George RR Martin
Writer George R. R. Martin attends the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images/Rich Polk

George RR Martin is taking a break from writing “Winds of Winter” to promote a movie that is based on the life of one of his favorite fantasy authors, J.R.R. Tolkien. The author is also giving away a 65 inch 4k TV to a fan wearing the best costume at the premiere on the film “Tolkien” at his theater in Santa Fe.

Martin will be heading to Westwood in Los Angeles on May 8 to moderate a discussion about “Tolkien” with the cast members, he announced on his blog. The discussion will be live streamed on Facebook.

After the Q&A with the cast members, Martin will head back home to Santa Fe. The author owns the Jean Cocteau Cinema there, and the “Tolkien” film’s New Mexico premiere will be at that theater.

Martin is allowing people free entry to the premiere of the movie, and there is also a costume contest that Tolkien fans can participate in. The “Winds of Winter” author expects to see people dressed as elves, dwarves, ents, hobbits, Aragons, Boromirs and Galadriels.

The 65 inch 4K TV that will be given away as a prize is actually by TCL Electronics. The runners-up will get signed books. It is not clear if Martin has some of his novels from “A Song of Ice and Fire” to give to the fans at the premiere.

Martin loves to attend conventions and interact with the fans. However, he has cut down on such visits to focus his efforts on completing “Winds of Winter” and some of his other projects. He recently shared a fun picture of him attending the San Diego Comic Con way back in 2014.

Martin’s next big event will be the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards, Martin announced on Twitter. The event will be held in Chicago in October.

There is still no word about when Martin will release “Winds of Winter.” The author has promised to announce the completion of the book on his blog.