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News for Nov. 24, 2002

RingCon 2002 Day 1 Report!

11/24/02, 8:31 pm EST - leo

This weekend convention-history was written in Bonn, Germany during RingCon 2002! It has been an awesome weekend and I just finished writing up my thoughts on the first day with panels from Mark Ferguson (Gil-galad), Sarah McLeod (Rosie Cotton) and Brad Dourif (Grima)! You can read it here!

If you've been to RingCon and would like to share your thoughts, pictures or what else; drop me a line!

Media Watch: Total Film Magazine

11/24/02, 8:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Arwenelf sends along these scans from Total Film Magazine, take a look! [More]

Royd Tolkien is Online

11/24/02, 4:43 pm EST - Calisuri

Royd Tolkien, the great grandson of JRR Tolkien, has written us to give us a heads up on his website RoydTolkien.com. To celebrate the opening in December, you can win a Deluxe Edition of LOTR signed by some of the Tolkien family. Check out the mailing list portion of his site to learn more. [More]

Armageddon Expo Wellington 2002: Day 2

11/24/02, 2:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Frodo's Girl writes: The second day was not as crowded as the first, but there was still a sizable bunch. On schedule for today and LotR was a presentation on the main stage by some of the designers. [More]

Two Towers On The Tube

11/24/02, 2:22 pm EST - Xoanon

A.H.Black writes: For those of us who are geeks on the subject of Lord of the Rings, the next month will be filled with anticipation. It will also be filled with TV specials, interviews, previews and commercials. [More]

Media Watch: Lure of the Rings

11/24/02, 12:31 pm EST - Demosthenes

With the release date rolling ever closer, Time Magazine has LoTR on the cover of their December 2 issue. Thanks to Sammcat for the link! [More] Minor Spoilers!

Pavement Magazine: Massive TTT edition.

11/24/02, 12:28 pm EST - Tehanu

Another reminder that the next edition of NZ magazine Pavement will be packed full of in-depth interviews and photographs of the LOTR cast and crew. [More] You can order it from overseas.

Times Posters.

11/24/02, 12:22 pm EST - Tehanu

The Sunday Times in the UK is offering free posters and a competition to win free tickets to the premiere. [More] Thanks to Steven for the link.

Yet Another Tengwar Tool

11/24/02, 12:11 pm EST - Tehanu

Tomas has offered us a link to his Tengwar Transcription site: "YaTT is a utility designed to help you type in Dan Smith's or compatible tengwar fonts and transcribe documents both ways between Roman letters and Tengwar alphabet. [More]

Download 'Gollum's Song' at Amazon

11/24/02, 12:05 pm EST - Tehanu

Jake wrote to tell us that Amazon is offering a free download of Emiliana Torrini's track from The Two Towers.soundtrack, "Gollum's Song." [More]

YM Talks To Elijah & Orlando

11/24/02, 11:00 am EST - Xoanon

Yesterday we reported that the January issue of YM features interviews with Orlando Bloom (Legolas) and Elijah Wood (Frodo). Rebecca wrote in to tell us that the interviews are now online at YM.com (whoda thunk it?). [Elijah] [Orlando]

TheOneRing.net apologizes in advance for forcing you to go to YM.com.....

The Tolkien Fan Who Achieved His Dream

11/24/02, 12:46 am EST - Demosthenes

Frodine writes: Holmes interviewed Ian Brodie, who wrote the guidebook on the Locations for LOTR. It was a fantastic bit of filming as he flew over, then landed at various locations from the movies. Scenes from FOTR that highlighted these locations were also shown. [More]
(NB: You want the Nov 21 story about the Tolkien fan who achieved his dream. This video requires Realplayer.)

News for Nov. 23, 2002

Royal Selengor Sculptor Tours UK

11/23/02, 11:58 pm EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Spy Bellerophon points out that Graeme Anthony (scupltor and designer of Royal Selangor's very fine LOTR items) is touring the UK. If you want to meet him in person, check this listing! [More]

Media Watch: Fantasy To Bring Miranda Fame

11/23/02, 9:52 pm EST - Demosthenes

Miranda Otto is on the verge of entering a fantasy world known only to a select few: the world of Hollywood's A-list. Her role in the epic fantasy film is expected to be seen by millions of people across the world, but Otto remains cautious about impending superstardom. [More]

RingCon Report - Day 1

11/23/02, 7:52 pm EST - Demosthenes

"I've seen the second movie - the short three hour version ... and it's GORGEOUS!" - Brad Dourif (Grima Wormtongue). This quote is just a taste of the action from RingCon 2002 in Germany. Go read Ringer Spy Irascian's full report of the many highlights of Day 1 now! [More]

LOTR Locations Guidebook

11/23/02, 2:48 pm EST - Tehanu

This book looks like the perfect gift for any Tolkien fan planning to [or dreaming of] visit NZ, and the author Ian Brodie's been getting a lot of emails from people wanting to buy it. Here's a link for buying it online. [More]

Hall Of Fire Chats For November 23rd & 24th

11/23/02, 2:11 pm EST - Strider

With only twenty-six days until Peter Jackson's theatrical version of The Two Towers is released, the Hall of Fire's chapter-by-chapter discussions are nearing an end for this year, with only two chapters left to delve into thoroughly before December 18th. This weekend, the Hall of Fire staff invite you to join us as we discuss the penultimate chapter of The Two Towers and the point at which Peter Jackson's 'Two Towers will end: Book IV, Chap IX - Shelob's Lair. [More]

Armageddon Expo Wellington 2002

11/23/02, 2:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Frodo's Girl reports from Wellington: According to the program, Armageddon is NZ’s biggest computer gamming and fantasy event. It is being held at the Michael Fowler Center November 23rd/24th. The first day was fairly crowded, and I was pleased to see many venders with interesting booths to wander around. [More]

Extra Talks TTT

11/23/02, 1:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Leslie writes: Warner Brothers' EXTRA announced tonight that Monday they would have a "sneak peek at The Two Towers with the movie's sexy hero". Considering the accompanying montage of shots were all Aragorn-related or featured Aragorn. [More]

The Two Covers: Elijah & Orlando Covers

11/23/02, 1:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Elijah Wood (Frodo) and Orlando Bloom (Legolas) grace two different covers of the January issue of YM Magazine.

Anyone with scans of the covers and articles inside, send them along!

Two Towers Screened In Memory Of Birell

11/23/02, 1:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Cuivienor writes: A special screening of the Two Towers will be held in the memory of James Birell a child who died last year of Neuroblastoma. [More]

Media Watch: Urban's Taste For Acting

11/23/02, 2:36 am EST - Demosthenes

People Magazine published this short article on Karl Urban (Eomer). In it, he explains how role playing Han Solo as a child lured him into an acting career. [More]

News for Nov. 22, 2002

RingCon 2002 - Opening Night!

11/22/02, 8:21 pm EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Spy Irascian and TORn Staffer Leo made this great postcard to give us a taste of the opening night of RingCon 2002 in Germany. Full report to follow soon!

Lord Of The Brooms??

11/22/02, 7:18 pm EST - Demosthenes

Kate writes that David Zucker, who directed Airplane! has agreed to make Scary Movie 3: Episode I - Lord of the Brooms. Apparently, it will be a spoof of the likes of Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. [More]

Am I the only one not totally swept away by this idea? Dem.

TV Watch: Peter Jackson On 'Today'

11/22/02, 4:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Time for the TV Chat show circut to begin again, first up is PJ himself, he will be on 'Today' the morning of December the 4th on NBC, get those TiVo's ready!

Aww Gee Dad...

11/22/02, 4:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Thain of Westfarthing writes: I heard John Astin plug a performance he's giving at Johns Hopkins University this weekend on classical radio station WBJC-FM. While doing so, he threw in a plug for son Sean and Lord of the Rings. He specifically mentioned that his son's role "gets bigger in each movie"! [More]

Karl Urban To Host "New Zealand Night"

11/22/02, 4:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Karl Urban, a Wellington, New Zealand native who portrays Eomer in the upcoming feature film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers will be the on-air host of Travel Channel's "New Zealand Night" Sunday, December 15. [More]

Tribute To Bloom

11/22/02, 4:10 pm EST - Xoanon

lara writes: Orlando Bloom (Legolas) is on the cover of the teen section of Tribute. [More]

Lord Of The Sims

11/22/02, 4:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Adele writes: Elijah is at it again! A few pics of Elijah Wood (Frodo) partying at The Sims Online launch party with other celebs - courtesy of WireImage. [More]

Tolkien Names Become Mainstream

11/22/02, 4:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Pack Rat writes: When I made my daily visit to www.babynames.com, I was excited to see a large graphic linking to "Names From Tolkien's Lord of the Rings". It's interesting to imagine "Elladin" and "Éowyn" being as common as "Brandon" and "Madison" are now. [More]

Media Watch: Starburst Magazine

11/22/02, 3:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Cosmo Girl sends along news that the latest Starburst Magazine features tons of info on TTT.

Anyone with scans of the issue, send them along!

Figwit News.

11/22/02, 12:21 pm EST - Tehanu

Elf extra, musician, comedian.....now Bret McKenzie is involved in an educational initiative to teach children about environmental responsibility. What could be more Elvish than that? [More] Thanks to Willowmere for the link.

Andy Serkis hopeful for first CGI Oscar?

11/22/02, 12:15 pm EST - Tehanu

Yahoo.com has a story about the possibility that Andy Serkis could get an acting Oscar for his part in bringing the CGI Gollum to life. [More] Thanks to Janet for the link.

LOTR Locations GuideBook, NZ Placenames

11/22/02, 12:12 pm EST - Tehanu

Everything LOTR is news in New Zealand at the moment, and last night 'Holmes' interviewed the writer of the new LOTR Locations Guidebook. [More] Here's info on the book itself [More]
Meanwhile Stuff.co talks about NZ placenames that come from Middle-earth [More] Oddly enough they miss all the ones I explored back in 2000 which really exist on NZ maps[More]

Bonding With LOTR Stars

11/22/02, 9:21 am EST - Xoanon

Unless you've been living under a rock lately, you'll know that the latest Bond film 'Die Another Day' is released today. Be sure to check out our pal Lawrence Makoare (Lurtz) as one of the main heavies that Bond has to deal with. Lawrence is the latest in a string of LOTR talent that has appeared in Bond films, check out the rest. [More]

Tolkien For 100 Pound Note?

11/22/02, 5:20 am EST - Demosthenes

A UK poll ranks JRR Tolkien as the fifth favourite to be put on the face of the £100 note. Sir Winston Churchill was the first choice, polling 37 per cent of the vote. Thanks to Willowmere for the link. [More]

John Rhys-Davies Released From Hospital

11/22/02, 5:10 am EST - Demosthenes

John Rhys-Davies, who broke his forearm after a piece of scenery fell on him on the set of his latest film, has been discharged from hospital. The actor, who played Gimli in the Lord Of The Rings, was filming La Femme Musketeer in Croatia, when the incident happened. [More]

News for Nov. 21, 2002

Advance TTT Tickets On Sale November 22nd!

11/21/02, 2:26 pm EST - Strider

Los Angeles, CA, November 21, 2002 - To keep pace with the mounting anticipation of the December 18, 2002, release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the central film in Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien classic, New Line Cinema has forged an unprecedented agreement with exhibitors to begin advance ticket sales on November 22, four weeks ahead of release. The announcement was made today by David Tuckerman, New Line's president, domestic theatrical distribution. [More]

Remember that once you do buy your advanced ticket, you can join some fellow movie fans in your local Line Party!

NZ News: WetaFX at Armageddon

11/21/02, 1:36 pm EST - Tehanu

Frodo's Girl writes "Armageddon is on this weekend in Wellington at the Michael Fowler centre [More](www.pulpexpo.com) It is mostly comics and stuff, but at 2pm on Sunday (24 nov), Weta is doing a presentation on 'making of visual effects for feature films.' " BTW there's still room for more Ringers at the NZ Post LOTR Stamps Launch [More]

Media Watch: USA Today

11/21/02, 1:01 pm EST - Xoanon

The wizards, the elves and even those irksome orcs return to theaters Dec. 18 for The Two Towers, the second episode in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. But what Frodo fanatics crave most is seeing what's new, especially more of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantastic creations brought to eye-popping life by filmmaker Peter Jackson's effects team. [More]

Billy Goes Bonding

11/21/02, 12:58 pm EST - Xoanon

Hobbitlover writes: I managed to find some pictures of Billy Boyd (Pippin) from the charity showing in Edinburgh of 'Die Another Day'. [More]

Ted Nasmith At Stratford

11/21/02, 12:55 pm EST - Xoanon

Rob writes: This weekend, Nov. 22-24, artist Ted Nasmith will be a guest of the Stratford Book Festival in Stratford, Ontario. He will be exhibiting some original artworks, signing books and calendars Sat. @ 2:30 PM, and appearing on an artists panel Sunday @ 2 PM. Details at www.stratfordbookfestival.ca Proceeds of the festival are being donated to the cause of literacy.

'Two Towers' Ticket Sales Begin

11/21/02, 12:52 pm EST - Xoanon

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - New Line Cinema has partnered with movie theater owners to begin advance domestic ticket sales on "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" Friday, four weeks ahead of the film's Dec. 18 North American release. [More]

Two Towers Tabletop Battle Game Review!

11/21/02, 12:41 pm EST - Xoanon

Take a read through our review of Games Workshop's Lord of the Rings Tabletop Battle Game! [More]

Toronto Two Towers Exhibit Extended!

11/21/02, 12:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Due to a steady flow of interest in everything Tolkien, Alliance Atlantis' Motion Picture Distribution Group announced today the extension of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS EXHIBIT. The experiential exhibition containing artefacts from New Line Cinema's theatrical production of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS currently showing at the Royal Ontario Museum's former McLaughlin Planetarium was originally set to close December 1, 2002, but because of the high interest, Alliance Atlantis extended the date to December 8, 2002. [More]

Be sure to check out part 1 of TORN's coverage from the exhibit, featuring interviews with Billy Boyd (Pippin) and Dominic Monaghan (Merry). [More]

I Want My Cadbury Egg Toys!

11/21/02, 12:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Saul sends us the address of cadbury's Australian Two Towers page. There are details on their various promotions and some downloads as well as a cool little pic of Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli and Gandalf on their horses in the left-hand top corner. [More]

Shippey In Annapolis

11/21/02, 12:29 pm EST - Xoanon

Matt C sends in advance word on a Shippey ecture in the Annapolis region. Take a look! [More]

Media Watch: Vogue Magazine

11/21/02, 12:21 pm EST - Xoanon

thebluekat sends along this text from the December issue of Vogue Magazine featuring Orlando Bloom (Legolas). [More]


11/21/02, 12:17 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks making the Indie-Tolkien film Ancanar will be at Ring*Con this weekend, they are presenting a behind-the-scenes clip from their film, take a look for more info! [More]

Another LOTR Toronto Event

11/21/02, 11:58 am EST - Xoanon

Zorina sends along this bit of news: 'Designs in Ice' December 27, 28, 39 2002 The Lord of the Rings comes to icy life in this three day competition that will feature Ontarios top ice carvers chiseling and shaping 45,000 pounds of ice. (sounds like one of my first dates... -Xo)

New TTT Commercial Airs On ABC

11/21/02, 12:11 am EST - Xoanon

Jason writes: There was just a new pretty great commercial for TTT on ABC (during the Bachelor). It had a couple, very brief new shots from Helms Deep, and Aragorn exclaiming: "These are my people! I shall (die/fight) as one of them!"

Media Watch: UK's Sunday Express LOTR Special

11/21/02, 12:07 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy DS sends along these great scans from the exhautive Sunday Express LOTR special! This is one of the better pieces on Two Towers I've seen out there lately. Take a look at interviews with Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Miranda Otto, Liv Tyler and even a look back at the good professor himself. Take a look! [More]

News for Nov. 20, 2002

Capturing Gollum

11/20/02, 11:54 pm EST - Xoanon

Andy Serkis, a respected British thespian, is sitting in a book store in the West End, in front of a carpet of sixty primary school children, explaining how he worked on the voice of Gollum in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Gollum - for the two people who've not read Tolkien's saga - is a shrivelled, wily creature torn between helping the heroes destroy a magical ring which has soured his existence, and an all-consuming desire to posess it for himself. [More]

Media Watch: Cine Live Magazine

11/20/02, 10:58 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy The Pouik sends along these scans from the french Cine Live magazine. [More]

SHOP: Free Gift Offer from Sideshow/Weta

11/20/02, 9:23 pm EST - Calisuri

Sideshow/Weta collectibles is running a free gift promotion from now until December 23rd. If you spend over $100 at their store, you'll get a free Orc Hide Helm. [More]

The Year's Most Anticipated Film

11/20/02, 8:02 pm EST - Demosthenes

According to the Loiusville Cardinal, it's The Two Towers. Nothing new here, but you can read a general overview (with both book and film spoilers) of TTT and what's expected. [More]

A Most Hobbity New Year

11/20/02, 7:51 pm EST - Demosthenes

Apparently, three of our hobbit heroes from LoTR will be spending New Year in an English country house and using their time to explore England and Scotland. [More]

Quenya Text Greeking For Macusers

11/20/02, 7:18 pm EST - Demosthenes

Attention Macusers: MacLorem generates random filler text for artists, graphic designers, typesetters and others who need to generate mock-ups for clients, publishers or employers. The Tolkien link? Maclorem does Quenya text greeking! Thanks to Remo for the link. [More] NB: Mac only!

The Famous MTV FoTR Spoof

11/20/02, 6:59 pm EST - Demosthenes

People in the UK and Ireland who never got the MTV Council of Elrond spoof Easter Egg on their Extended Edition DVD might enjoy this. (Size = 2.5MB. Requires Windows Media Player) [More] WARNING: Mature content and sexual references. If you're easily offended, or have kiddies lurking around, this is very likely not for you!

Haven's Gaming League Auction Closing

11/20/02, 6:16 pm EST - Demosthenes

Today is the last day to bid on this copy of the Fellowship of the Ring signed by Peter Jackson, Sean Astin, Fran Walsh, and Philipa Boyens. Don't miss this opportunity to add this great piece to your private collection, and aid the Gaming Havens Youth Gaming League! [More]

Shelob's Lair In TTT Creatures Guide

11/20/02, 3:49 pm EST - Strider

Harry at AICN is running the story currently spreading across the 'Net at the moment that an image of Shelob's lair appears in The Two Towers Creatures Guide - which would suggest that the very last scene in The Two Towers is of Sam and Frodo entering Shelob's lair - possibly with a hint to Shelob herself waiting in the wings? Incidentally this image has been floating around the web (sorry...had to be said) for weeks now, and is NOT from TTT !!SPOILERS!! [More]

Media Watch: Miranda Otto in Elle Magazine

11/20/02, 2:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Miranda Otto (Eowyn) has become quite a hot commodity lately, can you imagine how it must have felt waiting a full 2 years to see yourself shine in 'Towers'? Zip writes: I've scanned the one-page article on Miranda Otto that was in my wife's "Elle" magazine this month. [More]

French TVA Station Buys Rights To LOTR

11/20/02, 2:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Sir Turb sends in word that french radio station TVA have purchased the right to air all three movies in September 2004-2005-2006. I've no idea if TVA is broadcast in France, but it is on local stations here in Quebec.

LOTR Merch Madness!

11/20/02, 2:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Robert sends along a link with a few european ads for LOTR goodies! [More]

Win A BBC Press Pack To Two Towers Premiere

11/20/02, 1:51 pm EST - Strider

The BBC's children's current affairs program Newsround is offering one lucky Lord of the Rings fan under the age of 16 a chance to win a press prack for The Two Towers premiere in London on December 11th. How does one go about winning it? Just answer this simple question; 'What is the name of character who is the actual Lord of the Rings?' [More]

Plan 9 & TTT Connection

11/20/02, 1:45 pm EST - Xoanon

Fresh from creating music for the second instalment of The Lord of The Rings, Wellington composers Plan 9 have been signed to score a major Australian feature, "Danny Deckchair". Plan 9 are currently working on the score of the Andrew Mason produced feature which stars Rhys Ifans and Miranda Otto. [More]

Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom To Whip Out Their Swords In 'Troy' Flick

11/20/02, 1:39 pm EST - Xoanon

It looks like Orlando Bloom just can't keep his sword out of his hands. The 25-year-old British actor best known as Legolas in "The Lord of the Rings" films has joined the cast of the upcoming Trojan War epic "Troy." Based on the epic Greek poem "The Iliad," the reportedly $100 million picture will see Bloom as Prince Paris of Troy, who starts a war by stealing the Spartan king's wife in 1193 B.C. [More]

Cast Watch: Sean Bean

11/20/02, 1:27 pm EST - Tehanu

Sean Bean's new film project is "Football Factory," a film about football hooligans, according to Screen Daily. Thanks to Nimrodel for the link. [More]

Modern Humorist: 4-5 discs to rule them all!

11/20/02, 1:20 pm EST - Tehanu

It's a parody, as the writers of '50 Reasons LOTR Sucks' told their readers, to no avail. Read, laugh, and don't send me emails that start 'These people don't know what they're talking about etc....' [More]

TTT Score In OZ Set For December 6th?

11/20/02, 1:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Ryan writes: Greetings from Sydney. The Two Towers soundtrack will be available on the 6th of December at $27.00. [More]

'Return To Middle-earth' WB special News

11/20/02, 1:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Here is a little more info on the 'Return to Middle-earth' special that we reported about yesterday. It seems that the WB, who love to cross-promote, has gotten Michael Rosenbaum ('Smallville's' Lex Luthor) to narrate the special.

Another bit of news concerning UK fans who have been emailing in asking about the show, we've no idea if it will air in the UK, as soon as we find out we'll post it up!

Fly Figwit, Fly!

11/20/02, 1:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Fiver writes: This is for all the Figwit fans out there, it appears comedy duo Flight of the Conchords have jetted off to Los Angeles to play at the Fox Network party. However from what I can gather the pair, (Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie) had to pay their own airfare! [More]

Keeping Up With The Astins

11/20/02, 1:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Triniti writes: The Astins appear in a 2-page blurb in the December 2002 issue of "Rosie" magazine. [More]

Lord Of The Stamps!

11/20/02, 12:57 pm EST - Xoanon

Newline and the New Zealand post are having a stamp launch for the new TTT stamps at 5pm on 2 Dec 2002 at the parliament buildings in Wellington. They have graciously invited 20 LotR fans to come to the launch, in costume if they'd like. If you are interested in being on of those 20, please rsvp as soon as possible to stamplaunch@frodosgirl.net to reserve a spot (you will be able to get into the launch only if your name is on the list).

Wellington Fans Opportunity To Reserve Tix!

11/20/02, 10:42 am EST - Demosthenes

Jocelyn writes: News for Wellington LoTR fans! The Lions charity have tickets for the first four days of screenings at the Embassy theatre, with the first showing at 12:01am Thursday 19th. Proceeds go to charity; tickets are $25 each. They are on sale from 11am tomorrow morning at the theatre, or you can e-mail Roy Peterson stating how many tickets you want and your postal address so they can reserve your seats and send you an invoice.

Media Watch: Miranda Otto Interview

11/20/02, 10:28 am EST - Demosthenes

Samwise Gamgee sent us this transcript of a very interesting interview that Miranda Otto (Eowyn) recently gave. [More]

TTT Midwestern Premiere Party!

11/20/02, 9:55 am EST - Demosthenes

TORn Staffer Anwyn reminds all Midwestern USA Ringers of the line party event being planned for the Lorraine Theater in Hoopeston, IL, on December 18. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 22, so don’t be left out! Head over to our line party page for all the details! [More]

Kinder Surprise Tie-in Vids

11/20/02, 4:06 am EST - Demosthenes

These German TV ads for the TTT Kinder Surprise merchandising tie-in are kinda small, but they look funky nevertheless. There's five different ads to choose from and they mention figures for Faramir, Eowyn, Theoden, Saruman among others. Thanks to Fraggle for the link! (Requires Windows Media Player) [More] You can now read a translation here.

News for Nov. 19, 2002

MidWest Fans: See TTT Early - at Carleton College

11/19/02, 10:21 pm EST - Tehanu

LOTR Producer Barrie Osborne is an alumnus of Carleton college. And so their Alumni Special Event is.....an early screening of TTT. [More] Thanks to Rick for the news.

LOTR Promo Posters.

11/19/02, 10:15 pm EST - Tehanu

Daywalker sends a link to these nice Asian posters for TTT. Lots of annoying pop-up ads, so watch out! [More]

SE DVD Problems - and Solutions!

11/19/02, 9:56 pm EST - Tehanu

Those having problems playing the FOTR Extended Edition on their Dell Inspiron 8100 will be relieved to know help is on the way. [More]

NZ News: NZ Post wants YOU! And NZSO to perform Shore score.

11/19/02, 9:49 pm EST - Tehanu

Like free wine and cheese and nibbly things on bits of rye bread? NZ Post would like 20 LOTR fans, preferrably in costume, to lend some class to their official LOTR stamps launch. Also, news on the NZSO's performance of Howard Shore's FOTR music. [More]

AICN reviews The Two Tower's Soundtrack

11/19/02, 5:16 pm EST - Strider

Harry over at AICN has posted a glowing review of Howard Shore's score for The Two Towers, making the wait for December 10th that little bit harder; if only the TTT score was released in November like FotR's. Anyways, check this out for a detailed, fan's-eye review of Shore's apparent masterpiece. [More]


11/19/02, 4:50 pm EST - Xoanon

World premieres set for New York, Paris, London, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Seattle,Toronto, Wellington and Sydney in December. [more]

Jasmine Watson: Jeweller for Lord of the Rings

11/19/02, 4:04 pm EST - Xoanon

A lot of people ask us about the beautiful jewelery they saw on screen in Fellowship, and many people want to know where they can buy some replicas. Jasmine Watson was the sole person in charge of all things that glittered for the LOTR movies, and she now has something available for you on her website! Take a look! [More]

Another Name To Add To The List

11/19/02, 2:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Eowyn Elessa writes: Another addition for the cast list: NZ actor Alastair Browning will play Damrod who, according to the TTT Visual Companion, is Faramir's second-in-command.

That adds another name to our list of new cast members that we need info on ASAP!

Alastair Browning IS DAMROD
Bruce Allpress IS ALDOR
Calum Gittins IS HALETH
Paris Howe Strewe IS THEODRED
Robert Pollock MORDOR ORC
Olivia Tennet IS FREDA
Ray Trickett IS BEREG

Media Watch: DVD Journal

11/19/02, 2:15 pm EST - Xoanon

The website "DVD Journal" has named the just released LOTR: FOTR Extended Edition DVD as the fourth best of all time. Here is the editor's top 25: "New Line's four-disc Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition will serve as a standard-bearer for special-edition DVDs for some time to come, and it also includes a new version of the film — it arguably is an even better movie now." [More]

There is also a more extensive review: "And yes, it is a new version. There's new stuff added throughout the entire movie; over a third of the film's scenes have either been extended or are altogether new." [Even More]

It Loses Plenty In Translation

11/19/02, 1:58 pm EST - Xoanon

The synopsis for TTT from UGC Cinemas in the UK uses the french names for Frodo and Saruman, it just doesn't seem that cool anymore does it?: Accompanied by Sam, Frodon Sacquet, the Hobbit continues his mission to destroy the One Ring. He must face the Dark Lord's Army and other dangers. Meanwhile, Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn must save Pippin and Merry who were captured. But Gandalf, the magician reappears to fight against Saroumane. The War of the Ring has started… [??huh??]

I don't even know where to start! -Xo

Trying To Catch The Latest TTT Trailers/Teasers?

11/19/02, 1:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Lady Haldir writes: I am an Assistant Manager of a movie theater, and we got our order to put advance tickets for TTT on sale starting this Friday.I know for sure all Regal Entertainment Group (Regal , Edwards, and United Artists theaters form this company) theaters will be, as this is the chain I work for. This order included showtimes and an exact running time : 179 minutes! [More]

BBC Confirms UK Running Time & Rating

11/19/02, 1:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Steve writes: I've just found the certification of The Two Towers on the BBFC website. This confirms (our confirmation of) the running time at 179 minutes 10 secs and the Certificate as the new 12A. Pity they didn't have this new Advisory certificate when The Fellowship came out, there would have been no hassles over cutting anything. [More]

Dragonmeet announces Steve Long as special guest

11/19/02, 1:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Dragonmeet, London’s friendliest games event, is proud to announce that Steve Long, lead designer on the new Lord of the Rings RPG and helmsman of the revitalised Hero Games, will be attending the convention as its Special Guest for 2002. The convention’s other Special Guest this year is John Kovalic, creator of the multiple Origins Award-winning Dork Tower. [More]

Ian Pics From 'Knight Out' Party

11/19/02, 1:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Dianne writes: I love your site so I thought you may be interested in some photos I took of Sir Ian Mckellen from vancouver, last weekend from the reception of for 'A Knight Out'. [More]

Study tries to find Lord in ‘Lord of the Rings’

11/19/02, 1:18 pm EST - Xoanon

To most people, an elf or a wizard would be hard to associate with a lesson in Christianity. In the hands of author J.R.R. Tolkien, however, they become vehicles to bring about an understanding of Christ in a totally unconventional way. [More]


11/19/02, 10:35 am EST - Xoanon

The WB is thrilled to present an exclusive behind-the-scenes preview special for the year's most anticipated feature film - "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers." The first chapter in the "Rings" trilogy grossed over $900 million worldwide and became a pop culture phenomenon. [More]

New Cast Bios

11/19/02, 12:34 am EST - Xoanon

Thanks to the new Cast list, we've got quite a few new names to add to our cast list! I've been able to get bio's/pics/links and more on a few...but we need help with the others! Drop us a line if you have any information on the newest members to the TORN cast list!

Bruce Allpress IS ALDOR
Calum Gittins IS HALETH
Paris Howe Strewe IS THEODRED
Robert Pollock MORDOR ORC
Olivia Tennet IS FREDA
Ray Trickett IS BEREG

COMPLETE Cast.Crew Credits For TTT!

11/19/02, 12:28 am EST - Xoanon

Originaly brough to us by the guys at herr-der-ringe-film, I've taken it out of it's stuffy PDF format and into plain old text format. Take a look at all the folks involved in this mammoth project, these are the folks that REALLY ought to be in the spotlight, not just the actors. The folks who have spent years working on every little detail of the film to make it just perfect! Take a look! [More]

Buying Tickets Online.

11/19/02, 12:12 am EST - Tehanu

Various online outlets are selling their TTT tickets already. From the US, Elanor Gamgee writes "Hey guys!!!! Cinemark is selling tickets to LOTR TTT ON LINE!!!! ." [And she's got hers already!]

From the UK, Tom writes "All UK Rings fans!!! Was just browsing the UGC Cinemas website that just recently went online and had a search on December 18th. The times are up so I presume the tickets have gone on sale!! This sounds about right as they went on sale exactly a month before release for 'Fellowship' last year."

LOTR Film Locations Tours next March

11/19/02, 12:07 am EST - Tehanu

For those not able to take the TTT NZ Premiere tour this December, Red Carpet Movie Tours are planning another LOTR Locations tour from March 1 to 10 next year. [More]

NZ News - TTT as a Fundraiser in Wellington

11/19/02, 12:02 am EST - Tehanu

Campaign for a Better City (CBC), is organising a spectacular Lord of the Rings evening at the Embassy Theatre. The fundraising event includes an early screening of The Two Towers and spot prizes, and cinemagoers will be encouraged to dress up as their favourite Lord Of The Rings character. [More]

Fantasy - but no sex scene

11/19/02, 12:01 am EST - Xoanon

A British cinema chain publicist is a little red-faced after saying the second Lord Of The Rings film would be surprisingly saucy. In an email sent to subscribers last week, Odeon Cinemas said the censorship note for The Two Towers claimed the film "contains moderate action, violence and one sex scene". [More]

News for Nov. 18, 2002

Sean Astin Talks Angel, And TTT!

11/18/02, 11:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Thebluecat writes: Sean Astin interviewed at the Premiere of Die Another being interviewed by E! says that he went to the premiere only because he received a call from his agent that day while he was on the Paramount lot directing an episode of Angel asking if he wanted to go (see more about Sean directing Angel here -Xo). He also said that he and his wife just saw The Two Towers while holding each others hand. He also said that he was very proud of the film.

Texas Ringer Roundup

11/18/02, 11:59 pm EST - Tehanu

Texas Ringers in Denton County may be interested in a special screening of TTT that is being held in conjunction with a Food and Toy Drive, as a fundraiser for Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Lots of prizes, the opportunity to dress in LOTR costume and watch medieval re-enactments etc. while doing a good deed! [More]

Denmark TTT Happenings

11/18/02, 11:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Aragorn_dk writes: I met a guy today at Nørreport in Copenhagen - Lurtz, actually - or a twin, who was handing out free newspapers concerning TTT/plus a LOTR Fan Fair to be held in Copenhagen on nov. 30th-dec. [More]

New Documentary to Air Soon

11/18/02, 11:52 pm EST - Tehanu

We hear from the makers of 'The Legacy of The Lord of the Rings' that their Tolkien documentary is finished. Canadian channel Bravo are expected to air it in December. [More]

Swedish TTT Ticket Sales Pics

11/18/02, 11:51 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Pasqua writes: Today, the tickets for TTT were released in Sweden. I arrived at 5:15 in the morning, and the theater opened at 8:00. There were already more than 100 persons in front of me in the line by then. [More]

Sideshow/Weta Release Series 1 Two Towers Figures!

11/18/02, 7:33 pm EST - Calisuri

Click Here to Pre-Order!Sideshow/Weta Collectibles has just posted their latest batch of collectible figures for pre-order. In this Series 1 Two Towers set, you'll be able to pre-order Gandalf the White, the Easterling Soldier and Gimli, Son of Gloin. It is also worth noting that the limited edition sizes are smaller this time around and each piece is hand numbered. Check them out! Minor Spoilers [More]

More On JRD's Recovery

11/18/02, 1:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Earendil The Mariner continues with his report: I got an e-mail from a source in Rijeka, Croatia I contacted earlier, and the latest EXCLUSIVE information is that JRD has LEFT the hospital earlier today CET. It is however unclear whether he is well enough already, or has left to get treatment elsewhere...

Best wishes John from all of us at TORN!

TTT Premiere In Ireland For Arthiritis Foundation

11/18/02, 1:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Alatar writes: The Irish Premiere of "The Two Towers" will be held in the Savoy Cinema, Dublin on the 17th of December. It's in aid of the Arthiritis Foundation and tickets are €45 each. [More]

Never Miss A Bus In Middle-earth Again!

11/18/02, 1:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Ymir3 writes: I was at MSN.com and noticed they had a LOTR watch by Fossil for sale as part of their 12 days of exclusives. It has the map of Middle Earth on the face and runes around the gold rim. [More]

Media Watch: The UK's 'Sunday Express'

11/18/02, 12:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Kiwihobbitchick writes: The Sunday Express (UK) had a surprisingly good Two Towers supplement with yesterdays paper (17/11), with nice interviews with Elijah, Viggo, Liv and Tolkein biographer Michael White, despite slightly stupid tabloid questions ('Do Elves have sex?').

Anyone with scans of the suppliment, send them along!

Media Watch: France's Cine Live

11/18/02, 12:55 pm EST - Xoanon

Gt writes: The French magazine Ciné Live has dedicated its december cover to "The Two Towers" with inside eight pages about the movie (interviews of John Rhys-Davies, Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler, Miranda Otto and Brad Dourif). [More]

The French site Cinestore is proposing the different designs which will be used in France for the covers of "The Two Towers"' soundtrack. I don't know if it will be the same for the rest of the world. To see them, just click on the "B.O.F." link. [More]

TheOneRing.net Teams up with LiningUp.net!

11/18/02, 12:55 pm EST - Calisuri

The folks who brought you the highly successful Star Wars Episode II movie line, LiningUp.net, and your very own TheOneRing.net are teaming up to create The Two Towers 5-Day Line! The festivities will take place at the historic Vista Theater in Hollywood California starting on Friday, December 13th and running until Wednesday, 12:01AM December 18th 2002. Details will be posted shortly, but get involved today, join the Line Party for The Vista theater! If you are not in Hollywood, but you want to participate in line party goodness, get involved locally through our Line Party section! [More]

SHOP: BudK Sells Narsil

11/18/02, 12:48 pm EST - Xoanon

millhouse93 writes: I just got the newest Bud K catalog in the mail and noticed that they're selling Narsil. [More] [BudK Online]

JRD Is Recovering Well After Operation

11/18/02, 12:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Earendil The Mariner writes: John Rhys Davies, after a multi-hour operation, performed on friday night by dr Ivan Kirin, has been placed at the Trauma ward of the Rijeka General Hospital and, according to dr Stipe Bezevan, is feeling well. [More]

Rare Viggo Poster Surfaces For Gaming Cause

11/18/02, 6:34 am EST - Demosthenes

In May this year, Viggo Mortensen attended an LA signing event to launch his book "Signlanguange". TORn staffer Flinch managed to snare a very rare poster from the event, and has donated it to raise money to support the Havens Youth Gaming League. You can view the auction here.

Only 30 Days To Go!

11/18/02, 2:37 am EST - Demosthenes

Okay, I have to wait longer (grumble), but for most people, December 18 will be the day. Which means that The Two Towers is only 30 days away from release! It also means that now is an ideal time to join (or organise) a line party in your city or town. If you haven't already, head here!

Weekend Roundup

11/18/02, 12:15 am EST - Xoanon

Missed all the news this weekend? Too busy at Hogwarts? Or were you watching Montreal beat the stuffing out of Toronto to make it to the Grey Cup finals? Whatever the reason, fear not! We've got your weekend right here! [More]

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