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Archive for the ‘Props’ Category

Meet the man whose illustrations have helped define Middle‑earth

John Howe. Photo: Fataneh Howe.

John Howe. Photo: Fataneh Howe.

Check out this interview with interview that Ethan Gilsdorf conducted with John Howe over two sessions in January and July last year. It’s a corker.

Howe is, of course, a long-time Tolkien illustrator and is currently working with Alan Lee as Conceptual Designer for The Hobbit movie trilogy.


Posted in Costume Design, Hobbit Movie, John Howe, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Models, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Production, Props, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Tolkien

Father and son’s craftwork inspired by Middle-earth

100_0413Sean Robinson has two passions that have recently found their way together in a most amazing fashion. Sean discovered his passion for pottery in 2007 – a hobby that sprang from his love of several different arts. He is also a huge fan of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien – a love, I think, we can all appreciate. Working from his pottery studio in Jamestown, NC, Sean spends his free time crafting many fine objects.

Most recently, his works have taken on the form of some very recognizable objects
from the lands of Middle-earth. It began in the most unexpected way for Sean – with
his father, Bill Robinson, indulging him in his appreciation for Tolkien’s stories. This
took the form of some intricately constructed wooden signs as seen in Peter Jackson’s films – one for The Prancing Pony in Bree, and the other for The Green Dragon in the Shire.

I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Sean and ask him about his work and how his father’s projects led to a collaboration in creating other artifacts from the world of Professor Tolkien. (more…)

Posted in Creations, Fans, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Miscellaneous, Props, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Tourism New Zealand’s ‘The Book of New Zealand’ event in LA

entering the book of New ZealandTourism New Zealand, 3 foot 7 productions, Warner Bros., and others bring you ‘The Book of New Zealand’ exhibit. This is an invitation only event being hosted out at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. It combines set locations, images of real world New Zealand, and a little movie magic to bring to life much of what makes New Zealand the perfect location for all things ‘Middle-earth’. Here are a few images from the event and a video of the opening greeting, please enjoy.



Posted in Chris Hennah, Contests, Dan Hennah, Events, Exhibits, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Locations Sets, Locations Sets, Meet Ups, Models, Other Events, Peter Jackson, Production, Props, Ra Vincent, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

World’s second-largest Lord of the Rings props collection to go under the hammer

Sam and Frodo Original costumes and props from director Sir Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy will go under the hammer at an auction in California on December 5.

The Trilogy Collection: Props & Costumes from Middle-earth will include memorabilia which has been assembled over the past decade by a passionate collector. The size of the collection is said to be second to only that of Peter Jackson himself. (more…)

Posted in Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Props

Getting to know Magnus Hjert

MagnusWelcome to the latest “Getting to know” – questions that need answering. It’s based on the old Getting to know you threads that I occasionally post on the message boards here on TORn, so those familiar with them will know that the questions can be a little crazy and the answers even crazier.

This month we’re asking questions of self-described Online guy at Weta Workshop and all round top bloke, Magnus Hjert.


Posted in Collectibles, Events, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Locations Sets, Locations Sets, LotR Production, New Zealand, Other Crew, Premieres, Props, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit, Wellington, WETA Cave, Weta Collectibles, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Sean Astin Sharing #run3rd Love on Access Hollywood

Earlier tonight Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee) appeared on Access Hollywood to promote his special dedications for the upcoming L.A. Marathon and show his #run3rd hashtag-inspired running shirt. Check out the clip here.  Just a few short weeks ago Sean happily showed Ringer fans at a sneak-peak when he joined our live weekly webcast TORn TUESDAYS with Cliff Broadway. Sean treated us to stunningly cool movie props and authentic costumes from the LOTR trilogy and talked enthusiastically about running and training. Check out the TORn TUESDAY archive on our Live Event page where we start talking about marathons about an hour in.

Follow Sean Astin on Twitter.
Visit the official Sean Astin website.
Find out more about Sean Astin’s Run3rd special project.

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Costume Design, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Miscellaneous, Props, Sean Astin, Announcements, TORn TUESDAYS Live!, Uncategorized

Revisiting Bilbo’s Contract

TORn Message Board Member DanielLB has discovered a blogger (DarkJackal) who has a very high resolution of  Bilbo reading his contract from the Dwarves.  DarkJackal’s effort to decipher the words on that contract is truly amazing, and she invites others to help fill in the missing pieces.  Have a look at this treasure and join in on the discussion!


Posted in Calendar, Creations, Fans, Hobbit Movie, LotR Production, Props, The Hobbit, Community

LOTR Concert Images

Troika sends along some images from the FOTR Concerts taking place out on the west coast. Take a look at some of the behind the scenes goodies on display! If you are attending one of these concerts send us your report and photos to

Posted in Concerts, Events, LotR Production, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Props

Hobbits invade San Diego

Middle Earth Has Never Sounded So Good.
The Lord of the Rings In Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring is the groundbreaking first installment of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning film trilogy.  Featuring, Howard Shore’s complete Academy Award® and Grammy®–winning score performed live on-stage by more than 250 musicians with the film projected on an immense 60-foot screen.  Entertainment Weekly calls it “High Class Geekery” and The San Francisco Examiner exclaims “It’s The Concert of the Decade.”

The Lord of the Rings in Concert will be hitting San Diego, California on October 13. In addition to the orchestra performance of the soundtrack live to the screening of the film, they will also have 22 original movie props and costumes on display. Since they will also have the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra performing before the big concert, this is definitely going to be a Family Friendly event. See the link below for tickets and further details.

But the invasion begins earlier, this Saturday, to be exact. There will be a flashmob of Hobbits and other Middle-earth denizens near the Old Globe Theater tomorrow, October 8 at 12:30pm. See the Valley View Casino Center’s facebook page linked below for more details and a Youtube video showing the flashmob dance steps. More..

Posted in Concerts, Costume Design, Events, Fans, Fellowship of the Ring, Film Screenings, Howard Shore, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Meet Ups, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Music, Props

Silver jubilee for Tolkien Shop

TORn’s good friend The Tolkien Shop in Holland is supporting us at DragonCon again this year – be sure to stop by our table for a free pen! The Tolkien Shop reaches a remarkable milestone this year – 25 years in the business! That’s pretty impressive – and they’re celebrating! If you’re in the area in October, stop by and celebrate with them. More details after the break. (more…)

Posted in Books Publications, Collectibles, Events, Fans, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Merchandise, Music, Other Events, Other Merchandise, Props, Tolkien

Collecting the Precious: Interview with Weta’s own Daniel Falconer

For the folks at Weta to be successful they need super talented people to help bring the world of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to life. These folks are responsible for making the award-winning armor, weapons, costumes, and, of course, digital effects that have gained them so much acclaim. I thought for you all it would be great if we could sit down with one of these amazing individuals to find out what it’s like to help bring these worlds to life.

Well, Daniel Falconer one of the key artists at Weta has been kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions for everyone. As many of you may know Daniel been apart of amazing pieces like Bag End, Rivendell, Treebeard’s bust, and books like The Art of District 9. Having had a chance to own or see many of these pieces I was quite eager to sit down with Daniel and get his thoughts on being apart of helping Weta create  these amazing things. After, reading this Q&A I would suggest to all the readers to get one of these great collectibles Daniel and Weta have created. (more…)

Posted in Books Publications, Collectibles, Costume Design, Locations Sets, LotR Production, Make Up, Merchandise, Models, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, New Zealand, Other production, Props, Studios, Weta Collectibles, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Fraud of the Rings? Not so fast

The New Zealand Herald ran a story recently, which we reported on, about prop collection that cast doubt on Troika Brodsky and his extensive LOTR collection.

Not only did the paper originally spell Brodsky’s name wrong, it seems the information in the story is suspicious, including the reported $50,000 he paid for a well-documented Sting.

Collector blog has published an extensive piece that gives Brodsky his say and also documents in detail the authenticity of the prop (among others) that is the focus of writer Joseph Barratt’s original story. They even reference a TORn article about Frodo’s sword. A complete read is pretty convincing and casts a lot of doubt about the original article and a possible attempt by Barratt to hook readers with a sensational headline.

To read the rest of the story, click here.

Posted in Collectibles, Exhibits, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Props