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  • How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front

    07/01/2016 5:10:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 30, 2016 | Joseph Laconte
    IN the summer of 1916, a young Oxford academic embarked for France as a second lieutenant in the British Expeditionary Force. The Great War, as World War I was known, was only half-done, but already its industrial carnage had no parallel in European history. “Junior officers were being killed off, a dozen a minute,” recalled J. R. R. Tolkien. “Parting from my wife,” he wrote, doubting that he would survive the trenches, “was like a death.”
  • Donald Trump Isn't Rudy Giuliani, He's Howard Dean

    01/04/2016 6:57:51 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 35 replies
    Red State ^ | 1/4/2016 | Leon Wolf
    How Will Trump Handle Losing Iowa? If you scratch any Republican pundit on the face of the earth, a comparison between Trump's 2016 campaign and Rudy Giuliani's 2008 campaign will fall out. If the point is to illustrate that being the frontrunner at this stage of the race won't necessarily translate to victory, then these pundits are on solid ground. If the point is to draw a meaningful parallel between the current Trump boom and the forces that drove Giuliani to the top, and then back down to the bottom, of the 2008 pile, then they are dead wrong. By...
  • How Did Lewis and Tolkien Defend the Old West?

    12/31/2015 9:21:01 AM PST · by don-o · 8 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | July 1, 2015 | Bradley J. Birzer
    Not all modern evils appear as obvious as those of Stalin and Hitler, or as blatant as that of the mechanized and inhumane fighting of the first world war. Tyranny and modernity arrive in many packages, some of them brightly colored. Understanding this, Tolkien despised the impersonal democratic capitalism of the twentieth century and especially its handmaiden, the softly oppressive democratic bureaucracies of the western world, almost as much as he hated fascism and communism. All forms of twentieth-century government-whether blatantly socialist such as fascism or communism, or just mildly socialist, such as bureaucratic democracies-involved planning, that is, putting men...
  • Do You Trust The liberal CNN/ORC polling outfit? How about Rasmussen, ABC News/WaPo or NBC News/WSJ?

    08/22/2015 12:24:48 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 77 replies
    8/22/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I was wondering why a polling outfit (CNN/ORC) is now all of a sudden trusted by conservatives? If not, then say so. If it is all of a sudden now trusted by conservatives...I thought that CNN is a liberal outfit and not to be trusted? Limbaugh seems to be going after CNN for their Morten Downey Jr. documentary on TV as somehow being used to juxtapose against Trump, and for their interviews of Trump supporters, and wondering if they are going to hand-pick the worst of the worst in those interviews to somehow paint all Trump supporters in a negative...
  • A Third Party Run, Don? Treated Unfairlly??

    08/09/2015 8:02:46 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 109 replies
    Self | AUgust 9, 2015 | MeshugeMikey
    one word! DON'T
  • J.K. Rowling Reveals Awesome Reason For Challenging Westboro Church's Hate Speech

    05/27/2015 4:26:40 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 05/27/2015 | Nick Visser
    Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote last week, prompting emotional celebrations, outpourings of support and, yes, a little bit of hate. The Westboro Baptist Church already stumbled over an attempted diss of the Irish referendum, mistakenly chastising the Ivory Coast instead. But when they tried to take on J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter author had nothing but ire for the hate-mongers ..."I don't care about WBC. I think it's important that scared gay kids who aren't out yet see hate speech challenged."...
  • “A Reader at Home in Middle-Earth” [FReeper poem in the NYT]

    02/01/2015 2:24:26 PM PST · by Silly · 22 replies
    The New York Times (Metropolitan Diary) ^ | January 21, 2015 | Paul Klenk
    Dear Diary: Some people look like their dogs; some like their spouses. You see they belong together, and you smile. This subway rider looked like, and belonged to, his thick book. Ginger hair, pulled back in a tail away from his ruddy baby face, matching his scruffy beard. Youthful and burly, rustic and earthy, dressed for the outdoors in a jacket and a pale red flannel shirt. Not yet spoiled by city life, innocent, unadventured, but poised to begin, clutching his treasured story in readiness. What was that book to him? Fiction? History? Autobiography? No clue from his silent eyes,...
  • The Cubitat Shrinks an Entire House Into One Compact Cube

    01/27/2015 10:30:56 AM PST · by gorush · 58 replies
    Slate’s design blog. ^ | Jan. 27 2015 12:18 PM | Kristin Hohenadel
    Those on a quest to rethink small-space living build tiny houses, install pop-up rentals on vacant lots, and design portable 10-square-foot microkitchens tucked inside armoires. Presented over the weekend at Toronto’s Interior Design Show, Cubitat is a 10-by-10-by-10-foot cube that houses a kitchen, bathroom, bed, laundry, and storage.
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Main Trailer

    11/06/2014 6:10:03 PM PST · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Main Trailer
  • Lord of the Rings voted 'best movie soundtrack'

    09/13/2014 5:13:34 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    BBC ^ | 08.26.14
    The soundtrack to the Lord of the Rings film trilogy has been deemed the best of all time, beating John Williams' 1977 Star Wars score into second place.Composer Howard Shore's accompaniment won the Classic FM listeners' accolade for the fifth consecutive year.Hans Zimmer's music to Gladiator, Schindler's List by John Williams and John Barry's soaring Out of Africa score made the top five.
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Release Date, Cast, Trailer and News

    09/07/2014 11:19:15 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Release Date, Cast, Trailer and News: Things We Know So Far In December, Warner Bros. will release "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies", the final installment in "The Hobbit" series. Peter Jackson returns to the helm in what promises to be an action-packed film. The new film continues Bilbo's journey in Middle Earth with Thorin's company and their attempt to recover the Dwarves home. The following is a list of things we know about the film:
  • 34 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About "The Lord Of The Rings" Trilogy

    08/31/2014 6:48:45 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 55 replies
    1. Nicolas Cage passed up the role of Aragorn because of “family obligations.” 2. Daniel Day-Lewis also turned down the role multiple times. 3. The same fight choreographer and fencer who worked on Lord of the Rings also worked on The Parent Trap and Star Wars. 4. And he said that Viggo Mortensen was “the best swordsman [he] ever trained.”
  • 'The Hobbit' Part 3 News: Climax Of 'Battle of Five Armies' 'Sets Tone'

    07/01/2014 6:45:11 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 47 replies
    'The Hobbit' Part 3 News: Climax Of 'Battle of Five Armies' 'Sets Tone' For 'What's Going To Happen' In 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy Letteri went on to speak about how the ending of this movie would lead into and help fans better understand the Lord of the Rings trilogy. "Yeah because it is the climax, and you really just need to know that there is another battle for Middle-earth," he said." The whole extension of The Hobbit's story has really been to get us to the point where we understand when we leave it what's going to happen when...
  • Is 'Lord of the Rings' better than 'Game of Thrones'

    06/21/2014 10:00:35 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 65 replies
    Peter Jackson's Middle Earth franchises 'The Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings' had for a long time been the cream of the crop for fantasy entertainment, but now there's a new contender for the throne in HBO's 'Game of Thrones' 'Lord of the Rings' is regarded by many as one of the best film trilogies of all time, fantasy genre or otherwise, it's third film smashed Academy award records and to this date holds the record for highest number of Oscar wins, winning in every category it was nominated. 'Game of Thrones' doesn't quite have the same awards success, although...
  • Shadowfax has died

    04/10/2014 9:56:44 AM PDT · by Radagast the Fool · 16 replies
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  • ‘Lord of the Rings’ inspired by the Burren, County Clare's, rugged landscape

    03/24/2014 3:30:23 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    March 25 is officially Tolkien Reading Day. Yes you heard us! In 2002 a New York journalist inquired with the Tolkien Society if there was such a thing and low and behold they set it up. So why March 25? Well it's Tolkien’s birthday Jan 3 and Bilbo & Frodo’s birthday on Sept 22nd but March 25 is the perfect day as it's the date of the downfall of Sauron! To honor the Tolkien Reading Day we thought it apt to look at the fact that his world of Middle Earth is based on the Burren, in County Clare.
  • Why It's Time For The Peter Jackson Era Of 'The Lord Of The Rings' To End

    02/22/2014 7:44:18 AM PST · by Perdogg · 59 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1.30.14
    Peter Jackson has made some remarkable movies. There’s no denying that his sprawling Lord of the Rings trilogy was the very definition of epic—filled with massive battles, touching moments, and beautiful cinematography, not to mention a lovely score.
  • JRR Tolkien advised by WH Auden to drop romance

    02/16/2014 6:26:21 PM PST · by Perdogg · 73 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 02.11.14
    WH Auden attempted to persuade JRR Tolkien to drop the romance between Aragorn and Arwen from the storyline of The Lord of the Rings, describing it as "unnecessary and perfunctory", an unpublished letter by the author has revealed. The 1955 letter sees Tolkien writing to his publisher about the difficulties of completing The Return of the King, the third and final part of his magnum opus, in which Aragorn and his men face a final battle with Sauron's troops, as the hobbits Frodo and Sam continue on their journey to destroy the One Ring. At the end, Aragorn is crowned...
  • Happy 40th Birthday, Dungeons & Dragons

    01/09/2014 12:39:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Mon., Jan. 6 2014 | Mollie McWilliams
    Its creation paved the way for the gaming world of today -- adding social elements and changing the definition of what constitutes a game. It led the way for World of Warcraft, Fable, Final Fantasy, and many more -- and it's turning 40 years old. Happy birthday, Dungeons & Dragons. We're not part of the 20 million people who've put a player character into the game and rolled the polyhedral dice to see how the events of D&D unfold. We've never purchased any of the $1-billion worth of game merchandise sold over the last four decades, but we do know...
  • Arrow-wielding elves and fiery Smaug amp up action in 'The Hobbit'

    12/12/2013 5:53:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 58 replies ^ | December 12, 2013 6:03 PM ET.
    In the male-dominated realm of Middle Earth, only a few female characters are given a chance to shine - notably Liv Tyler's elf maiden Arwen and Cate Blanchett's elf queen Galadriel in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. When adapting Tolkein's prequel "The Hobbit" into three films, Jackson worked with producers to create a new character not featured in the original book. Unlike Tyler and Blanchett's characters, the elf warrior Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly, is not high-born - she is a working class 'Silvan' elf, who guards the Elven kingdom.
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - review

    12/06/2013 3:31:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies ^ | Friday 6 December 2013 22.17 GMT | Peter Bradshaw
    eter Jackson has picked up the pace. He began his Hobbit trilogy at an amiable, meanderingly wayward canter, and tried the patience of believers and non-believers alike with that initial supper scene, almost an epic in itself. But this second episode commences with a narrative whipcrack – a quick flashback to Gandalf and Thorin tensely discussing their great plan in the snug bar of the Prancing Pony – and then we're off, at a tremendous gallop. The Desolation of Smaug is a cheerfully entertaining and exhilarating adventure tale, a supercharged Saturday morning picture: it's mysterious and strange and yet Jackson...
  • Is George R.R. Martin the “American Tolkien”?

    05/31/2013 12:43:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 134 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 5.31.13 | Anne Hobson
    With the end of the third season of Game of Thrones in sight (June 9th), a global audience of over 5 million is debating whether or not George R.R. Martin is the rightful “American Tolkien.” I argue that while The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones have striking similarities, Martin is actually pioneering a distinct genre—a new kind of fantasy novel informed by historical fiction and politics. Martin admits that he was influenced a great deal by Tolkien, and mirrored the structure of his novels off of Tolkien’s work: “Tolkien begins his story in the Shire with one...
  • The Hobbit ring that may have inspired Tolkien put on show

    04/03/2013 9:44:42 AM PDT · by Altariel · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 1, 2013 | Maev Kennedy
    In what was once the housekeeper's office of a Tudor mansion in Hampshire, a very odd golden ring glitters on a revolving stand in a tall perspex column. In chapter five of The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins finds a ring in the gloom of Gollum's cave. Not just any ring. "One very beautiful thing, very beautiful, very wonderful. He had a ring, a golden ring, a precious ring." A new exhibition opening today at The Vyne, now owned by the National Trust, raises the intriguing possibility that the Roman ring in the case, and the ring of power in JRR Tolkien's...
  • Anyone disturbed by "The Hobbit" film?

    12/26/2012 3:46:05 AM PST · by LinnieBeth · 83 replies
    12-26-12 | LinnieBeth
    We went to see The Hobbit yesterday and we thought it was awful. Been surprised that since it's release there haven't been any posts to the Hole. Are you all disgusted with Part 1?
  • 'The Hobbit' stumbles on first leg of its journey, critics say

    12/14/2012 4:35:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    lat ^ | December 14, 2012, 3:25 p.m. | By Oliver Gettell
    <p>Although the first installment of Peter Jackson's three-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel "The Hobbit" carries the subtitle "An Unexpected Journey," it wasn't entirely unexpected that the director would revisit Middle-earth after the worldwide success of his "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.</p>
  • 'Mount Doom' set to erupt in New Zealand

    11/23/2012 6:48:18 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Monday, November 19, 2012 | AFP
    A New Zealand volcano that featured as Mount Doom in "The Lord of the Rings" movies is in danger of erupting as pressure builds in a subterranean vent, officials have said. The Department of Conservation (DOC) warned hikers to avoid the summit of Mount Ruapehu, saying that temperature readings by scientists indicated there was an increased risk of eruption at New Zealand's largest active volcano. "The current situation can't continue, Ruapehu is so active that the temperatures have been going up and down a lot," DOC volcanic risk manager Harry Keys told Radio New Zealand... Official monitoring body GNS Science...
  • The Lord of the Rings Acapella

    11/23/2012 1:27:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    youtube ^ | Mar 26, 2011 | Amy8Rob
    Acapella arrangement of the Lord of the Rings score. Its a medley based on the film and the musical.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness Preview to Debut in IMAX with The Hobbit on December 14th

    11/14/2012 8:02:15 PM PST · by EveningStar · 39 replies
    Trek News ^ | November 14, 2012 | Brian Wilkins
    Paramount Pictures has announced that the first 9 minutes of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness will appear exclusively in IMAX 3D prior to showings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in December.The 9-minute preview will be shown in approximately 500 digital IMAX 3D theatres beginning Friday, December 14th.Star Trek Into Darkness, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller, Bruce Greenwood and Alice Eve, hits theaters on May 17, 2013.
  • Why J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ Isn’t Just For Kids

    10/17/2012 1:01:51 PM PDT · by Altariel · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 21, 2012 | Corey Olsen
    One of the most consistently underappreciated elements of “The Hobbit” is Tolkien’s use of poetry and song throughout the book. Most readers skim over the poems or even skip them outright, but they miss out on some of Tolkien’s most thoughtful and compelling literary moments. The songs in “The Hobbit” are not merely verses embedded in the story; they are poems carefully designed to capture the voices and illustrate the attitudes of their singers. The simple chant of the goblins when they first capture Bilbo and the dwarves, for instance, gives readers a stark insight into the goblin outlook on...
  • New Hobbit Trailer From Brave Now Online

    08/07/2012 4:53:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    PJMedia ^ | August 6, 2012 | None
    New Hobbit trailer available online. YES!!!
  • ‘Hobbit’ trilogy confirmed by Peter Jackson, Internet rejoices

    07/30/2012 10:29:08 PM PDT · by Altariel · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 30, 2012 | Jen Chaney
    Peter Jackson formally announced this afternoon that his take on “The Hobbit” — originally envisioned as a two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s tale — will be a trilogy. The Oscar-winning filmmaker — who, as Smeagol scholars are well aware, directed the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy to much critical acclaim and financial success — had hinted about a third “Hobbit” during a recent appearance at Comic-Con. But today’s statement officially confirms that a third, not-yet-titled movie will follow “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and ”The Hobbit: There and Back Again.” Part three of the Bilbo Baggins saga is slated for...
  • Chief Justice John Roberts gives Obama and Democrats a Trojan Horse

    06/30/2012 11:51:37 PM PDT · by SincerelyAmanda · 102 replies
    The Washington Times Communities ^ | June 29th, 2012 | Amanda Read
    After wounding socialism, why didn’t Roberts go for the glory and slay Obamacare while he could? Chief Justice stepped aside to let We the People do the honors.
  • Happy Birthday, Professor Tolkien - Jan. 3 !!!

    01/03/2012 9:25:16 AM PST · by fishtank · 25 replies · 3+ views ^ | Jan 3, 2012 | JRR Tolkien
    On the 3rd January 1892 JRR Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. To celebrate this event, on this day each year Tolkien fans around the world are invited to raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author. The toast is "The Professor". For those unfamiliar with British toast-drinking ceremonies: To make the Birthday Toast, you stand, raise a glass of your choice of drink (not necessarily alcoholic), and say the words 'The Professor' before taking a sip (or swig, if that's more appropriate for your drink). Sit and enjoy the rest of your drink.
  • The Hobbit Trailer (2012)

    12/20/2011 8:45:05 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 119 replies
    You Tube ^ | 12-20-2011 | Peter Jackson
  • Reading LOTR:FOTR - Chapter 1 - Part 1 - A Long Expected Party - Audiobook

    11/21/2011 8:34:44 PM PST · by Altariel · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 23, 2010 | PhilsStuffofDoom
    Read by Phil Dragash and edited, and mixed, sound-effected, and designed, and painted as well. Forgive the many mistakes and glitches. I'm the only one working on this after all!
  • Occupy Wall St., Zuccotti Park being raided by NYPD LIVE thread

    11/14/2011 11:12:30 PM PST · by ResearchMonkey · 292 replies · 1+ views
    live stream #1 ^ | RomperRoomRebellion
    Zuccotti Park being raided by NYPD, LIVE!.Streets closed completely around the park being reported.Global Rev LIVEOccupyNYC LIVELate night entertainment.
  • BREAKING: PROTESTBYPROXY To File Discrimination Lawsuit Against Herman Cain!

    11/02/2011 3:35:22 PM PDT · by PROTESTBYPROXY · 21 replies
    11-02-11 | Protestbyproxy
    I am deeply upset. Mr. Cain did not hit on me!!
  • Peter Jackson & John Key – full Hobbiton media conference - Video

    10/29/2011 5:30:04 PM PDT · by Immerito · 31 replies · 1+ views
    News 3 (New Zealand) ^ | October 28, 2011 | News 3
    The full, uncut video of filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson and Prime Minister John Key speaking at Hobbiton today
  • Governor Palin's Tax Plan: Simply Genius

    09/05/2011 9:03:01 PM PDT · by MN_Mike · 64 replies
    September 5, 2011 | MinnMike
    It's been a long while since I posted at FR, so bear with me please. There has not been sufficient discussion about Governor Palin's superb tax policy she announced in Iowa this past weekend. So, before the other campaigns try to co-opt it, I think it's necessary to put our pro-Palin stake in the ground. Current Situation - As we are all well aware, the high unemployment is plainly nasty and long-standing. Much as President Obama would like any of several of his targets to take the blame for the economic fix we are in, it is his name that...
  • JRR Tolkien fan? Then Hobbit to Montana...

    08/12/2011 8:07:23 AM PDT · by CharlieOK1 · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 8/12/2011 | Rachel Quigley
    Peter Jackson's hotly-anticipated movie The Hobbit is not out until 2012 - but that doesn't mean fans have to wait for a taste.For a Montana man has created a 1,000sq-ft Hobbit-themed guest house for those who love the J.R.R Tolkien books and characters like Bilbo Baggins.
  • Obama Job Approval 50% or Higher in 16 States and D.C.

    08/08/2011 8:11:43 AM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 73 replies ^ | 08/08/11 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Residents of 16 states and the District of Columbia gave President Obama approval ratings of 50% or higher during the first half of 2011, led by the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Maryland, and Delaware. Idaho residents had the least positive appraisal of his performance, with 27% approving. These results are based on aggregated Gallup Daily tracking data from January through June, consisting of nearly 90,000 interviews nationally. Obama averaged 47% approval on a nationwide basis during this time. Each state's data is weighted so it is demographically representative of the state's population. The full data for each state can be...
  • Great idea to thank the brave congress members.

    07/31/2011 2:42:07 PM PDT · by smokeyb · 8 replies
    Rush Limbach ^ | 7/29/2011 | Ellie from Akron, Ohio
    A friend, Ellie, from Ohio was on Rush Friday and had a great idea to thank those that held firm to their principles.
  • Time Exclusive: First Dwarves from 'The Hobbit' Movie

    07/17/2011 9:06:56 PM PDT · by SMCC1 · 15 replies
    Time Newsfeed ^ | July 2011 | Megan Friedman
    "An Exclusive Look at 'The Hobbit' Dwarves" Peter Jackson's upcoming film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, has been hotly anticipated by everyone from Tolkien obsessives to film buffs. The crew behind the movie, including Jackson himself, has kept fans salivating by documenting the movie's production through blog posts and videos. But TIME is the first to bring you this image of two characters from the film, dwarves named Balin and Dwalin. Below, find Warner Bros.' description of the two, and then click on for more images of The Hobbit's beloved dwarves. Read more:"
  • 'Hobbit' First Look: 3 pics !

    06/24/2011 3:20:16 AM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 23 replies · 12+ views
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | June 24, 2011 | Josh Rottenburg
    Peter Jackson lets us sneak a peek at work-in-progress; spy Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, with the director's comments
  • The Official HOBBIT Titles And Release Dates!

    05/30/2011 8:13:13 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 37 replies ^ | 053011 | Nordling
    We've known about this unofficially since March, but it's official now - New Line, MGM, and Warner Brothers have announced that Peter Jackson's HOBBIT films are titled THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, to be released December 14, 2012, and THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN, to be released December 13, 2013.
  • The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Trilogy Returns to Theaters in June

    05/16/2011 5:24:52 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 25 replies
    MovieWeb ^ | 26 April 2011 | B. Alan Orange
    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy returns to AMC theaters in June To help celebrate the release of The Lord of The Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Blu-ray, which hits stores on June 28th, AMC theaters is bringing all three Extended Edition films back to screens for one night only. The three movies will play over the course of three weeks, with The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring screening on June 14th, The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers screening on June 21st, and The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King bringing the...
  • Production Begins in New Zealand on The Hobbit

    03/22/2011 10:58:02 AM PDT · by Immerito · 35 replies
    The One Ring.Net ^ | March 20, 2011 | xoanon
    In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit… Wellington, NZ, March 21, 2011—Production has commenced in Wellington, New Zealand, on “The Hobbit,” filmmaker Peter Jackson’s two film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s widely read masterpiece. “The Hobbit” is set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” The two films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, will be shot...
  • The Soviet “Hobbit”

    03/06/2011 4:45:15 AM PST · by csvset · 7 replies
    I apologize if this has been posted before. Check this out. JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit was published in the USSR in 1976, with illustrations by M. Belomlinskij.The Soviet HobbitHere's a sample. More at the link.
  • Exclusive: Dual Hobbit Film Titles Revealed?

    03/04/2011 11:42:56 AM PST · by Immerito · 16 replies
    The One Ring.Net ^ | March 2. 2011 | Calisuri
    Exclusive: Dual Hobbit Film Titles Revealed? March 2nd, 2011 by Calisuri | Discuss | 6 Comments and 66 Reactions Ringer Spy Mr. Underbelly monitors movie titles that are registered by major film studios. Mr. Underbelly noticed that New Line has recently registered the following two film titles: The Hobbit: There and Back Again and… The Hobbit: An/The Unexpected Journey This is the first indication of what the ‘official’ titles will be of the two Hobbit films. What are your thoughts? Remember, this is not confirmed officially, but it is a relatively good indication of what the two film titles could...
  • Tolkien's The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrún: a lecture

    03/04/2011 11:39:32 AM PST · by Immerito · 2 replies
    British Fantasy Society ^ | March 4, 2011 | Peter Coleborn
    At The School of Education, UWIC (The University of Wales in Cardiff), Tom Shippey, Professor Emeritus of English, St. Louis University, will deliver an Open Lecture called: Writing into the Gap: Tolkien's The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrún Tom Shippey has published extensively on medieval literature, and has recently been working on ‘medievalism’ and romantic nationalism, focusing on the work of Jacob Grimm. He established Tolkien scholarship by his acclaimed monograph The Road to Middle-earth, now supplemented by J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century. As the foremost Tolkien scholar, he contributed in the documentaries associated with Peter Jackson’s adaptation of...