Please join us Friday, October 13th at 7:30pm as we bring back our annual NYC gathering of fans! Once again, we’re delighted to be teaming up with our friends at to bring you a fun night of drinks, food, prizes, and geekery! Details and the link to buy tickets below.

Photo by Ashlee Rose Scott

We’re back – time to party in the Big Apple during New York Comic-Con!

We’ll be back at our favourite venue, the Joyce Public House (formerly Tir na Nog) in Times Square (W 39th St). The party will be on FRIDAY 13th (eek!) October, 7.30-10.30pm. (All welcome – no NYCC pass required to attend.)

As we all know, costs of everything have gone up, so we’re sorry to say our party tickets have, too! But we’ve managed to keep them down to just $40, which includes your first drink, finger food, and two tickets for the raffle which will be drawn on the night. PLUS every party goer will receive a ‘party favour’ from our friends at Shire Post Mint, to take home with them; AND you can get $25 back in SIDESHOW.COM REWARDS if you set up a Sideshow account!

You can purchase more raffle tickets if you’d like – either here online, or at the party. Check out some of the amazing prizes, listed below!

You never know who may show up to one of our events; we hope to see YOU there! Numbers are strictly limited; grab your tickets now!

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Raffle items include… but not all are listed…

  • Tickets to ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ screening with live orchestra, at Radio City (Feb 2024)
  • Hot Toys Mandalorian and Child 1:6 Scale Figure Set
  • Lots of Middle-earth goodies from New Zealand Post
  • Sideshow The Dude Exclusive 1:6 Figure
  • Pokemon Poke Ball Replicas
  • Beautiful Middle-earth items from Scottish designers Oscha
  • Hot Toys Ahsoka Tano 1:6 Clone Wars
  • Sideshow The Child – Life-Size Figure
  • Octunnumi Prologue Custodian Book
  • Hot Toys Knightmare Batman & Superman 1:6 Set
  • Hot Toys Stan Lee Thor Ragnarok 1:6
  • And more…!

Grab your tickets now – see you there!

The annual TORn event in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park is slated to take place on Saturday, September 23, starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Mineral Wells location we’ve been using for years.

One note for those driving in from the Valley. The North entrance to the park from the 134 freeway, past Forest Lawn and the Travel Town Railroad has major closures, so make sure to drive around to the 5 freeway, head south, and follow the directions into the park. The FB event page has directions, just visit the event page Simply click on the About button, then See More at the bottom of the brief description to see the full description, and driving directions.

We don’t quite know what the weather will be like, but there is usually lots of sunshine, so a popup tent, sunscreen, a hat, etc. is always a good idea. The Potluck is back, so read through the description on the FB event page for more details. If everyone brings at least enough food and drink for their party, and maybe to share with at least 3-4 other people, we should have more than enough food. But it doesn’t stop at food and drink, we will also want a supply of paper plates and cups, ice chests with ice in them, trash bags, plastic utensils, and paper towels. Beverages should be in bottles, if possible, in the case of yellowjackets, cans just can’t keep your beverage safe. There will be fun and games, as usual, with trivia and possibly some Golfimbul fun to be had. Costumes are welcome, and we will be doing the Middle-earth-themed Cake and Cupcake contest, so start considering your epic design and yumminess factor. There will be prizes for many of the games, cakes, and costumes.

To RSVP and let us know what food or supply items you intend to bring, please post on the facebook event page linked above, or email

DragonCon begins today – and of course TORn will be there! You’ll find staffers deej and greendragon at TORn’s ‘fan table’, in our usual location: in the Hyatt opposite the entrance to the Art Show. We’ll be there from Friday on, until the very end of the con! This year we have three new shirt designs and a new button, as well as some former designs, and other fun goodies at the table. Drop by and see us!

There are some exciting celebrity guests for Middle-earth lovers this weekend; read on for highlights of events of interest to Tolkien fans during DragonCon this year:

Friday 1st 10am The Wit and Wisdom of Samwise Gamgee

Gardener; friend; husband; potato enthusiast. We all need more Sam in our lives! Marriott room L401-403

Friday 2nd 8.30pm An Evening at Bree

As ever, TORn will be joining the High Fantasy track to host this long standing DragonCon tradition. Party like a Hobbit! Once again, our live acts will be fan favourites The Brobdingnagian Bards, Beth Patterson, and Landloch’d. We’ll also have the Elf Choir, and the costume contest – with a fabulous panel of expert cosplay judges. We’re thrilled that Charles Conley, Joshua Duart and Lacey Santos will be lending us their skill and judgement for the evening! If you’d like to enter the contest, please remember to sign up in advance of the evening, at the TORn fan table or the High Fantasy track room (Marriott room L401-403).

Find us at the inn of the Prancing Pony (aka Hilton Grand West)

Saturday 2nd 1pm The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Retrospective

It’s been 20 years (gasp!) since the final part of Peter Jackson’s trilogy was released. Join TORn staffers to look back and get nostalgic together! Marriott room A601-602

Saturday 2nd 4pm Rings of Power discussion

A look back at Season 1, and speculation as to what may be coming in Season 2 of Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings show. Marriott room A601-602

Saturday 2nd 5.30pm Elijah Wood and Sean Astin in conversation

Marriott Atrium Ballroom

Saturday 2nd 10pm The Tolkien Renaissance

What makes Middle-earth such an enduring favourite with fans? With more shows, movies (and maybe even a theme park) in the works, we’ll explore why Tolkien’s works are evergreen. Marriott room L401-403

Sunday 3rd 10am Hobbits, Harfoots, and More!

Exploring the origins, characteristics, and significance of our favourite hairy-footed folks. Marriott room L401-403

Sunday 3rd 1pm Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood in conversation

Marriott Atrium Ballroom

(There are also photo sessions with Astin, Serkis, and Wood throughout the weekend. Their appearances are fully in line with SAG-AFTRA guidelines, enabling actors to attend conventions but not to promote work.)

Sunday 5pm Hobbit Drinking Songs!

Join The Brobdingnagian Bards and party like a Hobbit! Hilton Grand West

Sunday 10pm Dance Magic Dance

TORn’s own deej shows us how she got her name, as she djs this 1980s themed dance party. Put on your best 80s/fantasy cosplay and come and dance the night away!

There are many more High Fantasy Track events which are Middle-earth related, and other events across the con which will appeal to Tolkien fans. Check out DragonCon’s app for all the details. Hope to see you here for all the fun – come and say hi!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Oxonmoot, an annual event hosted by The Tolkien Society in Oxford, UK. The event will be available to stream live from Thursday, August 31 through Sunday, September 3.

Bear McCreary

Bear McCreary will join Oxonmoot for an exclusive chat on Friday, September 1st at 4:40pm UK-time (8:40am PDT / 11:40am EDT / 5:40pm CET), and the session will be available live to online attendees.

McCreary, a lifelong Tolkien fan, composed the 37 tracks that make up the score for Prime’s Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power. His work for the show received acclaim from fans and critics alike. The gorgeous themes he developed for the show were completely new yet still reflective of the scores that Howard Shore composed for Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings. McCreary is also know for his work on Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, and Outlander, among other television series. McCreary is articulate in speaking about his methodology, and he is just plain fun in an interview.

Brian Sibley

Brian Sibley will also be a guest at Oxonmoot. His session is called “‘The Fall of Númenor’: An Editor’s Journey.” As the name of the event implies, Mr. Sibley edited the volume of J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings titled The Fall of Númenor: And Other Tales from the Second Age of Middle-earth, which was illustrated by Alan Lee. Sibley will speak about the “pleasures and pitfalls” in editing the book.

Sibley has written extensively for radio dramas such as BBC Radio 4’s adaptation of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. He is well known for authoring many “making of” books about films, including those for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, as well as the Harry Potter series. He is incredibly knowledgeable about Tolkien and fascinating to listen to.

You can register for online attendance to Oxonmoot at

San Diego Comic Con is upon us yet again. After a huge return last year where The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power dominated the show with badges, parties, and a Hall H concert, the fans are in the driver seat this year to celebrate all things fandom.

By Popular Demand – Magic of Middle-earth Party!, Weta Workshop, Diamond Select Collectibles, Nerd of the Rings and more are teaming up for a party of hobbit magnificence featuring food, drinks, libations, goodie baggins, artwork by Jerry Vanderstelt and a cosplay contest hosted by Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor and Daniel Falconer!

  • When: Thursday July 20
  • Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Where: Storyhouse Spirits, downtown San Diego
  • Cosplay Contest: 7:00 pm
  • Family: Friendly (kids allowed)
  • SDCC Badge: NOT required
  • Tickets: Required

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Thursday July 13 at 12pm Noon PT. Last year’s party sold out in 3 minutes. Link will be published on all our socials, and its highly suggested you join the TORn Discord for earliest access. Booth 1220 – Signings and Exclusives

Find us again in the book publishers area of the show floor with new Exclusive Merch and Shirts! Limited quantities have been produced and will not be sold online. Shirt sizes available from XS – 3XL

Shire Post Mint returns to booth with officially licensed coinage and pins. We will have a selection of the most popular products.

EXCLUSIVE new secret Weta Workshop Mini Epic will be unveiled Thursday morning and we will have limited quantities available each morning of Comic-con, while supplies last.

SIGNING at the booth Thursday July 20 from 12pm noon – 2pm is Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor and Daniel Falconer! Bring your favorite treasure (like Middle-earth Script to Screen) or rush to purchase the exclusive new Mini Epics and get them signed free.

More Signings – Jed Brophy

The man of many faces in Middle-earth returns to celebrate 20 years and counting of performing in LOTR adaptations. Pick up signed headshot from one of his many memorable characters, or just shake his hand and share a smile! He’ll be around all weekend.

Also hanging at the booth all weekend is the friendly volunteer staff from your favorite Tolkien community plus friends like Matt from Nerd of the Rings, Kaitlyn from Tea with Tolkien, and author K.M. Rice.

Tolkien Panels!

Here’s a list of panels LOTR fans may be interested in. Things have been in flux due to Hollywood union negotiations and strikes, but these panels are confirmed:

  • Friday 2:15pm, Room 6A – Weta Workshop Presents… you won’t want to miss this! Surprises abound
  • JUST ADDED! Saturday 1:00pm, Room 23ABC – Dispatches from Middle-earth with TORn and Nerd of the Rings
  • Saturday 4:30pm, Room 10 – Costumes of Rings of Power with Kate Hawley
  • Saturday 5:30pm, Room 7AB – No Man Am I: Women of Middle-earth, Hosted by with Cathy Udovch, Tea with Tolkien’s Kaitlyn Facista, and Happy Hobbit’s Kellie Rice.

Looking forward to seeing all the Ringers there at San Diego Comic Con 2023. While many anticipated a preview of new movies or TV shows from The Lord of the Rings, many fans understand and support the efforts of WGA writers and SAG actors to get the best deal that allows the best work. Future adaptations of Tolkien depend on the very best! See you in San Diego!

Today, the 75th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power received 6 nominations in the following categories:

Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes

Hocus Pocus 2
Salvador Perez, Costume Designer; Elizabeth Shelton, Assistant Costume Designer; Gala Autumn, Costume Supervisor

House Of The Dragon • The Heirs Of The Dragon
Jany Temime, Costume Designer; Katherine Burchill, Assistant Costume Designer; Paul Yeowell, Assistant Costume Designer; Rachel George, Assistant Costume Designer; Joanna Lynch, Costume Supervisor

The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power • A Shadow Of The Past
Kate Hawley, Costume Designer; Libby Dempster, Assistant Costume Designer; Lucy McLay, Assistant Costume Designer; Jaindra Watson, Assistant Costume Designer; Pip Lingard, Costume Supervisor; Jenny Rushton, Costume Supervisor

The Mandalorian • Chapter 22: Guns For Hire
Shawna Trpcic, Costume Designer; Elissa Alcala, Assistant Costume Designer; Julie Robar, Costume Supervisor; Julie Yang Silver, Costume Supervisor

Obi-Wan Kenobi • Part I
Suttirat Anne Larlarb, Costume Designer; Stacia Lang, Assistant Costume Designer; Lynda Foote, Costume Supervisor

What We Do In The Shadows • The Wedding
Laura Montgomery, Costume Designer; Barbara Cardoso, Assistant Costume Designer; Judy Laukkanen, Costume Supervisor

Outstanding Main Title Design

Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet Of Curiosities
Mike Schaeffer, Creative Director; Chet Hirsch, Director; David Rowley, Art Director; Akshay Tiwari, Designer

Hello Tomorrow!
Ronnie Koff, Creative Director; Lexi Gunvaldson, Editor; Christoph Gabathuler, 3D Artist; Juan Monasterio, Animator; Lindsey Mayer-Beug, Illustrator; Fernando Lazzari, Animator

The Last Of Us
Andy Hall, Creative Director; Nadia Tzuo, Creative Director; Gryun Kim, 3D Artist; Min Shi, Designer; Jun Kim, 3D Artist; Xiaolin (Mike) Zeng, Designer

The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power
Katrina Crawford, Director; Mark Bashore, Director; Anthony Vitagliano, Creative Director; Fernando Domínguez Cózar, Animation Director

Aaron Becker, Creative Director; Joseph Ahn, Designer; James Ramirez, Animator; Lee Nelson, Animator; Eric Keller, 3D Artist; Hsien Lun Su, Animator

The White Lotus
Katrina Crawford, Director/Creative Director/Photographer; Mark Bashore, Director/Editor; Lezio Lopes, Illustrator; Cian McKenna, Animator

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Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup

Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet Of Curiosities
Sean Sanson, Special Makeup Effects Department Head; Shane Zander, Special Makeup Effects Artist; Kyle Glencross, Special Makeup Effects Artist; Mike Hill, Prosthetic Designer; Megan Many, Prosthetic Designer

House Of The Dragon • The Lord Of The Tides
Barrie Gower, Prosthetics Designer; Sarah Gower, Prosthetics Makeup Co-Dept Head; Emma Faulkes, Key Prosthetics Makeup Artist; Duncan Jarman, Prosthetic Makeup Artist; Paula Eden, Prosthetic Makeup Artist

The Last Of Us • Infected
Barrie Gower, Prosthetics Designer; Sarah Gower, Prosthetics Makeup Co-Department Head; Paul Spateri, Key Prosthetics Makeup Artist; Nelly Guimaras Sanjuan, Key Prosthetics Makeup Artist; Johnny Murphy, Key Prosthetics Makeup Artist; Joel Hall, Key Prosthetics Makeup Artist; Lucy Pittard, Key Prosthetics Makeup Artist

The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power • Adar
Jason Docherty, Prosthetics Designer; Dan Perry, Key Prosthetics Makeup Artist; Mark Knight, Senior Prosthetics Makeup Artist; Simon Rose, Senior Prosthetic Makeup Artist

Star Trek: Picard • The Last Generation
James Mackinnon, Makeup Department Head and Prosthetics; Hugo Villasenor, Key Prosthetic Makeup Artist; Bianca Appice, Key Prosthetic Makeup Artist; Kevin Wasner, Prosthetic Makeup Artist; Afton Storton, Prosthetic Makeup Artist; Kevin Haney, Additional Prosthetic Makeup Artist; Neville Page, Prosthetic Designer; Vincent Van Dyke, Prosthetic Designer

Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music

Nicholas Britell, Composer

Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet Of Curiosities
Holly Amber Church, Composer

The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power
Howard Shore, Composer

Ms. Marvel
Laura Karpman, Composer

Danny Elfman, Composer

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour)

Andor • The Eye
David Acord, Co-Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer; Margit Pfeiffer, Co-Supervising Sound Editor; Richard Quinn, Dialogue Editor; Jonathan Greber, ADR Editor; J.R. Grubbs, Sound Effects Editor; John Finklea, Music Editor; Shaun Farley, Foley Editor; Shelley Roden, Foley Artist; John Roesch, Foley Artist

The Boys • The Instant White-Hot Wild
Wade Barnett, MPSE, Supervising Sound Editor; Chris Kahwaty, MPSE, Dialogue Editor; Ryan Briley, Supervising ADR Editor; Jeffrey A. Pitts, Sound Efffects Editor/Sound Designer; Pete Nichols, Sound Effects Editor; Christopher Brooks, Music Editor; James Howe, Foley Editor

House Of The Dragon • The Black Queen
Al Sirkett, Supervising Sound Editor; Tim Hands, Dialogue Editor; Adele Fletcher, Supervising ADR Editor; Paula Fairfield, MPSE, Sound Designer; David Klotz, Music Editor; Timeri Duplat, Music Editor; Mathias Schuster, Foley Editor; Barnaby Smyth, Foley Artist; Paula Boram, Foley Artist

The Last Of Us • When You’re Lost In The Darkness
Michael J. Benavente, Supervising Sound Editor; Joe Schiff, Dialogue Editor; Christopher Battaglia, Sound Designer; Chris Terhune, Sound Designer; Mitchell Lestner, Sound Effects Editor; Jacob Flack, Sound Effects Editor; Matt Yocum, MPSE, Sound Effects Editor; Maarten Hofmeijer, Music Editor; Randy Wilson, Supervising Foley Editor; Justin Hele, Foley Editor; David Aquino, Foley Editor; Stefan Fraticelli, Foley Artist; Jason Charbonneau, Foley Artist; William Kellerman, Foley Artist

The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power • Udûn
Robert Stambler, MPSE, Co-Supervising Sound Editor; Damian Del Borrello, Co-Supervising Sound Editor; Ailene Roberts, Dialogue Editor; Stefanie Ng, Dialogue/ADR Editor; Paula Fairfield, Sound Designer; Chris Terhune, Sound Editor; James Miller, Sound Editor; Michael Baber, Music Editor; Jason Smith, Music Editor; Amy Barber, Foley Editor; Jonathan Bruce, Foley Artist

Stranger Things • Chapter Nine: The Piggyback
Craig Henighan, MPSE, Co-Supervising Sound Editor; William Files, MPSE, Co-Supervising Sound Editor;
Jill Purdy, Dialogue Editor; Lee Gilmore, Sound Effects Editor; Ryan Cole, MPSE, Sound Editor; Korey Pereira, Sound Editor; Angelo Palazzo, MPSE, Sound Editor; Katie Halliday, MPSE, Sound Editor; David Klotz, Music Editor; Lena Glikson-Nezhelskaya, Music Editor; Ken McGill, MPSE, Sound Effects/ Foley Editor; Steve Baine, Foley Artist

Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Season Or A Movie

TJ Falls, Visual Effects Producer; Richard Van Den Bergh, Special Effects Supervisor; Neal Scanlan, Creature Effects & Droid Supervisor; Liyana Mansor, Lead Visual Effects Editor; Scott Pritchard, ILM Visual Effects Supervisor; Joseph Kasparian, Hybride Visual Effects Supervisor; Jelmer Boskma, Scanline Visual Effects Supervisor; Jean-Clément Soret, Colorist

House Of The Dragon
Angus Bickerton, Visual Effects Supervisor; Nikeah Forde, VFX Producer; Thomas Horton, VFX Producer; Sven Martin, VFX Supervisor; Mark Spindler, VFX Co-Supervisor; Mark Dauth, Virtual Production Supervisor; Sebastian Meszmann, VFX Producer; Mike Bell, VFX Supervisor; Tobias Graa Winblad, VFX Producer

The Last Of Us
Alex Wang, Overall Visual Effects Supervisor; Sean Nowlan, Overall Visual Effects Producer; Joel Whist, Production SFX Supervisor; Stephen James, Visual Effects Supervisor, DNEG; Nick Marshall, Digital Effects Supervisor, DNEG; Simon Jung, Visual Effects Supervisor, WETA FX; Dennis Yoo, Animation Supervisor, WETA FX; Espen Nordahl, Visual Effects Supervisor, Storm Studios; Jonathan Mitchell, Visual Effects Supervisor, Distillery FX

The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power
Ron Ames, VFX Producer; Jason Smith, VFX Supervisor; Nigel Sumner, VFX Supervisor, Industrial Light & Magic; Ara Khanikian, VFX Supervisor, Rodeo FX; Dean Clarke, SFX Supervisor; Ken McGaugh, VFX Supervisor, Wētā FX; Tom Proctor, VFX Supervisor, DNEG; Greg Butler, VFX Supervisor, Method Studios; Joe Henderson, Visualization Creative Supervisor, The Third Floor, Inc.

The Mandalorian
Grady Cofer, Visual Effects Supervisor, Production; Abbigail Keller, Visual Effects Producer; Paul Kavanagh, Animation Supervisor, Production; Cameron Neilson, Assoc. Visual Effects Supervisor; Scott Fisher, Special Effects Supervisor; Hal Hickel, Animation Supervisor, Production; J. Alan Scott, Legacy Effects Supervisor; Victor Schutz IV, ILM Visual Effects Supervisor; Bobo Skipper, Important Looking Pirates Visual Effects Supervisor

Yesterday, Rings of Power also received 2 nominations from the Hollywood Critics Association in the following categories:

Ismael Cruz Cordova

Best Supporting Actor in a Streaming Drama Series

  • Bradley Whitford – The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
  • Brent Spiner – Star Trek: Picard (Paramount+)
  • Chace Crawford – The Boys (Prime Video)
  • Edi Gathegi – For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
  • Ismael Cruz Córdova – The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Prime Video)
  • Jensen Ackles – The Boys (Prime Video)
  • Jonathan Pryce – The Crown (Netflix)
  • Max Minghella – The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
  • Rufus Sewell – The Diplomat (Netflix)
  • Stellan Skarsgård – Andor (Disney+)

Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Costumes

  • House of the Dragon (HBO)
  • Andor (Disney+)
  • The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Prime Video)
  • Wednesday (Netflix)
  • The Boys (Prime Video)

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the series on all their nominations!