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March 25, 2005 - August 01, 2005

Monday, August 01, 2005
Project Monaghan Helps TreePeople - Xoanon @ 13:22 PST
The folks from Project-Monaghan write: project-monaghan.net is planning in participating in a tree care event with the charity that Project-Monaghan and Dominic Monaghan supports, TreePeopleLA. We would like to invite all to participate. Please go to our project-monaghan site, and PM Robin if you would like to help out. Specific directions will be sent to those who have confirmed to go.

Last year we participated in a tree care event at a Special Education School and it was a fun and rewarding morning.

August 6, 2005
9:00a - 12:00
Fourth Avenue, Mid-City Los Angeles

Tree Care

The young camphor trees in this neighborhood need mulch, water, stake adjustments and LOVE! Please join us on the family-friendly site to support these young city trees. Bring a sun hat or ball cap, a full bottle of water, sunscreen, work gloves and dress in layers. Come prepared to learn some new stuff and have fun!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Help Write Your 'Letter to PJ' - Xoanon @ 10:06 PST
Project Organisers for 'Letters to PJ' write: Greetings! We are two dedicated fans of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy who are compiling a fan appreciation book, addressed to director Peter Jackson. The book, 'Letters to PJ', is a custom made leather bound hardcover, which we plan to fill with original fan contributions from all corners of the world, in the form of e-mails, hand written letters, poems, art work and photographs. 'Letters to PJ' is a project which gives fans (like us!) a chance to express their admiration and gratitude towards those who worked so hard and long on the film trilogy.

We write to you with a sincere request. Would you consider aiding us with the task of receiving the substantial amount of fan contributions needed to complete the book. We ask this with full sincerity and seriousness. TheOneRing.net, to our understanding, is the most visited and respected Lord of the Rings related website.

We believe the exposure of 'Letters to PJ' on TheOneRing.net will enable this project to reach its full potential. Below is a letter, aimed at fans, which includes the project outline and contribution addresses. We have a website dedicated to the project: letterstopj.com

As fellow fans, would you help us out? We hope to hear from you soon!

Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Peter S. Beagle announces sequel to The Last Unicorn and The Last Unicorn audiobook! - maegwen @ 14:36 PST
Peter S. Beagle's novel THE LAST UNICORN is recognized as one of the all-time classics of fantasy, but it has never been available in an unabridged audiobook edition. This new recording, over seven hours long, features a dazzling reading by the author and original music by composer-guitarist Jeff Slingluff. It is now available to online customers in downloadable MP3 format and will soon be available in a CD edition including special art by award-winning fantasy artists Leo and Diane Dillon, an illustrated booklet/poster, and a lengthy recorded interview with Peter S. Beagle himself.

Even more exciting is the news that Peter has finally — after 37 years — returned to this rare world of his imagination, penning a 64-page story called TWO HEARTS that is both sequel and coda to THE LAST UNICORN.

If you have ever wondered what happened next to the unicorn and King Lir, or Schmendrick and Molly Grue, well... TWO HEARTS won't tell you! But it will tell you how things finally wound up for all of them, years later; and how a nine year-old girl named Sooz brought them together to accomplish more than she ever dreamed. The resulting tale story is as unpredictable and heartbreakingly beautiful as Peter's original.

Both THE LAST UNICORN audiobook and TWO HEARTS are being published by Conlan Press (http://www.conlanpress.com).

Please note: you cannot buy TWO HEARTS -- but you can get it for FREE by buying a copy of THE LAST UNICORN audiobook.

Only if you hurry, though. TWO HEARTS is being released in a personally-signed-and-numbered edition of just 3000 copies. More than a thousand have already been sold, and the rest are going fast. If you want to make sure to get your own copy of this landmark publication (or wish to give one as a gift). When this limited edition is sold out there will be no more. Place your order [HERE]

Monday, May 02, 2005
Ringers Raise Funds at Coldstone Creamery - Xoanon @ 22:18 PST
Ringers Raise Funds at Coldstone Creamery The folks from Tolkien Forever write: Tolkien Forever, the So. Calif LOTR fan club, adopted the Coldstone Creamery for the night on Monday, 4-25 at the Paseo Colorado Mall in Pasadena as part of Make-A-Wish's 25th anniversary celebration. Cold Stone Creamery stores across the U.S. launched a month-long fund-raising effort to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

12 members of Tolkien Forever volunteered to provide a Middle Earth experience for those attending this ColdStone. In attendance were "Frodo", "Sam", "Eowyn" in armor, Rohan warriors and maidens, and more hobbits. Games such as "Pin the Tail on the Warg" were a big success as you can see by the line in the photos attached. There was also LOTR trivia contests, coloring contests, and LOTR trivial pursuit and Risk. Special LOTR-themed prizes were given for the winners. Many photo-ops were requested by the customers with the Middle Earth citizens, along with photo-ops with the life-sized Legolas, Aragorn and Eowyn.

Make-A-Wish Ice Cream Cake," inspired by Micah, a twelve-year-old wish child from the Boston area, was given out free to all who dropped by ColdStone. The ice cream cake consists of layers of yellow cake, chocolate ice cream, chocolate chip cookie dough, and chocolate shavings wrapped in a rich chocolate ganache. A Wish Child and his family were also in attendance and enthusiastically joined the Lord of the Rings/Make-A-Wish celebration.

The Make-A-Wish foundation, www.wish.org, grants the wishes of children with life-threateneing medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Saturday, April 23, 2005
Tolkien fan events in Los Angeles! - maegwen @ 08:36 PST
TORn Staffer Garfeimao writes:

Tolkien fans in the LA area will have two events they can attend this weekend. Most already know about the West Coast premiere of Ringers: Lord of the Fans, at the Lido Cinema on Saturday as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival. But there is another event on Monday night, which will be a fundraising event for Make a Wish.

Saturday, April 23, 2005, Newport Beach, CA.

Ringers: The Lord of the Fans documentary will have it's West Coast premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival. There will be a Line Party before the film to celebrate, with people showing up as early as 12:30pm. We plan games, coloring for the kids, trivia contests and a Masquerade at 5pm. Please see the Line Party page for details of the schedule and for directions.


Monday, April 25, 2005, Pasadena, CA.

Be a part of the 4th annual World's Largest Ice Cream Cake social.

Tolkien Forever, the So. Calif LOTR fan club, is adopting a Coldstone Creamery for the night on Monday, 4-25 at 330 E. Colorado Blvd., #232, in the Paseo Colorado Mall, as part of Make-A-Wish LA 25th anniversary celebration. We will be there in LOTR costumes, and will be providing fun activities & entertainment between 5pm and 8:00pm, such as "Pin the Tail on the Warg", LOTR Trivia contests, face painting, and a LOTR drawing and coloring area. Cool LOTR prizes will be awarded for the games winners.

Cold Stone Creamery stores across the U.S. have launched a month-long fund-raising effort to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In honor of the Foundation's milestone, Cold Stone Creamery announces that all ice cream and ice cream cake purchases made during April will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In addition, for a $1 donation, Cold Stone will invite ice cream lovers to invent their own signature ice cream Creations(tm) and have their name and recipe inscribed on a special Make-A-Wish star to be posted on the store walls throughout the month.

During the month of April, Cold Stone Creamery will also debut its "Make-A-Wish Ice Cream Cake," inspired by Micah, a twelve-year-old wish child from the Boston area. The ice cream cake consists of layers of yellow cake, chocolate ice cream, chocolate chip cookie dough, and chocolate shavings wrapped in a rich chocolate ganache, and will be given out free on 4-25.

Please join fellow Middle Earth lovers for fun, ice cream and free cake!

To find other Cold Stone Creamery stores in your area, please check out their website.


Thursday, March 31, 2005
Tolkien Lecture Images - Xoanon @ 19:14 PST
Tolkien Lecture Images kunga writes: I attended the Tolkien lecture at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, IL last night and had a wonderful time.

I attended the lecture with Balin, Nancy & several other Tolkien fans from around the area and even some fans from New Jersey & Iowa! The lecture was moderated by Mike Foster, professor at ICC and also a representative of the Tolkien Society. Noted Tolkien scholars, Douglas Anderson and Tom Shippey joined the lecture.

A very informative lecture about Tolkien and his works. Also a brief insight of Douglas Anderson's next publication about Tolkien was unveiled and in still in the process of writing. About 187 fans of Tolkien had attended this wonderful event. Some of which were students of Professor Foster's Tolkien class at ICC and even some of them past students. I had always thought that there weren't many fans of Tolkien in this area of Illinois, but was glad to be proven wrong.

Friday, March 25, 2005
Lembas for the Soul: Your LOTR Story - Xoanon @ 19:32 PST
The folks from The White Tree Press write:

Ringers: Lembas for the Soul is looking for your true LOTR story!

Celevon Elensar, a national award-winning author, wants to see your nonfiction LOTR-related short story. Modeled after similar anecdotal books, Lembas for the Soul will feature interesting, funny or moving stories written by the Tolkien fans themselves.

All stories included in Lembas for the Soul must be true and describe how reading the book or watching the film version of The Lord of the Rings has enriched your life. Have you made new friends from sharing your LOTR experience in a line party or online? Has The Lord of the Rings inspired you in a creative way? After watching the films, did you pack up everything and move to Middle Earth (aka New Zealand)? Have you applied any lessons learned from reading The Lord of the Rings to your own life situation? Has The Lord of the Rings actually changed your life for the better, such as bringing you and your soulmate together? These are just some examples of the type of story we’re collecting. The Ringer community is so vast and varied, there are surely many others waiting to be told.

We are most interested in your story, not whether or not you have ever been published. You don’t need to be a professional or seasoned writer. It is the essence of your true story that counts, not the actual words you use to tell it. If you have a story that fits the criteria for Lembas for the Soul, we invite you to visit our website www.whitetreepress.com for submission guidelines and additional information.

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