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  • What if The Beatles starred in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings?

    09/17/2016 6:36:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Aletelial ^ | September 17, 2016 | Philip Kosloski
    Next month one Brooklyn theater will explore that question in a Monty Python-esque comedy entitled The Beatles Present ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Musical.” The writer and director of the show wanted to explore, in a comedic way, what might have happened had Tolkien given a green light to the original project proposed by The Beatles.Well before Peter Jackson took on the weighty task of bringing J.R.R. Tolkien’s realm of Middle-Earth to moviegoers, The Fab Four had approached the Catholic author in hopes of filling the roles of Frodo, Gandalf and company.During the 60s and 70s the highly successful...
  • 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.”
  • Looking for a good book for the Year of Mercy? Read Lord of the Rings

    04/27/2016 4:25:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 26, 2016 | Elizabeth Anderson
    In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis wants the faithful to recognize God’s mercy toward each individual soul, and then in turn to show increased mercy toward one another. In his bull proclaiming the Jubilee, our Holy Father affirms “we are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us. Pardoning offences becomes the clearest expression of merciful love, and for us Christians it is an imperative from which we cannot excuse ourselves.” Mercy can, however, seem rather abstract to us; the imagination may need some prodding. Few books provide a better depiction of mercy...
  • Happy Birthday, J.R.R. Tolkien!

    01/04/2016 8:13:14 PM PST · by Kartographer · 16 replies ^ | 1/3/15 | Altaira
    124 years ago today, on January 3, 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein Africa. Forty-five years later, in 1937, his book The Hobbit, was published which he had written for his children. Together with its sequel, The Lord of the Rings, it launched generations of readers on adventures through the invented world of Middle-earth that would impact many of us for the rest of our lives.
  • Tolkien’s own annotated map newly discovered loose inside copy of LOTR

    10/23/2015 10:31:03 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 28 replies
    One Ring Net ^ | 10/23/15 | MrCere
    An important, and frankly amazing Tolkien document has emerged, recently discovered loose in a copy of The Lord of the Rings once owned by illustrator Pauline Baynes. The Guardian reports that Baynes removed the map from a previous version of the novel as she was working on a then new color map for a new edition that was published in 1970. The map then had “copious” notes made by J.R.R. Tolkien in green ink and pencil. Baynes then made her own notes on the map. It is essentially a map annotated by Tolkien himself.
  • Hobbit Author J.R.R. Tolkien's Anti-Socialist, Pro-Liberty Message

    12/05/2014 6:46:13 AM PST · by xzins · 38 replies
    CNS ^ | December 4, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    J.R.R. Tolkien, the British author best known for The Hobbit and his epic trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, was an astute critic of socialism and utopianism and a passionate defender of liberty, says Jay Richards, co-author of The Hobbit Party, which he calls “a study of the political and economic implications of Tolkien’s thought.” “Certainly anyone that’s seen The Lord of the Rings, for instance, at the movies knows that he was deeply concerned about the dangers and the temptations of absolute power. "The symbol of the one ring, of course. It’s not just a symbol of the sort...
  • Without the cooperation of the Tolkien estate, there can't be more films': Peter Jackson

    12/04/2014 8:54:23 AM PST · by bkopto · 55 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 12/4/2014 | Hanna Flint
    Peter Jackson has said he won't be making anymore movies based on J. R. R. Tolkien's work, because the estate won't let him. SNIP The writer's son Christopher, who was appointed by his father as his literary executor, said that he was disappointed by the way the movies had diluted the artistry of the novels. He told Le Monde in 2012: 'Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed by the absurdity of our time. 'The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work and what it has become has overwhelmed me. The commercialisation has...
  • The Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies ends with a 45-minute battle scene

    10/24/2014 6:51:44 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    Perhaps explaining why those Hobbit movies cost so much damn money to make, Entertainment Weekly has revealed that The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies will end with a 45-minute battle scene. Director Peter Jackson spoke with EW about the logistics of creating such an epic climax. “We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics,” Jackson explains, before sharing the highly scientific way he maps out his fight scenes:
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • Viggo Mortensen criticizes ‘Lord of the Rings’ films Jackson discovered CGI ‘he never looked back’

    05/16/2014 4:31:40 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    So much for that fellowship of the ring. Viggo Mortensen took a shot at Peter Jackson's dependence on visual effects in the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy films, which are widely considered to have launched the actor's career to a higher level. In a frank interview with London's The Telegraph, the 55-year-old star of the upcoming "Two Faces of January" gave a thumbs-down to every J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation his former director has made since the first installment, 2001's "The Fellowship of the Ring."
  • 'The Hobbit' Part 3..Richard Armitage Teases Ending of Film Being Different from Tolkien's Version?

    04/01/2014 3:33:57 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 43 replies
    ENSTARS ^ | By Natasha Taggart, ENSTARS / Mar 31, 2014 01:49 PM EDT
    In a recent interview, Richard Armitage revealed that he was quite emotional about the completion of the trilogy. The 42-year-old actor spoke with BANG Showbiz about finally wrapping the trilogy and how now that the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy was completed, he was very moved. "It will be 15 years of Peter Jackson's work, there'll be six movies to watch, but it could be the final time. There's something moving about that," he said.
  • Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings battle scenes were inspired by WW1 experiences

    02/28/2014 4:23:30 AM PST · by Perdogg · 20 replies
    The harrowing battle scenes and heartache in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece The Lord Of The Rings were inspired by the author’s own First World War nightmare and the death of close friends from Birmingham.
  • How would ‘The Silmarillion’ fare as a film trilogy?

    02/23/2014 6:16:39 PM PST · by Perdogg · 29 replies
    It’s the film project that many of us fear we may never see. Yet surely, with time, all may be possible. In this article, Rud the Spud takes a look at how a trilogy based on Professor Tolkien’s The Silmarillion might be constructed – should such a project ever come to fruition – and discusses whether or not it could possibily live up to the Professor’s massive collection of stories. The Silmarillion Movie Trilogy By Rud the Spud It’s an idea that has been capturing the minds of Ringers since the days of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings...
  • 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...
  • Birthday Toast to J.R.R. Tolkien

    01/03/2014 5:37:19 PM PST · by muleskinner · 24 replies
    The Tolkien Society
    2014 birthday toast 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 were invited to raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author 21:00 (9 pm) your local time. 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)....
  • The Hobbit and EWTN

    11/27/2013 2:50:45 PM PST · by NYer · 38 replies
    Waiting for Godot to Leave ^ | November 21, 2013 | Kevin O'Brien
    Joseph Pearce writes ... I'm at EWTN at the moment and had a sneak preview of the forthcoming Hobbit special on which we worked. It's truly superb and you are as wonderful as ever! It's being aired on December 5th. Can't wait to see it! We filmed two specials - one on The Hobbit and one on The Lord of the Rings.  I have not yet heard when the second one will air.  I play Tolkien in both specials and Joseph offers his insightful commentary on the Catholic elements in Tolkien's works.  I'll pass long more info as it's passed...
  • ‘I’m a Proud Hobbit’: Sarah Palin Takes a Swing at Fmr. Running Mate John McCain

    11/13/2013 7:22:33 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 71 replies ^ | November 13, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    Tuesday afternoon on The Laura Ingraham Show, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took a swing at her former running mate, Sen. John McCain, after he likened the tea party movement to hobbits from the Lord of the Rings series. Though host Laura Ingraham referred to McCain’s words as “recent,” they were actually from a House speech in 2011, after that year’s debt ceiling crisis. Republicans who “failed to raise the debt ceiling” could escape all the blame, and “the tea party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth having defeated Mordor,” the senator mocked. “This is the kind of crack political...
  • The Eye of Sauron Is the Modern Surveillance State [Tolkien vs. Orwell]

    07/18/2013 9:42:25 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    Slate ^ | Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 4:57 PM | David Rosen and Aaron Santesso
    What can literary fiction teach us about recent revelations that the National Security Agency has aggressively been gathering massive amounts of data on American citizens? The novel one usually turns to, of course, is George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, with its terrifying vision of the Thought Police. Even President Obama, in response to questions about the NSA, has been forced to deny that the government has engaged in “Big Brother” tactics. Orwell’s book, however, isn’t the most compelling or accurate literary prediction of modern surveillance. That award goes to a less obvious title: J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Tolkien’s most...
  • Return of the King - Aragon's Speech

    01/31/2013 8:17:31 PM PST · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 29 replies
    Return of the King | 1/31/2013 | JP II Be Not Afraid
    The Return of the King Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of Men fails When we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship But it is not this day An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the Age of Man comes crashing down But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth I bid you stand, Men of the West!
  • The Director and Stars of “The Hobbit” Share Thoughts on Bravery, Mercy and Tolkien’s Christianity

    12/10/2012 6:04:54 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 34 replies
    Patheos/Christopher Closeup ^ | December 10, 2012 | Tony Rossi
    The new film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (opening Dec. 14) has got action and adventure galore, just like “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy that preceded it. But the director and actors who worked on the movie are well aware of the deeper themes that lie at the heart of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), who authored all the original books, published between 1937 and 1955. At a recent press conference about the film in New York City, Richard Armitage, who portrays the Dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshield, said, “One of the things I find when I look...
  • Arrest Peter Jackson & Viggo Mortensen Now!

    09/18/2012 8:14:43 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 19 replies ^ | 9/18/12 | Ann Barnhardt
    The scene below was cut from the theatrical release, but is included in the Extended Edition DVD. This scene shows "The Mouth of Sauron" coming out of the Black Gate to treat with Aragorn and Gandalf. Given the following chant of the musloid political cult, and knowing that Sauron is the allegorical representation of satan, can you guess who "The Mouth of Sauron" is? "There is no god but allah (swine diarrhea be upon him), and mohammed (enthusiastic imbiber of swine diarrhea and fornicator with syphilitic sows) is his prophet." That's right, kids. "The Mouth of Sauron" character in The...
  • 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.
  • RIP Bob Anderson-Hollywood's Supreme Sword-Master

    01/02/2012 3:48:18 PM PST · by hoagy62 · 10 replies
    Ain't It Cool News ^ | 1-2-12 | 'Nordling'
    RIP Bob Anderson, 1922-2012. Who, you say? You may not know him, but I can almost guarantee you've seen his work. The swordfight in "The Princess Bride"? Bob choreographed it. All the swordplay in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy? He supervised and taught all of the cast about it. The epic lightsaber duels in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi"? It was Bob in the Vader suit, not David Prowse. Not to mention his work in "Highlander", "The Three Musketeers", "The Mask of Zorro" & "The Legend of Zorro", "Die Another Day", and even on the...
  • Lord of the Rings - Yearly Ritual

    12/26/2011 5:31:35 PM PST · by dagogo redux · 51 replies
    12/26/11 | dagogo redux
    Every year now for a number of years my wife and I watch the entire six disc extended version of the Lord of the Rings during the gloomy Northwest winter around the Thanksgiving-to New-Years time. It helps us through the winter gloom, but since Obama's election it also helps us maintain hope and courage. I grew up on Tolkien before he was well known, and it probably shaped me in ways I can scarcely appreciate. My wife on the other hand, from the Third World, had no inkling of Tolkien until this movie cycle came out. We are both very...
  • 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...
  • EWTN - 4/6/11 - Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" A Catholic Worldview

    04/06/2011 3:04:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    EWTN ^ | April 5, 2011
    Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" A Catholic Worldview Wed. April 6 at 10 PM ET, Fri. April 8 at 1 PM ET, Sat. April 9 at 5 AM ET Joseph Pearce uncovers the Catholicism found in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. From Education Resource CenterFinding Frodo’s FaithJOSEPH PEARCEThe Lord of the Rings is every bit as Catholic as its author. It is not only written by a Catholic, it is so Catholic that only a Catholic could have written it. What is the secret of J.R.R. Tolkien's success with The Lord of the Rings? How...
  • Race row erupts over The Hobbit

    11/28/2010 5:57:06 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 82 replies · 2+ views ^ | 29th November 2010
    PETER Jackson's troubled Hobbit project has become embroiled in a race row after a would-be extra was told she was too dark to play one of the pint-sized Tolkien creatures, reports said. Briton Naz Humphreys, who has Pakistani heritage, attended a casting session in the New Zealand city of Hamilton last week, queueing for three hours only to be told her skin tone was not suitable, the Waikato Times reported. "It's 2010 and I still can't believe I'm being discriminated against because I have brown skin," Humphreys told the newspaper. "The casting manager basically said they weren't having anybody who...
  • Comparisons between Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings

    11/28/2010 2:13:51 PM PST · by Immerito · 22 replies
    The One Ring.Net ^ | 11/27/10 | Calisuri
    Many of us Ringers know the comparisons of The Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter are many. Well, has compiled a few for your reading pleasure. Enjoy! Fantasy stories generally lift from the same mythological source bank. Actually, if you want to get super scholarly and esoteric about it, every story (especially the more sword-and-sorcery themed variety) is the same basic “hero’s journey” archetype detailed by Joseph Campbell. But fantasy stories — King Arthur, Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Willow, Peter Pan, Conan the Barbarian — build their world out of the same objects. You...
  • Peter Jackson and New Line Announce 'Hobbit' Casting

    10/22/2010 7:08:58 AM PDT · by ExGeeEye · 47 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 10/21/2010 | Borys Kit
    Martin Freeman is set to star as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's two-movie adaptation of The Hobbit... Thorin Oakenshield...Richard ArmitageFili...Aidan TurnerKili...Rob Kazinskyetc...
  • Peter Jackson Threatens to Shut Down Hobbit (Follow-up from Yesterday)

    09/27/2010 9:50:41 PM PDT · by SMCC1 · 11 replies
    Eonline ^ | September 27, 2010 | PETER GICAS
    "Like the name of Bilbo Baggins' sword, threats being made by acting unions regarding production of The Hobbit are really starting to sting. So much so that Peter Jackson, the executive producer behind the Lord of the Rings prequel, is now suggesting that shooting could very well move to Eastern Europe—or even shut down—if things don't get resolved with the various acting unions in New Zealand that are encouraging its members not to work on a film that employs nonunion actors."
  • Meant to Be (Happy Birthday Bilbo Baggins!)

    09/22/2010 11:20:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies · 1+ views
    CE ^ | September 22, 2010 | Mary Kochan
    On September 22, 1290 Bilbo Baggins was born. The year given for his birth, of course, is in Shire Reckoning: The Shire being that happy part of Middle-Earth inhabited by those sensible and unpretentious folk called “Hobbits.”To that salt-of-the-earth Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, there comes one day an amazing summons. The call to participate in an adventure. And thereby hangs a tale and indeed a trilogy.In the course of his adventure, Bilbo will come into possession of the “One Ring” of power. On September 22, 1401, his eleventy-first birthday, Bilbo will bequeath the ring to his nephew Frodo, who will bear...
  • The Women of Middle-Earth, by Christine O'Donnell

    09/15/2010 3:24:20 PM PDT · by warpsmith · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 12/18/203 | Christine O'Donnell
    In the midst of piles of Lord of the Rings merchandise on every shelf, Tolkien’s wisdom is applied to just about everything — Tolkien and industrialization, Tolkien and communism, Tolkien and religion, etc. What’s surprising, especially in today’s hypersensitive post-Gloria Steinem world, is the dearth of commentary on Tolkien and women.
  • One Man LOTR Tours the UK!

    09/07/2010 6:06:19 PM PDT · by Immerito · 4 replies
    The One Ring.Net ^ | September 4, 2010 | xoanon
    100,000 characters. Nine companions. Three masterworks. One Man to do it all. Following his recent sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Canadian actor Charles Ross returns with his show One Man Lord Of The Rings for a full UK tour (plus a show in Dublin) in September.
  • ‘The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films’ Sneak Peak

    09/01/2010 5:42:28 AM PDT · by Immerito · 19 replies
    The One Ring.Net ^ | August 30, 2010 | xoanon
    Magpie writes: Doug Adams is letting us peek inside his upcoming book on the LOTR film music. Check out
  • Tolkien's Catholic Imagination

    07/02/2010 10:30:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Inside Catholic ^ | July 1, 2010 | Jason Boffetti
    Even among fantasy devotees who recognize Tolkien as the father of the modern genre, few realize that Tolkien insisted that The Lord of the Rings is "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work." This probably comes as a surprise to most Catholics as well.   Readers of The Lord of the Rings are unlikely to find a "Catholic Middle-earth" by looking for overt references to the Christian gospel or hidden Catholic symbolism -- Tolkien rejected this type of analysis -- however they will find it by looking at Tolkien's motivations as a writer.     Hobbies of an Oxford Don...
  • McCartney Hopes Abbey Road Plan Will Come Together (EMI selling Abbey Road but maybe not the name)

    02/17/2010 12:30:10 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 22 replies · 413+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 17, 2010, 10:51 am | BEN SISARIO
    One of Abbey Road Studios’ most famous clients hopes that the facility, which has reportedly been put up for sale, can be saved. Paul McCartney, speaking to the BBC’s Newsnight television show on Tuesday, said there have been efforts to save Abbey Road by “a few people who have been associated with the studio for a long time,” although he did not name those people or include himself among them. “I have so many memories there with the Beatles,” he added. “It still is a great studio. So it would be lovely for someone to get a thing together to...
  • Knighthood better than Oscar, says Peter Jackson

    12/30/2009 2:28:53 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 339+ views ^ | 31st December 2009
    LORD of the Rings director Peter Jackson has been knighted for services to film. Sir Peter was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit after the New Zealand government announced in its New Year Honors today. Since starting out in film with cult classics the likes of Bad Taste and Meet the Feebles, Jackson's popular work has included the Lord of The Rings trilogy, a King Kong remake and most recently, a film adaptation of the best-selling Alice Sebold novel The Lovely Bones.
  • One Title to Rule Them All: Peter Jackson, Patrick Stewart Get Knighted

    01/01/2010 12:43:03 PM PST · by EveningStar · 27 replies · 2,413+ views
    E! Online ^ | December 31, 2009 | Josh Grossberg
    ...In a host of end-of-year honors, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart were both feted with knighthood by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II...
  • Lord of the Rings Author (JRR) Tolkien 'Trained as Spy'

    09/16/2009 9:46:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 2,197+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | September 17, 2009
    LORD of the Rings author JRR Tolkien trained as a spy in the years leading up to World War II, it has emerged. The Oxford University professor - who also wrote The Hobbit - was one of 50 intellectuals chosen by the British Government singled out to crack Nazi codes as it appeared increasingly likely Germany was preparing to declare war. Tolkien was reknown as one of his generation's most respected linguists, and according to The Sun, was believed to have passed the training course “with flying colours”. Start of sidebar. Skip to end of sidebar. End of sidebar. Return...
  • Legal settlement clears way for "Hobbit" movie

    09/08/2009 8:54:23 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 23 replies · 1,338+ views
    reuters ^ | Sep 8, 2009 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Hollywood studio behind a film based on "The Hobbit" and trustees for author J.R.R. Tolkien's estate said on Tuesday they had settled a lawsuit that clears the way for what is expected to be a blockbuster movie based on the book. "The Hobbit" is a 1937 book by Tolkien about a diminutive character named Bilbo Baggins who goes on a treasure-seeking adventure, and it sets the stage for Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, with its epic tale of magic and warfare.
  • Lawsuit may threaten Hobbit films (Tolkien heirs stiffed by Hollywood)

    07/16/2009 6:59:56 PM PDT · by ruination · 40 replies · 1,728+ views
    The West Australian ^ | Jul 16, 2009 | unattributed
    New Zealand film-maker Peter Jackson may have more in common with JRR Tolkien's heirs than he thought - they are also complaining about big studio accounting methods. Tolkien's family and a British charity they head, the Tolkien Trust, are seeking more than $US220 million ($276.94 million) in compensation for the Lord of the Rings trilogy Jackson made in New Zealand. The Tolkien heirs sold movie rights to the LOTR books 40 years ago for 7.5 per cent of future receipts, but say that three films and $US6 billion ($7.55 billion) later, they have not seen a cent of the proceeds....
  • How Did It Come To This?

    01/21/2009 6:25:42 AM PST · by whiterhino · 15 replies · 2,330+ views
    From a "shining city on a hill" to false "hope". How did it come to this? And who will be our horse and rider in 2012?
  • Second Teaser for ‘The Hunt for Gollum’ Released

    08/09/2008 7:05:37 PM PDT · by Oyarsa · 19 replies · 4,726+ views ^ | Aug 3, 2008 | Calisuri
    August 3rd, 2008 by Calisuri | Source: The Hunt for Gollum | Discuss If you haven’t heard of it yet, you will want to check out the non-profit collaborative short film being produced by writer/director Chris Bouchard - The Hunt for Gollum. Like the name suggests, this short film is a prequel to The Lord Of The Rings, set in Middle Earth and depicts events leading up to the Fellowship of the Ring. The story follows the Heir of Isildur as he sets out to find the creature Gollum. Mr. Bouchard has just released the second trailer for the film...
  • Sir Ian McKellen returns [as Gandalf] to the big screen in The Hobbit film

    05/25/2008 6:32:45 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 31 replies · 1,166+ views ^ | 25/05/2008 | Nick Squires
    Sir Ian McKellen returns to the big screen in The Hobbit film By Nick Squires in Sydney Last updated: 1:28 PM BST 25/05/2008 Sir Ian McKellen will reprise the role of Gandalf the wizard for two films to be made based on Tolkien's classic book The Hobbit, it has been confirmed. The two movies - The Hobbit and a sequel which has yet to be named - will be filmed in New Zealand and released in 2011 and 2012. Andy Serkis, the actor who played Gollum with the help of digital wizardry, will also return for the Hobbit film, but...
  • Report: McKellen to reprise Gandalf role

    04/30/2008 1:56:53 PM PDT · by JenB · 68 replies · 1,725+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Wednesday April 30 3:16 PM ET
    Ian McKellen will again take up the robes of Gandalf the Wizard in the cinematic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy classic "The Hobbit" a British film magazine reported Wednesday. But McKellen's publicist warned that final arrangements were yet to be made. "Of course he wants to do it, but nothing's been agreed or signed," Clair Dobbs said.
  • Tolkien Estate Sues New Line Cinema (Failure to Pay Royalties Apparently)

    02/11/2008 5:48:45 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 83 replies · 195+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 2/11/2008 | Alex Veiga
    LOS ANGELES - The estate of "Lord of the Rings" creator J.R.R. Tolkien is suing the film studio that released the trilogy based on his books, claiming the company hasn't paid it a penny from the estimated $6 billion the films have grossed worldwide. The suit, filed Monday, claims New Line was required to pay 7.5 percent of gross receipts to Tolkien's estate and other plaintiffs, who contend they only received an upfront payment of $62,500 for the three movies before production began. The writer's estate, a British charity dubbed The Tolkien Trust, and original "Lord of the Rings" publisher...
  • Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings Symbolism (Vanity)

    12/17/2007 11:09:50 AM PST · by Greg F · 103 replies · 1,336+ views
    Greg F | 12/17 | Greg F
    I watched the movie versions of Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings" over the last three days and tried to sort out the symbolism in Christian terms. Here's what I came up with, would love the insights of any regarding. Hobbits: Your home and hearth Christians. Humble and happy, not seeking power and acclaim to the same extent as others, perhaps, and content with small things. Elves: Angels. They are superhuman in their understanding and abilities and they can choose to leave middle earth unlike the other races. Orcs: Demons. They are a race of elves abused, corrupted and changed by...
  • Road Map To Peace

    11/21/2007 6:10:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 130+ views
    IBD ^ | November 21, 2007
    War On Terror: A sketchy diagram of al-Qaida's defenses left behind by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi may prove to be the key to victory in Iraq. Sometimes in the fog of war, the fog lifts.It may not rank in the annals of warfare with the breaking of the Imperial Japanese Code, which led to our naval victory at Midway in World War II, or the cracking of the Nazi Ultra Codes, which Dwight Eisenhower said was decisive in the Allied victory. But a map left behind in a safe house by the deceased leader of al-Qaida in Iraq may have helped...