TORn joins Wizarding Dayz event in Salt Lake Friday and Saturday

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WizGeekery can be fun and it can also be educational. In the case of the two-day Wizarding Dayz near Salt Lake City, it hopes to be both while helping with literacy and charity as well.

TheOneRing.net will be join what promises to be a magical event Friday and Saturday Feb. 24 and 25, presenting panels and representing Tolkien in the realm of the wizard-themed gathering. It takes place in the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah.

The three charities, the Utah Parent Center, Canines With a Cause and the Human Rights Education Center of Utah, get a portion of the proceeds according to co-organizer Valerie Walker.

“We threw it out to the community to nominate the charities. We came up with these three charities because they are all based on kids, kids’ needs and kids that don’t belong. That is Harry Potter,” she said.

Walker, heading up Wizarding-Dayz with Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, hopes the first-year event brings out those who love Potter, Tolkien and fantasy in general, and especially those who enjoy reading.

“This event is made definitely for book lovers, people who love reading, people who want to go to a place where there are the things they love. It is good for all ages but for adults you are going to get to go and have good discussions,” Walker said.Tolkien and WWI

TheOneRing will be included in those good discussions with three official TORn presentations:

* How To Travel to Middle-earth
* J.R.R. Tolkien vs. George R.R. Martin
* Tolkien and the Great War

There is other Tolkien content as well, including an over-the-internet panel for Tolkienites (or TORnadoes) to ask expert Michael Martinez ANY Tolkien Question. In fact, if there is interest, perhaps TORn will do a Facebook Live for portions of some of these panels.

Wizarding Days has no shortage of educational material, including from sponsors Utah Humanities and the STEM Action Center of Utah.

For those not aware, STEM is a science-based curriculum based on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics taught all together in an applied approach. In the wizarding world that means discussions and interactive panels rather than just lectures.

Water at Hobbiton Movie set

Water at Hobbiton Movie set

“We are not calling them panels. We want people to come and have discussions about these things they like or dislike. We have great topics that dive deep,” Walker said. “We aren’t skipping a rock across the surface.”

There are also a lot of hands-on items patrons can make and take home including wants, wizard pouches, rune pouches and of course, spell books.

Walker said she took extra care creating a space that isn’t mundane, including the vendor areas, which including roaming performers, but is all planned with a pleasing, welcoming, fantasy theme.

Tickets start at $5 for kids with family passes available and single tickets on sale for Friday and Saturday. A two-day adult ticket is only $25. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Donations are also accepted on the ticketing page with all donated funds going directly to the charities according to Walker.

Daniel Reeve’s First Solo Exhibition

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DanielReeveDaniel  has just announced the exciting news on his official Facebook page, that his first solo exhibition is on at the Kapiti Gallery from 15 February until March 19, 2017.  The exhibition will showcase his current work and work from The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.


Daniel said

Despite being an established artist all these years, I’ve never had a solo exhibition – until now. This is a mix of old and new work, and includes paintings, calligraphy and movie paraphernalia – the famous Middle-earth map and prop replicas from The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Twenty pieces altogether – this image shows just a selection.

The exhibition is at Kapiti Gallery, 192 Matai Road, Raumati, until March 19.

I’ll be at the gallery at 2pm on Saturdays 18 Feb and 25 Feb, demonstrating calligraphy, answering questions, etc.

If you have the chance, then definitely go and see it 🙂
Daniel Reeve Exhibition

Viggo Mortensen at the BAFTAs

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viggo et alSunday 12th February the British Academy of Film and Television Arts held their annual film awards. Our favourite citizen of Lake-town Luke Evans was there as a presenter; and even more excitingly for Middle-earth fans, Viggo Mortensen was nominated in the Leading Actor category, for Captain Fantastic. (The award went to Casey Affleck, for Manchester by the Sea.)

Mortensen was of course on the red carpet, where he was interviewed by Zoe Ball. Many of you will have seen the fabulous picture (right) of Mortensen hanging out with an elf and some hobbits, the day after the Screen Actors Guild awards. In the Bafta interview, he explained how that came about. Take a look:

 

 

It’s heartwarming to know that the bonds forged amongst the cast of The Lord of the Rings are still as strong today –  just as the friendships and connections we fans have made are unbreakable. I’m told that in Finland they celebrate friendships on Valentine’s Day – seems a good time to raise a glass to Fellowship! Cheers!