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A description of the face of BeornCOMMUNITY NEWS:
Via The Eagles of Manwe, which see all from afar, we are able to bring you this description of the face of Beorn. Our highly reputable source accidentally caught our favourite shape-shifter on location during principal photography in late 2011 at the Beorn’s Hall set near Paradise in Glenorchy.
With the usual spoiler warning, here’s the description. [Read more]
Peter Jackson receives New Zealand’s highest honour
Sir Peter Jackson has a new award to add to his trophy cabinet! The film director has just been honoured with New Zealand’s highest accolade, having been made an Additional Member of the Order of New Zealand, for services to the country. [Read more]
Researching THE FRODO FRANCHISE: Part 5, Watching Peter Jackson Direct
Welcome back to another in my occasional series about how I did the research for my book, The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood.
By the time I got to Wellington for my first research trip, in late September of 2003, principal photography was over. [Read more]
Billy Boyd returns to New Zealand in October
Billy Boyd will return to New Zealand for the first time since the Return of the King premiere to appear at the Armageddon comics expo in Auckland in October. One of the stars of Sir Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy is going on an unexpected journey a decade after he last left. [Read more]
Dominic Monaghan to appear at Australia’s Supanova convention
Looks like Australian ringers will have an opportunity to catch up with Dominic Monaghan in Novewmber when he makes appearances at both the Adelaide and Brisbane editions of the Supanova pop culture expo. British actor Dominic Monaghan is the latest celebrity to join Supanova’s ensemble cast attending November’s expos in Brisbane and Adelaide. [Read more]
The Alps that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien’s writing
One of the most glorious aspects of reading The Lord of the Rings, is his abiding love of nature — and particularly of mountains.
`Only once before have I seen them from afar in waking life, but I know them and their names, for under them lies Khazad-dûm, the Dwarrowdelf, that is now called the Black Pit, Moria in the Elvish tongue. Yonder stands Barazinbar, the Redhorn, cruel Caradhras; and beyond him are Silvertine and Cloudyhead: Celebdil the White, and Fanuidhol the Grey, that we call Zirak-zigil and Bundushathûr. - Gimli, The Lord of the Rings. -
This lovely feature guides us through the alpine regions of Switzerland that proved so inspirational to Tolkien when he travelled there in 1911. [Read more]
Actor Thomas Robins (Deagol and Young Thrain) talks to TORn
TheOneRing.net readers will remember actor Thomas Robins as Deagol, from that wonderful scene with Andy Serkis at the opening of The Return of the King; and some sharper-eyed viewers may also have spotted him (under heavy prosthetics!) as Young Thrain, in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. [Read more]
Dragon Con, Tolkien video highlights with Graham McTavish, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy and Manu Bennett
The 2013 edition of Dragon Con was so vast and so epic that the stories and highlights just keep on coming. While thousands flocked to Atlanta to catch 28 unique Tolkien programming panels, many others just couldn’t attend. So, in order to share the event as widely as possible (and encourage you to attend next year) we brought filmmaker Dan McBride with us this year to run a one man film crew. [Read more]
Orlando Bloom on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Orlando Bloom — who we sometimes know as the elf of Mirkwood, Legolas Greenleaf — made an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to discuss his role in the first Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet in 36 years.
He also chatted with Fallon about The Hobbit, and they showed a short clip of The Happy Hobbit crew’s reaction to the Desolation of Smaug trailer. [Read more]
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What are the orcs doing now?
Now we all know that not all of the Orcs were killed in Mordor. Soo... Where. Are. They. Now?
My best guess... the tax services.
Orc-1-- Hey Look, legalized pillaging!
Orc mob --- COOL!
Ancestry.com found Tom Bombadil, immortal that he is...
I bet the results are unique and not clearly identified as human.
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Setting Up an SWG "Satellite" Group on Tumblr
The SWG moderators have recently been discussing the possibility of setting up a "satellite group" on Tumblr. Like our current satellite groups on LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, and Yahoo! Groups, this group would be run under the SWG guidelines as a space for the Silmarillion fandom.
The problem is that none of the SWG moderators have much experience with Tumblr! While we all have accounts there, none of us are heavy users of the site and so feel woefully unprepared to make the best decisions in getting the group set up.
We are seeking volunteers to discuss setting up a Tumblr satellite group for the SWG. No particular experience is necessary--just a willingness to help us iron our the particulars and probably answer the occasional silly question! :) We will also eventually be seeking moderators for the Tumblr group and will give strong preference to those who have helped to get the group set up.
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About Elvish Psychology.
Since Tolkien never adresses this directly, any answer requires speculation on Elvish psychology, drawing inferences (as usual) from whatever Tolkien does say about the Elves.
Monday's BOOK question: Gandalf said to Butterbur: “May your beer be laid under enchantment of surpassing excellence for ______ years.”?SEND MATHOMS:
rakshi, leianora, frolijahfan, addie71, helenllama and dreamflower02 answered correctly.
Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: What does Eomer first guess is Grima's promised prize for betraying Rohan?
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