Art Competition to celebrate 60 years of Lord of the Rings
September 27, 2015
The Return of the King was first published on October 20, 1955 and has become a real treasure of English Literature of the XX century. The Lord of the Rings has been translated into over 50 languages and estimates put sales at over 150 million copies worldwide.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of The Return of the King by J.R.R.Tolkien OpenHand OpenSpace and Battle Library are working together to bring you free art workshops.
The free art workshops are for all ages and will be led by Kate Lockhart on:
October 3, from 2pm to 4pm
As part of OpenHand OpenSpace’s The Big Draw event, create and explore the imaginary world of Tolkien books. You can also explore the architecture of a Hobbit’s house by helping to build one.
OpenHand OpenSpace (OHOS) provides artist's studios and gallery space for current art exhibitions at The Keep in Reading.
October 6, from 5pm to 6:30pm
Join OHOS artist Kate Lockhart at Battle Library to make mixed media artwork of fantasy inspired by The Lord of the Rings.
There are 3 categories:
12 and Under: Fantasy Art Competition - use your imagination to draw, paint and collage - fantastic beasts, mythical creatures or fantastical places! To fit an A4 page.
13 - 18yrs: Art inspired by Lord of the Rings. We would like you to depict characters, places and scenes from Lord of the Rings. Any medium - drawing, painting, textiles, mixed media. Must be no more than A3 size.
Adults (19 and over): As above.
Winning entries will be displayed at Battle Library for 4 weeks.
All entries must be handed in to Battle Library by Saturday 17th October at 4pm.
Lord of the Rings' Minas Tirith City Will be Built in the UK (If £1.85 Billion Can be Raised...)
It's the focus of the Lord of the Rings' dramatic final battle, a towering white city carved into the side of a mountain. But Minas Tirith need not remain only in the realm of fiction, provided fantasy crowdfunders can cough up a measly, oh, say £1.85 BILLION.
A team of architects in the UK, lead by Jonathan Wilson, have established an IndieGoGo campaign which aims to raise the incredible sum in order to build a complete replica of the Tolkien town here in the UK, as it appears in the cinematic trilogy.
“We are an ambitious team of architects and structural engineers who are passionate about creating a beautiful, inspirational and fully-functioning replica of Peter Jackson’s depiction of Minas Tirith, as seen in his Lord of the Rings films,” Wilson explains on the IndieGoGo page.
“We believe that, in realizing Minas Tirith, we can create not only the most remarkable tourist attraction on the planet, but also a wonderfully unique place to live and work.”
Yep – you could have your very own Hobbit hole in Minas Tirith. Where exactly the town would be, should the campaign meet its insane goal, remains to be seen, but the team have stated that they are scouting out a number of locations in the south of England. Should the funding target be somehow met, the team hope to have Minas Tirith fully functioning by 2023, a timeframe that sounds even more outlandish than the funding target itself.
So, does it stand a chance? Of course not. With 47 days to go, the project has raised just over £49,500. Which, considering all the money is returned to backers if the project fails, is probably made almost entirely of joke pledges. Still, one can only dream. Still, feel free to send some money by way of the source – as elf lady Galadriel once said, “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”
The soundtrack ‘Last Goodbye’ for the final Hobbit film arrives.
When it came to finally bid farewell to Middle-earth after 16 years and six epic films, Peter Jackson gave the last word to one of the original members of the Fellowship. Billy Boyd, who portrayed hobbit Pippin in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, collaborated with Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens to write “The Last Goodbye,” the song that will play over the credits when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens on Dec. 17.
“We had to get the song just right, to send the audience out of the movie theater in the most perfect way we could,” says Boyd, in an e-mail. “But I don’t think it was until I was sitting on the long flight down to New Zealand that I started to really think about what the song would be. Luckily all the Middle-earth movies were on the flight so I could remind myself of them as I flew south.”
Boyd, who fronts the band Beecake, landed in Wellington and watched The Battle of the Five Armies alone before the musical themes began to percolate in his mind. “After seeing the film, I went to my room and I started to put down some ideas, and along with Fran and Philippa, we started to sculpt the song we thought the movie needed,” he says. “A lot of ideas took us to dead ends or we found the tone wasn’t just right. I think we discovered very quickly this wasn’t just a song to end The Battle of the Five Armies—it was a song to say goodbye to Middle-earth.”
“The Lord of the Rings films were such a special time for me in many ways—working with Pete, Fran and Philippa, being in New Zealand, being part of Professor Tolkien’s work or even just the incredible friends I made,” says Boyd. “And being asked to go back to that, to work in that wonderful fantasy world again and to be singing the song that says goodbye to Middle-earth for everyone involved and the fans who took this beautiful journey with us is truly a great, great honor.”
The final trailer shows dramatic war-torn scene.
November 9, 2014
A dramatic new trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has sparked excitement online. Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson is behind the third film in a popular trilogy based on JRR Tolkien's timeless masterpiece, The Hobbit.
Unlike the first two films in Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, which each had several trailers and a wide variety of behind-the-scenes video blogs, we haven't gotten much of a look at the Battle of the Five Armies just yet — we've only seen a comparatively simple trailer released at the San Diego Comic Con. However, we're now getting a bigger taste of Jackson's vision for the final movie with this full trailer. As expected, it strikes a far darker tone than the films that preceded it.
Peter Jackson has spent years making JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth into a CGI spectacular – and the director has revealed that he intends to end things with a bang. The final installment in The Hobbit trilogy, entitled The Battle of the Five Armies, is set to culminate in an epic, 45-minute battle scene. We haven’t seen such a lengthy fight since 13 Assassins. However, if you are troubled that 45 minutes of sword-swinging might become a bit boring, Peter Jackson is quick to reassure that the sequence will be designed to avoid losing the audience…“We have a rule that we’re not allowed to go more than two or three shots of anonymous people fighting without cutting back to our principal characters,” says Jackson. “Otherwise the audience just ends up with battle fatigue.”
Waiting for Bilbo, Thorin & the Company of Dwarves?
November 9, 2014
As fans prepare for the epic conclusion to Bilbo’s adventure and the gift giving season, Warner Bros. Consumer Products is teaming up with Lego, Yahtzee and Fish Brewing to offer fun games and refreshing drinks that will get everyone in the spirit. Should fans be working on any premier party stories or a holiday round-up, they’ll consider including the below:
YAHTZEE: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Collector’s Edition
“The Hobbit” fans can now unlock the secret door to Smaug’s lair with America’s #1 dice game with a Middle-earth twist!
LEGO: The Hobbit – The Lonely Mountain
Fans can enter the lair of Smaug and evade the fire-breathing dragon with LEGO’s The Hobbit The Lonely Mountain! In the game, Bilbo Baggins™ has been sent to look for the Arkenstone inside The Lonely Mountain. This 866-piece set, the first to feature Smaug, comes with five minifigures: Bilbo Baggins, Balin the Dwarf, Dwalin the Dwarf, Ori the Dwarf and Gloin the Dwarf.
FISH BREWING: Series of Beers Based on The Hobbit Trilogy
Inspired by The Hobbit Trilogy, this all-new series of beer from Fish Brewing is a collaboration of bold imperial style beers selectively tailored to emulate the characters from the films – Gollum (Smeagol), the Dragon Smaug, and the vicious Orc Chieftain, Bolg. Each alcoholic beverage boasts a 10% ABV and is packaged in 22-oz bottles. Must be 21 +
‘Hobbit’ Third Installment Gets New Title
April 25, 2014
Director Peter Jackson has announced the news that his third installment of The Hobbit trilogy has got a new name. The original name of the third film was thought to be 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again', however, the film has been retitled as ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’. Peter Jackson has announced the news on his official Facebook page and has explained the reasons behind it.
“Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along. ‘There and Back Again’ felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the ‘Desolation of Smaug,’ Jackson wrote.
As Jakson says, at one of the meetings with studio executives the idea of renaming the third installment in the trilogy was brought up for discussion. During the talks, they decided ‘to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at’. After watching the first cut, all agreed that it was necessary to change the title. And so the third film of The Hobbit gets a new name.
Lego: The Hobbit officially announced for 2014.
November 28, 2013
Warner Bros. has officially announced LEGO The Hobbit.
LEGO The Hobbit is being developed by TT Games. The game will be on sale in spring. In the action adventure from TT Games, gamers will be able to relive the events of films The Hobbit :An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.
Users will be allowed to play for different characters including Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo, Thorin Oakenshield and his companions. According to the information from the Warner Bros., each comes with his own unique ability. For example, Bombur can use his belly as a trampoline.
During the adventure gamers will visit locations such as Bag End, Hobbiton, The Misty Mountains, Goblin-town, Mirkwood, and Rivendell. Players will be able to discover loot from enemies, create magic items, build immense new LEGO structures. Along the way, players will solve countless puzzles, partake in Treasure Quests and battle with Orcs, Trolls and fouler things.
The game will be coming to Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Vita, Wii U, 3DS, PC, and Mac.
Trailer for second Hobbit movie released.
June 15, 2013
The first trailer for the second film in Peter Jackson's trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, hit official websites at 5am on Wednesday. The movie will be released on December 13.
In the trailer for the new Hobbit appears dragon Smaug (but fans will have to wait a little longer to hear Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular dragon Smaug).
Also Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, the non-Tolkien elf created just for the movie, is featured in the trailer.
Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Martin Freeman (Bilbo), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), and Mikael Persbrandt (skin-changing Beorn) all enter the cast.
Jackson was originally intended to divide "The Hobbit" into two parts, but later the filmmaker decided to create a trilogy. The first part An Unexpected Journey was premiered in Wellington last year and has grossed over $1 billion at the box office. Premiere of the final part of the trilogy There and Back Again is scheduled for December 2014.
Legal Battle Brewing between Tolkien Estate and Warner Bros.
March 13, 2013
According to reports, an $80 million lawsuit has been waged between the Tolkien Estate, the legal body which manages the property of J.R.R. Tolkien, and Warner Bros., the studios responsible for producing the Lord of the Rings film franchise.
It is currently understood that the Tolkien Estate has launched litigation proceedings against Warner Bros. for apparently overstepping their contractual copyright entitlements to merchandise falling outside the scope of the initial agreement.
As reported, the case was sparked into life due to the discovery of the existence of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring online slot game. A product the Estate claims the copyright agreement does not extend to in the existing contract. It is further claimed that the existence of this game has upset many fans of the Lord of the Rings books series, who believe the Estate is responsible for the game's development and has subsequently stained the iconic status of the author’s works. The Estate is specifically agitated by the online gambling products and has produced a further list of product categories it believes are exempt from the initial contract.
Much of the case rests on the definition of the term 'tangible' products and its interpretation in the existing rights contract initially signed in 1969 with Zaents Co, a named co-defendant. It is understood that The Estates main contention seems to be that tangible products only consisted of the products in place at that time such as clothing, toy figures, etc and did not extend to the advanced technology present in today's digital and downloadable gaming products, which are accessible across the smartphone, tablet and social networking spectrum. This prompted the Tolkien Estate to seek an injunction and launch an $80 million lawsuit.
Warner Bros. has yet to respond to approaches for comment.
You are welcome to one of the best parties of the year - The One Expected Party in The american Legion Hall (Los Angeles, CA). It is 10 hours of excitement, entertainment and fellowship! You may also enjoy free food and drink, games, auctions, slideshows and even a live screening of the 85th Academy Awards. After the television broadcast ends, you are invited to the live stage show! You'll get your blood pumping when hearing upbeat and modern Celtic music. You shouldn't miss Charles Ross brings a taste of the magic of "The One Man Lord of the Rings" to our stage. Besides, you can rock away with the legendary Billy Boyd and his Beecake.
Hope you'll have a great time and your memories will last long!
Tolkien Society celebrates author's birthday
December 29, 2012
The Tolkien Society is actively preparing for the celebration of Tolkien's birthday, the author of the famous Hobbit. The celebration is planned on January 3 with world-wide festivities. It's the 12th such a great annual event.
On January 3, Tolkien fans will unite worldwide to celebrate Tolkien's birthday. It is celebrated in many UK cities, including Brighton, London, Oxford, Bristol, Milton Keynes, and York. The main celebration will take place at 9pm on the 3rd January 2013.
The Society will be encouraging people to read Tolkien's 1937 book The Hobbit which was overshadowed by the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. People will be invited to talk about the book, the film and their authors on Twitter, Facebook and other websites.
The Tolkien Society was founded in 1969 dedicated to promoting the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien; J.R.R. Tolkien remains the Society's Honorary President in perpetuo whilst his daughter, Priscilla, is the Society's Honorary Vice President.
The Hobbit hits half a billion
December 28, 2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is announced to bring more than $500 million to the worldwide box office.
The blockbuster has earned about $180 million in the USA (as it was expected) and $344 million internationally. The total is steadily climbing. It says that the film has become one of the most famous and profitable.
Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. President of Domestic Distribution, said: "We are extremely gratified by the response of moviegoers who love the film and, in many cases, are taking this terrifically entertaining 'Journey' to Middle-earth more than once. We anticipate that positive word of mouth and repeat viewings will continue to result in strong returns well into the New Year."
Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. said: "These fantastic box office numbers demonstrate that the film's playability has no borders. Peter Jackson has created a truly global event with a film that thrills audiences in any language. Warner Bros. joins our partners at MGM and New Line in congratulating him, his cast and crew, and everyone involved in this film on this milestone."
World Premiere "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
November 28, 2012
The long-awaited world premiere of the adventurous film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" by Sir Peter Jackson took place in Wellington, New Zealand on November 28, 2012. The famous saga "The Lord of the rings" was shot here as well. "The Hobbit" is a prequel to this trilogy. Over 100,000 people gathered on 600 meters of red carpet. There was the film's director and co-screenwriter and protagonists there. That's why some fans arrived early in the morning to choose the best place in order to get autographs and photos of famous stars. The release date of the film is December 14, 2012 (USA).
Air New Zealand Enters Middle-earth Air Space with Safety Video Inspired by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
October 31, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- Hobbits, Dwarves and Wizards will take flight as Air New Zealand launches its latest onboard safety video, "An Unexpected Briefing" today.
The safety video is inspired by the upcoming fantasy adventure The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), which is the first in a trilogy of films from director and Kiwi Sir Peter Jackson. The video has been created in conjunction with the Academy Award-winning Weta Workshop (The Lord of the Rings films) and features appearances from Jackson, as well as the unforgettable character, Gollum, and descendants of J.R.R Tolkien, author of the timeless masterpiece The Hobbit on which the trilogy is based.
The safety video, which will be rolled out across Air New Zealand aircraft from today, can be viewed at www.youtube.com/airnewzealand
Air New Zealand General Manager Marketing and Communications Mike Tod says "An Unexpected Briefing" is a further reflection of the world class creative talents of New Zealanders.
"This latest safety video inspired by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is another example of how New Zealand is a hotbed for creative talent. Our partners at Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, which brought Gollum to life inside the aircraft, have helped us demonstrate again that if you want to engage with audiences in a unique way, our nation has immense creative capability," Mr Tod says.
"Sir Peter Jackson and the team at Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States were fantastically supportive during production of the video. To have Gollum step off the movie screen for the first time and into an Air New Zealand aircraft is incredibly special and Sir Peter Jackson delivers a superb cameo. He should come out from behind the camera more often!"
Two great grandsons of The Hobbit author J.R.R Tolkien, Mike and Royd Tolkien, also make a cameo appearance in the safety video. Royd Tolkien, who features in the video with prosthetic hairy Hobbit feet, says the opportunity to be part of Air New Zealand's association with The Hobbit movies was too good to miss. "They've done a great job of capturing the essence of The Hobbit films and it was a privilege to be invited to participate."