Thursday, May 17, 2012

May 16th & 17th News

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s The Lord of the Rings Magnets

The artisans at Weta have introduced a new range of collectibles from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. These new collectibles are some of the coolest magnets you can ever collect. The announced magnets so far are: Bag End DoorThe Green Dragon SignThe Prancing Pony Sign,Red BookNo Admittance SignHobbit Feet,Sting/Scabbard, and of course the Dark Lord Sauron. You can buy each magnet individually for $15 or in two sets of four for $60 each (Set 1 and Set 2). These items are in-stock and should ship very soon after order. Time to start decorating your fridge with The Lord of the Rings!

Tolkien Society celebrating 75 years of ‘Hobbit’ this weekend

Some associate TheOneRing only with Peter Jackson films set in Middle-earth. It is always our pleasure to support fans and all the aspects of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (except what you are selling on Ebay). Below is a press release sent by The Tolkien Society that we give to you just as it was sent to us. The Tolkien Society (UK edition) was founded in 1969, 30 years before TORn, and it is always a pleasure to alert people to its events. When we post these we can’t help but wish this was the year we would attend. Anyway, here is the release for events taking place this weekend. Spread the word!

“The Tolkien Society has teamed up with the Birmingham Tolkien Group to bring you the thirteenth Middle-earth Weekend this Saturday and Sunday in celebration of 75 years of The Hobbit.

Middle-earth Weekend takes place at Sarehole Mill in an area of Birmingham in which Tolkien grew up and which inspired his writings – the area is credited with inspiring Tolkien’s vision of The Shire and Hobbiton including Sandyman’s infamous Mill. This area has been designated as “The Shire Country Park” in Tolkien’s honour and the park covers the River Cole, Chinn Brook, Moseley Bog & the Dell, and the Dingles – all places J.R.R. Tolkien knew as a child when he lived just across from the mill pool.

Events this year include: mediaeval re-enactments, archery, live performances of excerpts from Tolkien’s works by Shire Productions, guided walks, poetry and music, our Tolkien tent with stalls of goodies, a climbing wall, our popular costume competition, face painting, dragons(!), and, of course, a working mill! It is a full menagerie of events for the whole family that will excite, entertain, amuse and inform.

Sally Kennett, Chairman of the Tolkien Society, said, “This is a great opportunity for local residents or Tolkien fans, both young and old, to get involved in this exciting event and to learn more about the area where Tolkien spent his childhood. Birmingham should rightly be proud of its connection with Professor Tolkien and we will be celebrating the historical connection between Tolkien and Birmingham this weekend. Middle-earth Weekend gets in excess of 10,000 visitors over its two days and I look forward to welcoming even more people this year!”

Admission is free and the event is open from 11am to 5pm on both Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May. To find out more, including how to get there, go to:

For more information on the Tolkien Society visit

Ian McKellen talks NZ theater and ‘Hobbit’ first cut

Somehow we failed to post this New Zealand television interview with Ian McKellen talking about his efforts to restore a theater in earthquake ravaged Christchurch and seeing the first cut of “The Hobbit.”
Watch the interview right here.

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