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Category Archive: General News

New Zealand tourists can now take a Dinner Tour of the Hobbiton set

Details of the new dinner tours, which include a stop at the Green Dragon for a complimentary beverage and a dinner feast, can be found here .

How many conventions can Salt Lake City Host ?

Salt lake City just finished hosting the Middle-earth themed FantasyCon, its third fantasy convention in less than a year, and as attendance was down from April’s FanX and last September’s Salt Lake Comic Con there are some concerns that may be too many ‘cons’ for the market.
More information can be found here .

Hobbit-selfie-like statue upsets locals in Khazakstan

Details on the statue can be found here .

Lost Tape of Tolkien Discovered.

Although they are releasing very few details, Middle-earth Network and Legendarium have announced that a lost audio recording of J.R.R. Tolkien has been discovered.
Details of the recording’s upcoming release, and a small audio clip can be found here.

Food in the Hobbit

Curious as to the meal, from his pantry, that Bilbo served to Gandalf and the Dwarves at The Unexpected party? Click here to be taken to an interesting article, ‘Food in The Hobbit,’ from Recipewise

News on Tolkien Reading Day

25 Inspirational Quotes from J.R.R Tolkien’s books: In celebration of Tolkien Reading Day International Business Times has printed 25 quotes from The Hobbit and the Lord of The Rings trilogy. The Quotes can be found here.

Lost footage found from Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings: To read about, and see, the extra footage, from the 1978 animated film, click here.

Philippa Boyens ‘Hobbit’ interview: In a recent interview Boyens, who is co-writer and producer of the Hobbit film trilogy, discussed some facts about the last two films in the trilogy. The interview can be found here.

Producer Saul Zaentz Passes Away

Saul Zaentz, known by us here at CoE for his ownership of the movie rights to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’, has passed away at age 92. Details of his life can be found here.

Enthusiasts build detailed LEGO replica of Rivedell

Click here to read about the replica, built by fans Alice Finch and David Frank.

Tolkien’s WW1 Revolver to go on Display

The Webley Mk V revolver issued to Second Lieutenant J.R.R, Tolkien when he went to France and was posted to the 11th Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers is about to go on display in Manchester UK. Details of the exhibit, at IWM North,a part of Imperial War Museums, can be found here.

Tourism New Zealand’s Book of NZ campaign open to view in Los Angeles

To find out more about Tourism New Zealand’s new innovative walk-through, multi-media installation, and the who’s who you can find there, click here.