Sunday, March 11, 2012

March 11th News

TORn ready to kick off WonderCon in Anaheim

Our staffers are warming up their speaking voices, brushing up on their Hobbit knowledge and getting ready to head for the Anaheim Convention Center for WonderCon in less than a week. Friday March 16, at 12:30 p.m.(lunch time) TORn will start programming at the convention that will surely take over the title “Happiest Place On Earth,” from neighboring Disneyland for three days.
We will explore the latest news from New Zealand and The Hobbit film that is currently in overdrive filming. We will discuss news, rumors and have a wealth of opinions and speculation about what fans can expect this December and next. On hand will be staffers Justin, Garfiemo, MrCere, Ostadan, Quickbeam and Saruman as either part of the panel or part of the day.
Not only that, but our friends at Badali Jewelry have a great deal going on during the convention at Booth #472. If you just tell them you are a fan and reader of you will receive 15% off your entire purchase. This includes the 25 Arkenstone Replicas which will be sold for $69.00 at WonderCon. They have a full array of Tolkien-themed jewelry available at the convention. In fact, one lucky person attending the panel will receive one of Badali’s Sterling Silver One Ring of Power (size 5-13). You can even order TORn Geek tags from them.
If you aren’t going to WonderCon and you live in the greater Los Angeles area or just feel like taking a trip next weekend, what are you waiting for? The San Diego Comic-Con might be sold out but you can still register for WonderCon.

Subscribe to Today in Middle-earth using iCal or XML

We’ve gotten a lot of great reaction to yesterday’s reveal of our Today in Middle-earth Calendar and want to share a quick update for those of you looking to add it to your feed or Apple’s iCal. For iCal, simply click on this link and the calendar will be automatically added to your iCal application (from there you can share it on your iPHone, etc). When we make updates to the calendar they should automatically populate your calendar as well.  If you are looking for a XML feed of this calendar, click here.  [XML Feed] [iCal Download] [TIME Calendar]

Selection Sunday – Middle-earth Madness soon to be revealed

Middle-earth Madness and all the fun that implies, is soon to be released to fans of J.R.R. Tolkien everywhere. Readers and moviegoers will be able to vote as we pit character vs. character in a showdown to determine the 2012 Middle-earth character champion.
In the spirit of the U.S.’ NCAA college basketball tournament, known asMarch Madness, we will create matchups that pit the likes of Gollum vs. Treebeard and Boromir vs. Balin. Unlike the NCAA bracket, ours will be a 32 team showdown. Using voting fan input and finally our own selection committee.
And, because there are hundreds of great characters across the Middle-earth catalog, we know not everybody’s favorite character can fit in a field of 32 and just like in the NCAA tournament, some deserving characters may not get in. (Unlike the basketball tournament however, all of the characters are fictional and none will have his or her feelings hurt and they all have “next year” to be a contender.) So, we hope you will join us for our voting and enjoy Middle-earth Madness! The Bracket will be revealed soon!

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – March 11, 2012

Welcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past week. If you’ve fallen behind on what’s happening on the Message Boards, here’s a great way to catch the highlights. Or if you’re new to TORn and want to enjoy some great conversations, just follow the links to some of our most popular discussions. Watch this space as every weekend we will spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards. Everyone is welcome, so come on in and join in the fun!
On hearing from Red Carpet Tours that the non-disclosure agreement they’d signed back in December is no longer in effect, our lovely Lily Fairbairn has generously shared herphotos of Hobbiton with us all on Main.
Just for fun, duats has asked us, “If you could re-cast one character in The Hobbit, who would it be?” Got an opinion?  Why not tell us about it here on the Hobbit Board.
Still on the Hobbit Board, Black Breathalizer has asked “So given the LOTR films, how is the Necromancer’s physical form going to be explained? And what will he look like?” What are your thoughts?
We’ll share more topics next week and hope you can join in on the conversation!  Don’t forget,’s message boards have over 7,500 registered Tolkien fans, just like yourself.  Let your voice be heard!

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