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July 22, 2002 - August 03, 2002

Saturday, August 03, 2002
Cool FOTR Happening In Missisauga, ON - Xoanon @ 11:20 PST
Eirien writes:

Monday August 5th at Sunset, come to a FREE Outdoor Screening of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring!!!

At the Heartland Future Shop, 2-5900 Mavis Road, Missisauga, ONTARIO.

Movie at 9:00pm! Watch the show on a covered screen! DVD on sale at midnight! Come dressed as your favourite LOTR character and you could win a $500 Future Shop Gift Certificate!

Thursday, August 01, 2002
Cool LOTR Related Event Happening In Central Park, NYC!! - Xoanon @ 12:36 PST
From: New Line

New Line Home Entertainment and the Creative Coalition are hosting a special evening to benefit the Creative Coalition and To Launch the DVD and VHS Release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Premiere Screening of the DVD's ten-minute look at The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Monday, August 5, 2002
6:30-9:30 p.m.
New York City

Tickets: $150 (children under 16 accompanied by an adult are free)

Please give to The Creative Coalition (212) 512-7409

Tuesday, July 30, 2002
Barlibash 2002 Report! - Xoanon @ 10:08 PST
From: Asarina


This is my report about Barlibash 2002—I had a great time and want to share with everyone how much I appreciate TheOneRing.net for making such a gathering a reality. It was so good of Curunir, Jincey and Saint to work so hard to create the components of such a great bash. Thanks guys and gal, especially to Curunir.

My flight was arranged by Hobbit Travel so I didn’t get in until Thursday – their preferred chartered airline doesn’t run to Seattle every day. Lauralinda picked me up and then my memory gets fuzzy; I don’t remember if we stopped by the motel first or went directly to Pike’s Market, where we met other Bashers by the ‘pig and clock.’ I got my first-ever sight of such TORn celebreties as Jincey, Samgamgee7, Tookish and probably several others whose name got lost in that fuzzy memory of mine.

Pike’s Market and the waterfront area of Seattle was very interesting for a dedicated shopper—which I’m not usually but the colors, the smells and the babble of human interaction was exciting. So were seeing the fishmongers who throw fish at customers or maybe just at each other . This was actually one of my favorite parts of the Bash because the women I was with had an instant bonding experience. Very shortly into the afternoon, we were calling ourselves ‘The Seven’ and had discovered we all could quote appropriate phrases from the movie and/or books for just about any situation. They are: Thevina Finduilas, Frodo’s Girl, Ale of Ginger, Lauralinda, Queen of Gondor, Laura, and myself.

I didn’t get a good meal all day; there just wasn’t time. We all met at the Admiral Theater in West Seattle for a showing of The Fellowship of the Rings with all the Bashers who were able to attend. Just in case you are clueless, let me assure you that this is the absolutely best way to watch the movie. We clapped, we sang and cheered muchly, we spoke lines right along with our favorite heroes and villains. We counciled Elrond to push Isildur in this time (he didn’t) and warned Boromir against giving into the Ring’s temptation (he didn’t listen to us, either). We cried together. My favorite experience while viewing The Fellowship and one I will treasure for a long time.

Friday, I had a bite of breakfasty food in my room, then Second Breakfast at Denny’s about 7 am. At 10:30 am, I followed Ale of Ginger and Laura back to Denny’s for Elevenses (I was laughing with the huge group of Bashers there that this was second breakfast, somehow forgetting about my coffee and bread in my room…). Then a group of us did the Bellevue Art Festival, a wonderful indoor/outdoor art show and sale. Wow. It was wonderful. I had lunch. Then back to the hotel to primp for the Banquet.

This was another highlight of the weekend; my dinner companions were interesting and the food was good. Another chance to do a lot of talking, to take some interesting pictures of my own and watch the Hobbits take cheesecake snapshots (and I’m not explaining that one. Let them defend their actions!!). We had real door prizes (yeah!!) and passed around scrapbooks and copies of the Trilogy and other neat items to get signatures from other Bashers. I treasure the comments I received and have read them several times. Very precious mementos of my first Bash.

I went to Denny’s to breakfast the next morning at 7 am, and the waitress laughs and tells me the rest of our group had just left a few minutes before. I had to ask what she meant; a certain number of Bashers had been there drinking coffee at 6 am when she came to work, and her impression was that they had been up all night. !!! Had to be that younger crowd!!

I spent Friday questing about the area on the busses—yeah, I know hoofing it would have been more authentic but I didn’t have a pony named Bill. I went to the University of Washington and its famous bookstore, the Fremont district where I saw a troll under a bridge, back down to downtown Seattle where I watched them throwing fish around again (still no trout. Seattle must not have trout ). I bought gifts for family (salmon and chocolate-related items, mostly). And then I met the Bashers for a 3:30pm showing of The Fellowship of the Rings, just because it was such a natural thing for us to do.

Tragedy struck!! We were shooshed!! Some evil orcish minion of the Dark Lord Sauron complained to management and we were shooshed. So we were quieter but still cheered at all the good times to cheer. And we made a convert!! A fellow audience member was very excited about our group and so we told her how to get to us online. Yeah!!

My group then headed to the waterfront in West Seattle for a fish-n-chips dinner and even more conversation and photos on the water. (Well, the photos were of things on the water and the beach, and the conversation was up there on the beach. Don’t be so literal.)

Back to the hotel, only to find the bar was closed and the only place to get a drink was in a rather well-lit foyer. So we took it over, because it gave us a better light for looking at Frodo Girl’s pictures of New Zealand and her copies of Viggo Mortensen’s books. Tookish caught up with us there and asked us to come to the courtyard, where we had closing ceremonies and had some nice prizes passed out, thanks to Cervante! I didn’t win anything but I enjoyed seeing all the Bashers who were there, one last time. And I got an orange glowstick to light my way home (not to use as a projectile weapon…sheesh, po. What is that all about?). Then back to our drinks and conversation with Jeremy, another barkeep who likes LotR. Really, really likes it – he very nicely asked Frodo’s girl if she had the Two Towers trailer on her Mac. Well, of course she did and we all watched it. Yeah for Jeremy!

It was very sad to leave the next day. I’ve been getting emails from the other Seven about how hard it was to break up our fellowship and take off for our homes. I’ve got many good reasons to be glad I came to Barlibash 2002 and the best one is finding my new/old friends there. Again and finally, I thank TheOneRing.net staffers who organized our mission, quest…thing from the bottom of my heart, and hope you find the enthusiasm to continue holding Bashes for us.

Thursday, July 25, 2002
A Little Slice Of Middle-earth - Strider @ 14:32 PST
Wandering Mage Chichiri & UsaBunny write: In the community of San Marcos in Texas, located between the state capital Austin and the city of San Antonio, there is a small restauraunt (specifically more a small cafeteria/sandwich shop) named after Tolkien's Rivendell. The decor is a bit of a misnomer however, because it pulls on the hobbit shire influences instead of elven. The food on the menu is all named after Tolkien's characters, and is all derived from organic produce. They serve homemade desserts and bread.

817 Chestnut St.
San Marcos, TX 78666-4524

More info can be found here: http://78666.com/restaurants.shtml

Wednesday, July 24, 2002
Douglas Anderson's Convention Rounds - Xoanon @ 12:51 PST
Douglas Anderson, author of THE ANNOTATED HOBBIT, to present at Comic-Con and GenCon

Douglas Anderson, author of THE ANNOTATED HOBBIT, Revised and Expanded Edition, to be published by Houghton Mifflin in September, will be giving a slide show presentation entitled "Annotating and Illustrating The Hobbit" at the upcoming Comic-Con and Gen Con conventions. Anderson will show how THE HOBBIT has been professionally illustrated over the years, covering the background of J.R.R. Tolkien and his writings.

Anderson is a renowned Tolkien scholar whose expertise in the complicated textual history and evolution of both HE HOBBITand THE LORD OF THE RINGS has led to the inclusion of his essays on these topics in most editions of those works published in English since 1987.

Mark your calendars with the following dates and times!

COMIC-CON -- Friday, August 2

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. San Diego Convention Center, Room 16A/B 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Autographing Area
(Please note that Anderson will be happy to sign his "Note on the Text" page in editions of THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT. THE ANNOTATED HOBBIT will not be available.)

GEN CON -- Friday, August 9
12:00 - 1:00 Hyatt Regency, Gilpatrick Conference Room
(Hotel is connected via skywalk to the Midwest Express Center)

Publication Date: September 12, 2002
ISBN 0-618-13470-0, $28

Chris Lee At Forbiddenplanet UK! - Xoanon @ 12:39 PST
Annatar sends in this press release:

Diary Date: 6 Aug-02, 5–6pm


Christopher Lee, star of Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring, will be launching the release of the long awaited Video & DVD of Peter Jackson’s highly acclaimed adaptation of the famous JRR Tolkien novels at Forbidden Planet, 71- 75 New Oxford Street, London, WC1 1DG, on 6th August 2002 from 5pm to 6pm.

As well as starring as Saruman in Fellowship Of The Ring and as Count Dooku Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones, he has appeared in over 250 films including Dracula, The Wicker Man, The Man with the Golden Gun, Gremlins II and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

To further celebrate the launch of Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring, Forbidden Planet are offering the DVD / VHS at the following special price, while stocks last -

… Lord Of The Rings Video £12.99 (RRP £16.99)
… Lord Of The Rings DVD £19.99 (RRP £24.99)

Please note that Christopher Lee will only be signing the DVD / VHS of ‘Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring’.

For any queries please email info@forbiddenplanet.com

Tuesday, July 23, 2002
Los Angeles DVD Viewing Event Details - Strider @ 14:32 PST
Kailin writes: This note comes to us from the Baron of Bar Ereg, regarding hotel info for those travelling to Los Angeles in two weeks. Email him at AndrewWh@aol.com if you have any questions or want to get in on the deal.

'I am co-ordinating a group block of hotel rooms at the Holiday Inn - Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2005 N Highland Ave., Hollywood. We've got a mix of rooms starting on Wednesday andgoing through until Monday. If anyone wants to get in on the group rate ($95/night) they need to contact me ASAP.'

Cool Convention News! - Xoanon @ 13:31 PST
Starting from the next 27th of July the fortress of Agolanti of Riccione will become the magnificent scenery of “Images from the Middle Earth”, a fantastic trip on the paths of art from literature to cinema.
Until the 20th of August, Riccione will houses indeed the worldwide preview of the first international exhibition about “The Lord of the Ring” never conceived and realized before, under the sponsorship of the Government’s Premiership and the Ministry of Communications.

Arteventi, society for the creation of cultural events, and the Italian Tolkienian Society will bring to Italy the best international show concerning fantasy never carried out in the last decades, coinciding with the recent release of the successful film “The Lord of the Ring-The Fellowship of the Ring”.
The event includes more than 120 original items by Angus Mcbride (SA), Ted Nasmith(CA), Roger Garland (UK), Brothers Hildebrandt (USA), Alan Lee (UK), Lode Claes (BE), Rob Alexander (USA), Luca Michelucci (IT), Anton Spazzapan (SLO), Angelo Montanini (IT), Pascal Yung (FR), Tony Galuidi (UK), Capucine Mazille (FR), Mikel Janin (SP), Patrick Gely (FR), Ivan Cavini (IT), Anke K. Eissmann (GE), April Lee (USA), Stephen Walsh (UK), Randy Asplund (USA), David Wyatt (UK), Roger Thomasson (SW), Carrel Douglas (USA), Danny Staten (USA), Timoleon Kouimtzoglou (GR), Maura Boldi (IT), Ed Beard Jr.(USA), Maria Distefano (IT), Diego Iaconfcic (KR), Michael Rudin (SW), Giovanni Giurco (IT), Peter Gaber (KR), from all over Europe, South Africa, Canada, America. Like in a magnificent mosaic of techniques, colours, lines, and shapes, the artists have recreated pictorially the fantastic story narrated by J.R.R.Tolkien.

Certainly, the Fantasy School needs more scope within the art world and the international exhibition “Images from the Middle Earth”, thanks to the presence of many international artists, is ready to become a spread means of this fascinating world.

Contemporaneously and for the whole period of the exhibition, it will be offer to the public a calendar crammed with collateral event, which, twice a week, will help the visitors to enter into the fantastic world of Tolkien, read on the occasion by the pictorial and sculptural artworks at the show (some of them are Italian, by the famous Luigi Enzo Mattei, others French, by Patrick Gely).

After the official opening of the 27th of July, which, besides, will “burn” the hill of Agolanti with a spectacular firework display, the show will perform concerts of Celtic and Ancient music with an ensemble of great renown (Samhradh - Cormac - I Musici), plays on the subject with the company “International Nazgul Conspiracy”, workshop for the children, the showing of the animated cartoon “The Lord of the Ring” by Ralph Bakshi of the ’78, ending with the convention about Tolkien presented by the S.T.I. (with the participation of the President Paolo Paron and some world-famous experts). Following, a dinner with the appropriate name of “At the inn of the Reared Colt”.
In short, thirty days during which the Agolanti and its slight slope in sight of a beautiful sea will become the ideal scenery where the fans of Tolkien, art experts, families, children, onlookers will be able to satisfy sight, touch, hearing, smell, palate, passing, in the meantime, from the visit of the exhibition to the events which will surround it outside the fortress.

Furthermore, Arteventi, S.T.I. Comune di Riccione – Council for the Arts invite everyone to participate at the show “Images from the Middle Earth”, in order to help who suffer; in fact, only by visiting the exhibition and paying the entry ticket, the visitors will give their contribution to the projects of UNICEF Italy concerning the childhood’s defence. The 10% of the show’s incomes will be assigned to UNICEF Italy, partner of the event, for the project linked to the show “All the children must dream”.

The district of Riccione, in order to make the access at the show easier, provides the visitors with a number of buses to the fortress of Agolanti, which will leave from Azzarita Square and Curriel Square, in Riccione Terme.

The exhibition will last until the 20th of August, open every day (August 15th included) from 19.00 to 24.00.

Entry ticket: 5 Euros (full price) - 3 Euros (reduced price)

Programme of Events:

Saturday 27/7,


- A chance to meet the artists
- Concert: SAMHRADH (Celtic music)
- Fireworks
(Display by The Defenders of the Fortress)

Tuesday 30/7,

9pm - Screening of the animated film "The Lord of the Rings" by Ralph Bakshi

Friday 2/8,

9pm - Concert: CORMAC (Celtic music)

Tuesday 6/8,

9pm - Play "The Lord of the Rings for children" By the “International Nazgul Conspiracy” Company

Friday 9/8,

9pm - Concert - I MUSICI (Traditional folk music from Celtic countries)

Tuesday 13/8,

9pm - Children’s Workshop "Discovering the Middle Earth" (for 10 to 14 year olds)

Friday 16/8,

9pm - Defenders of the Fortress: "Duels and red-hot swords”

Saturday 17/8

7pm - Convention organised by the "Italian Tolkien Society" (an interview with Paolo Paron, President of the I.T.S. and selected international J.J.R.Tolkien experts)

9pm - Celtica dinner (26 euros per person; advance bookings on 0541/600302) (Display by The Defenders of the Fortress)

Monday, July 22, 2002
DVD Fan Viewing Event! - Xoanon @ 16:26 PST
Moocholas writes: Anyone interested in attending the DVD Viewing party in Hollywood, there are still seats available!! This is a viewing party set up by fellow ringers LadyOBloom and Moocholas, and is open to all!!


What: Viewing of the Lord Of The Rings, The Fellowship Of The Rings on DVD

Where: American Film Institute (AFI) Hollywood Screening Rooms

Frankfit Barnes Screening Room
2021 N. Western Ave
Hollywood, CA 90027

When: August 10th, 2002 11:00 am until 2:30pm (official room rental ending time ) BowlMoot picnic happens directly after this at 4pm.

Who: 94 lucky Ringers will be attending, we still have 20 spaces left, which you can reserve by emailing me moochsqueak@cs.com or LadyOBloom@aol.com

How Much: $11.00 per person, to cover the cost of screening room rental, and license fees only

How to Pay: First make sure you always reference the name you used to reserve your seats, so I credit payments to the right elf, hobbit etc....I have set up a Pay-Pal account that will allow anyone to pay for their seats via direct bank payment OR charge cards. My email is also my Pay-Pal account. Please email me at moochsqueak@cs.com if you need help.

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