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October 28, 2002 - November 03, 2002

News for Nov. 03, 2002

Weekly Ebay Items

11/03/02, 11:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Each week, I scour Ebay looking for the hot Tolkien items up for sale. I post the most interesting here for you to bid on. [More]

MediaWatch: Tight Ring of Security around Two Towers Premiere

11/03/02, 10:48 pm EST - Calisuri

Thanks to the many Ringers who sent in this story from The Dominion Post: Fears of a terrorist attack after the Bali bombings have forced a re-think of the Wellington premiere of the second The Lord of the Rings movie. Plans for a night-time street carnival after the celebrity screening of The Two Towers have been dropped in favour of a daylight celebration on December 18. [More] Update: Ringer Fan CunningVixen sent us this information about the new schedule! [More]

Weekly Cast Watch

11/03/02, 10:44 pm EST - Xoanon

From Astin to Wood we've got all your favorite LOTR stars TV appearances this week! Take a look! [More]

NZ Really IS Middle-earth

11/03/02, 10:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Bekah writes: I was in Twizel where we holiday and I called in at the info center because the man there was an orc in LOTR. The photo with the road is a specially built road where the camera truck goes down, and you can see it on the behind the scenes LOTR specials. The one with the gravel road is just a photo looking over to it, and so is the one with the tree's in the middle. The one with the trees in the middle is near the river Gandalf crosses. [More]

'Space' Talks TTT

11/03/02, 10:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Folks from Space: The Imagination Station (Canadian version of the Sci-Fi Network) were at the press junket with myself and other TV crews at the TTT exhibit in Toronto this past weekend, take a look at the video segment they have online! (RealPlayer needed) [More]

Media Watch: Famous Magazine

11/03/02, 9:55 pm EST - Xoanon

In the month of Harry Potter, Gandalf the White graces the cover of November's issue of 'Famous' magazine. Take a look at 2 nice interviews with Elijah Wood (Frodo) and Ian McKellen (Gandalf). [More]

Massive TTT Poster In Toronto

11/03/02, 9:37 pm EST - Xoanon

Toronto seems to be going TTT mad as witnessed by my lady Ms. X and myself on the streets of the city this past weekend. Take a look at this massive poster (located on 764 Yonge St.) across from the Famous Players Uptown. [More]

MediaWatch: Popular Science Magazine Dec 2002

11/03/02, 8:32 pm EST - Calisuri

The December 2002 Edition of Popular Science Magazine has an article explaining the state-of-the-art software behind The Lord of the Rings, MASSIVE. Thanks to Ringer Chching for the scans. [More]

MediaWatch: The New York Times Beginner's Guide

11/03/02, 7:28 pm EST - Calisuri

The NY times had a cute little article titled: Middle-Earth Made Simple: A Beginner's Guide to "The Lord of the Rings" in the Sunday section today. Thanks to Ringer Barkie for the following scan. [More]

Hours Left to Win!

11/03/02, 3:49 pm EST - Calisuri

Don't forget! We are giving away 150 tickets to see the FOTR Extended Edition on the big screen! Only a few hours left to enter! No registration required and its FREE! [More]

MediaWatch: Playstation Magazine

11/03/02, 1:49 pm EST - Calisuri

Ringer Greyswords sends word that PlaySation Magazine is giving away DVDs that have a behind-the-scenes look at The Two Towers game in the December 2002 issue. Check it out at your local newsstand or order online with the link. [Order Magazine]

The Final Champion! -- DecipherCon Day Three

11/03/02, 1:23 pm EST - Quickbeam

Today was terrifically exciting. I was afraid there would be blood on the streets of Norfolk before it was all over. Saturday, 2 November 2002, was the final day of struggle in the Lord of the Rings TCG World Championship, overseen by the DGMA (Decipher Gaming Management Authority). The youthful crowd filling the Chesapeake Convention Center had mutated into a throng of zealous fanatics, all rooting for their favorite player. [More]

EXCLUSIVE: More Toronto Exhibit Pics!

11/03/02, 12:59 pm EST - Calisuri

Ringer Spy Calaquendi checks back in with even more great images of the costumes and displays at the Two Towers Torono Exhibit 2002. In this batch, check out Legolas, the Easterling Soldiers, the Caverns of Isengard and much more! Minor Spoilers [More]

TTT Seattle Premiere

11/03/02, 12:59 am EST - Demosthenes

The Seattle Two Towers Premiere will be happening on December 16th. It's a charity event for the Cascades Conservation Partnership. If you're interested (and wealthier than me!) check out this link that Shawna provided. [More]

See The Toronto Exhibit On CTV!

11/03/02, 12:37 am EST - Demosthenes

If you have Real Player, you should be able to watch a clip from CityTV's Movie Television about the Toronto Two Towers exhibit. Now, I don't have RP myself, but I understand it includes interviews with the people involved. Thanks to Twitchy for the link! [More]

News for Nov. 02, 2002

High Drama at DecipherCon! -- Day Two

11/02/02, 3:45 pm EST - Quickbeam

Playing cards sounds like a fun, relaxing pastime. Yeah, right. When you have this much money and such huge prizes at stake... you can bet things will get hairy. Today in Norfolk there were 95 finalists in the Lord of the Rings TCG World Championship who concluded their second day of competition. At the end, only sixteen were left. Getting that far was arduous for some of them. [More]

LOTR Mac OS X icons

11/02/02, 3:37 pm EST - Calisuri

For those of you using the latest Macintosh operating system, OS X, Ringer Scott sends us a link to his homemade icons. Check them out. [More]

Moral of the Story: GO EARLY!

11/02/02, 3:26 pm EST - Calisuri

Recently, MovieFone sent out email to the winners of their FOTR Extended screening contest. (Dont forget, you have a few days left to enter ours!) Many of the winners emailed us concerned about one line contained within the winning email: 'Admission is not guaranteed.' While winners names will be on a list at the door, if you show up 10 minutes before hand, chances are, you will not get a seat! So the moral of the story, if you are one of the lucky winners to see FOTR Extended on the Big Screen, GET THERE EARLY! You know how we Tolkien fans are! Get there at the crack of doom...err....dawn!

The Artists Behind The Two Towers Soundtrack

11/02/02, 1:11 pm EST - Strider

Looking forward ever more to the release of The Two Towers soundtrack after the track listing was released yesterday? Wondering who some of the new artists are that are contributing? Well, read on for information on some of the artists, including the tracks they're singing, their official sites and a bio on each one. [More]

Silly Billy & Dom Pics From TTT Exhibit

11/02/02, 12:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Lori V sends along these pics from the TTT exhibit in Toronto, take a look! [More]

Los Angeles TTT Preview Screening

11/02/02, 5:46 am EST - Demosthenes

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will be holding a preview screening event of the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on Saturday December 14th. [More] Update: Unfortunately this event has already sold out.

TTT Running Time Firming Up?

11/02/02, 5:20 am EST - Demosthenes

Back in August we reported that the current cut stood at 3 hours and 14 minuntes. Now, Kevin writes that a private theater here in Austin, Texas has posted a running time for the Two Towers of 2 hours and 43 minutes. [More] Updated!

News for Nov. 01, 2002

Another Official Site Update!

11/01/02, 11:35 pm EST - Demosthenes

Lordoftherings.net seems to be really moving into gear as the release of TTT approaches. Check out these very cool dowloadable theatre banners and desktops that they've just posted! Thanks to Aredhel for the heads-up. [More]

Fantasy Worlds Cast Interviews

11/01/02, 11:11 pm EST - Demosthenes

Mythrandir sent us these scans from Fantasy Worlds Great one-page interviews with Karl Urban, Miranda Otto, Brad Dourif and Bernard Hill! There's also an interesting and spoilerific snippet from Barrie Osborne (producer of Lord of the Rings) regarding Boromir.
Now updated! [More] Spoilers!!

Hall Of Fire Chats For November 2nd & 3rd

11/01/02, 7:55 pm EST - Strider

As we enter November, the last full month before the release of The Two Towers, our chapter by chapter discussions on the middle installment of Tolkien's trilogy are coming to a close. This weekend, the Hall of Fire crew are going to discuss a chapter which leads to the climactic encounter with Shelob which ends The Two Towers: Book IV, Chapter VII: Journey to the Cross-Roads. [More]

More Opening Scene Evidence

11/01/02, 7:38 pm EST - Demosthenes

What's the opening scene for TTT? Here's our conclusions based on the new soundtrack listing. This contains both book and movie spoilers - you have been warned! [More]

The Track Listing For The Two Towers Soundtrack!

11/01/02, 6:02 pm EST - Strider

Soundtrack.net have managed to be the first site to snag the official track listing for Howard Shore's score to The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and the line-up looks as, if not more, impressive than last year's Oscar-winning soundtrack. Read on for a detailed examination into what the tracks indicate to us about the movie itself, the new artists contributing to the tracks and the different versions of the soundtrack you will be able to purchase come December 10th. [More]

Latest Houghton Mifflin Line Party News

11/01/02, 5:04 pm EST - Demosthenes

Houghton Mifflin is about to release four brand-new movie tie-in books for LoTR fans everywhere to drool over and enjoy. To coincide with the Nov 6 release, Line Parties are being held at bookstores around the world. If you're in the USA, here's the latest news from HM on what's happening. [More]

Christopher Lee Accepts Award In Vienna Tomorrow

11/01/02, 3:39 pm EST - Strider

Official CL Website writes: 'We are very proud to announce that Mr. Lee will be receiving tomorrow in Vienna the highest distinction of his acting career. You will hear about it in the World’s media on Saturday night, but here is the first official and authorised press release. Mr Lee is the only winner allowed to announce his award before hand due to the fact that his is very special.' Congrats Christopher! [More]

In Toronto For The TTT Exhibit? Come By And Party!

11/01/02, 1:29 pm EST - Xoanon

While I'm here in Toronto I figured LOTR and TORN fans alike should get together and party! We've got the date, time and place for the party...so stop by and get geeky! [More]

LOTR Stamp Coolness!

11/01/02, 1:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Melkor writes: On Nov 5 The Royal mail will be releasing its Two Towers christmas stamps. There will be a micro site launched on the 5th that will feature trailers from New Line Entertainment from the long-awaited sequel to Fellowship of the Ring, as well as games, a gallery of images, polls, a shot by shot analysis of the film’s trailer, screensavers and a range of downloadable wallpapers. The Royal Mail online card shop will sell Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Christmas cards. [More]

Live In The UK? Wanna Go To The Paris Premiere?!

11/01/02, 12:55 pm EST - Xoanon

David writes: I'm writing from What's On TV, the UK's biggest selling TV listings mag. In our issue on sale 12 November, we're running a competition to win a trip to Paris to go to the European premiere of The Two Towers! [More]

TTT Pre-Opening Pics & Party

11/01/02, 12:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Shawna sends along these pics from the pre-opening events at the TTT exhibit in Toronto, as well as pictures of a very cold Billy and Dom arriving at the party. [More]

GAMING: Games Workshop Expands!

11/01/02, 12:29 pm EST - Xoanon

NF sends in word that Games Workshop may be doing a Hobbit game, as well as Balin and Moria! Take a look! [More]

Amazing New TTT Pics !

11/01/02, 8:06 am EST - Demosthenes

Check out these incredible TTT stills. They include shots of Frodo, Sam, Theoden, Arwen, Wormtongue, Eowyn and much much more ... [More] Here be many spoilers!!

EXCLUSIVE: The Two Towers Costumes from Toronto!

11/01/02, 3:12 am EST - Calisuri

Thanks to the efforts of Ringer Spy Calaquendi we have an extremely detailed look at the costumes from The Two Towers. Calaquendi managed to snag these great photos at the exhibit and pass them along to us. Sit back and enjoy! (Now if only I could have had one of these for my Halloween costume last night!) SPOILERS [More]

VGM Fusion Reports From TTT Exhibit

11/01/02, 1:06 am EST - Demosthenes

VGM Fusion attended the LOTR Two Towers exhibit yesterday. They also got a comprehensive run down on what's there and scanned 23 images from a booklet available to those that attended. Some are completely new! [More] Here be Spoilers!!

VGM's server seems to be down right now, we'll try and get the pics back up another way - Dem

Day One at the Con - DecipherCon Craziness!

11/01/02, 12:32 am EST - Quickbeam

LOTR geeks are running amok at DecipherCon! Scores of young people are flipping cards across hundreds of tables. From today until November 3rd, this place is a hotbed of crazed and very happy gamers! I am one of them. [More]

News for Oct. 31, 2002

TTT Exhibit Report Part II

10/31/02, 11:07 pm EST - Xoanon

I held Sting yesterday, the same Sting I've seen on the big screen and DVD countless amount of times. True it was the scale double, the one used by the small actor in the Frodo mask and makeup. Yet it was still Sting to me, and one of the highlights of my day. [More]

SHOP: TTT Poster For Sale

10/31/02, 5:31 pm EST - Calisuri

The new Two Towers poster is popping up online for sale. You can purchase it now at the Official Website, LOTRShop.com. While you are there, why not use the 10% discount you got for participating in the Hat Poll posted here on TheOneRing.net! [More] [Hat Poll]

Vivendi Hocks Houghton Mifflin

10/31/02, 4:59 pm EST - Demosthenes

PARIS - French media giant Vivendi Universal has agreed to sell Boston-based publisher Houghton Mifflin to a group of financiers for US $1.73 billion. Houghton Mifflin is the publisher of Lord of the Rings. [More]

Lee Quashes Dumbledore Rumour

10/31/02, 2:34 pm EST - Demosthenes

Stories that Christopher Lee could fill the role of Dumbledore in future Harry Potter films have been flying about the internet faster than a flying Fell Beast on its way to Isengard. To resolve, this Lee himself has just issued a statement on his website saying these stories are untrue. [More]

TTT Exhibit Report!

10/31/02, 2:14 pm EST - Xoanon


TORN Invades Toronto!

I had the very lucky opportunity to attend the press junket and pre-opening tour of the Two Towers exhibit in Toronto yesterday. I also had the chance to interview Chris and Dan Hennah, John Howe and Alan Lee and Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan! Read on! [More]

Meda Watch: McKellen In Abercrombie Magazine

10/31/02, 12:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Amani writes: My sister recieved the Abercrombie and Fitch catalog today. I looked in it and found a flyer for the december catalog and Ian Mckellen is supposed to be in it. It says : "Ian McKellen works his magic".

First sighting of Nazgűl Steed

10/31/02, 12:31 pm EST - Calisuri

Here are a few frame captures from Ringer Spy Bellerophon of the Nazgűl Steed maquette from the latest "Creatures of The Two Towers" video on LordOfTheRings.net. !!! MAJOR SPOILERS !!! [More]

Don't Miss Out!

10/31/02, 12:27 pm EST - Calisuri

If you have been following the activities on TORn for the last week or so, besides the insane amount of news, we have loads of opportunities for Ringer fans to win some great prizes. Next week, get together with your friends to celebrate the release of the latest film books from Houghton Mifflin. If you pre-register for this event, you'll have a chance to win one of 20 copies of the Alan Lee Illustrated LOTR, worth $80! [More] Also, there are only a few days left to sign-up for one of 150 tickets to see the 12 hour Fellowship of the Ring Extended Version Movie Marathon! Entering is FREE with no registration required! Just submit your name and email and you are entered! [More]

Media Watch: Viggo Graces 'Homme Arene' Cover

10/31/02, 12:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Illusia writes: Not sure if your aware (in that I haven't seen it in your news) but Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) graces the cover of the latest version of Homme Arene magazine (well, he does in the UK anyway). Inside, there is an interview with Viggo and loads of unusual pics as well.

Lord of the Rings meets Lady of the Strings

10/31/02, 12:13 pm EST - Xoanon

London Celtic Harper, Jennifer White, to perform at the launch of The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers Exhibit. [More]

(Xoanon here, I attended this event last night and will have a full report up soon!)

Happy Halloween!

10/31/02, 12:10 pm EST - Calisuri

If you are celebrating Peter Jackson's birthday or Halloween, don't forget to dress up like your favorite Tolkien related character and submit your photo! You can be entered to win some great prizes from Sideshow/Weta Collectibles and Houghton Mifflin. [More]

The 'Sil' Ballet Cancelled

10/31/02, 12:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Liz writes: I've been checking the Butler Ballet's _Silmaril_ page off and on to keep current with the status of the project, and was dismayed to read there today that "[d]ue to copyright issues the Butler Ballet will not be presenting the announced ballet _The Silmaril_ in April 2003."

John Bowen Lecture In Hamilton

10/31/02, 12:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Rosanne writes: Noted English scholar in the Toronto area, John Bowen, has published a fascinating article about "The Spiritual Worldview in the Lord of the Rings" on his website, dare-connexions.org. I heard about it because he'll be giving a lecture on the topic in Hamilton next week.

Two Towers Sell Sheet!

10/31/02, 11:59 am EST - Xoanon

Yesterday we brought you the text of the sell sheet for the TTT soundtrack. Check out the actual document now. Thanks to Hairless Pukel-Boy for the image. [More]

Emiliana Torrini To Sing For TTT?

10/31/02, 11:45 am EST - Xoanon

Ratatoskur writes: I just heard that Icelandic singer Emiliana Torrini will be performing the main song for The Two Towers (probably in the end). Apparently the contract was signed Tuesday. This is from a reliable source.

More information on this as soon as we discover it! Meanwhile take a look at emilianatorrini.net

All star cast set for sex researcher bio-pic

10/31/02, 11:40 am EST - Xoanon

Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Ian McKellen and Chris O'Donnell are being lined up to star in a film about a sex researcher. The film is being made by Bill Condon who worked with McKellen on Gods And Monsters. [More]

New EA TTT Game

10/31/02, 6:48 am EST - Demosthenes

If you're not entirely satisfied with the quality of the five-minute compilation on War of the Ring, some of the movie scenes came from this three-minute clip from the EA TTT game. It then segues into scenes from the game itself, which looks very impressive indeed!
[More] Major Spoilers!! ps. The filesize is 25MB - and it's at a 640x448 resolution in glorious Quicktime!
Now updated with a yet higher-quality version! - Ara

Happy Birthday Peter Jackson!

10/31/02, 6:46 am EST - Demosthenes



I'm not quite sure what words one says on such occasions, but from everyone at TheOneRing.net, a very happy birthday to Peter Jackson!

Ooooh, Those Awful Petitions

10/31/02, 3:50 am EST - Demosthenes

Well, it's pretty obvious that the title is not about to change, but the phenomenon lives on (no, I will not be posting the link!). This is one of the better articles on the subject. It explores why Tolkien chose the title "The Two Towers" all the way back in 1954. Thanks to The White Rider. [More]

An Advance Look At The Middle-earth Adventure

10/31/02, 2:02 am EST - Demosthenes

The Two Towers exhibit begins today in Toronto. And if you can't be there, the next best thing is to read about it. Thanks to Martha for the link. [More] Alternatively, on our our Discussion Board posters has a report from the preview night that you can read. [More]

New Weta/Sideshow Bookends?

10/31/02, 1:32 am EST - Demosthenes

Bookstores everywhere have begun receiving shipments from Houghton Mifflin in the leadup to the November 6 launch. But, as Ringer Spy Welshposeidon reports, they're not just receiving books ... [More]

News for Oct. 30, 2002

Five minutes of TTT Trailery Goodness! - Update

10/30/02, 10:57 pm EST - Demosthenes

Council-of-Elrond was hosting extended footage from Helm's Deep, Rohan and Fangorn forest ... until it got, well, TORned. The shots seem to have been cobbled together from the cutscenes for EA's new TTT game, which explains the sound and synching issues. War of the Ring is also hosting it. You might care to try your luck here. Spoilers!!

Official Site Update: Creatures of TTT Video

10/30/02, 10:04 pm EST - Demosthenes

The Official site has just posted an exclusive behind-the-scenes video that features the creatures of Middle-earth and interviews with Richard Taylor and the cast. Find out more about Wargs, Orcs and Uruk Hai, Mumakil and the menacing Fell Beasts of the Nazgul. This thing has some very cool stuff. Go look!! Thanks to Sammcat for the heads up! Here be spoilers!! [More] (Requires Quicktime).

Requiem for the Rings!

10/30/02, 9:14 pm EST - Demosthenes

Aragorn the Elfstone found a site with a six-minute suite created by Ajax-projection that contains some of the Requiem for a Dream Remix that was recently used in the Two Towers trailer. This was created by blending the original RFAD soundtrack with the music ripped from the trailer. [More]

Kiwi Extended Film Screening Update

10/30/02, 9:08 pm EST - Demosthenes

Culriel has some more information: I went in to the Embassy Theatre and they said the screening of the extended version is a charity event being run by the Embassy Trust. At the moment it's uncertain whether the general public can buy tickets, but because it's for charity it's likely to be more expensive. The screening is on November 11.

McKellen Talks Film Rights For The Hobbit!

10/30/02, 5:24 pm EST - Strider

In his latest E-post on his official site, Ian McKellen talks about Andy Serkis, why Gandalf fights the Balrog with Glamdring in the latest TTT Trailer despite not falling with it in FotR, and the prospects for a possible film on The Hobbit! [More]

Extended DVD Review!

10/30/02, 5:20 pm EST - leo

I recently sat through 8 long hours of the Extended DVD and I thought I'd share my view on the extended cut of The Fellowship of the Ring with you all, as well as some smaller things from all the extras on disc 3 and 4. So, for those of you who have no problem with some spoilers: you can find it here!

LOTR:TTT Soundtrack Coolness!

10/30/02, 1:58 pm EST - leo

If there is one thing I'm looking forward too at the moment it has to be the soundtrack for The Two Towers (having already seen the extended dvd of course, expect my review later today), so one can imagine my excitement after reading this sell sheet we got in the mail this morning: a glorious limited two-disc set with the music from the extended dvd on it! I have got to get me one of those.. [More]

Sideshowtoy Cancels Orthanc Environment

10/30/02, 1:25 pm EST - leo

Sad news for the people who ordered the Sideshow/WETA Orthanc Environment. Due to the high occurrence of breakage in the piece after testing Sideshow decided they could only build it in a manner that would not do justice to Alan Lee's design so they decided to cancel the plans for the Environment. The parts of the environment that were having the most problems were the spikes and details on the base. On the bright side though: Sideshow has generously offered a 10% discount on any other LOTR-item for customers that pre-ordered the Orthanc Environment!

The Two Towers Soundtrack Pre-Order

10/30/02, 11:03 am EST - Calisuri

Ringer Miradan sends us news that Amazon.com is now pre-ordering The Two Towers soundtrack. Both the standard edition and 'limited edition' will be available December 10th, 2002. [More] For some more specifics on these releases, check our report from 10/25/02.

NOT the 'final' TTT Poster?

10/30/02, 10:54 am EST - Calisuri

Many fans have written to express their lack of enthusiasm for latest TTT poster to appear on the official website. (I'm personally in love with the teaser poster myself...) Ringer spy Tim sends us news that the poster released yesterday may not actually be the 'final' theatrical Two Towers poster. [More]

News for Oct. 29, 2002

Extended version of FOTR *will* screen in New Zealand!

10/29/02, 11:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Ataahua writes: A very helpful man at Roadshow in New Zealand has confirmed that the special extended edition of The Fellowship of the Ring will screen in the Embassy Theatre, Wellington - and he'll let me know the screening date once that is confirmed. [More]

How New Line made its biggest DVD to date

10/29/02, 11:32 pm EST - Xoanon

I don’t believe anybody has attempted to do something like this," declares Marshall Carr, VP of Operations and Distribution at New Line Home Entertainment. "We’re excited and a little nervous." [More]

Biography Magazine's Hollywood Poll

10/29/02, 11:31 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Lord of the Rings take top honors in Biography Magazine's Hollywood Poll for favorite actor, actress, and movie. Chosen from the magazine's lists of the 10 Biggest Stars and the 100 Biggest Films, over 6,500 respondents cast their ballots via fax or the Web. [More]

Harper Collins Faces 'Armageddon'

10/29/02, 11:29 pm EST - Xoanon

R! writes: Update from HarperCollins publishers - they are trying to get the books in time for 'Armageddon', the pulp culture expo, happening in Wellington on the 23-24th of November at the Michael Fowler Centre. [More]

And it looks like they're launching some new figures at the event. [Yet even more]

Behold! The Final TTT Poster Has Arrived!

10/29/02, 4:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Check it out in all it's glory! [More]

Film Book Release Party! Film Book Details!

10/29/02, 2:03 pm EST - Calisuri

If you still haven't signed up to participate in the November 6th Film Book Release party, don't miss out! Over 500 people are participating already and you have a chance to wint the $80 Alan Lee illustrated Lord of the Rings! Also, check out what Clay Harper, Tolkien projects director for Houghton Mifflin, has to say about the new books! [More]

Decipher Gives Us An Easterling

10/29/02, 1:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Take a look at the latest Deicpher card posted online...coolness indeed! [More]

Media Watch: 'Page To Screen'

10/29/02, 1:41 pm EST - Xoanon

Heather writes: Bravo Channel yesterday premiered a new series called "Page To Screen". It's on MOnday night at 8 PM. I went to the Bravo website(www.bravotv.com) and checked the shows scheduled for November and December. December 9th the show will talk about the Lord of the Rings. Of course the schedule can change between now and then but I wanted to give you the information.

Exhibit gives fans hands-on feel of The Two Towers ' realm

10/29/02, 11:34 am EST - Xoanon

Phil Ivey extracts a broadsword from the clutter of heavy weaponry splayed on the table in front of him, unsheathes it, and smiles. "Feel that," he says amiably, testing the blade's edge. "That'd do some damage, wouldn't it?" [More]

Going to the exhibit? Click here!

Lee The Goodie UPDATE

10/29/02, 11:32 am EST - Xoanon

With rumors about as to who will be replacing the late Richard Harris as Dumbledor in the next Harry Potter films abound, Christopher Lee (Saruman) has confirmed on his website that he has been asked to play the wize old wizard and headmaster at Hogwarts. Will this be the third major franchise that Lee will join?

UPDATE

It seems that not even his official site knows the whole story as they have updated the news that there is NO confirmation on this Dumbledor rumor...now we can't even trust official sites!

McKellen The Baddie

10/29/02, 11:28 am EST - Xoanon

Barkie writes: The X-Men 2 website has been updated with new production stills from the movie, including several of Ian McKellen. [More]

Sword Replica News

10/29/02, 11:25 am EST - Xoanon

Robert Marks writes: The Last Legend Ranger Battle Sword, inspired by Aragorn's sword from LotR, has gone into the production model, and already sold out its first shipment. I was actually a latecomer on the design team, and I helped fine-tune it between the first prototype and the production model. [More]

More Info On McKellen At Vancouver Playhouse

10/29/02, 11:23 am EST - Xoanon

Bonnie writes: I just got front row tickets to see Ian McKellen preform "A Knight Out" at the Vancouver Playhouse (Read our article about it here). The tickets that I got also includes a reception afterwards where I will be getting to meet him! Tickets are not on sale at ticketmaster.ca, people who want to attened should call the Vancouver Playhouse at: 604-873-3311 and book them fast. Some tickets don't include the reception afterwards, so make sure to check. [Tickets]

Win a Chance to see FOTR Extended on the BIG SCREEN!

10/29/02, 1:18 am EST - Calisuri

FOTR Extended Title sequence

It is not often that we have prizes this BIG...but thanks to the folks at New Line Cinema, we are hooking you up with the ultimate prize! 150 lucky Ringers are going to win a ticket to see the extended version of The Fellowship of the Ring on the BIG SCREEN, in either Los Angeles or New York City. Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime contest! Follow the link for the rules and details! [Enter Today!]

News for Oct. 28, 2002

Vivendi To Break Up Houghton?

10/28/02, 1:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Mendil writes: I heard in the news recently that Vivendi may break up Houghton Mifflin and sell it in small pieces, if it cannot find a buyer willing to pay as much as they'd like to get. It seems their trying to finance another buyout. They only just recently got an offer they found attractive, but they were about to give up. [More]

A Squash From The Ancient World

10/28/02, 1:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Hurin Thalion writes: I used the votive candle holder to sketch a design for this then carved it. Thought it turned out pretty well. [More]

Happy Halloween from Green Books!

10/28/02, 1:34 pm EST - Anwyn

Greetings -- Anwyn here.
Green Books brings you a spooky bag of treats (or tricks!) for the end of October!

• Quickbeam goes Out on a Limb and practically down on his knees begging Peter Jackson not to make him wait any longer for The Two Towers!
• Anwyn’s Counterpoint reviews a new book, Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth, and interviews its author, Dr. Brad Birzer. The book is a terrific exploration of how Tolkien’s Catholicism affected the writing of The Lord of the Rings, and Dr. Birzer has some pithy comments on Tolkien’s world view.
• Turgon shows us two new gems on his Bookshelf, including Bilbo’s Last Song and the 2003 Ted Nasmith Tolkien Calendar.
• Turgon also brings us a Special Guest item featuring a Q&A with noted Tolkien scholar Verlyn Flieger, author of Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World.
Moon Letters offers many new and splendid items of fan poetry and creative writing.
Questions & Answers will return with all-new items in November. Meanwhile, enjoy our extensive archives and check into our Most Frequently Asked Questions!

As always, it is an honor for the Green Books staff to present our work to you. Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!

Extended DVD: Authentic Detail

10/28/02, 11:31 am EST - Tehanu

Looking at the pictures that appeared recently showing the menus on the extended DVD, Ringer Spy Andrew did some work on the runes and calligraphy that appear there...[More]

Elijah Wood at Comedy Central

10/28/02, 11:08 am EST - Tehanu

If you missed Elijah Wood's appearance on the Comedy Channel, Lucy at Always&ForeverEW has this great transcript.

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