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News for Oct. 14, 2001

LEGO My Frodo... and My Samwise... and My Gollum??

10/14/01, 6:50 pm EST - Tookish

Ringer MasterJediStan sends word: Hear ye, hear ye all you hobbits out there! LEGO is coming out with Hobbits, Gandalf, and much more Middle-earth! They'll be mostly figures I think. My guess is that they'll be coming out after the movie. Thanks for the tip MJS! Where can I get me some!!??

UPDATE! It appears that this news rumor may be rooted in a different source: Intelli-Blox. Thanks for the many corrections Ringers! [More]

Blanchett Interview in Carte Blanche Shop Magazine

10/14/01, 5:32 pm EST - Strider

As I was walking through my local shopping centre today, I noticed in the corner of my eye a magazine cover with the image of Cate Blanchett and the words 'Lord of the Rings'. I picked it up and to my suprise it was the mall's own-written magazine, Carte Blanche. In the interview itself, Cate speaks highly of PJ, New Zealand and the Trilogy itself. [More]

Media Watch: the Daily Express

10/14/01, 4:11 pm EST - leo

A few days ago I asked people to send in scans of an article in friday's Daily Express. I'd like to thank those of you who did, it kept my mailserver busy for a while, but as always the solution is far more simple: Richard from tLOTR.com sent me an email telling me he already has some good scans online. You can find 'em here!

Christopher Lee Answers All on Camera

10/14/01, 2:58 pm EST - Strider

From The Official Christopher Lee Website:

Next Sunday, Christopher Lee (Saruman) will be appearing in front of a DVD camera. He will be commenting on his last two weeks in Greece and answering the latest questions from the forums. The recording will be published in two formats, normal rm files and full screen quality DVD. Due to bandwidth requirements for the DVD quality, this will only be available to members at level II board members (those with over 50 posts) and up.

Blanchett: 'I Did LOTR For The Ears'

10/14/01, 1:24 pm EST - Xoanon

The October isssue of Famous (Canadian movie Mag) features an article about Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) that includeds a small pick of her blessing Frodo as well as a quote about her role in the movie,

"I had never done anything with blue screen before, or prosthetics, or anything like that. Lord of the Rings was like stepping into a videogame for me. It was another world completely. But, to be honest, I basically did it so that I could have the ears," she jokes. "I thought they would really work with my bare head."

Thanks to Cosima for the article!

SHOP: Easton Press Editions of LOTR

10/14/01, 1:21 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Sindarin

Easton Press offers leather bound copies of many types of books, from Tolkien to Plato. All their books are leather bound, Smyth-sewn pages of acid neutral paper, moire fabric endsheets, "hubbed" spines, and page ends. The leather bindings are inlaid with 22kt gold on the spines. [More]

SHOP: Pre-Order LOTR:FOTR Score, Both Of Them

10/14/01, 1:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Take a look at 2 Amazon links to the 'Standard' or 'Delux' version of the LOTR:FOTR score! [More]

Essential News for Polish Fans

10/14/01, 12:59 pm EST - Strider

Polish Ringer Darth Ejka sent me a HEAP of great information from Poland:

I've found out some facts about our Polish promotion of "LotR". First of all Enya's song will be heard in the radio and in our Polish MTV with the beggining of November. Polish MTV will also organize a great contest about "LotR" and there's going to be a big Tolkien-Olympics in all all Polish schools! "LotR" books are coming out 7th November and the soundtrack is avaible from 19th November. Posters are already in theatres and the trailer will be shown from 24th October in 35 theatres and after a week or to in another 100 before the film "Blow" or something like that. The promotion will also involve Pizza Hut, "Polityka" magazine and "Viva!", which is planning a special number with intervievs with the creators, actors and a special look on costumes and so on (all in December). The mobile phones will also include "LotR" goodies.

Where To Go? Indigo!

10/14/01, 12:58 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Artemis

I just got back from Indigo (book stores) and I was pleasantly surprise to see a huge display of Tolkien books. Not just LOTR and the Hobbit but evey single book or story Tolkien ever wrote! They had maps and guides to Middle Earth too. Then I looked over and saw a HUGE poster of Elijah Wood as Frodo with the Ring and it said 'Read the Adventure, See the Movie'. It also pictured each LOTR book and the two movie guides. It said they were going to be out November 6th. So if anyone has an Indigo bookstore near them they should hop on over and check out all the deals.

Media Watch: The Independant

10/14/01, 12:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Lord of the Rings Country: The complete guide

Where to see the enchanted world of Middle-earth, from Hobbiton's grassy knolls to the sinister terrain of Mordor and Mount Doom, recreated by film director Peter Jackson in his native New Zealand. [More]

Thanks to Paul for the article!

AAFES Contest

10/14/01, 12:45 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Jazz sends along this contest run by the AAFES. I know this has something to do with the military, but being Canadian I have no idea what the AAFES is (I have now learned that it is an acronym for "Army, Air Force Exchange Service." -Xo), but here's the contest anyway!

On a side note, this is our 2000th scrapbook image, that is the LARGEST collection of LOTR Movie related images anywhere!

Trailer Sightings Update

10/14/01, 12:44 pm EST - Strider

We've had an incredible response from people telling us where, when and with what movie they saw Trailer II. However, if you are going to mail us about seeing the Trailer with one of the films below, please please don't! We're only interested in movies that we didn't know it was showing with. Thanks again to all folks out there who contributed to the list below of what movies Trailer II is showing with:

Iron Monkey
Joy Ride
Mike Basset: England Manager (UK)
Training Day
Who is Corky?

Empire Magazine Online Poll: LOTR Vs Potter

10/14/01, 12:30 pm EST - Strider

It's time for another call to arms....Empire have a poll on their front page, asking "Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter, the last of this year's heavyweights draw ever-closer to the screen. But who will win the wizarding showdown?". Lord of the Rings is getting TROUNCED 65% to 35%. Are you really going to let that happen? [More]

Thanks to Scatha for giving us the info.

Media Watch: The Writer Magazine

10/14/01, 12:08 pm EST - Tookish

... a really great article I found in the November 2001 issue of The Writer magazine called "10 Secrets to Writing Fantasy." They reference dozens of authors, mostly Tolkien and J.K. Rowling, and have two excellent interviews with Peter S. Beagle and Ursula K. LeGuin (Tehanu should be happy about that). Both of them mention Tolkien, which I found interesting. I found the magazine at the library, so people should be able to get access to it. I recommend it!

Thanks Nywoe!

News for Oct. 13, 2001

FOTR Tickets: Denmark

10/13/01, 5:34 pm EST - Strider

Ringer Spy Ghost of Deagol mailed us to say that the tickets for Fellowship of the Ring will be available in Denmark from October 23rd. He also says for more information, visit here.

FOTR Article in AOL Magazine

10/13/01, 5:23 pm EST - Strider

According to SpiritWoses, an article on the Fellowship of the Ring can be found in AOL's Online Magazine, entitled "The Hobbits Are Coming". It features an image of Boromir at the Council of Elrond, and talks about their multi channel bonanza of sneak previews, trailer, shopping, sweepstakes and links. Anyone out there who has a scanner, send it in!

Sting on Shop at Home Network

10/13/01, 5:10 pm EST - Strider

From Fingolfin:

Hey guys this is just a little something I saw on television late last night that I thought some of the fans might be interested in. I was flipping through the channels and saw something neat on the Shop at Home network.... Sting! If anyone is interested in getting it the # is 1-800-366-4010 ; item # 1101-2063 ; and it ships on 10/22/01. This was the official replica of the Sting used in the films. The only reason I'm bringing it to your attention is because they were asking $169.95 and I'm pretty sure I haven't seen it that cheap anywhere else. (You can also do their stretch pay at 3 payments for $56.65 each.)

GAMING: Middle Earth Mod Interview!

10/13/01, 12:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Antoni Jover has been kind enough to do an exclusive interview with us on his Age of Kings Middle Earth Mod. For anyone that's ever played Age of Empires, or the sequel Age of Kings, this is a must read. Age of Kings has been called the best strategy game out there, and coupled with Jover's work to modify the scenarios, scenary, and characters into a Middle Earth feel, it promises to be one of the best Middle Earth Mod's out there for any game we've seen yet. [More]

Media Watch: Expose Magazine

10/13/01, 11:50 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Paul sends along this article from 'Expose Magazine', the article takes a look at our very own Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn). [More]

Enya's 'May It Be' To Be Released Soon!

10/13/01, 11:29 am EST - Xoanon

Billboard.com is reporting the following news!

"May It Be" will be released as a single to U.S. radio outlets later this month. A companion music video featuring Enya and footage from the film will be released to video outlets.

'May It Be' is one of the songs Enya has worked on with Howard Shore for LOTR:FOTR!! I cannot wait!

For a bit more on Enya you MAY log on to Billboard.com (I've always wanted to say that)

Orlando on 'Elle'

10/13/01, 11:25 am EST - Xoanon

From: cuthalion

The latest issue of 'elle magazine' (November, with Angela Lindval on cover) has a picture of Orlando Bloom (Legolas), featured as one of the hot four newcomers to Hollywood. very nice to look at!

(I know a lady that would agree with you -Xo)

Where Is Dark Horizons?

10/13/01, 11:21 am EST - Xoanon

Garth from DarkHorizons is having server problems, we can completely relate to his troubles, and feel for our little Ozzie friend! In the mentime, check out his temporary DH site. [More]

Trailer Sighting

10/13/01, 5:13 am EST - Strider

Barret J from El Paso, Texas mailed us to say that he saw the trailer in front of "Corky Romano" last night. Anyone else who knows what other films have Trailer II, mail us now!

News for Oct. 12, 2001

Houghton Mifflin Presents: LOTR Day!

10/12/01, 8:54 pm EST - Xoanon

November 8th is Lord of the Rings Day! As fans prepare for the much-anticipated release of “The Fellowship of the Ring,” the first film in New Line Cinema’s epic The Lord of the Rings Trilogy on December 19th, bookstores across the United States will be celebrating the publication of Houghton Mifflin’s movie tie-in books, THE LORD OF THE RINGS OFFICIAL MOVIE GUIDE by Brian Sibley and THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING VISUAL COMPANION by Jude Fisher. [More]

YUMMY Trailer Sightings!!

10/12/01, 8:47 pm EST - Xoanon

We're getting reports that the new, amazing, yummy, melts in your brain AND in your hands trailer are being shown with a few films (cinema and video!) this weekend!

You can find it on 'Bridget Jones's Diary', on VHS and 'Training Day' in theatres!

SHOP: WH Smiths Update

10/12/01, 8:40 pm EST - Xoanon

The tie-in products for WH Smiths are coming in-store between now and early November. A member of staff kindly showed us the store guide to up coming products due in before Xmas. [More]

Hall of Fire Chats for October 13th and 14th

10/12/01, 7:37 pm EST - Strider

Throughout the months of shooting the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, at times Peter Jackson has had to make decisions to tinker with the way the books have been written so that they can be adapted onto the cinema screen, and of course fit within a nine hour timeframe. One of these decisions involved changing a theme that is a strong thread woven through J.R.R's literature, and bears with it some moral questions. Originally Tolkien wrote in the Silmarillion that orcs were created by the evil and perverse corruption of Elves, but instead when we go to see the Fellowship of the Ring, we will see a story about orc pods, genetically engineered armies of evil. This weekend, the Hall of Fire discusses Orc Breeding - The Interpratations of J.R.R Tolkien and Peter Jackson. [More]

Blanchett's Bandits Out November

10/12/01, 7:34 pm EST - Strider

Ringer Spy Pippin Skywalker sends this short note in:

"Cate's new film 'Bandits' is due out in the UK November 2nd.

Fellowship Artifacts Tour Hits TV

10/12/01, 6:52 pm EST - Strider

We were one of the first to report on this last week, and now we've got some more information thanks to Jeremy:

I'm out sick today, and I was just watching CityTV (a station based out of Toronto) when I heard that o-so-familiar music. There was a commercial advertising the Middle Earth Exhibit at Castle Oma in Toronto. There wasn't really any new footage, just miscelaneous clips taken from all the trailers so far. They also had ticket purchase information at the end.

Lord of the Rings Merchandise in UK Stores

10/12/01, 6:48 pm EST - Strider

Gothmog & Wife send in the latest news of Lord of the Rings merchandise available in the UK. [More]

LOTR:FOTR Score Track Listing!

10/12/01, 1:51 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Brian sends along the track listing for the LOTR:FOTR score! I really CANNOT wait to hear this score in my ears, I am REALLY looking foreward to this! Anyone with more info, send it along!! [More]

Media Watch: Xpose

10/12/01, 1:47 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Timothy sends along word that there is a new interview with Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) in the latest issue of 'Xpose' (#61).

Anyone with a scanner and this article send it along!

To Stay Alive, Snipe, Snipe

10/12/01, 1:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Before the dance, there is the walk. It is not a graceful walk, at least not by conventional standards, that is being practiced by Ian McKellen in the revival of Strindberg's "Dance of Death" that opened on Broadway last night. [More]

Thanks to Everyone who sent this in!

LOTR: FOTR: 'Wild Card'

10/12/01, 1:38 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Ice Hobbit

Just a quick note to alert you to an article in the Wall Street Journal Weekend Section on Holiday Movies.

The Article trumpets Harry Potter as "Hands down, the biggest movie of the season (cough*2dimensional*cough -Xo). It unfortunately describes LOTR:FOTR as a wild card citing the facts that the book published in 1954 is unknown to many of today's kids; that the first installment lacks the punch of the second and third; and questions whether the film can draw more than the typical fantasy-movie audience. Well I'm still looking forward to it.

Live In Norway? Want LOTR:FOTR?

10/12/01, 1:36 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Lars Erik Løberg

Just want to inform you that sale of FotR-tickets beginns November 5th in Trondheim, Norway, and probably in the other cities in Norway. At least there are posters in the cinema in Trondheim, telling us pre-sale beginns as said November 5th. FOTR is in the cinemas December 19th.

Holm's 'Homecoming'

10/12/01, 1:34 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Etched Chaos

I recently went to see the Homecoming at the London Comedy Theatre of which stars good old Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm). I managed to get a programme and it has a small section on Ian stating his theatre background and movies of which he has starred in. So i thought I'd send what it says to you. [More]

Concerning Horses

10/12/01, 1:31 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Marianne

The local weekly published newspaper 'Fauquier Democrat' has in its Fall Movie Preview, a short article called "Harry vs Frodo". Even in the horse country of Virginia, we follow The Fellowship.

Anyone with this article and the scanner, send it along!

Blanchett's 'Bandits' Out Today

10/12/01, 8:41 am EST - Xoanon

The latest Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) comedy/crime film 'Bandits' is out in North America today. Click here for showtimes [More]

LOTR:FOTR in theatres next week? NO!! -UPDATE-

10/12/01, 6:30 am EST - leo

MovieHeadlines.net reports that Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring will be shown in various cities as soon as next week. Of course these screening will only be held for the so called 'movie critics'... [More]

So where do I sign up to become a movie critic?

Don't bother Leo, TORN souces are quotes as saying:

not true, as far as I know they have no plans to critic screen the film this soon. I would not expect a critic screening until late Nov early dec

Media Watch: the Daily Express

10/12/01, 6:23 am EST - leo

In today's Daily Express newspaper, there is a full two page article that I think you may be interested in. The headline is "The Sad Legacy Of Tolkien's Fable" and the leader is "As the fantasy world of The Lord Of The Rings is brought to life on the big screen, the author's family has bitterly condemned the project".

Thanks to Grishnakh for that. Anyone with a scanner, please send it in!

Release date for Iceland

10/12/01, 6:14 am EST - leo

from: Zaphod

I thought that you would like to know that a movie theater in Iceland has confirmed on their website (www.laugarasbio.is) that Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring wil be released December 26th.

News for Oct. 11, 2001

Blanchett's 'Heaven' To Open BIFF

10/11/01, 9:55 pm EST - Xoanon

The latest Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) film 'Heaven' will open the Berlin International Film Festival on Febuary 6th. Blanchett plays Philippa, a woman who takes the law into her own hands, and falls in love with the officer who arrests her.

United Cutlery Images

10/11/01, 7:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy V sends along some links to a few places where you can pick up some coolio (and not so coolio) LOTR swords and knives. [More]

GAMING: Exclusive Image From Decipher!

10/11/01, 7:16 pm EST - Xoanon

Your first look at the Nazgul's advance on a terrified Frodo. Check out the rest of the great card images from Decipher. [More]

IGN: Cate Blanchett Celeb of the Day

10/11/01, 4:06 pm EST - Strider

IGN have named Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) as their "Celeb of the Week". Along with posting a poll on her best performance so far in her career, they have also written up a profile on Cate herself, along with previous & future roles, and a little bit of everything. [More]

Media Watch: Media Television

10/11/01, 3:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Anyone who missed to LOTR special featuring TORN on Media Television last night can catch it again tonight (Thursday) at 8pm on CITY TV (Toronto). Check your local listings.

FOTR Trailer II on Turkish TV

10/11/01, 3:08 pm EST - Strider

From Emre the Sorcerer:

A Turkish channel, TV8, showed the second trailer in its cinema program "Studyo Movieplex". And if you missed it, you can watch it on saturday at 12.10 on TV8.

Bean Up Your Desktop

10/11/01, 3:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Now that I think about it, I could have said 'fill your desktop with Beans..' or something MUCH more clever. Anyways, check out this site for a very nice Sean Bean as Boromir wallpaper. [More]

FOTR Tickets : Sweden

10/11/01, 3:04 pm EST - Strider

From Petter R

I just recieved a mail from SF Cinema who will sell the swedish tickets. They say that the tickets for LOTR:FOTR will be availabe by the end of November. They also said that you won´t be abel to buy tickets for the premiere on the internet.

Go Get Slashdotted

10/11/01, 3:03 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Slartibarticus

Just thought I'd mention that the latest Slashdot poll asks "What is your favorite LOTR character?" Gandalf seems to be in the lead! [More]

Head For Head...They're Pretty Good!

10/11/01, 3:00 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Old Took (on talking about the Toy Biz Figures)

The thing that really amazed me was the amount of detail that has gone into the faces on the figures. I'm sure you agree that to quite a high degree of accuracy, the figures really do look like their real-life actor counterparts. I've scanned in some really close-up face shots to demonstrate. [More]

Latest Newsletter is Away!

10/11/01, 12:33 pm EST - Xoanon

The latest newsletter is away! Do you want to receive our weekly newsletter? Packed with tons of info to keep you up to date on the latest? Plus filled with exclusives from time to time! Join the crowd of more than 4600+ mailing list Ringers! Sign up now! [More]

Update on BillyBoyd.net

10/11/01, 12:28 pm EST - Strider

BillyBoyd.net has updated their image gallery of the Pippin Took actor, featuring images from Boyd in "The Ballad of Crazy Paolo", which is playing at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. [More]

Weekly Ebay Items

10/11/01, 11:31 am EST - Xoanon

Better than losing your 'LOTR themed cookie' in your special 'Orc Farmed' Milk in a Burger King 'LOTR themed mug' and having to fish it out with your finger and losing your Kinder Surprise magic 'Frodo Ring' as well!! (merchandise is going to kill me) [More]

Cast Watch: Cate On Chicago Radio

10/11/01, 10:54 am EST - Xoanon

Rob sends this in: Just thought I would drop a quick note that our favorite elf queen Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) was on 101.9 FM in Chicago this morning to advertise her new film "Bandits." Eventually it was mentioned that she would be appearing in "LOTR" this Christmas. When asked if it felt weird to see so many people obsessed with the film, going to see movies just for a trailer, she replied that she was excited but hadn't seen the trailer or much of the finished film.

Sublime To The Ridiculous Part II

10/11/01, 10:50 am EST - Xoanon

I really have nothing to say on the subject of cookies...I mean...really...nothing. LOTR related cookies...I'm going to go have a nap [More]

Media Watch: The Toronto Star

10/11/01, 10:37 am EST - Xoanon

Check out this ad that recently appeared in 'The Toronto Star', seems the Star is proud to be the 'Official Media Sponsor'. Whatever that means...

More Toy Biz Goodies!

10/11/01, 10:32 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Ed sends along more pics from his ever growing LOTR collection! I personally bought a Wraith with his horse last night and was REALLY impressed, these things are amazing! Great detail, and they don't feel like they'll fall apart by just looking at them, very cool indeed! Behold, Merry, Pippin and some nassssssssty Orcs! [More]

Spence's 'Damned' Reviews Coming In

10/11/01, 9:57 am EST - Xoanon

Reviews from 'Queen of the Damned', the latest film from Bruce Spence (Mouth of Sauron) are pouring into various websites. Check out AICN (negative reviews) and Corona Coming Attractions (positive review) for more.

200m Ring of Fire

10/11/01, 9:39 am EST - Xoanon

The UK Mirror reports what they call 'the first ever pics of LOTR', hey buds, we've been doing this for over 2 years ;). Nevertheless, take a look.

Thanks to AG for the tip!

Media Watch: 'Movie Chart Show'

10/11/01, 9:33 am EST - Xoanon

From: Matt

Just thought I'd let you know that last night on the 'Movie Chart Show' shown on Channel 5 in the UK, the second half of the latest trailer was shown at the very end (from Frodo drawing Sting in Moria to Gandalf on the Bridge at Khazad Dum). The show will be repeated on Channel five again on Sunday morning at 11.35am.

Games-Workshop Talks to Richard Taylor

10/11/01, 9:29 am EST - Xoanon

From: Games-Workshop

Gordon Davidson caught up with Richard Taylor, one of the directors of Weta Workshop Ltd on a recent trip to Games Workshop HQ in Nottingham, England. Weta was responsible for all the on-set special effects, armour, weapons, etc. This is only a small part of the interview held at Games Workshop's head office in Nottingham, England. [More]

SHOP: Amazon Newsletter

10/11/01, 9:23 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Jackie M sends along news from the latest issue of the Amazon.com newsletter, this week they feature Tolkien. [More]

SHOP: WH Smith Goes LOTR

10/11/01, 9:09 am EST - Xoanon

From: Gothmog and Wife

UK store W.H.Smith have pre Christmas store catalogue/brochure with a full page devoted to LOTR tie-ins. [More]

Contests Galore!

10/11/01, 12:09 am EST - Calisuri

Just a friendly reminder of the TWO contests ongoing at TheOneRing.net:

The Caption Comedy Contest ends Oct 31st. Submit your caption for an image of the Fellowship and win great prizes, including a SideShow/WETA Frodo Figure, a copy of Heavenly Creatures on DVD, or The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. [More]

The Third Annual Halloween Costume Contest is in full swing. Send images of your Tolkien related Halloween costume to us and win amazing stuff. Each winner will receive over $100 dollars in LOTR merchandise from Sideshow/WETA Collectibles and Fantasy Flight Games! [More]

News for Oct. 10, 2001

Steve Elzer Leaves New Line

10/10/01, 6:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Longtime New Line studio spokesman Steve Elzer has left the company, TORN has learned. Elzer, who is highly regarded within the entertainment industry and has been a longtime friend to me is considering a number of opportunities.

Steve was Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications with New Line, and one hell of a great guy. We met online years ago and our mutual LOTR interests quickly became a friendship. I hope Steve lands somewhere really interesting and can continue to give us juicy tid-bits on LOTR in the future!

Best of luck Steve, New Line will be different without you.

Decipher Update

10/10/01, 6:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Decipher continues to update daily. Check out the havens to view all the newest images and learn about Decipher's sixth contest! [More]

Liv Tyler Talks LOTR

10/10/01, 5:00 pm EST - Xoanon

The following is from a radio interview with Liv Tyler as she talks "The Lord of the Rings".

You seem to take a lot of time between projects.

"Oh, I always do that. It always seems like that whenever...I always seem to work, to do a couple of things in a row and then, just stop. It's not necessarily like, 'Oh, I'm going to take a year off now.' It's just that something doesn't come up that I really like. Also, for me, I think that it is really important to be at home and just be a normal girl and learn about myself and my life and just to get to spend time with people around me. [More]

Sean Astin Talks LOTR

10/10/01, 4:57 pm EST - Xoanon

Sean Astin, who plays Sam Gamgee in Peter Jackson's upcoming Lord of the Rings films, told SCI FI Wire that he learned "so much" about the acting craft as a result of his participation in the big-screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy. "I learned a lot about my voice, about my body," said Astin, who put on 30 pounds to portray the Hobbit gardener who joins Frodo (Elijah Wood) and the other members of the fellowship on the treacherous journey to Mt. Doom to destroy the Ring. [More]

Media Watch: Barnes & Noble's 'Explorations'

10/10/01, 4:52 pm EST - Xoanon

Thanks to Anne for these great scans! Check out the PJ interview!! [More]

LOTR FanClub News

10/10/01, 4:42 pm EST - Xoanon

I've been getting emails all day with excited folks who are signing up for the LOTR FanClub via Deciphers phone number. Try it now, the number is 1-800-451-6381. And be sure to sign up at the 'coming soon' website. www.lotrfanclub.com

Legolas Toy Biz Pics

10/10/01, 4:38 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Hawk sends along his Legolas Toy Biz action figure he ordered from a Canadian site. Thanks Hawk!

Media Watch: Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine

10/10/01, 4:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Isildur62 sends along this scan from the latest issue of Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine, take a looksee.

Toys R Us Canada Goes LOTR

10/10/01, 3:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Word has just reached me that my 'Toys R Us' store in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, has the LOTR toys! I'll be heading down there at around 5:30 this very evening to pick some up and talk to the manager to get a Montreal event started! Stay tuned!! [More]

Media Watch: 'Library Journal'

10/10/01, 1:38 pm EST - Xoanon

The buzz over director Peter Jackson’s feature film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy hit fever pitch in 2000 when the simply stunning early footage was previewed via the modern wizardry of the Internet, leaving fans gawking at their PCs. [More]

Thanks to Julie for the tip!

How They Made LOTR...The Game

10/10/01, 1:29 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Games-Workshop

Once upon a time, in a land far away… No! We’re not going to start like that! Here’s what really happened. When we heard that New Line Cinema was going to make a film of The Lord of the Rings, everyone at Games Workshop got really excited. We had spent years enjoying The Lord of the Rings book and dreamed of the day when someone would undertake to bring this epic saga to the screen. Now we would finally get the chance to see the Fellowship, the Ringwraiths, the evil Orcs and all the other amazing characters from Tolkien’s trilogy brought to life. [More]

Media Watch: Media Television in Canada

10/10/01, 12:28 pm EST - Xoanon

Another Canadian/television related story, tonight on Media TV at 11:35 pm EST (CITY TV in Ontario, The New RO or VR or whatever yout local TV station calls it) there will be a segment on LOTR, check your local listings. Also be sure to check out a small segment on TORN! Plus clips from the trailers!

Official Site : Hobbit Name Generator

10/10/01, 12:17 pm EST - Strider

AlphaHelix spotted a new addition to the Official Site...a Hobbit Name Generator! Apparently New Line saw how popular the Hobbit Name Generator we reported on during the Summer was, and decided to have one on the site. If you want to know what Hobbit you are, just follow the link. (I'm Berilac Foxburr of Loamsdown)[More]

It seems that the generator has been pulled off the site without warning or reason why.

Tolkien Reference on The Onion

10/10/01, 12:12 pm EST - Strider

Both Eowyn Greenleaf and James spotted a brief Tolkien reference in The Onion article entitled, "I Insist You Borrow This Terrible Book and Tell Me How Much You Liked It". [More]

FOTR Adverts on Canadian Television?

10/10/01, 12:02 pm EST - Strider

From Nairn:

A new short trailer is being shown on BBC Canada (Shaw Digital Channel 106 in Calgary). It's not much more than a minute, doesn't show us anything we haven't seen before. Shots include the ring spinning into Frodo's hand, the fellowship's attempt on Caradhras and Galadriel with Frodo. Her line "even the smallest person can change the future" seems to be the hook they're going for, at least for this campaign, as it was about the only line of dialogue in the trailer.

(I've not seen this in Montreal, but I'll keep my eyes out for you -Xo)

Trailer I Arrives in Hong Kong

10/10/01, 11:59 am EST - Strider

From Bungo:

Just letting you know that the first trailer (with the wild Gandalf) has finally arrived in Hong Kong. It's attached to Bridget Jones' Diary, particularly the 3:55pm show, at the AMC cinema at Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong.

Media Watch: The UK 'Mirror'

10/10/01, 8:25 am EST - Xoanon

From: Mathew

The upcoming films have a full page article in today's edition of 'The Mirror'

Anyone with a scan send it along!

Csokas on 'XXX'

10/10/01, 8:23 am EST - Xoanon

www.comingsoon.net is reporting that Marton Csokas (Celeborn) will be playing the heavy in the new Vin Diesel movie 'XXX'. The release date for this urban thriller is set for July 26, 2002.

Thanks to responsetime for the tip!

News for Oct. 09, 2001

SideShow/WETA Announces Exclusive Program!

10/09/01, 5:20 pm EST - Calisuri

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I had the chance to experience the beauty and meticulous artistry involved with SideShow/WETA Collectibles at this year's DragonCon. Now, it looks like they are out-doing themselves with a series of Medallions. Read the full press release, then view the official flyer and order form. [More]

Cate Blanchett on AOL Chat

10/09/01, 4:59 pm EST - Strider

From GodlyWench:

Only just found this as I logged on to my AOL account (UK) might be too late to join in but they might print highlights tomorrow or something. "Star of upcoming film 'Bandits' Cate Blanchett will be joining AOL Live for a chat on Tuesday 9 October at 10pm."

It's short notice...but any Ringer out there who pays a visit to the chat, write up a report on it and send it in!

Media Watch: Swedish Channel 4

10/09/01, 4:50 pm EST - Strider

From Anders:

I just saw in the commercials on Swedish channel 4 that they will have a show this Saturday called "Bionytt", about the films that will be released this year. There was quite a lot of footage from LOTR, and I hope there will be more on Saturday.

WETA/Sideshow Medallions And New Contest!

10/09/01, 4:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out Sideshowtoys for some VERY cool new medallions for sale and a new contest! Win a Gandalf bust! [More]

SHOP: More New Posters!

10/09/01, 2:16 pm EST - Strider

Chris from TheRingsofPower.net mailed me to say that eMerchandise have got four new Fellowship of the Ring posters in and ready for sale. Each one depicts a scene from the films, with some decoration to make them look even prettier. These posters just seem to get better and better... [More]

LOTR Fan Club Details

10/09/01, 1:29 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Luthien

I recently bought inquest magazine and there is an advertisement for the lotr fanclub. There is a small sign at the bottom that says join the lotr official fanclub (there's a phone number and website i believe thats where you join) the number is 1-800-451-6381, the website is www.lotrfanclub.com, but I couldnt get to it but maybe someone else might have some luck.

(The site is not active yet, and the number is busy whenever I call..whoever gets through, drop us a line -Xo)

Media Watch: Total Film Magazine

10/09/01, 1:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy My Precious sends along these scans from 'Total Film' Cool LOTR media coverage! [More]

Media Watch: Empire Magazine

10/09/01, 1:18 pm EST - Xoanon

The latest 'Empire Magazine' has a small tidbit about LOTR. Take a look.

Coolio LOTR Merchandise

10/09/01, 1:16 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out these pics from a European LOTR distributor, he got his hands on these coolio goodies (none of this stuff comes by me...someone get me on that mailing list!) Check these out. [More]

A Fair Trade

10/09/01, 12:38 pm EST - Strider

From Whitaker:

Just letting you know that www.sf-books.com has Fellowship of the Ring as their most wanted book! SF-Books is a sci-fi & fantasy book trading site, where members swap their paperbacks with each other.

New LOTR Bookmarks

10/09/01, 10:53 am EST - Calisuri

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Check these out! Ringer Rachel picked up some new LOTR related bookmarks at her local bookstore yesterday. [More]

News for Oct. 08, 2001

Media Watch: Total Film & Explorations

10/08/01, 10:36 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Anne

The October issue of UK's "Total Film" magazine includes 2 large double sided posters for LotR and Planet of the Apes. The LotR poster has the four hobbits with swords drawn at Weathertop, and Arwen at the Ford. FOTR gets top billing, 2 pages and lots of photos in their movie preview feature article.

The Oct/Nov issue of Barnes & Noble's Sci-Fi/Fantasy newsletter "Explorations" has 5 pages devoted to LotR, including a nice interview w/ PJ, pictures of the new books and a contest. The new movie tie-in books are prominently displayed at my local store, including a Gandalf Standee/Book rack.

Scans coming soon!

Brad Dourif On TV and on Video

10/08/01, 10:32 pm EST - Xoanon

You can catch Brad Dourif (Wormtongue) in a few places these days. First you may have seen him in the new western/drama 'Ponderosa', Dorif plays 'Frenchy' in this story of the Cartwright family in 1849 Nevada.

You may have seen him in the horror fest tribute video 'Boogeymen', this video shows all the best gore scenes from the top rated horror films (if there is such a thing). You can see Dourif do his 'Chucky' thing to, pardon the expression, death.

Weekly Cast Watch

10/08/01, 10:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Yes...even with my evil cold I manage to gather all this info for you folks (sob mode cancel). Check out this weeks list of small screen goodies from the LOTR stars! [More]

lotr.booksense.com Contest Pics

10/08/01, 7:20 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Hawk

This is the bookmark for the contest at lotr.booksense.com. ALL of the codes are 2GJZM, btw :)Note the Return of the King cover!

Media Watch: Okej Magazine

10/08/01, 7:08 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Jenny

Just to let you know that this months issue of the Swedish magazine "Okej" features a two page special on FOTR. There are ten nice, glossy pictures and quite alot of non-informative text. Nothing new, except for a new set of mistakes (honestly, haven't ANY journalist in Europe actually READ the books?!).

Billy Boyd On BBC1

10/08/01, 7:05 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Paul B

I just happened to tape a Scottish chat show last Friday night called Elaine on BBC1 Scotland and would you believe it but Billy Boyd (Pippin) himself appeared as a guest. It was quite a jovial occasion because the presenter, Elaine, is a well-known Scottish comedienne.

SHOP: New Filmposters!

10/08/01, 4:59 pm EST - leo

The owner of the Dutch mailorder service the Tolkienshop sends in a scan of six new filmposters available for sale over there in the near future... [More]

List of Trailer Music on Soundtrack.net

10/08/01, 4:23 pm EST - Strider

Ringer Theoden sent in an email saying that the list of tracks on the Internet Preview, Trailer I and Trailer II have all been listed in order by the good folks at Soundtrack.net. Want to know the name of that melody which lasts for just a few seconds as the Fellowship pledge their weapons to Frodo in the latest trailer? Well then this is for you. [More]

Happy Turkey Day!

10/08/01, 12:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Yes, for all my fellow Canadians out there it is indeed Thanksgiving, and a cold one to boot up here in Montreal. So take some time out today to give thanks to all we have, and to pray for all those who are in danger to defend it.

So, when you see some Canadians today, wish them a happy Turkey Day! Including Frodo Lover, DarthCleo, yours truly and many others! (If I forgot you, sorry!)

LOTR Contest In Toronto

10/08/01, 11:44 am EST - Xoanon

From: Frodo Lover

For anyone living in Toronto there is a contest you can enter through STAR PHONE. Along with The Toronto Star, all you have to do is call 416-350-3000, when they ask you to enter a 4 digit code wich is LOTR (5687) this code will take you to the special LOTR information line where you can listen to the trailer (#1) or get news and upcoming events or enter the contest...you have to qualify for the contest by being every 100th caller but you can keep trying over and over again until you do. Good Luck!

Christopher Lee In Greece

10/08/01, 11:36 am EST - Xoanon

From: Circi

"This is the trird time I come to Greece", said Christopher Lee, the perfect Count Dracula in a series of films, just arrived at "Eleftherios Venizelos" airport from Myconos, where he spend a few days with his wife. [More]

Media Watch: Fox8 Televison

10/08/01, 11:27 am EST - Xoanon

From: Andrew

Andrew here, from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. I just wanted to let people know that (well they've missed it now) that on Fox8 in Australia, they just showed the entire new preview. It was on "Premiere with Antonia Kidman" (Yes, Nicole's sister). They might replay the show over the next few days up to a week. (I guess). It isn't very long into the 'show' it's not at the END where a lot of Entertainment Shows put movie clips.

Sir Ian, Center Stage

10/08/01, 11:25 am EST - Xoanon

A return to Broadway between film parts has Britain's Ian McKellen (Gandalf) in Olivier's last memorable stage role and well out of his shadow. It's fun to call him Sir Ian - and not just because the queen of England awarded the title to someone who played Death to Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Last Action Hero" and Dracula on a Pet Shop Boys' video. [More]

LOTR Preview In Oz?

10/08/01, 11:22 am EST - Xoanon

From: Eru

...I have heard from a chief Kings Comics employee in Sydney that they might be showing a sneek preview of The Fellowship Of The Ring a week before its general release.... [More]

Survivor: Middle-earth

10/08/01, 11:17 am EST - Xoanon

Gearing up for Survivor: Africa? Well check out the Middle-earth version! Survivor Middle-earth! Thanks to Mushroom410 [More]

Yummy Trailer Sightings!

10/08/01, 10:51 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Yoohoo_Baggins sends along word that the new (yummy!) LOTR: FOTR trailer was seen lately!

As you may know, '2001: A Space Odyssey' has been digitally remastered and premiered last Friday in Seattle. I checked it out, and what did they play before the feature? You got it: the "Angel" (LOTR)trailer.

Elf Helm & Orc Mask Coolness!

10/08/01, 10:49 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Sam sends along these very cool pics. I'm not too sure if these are miniatures, or something used in the films. But some of the technology used is 'Final Render'. Very Cool. [More]

New Line Partners

10/08/01, 12:09 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Brian sent along word on a new section on the official site, take a look at 'Join The Ring' and head on over to 'Partners'. You'll see a very cool list of all the partners New Line has in this adventure of theirs, as well as a list of officially sanctioned LOTR goodies (no official Xoanon action figures though...they know I could take the Frodo one in a fight any day). [More]

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