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News for Nov. 12, 2005

Gory Days

11/12/05, 10:44 am EST - Xoanon

Sure, Peter Jackson directed the fellowship of the Ring and has a shot at three Oscars this year -- for directing, producing, and adapting the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. You could say the guy's arrived. But you probably couldn't say much about the rest of his oeuvre, as the 40-year-old Kiwi's previous work wasn't exactly mainstream. Here, Jackson talks about his oddball early efforts. [More]

Get TheOneRing.net Newsletter Today!

11/12/05, 10:05 am EST - Xoanon

The latest newsletter is ready to go! Do you want to receive our free 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 over 17 700 mailing list members! Sign up now! [More]

LOTR Concert: Spokane, Washington

11/12/05, 9:58 am EST - Xoanon

The Spokane Symphony Orchestra will be performing the LOTR Score at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington tonight (November 12th). Tickets are still available! Click here for more info and follow this link for more cities and showtimes! [More]

Happy Birthday Craig Parker!

11/12/05, 9:54 am EST - Xoanon

Today is Craig Parker's Birthday! Craig was born on November 12th, 1970 in Suva, Fiji. That makes him 35 today! Happy Birthday Craig!

News for Nov. 11, 2005

Hall Of Fire This Weekend -- Seven Deadly Sins In LoTR

11/11/05, 6:44 pm EST - Demosthenes

This weekend in Hall of Fire we'll be discussing the Seven Deadly Sins as they can be found in Lord of the Rings.

First there is Pride -- the excessive belief in one's own abilities. It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is also known as Vanity. Perhaps Boromir or Denethor could tell us about this fault? Envy is the desire for others' traits, status, abilities, or situation. It's probably something Saruman knows a great deal about. [More]

Sean Astin Image from '24'

11/11/05, 12:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Astin in '24' ifmagazine.com has new images from the 5th season of the sensational show '24'. Sean Astin will join the cast this season as Lynn McGill..making this show all the more cool to watch! Click here for more images. [More]

NYC Rings Concert and Gathering

11/11/05, 10:39 am EST - Xoanon

From the folks at herenistarion.org: As you know this Sunday November 13th at 3pm, The Rings: Myth and Music will be the opening season concert for 'The Collegiate Chorale'. [More]

Tolkien Pie in the Sky

11/11/05, 10:28 am EST - Xoanon

Roheryn writes: There was an unlooked-for Tolkien reference in the October, 2005 issue of 'Sky' Magazine. The article was a regular food feature called "Pie in the Sky" which always starts with a "delicious quote." This month's was by none other than J.R.R. Tolkien, with one of my favorite lines from "The Hobbit" -- "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." Words to live by! (I think I'll have a pint!) [More]

Sky Magazine Talks Bean

11/11/05, 10:23 am EST - Xoanon

Roheryn writes: This little profile of actor Sean Bean appeared in the October issue of "Sky," Delta's in-flight magazine. For a brief article, they cover a lot of interesting ground! [More]

Monaghan Talks Snakes

11/11/05, 10:07 am EST - Xoanon

Monaghan Talks Snakes Roheryn writes: For a decidedly offbeat article about Dom Monaghan, check out this revealing encounter between Dom and Animal Planet's "Snakemaster" that appears in this week's TV Guide! [More]

LOTR Online Update

11/11/05, 9:53 am EST - Xoanon

Meghan, Online Community Manager for The Lord of the Rings Online writes: This week, we've posted a team letter introducing one of the most-anticipated information releases yet: Playable classes. We've finally posted the list of classes on our site and brief descriptions of each. We'll be rolling out more information on each class over the coming weeks, so stay tuned! [More]

Alan Lee Headed for ArmadaCon

11/11/05, 9:45 am EST - Xoanon

Alan Lee will be one of the guests at this weekend's 'ArmadaCon' in Plymouth, UK. Follow this link for more info! [More]

News for Nov. 10, 2005

Ring Bearers

11/10/05, 8:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Composer Howard Shore was influenced by ancient mythology when writing the film score to "The Lord of the Rings," Peter Jackson's film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy -- just as Richard Wagner was when he wrote his "Ring" Cycle 150 years ago. This weekend the Collegiate Chorale performs excerpts from Wagner's "Ring" and Shore's "Lord of the Rings Symphony," a six-movement work created from the movie scores. [More]

Hugo Weaving Heads Back to Middle-earth

11/10/05, 8:43 pm EST - Xoanon

November 10, 2005 - Electronic Arts revealed today that actor Hugo Weaving will once again reprise his role as Lord Elrond for its upcoming RTS sequel The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II. Weaving played the elven leader in Peter Jackson's acclaimed movie trilogy. In the game, Weaving will assume the role of overall voice narrator who will "[guide] players in and out of each good and evil mission within the single player campaigns." In addition, Weaving's Lord Elrond character will engage in battles were never represented in the film adaptations. [More]

SHOP: Sideshow Collectibles Announces NEW Premium Format Lord of the Rings Line

11/10/05, 4:19 pm EST - Calisuri

Sideshow Collectibles has just announced, minutes ago, that they will be producing high-quality mixed media Premium Format (18") figures from The Lord of the Rings. There is a live chat going on right now at their website about the topic and follow this link for the press releasee. [Click Here]

OWN the Ring in Dominic's hand!

11/10/05, 3:54 pm EST - Xoanon

Ever looked at that big shiny “ring” in Dominic’s hand on the RINGERS cover artwork and think, “Gosh, I’d sure like to own that ring.” ? Well now’s your chance! We will be having a silent auction to benefit the National Center for Family Literacy at the RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS world premiere on Wednesday, November 16th. [More]

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News for Nov. 09, 2005

An evening in Music City with Lord of the Rings

11/09/05, 10:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Matthew Melton writes: Last weekend at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra presented composer Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings Symphony. It was a great moment for fans like me who have followed the novels since long before the films came into being. I first met Bilbo Baggins in the spring of 1974. British author J.R.R. Tolkien had passed away only a year before that, but the extraordinary little hobbit Bilbo had already made his way into a chapter of a literary anthology in my 6th grade English class. The year was barely over before I had purchased a paperback copy of Tolkien's trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. I spent the next month reading delightedly through a story unlike any other I had ever read. At the time I lived in a home without television, so books were my TV. [More]

LOTR Trilogy Screening in Austin, TX

11/09/05, 10:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Darlin writes: For anyone in Austin, TX or near there's a trilogy at the Alamo Draft House Downtown with the EE versions except for RotK. It's this Sunday, November 13 starting at 10:30am. Five tickets left at $88.00 a piece which includes seven meals, a hobbit feast, after all it's called Seven Meals to Rule them all! [More]

Ringers Blog Video

11/09/05, 1:37 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out the first in a series of video blogs with the filmmakers of Ringers: Lord of the Fans! Check back within the next couple of weeks for periodic updates and insights into the making of this acclaimed documentary. [More]

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Get LOST Tonight!

11/09/05, 9:33 am EST - Xoanon

'Lost', featuring Dominic Monaghan, is on ABC tonight at 9PM EST. [abc.go.com]

News for Nov. 08, 2005

GANDALF conjures up faster, seamless Internet technique

11/08/05, 6:06 pm EST - Xoanon

As the white wizard of Middle Earth in Lord of the Rings, Gandalf had some astounding abilities. As his modern namesake, the GANDALF project is set to cast a spell over the Internet world by offering unprecedented data transfer rates seamlessly over both fixed-line and wireless. GANDALF has developed a groundbreaking technique to increase data rates by a thousand-fold compared to existing DSL and a hundred-fold compared to WiFi. The technology also allows data to flow seamlessly over both wireless and fixed-line communications, making the project the only initiative in the world to progress so far in both areas. [More]

EA's The Lord of the Rings: Tactics Videogame in Stores Today Nationwide

11/08/05, 6:03 pm EST - Xoanon

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 2005--Electronic Arts Inc (Nasdaq:ERTS - News) announced today that The Lord of the Rings: Tactics(TM), exclusively for the PSP(TM) (PlayStation®Portable) system, has shipped to retailers nationwide. The Lord of the Rings: Tactics puts players in the universe of Middle-earth from the books and films and allows them to lead the Fellowship or take control of the forces of Shadow. The Lord of the Rings: Tactics is EA's first title to incorporate EA's exclusive rights to develop videogames based on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic literary fiction, The Lord of the Rings. Previous titles are based solely on content from New Line Cinema's critically acclaimed The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The expansion rights allow EA to introduce players to the depths of the fiction never before explored in an EA videogame. Fans will now be able to step into a world that looks like the films, but experience characters, environments and battles that are inspired by the books. [More]

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Confirmed: No Toybiz 2006 Toyline

11/08/05, 5:59 pm EST - Xoanon

I've been hearing about this for a few days from various webmasters around the action-figure world. It seems Toybiz will be ending their LOTR toy line in the new year. A reply to my email sent to the folks at toybiz confirmed the news 'At this time it appears that 2005 will be the last year for this line'. Time to hug your current toys and think happy thoughts!

News for Nov. 07, 2005

AICN Interviews Alan Lee

11/07/05, 10:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Quint writes: I had a chat last week with Alan Lee over a couple of burgers in Downtown Austin. He was in town to promote THE LORD OF THE RINGS SKETCHBOOK, a collection of his pencil sketches that he did over the 6 years he worked with Peter Jackson and the design crew on the trilogy. It also has an interest for art fiends because Lee demonstrates how he uses pencil work to map out his big, famous water color paintings, using specific examples from his Tolkien book work. [More]


11/07/05, 10:16 pm EST - Xoanon

The One Ring Celebration, the annual gathering of Lord of The Rings fans being held January 20-22, 2006 at The Pasadena Center in Pasadena, California, today announced that GAMES WORKSHOP will be a presenting sponsor of the convention. Games Workshop is the largest and the most successful tabletop fantasy and futuristic battle-games company in the world. Major brands include Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000. In addition, Games Worshop holds a global license from New Line Cinema for a tabletop battle-game based on director Peter Jackson’s BAFTA and Academy award winning film trilogy The Lord of The Rings. [More]

AICN Chats With Alan Lee

11/07/05, 6:31 pm EST - Demosthenes

Sue alerted us to an interview AICN has just posted with Quint chatting with Alan Lee about his new Lord of the Rings Sketchbook. Go check it out! [More]

RINGERS Premiere Tickets now on sale!!

11/07/05, 3:25 pm EST - Xoanon

You are cordially invited to attend the world premiere of the DVD hailed as "comprehensive, entertaining and informative pop-cultural history!" RINGERS will premiere in Los Angeles, California on November 16th, at the historic Vista Theatre! (A RINGERS filming location.) The after party is being organized by the people who brought you the great TheOneRing.net Lord of the Rings Oscar parties!! To order tickets click here!! [More]

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'Halo' Script Review

11/07/05, 2:20 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks from Latinoreview write: Yes folks, we at Latinoreview got ourselves the multimillion-dollar script of Halo by Alex Garland! I had to pull some Sam Fisher Splinter Cell moves to get it – but we got it. Let’s see, they paid Alex Garland $1 million bucks to write it, they sold it to Universal and Fox for $5 million bucks plus 10 percent of the gross. And they gave a seven-figure deal to both Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh to exec produce the movie. A $10 million dollar script – at least. Wow. The question: Is the script any good? My answer? [More]

News for Nov. 06, 2005

Cullen out-clouts Jackson

11/06/05, 8:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Finance Minister Michael Cullen has toppled the most powerful man in Hollywood, film-maker Peter Jackson, in a new list of the most influential New Zealanders. Prime Minister Helen Clark, into her third term as most powerful politician in the country, held on to the No 1 slot for the second year in the NZ Listener's annual list of 50 formidable Kiwis. Dr Cullen, controller of the nation's purse strings, snatched second place from Jackson, who slipped to No 5, showing how fickle power can be. Just six months ago, Jackson was named the most powerful man in Tinseltown by Premiere magazine, pushing aside the likes of Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise. [More]

Peter Jackson leads NZ film biz to new heights

11/06/05, 8:21 pm EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - When Peter Jackson unveiled the first "Lord of the Rings" movie in 2001, it ushered in a torrent of attention on New Zealand and its film industry, kicking it into high gear and showing that the country was a viable place for Hollywood to make its movies. Four years later, with Jackson's "King Kong" just more than a month away, the director's shadow still looms large over the film industry in the remote country of 4.1 million people. "He's important because of the films he makes himself, he's hugely important because of the infrastructure he's developed to enable him to make the films himself," New Zealand Film Commission chief executive Ruth Harley said at the annual American Film Market in Santa Monica. [More]

'Rings' Fan Site Spawns DVD

11/06/05, 8:18 pm EST - Xoanon

It’s a love story set in Middle-earth. When New Line’s “The Lord of the Rings” films went into production, fans searched for news of the movies and dissected themes of the beloved J.R.R. Tolkien books on the Internet -- largely through the Web site TheOneRing.net. The site and its users caught “Rings” director Peter Jackson’s eye. Jackson and his crew not only read the site every day, but also started sending contributions to it. Out of that collaboration grew a documentary all about “Rings” devotees, also known as “Ringers,” said Cliff Broadway, site contributing editor and writer-interviewer on Ringers: Lord of the Fans, due on DVD Nov. 22 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. [More]

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RINGERS rave review on CountingDown.com

11/06/05, 8:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Praise keeps rolling in for RINGERS -- "The film is plain fantastic!" Check out the new review of RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS featured at CountingDown.com. And keep your eyes here on TORn for news about the special L.A. premire event on Nov. 16th! [More]

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Alan Lee's Travel Blog Photos Update

11/06/05, 12:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Alan Lee Book Tour: Seattle, WA I have finally added the rest of Alan's photos he sent along from his cross-country trip around the USA. Follow this link to read his latest reports from San Fran, Seattle and Portland...tons of pictures too! [More]

Alan Lee Book Tour: Beaverton, OR Report

11/06/05, 11:31 am EST - Xoanon

Turimel writes: I took these very cool pics of Alan Lee in Beaverton, OR. He's drawing a picture of Sam on a concrete stepping stone. That stone will be placed in the Elanor Garden, which is just up the street from the bookstore where Alan appeared. [More]

Liv Tyler Leaves Son for Fendi

11/06/05, 11:21 am EST - Xoanon

Liv Tyler, who has remained elusive since giving birth to her son Milo in December, finally stepped off the mommy track for a glamorous bash launching the new Fendi store on Fifth Avenue. Despite having been on every party list for the past few months, Tyler stayed away; it took Fendi to finally draw her out of the house. [More]

Rock collector cherishes his 'Lord of the Rings' images

11/06/05, 11:20 am EST - Xoanon

MANKATO, Minn. - Some of the old-timers in Bruce Birkemeyer's rock collecting club weren't exactly encouraging when he wondered if he should enter his "Lord of the Rings" display in a regional competition. The problem was that Birkemeyer had literally thought outside the box. The competitions sponsored by mineralogical societies consist pretty much exclusively of rock hounds displaying their most interesting finds in a 3-foot by 4-foot display box. [More]

2005 TORN ORC Awards!

11/06/05, 11:19 am EST - Xoanon

It's time to open the nominations for the One Ring Awards, to be held at The One Ring Celebration in Pasadena, CA on January 21, 2006. Like last year, most of the Awards will be voted on by you, the best LOTR fans on the net. Please send all nomination submissions to: OneRingAwards@theonering.net using the format asked for, thank you. Entries will be accepted until the end of November 2005. [More]

Free "Dork of the Rings" Sneak Screening

11/06/05, 11:13 am EST - Xoanon

Tim Richardson, The Dork-rector of 'The Dork of the Rings' writes: Coming this December will be a FREE sneak screening on the “big screen” in South Bend, Indiana of clips and interviews from THE DORK OF THE RINGS, which is coming out in summer 2006. [More]

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