post for the entire range of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” stamps and coins.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Silver Coin with Gold Plating
Winner: Talya S from USA

Silver Coin with Gold PlatingSilver Coin with Gold Plating (Box)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Ultimate Collection
Winner: Pravalprukskul P from Thailand

Ultimate Collection (Cover)Ultimate Collection (Contents)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Presentation Pack
Winners: Alicia R from UK
and Annemarie D from The Netherlands

Presentation Pack

Posted in Contests, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Stamps & Coins, The Hobbit

Last Day To Enter TORn and NZ Post’s “The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey” Contest

In case you haven’t already done so, here’s a quick reminder that today is the last day to enter and New Zealand Post’s “The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey” Contest.

Contest form and details here.

Posted in Contests, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Stamps & Coins, The Hobbit and New Zealand Post’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Contest

Early in October, TORn announced the release of the New Zealand Post’s exclusive commemorative stamps and coins for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Today we’re giving you the chance to win some of the best of these commemorative items for your personal collection.

Simply answer the questions provided in the contest entry form below, fill in your details, and check back here on February 17th to see if your name is among the winners. Entries with correct answers to all questions will be entered into a lucky draw that will result in FOUR LUCKY WINNERS.

If you need any help with answering the contest questions, head over to the New Zealand Post’s Official Website.

The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey LogoNZ Post logo3D RGB

One winner will take home The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Silver Coin with Gold Plating, one will take home The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Ultimate Collection, and two will take home The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Presentation Pack.

Hit the break for the contest questions and a gallery of the prizes you can win.


Posted in Contests, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Merchandise, Stamps & Coins, The Hobbit

A Linguistic Analysis Of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Gwaith-i-PhethdainThe Gwaith-i-Phethdain, or the Fellowship of the Word-smiths, is a part of the Polish website, run by our friend and Tolkien geek Richard “Galadhorn” Derdzinski.  Since the early days of the internet when information was hard to come by and to share, he has led the effort in analyzing the languages in the Lord of the Rings films from 2001 through 2004, and beginning last year, he’s once again embarked on analyzing the languages in The Hobbit films.

To quote Richard:

The way to find the texts in the languages of Middle-earth was difficult. First of course was the careful and watchful hearing in the cinemas. Richard traveled far from Poland to Ireland to watch the movie 2 weeks before the Polish premiere. The first results were published thanks to the work of Miriam “Niranare” Simon of the German forum Mellyn Lammath and Cerebrum of the Hungarian website Parf-en-Ereglas. Then the international community of the Tolkien linguists with Helge K. Fauskanger (of Norse Ardalambion) and Andrew Higgins (of Elfling list) helped to find the detailed explanation of David Salo’s conlang forms.

The dialogues, together with lyrics and inscriptions, in the languages of Tolkien were created for the movies by David Salo, an American linguist. Richard’s analysis is a work in progress, continually updated based on suggestions from fans contributed via comments to his blog-style posts, and the results of his work on The Hobbit thus far can be found as follows:

The analyses of the dialogues, lyrics and inscriptions in the Lord of the Rings films can be found at is also famous for the investigation of the oldest ancestry of the Tolkien family. This family name emerges for the first time in the mediaeval sources of the German Order in Prussia, in small village in today’s Poland, Tołkiny, cf.

Posted in David Salo, Hobbit Movie, Languages, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Tolkien Family