Saturday, March 24, 2012

March 22nd & March 23rd News

Wild weather in New Zealand

The North Island of New Zealand has been experiencing some wild weather this week, with heavy rainfall, high winds and even some flooding affecting areas such as Northland, Taupo and Taranaki; and some folks have been wondering if The Shire has been affected.  Fear not for Middle-earth - TORn’s good friend Ian Brodie (author of The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook), tells us, ‘Hobbiton had a windy night last night – but we are all fine. The wild weather has struck north of Auckland for the worst and has caused some flooding. Today The Shire even has sun!!!!’  So all is well in Matamata - and the latest weather updates show that the storms have passed over New Zealand, leaving just showers behind.

Of course the main location shooting has been completed for The Hobbit movies, so unless some really drastic weather hits the Wellington area, the shoot should continue unaffected.  (Remember the close escape at the end of location shooting, about which PJ told us in The HobbitProduction Video #6??)  We hope everyone on the North Island who was affected by these recent storms is safe and dry!

First images of the DALE film set?

Our friends at have exclusive new images posted on their site!  An anonymous source sent them photos which supposedly show the set for Dale.  The pictures show tall structures and elaborate stonework; you can check out the imageshere.  A translation of the page follows after the break – read no further if you want to stay spoiler free!

Fancy Figwit? Longing for Lindir? Here’s Bret McKenzie’s mix tape, just for you…

The folks over at have posted this great article, where Academy Award winning song writer and Middle-earth actor Bret McKenzie picks his favourite songs-to-seduce-by.  If you ever wondered what an elf would choose for romantic music, now’s your chance to find out.  (Thanks to our friendEthan Gilsdorf for bringing this to our attention!)

More music news – Beecake and Billy Boyd to release a new EP

Beecake, the Scottish alternative rock band of which actor Billy Boyd is a part, are set to release a four song EP in June.  You can hear their newest song exclusively on  Have a listen; personally I’m loving it!  You can also show the band your love at their facebook page, or check out theirwebsite.   Middle-earth actors are such a talented bunch!

New LOTR Shirts and Sale at

Fridays with Frodo! The Fellowship Returns

The headline on their website reads:WE’RE BACK!!!  And with that, LA’s Tolkien fandom has a very good reason to smile again. It is safe to say that “Fellowship! The Musical” is a beloved part of local LOTR fan’s experiences after the films came out, and any chance to see it again is a reason to rejoice. So, it is with extreme pleasure that we announce the return of Fellowship to the local theater scene.

Performances will begin in April on Friday the 13th, and commence every Friday evening through June 29. Yes, you read that right, these performances will only be on Fridays. On the plus side, there will be two performances each Friday, at 8pm and again at 11pm. The show will run at the Trepany House at The Steve Allen Theatre at 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027 
For Tickets and further details, please visit their website at the Fellowship website

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