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TOR.n at Alamo Drafthouse Lord of the Rings Feast 2020!

Since 2007, the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas has hosted a marathon screening of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, and on January 9th, 2020 they’ll be doing it again! Join me, staffer deej, and a couple hundred other Tolkien fans as we watch the Extended Editions (are there any other?) and feast on 7 courses of delicious food and drink (served at Hobbit meal times, of course). Alamo are also partnering with the charity Comicbooks for Kids, who provide comic books to kids in hospitals and cancer centers. I’ll have some OneRing.net goodies to hand out, too! You can get ticket prices and see the AMAZING menu they have whipped up here.

Tickets go on sale Monday, December 9th; sign up on the Alamo Facebook and Twitter pages for sale times and additional information.

Posted in Fans, Film Screenings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers

Bilbo Baggins’ pipe up for auction by Julien’s Auctions

Looking for that perfect holiday gift for your favorite fan of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movies? Look no further! Monday, December 16 could be your lucky day. That’s the day Julien’s Auctions, known for their auctions packed with Hollywood collectibles, will be auctioning off one of the original tobacco pipes used by Sir Ian Holm in his role as Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring! The pipe will come fully documented for authenticity by both Peter Jackson and Animation Designer and Supervisor, Randall William Cook.

According to the Julien’s Auctions website: Jackson personally gifted this production artifact to animation supervisor Randall William Cook in celebration of Cook’s 50th birthday during the making of the film. Included with the prop is the original birthday card from Jackson to Cook when the gift was presented to Cook on his birthday as well as a letter of authenticity from Cook.

Follow this link to the Julien’s Auctions site to bid. Did we mention the opening bid is $25,000 with the piece expected to bring between $100,000 and $120,000 U.S.? Good luck!


Posted in Director news, FOX Searchlight Pictures, Ian Holm, J.R.R. Tolkien, LotR Movies, Peter Jackson, Randy Cook

Are you a Tolkien fan? Are you sure?

J.R.R. Tolkien
(Photo by Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Getty Images)

Well, here’s your chance to share your fandom in three minutes or less by responding to three simple questions:

(more…) Posted in Exhibits, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, Other Tolkien books, The Hobbit, Tolkien

TORn Tuesday all-star panel tomorrow, Nov 5

What lessons can Amazon learn from the team that’s been there & back again? Let’s find out! Join TORn Tuesday hosts Cliff Broadway and Justin Sewell for an epic All-Star LOTR panel tomorrow! Joining us will be Mark Ordesky (Executive Producer), Sean Astin (Actor – Sam Gamgee), Rick Porras (Co-producer), Jim Rygiel (Visual Effects Supervisor), Michael Pellerin (Producer, multiple LOTR & Hobbit documentaries), Keith Stern (Ian McKellen’s Digital Manager), and Sala Baker (Actor – Sauron), as we all relive memories of filming LORD OF THE RINGS. What were those early days on set like? Did producers follow the fan discussion online? What made this effort so special? Get your deep knowledge questions ready for this multi-Oscar winning team and join the Live chat tomorrow 5pm PT. There are three options to watch the live stream, each of which let you comment and ask questions of your own:

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Posted in Jim Rygiel, LotR Movies, Mark Ordesky, Sala Baker, Sean Astin

Today in Middle-earth, November 3

The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on November 3,

  • Battle of Bywater, and Passing of Saruman. End of the War of the Ring (1419)
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Posted in Calendar, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Today in Middle-earth

Today in Middle-earth, October 25

The following event took place in Middle-earth on October 25:

  • The Dwarves venture into the Mountain (1341)
  • The Elvenking’s host leave Mirkwood for Erebor (1341)
  • The Council of Elrond (1418)
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Posted in Calendar, Creations, Fans, Hobbit Book, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, The Hobbit, Today in Middle-earth

Today in Middle-earth, October 23

The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on October 23:

  • An angered Smaug searches the mountain (1341)
  • Bilbo returns to Smaug’s chamber in the afternoon (1341)
  • Smaug smashes the secret door (1341)
  • Smaug attacks Lake-town (1341)
  • Lake-town in the aftermath (1341)
  • Elrond’s third day in his battle to save Frodo (1418)
  • Gandalf and the hobbits make their way home from Rivendell (1419)
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Posted in Calendar, Creations, Fans, Hobbit Book, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, The Hobbit, Today in Middle-earth

Today in Middle-earth, October 20

Flight to the FordThe following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on October 20:

  • Bilbo and the Dwarves think of what to do next at the Hidden Door (1341)
  • Escape across the Ford of Bruinen (1418)
  • Gandalf and Elrond perceive the Black Riders at the Ford of Bruinen (1418)
  • Frodo is brought to Rivendell (1418)
  • Return of the King is published (1955)
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Posted in Calendar, Creations, Fans, Hobbit Book, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, The Hobbit, Today in Middle-earth

Maxim Baldry added to cast of Amazon Middle-earth series

Maxim Baldry, Courtesy of Collider

Collider announced earlier today that 23 year-old British actor Maxim Baldry “has landed a significant role” in the upcoming Amazon Middle-earth TV series. Baldry is perhaps best known so far for his role in the 2019 BBC/HBO joint production series Years and Years. According to Collider: “Character details are being kept under wraps along with plot details.” While that doesn’t give us a lot to go on, ok almost nothing to go on, we do know that the new series is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, which narrows down, if only slightly, what “significant role” might imply.

(more…) Posted in Amazon Studios, Amazon TV series, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Other Tolkien books, Silmarillion, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Uncategorized

20 Years Ago Today…

Even within Tolkien’s own books, anniversaries are treated as special occasions. A chance for the characters to reflect upon the past that shaped them as they continue moving forward into the future. But for us Lord of the Rings fans, this October 11 (or October 10, if you’re in the Western world) is an anniversary of special magnificence. It was October 11, 1999 in New Zealand when principal photography commenced on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, with the main shoot encompassing The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. Back at a time when the internet had no Facebook, Twitter, or Wikipedia, back when VHS tapes were the preferred way to watch home movies, and when Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin were world leaders, an 18-year-old Elijah Wood and his castmates gathered together to begin shooting three films that most of the non-Tolkien fans of the time gave little regard to.

Filmed on October 11, 1999

It’s interesting to look back at the schedule from those days because it wasn’t dictated by story or film order but by what locations were ready, who was available, and what the weather was likely to be like. In fact, while filming began with the four hobbit actors hiding from a black rider on the Wooded Road and ended 437 days later on the set of Minas Tirith, the order of what was filmed in between was more of a hodgepodge. (I’m always amused when people claim that the Grey Havens’s farewell sequence carries its emotional weight because of how much the actors bonded over the course of the project. In fact, it was shot rather early in the go, and when Ian McKellen was later asked how he kept from weeping in the scene, he replied, “This was only the second scene I filmed for the trilogy. I scarcely knew Frodo from Merry and adopted the safest course of expressing very little as I said goodbye to them.”)

“You with the dark hair, it is time to go.”

Of course, the end of principal photography itself wasn’t really the end. Pickup shots would continue for The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, with the latter even having some pickup shots filmed after its theatrical release to help fill out the extended edition. Peter Jackson, after shooting the final final footage for the trilogy, a shot of a couple of skulls rolling at the Paths of the Dead, commented that it was especially bizarre to still be shooting The Return of the King in 2004 after the film had won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

By setting aside the pickup shots, weather cover days, and various bits and pieces shot by some hard-working unit while most of the actors were busy elsewhere, here’s the general schedule The Lord of the Rings followed:

1999

October

(Filming begins with Hobbit leads)
The Wooded Road
Farmer Maggot’s Field
Buckleberry Ferry
Bree Exterior
(Viggo Mortensen arrives)
Weathertop
Isengard Deforestation

November

(Sean Bean Arrives)
Anduin River
Amon Hen Battle

December

Boromir’s Death
Frodo’s escape from Boromir
Ford of Bruinen
Prancing Pony Interior
Exiting Moria
Approach to Lothlorien

2000

January

(Ian McKellen arrives)
Hobbiton Exteriors
The Grey Havens
Edoras Exteriors

February

(Ian Holm arrives)
Bag End Interior
Orthanc Interior
Helm’s Deep

March

Helm’s Deep Continues
Gandalf at Isengard
Rivendell Exteriors

April

Helm’s Deep Continues
Last Alliance (Prologue)
Aragorn and Company at the Black Gate
Caves of Orthanc
Frodo and Sam in Mordor

May

Helm’s Deep Concludes
Frodo and Sam in Mordor Concludes
Frodo and Sam at the Black Gate
Moria Interior
Rivendell Interior

June

Paths of the Dead Interior
(Cate Blanchett arrives)
Lothlorien

July

Orthanc Exteriors
Cirith Ungol

August

Anduin River
Flooded Isengard

September

Breaking of the Fellowship
Caradhas
Voice of Saruman

October

Edoras Interior
Battle of the Pelennor Fields

November

Fangorn Forest

December

Fangorn Forest Concludes
Moria Gate
Minas Tirith

Special thanks to J.W. Braun, the author of The Lord of the Films. You can visit his website at www.jwbraun.com.

Posted in LotR Movies, Uncategorized

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop Minas Morgul Pre-Order Information

If you haven’t already, make sure to mark your calendars for this Thursday, October 10th. That’s the day we can finally order the beautiful Minas Morgul environment we saw at Comic-Con this past July. Unlike previous items, this will have a unique way to determine the edition size. When orders open on Thursday they will begin calculating the edition size, and when orders close on the 23rd of this month they will finalize the number. So we, the fans, will determine just where this ends up; and it also allows us to show bad we want this piece. So mark your calendar now.

Here is what time Minas Morgul will go up based on your location:

·   12.30 p.m, October 10 – 12.30 p.m, October 23 (PDT)
·    9.30 p.m, October 10 – 9.30 p.m, October 23 (CET)
·    8.30 a.m, October 11 – 8.30 a.m, October 24 (NZT)

Posted in Calendar, Collectibles, Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Shop, Weta Collectibles

Today in Middle-earth, October 6

Weathertop Nazgul attacks FrodoThe following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on October 6:

  • Thorin requests supplies (1341)
  • Gandalf heads for Rivendell after escaping Weathertop (1418)
  • The camp under Weathertop attacked at night. Frodo is wounded (1418)
  • They cross the Ford of Bruinen; Frodo feels the first return of pain (1419)
  • Frodo is again ill (1420)
  • Samwise returns to Bag End (1421)
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Posted in Calendar, Creations, Fans, Hobbit Book, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, The Hobbit, Today in Middle-earth