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Christopher Tolkien Passes Away at the Age of 95


It is with a heavy heart that I write this news. Christopher Tolkien has passed away. He was 95 years old.

Christopher was the third son of our beloved author Professor J.R.R. Tolkien, and had spent much of his life honoring his father’s legacy and bringing us so many of the Professor’s works posthumously. He edited and published such monumental works as The Silmarillion, The Unfinished Tales, The Book of Lost Tales, The History of Middle-earth and, in recent years, the individually released tales of The Children of Hurin, Beren and Luthien, and The Fall of Gondolin.

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Today in Middle-earth, January 15

Gandalf challenges Balrog w Glamdring

Today in Middle-earth, January 15

  • The Bridge of Khazad-dûm, and the fall of Gandalf (1419)
  • The Company reaches Nimrodel late at night (1419)
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Posted in Calendar, Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Today in Middle-earth

Today in Middle-earth, December 25

The Fellowship leaves RivendellThe following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on December 25th:

  • The Fellowship of the Ring leaves Rivendell at dusk (1418 )
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Posted in Calendar, Creations, Fans, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Today in Middle-earth

TORn’s Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Father Christmas illustration by J.R.R. Tolkien

Once again, we face that eternal question, “What gift can I buy for the Tolkien fanatic in my life this year?” As always, we here at TheOneRing.net have provided answers to this question, to help make it as easy and painless as possible.  So, without further ado, welcome to TORn’s Holiday Gift Guide 2019.

From everyone at TheOneRing.net, we wish you all a safe and peaceful Holiday season.

greendragon recommends: Letters from Father Christmas. A must have for every Tolkien fan. Click here to order.

35 BAGSHOT ROW – CHRISTMAS EDITION. From New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson and Warner Bros. comes J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, brought to the big screen in an epic trilogy. Weta Workshop was thrilled to return to Middle-earth once again, contributing design, specialty props and specialty costumes to all three films. Click here to order.



deej recommends: Badali Jewelry’s The Rings of Men: Umbar. Click here to order.

Weta Workshop; Arwen and Frodo on Asfaloth. Click here to order.



Garfeimao recommends: “Tolkien”, biopic that came out earlier this year. It is a lovely film with some really nice acting and moments of humor that brings J.R.R. Tolkien’s younger years to life. Click here to order.



grammaboodawg recommends: Gandalf Deluxe Statue by Iron Studios for Sideshow. Click here to order.

Frodo Statue by Iron Studios for Sideshow. Click here to order.

Nazgûl Deluxe Statue by Iron Studios for Sideshow. Click here to order.

“Attacking” Nazgûl Deluxe Statue by Iron Studios for Sideshow. Click here to order.

Balrog (Deluxe Version) by Star Ace Toys Ltd. for Sideshow. Click here to order.


Kelvarhin recommends : Funko Pop! Rides: Lord of The Rings – Gwaihir with Gandalf and Funko Pop! Rides: Lord of The Rings – Witch King with Fellbeast. I absolutely love these two collectibles from Funko Pop! I’d be a very happy little tiger if they were left under my tree this year. Click here and here to order.




Kristin recommends: Catherine McIlwaine’s Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth as a great gift for Tolkien fans. Click here to order.


Joel recommends checking out the Bodleian library website for that extra special gift.



All prices are in US dollars, except for the items from the Bodleian, which are in UK pounds.

Posted in Books, Books Publications, Collectibles, Collectibles, Headlines, Merchandise, Shop, TheOneRing.net Community, Tolkien, Tolkien Gift Guide

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

Amazon Middle-earth series director arrives in Auckland

Getty Images

J.A. Bayona, director of the upcoming Amazon series set in the Second Age of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, has arrived in Auckland and filming has begun! Well, okay, the film clip he posted to Instagram features no actors, unless the small bird in Fraser’s cafe in the urban setting of Mount Eden, a suburb of Auckland, is somehow related to the thrush of The Hobbit fame. According to Stuff.co.nz “the first piece of film he appears to have shot in New Zealand is a snapshot from Frasers cafe in Mount Eden. Bayona shared the clip to Instagram this morning. The camera appears to be focused on the cafe, then swings down to track a hopeful sparrow as it hops around some tables in search of crumbs.”

Watch the short clip here. Considering the cafe is in a very urban setting, with narry a dragon or dwarf in sight, it’s likely it was just a spur-of-the-moment snap from his phone, but exciting nonetheless.

Quoted from Deadline by Stuff:

“J.R.R. Tolkien created one of the most extraordinary and inspiring stories of all time, and as a lifelong fan it is an honour and a joy to join this amazing team,” he said in a statement to Deadline.

“I can’t wait to take audiences around the world back to Middle-earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never-before-seen story.”

In addition to directing, Bayona will also be an executive producer for the LOTR series alongside his producing partner Belén Atienza.  He has been warmly welcomed by the writing team, lead by JD Payne and Patrick McKay and consulted by Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman.

Read more of the story at stuff.co.nz, and let us know, aside from the bird in the cafe, what in the Second Age you think the first ‘real’ filming will likely cover!

Posted in Amazon TV series, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Today in Middle-earth, November 23

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

  •  The Battle of the Five Armies – 2941 (1341)
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Posted in Calendar, Creations, Fans, Hobbit Book, The Hobbit, Today in Middle-earth

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:

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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