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News for Oct. 30, 2000

Trick or Green Books

10/30/00, 7:12 pm EST - Quickbeam

Greetings – Quickbeam here.

Don’t get spooked! Just enjoy the new treats over in Green Books. Grab a handful of this sweet stuff:

Join us as we explore the WORDS and WORLD of Tolkien.

Much too hasty,



10/30/00, 11:00 am EST - Xoanon

Ok, well here in North America it's still October 30th, all Hallows Eve. But down in the South Pacific, just to the right of Oz is a small island country called New Zealand. Right now, as you read this, it's October 31, otherwise known as Peter Jackson's Birthday!!

Peter was born on October 31st, 1961 in New Zealand, that makes him 39 today! Happy Birthday PJ!!!

News for Oct. 29, 2000

Weekly Ebay Items

10/29/00, 11:08 pm EST - Xoanon

More fun that losing a costume contest for Halowe'en! [More]

Weekly Cast Watch: Oct 28 - Nov 4

10/29/00, 10:52 pm EST - Xoanon

See your favorite LOTR stars on the small screen. Now with UK listings! [More]

New Amazing LOTR Pics from McKellen.com!

10/29/00, 1:41 pm EST - Xoanon

Well, the great wizards website has done it again, this time Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and his amazing team at McKellen.com have posted 3 new amazing pics from LOTR!!! [More]


Celluloid Castle

10/29/00, 1:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Robbit the Hobbit sends in the latest from 'Wellington Reporter', very cool castle ruin pic! [More]


Kerish Reports In

10/29/00, 1:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Kerish reports in with more info on a set he/she/it has visited recently [More]


Chris Barrie offered a role in LOTR?

10/29/00, 1:14 pm EST - Xoanon


Ringer Spy Darryl sends in word from British show-biz gossip program "Celebrity" that Chris Barrie )a.k.a. Rimmer from Sci-fi/comedy classic 'Red Dwarf') was offered a role in LOTR. No word as to weither it's true or rumor...just a fun little tid-bit to pass on.

News for Oct. 27, 2000

Quickbeam wraps up the Wizard Kebab

10/27/00, 5:00 pm EST - Tehanu

Quickbeam's looked at the evidence and presented a report on the (in)famous Wizard on a Spike picture with his usual acute wit. Great reading right here


Cast News: David Wenham talks LOTR

10/27/00, 11:23 am EST - Xoanon

From: Resevoir Dog

Just letting you know there is an article on David Wenham (Faramir) in today's metro section of the Sydney Morning herald. There are a few mentions of LOTR.

He says "I was on a horse the other day and I had to pinch myself. I'm a pretty lucky boy. I've been working with Miranda Otto, which was great, and last week with Elijah Wood"

News for Oct. 26, 2000

Do you Tolkien fans ever get.....tired of talking about Tolkien?

10/26/00, 10:34 pm EST - Tehanu

The next Tehanu's Note is going online in the next few days, and it's some way off-topic, so I suppose I'm testing our range a little here. Gentle mental stretching required.

The News at Mithril

10/26/00, 11:17 am EST - Xoanon

The good folks from Mithril have left the mines to give us some of their latest news. [More]

Hardbound HOME

10/26/00, 5:08 am EST - Tehanu

The History of Middle Earth is out in a big black hardbound edition which you can check out here

Thanks to White Gold Wielder over at Minas Tirith.com for that alert.

New Line Cinema Proudly Thanks....

10/26/00, 1:34 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy dtk4 sends in the following from an industry paper. The text says 'New Line Cinema Proudly Thanks Peter Jackson and the Thousands of Filmmaking Artisans Who have Magically Transformed New Zealand into Middle Earth'.

LOTR Cartoon Contest Ends

10/26/00, 1:22 am EST - Xoanon

From: John Cook

G'day Xoanon!

We've finished the latest LOTR cartoon caption contest, having chosen the winning punchline. The cartoon has Fraudo Braggins asking Gonedaft the Wizard why he dresses in grey. Gonedaft's reply is a twist on the famous "do not meddle in the affairs of wizards" line. Check it out at here.

News for Oct. 25, 2000

Be an Extra, get the Gear

10/25/00, 7:51 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy John Doe sends along some nifty gear the LOTR extras are getting these days! [More]

Hobbit Stage Play in UK

10/25/00, 7:29 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Mormegil

Just to let you know that there is a version of the Hobbit touring the UK and Ireland at the moment. I saw it last night and apart from one or two deviations from the book, the main one being there were only five dwarves rather than thirteen, it was very entertaining. The play was adapted from the book by Glyn Robbins who has also done a number of C S Lewis' Narnia books. More details can be found here.

A Journey In The Dark...

10/25/00, 7:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Ignore what you see above, it is Glaurung here with you now. I'd like to tell you a tale...and show you a little of NZ. [More]

German fund seeks Hobbit investors

10/25/00, 6:45 pm EST - Xoanon

BERLIN (Variety) - A German investment company is offering local investors with at least $43,000 to spare the chance to share in the magic and glamour of Hollywood. [More]

Thanks to Trevor and Eric for the tip!

Welcome Pelennor.com!

10/25/00, 4:34 pm EST - Calisuri


TheOneRing.net™ is proud to announce a new member of TheOneRing.net™ Community: Pelennor.com. Here you'll find everything you always wanted to know about the LoTR movie trilogy, along with the most complete Tolkien bibliography, chat, RPG, picture galleries, essays and much more! In Portuguese!

So drop on by this wonderful site and say hello to Dune and his crew.

Fan Watch: Arwen in Texas?

10/25/00, 4:29 pm EST - Calisuri

While coming home from work in Texas the other day, Ringer Fan Nick snapped a quick photo of a very unique license plate. [more]

Have you spotted a real Tolkien Fanatic in the real world? Maybe someone with a unique license plate or someone who has named their establishment after a Tolkien character? Send in those Tolkien Fan spottings and we'll be glad to to tell the world about it in Fan.TheOneRing.net! (send your emails to calisuri@theonering.net)

LOTR DVD Rating?

10/25/00, 10:55 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Thorin sends in some news regarding the possible LOTR DVD release, and what rating it may get IF there is any added sticky bits. Thorin is in the know, yet still, take this as RUMOR with enough salt to kill an elephant. [More]

Cast News: Blanchett is 'Sophisticated'

10/25/00, 10:47 am EST - Xoanon

From: Pippin_Took

The November 2000 issue of Movieline magazine lists the editors' choices for their annual "Hollywood 100 Most List," praising the very best in Hollywood today. Our very own lovely Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) made the list not once, but twice. She is the "Most Full of Talent Still to Be Revealed" as well as the "Most Sophisticated." How true it is, and congratulations Cate!

Halloween Costume Contest 2000

10/25/00, 1:04 am EST - Gamgee

Time flies doesn't it? Why, it seems like only yesterday when we had our 1st Tolkien costume contest here at TheOneRing.net, and now it is time for our 2nd annual Halloween Costume Party! Click here for more details!

News for Oct. 24, 2000

Ahhh..Remember that LOTR Dagger Story?

10/24/00, 11:48 pm EST - Xoanon

Well it turns out that LOTR Dagger pictured below is NOT from the production after all. [More]

NZ Army in LOTR

10/24/00, 11:42 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Robbit The Hobbit


10/24/00, 11:58 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy John Doe drops in again to spread some wisdom on that all important question, 'Who was that on the Spiked Wheel?' Well now we know! [More]


Ure IS Gorbag! -Update-

10/24/00, 12:31 am EST - Xoanon

From ringer Spy John Doe comes news on the casting of an Uruk-hai of Morgul, Gorbag.

Click to see Stephen Ure's cast page

Relative unkown Stephen Ure will play the Orc. Stephen has been in such films as 'Broken English' with Marton Csokas (Celeborn) and 'Chunuk Bair' with John Noble (Denethor).

Gorbag, Uruk-hai of Minas Morgul was a captain of a company of Morgul Orcs who became involved in a fight with another company of Orcs over possession of Frodo's mithril coat during the War of the Ring. Gorbag was eventualy killed by Shagrat and the Tower Orcs.

News for Oct. 23, 2000

Hobbit Stage Play in Toronto Review

10/23/00, 6:59 pm EST - Xoanon

A really big show for the little people

By Richard Ouzounian
Toronto Star Theatre Critic

Let there be joy throughout the Middle Kingdom.

The adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, which opened on Saturday night, is the most spectacular show I have ever seen at Young People's Theatre. [More]

Thanks to Margaret for the tip!

Why Peter Jackson's home town is such a star....

10/23/00, 1:35 pm EST - Tehanu

A piece in the LA Times travel section mentions LOTR in a little piece on the delights of Wellington. OK, I'm biased, but I thought y'all would like a look. In case you're thinking of visiting....

Thanks to Pat for that!

Cast Watch: Bean Plays Football

10/23/00, 11:49 am EST - Xoanon

From: Nebel

Sean Bean (Boromir) took place in the last ever football (soccer) match to take place at Wembley Stadium before it is knocked down. He played as Goalkeeper in a scottish Celebs VS english Celebs match. He did not do that well, because england lost 3-2.

LOTR Dagger!

10/23/00, 11:47 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy EB sends in this great pic of a LOTR Dagger!!


I got this from a friend! I cannot say anymore, but it's a genuine LOTR Dagger!! [More]


Listener Article

10/23/00, 11:23 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Super Spy Galurung sends the latest from the NZ Listener! [More]
We had a to wait a week for copyright reasons, but now thanks to the good people at the Listener you can feast your eyes on this extraordinary article at your leisure!


Hall of Fire Debates October 28 and 29

10/23/00, 12:05 am EST - Tookish

Greetings from the chambers of The Hall of Fire. We've come up with another topic for your debate, this one inspired by a suggestion sent in from regular HoF chatter Joe.

What is the Most Important Battle in the History of Middle-earth?

Evil wasted no time rearing its ugly head in the world of Tolkien's creation... Eru's song was incomplete before Melkor's discord became a part of the mix. And in all ages of Middle-earth there has been battle after battle, war after war, in attempt to stem the dark tide or wipe it out completely.

Which of these battles was the most pivotal in Middle-earth's history? The Battle of the Powers? The Battle of Unnumbered Tears? The Battle of the Peak? The War of Wrath? The Battle of the Pelennor Fields? Perhaps the Kinslaying? The Last Alliance of Men and Elves? Or even the Battle of Bywater?

You be the judge, but be prepared to defend your call! We’re pleased to welcome Joe on board this weekend as our guest moderator. Thanks for the topic idea Joe!

Saturday Chat: 19:00 EDT [00:00 GMT Sunday]
Sunday Chats: 04:00 EDT [new New Zealand/Australia/Asia time! 09:00 GMT or 21:00 New Zealand time] and 13:00 EDT [18:00 GMT]

Place: #thehalloffire on theonering.net server; come to our chat room Barliman's and then type /join #thehalloffire.

Send us your topics! If we pick your idea for discussion, you will be our guest co-moderator for that weekend. You can help run one, two, or all three chats! Of course, you will not be required to moderate; this is our way of thanking those of you who take the time to put a topic together.

Questions? Topics? Send ‘em here!!

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