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Category Archive: General News

Elijah Wood Updates

To see where Elijah has settled into a lovely Victorian house click here and for a Q & A on his production company and his love of horror films click here..

Update on Legal Battle between Warner Bros and Tolkien Estate

After the Tolkien Estate sued Warner Bros et al claiming licencing slot machines and other items went far beyond the original agreement, a countersuit was filed claiming that the original lawsuit had severely damaged revenues. For an update on the status of the Tolkien Estate’s attempt the throw out this countersuit click here.

Empire magazine shows off its ‘Desolation of Smaug’ cover

Click here to see the two versions of the August Empire cover as displayed by .

Elijah Wood’s AMA On Reddit (Ask Me Anything)

The “Lord of the Rings” actor took to Reddit Thursday to hold an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”), and it cam off as though he was just chatting with friends . An article on the AMA can be found here and the complete transcript can be found here.

Geraldo Rivera says no to Senate run, cites ‘Lord of the Rings’

Even prospective politicians fear Sauron. Geraldo Rivera recently used a Lord of the Rings analogy when explaining his reasons for refusing a chance to run for a U. S. Senate seat. See the details here.

Create a midieval themed wedding

What exactly is a medieval wedding? For some, it means taking on J.R.R. Tolkien’s vision and turning it into a reality. Look it over here.

Peter Jackson’s New Jet.

With his recent purchase of a Gulfstream G650, director Peter Jackson has joined an elite group of business travelers. Details about the new purchase can be found here and a promotional brochure about the aircraft can be found here.

Weekend News ; Actor Updates, Movie news, Smaug, Tolkien in Ireland, a new massive Lego Construction and other Fan Creations

Click here to read about Sean Bean’s next series.

Click here to read about what new role Benedict Cumberbatch is about to play.

You can Click here to learn where Hugo Weaving will be this June.

Click here to learn more about Azog the Defiler and the actor that plays him.

For information about James Nesbitt’s next visit to New Zealand and the TV Travel show he is to host, click here.

In June Peter Jackson is planning on shooting more footage for the ‘Hobbit’ films. For more information click here, and for casting call info click here.

For a first look at what may be a statue of Smaug you just have to click here.

Click here for another view on whether Tolkien’s writing was influenced by his many visits to Ireland.

Emil Johansson of has now added a ‘Periodic Table of Middle-earth’ to the site. Information on this new feature can be found here and you can click here to go to and see all of their Middle-earth genealogical work.

This year we will once again see a huge Middle-earth scene constructed for the Lego Brickworld convention. Details on the scene can be found here.

The Popularity of J.R.R.Tolkien’s books and the film adaptations of them have lead many fans to find ways to create their own tributes. Click here for a brief look at some of these tributes.

More News; Willie Nelson`s `Hobbit audition`; Author, Mark Atherton, Interviewed; Hobbit lifts Time-Warner First Quarter Income; Martin Freeman on new Sherlock season, and gets Ready to Wed; Hobbit Star `Sexiest Man of the Year’; Richard Armitage Interview; Cornell Re-releases Tollkien Tribute Book.

Click here for Willie Nelson`s humorous Gandalf audition.

Click here for The Tolkien Library`s interview with Mark Atherton, author of `There and back Again, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Origins of The Hobbit

For the reported results for Time-Warner`s first Quarter, significantly helped by box office earnings from ‘The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey’, click here.

Martin Freeman was recently interviewed concerning season two of ‘Sherlock’. The interview can be found here. Information on Freeman’s upcoming nuptial can be found here.

Click here to find out who was selected by The Sun as the sexiest man of the year.

Click here for c/net’s interview with Richard Armitage.

Cornell University Press has just released ‘J. R. R. Tolkien, Scholar and Storyteller’ Details can be found here. (CoE members can use the Promo Code CAU6 to get a 20% discount when purchasing the book)

News update; Travel Under the Land of the Hobbits; Tolkien Manuscript takes main focus of EMP fantasy exhibit; Example wants ‘Lord of the Rings’ wedding cake.

Although fans are eager to see the sets where Peter Jackson did his filming, visitors to Watomo would be making a big mistake if they didn’t also visit the incredible scenery found underground in the area. For more info click here.

In the EMP museum’s ‘Fantasy’ exhibit’s center lies a treasure, borrowed from Marquette University: original manuscript pages from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” in which you can see the author’s handwritten revisions. Click here to read more about it.

The Australian singer known as Example was very particular about the design for his wedding cake. For the details click here.