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CoE TV Guide: September 17th – 24th

Have you ever wondered when your favorite stars from Lord of the Rings will be on TV? Now you can know! The CoE TV Guide will list almost all of the shows featuring actors and actresses from Lord of the Rings, and what channel their show will be on (US only). All times EDT.

Battle for Middle-earth II

Patch 1.01 for LotR – The Battle for Middle-earth II 360 is now available at EA’s official website. Patch 1.05 for the PC version is scheduled for release in the near future.

Want to live in the Shire or Bree?

A housing complex in Bend, Oregon is based in part on Tolkien’s Middle-earth.One part of the development is referred to as ‘Middle-earth Village’, and based on a Bree street scene from the LotR movie, and the maintenance buildings are designed to resemble hobbit holes. There are further details at

Two Towers – complete score

Howard Shore’s complete score for The Two Towers will be available on November 7th. The deluxe set will contain 3 CDs with over 180 minutes of music and a DVD-Audio of the score in 5.1 Surround Sound. There are further details at

Peter Jackson and The Hobbit

Ain’t it Cool News report on an interview with Peter Jackson in which he said that although he would like to make the movie, “he’s never once talked to any studio, be it New Line or MGM, about doing The Hobbit”.

Hobbits wanted

The producers of the stage version of the Lord of the Rings are looking for 20 actors to play to roles of hobbits. Auditions are being held on 18th September at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane. All candidates should be under 5ft 7ins, aged 16-35 and the producers say that, “hairy toes and feet are a distinct advantage.”. You can read the full story at BBC News.

Ian McKellen to play Gandalf?

The Bolton News report that Ian McKellen is “likely” to play the role of Gandalf in the film version of The Hobbit.

Exploring Tolkien: There and Back Again

Explore Tolkien’s Middle-earth in a 10-week on-line course hosted by the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Cardiff University, tutor: Dr. Dimitra Fimi. The course will examine Tolkien’s awareness of northern European mythologies and languages as well as other aspects of his scholarly background, by concentrating on The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. The course will be run three times during the next academic year starting on: 2 October 2006, 2 February 2007, 23 April 2007

For more information please visit the course website here. Frequently asked questions about the course can be found here.

Happy birthday Ian Holm

Ian Holm was born in Goodmayes, UK on 12th September 1931 and is 75 years old today. You can read his cast bio here. In the CoE gallery you can view pictures of Ian here and pictures of Ian in the role of Bilbo here.

Happy birthday Ian.

The Hobbit movie report on an article in Variety about MGM’s future projects. The article states that in the next few years MGM plan to release “one or two installments of The Hobbit” which they hope will be directed by Peter Jackson.