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Are You Ready for the Sneak Preview?: Thoughts


As I am sure everyone knows by now, Sir Peter is bringing us a Q&A session and live sneak preview of the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy, Desolation of Smaug (or is that “Schmaug?” 😉 ) this afternoon at 3 p.m. EST today.

If you are planning to participate and haven’t already, I suggest you take a look at this post at TORn, There’s some good info here:



I have mixed feelings about this event. As much as I am eager for any little morsel I can obtain about the next movie(dare I hope for wet roaring Thorin in a barrel??) , it bothers me it is more or less limited to fans here in North America. And since the box office for THAUJ was actually larger overseas than domestically, it seems more than a little unfair. Since I tend to be a champion of inclusivity rather than exclusivity, it dampens some of my enthusiasm. I have already been hacked off about all these “exclusive” extras on the various editions of TH DVD.  I mean, we are loyal and enthusiastic fans, but we ain’t made of money, folks!

Then, of course, there is the ever-present issue of my not-so-high-speed internet. Who knows how it will behave? I can only hope for the best and not stress out over it, as life will go on.  Starting to wax more and more philosophical in my mature years.

Finally, there is the matter of the fact something unpleasant going on in the region of my previously fractured tailbone. We had storms all night long and between arthritis and FMS, this surely played a factor in the pain reaching out to bite me in the–well, you get the idea.

Simply leaning down to pick up a 2-liter bottle from the floor in the kitchen this morning set it off. I hobbled back to the bedroom and my heating pad and popped an aspirin and Aleve. Hoping it eases off soon. 😦

So, are you planning to watch? Thoughts? Rants? Hopes?

(I will be back later, assuming all goes well and I do see it, to talk about the event.)

Check out HeathRA’s fab vid of “One Expected Party & Art Show”


This fun video of TORn’s big Oscar party and art show was sponsored by East Coast radio show Fictional Frontiers. Shot and edited by our own beloved Heather, creator of many fabulous RA fanvids and a graphic designer by profession, it is well worth a watch. You’ll see familiar faces (Miss Heather is in there, too, looking lovely in a mulberry dress), hear some good music from some LOTR stars and their bandmates, and see fabulous art inspired by Tolkien’s characters. Enjoy!

TORn presents Hobbit fanmade cover art!


Check out the entries in TORn’s Fanmade Blu-ray Hobbit cover! There are some really clever designs, including one for which you need 3D glasses. I agree with Mr. Cere at TORn: many of these could go toe-to-toe with the actual cover art. Great job, fans!!



Aiding the intrepid on way to Dragon*Con


If you enjoyed all the coverage of Comic-Con provided by The One Ring Net and appreciate the continued information they provide to us on all things Middle-Earth, consider supporting their road trip to Dragon*Con in Atlanta. TORn is staffed by enthusiastic, hard-working volunteers, so it is all a labor of love. And labors of love don’t pay too well. Financial support is welcomed in donations of any size. Clink on the link to see how you can help:


OK, I can’t get the darned link to work. It hasn’t been my morning. Go to http://www.theoneringnet.com and you’ll find the info you need.