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Happy Birthday Billy Boyd!

Happy belated birthday, Billy Boyd. Billy Boyd’s birthday was on August 28, and we apologize for not getting this up sooner. He was born in 1968 in Glasgow, Scotland, and is now 40. You can read his cast bio here and there are pictures of Billy in the role of Pippin here.

Many happy returns Billy.

Realm Sceptre Competition Mini Hobbit Poster Winner!

Thanks to everyone that voted in the Realm Sceptre competition! If you haven’t seen the winning poster then stop by and check it out along with the other entries in the Realm Gallery here!

Update on the Tolkien lawsuits

In her blog, the Frodo Franchise, Kristin Thompson gives Tolkien fans a nice long update on all the things that have happened involving Christopher Tolkien and New Line Cinemas with the lawsuits. You can read the blog here.

Peter Jackson and Company to co-write screenplay

According to an article on Yahoo! the writers of the three Lord of the Rings movies, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens have signed on to co-write the Hobbit movies with Guillermo Del Toro, who will be directing the films as well.

Happy birthday Alan Lee

Today, August 20th is Alan Lee’s birthday. He was born in England in 1947, and will be 61 today. You can read his cast bio here. You can view a gallery of his art work here and his sketches here.

Many happy returns Alan.

Happy birthday John Noble

Today, August 20th is John Noble’s birthday. He was born in 1948 in Port Pirie, Australia, and he will be 60 today. You can read his cast bio here and there are pictures of John in the role of Denethor here.

Many happy returns John.

The Best Authors in the UK

In a recent poll in the UK to find the best-loved author of all time, JRR Tolkien was voted in at number 7. To see the full list and find out who was voted in at number 1, go to

A Long Expected Party

The folks in Kentucky have put together “A Long Expected Party”, a gathering of Tolkien fans to celebrate the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo. There will be many different events, games, workshops, and of course food! The event will be held in Shaker Village, near Harrodsburg, KY, starting on September 25th through to the 28th. For more information visit the Long Expected Party site here

Lord of the Rings Arms and Armour

The Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, UK, is hosting an exhibition of over 200 pieces of arms and armour made by Weta Workshop. Exhibits include Eomer’s helmet, the Witch King’s mace and Aragorn’s sword. The exhibition runs until 16th November. There’s further information, including pictures of some of the exhibits, here.

Trilogy Screening in London

The ODEON Cinemas in Covenant Gardens, London, is hosting a free Trilogy Screening on August 16th, 2008, as a part of the Frjjj Film Season. They will be showing all three of the Lord of the Rings theatrical versions back to back, with a brief intermission between films. More details, including information on screening times and how to obtain tickets, can be found here.