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Tom Shippey is out at Amazon?

Photo by: Gage Skidmore

#FidelityToTolkien now in flux?

Renown Tolkien scholar and author Tom Shippey is off the Lord of the Rings project, according to twitch broadcaster Tolkien Professor, confirming our early reports from March.

In a recent live stream from the Tolkien Professor – who we suggest watching & subscribing – Cory Olsen stumbles for words as he responds to a chat question about the status of his colleague Tom Shippey on Amazon’s LOTR series.

Olsen runs Signum University, the preeminent Tolkien scholar event series that travels the world bringing thoughtful, intelligent dialog to the world & works of J.R.R. Tolkien. His weekly LOTR streams have a dedicated audience that counts Stephen Colbert as an avid fan.

“I have spoken to Shippey… is he still involved? I don’t believe so.”

Cory Olsen, the Tolkien Professor
Forward to minute 43:00 for a reluctant confirmation

The early rumors of Shippey’s status set the community ablaze, with both reddit threads and YouTube comments becoming hotbeds of debate. On an early March episode of TORn Tuesday, it was revealed that none of the writers were currently engaged on the production and that the latest rumor was Tom Shippey was off the project. See TORn Veteran Quickbeam’s reaction starting 16:00 minutes into the show:

Shippey conversation starts at 16 minutes in.

Fans hopes & concerns were calmed in 2019 when Amazon released a video that includes Tom Shippey in the creative team behind its billion-dollar LOTR series. Out of all the extremely talented people involved, Shippey brought a sense of authority and respect for Tolkien alongside artist John Howe. For many fans, Shippey is the iron rock that will ensure Amazon maintains fidelity to Tolkien — keeping the green showrunners in check with a focus on Tolkien’s intent. With his involvement diminished, Amazon risks alienating core fans and losing credibility among the show’s biggest champions.

Neither Amazon nor Shippey has publicly commented on the current status of their relationship. With the Tolkien Professor independently hearing the same things TORn Tuesday is hearing, there must be some truth in the air.

Tell us your thoughts! Are you concerned? Engage with us on Facebook and Twitter (@theoneringnet) to share your opinion!

Posted in Amazon Studios, Amazon TV series, Gaming, Lord of the Rings

Games Workshop: Battle of Pelennor Fields

Games Workshop, Ltd. will be releasing a new game, Battle of Pelennor Fields, the first new boxed game in their Middle-earth line of tabletop miniatures games since their Escape from Goblin Town game in 2012, and their first self-contained Lord of the Rings product since 2005’s Mines of Moria.

 

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Posted in Collectibles, Gaming, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Return of the King, Return of the King

TORn panel at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con next week

Join several staffers from TheOneRing.net next weekend for the last big TORn hosted event of the year. We will have a panel at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con on Saturday, October 28 at 10am, room 403A at the LA Convention Center. Our panel is titled “80 years in Middle-earth, why Tolkien is still so relevant” and will cover several of the themes Tolkien uses in his stories, and discuss some of the many tangible ways Middle-earth is still being brought to life. We have a sneak peak at the new Shadow of War game and some more casting rumors for the Tolkien Biopic in the works. And best of all, they’ve given us 75 minutes to talk, rather than the regular 50 minutes we normally get, so maybe a little Tolkien singalong is in order.

Tickets and schedule information can be found at the Convention website and you can let us know you are coming at our Facebook Event Page by RSVPing.

Posted in ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Fans, Gaming, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Meet Ups, Other Tolkien books, The Hobbit, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, Tolkien

New York Comic Con this weekend – a gathering for Middle-earth: Shadow of War fans

New York Comic Con is almost here! Alas, TheOneRing.net won’t be there this year; for a number of reasons, we aren’t able to have our usual booth and party at this NYCC. But don’t despair – it doesn’t mean we’ll never be back! We are hoping to see Ringers take Manhattan again next year – so mark your calendars to moot in the Big Apple 2018.

Meanwhile – for those of you who will be in New York City this coming weekend, there is an event for Middle-earth fans! Our friends at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions are celebrating the Middle-earth: Shadow of War game with a special gathering on Thursday 5th October. Full details can be found here.  We’re told there will be food, drinks, giveaways and more! Even if you’re not a gamer, it seems like a great chance to hang out with some fellow Middle-earth fans. Limited capacity so get there early!

And if you are at New York Comic Con this weekend, please do share with us any Tolkien related sightings or fun. Have a great time!

Posted in Conventions, Events, Fans, Gaming, Meet Ups, NYCC, Studios, Video games, Warner Bros.

Minas Tirith Battle LEGO Set Concept

Minas Tirith update Main Image 2 copyCalling all LEGO fans!  Would you like to see the Battle of Minas Tirith as a LEGO Set? Well here’s your chance to let LEGO know.  JediPippin has sent us his concept images that he has submitted to LEGO for the Minas Tirith Battle LEGO set to share with you.  To get it looked at seriously by LEGO he just needs a minimum of 10,000 votes.  So if you think this set looks as cool as we do, cast your vote here to have this concept set for the Battle of Minas Tirith designed by JediPippin put into production.

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Posted in Creations, Fans, Gaming, Headlines, LEGO, Lord of the Rings, Toys

The Champion of Middle-earth March Madness 2016 is…

memadness2016-championThe mightiest and fairest of all the Elves that remained in Middle-earth – Galadriel.

Over 2000 votes were cast in our final event, and Galadriel took 66% of the vote – a significant victory.

We hope you enjoyed our unique twist on Middle-earth March Madness this year, and as always, we’d love to hear your comments and suggestions below. Do you have a unique way to run this event? Let us hear about it!

Your final brackets: [Final] [Finals Bracket] [Final Four Bracket] [Elite Eight Bracket] [Sweet Sixteen Bracket] [Round 2 Bracket] [Round 1 Bracket]



A note on how the bracket combatants were determined. TheOneRing.net created a document containing all combatants, sub divided into divisions. We asked staff to cast sixteen votes per division, with the votes having a weight of 1-4. Each staffer cast four 4 votes, four 3 votes, four 2 votes and four 1 votes in each division. We then totaled all the votes from each division to determine their rank, and ultimately placed those into our bracket for seeding.

Posted in Events, Fans, Gaming, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, Other Tolkien books, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

Middle-earth March Madness Final – Morgoth vs. Galadriel! Choose the champ!

memadness2016-thefinalCongrats to the Villanova Wildcats as they won the ‘real’ March Madness last night. But while that was possibly the most dramatic ending in college basketball history, it pales in comparison to our final of Middle-earth March Madness 2016!

(Drumroll…)

Galadriel vs. Morgoth

Could there be a more epic battle? Beauty and Brains facing the ultimate Baddie with Brawn.

Voting was close for the winners of the Beauty and Brains divisions. Galadriel pulled out of the victory over last year’s Champ by only 50 votes! Unfortunately for Beorn, the other match-up was not quite as close. Morgoth blew-out Beorn, garnering 60% of the votes.

So it all comes down to this. Will we have our first female character champion? Will an ultimate baddie win for the first time? Only time, and your votes, will tell!

Voting is now open below. Voting will remain open until tomorrow night (April 6) at 10pm ET.

[Finals Bracket] [Final Four Bracket] [Elite Eight Bracket] [Sweet Sixteen Bracket] [Round 2 Bracket] [Round 1 Bracket]

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Posted in Events, Fans, Gaming, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, Other Tolkien books, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

The Final Four – Middle-earth March Madness – Gandalf vs. Galadriel – Morgoth vs. Beorn

final-four2016While the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament may have set their final last night, we at TheOneRing.net are getting set for our Final Four match-ups!

The winner of the Beauty division, Galadriel, will take on the two-time champion from the Brains division, Gandalf. In the 2012 edition of Middle-earth March Madness, Gandalf defeated Galadriel in the Elite Eight round…can he do it in 2016? If Gandalf wins this year, he will be our first repeat champion and will lead the total championship count with three.

On the other side we have two first time Final Four combatants. Defeating Eowyn by just 9 votes, Beorn wins the Brawn division and moves on to face the ultimate Baddie – Morgoth! As an interesting side note, this is the first time Morgoth has made any type of run in Middle-earth March Madness. He has soundly defeated all combatants in this year’s event, but he is coming up against the top seed from the Brawn division in the form of Beorn. (Speaking of, which ‘form’ will Beorn take in this match-up? We’ll let you decide.) It’s an ultimate battle of two number 1 seeds…let’s see who wins!

Voting is now open in our Final Four! It will remain open until April 4th at 10pm ET. Our Final will be set and announced on April 5th. Follow after the break for a complete bracket image (download it), and to vote on all of our two Final Four match-ups! [Final Four Bracket] [Elite Eight Bracket] [Sweet Sixteen Bracket] [Round 2 Bracket] [Round 1 Bracket]

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Posted in Events, Fans, Gaming, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, Other Tolkien books, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

The Elite Eight – Middle-earth March Madness – Vote!

2016-middleearthmadness-bracket-rd4We have our Elite Eight!

There are some big names in these four match-ups that will determine each division winner.

Who is more beautiful? (3) Galadriel or (9) Varda?! How can one choose. This reporter believes Galadriel will pull out the favored victory based on name recognition alone…but is it right?

In the Brains division we have two popular characters head to head…(2) Gandalf vs. (8) Elrond. Seems like a match-up that could go either way.

The Brawn divison as the two top seeds facing off for bragging right. (1) Beorn vs. (2) Eowyn.

And last, but not least, the Baddies division has the top seed, (1) Morgoth, facing fan-favorite (3) Smaug. Should be a match-up for the ages!

Voting is now open and will remain open until April 2nd at 10pm ET. We will calculate the winners at that point and post the next round on April 3rd. Follow after the break for a complete bracket image (download it), and to vote on all of our Round 4 match-ups! [Elite Eight Bracket] [Sweet Sixteen Bracket] [Round 2 Bracket] [Round 1 Bracket]

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Posted in Events, Fans, Gaming, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, Other Tolkien books, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

A TIE! The Sweet Sixteen is Set – Middle-earth March Madness – Vote!

2016-middleearthmadness-bracket-rd3Hold the presses! The Sweet Sixteen has been set, but not without a bit of controversy. For the first time in the storied history of Middle-earth March Madness, we’ve had a tie – yes, a TIE!

In the Beauties bracket, the Cinderella story (16) Feanor tied with (9) Varda when voting ended at 10pm ET today. To solve this tie-breaker, we decided to randomly pick one to win…no no, we wouldn’t do that. Instead, we did something a bit more logical. We took the total votes from round 1 and 2 and combined them for each contestant. The general idea being, if one contestant got more overall votes in those first two rounds, they should win. After the tally, (9) Varda made it through to face (5) Melian. Should be an interesting match-up!

However, one could argue that is not the most interesting match-up of the Beauty Bracket…we have (3) Galadriel facing a fan favorite (10) Legolas!

In the Brains bracket (8) Elrond managed to slip by the number one seed Tom Bombadil and will face (4) Luthien. Two of the top seeds, (3) Faramir and (2) Gandalf will face off in the other match-up.

Both the Brawn and Baddies brackets are advancing all the top seeds into the Sweet Sixteen.

In the Brawn bracket we have (1) Beorn facing (4) Eomer, while (3) Boromir will face (2) Eowyn. Will we have a sibling battle in the Elite Eight??

The Baddies contestants read like a who’s who of bad-arse Middle-earth antagonists. We’ve got (1) Morgoth facing (4) Sauron, and (3) Smaug facing (2) The Balrog of Moria. I only wish we had a couple hundred million dollars and the special effects wizards at WETA to visualize these match-ups for us!

Voting is now open and will remain open until March 30th at 10pm ET. We will calculate the winners at that point and post the next round on March 31st. Follow after the break for a complete bracket image (download it), and to vote on all of our Round 3 match-ups! [Sweet Sixteen Bracket] [Round 2 Bracket] [Round 1 Bracket]

 
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Posted in Events, Fans, Gaming, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, Other Tolkien books, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

Middle-earth Madness – Round 2 closes soon!

2016-middleearthmadness-bracket-rd2

We have some incredibly close contests as we choose our Middle-earth Sweet Sixteen. In the Brains bracket, can (5)Treebeard overcome (4)Luthien, or does (7)Aragorn have a strategy to come from behind and win over (2)Gandalf? (10)Gimli and (2)Eowyn are locked in a tight battle – who will prevail in the Brawn bracket? What about the Beauties (10)Legolas and (2)Arwen?  Can anyone defeat (1)Morgoth in Baddies?

Voting ends March 26 at 10 PM ET, so pick your winners now! Here’s a link to the poll: Round 2 voting.

A note on how the bracket combatants were determined. TheOneRing.net created a document containing all combatants, sub divided into divisions. We asked staff to cast sixteen votes per division, with the votes having a weight of 1-4. Each staffer cast four 4 votes, four 3 votes, four 2 votes and four 1 votes in each division. We then totaled all the votes from each division to determine their rank, and ultimately placed those into our bracket for seeding.

Posted in Events, Fans, Gaming, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, Other Tolkien books, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien

Middle-earth March Madness – Round 2 Bracket – Vote Vote Vote!

2016-middleearthmadness-bracket-rd2Middle-earth March Madness Round 2 is here! With 1000+ votes for each match-up, some of our first round match-ups came down to just 5 votes!

In the Beauty Bracket, and with the biggest upset of the tournament so far, (1) Goldberry was beaten by the (16) Feanor! In the Brains Bracket, (6) Gwaihir managed to hold off (11) Turgon. In the Brawn Bracket, the battle of the dwarves was won by (11) Gimli when he took down (7) Dwalin. And in the Baddies Bracket, (3) Smaug decimated (14) Lurtz.

Round 2 has its share of interesting match-ups – what are your favorites?

Voting in Round 2 will remain open until March 26th at 10pm ET. At that point, we’ll calculate the winners and post the next round on March 27th. Follow after the break for a complete bracket image (download it), and to vote on all of our Round 2 match-ups! [Round 2 Bracket] [Round 1 Bracket]

 
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Posted in Events, Fans, Gaming, Headlines, Lord of the Rings, Other Tolkien books, The Hobbit, TheOneRing.net Announcements, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien