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News for Nov. 25, 2001

Weekly Cast Watch

11/25/01, 11:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Take a gander at all the shows you can catch this week with your favorite LOTR stars! And, of course, don't forget to catch 'Quest for the Ring' on FOX this thursday at 8PM ET!! [More]

LOTR on Radio NZ

11/25/01, 10:28 pm EST - Tehanu

A few weeks ago I was phoned up by Camilla Maling of Radio NZ, who wanted to find out more about Tolkien fans. During the course of the interview that followed she confessed that she'd found the world of Tolkien fans to be nothing like what she'd imagined, and the resulting documentary promised to be extraordinary. [More]

NZ classics ride on Rings' release

11/25/01, 8:50 pm EST - Xoanon

A season of classic New Zealand films is to coincide with the Lord of the Rings release. The programme, presented by the New Zealand Film Commission and Deluxe Cinemas, included original versions of movies such as Smash Palace, An Angel At My Table, The Scarecrow, Footrot Flats, and the record-breaking Once Were Warriors. [More]

Dr Jackson blown away

11/25/01, 8:47 pm EST - Xoanon

No one doubts film-maker Peter Jackson has a pretty good imagination, but even he didn't envisage that one day he'd hold an honorary doctorate in literature. [More]

Media Watch: In Style Magazine

11/25/01, 8:33 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Artemis sends us a scan from 'In Style' Magazine, featuring Orlando Bloom (Legolas). [More]

Quickbeam visits Middle-earth!

11/25/01, 7:47 pm EST - Tehanu

TORN EXCLUSIVE: Flying down to the set of LOTR, our very own Quickbeam brings you intimate reports of filming, meeting the stars, and many surprises! A five part series launching tomorrow, 26 November 2001!

Turkish FOTR Gets Dubbing

11/25/01, 4:47 pm EST - Strider

Ibrahim writes: I have just learnt that Turkish dubbing will be made to The Fellowship of the Ring in Turkey. [More]

Fan Music Focus

11/25/01, 4:27 pm EST - Xoanon

My good friend Lindsay Klemm has set up her very own MP3 music page featuring some original LOTR music she has been working on for a long while. Check out some of these amazing pieces of work! [More]

UPDATE: While we're talking fan music, Swedish band Assailant are preparing to release their first CD. You can hear clips on their website here

Bruce Hopkins Birthday

11/25/01, 4:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Today, November 25th is Bruce Hopkins' (Gamling) birthday! Bruce was born on November 25th, 1955 in Invercargill, New Zealand. Bruce has recently sent us some great new stills, we will have them online soon! Happy Birthday Bruce!

Media Watch: Focus On The Family

11/25/01, 4:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Bombadilicious sends us these scans from the December issue of "Focus On The Family". [More]

UK Sunday Times Images

11/25/01, 3:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Noggin the Nog sends us these great scans from the UK Sunday Times special edition. Take a look! [More]

UK Sunday Times LOTR Special

11/25/01, 3:21 pm EST - Xoanon

As reported, the UK Sunday Times has gone LOTr mad with an entire article dedicated to the LOTR phenomenon. All of the articles are now online. Happy reading! [More]

Sunday Times: South Africa

11/25/01, 3:17 pm EST - Xoanon

(just how many newspapers are called 'Sunday Times' anyway? -Xo) Mike sends us these 3 links from the Sunday Times in South Africa, there is a LOTR contest, an article called Lording it over Disney and another called Welcome to Tolkienfontein.

Media Watch: Sunday Times Magazine (Australia)

11/25/01, 3:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Deegan sends us this ad for a LOTR contest in Austalia. Another interesting note is that the new LOTR:FOTR poster now has Gimli and Boromir on it, when we showed it to you during the Casa Loma exhibit, they were missing. [More]

More On PJ Cameo

11/25/01, 3:03 pm EST - Xoanon

An insider during the Bree scenes sends us this letter:

I see you have the good oil on Peter Jackson's cameo. I can vouch for the accuracy of this as I was an extra in the film. [More]

Media Watch: Movieline Magazine

11/25/01, 2:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Ursula sends us an article from Movieline Magazine featuring Orlando Bloom (Legolas). [More]


11/25/01, 1:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Stephen T sends us these scans of a cereal box featuring a LOTR CD Rom with a bunch of cool games. [More]

LOTR/Cell Phone Ad In Singapore

11/25/01, 1:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Milya writes: The following picture appeared as a full sized ad in today's papers. StarHub is one of the local cell phone and internet providers. [More]

Media Watch: Montreal's 'Voir'

11/25/01, 1:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Marwën sends us the link to a 'Voir' newspaper ad for 'Dragon Rouge', an all-things medieval shop, which will be either showing or selling some LOTR swords and other items, take a look! [More]

SHOP: BK Toy Review

11/25/01, 12:52 pm EST - Xoanon

indy1126 managed to pick up some Burger King goodies today and wanted to tell you all about them! [More]

Christopher Lee Talks LOTR

11/25/01, 12:48 pm EST - Xoanon

Adrien sends us a link to another great Christopher Lee (Saruman) interview (in french) from 'allocine.fr'. [More]

The Sunday Times Magazine Special Edition

11/25/01, 9:16 am EST - Strider

Just a reminder for all residents of the United Kingdom and Ireland, that the Times's special edition Sunday Magazine which 'celebrates the world of Hobbits and wizards with exclusive interviews and insights into the making of the first film and a guide to Middle-earth'. I got my copy!

Old Farmiliar Tune In FOTR Score: Continued

11/25/01, 6:26 am EST - Strider

It seems that Karen's post prompted a flood of mail, some requesting to know more, some packed-full of information. For those who are wondering what exactly the song is, just read on! [More]

Crunch Cereals Go LOTR

11/25/01, 6:23 am EST - Strider

Freagol writes in to say that to his suprise, he found LOTR packaging on his box of Crunch Cereal. [More]

National Geographic Beyond The Movie: LOTR

11/25/01, 6:18 am EST - Strider

Ursula sends in this link to a lot of new information on the National Geographic special on Lord of the Rings which will be broadcast in December and be available on DVD in February. [More]

LOTR Toy Ads On Cartoon Network

11/25/01, 5:32 am EST - Strider

Blynk writes: They just had a commercial on Cartoon Network for the action figures featuring Frodo, Legolas, Merry, Pippin, Gimli, Boromir, Lurtz, the Witch-King, and the Cave Troll. Needless to say I got a laugh out of it.

De Morgen Magazine Scans

11/25/01, 5:28 am EST - Strider

jilske has kindly given us the link to his scans of the De Morgen magazine which features the competition I mentioned yesterday. [More]

News for Nov. 24, 2001

LOTR & Ali Hope To Ring In As Holiday Champs

11/24/01, 4:51 pm EST - Strider

Travis sends in some scans from the Arizona Republic of one film reviewer's thoughts on the movie hopefuls this Winter. [More]

Brian Sibley Talks LOTR

11/24/01, 2:40 pm EST - Xoanon

Writer and broadcaster Brian Sibley brings a unique perspective to his role as the author of The Official Lord of the Rings Movie Guide, and two further volumes on the production of the saga which will follow as the remaining films are released. [More]

The Latest Ticket News From France

11/24/01, 2:36 pm EST - Strider

Our friend Cuivienor told me that the selling of tickets has begun today in France! The maximum number that are allocated to one person is ten, and it's taking place in important places like the FnaC.

The PG Certificate: What Does It Mean?

11/24/01, 2:09 pm EST - Strider

Noggin the Nog was so intruiged that the Lord of the Rings got a PG rating in the UK that he felt the need to write up some thoughts on it. Find out why. [More]

The Science Behind Lord of the Rings

11/24/01, 1:40 pm EST - Strider

Jordan has some extremely-cool news for all Tolkien fans: the Discovery Channel is making a 5-part series on the Science of Lord of the Rings. [More]

A Hero By Any Name

11/24/01, 1:29 pm EST - Strider

Marcus writes: I just found an interesting article that talks about how Tolkien's heroes are often the characters most would least expect to be heroic and how the road to victory is often the one last considered. A good read! [More]

Old Farmiliar Tune In FOTR Score

11/24/01, 1:21 pm EST - Strider

Karen wrote in to say that she noticed that the song 'In Dreams', which is a recurring theme throughout the LOTR score, sounded farmiliar to her. [More]


It seems that Karen's post prompted a flood of mail, some requesting to know more, some packed-full of information. For those who are wondering what exactly the song is, just read on! [More]

FOTR Tickets Sell Like Hot Cakes In Canada

11/24/01, 1:14 pm EST - Strider

Adam writes: I managed to pick up advance tickets for December 19th yesterday at my local Silver City theater (Ontario, Canada). They said they are selling tickets for the 19th and the 20th only for a limited number of shows (unless the demand goes up even more).

Lord Help Us: An Elijah Wood Interview

11/24/01, 1:12 pm EST - Strider

Brian mailed us to say that an interview with Elijah Wood features on the Irish website WoW.ie about becoming Frodo Baggins and why he's keen to return to Ireland. [More]

De Morgen Tolkien Week Contest

11/24/01, 1:01 pm EST - Strider

SamFan sends us in detailed information on the great Tolkien competition being run by Belgian magazine De Morgen, the top prize being a two week holiday to New Zealand. [More]

Hall of Fire Chats for November 24th & 25th

11/24/01, 12:54 pm EST - Strider

This weekend, the Hall of Fire staff invite you to join us as we discuss Howard Shore's score for the Fellowship of the Ring, released this week. [More]

Lord of the Official Fan Club

11/24/01, 12:44 pm EST - Strider

Talierin sends in this link to an article on the man behind the Lord of the Rings Official Fan Club which has its home in Denver. [More]

More Burger King Rewards

11/24/01, 12:28 pm EST - Strider

Caroline adds that every Burger King toy comes with a magic message on the instructions which, if entered on the site's toy section, gives Ringers a chance to win all the character toys.

Glass Goblets Unlock Interviews

11/24/01, 12:21 pm EST - Strider

Queen of Rohan writes: I just picked up one of the BK glass Gandakf goblets today, and noticed some kind of code(on the inside flap) you're supposed to enter on the website. I went to the site entered the code and "won" a chance to download an interview with Gandalf.

News for Nov. 23, 2001

Green Turkey? No, Green Books!

11/23/01, 10:00 pm EST - Quickbeam

The table is set for a wonderful leftover Thanksgiving feast over in Green Books:

Anwyn’s Counterpoint has a juicy warning for all movie-going fans to retain their original imaginings of LOTR.
Turgon’s Bookshelf percolates with intense responses from readers who took issue with his sobering "What I Fear Most about PJ’s Movies!"
• Our new Special Guest remembers Mythcon 32 and an up-close encounter with LOTR screenwriter Philippa Boyens!
• Guy Davenport (Geography of the Imagination, Da Vinci’s Bicycle) pays Tribute to JRRT.
Moon Letters has excellent new Fan Fiction and Poems. Keep sending your best, and we will showcase it here.
• Stuff yourself silly on 19 fantastic new Questions & Answers, including:

  1. Where did the Elves get their wine?
  2. The origin of the Ring Verse?
  3. Why must all things fade?
  4. Could Frodo be the new Dark Lord?
  5. Tell us of the Haradrim.
  6. Are there hobbitish professions?
• There are new updates in red to previous Q&A.
• SPECIAL NOTE: Be here Monday for a full report on my trip down to New Zealand to visit Middle-earth! Thrill to my first-hand account of meeting the director and stars, seeing the sets, living the dream of Gondor and more. A five part series that begins 26 November 2001!

Much too hasty,

UK Sunday Times promises a Magical Weekend

11/23/01, 6:36 pm EST - Tehanu

NicLeRoi sends us a link to the Sunday Times' ad for their special collector's edition LOTR supplement this weekend.'

LOTR Fans are Geeks? Right?

11/23/01, 4:44 pm EST - Calisuri

Check out this new IMDB.com daily poll: 'Which fan base of a film or movie is composed of the biggest geek contingent?' Currently Start Trek and Star Wars are just giving us a pounding. If you are proud to admit you are a Tolkien geek, go on over and vote! [More]

Irish Premiere

11/23/01, 4:29 pm EST - Tehanu

Ireland's not missing out...they're having their own gala premiere. [More]

The News from Rome

11/23/01, 3:43 pm EST - Tehanu

Joseph Pearce, author of 'Tolkien, Man and Myth,' in a short interview about the 'meaning' of LOTR from a Catholic perspective. [More]

Thanks to Edoardo for that.

Black Friday in the US: Shop 'til you Drop!

11/23/01, 1:44 pm EST - Calisuri

Today, in the US, is the largest shopping day of the year. If you are avoiding the crowds and making purchases online his holiday season, please consider starting first at TheOneRing Shop. Through your affiliations with online stores like Amazon.com and Allposters.com, you will be able to help support TheOneRing.net while you are purchasing your loved ones holiday gifts! To purchase specific items, please just follow the links in our shop. If you are buying something non-LOTR related, simply click into our shop and click on one of the affiliate buttons. Thanks for your support! [More]

Special warning for Rings film

11/23/01, 1:15 pm EST - Xoanon

The first film in the trilogy of Lord of the Rings movies will carry a warning in the UK that young children may find it frightening - even though the film has earned a PG rating. [More]

Shore Score Review

11/23/01, 1:12 pm EST - Xoanon

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: (Howard Shore) With Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone successfully absorbing the explosion of wild-eyed overenthusiasm resulting from this year's late autumn wealth of fantasy scores, The Lord of the Rings sneaks into theatres with a possibly superior score. [More]

Media Watch: The Irish Times

11/23/01, 1:10 pm EST - Xoanon

Aiglos sends us the good word from The Irish Times. [More]

Sean Bean On UK TV

11/23/01, 8:36 am EST - Xoanon

Nona writes: Sean Bean (Boromir) will be a guest on The Frank Skinner Show (Carlton and LWT) in the UK on Sunday 25th November, Starting: 22:05.

News for Nov. 22, 2001

Rings' carpet ready to roll out

11/22/01, 10:42 pm EST - Xoanon

The longest red carpet ever needed in New Zealand has been obtained. Organisers of the Australasian premiere on December 19 of The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring wanted to find hundreds of metres of red carpet to roll down Wellington's Courtenay Pl to the Embassy Theatre for stars and special guests to walk on. [More]

LOTR Contest In Montreal

11/22/01, 10:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Kris and Xoanon's Mum (no kidding) send along the details on a LOTR contest running in Montreal. [More]

New Riddles on Burger King site...

11/22/01, 10:15 pm EST - Tehanu

Same prize though. Check it out at BurgerKing.com On the other hand, they now have 'Reading Fellowship page that offers the chance to win $5000 towards your college tuition [More]

Big Tolkien Contest in Belgium

11/22/01, 10:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Sara DT sends us the details on a radio and newspaper contest in Brussels. [More]

Canadian Tickets on Sale Friday??

11/22/01, 8:27 pm EST - Jincey

Xoanon posted news back on Monday stating the Canadian advance ticket sales would begin on Monday, but Phelonius popped into Barlimans today with news that some theaters will be selling advance tickets tomoorrow! Check this link and... GOOD LUCK! [More]

Happy T-Day: Football Ads

11/22/01, 3:36 pm EST - Calisuri

Like most everyone in the United States today, I'm home watching the annual Thanksgiving NFL Football games. And what do I see? It looks like Burger King has started their ad campaign with some rather 'interesting' commercials. I also saw the 30 second FOTR movie ad. So don't switch the channel during the commercials!

Veni, Vidi, Viggo: a Q & A with Viggo Mortensen

11/22/01, 2:00 pm EST - Strider

'The Net's abuzz, Hollywood's breathless, and everybody's in line. But Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) isn't ready to lose his cool over The Lord of the Rings.' [More]

Holiday Movies: for Fun and for Oscar

11/22/01, 12:05 pm EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The holiday season has arrived, and that means two things in Hollywood: it's the second busiest movie season of the year so the studios usher out hopefully fun movies, and it's Oscar time. No need to explain that. [More]

Tolkien returns to best seller lists as movie premiere nears

11/22/01, 12:02 pm EST - Xoanon

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) In a war of the wizards on New Zealand's silver screens, old-timer Gandalf looks like he will take a broomstick to young pretender Harry Potter. [More]

Enya To Appear on ET

11/22/01, 12:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Tonight (Thursday, 22 November) Enya will appear on Entertainment Tonight. No idea if she will be talking about LOTR, set those VCR's! Thanks to Thengelus for that!

Get The Toys, Leave The Food

11/22/01, 11:59 am EST - Xoanon

ElfGadriel writes: Sometime after the 23rd of November when the LOTR Burger King site is in "phase 3", there will be a sub-site where you can buy all the BK toys, without buying kids meals.

Yahoo Slideshow Covers LOTR

11/22/01, 11:57 am EST - Xoanon

20 images, nothing we haven't seen before, but it's all LOTR related. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside :) [More]

Sean Astin gained weight for 'LOTR' role

11/22/01, 11:55 am EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For a time, while making "The Lord of the Rings" movies, Sean Astin was a hobbling hobbit. [More]

More On FOX's: Quest For The Ring

11/22/01, 11:51 am EST - Xoanon

Sharon sends along some updated info on the FOX Special. [More]

Tolkien's Impact in Literature and Life

11/22/01, 11:48 am EST - Xoanon

A popular British magazine recently surveyed its readers to get their opinions about the best book of all time. Thousands responded. The landslide winner for the top spot in history: The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien. [More]

Ralph Bakshi's unfairly maligned Lord of the Rings.

11/22/01, 11:47 am EST - Xoanon

With all the hype surrounding the $270 million live-action Lord of the Rings trilogy—the first installment, The Fellowship of the Rings, opens Dec. 19—it's easy to forget that this isn't the first time hobbits have been captured on celluloid. [More]

LOTR Games In South Africa

11/22/01, 11:38 am EST - Xoanon

In December MTN customers will be able to play interactive Lord of the Rings games and access exclusive services via SMS and the www.mtnice.co.za website. MTN is the only mobile telecommunications provider in South Africa to offer mobile services around the movie trilogy over the next three years. [More]

Toy Biz LOTR Commercial

11/22/01, 11:37 am EST - Xoanon

Feandil Aglariel writes: I was watching WB and I saw a Toy Biz commercial for FOTR. It was kind of cheezy but I think it's a look of what's to come. The showed Legolas shooting an arrow and and the end showed the collection of the toys. There's quite a few.

UK Radio Station Contest

11/22/01, 11:33 am EST - Xoanon

ThePurpleElf writes: I thought you would like to know that Capital FM (95.8) is doing a contest sometime next week where you could win a pair of tickets to go see the UK premier and then attend the after show party.

Media Watch: Otago Daily Times

11/22/01, 11:29 am EST - Xoanon

The Otago Daily Times talks to Ian Brodie (LOTR super-fan in NZ) about his collection of WETA/Sideshowtoys merch. [More]

Media Watch: Live Wire Magazine

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

Ringer Spy Roäc's beak sends us these scans from autumn edition of GNER's (UK rail company) Livewire magazine. With the oddest picture of Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) I've ever seen... [More]

Media Watch: UK Radio Times

11/22/01, 11:03 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Andy E sends us these scans from the UK Radio Times, they have a very candid interview with Ian McKellen (Gandalf), and a LOTR contest. [More]

The Hobbit Stage Play With Brian Sibley

11/22/01, 10:19 am EST - Xoanon

Ellie writes: I saw Brian Sibley's theatre group the Lansbury Players' version of the Hobbit last Saturday in London. [More]

Media Watch: Universo Fantástico In Brazil

11/22/01, 10:07 am EST - Xoanon

It may not be in English, but there are some really nice pictures of the good Professor, take a look! Thanks to Yuri for the scans! [More]

A Journey In The Dark Part Four

11/22/01, 9:47 am EST - Xoanon

The trip to Methven was not a long one. We sped across the rich fertile Canterbury Plains and arrived at our destination to find the townspeople slumbering in their beds. [More]

Release Date in Israel.

11/22/01, 6:02 am EST - Tehanu

Thanks to Omri, we know that FOTR opens in Israel on Dec. 20th.

Booking your tickets: Bargains and deals

11/22/01, 5:49 am EST - Tehanu

Where to get in for $4.50 [Pennsylvania] and where to win a whole cinema for yourself [UK] [More]

The man who wrote LOTR was.....

11/22/01, 5:18 am EST - Tehanu

A few days ago we linked to an article that had a largely negative view of Tolkien's personality and motivations as a writer. This article by Pastor Patrick Curles is like a kind of counter to that. [More] Thanks to Dekuhlrov for that! UPDATE: For some reason the link doesn't work. Use it and then search the site on 'Tolkien'

LOTR Billboard Pic!

11/22/01, 12:55 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Arabeth has snapped a GREAT pic of a LOTR Billboard currently in Huston, Texas. Look for one in your home town soon!

News for Nov. 21, 2001

Behind The Scenes FOTR Special With Matrix

11/21/01, 2:29 pm EST - Strider

With a Special Presentation of an Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look at The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring before it, The Matrix will appear on TNT December 7th. [More]

Potter Vs Rings Article....Kinda

11/21/01, 1:56 pm EST - Strider

'New cinema release Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring looks set to give Harry Potter a run for his money. The much-hyped Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is also a PG.' [More]

Black Hawk Down Released 3 Months Early

11/21/01, 1:47 pm EST - Strider

Orlando Bloom's (Legolas) Black Hawk Down has had it's UK release date pushed forward three months from April to January 18th, exactly one month after the Fellowship of the Ring. [More]

Billy Boyd Talks LOTR

11/21/01, 1:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Stuart writes: I thought that you'd be interested in the latest interview we've posted on billyboyd.net which Billy Boyd (Pippin) talks about the competition between LOTR and HP. A nice insight we think. Also his reactions to seeing the latest trailer in all its glory. (RealPlayer Needed) [More]

BK LOTR Goodies

11/21/01, 1:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Mr. Limpet writes: Figures.com has a good look at some of the Burger King LOTR goodies they are planning on selling...would you like fries with that? [More]

The Big Breakfast UK Goes LOTR Mad

11/21/01, 1:23 pm EST - Xoanon

alex writes: I got an email from a friend who works for Channel 4 TV informing me that the Big Breakfast UK will be having a LOTR World Premiere special report. Many of the stars will be in the house over the next few weeks as well. The programme is on 7-9am every weekday.

Tolkien Reads LOTR

11/21/01, 1:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Julie writes: This week in the New York Times online Tolkien Archives - you can hear J.R.R. himself read from The Hobbit and LOTR, and read the first chapters of The Hobbit and FOTR. [More]

Orlando On 'The Saturday Show'

11/21/01, 1:16 pm EST - Xoanon

Marie writes: Orlando Bloom (Legolas) will be appearing on The Saturday Show, BBC1 on the 8th December. The show runs from 9am-12. You can get tickets to the show by emailing: tsstickets@bbc.co.uk

The secret life of J R R Tolkien

11/21/01, 1:12 pm EST - Xoanon

The Lord of the Rings is the product of a magnificent imagination. Not that you'd have known it from the author's life, says D J Taylor. [More]

More on @Discovery Canada LOTR Coverage

11/21/01, 1:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out this Windows Media segment from @Discovery Canada, very cool insight into LOTR weapons and more! [More]

Premiere tickets on eBay!

11/21/01, 11:46 am EST - leo

For those of us who won't win the Games Workshop contest, we can also try to outbid each other on eBay...

Just a head's up, tomorrow afternoon there is going to start an auction on Ebay for the winner and a guest to attend the London premiere and after party (December 10th). Thought you'd like to know. I wish I could afford to bid!

GW to give away tickets for the premiere!

11/21/01, 11:17 am EST - leo

The nice folks over at Games Workshop are currently running a contest in which you can win tickets to the world premiere in London! Head over to their website to enter in the competition... [More]

Release date news: Indonesia

11/21/01, 11:00 am EST - leo

Ringer Spy OW tells us that the release date for LOTR:FOTR in Indonesia might be pushed back to mid February.

This is so as not to conflict with the December 15 release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and also to co-incide with the Chinese New Year festivities, a holiday period of big business. The news that Lord of the Rings is 3 hours long has not been welcomed well here in Jakarta (I wonder why not -leo) but I for one think that the longer the experience lasts, the better.

Fandango.com Has LOTR:FOTR Tickets For Sale!

11/21/01, 10:52 am EST - Xoanon

It may not be for all cities within the US, but there ARE a tickets for sale on Fandango.com! Just plug in your Zip code or City to search! Check it out! [More]


People have written in to say their city isn't listed, I did write only a few selected cities so far. Check back again soon.

Orlando Bloom On The Big Breakfast

11/21/01, 8:40 am EST - Xoanon

Aelinwen writes: Orlando Bloom (Legolas) was a guest on the UK's anarchic morning programme, the 'Big Breakfast' today. [More]

News for Nov. 20, 2001

Howard Shore Talks LOTR

11/20/01, 11:40 pm EST - Xoanon

Earlier last year, composer Howard Shore was signed to a three picture deal to score the highly-anticipated film adaptation of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. SoundtrackNet had a chance to talk with Howard about his work on this epic film, and the challenges he faced in putting the soundtrack together. [More]

Here come the hobbits

11/20/01, 11:36 pm EST - Xoanon

There has never been a film project like The Lord of the Rings and soon we'll learn its epic fate. Hundreds of millions of readers have dipped into the complex literary trilogy but will that be enough to guarantee box office gold? [More]

Road Runner Sweepstakes

11/20/01, 11:33 pm EST - Xoanon

Road Runner High Speed Online is celebrating the December 19, 2001 release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring with the Road Runner The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Sweepstakes. [More]

@Discovery Canada Talks LOTR

11/20/01, 11:21 pm EST - Xoanon

James writes in to tell us that the '@Discovery Canada' show will be featuring a LOTR special soon. [More]

Red carpet to roll for Rings cast

11/20/01, 11:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Gandalf won't be there. Nor will Galadriel, Gimli and certainly not computer-generated Gollum. So it may not quite be Hollywood ... but the list of stars to attend The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring's Australasian premiere in Wellington on December 19, announced yesterday, contains at least a smattering of big names to titillate the immense army of Rings' fans. [More]

Shore Score Reviews

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

TORN Staffer Quickbeam writes: The heaps of praise that Howard Shore is earning for the soundtrack reached critical mass today. Everyone seems to be ga-ga over it. [More]

Limited Edition Score Booklett Images

11/20/01, 11:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Nathanael F was kind enough to send us scans from the Limited Edition Score booklett, seems pretty much the same as the regular ol' score CD. [More]

Media Watch: Pipes & Tobaccos Magazine

11/20/01, 10:57 pm EST - Xoanon

Dunkirk sends along these great scans from 'Pipes & Tobaccos Magazine', some great pictures of our characters enjoying a good pipe! [More]

Tolkien DVD Review

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

Hawk sends us a review of the new DVD "JRR Tolkien: The Origin of the Rings An Authorized Tribute" [More]

Monsters, Magic And Marvels

11/20/01, 4:56 pm EST - Strider

When Lord of the Rings was first published in 1954, The Sunday Times predicted that the world would be divided into two types of people: those who have read the book and those who are going to'. That prediction rings true today as the book is brought to life in one of the most expensive film trilogies ever made. [More]

New Line Jostles Movies For FOTR Spot

11/20/01, 3:47 pm EST - Strider

Screen time before Fellowship of the Ring, particularly for opening weekend, is as prime as celluloid real estate gets, and if New Line could, they'd attach the Blade 2 trailer to every print. However, Blade is out and Austin Powers is in. [More]

McKellen 'Appalled' by Government on Gay Rights

11/20/01, 2:43 pm EST - Strider

Sir Ian McKellen says it's appalling that people in the UK can still be sacked for being gay. He says former Conservative prime minister John Major was "woefully ignorant" at dealing with gay issues and adds the present Labour government is no better. [More]

Score Images

11/20/01, 2:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Take a look at the beautiful booklett that comes with the score and the CD itself. Wonderfully elegant, this is great work. [More]

FOTR Commercials Begin On MTV UK & I

11/20/01, 2:18 pm EST - Strider

The same commercials that have been showing in the US recently (His/Her name is...) are now showing on MTV UK & Ireland, minus their newly awarded PG certificate.

Beren and Luthien Ballet II

11/20/01, 2:12 pm EST - Tehanu

Whoops, correction needed. The colloquium attendees didn't actually see the ballet I reported on below since it will not be performed until April 2003. Something to watch out for next year!

Lord of the Rings Special on Yorin Network

11/20/01, 1:51 pm EST - Strider

Lai mentioned to me in Barlimans that tonight in Holland the program Starring on the Yorin network will feature a 30 minute special on Lord of the Rings at 22.10 CET.


Well, sorry to those of you who had their vcr's ready, Starring decided to push their 'LOTR-special' a week back, mainly because they did their interviews for it today. So be sure to check Starring next week for interviews with the cool people behind community-site member TheFellowship.nl!

LOTR Bonus Material!

11/20/01, 1:41 pm EST - Xoanon

For all of you who have picked up the LOTR score today, here's a tip, pop it in your computer and you're magically brought to a special content section on the Reprise Records website. It's chalk full of LOTR goodies! Including an Enya interview, and 5 behind-the-scenes videos, plus more I haven't checked out yet!

'Lord' rings up boffo advance sales

11/20/01, 12:48 pm EST - Xoanon

Denmark, Sweden and Norway have received 200,000 advance ticket orders for "Fellowship" -- a number that accounts for a little more than 1 percent of the countries' total population. [More]

UK Sunday Times To Feature LOTR

11/20/01, 12:45 pm EST - Xoanon

Dave writes in to say that the November 26th issue of The UK Sunday Times will be a complete Tolkien related issue, 80 pages and all!

LOTR:FOTR Score Out Today

11/20/01, 10:27 am EST - Xoanon

Unless you've lived in a cave for a while, you would already know that the LOTR:FOTR score is available in stores today! Be sure to pick up yours today! [Amazon Link]

Lee collects CBE at Palace

11/20/01, 10:16 am EST - Xoanon

Christopher Lee - better known to film-goers as Count Dracula - has collected his CBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. The 79-year-old actor is being honoured for services to drama. [More]

Fan Fun In Sweden

11/20/01, 10:13 am EST - Xoanon

Lenderiel tells us his tale of a fan adventure in Sweden, take a look! [More]

Media Watch: The Face

11/20/01, 10:08 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Jen sends us the photo spread from the latest issue of 'The Face' Magazine featuring Elijah Wood (Frodo). [More]

Weta/Sideshow Toys.

11/20/01, 5:50 am EST - Tehanu

Gandalf 1284 wrote in to say that Weta/Sideshow's posted links to the new Aragorn and Arwen figurines. [More]

World News on Ticket Sales, Release Dates.

11/20/01, 5:33 am EST - Tehanu

Just never can update that release dates page fast enough. Here's news from Spain and Latin-America, Scandinavia, England and Hungary. [More]

A Ballet about Beren and Luthien.

11/20/01, 4:59 am EST - Tehanu

People who attended the C.S. Lewis and Friends Colloquium at Taylor University were lucky enough to see a new dance work inspired by Tolkien. Thanks to Ellen for this report. [More]

News for Nov. 19, 2001

Elijah Wood Talks LOTR

11/19/01, 11:33 pm EST - Xoanon

Elijah Wood has been in movies for most of his life. But as he teeters on the verge of super-stardom with his upcoming role as Frodo Baggins, the hobbit central to the much-anticipated Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the first in the $270 million trilogy based on the beloved J.R.R. Tolkien books, he seems as good-natured and unaffected as ever. [More]

Thanks to Jen for the tip!

'Rings' ripe for ride

11/19/01, 11:30 pm EST - Xoanon

If the earliest advance sales of New Line Cinema's "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" are any indication, it could give corporate counterpart Warner Bros. Pictures' "Harry Potter" pic a run for it's money. [More]

`Stone' and `Ring' look like 2 pages out of same spell-book

11/19/01, 11:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Is it any accident that "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," expected to be the first of seven movies, is being released less than five weeks before "Fellowship of the Ring," first installment of the great fantasy trilogy? [More]

LOTR Popcorn Tubs

11/19/01, 11:24 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy thewhiteladyofrohan sends us these beautiful LOTR popcorn tubs. Take a looksee! [More]

Now THAT's An Ad!

11/19/01, 11:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Kaplan sends along this huge banner ad in Montmartre, Place Blanche, France. Take a look at this baby! [More]

Media Watch: Maxim Magazine

11/19/01, 8:30 pm EST - Xoanon

EnemyX tells us that the latest issue of 'Maxim' magazine has a LOTR related article featuring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom and Sean Bean. Anyone with scans, send them along!

Elijah Wood Interview

11/19/01, 8:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Guy writes in to say that there will be an interview with Elijah Wood (Frodo), tomorrow on "Flash", (TQS television, Quebec). Get those VCR's revved up!

Media Watch: Bon Appetite Magazine

11/19/01, 8:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Sharon sends us this scan from 'Bon Appetite' Magazine, interviewing Ian McKellen (Gandalf), natually the conversation is food related... [More]

Media Watch: The Hollywood Reporter

11/19/01, 8:13 pm EST - Xoanon

My old friend James M sent me this article from 'The Hollywood Reporter' take a look at some of the blue screen SFX work! [More]

60 000 Tickets Sold

11/19/01, 8:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Swedish newspaper "Aftonbladet" reports that the Swedish Internet and phone bookingsystem has crashed due to the rush to get LOTR tickets released today. Since 8 AM this morning more than 60,000 tickets have been sold. If you want a ticket - expect to stand in line at the boxoffice. (Swedish link) [More]

Harry, the Hobbit and the missing millions

11/19/01, 7:57 pm EST - Xoanon

Last Wednesday afternoon an elderly, stooped figure stepped from a plane at Heathrow. A pre-ordered taxi whisked him into central London where he checked into a discreet hotel under a false name. [More]

Cool LOTR Merchandise

11/19/01, 7:55 pm EST - Xoanon

Taniwha sends along this brochure from Books & More, check out the LOTR Stamps! [More]

LOTR Billboards Up

11/19/01, 7:50 pm EST - Xoanon

J. Bennett sends along news that there is a LOTR billboard up in the LA area! First one to send a pic gets....well...the pic posted online! [More]

Orlando Bloom On The Big Breakfast

11/19/01, 7:42 pm EST - Xoanon

thewhiteladyofrohan writes in to say that Orlando Bloom (Legolas) will appear on The Big Breakfast in the UK this Wednesday.

Movie Guide Makes NYT's Best-Sellers List

11/19/01, 4:57 pm EST - Xoanon

THE LORD OF THE RINGS OFFICIAL MOVIE GUIDE by Brian Sibley, Houghton Mifflin's fully authorized, behind-the-scenes guide to the filming of the New Line Cinema trilogy, will debut at #13 on the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list. [More]

BBFC Gives FOTR PG Certificate

11/19/01, 2:55 pm EST - Strider

The first Lord Of The Rings film has been given a PG certificate in the UK by the BBFC. The running time for the first part of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy has also been confirmed as two hours 58 minutes. [More]

FOTR Soundtrack Commercial On UK & Ireland TV

11/19/01, 2:50 pm EST - Strider

Literally a minute ago I saw an advert for the Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack on UTV/ITV. It features scenes from the movies along with clips from 'May it Be' and two other tracks.

Sauron Plate Opens Doors

11/19/01, 1:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Glaurung sends along this newspaper article from The Citizen paper in Christchurch, New Zealand. Take a look at Sauron! [More]

Peter Jackson Interview

11/19/01, 1:24 pm EST - Xoanon

A BIG thanks to Philip O for transcribing this from 'Skoop Magazine': Since he was a child, Peter Jackson is extremely attracted to everything that has to do with horror and/or fantasy. [More]

Rings movie mania hits

11/19/01, 1:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Tickets for the first movie in the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, went on sale yesterday (in NZ), immediately outselling Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in Wellington, with "hundreds" of sales reported by tired Hoyts movie staff in its Lower Hutt, MidCity and Manners Mall cinemas. [More]


Just a quick brickbat for some sloppy journalism. Compare our eyewitnesses Mr Tadpole and Glaurung, with the rather breathless hype of The Dominion, which still thinks the NZ public will see LOTR first. Umm, wrong!

Billy Boyd: Most Eligible Scotsman...Almost

11/19/01, 1:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Stuart writes in to say that our own Billy Boyd (Pippin) was named the second most eligible man in Scotland. [More]

FOTR Soundtrack Available In Ireland!

11/19/01, 12:12 pm EST - Strider

After reading what happened in Winnipeg, I couldn't resist running down to my local music store and checking if the Soundtrack was here. And the answer is yes, with six different covers, the Soundtrack has arrived in Ireland! [More]

Media Watch: The Big Breakfast

11/19/01, 11:57 am EST - Strider

I tuned into the Big Breakfast this morning on Channel Four and managed to catch something on their showbiz segment. The two latest trailers were shown, along with brief interviews from Liv Tyler and the four Hobbit actors.

Over 1000 Members Line Up!

11/19/01, 10:34 am EST - Xoanon

One of our creators of the Line Party Section and scripting goddess Tinuviel sent us the good news that we currently have over 1000 members signed up for a line party around the world!!

Why don't you take a look and either join or create your very own local line party today! [More]

One, Uno, Une, 1, O-N-E!!!!

11/19/01, 12:35 am EST - Xoanon

That's all we got, ONE whole month until LOTR:FOTR is released in North America and a ton of other places around the world!!! We've recently updated our release date page, and included a search button for a local line party near you!!! (be sure to check out our line party page as well!) Take a look at the revamped release date page!! [More]

One!!! ONE!!!! ONE!!!!!!!

And the winner of best trailer is . . .

11/19/01, 12:30 am EST - Xoanon

You can stop asking. I have seen "it." And by "it," I mean the teaser trailer for the upcoming "Star Wars" prequel, "Attack of the Clones," which is being shown in theaters with the animated hit "Monsters, Inc." [More]

Mystical matchup: Harry Potter vs. Lord of the Rings

11/19/01, 12:27 am EST - Xoanon

If we ever needed a little fantasy in our lives, now's the time. And soon, two of the most popular works in fantasy literature will find their way to the silver screen. [More]

Media Watch: Sweden's 'Hemma Bio'

11/19/01, 12:22 am EST - Xoanon

Jenny writes in to say that the latest issue of the Swedish magazine "Hemma Bio" [Home Cinema] features a five page special on FOTR. Anyone with scans send them along!

Media Watch: Ew.com

11/19/01, 12:20 am EST - Xoanon

Check out the online version of the EW article we posted last week or so ago. 'Ringmaster' by Gillain Flynn [More]

Media Watch: Studio Magazine

11/19/01, 12:13 am EST - Xoanon

Arween sends along info that the latest issue of 'Studio Magazine' has a nice 8 page article on LOTR. Anyone with scans, send them along!

Ticket Sales: Canada

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

Plenty of folks have written in to tell us that advance ticket sales for LOTR:FOTR in Canada will go on sale November 26th. See YOU in line!

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