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News for Dec. 01, 2002

New Cast Projects

12/01/02, 11:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Ian Mune (Bounder) and Martyn Sanderson (Bree Gatekeeper) give us the long and short of it for some farm animals. Miranda Otto (Eowyn) takes a nap in Danny's 'Deckchair'. David Wenham (Faramir) gets 'Banged Out' while Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) goes for 'The Last Ride'. Ian McKellen (Gandalf) likes Canada so much he decided to stick around and play 'Emile' and Sean Astin jumps on board the 'Party Wagon'. [More]

SHOP: Weekly Ebay Items

12/01/02, 11:33 pm EST - Xoanon

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

Weekly Cast Watch

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

Take a look at the newly updated cast watch with the new actors added to our roster. Slim pickings this week as far as movies go mind you. Take a look at the new section with chat show appearances and TTT 'Making-Of' specials listed! [More]

'The War of Rage' Fan Film

12/01/02, 10:08 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks from Spain's MG Productions have sent along some info and a few pics from their Tolkien inspired fan film 'The War of Rage'. Take a look! [More]

Amnesty International TTT Screening In San Fran!

12/01/02, 9:20 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks from Amnesty International send along this bit of info: Dec. 17, 2002 Special Screening of 'The Two Towers' benefiting Amnesty International Peter Jackson will be splicing in a special statement into the print encouraging attendants to join Amnesty International.

Tickets will be sold by Ticketweb.com, and are available now. [Tickets]

Topps TTT Card Collection

12/01/02, 9:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Trueogre sends along these great scans from the entire collection of Topps trading cards! Take a look! !!!MASSIVE SPOILERS!!! [More]

Media Watch: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet!

12/01/02, 5:27 pm EST - Demosthenes

TORn Staffer Arathorn typed up part of the Mail on Sunday magazine special. It features comments from Peter Jackson and John Noble (Denethor) and clears up some of our earlier speculation. [More] RoTK Spoilers!!

Go To The Two Towers London Premiere!

12/01/02, 9:44 am EST - Demosthenes

Fancy attending one of the biggest movie premieres this year AND rubbing shoulders with the stars? Then look no further! The Sun Online is giving one UK reader the chance to win a pair of money-can't-buy tickets to the star-studded London premiere of The Two Towers. [More] Spoilers on this link!

Put Billy Boyd To The Question!

12/01/02, 9:31 am EST - Demosthenes

The BBC is putting actor Billy Boyd, who plays hobbit Pippin in Lord of the Rings, in the HOTSEAT. He'll be answering pre-submitted questions live on Thursday 12 December. Thanks to Cheeky for the link. [More]

Mediawatch: Ring Masters

12/01/02, 8:13 am EST - Demosthenes

The Sydney Morning Herald has published another interview with David Wenham (Faramir). This one's more of a straight-up story about his experience on the set of LoTR. [More] There's also a bluffer's guide to LoTR [More]

Mail On Sunday TTT Special

12/01/02, 7:07 am EST - Demosthenes

UK fans should get hold of the Mail on Sunday for its fantastic behind-the-scenes magazine article. I've tossed together a couple of reports that people have sent in. These are more specific about what goodies you can look forward to. [More]

The Latest Rumblings From BillyBoyd.net

12/01/02, 6:47 am EST - Strider

To celebrate the World Premiere of 'The Two Towers' this week in New York and also that Billy has been named 'Most Eligible Man in Scotland', BillyBoyd.net has posted up a new Interview and a new diary piece, dealing with going back to New Zealand and what it was like slipping back into the hobbit feet again for 'The Two Towers' pickups. [More]

Elijah & PJ Interviews In Irish Independent

12/01/02, 6:01 am EST - Strider

For any Irish Ringers out there who picked up yesterday's edition of The Irish Independent, they might not have noticed that the cover of the television supplement 'Weekender' features the lovely Miranda Otto, and interviews with Elijah Wood and Peter Jackson inside.

International Release Dates Update

12/01/02, 5:58 am EST - Strider

Thanks to the vigilence of some Ringers out there, we now have release dates for both Mexico, Japan and the Philippines as well as some changes to the release dates of The Two Towers in New Zealand and Poland. [More]

Who's Hot? Billy Boyd!

12/01/02, 2:47 am EST - Demosthenes

Okay, I wander off for a few hours, and everyone digs up the Billy Boyd article from The Scotsman for me! Apparently, the story is that Billy is the hottest bloke in Scotland right now. Nice work, if you can get it ... [More] Updated!

News for Nov. 30, 2002

Second TTT US TV Spot

11/30/02, 9:42 pm EST - Arathorn

Ringer Spy Peter has sent in a Quicktime encode of the US TV spot that complements the one we posted last night. Whilst there is no new footage (all shots are taken from the most recent theatrical trailer) - it does concentrate on the various CGI/effects shots, and is worth a look if you want maximum hype-exposure. [More] Here be Spoilers!!

Game Technology Stars In 'Rings'

11/30/02, 9:00 pm EST - Xoanon

In "The Fellowship of the Ring," the first movie in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, audiences had a brief glimpse of a shadowy figure climbing a distant wall. In "The Two Towers," the trilogy's second installment, that distant shadow becomes a vital presence. [More]

Sean Bean Sketch Up For Auction

11/30/02, 8:48 pm EST - Xoanon

Nona writes: Some recent Sean Bean artwork is going up for auction next week on Ebay for the Dorset Wildlife Trust. (a sketch of an orchid). [More]

Treebeards Voice Description?!

11/30/02, 8:44 pm EST - Xoanon

FANZ writes: I am a New Zealander and yesterday I was at the 'Warehouse' and i saw all the new ttt action figures. One of which was a huge Treebeard figure. It had a 'try me' feature and if you pulled on a branch it would speak (a very Gimli-ish voice) so just informing you guys that big spoilers are out there to find.

TV Watch: Elijah To Appear On Regis & Kelly

11/30/02, 8:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Elijah Wood (Frodo) will be on the early morning chat show 'Regis & Kelly' on December 13th. Set those VCRs!

Ian McKellen SNL Repeat

11/30/02, 4:46 pm EST - Demosthenes

Serena writes: "Hello! I just saw a commercial on E! for Sir Ian's episode of Saturday Night Live from last season, and it will be showing tonight at 10PM Eastern on E!."

International Release Dates For The Two Towers

11/30/02, 4:14 pm EST - Strider

With less than a month away until the worldwide release of The Two Towers, many Ringers look forward to the date of December 18 with great anticipation. However not all countries will be lucky enough to receive Peter Jackson's second part of the trilogy on that special day, some countries having to wait a week, two weeks, and in some cases into late January before seeing The Two Towers released. Therefore, we at TheOneRing.net have updated our International Release Dates page for the release of The Two Towers and invite you all to check to see when the movie is officially released in your country. [More]

Holland Gets Soundtrack Early

11/30/02, 4:12 pm EST - Demosthenes

Indûr Dawndeath writes to say that Howard Shore's Two Towers soundtrack is now available in many stores in Holland. Considering the way the DVD release date was adhered to, there's a fair chance that people everywhere will be able to find the CD early as well.

Media Watch: The Scotman Interviews Liv Tyler

11/30/02, 3:42 pm EST - Demosthenes

From the Scotsman: Liv Tyler arrives in the piazza of a New York hotel wearing blue jeans and a white Marc Jacobs blouse, with a Hermes bag slung over one shoulder. I received a tip there's a Billy Boyd article somewhere on the site as well, but I can't seem to locate it. [More]

Vote For Your Film Of The Year!

11/30/02, 3:09 pm EST - Demosthenes

Dave_Smoketoomuch writes: BBC's Film 2002 is running a Film of the Year poll (it runs from December 2001 to December 14th 2002, so FOTR is elligible). UK residents only, however. [More]


11/30/02, 2:53 pm EST - Demosthenes

The UK paper, The Guardian, says more classic titles such as Lawrence of Arabia will be hitting IMAX screens as well as two major titles next year, the third Harry Potter and LoTR films. These films will not be cut down in time like Star Wars was, but instead will have an intermission as the reels will have to be changed. They will appear on IMAX screens on the same release date as they will hit regular theatres! [More]

Mail On Sunday Freebie

11/30/02, 2:24 pm EST - Demosthenes

Funky Monkey writes: Just a quick note to say that "The Mail on Sunday" - a UK newspaper - will be offering a free DVD/CD-Rom The Two Towers Collectors edition. Quick Update: It will contain: 'Exclusive' behind-the-scenes footage from TTT, two official trailers, eight interactive character guides, two screensavers and four desktop wallpapers. There is also an 'official' collectors magazine. It's all available with the Dec 1 edition. Thanks to Didie and Saffron for the extra info.

Andrew Lesnie, LOTR Cinematographer

11/30/02, 2:06 pm EST - Tehanu

Steve sent us this link to some excerpts from an interview in the December issue of American Cinematographer. Great insight into how Lesnie's team went about creating the appropriate emotional tones and atmospheres for TTT. Spoilers, too. [More]

Helm's Deep Battle Map

11/30/02, 8:17 am EST - Demosthenes

This may have slipped under the radar yesterday, but the NZ Herald also had fantastic PDF document depicting the layout of the battle of Helm's Deep to go with its article on Karl Urban. It's 4.4MB, and reminds me a lot what was in the Two Towers Visual Companion. [More] Spoilers! Get Acrobat PDF Reader.

Empire Magazine Previews The Two Towers

11/30/02, 7:13 am EST - Demosthenes

And when they preview, they preview. This edition contains 27 pages of information and interviews - enough to slake anyone's thirst for TTT you would think! Thanks to Ringer Spy Dudley for the scans. [More]
Here be Spoilers! Strong languange Warning!

News for Nov. 29, 2002

First Two Towers Commercial Is Available!

11/29/02, 10:26 pm EST - Demosthenes

Those who missed seeing the Two Towers commercial on TV might like to grab this video copy from TheArgonath. It's not the greatest quality, but better than nothing. We have also mirrored it on our super-fast link for everyone. Thanks to Fraggle for the link. [More] [TORn Mirror] Here be Spoilers!!

Plot Of The First 10 Minutes Of TTT!

11/29/02, 9:21 pm EST - Demosthenes

Our Spanish-language community member Elfenomeno.com has an amazing scoop - an anonymous spy report detailing the first 10 minutes of the Two Towers scene by scene. [More]. There is but one catch - the original article is in Spanish (and perhaps already translated from English). Earlier, we had a hasty Babelfish translation, but we know offer an improved translation courtesy of our hordes of multilingual ringer spies. Thank you to all of you! [More] !!!HUGE SPOILERS!!!

Hall Of Fire Chats For November 30th/December 1st

11/29/02, 7:43 pm EST - Strider

In total, The Lord of the Rings features a long list of characters; roughly seventy speaking parts and numerous others in the periphery of things. However out of all these parts, there are only three female characters who play decisive parts in the War of the Ring; Arwen, Eowyn and Galadriel. Based on this fact alone, the Hall of Fire staff invite you to join us this weekend as we discuss one of the most discussed topics surrounding Tolkien's work: Gender Imbalance In The Lord Of The Rings. [More]

TTT Commercials Showing In UK & I

11/29/02, 5:55 pm EST - Strider

Commercials advertising the release of The Two Towers on December 18th have begun showing on television in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The commercial has similiar footage to that of the latest 'Two Towers trailer.

TORN Charity Update

11/29/02, 5:51 pm EST - Tehanu

For some years, TORN's excess profits have gone to a number of different charitable causes. We've just received word from Worldwide Fund for Nature of results from their research, partially funded by us, into the endangered NZ Hector's Dolphin. [More]

LOTR Guidebook.

11/29/02, 5:42 pm EST - Tehanu

Nigel sends us a review of the LOTR Guidebook - it sounds even better than I'd hoped. [More] If you're not the kind of tourist that prefers a fully-guided tour around NZ, then this is THE book to find your way round the set locations.

Central European News: The DVD, finally, and TTT release date

11/29/02, 5:35 pm EST - Tehanu

News from Poland, Rumania, and Central Europe. [More]

Some More RingCon Reports!

11/29/02, 5:30 pm EST - leo

Appearently RingCon is one of these events people keep talking about for weeks and weeks (or is that just me?) Anyway, Ringer Spy Irascian wrote up his fourth and final report: Warner Brothers to license RingCon convention, Haldir and Gil-galad reeanact Aragorn and Arwen’s love scene at Rivendell… and a wraith proposes marriage to a girl in the audience! [More]

And as it so turns out Craig Parker has his own 'official' website! It features an interview with the man himself taken during RingCon and can be seen here!

Misunderstandings in the world of Tolkien Translations.

11/29/02, 5:28 pm EST - Tehanu

Tolkien language scholar David Salo's wife would like to set the record straight. "I just posted an item to my weblog that may be of interest to TORN. It concerns the story told by the design team in their Extended DVD commentary track about a "Tolkien-language scholar" who caused a huge fuss over "irrelevancies" written in Khuzdul (Dwarvish) on the walls of the Chamber of Mazarbul." [More]

New Tolkien Book?

11/29/02, 5:15 pm EST - Tehanu

Tolkien scholar Michael Droutt has published a book prepared from an undiscovered Tolkien manuscript, "Beowulf and the Critics." [Sounds like it could be an expansion of his seminal essay, The Monsters and the Critics. - T] The article doesn't tell you where you can BUY this book, however. [More]

NZ News: Hobbiton Set open to Tourists

11/29/02, 5:09 pm EST - Tehanu

The farmer who owns the land where Hobbiton was filmed has finally opened it up to tourists, and already it's very a popular attraction. [More]
In other NZ news, most theatres are selling TTT tickets, though I bet you all knew that already!

Empire Exclusive: Éowyn Speaks

11/29/02, 5:08 pm EST - Strider

'You've got a whole week all to yourself on the set of The Lord of The Rings, perhaps the biggest and best film production of all time, so what do you do? Commune with a couple of Orcs, take a stroll around Helm's Deep or ask an Uruk-hai to take it outside? Nope, Empire's canny Ian Nathan wisely chose to strike up a tete-a-tete with one of the very few women in Tolkien's world, the rather beautiful Miranda Otto aka new character Éowyn.' [More]

Media Watch: Asia's 'First' Magazine

11/29/02, 3:09 pm EST - Xoanon

milaya writes: An Asian movie magazine called "First" has a Lord of the Rings special for its December issue. The magazine is worth every penny since it's only $3.90 and also includes a rather large poster for TTT. [More]

Media Watch: Arena Magazine Talks To Elijah Wood

11/29/02, 2:12 pm EST - Xoanon

Maddelena x writes: I am writing to let you know that Arena Magazine (Its a British Men's Mag) are currently running a massive article in their 29th November Edition There is a large bit On The Two Towers, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen. [More]

Karl Urban's Rings myth

11/29/02, 2:05 pm EST - Xoanon

The biggest New Zealand movie project had been filming for six months and Karl Urban had just about come to terms with missing out on a part, when he had a phone call that would transform his career. [More]

Firmware Upgrade..DVD...Thingee...

11/29/02, 1:16 pm EST - Xoanon

Ok..I'll admit it, I'm not up to speed on all this 'watch DVD's from your laptop or PC..' thing. But I do know that some folks have been having problems getting the FOTR DVD to work for them. Ferg sends this along: Here is the link for the firmware upgrade for the DVD drive LG DRD8160B, follow the link then choose Product Support, S/W Update and Select DVD-ROM and click on search. Then extract (bottom left tab if all tab) the files and read the readme.txt file for instructions. [More]

TTT Trailer With 'Goldmember'?

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

Jay sends along word that the as-yet-unreleased Astin Powers film 'Goldmember' DVD has a special TTT trailer inside! Yeah baby!

Women's Weekly Talks Ents

11/29/02, 1:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Josh writes: I've just read this article in the Australian Women's Weekly (which comes out monthly) And there is a four page article on The Two Towers, when I came across this interesting bit from John Rhys-Davies about Treebeard. !!Spoilers!! [More]

McKellen Works On Canadian Film

11/29/02, 1:04 pm EST - Xoanon

April writes: Yesterday VIland news here in Victoria reported that Ian McKellan was filming a small independent film somewhere in Greater Victoria. [More]

Cheerios is Back with TTT Madness

11/29/02, 12:46 pm EST - Calisuri

CheeriosIf you live in the UK and you eat Cheerios cereal, you'll be happy to know you can collect six Two Towers stickers on most boxes. Thanks to IC for the scan of the box! [More]

Tolkien's Eleventy-One Birthday Party!

11/29/02, 12:24 pm EST - Calisuri

On January 3rd Tolkien fans around the world are invited to host or attend birthday gatherings, visit the cinema and/or raise a glass and toast the 111th birthday, 'Eleventy-One' in hobbit parlance, of this much loved author at 9pm (local times) in a grand rolling celebration. [More]

Action Figure TTT Preview

11/29/02, 12:18 pm EST - Calisuri

Remember the really cool action figure retelling of Fellowship of the Ring? Well, the same folks at FoolofaTook.com have posted a Two Towers preview! Check it out. Thanks to Ringer Andrew for the heads up. [More]

Polish Soundtrack Collectors' Cards

11/29/02, 11:53 am EST - Demosthenes

Lucky Poles! Patryk writes: These collectors' cards will be inserted into the TTT soundtrack release on December 2 (they get it early, apparently! - Dem). However, the US premiere is planned for Dec 18, ehile the Polish release is slated for Dec 31. [More]

SHOP: Sideshow/Weta 30 Percent Off Sale Continues

11/29/02, 11:44 am EST - Calisuri

In case you haven't seen the banners or missed the notice on Wednesday, Sideshow/Weta is offering 30 percent off most of the Lord of the Rings Collectibles from now until Sunday at 9pm PST. [More]

Watch This Face!

11/29/02, 10:39 am EST - Demosthenes

To Marrickville, Middle Earth and beyond! David Wenham makes it look easy. Catherine Keenan from the Sydney Morning Herald meets the new guy in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. [More]

Media Watch: Behind the Battles

11/29/02, 9:47 am EST - Demosthenes

Gamespy.com has just posted a great story about how motion capture brought the Two Towers - and Helm's Deep in particular - to life. [More] Spoilers!!

Media Watch: Boyens Reveals TTT Secrets

11/29/02, 6:02 am EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Spy Moses writes: This link is to today's issue of the NZ National Business Review. It contains an article with Phillipa Boyens about the script for TTT. She describes the battle with the Balrog and more. Great stuff. [More]

LoTR Gets Trivial!

11/29/02, 4:31 am EST - Demosthenes

From Fellowship Elf: Just thought I'd send this along. The new 20th anniversary edition of Trivial Pursuit has three LOTR questions. [More]

The Secrets Of The Te Papa LoTR Exhibit

11/29/02, 12:40 am EST - Demosthenes

Antipodean Viggophile has just posted an interview with Te Papa spokesperson Paul Brewer about the giant LoTR exhibition opening in New Zealand next month. There's lots of background on the development of the exhibition in conjunction with Peter Jackson and New Line, as well as info on involvement of cast and crew members. [More]

How's This For A Hat-trick!?

11/29/02, 12:16 am EST - Demosthenes

Okay, the pun will make more sense to those in the UK, New Zealand, or Australia, but read on. This article from Animation Magazine delves into the mysteries behind the movie magic at Bag End in FoTR. And if you haven't seen the Extended Edition DVD backgrounders, you might be in for a surprise ... Thanks to Ringer Spy bluelily17 for the scans! [More]

News for Nov. 28, 2002

Happy Thanksgiving from TheOneRing.net!

11/28/02, 11:58 pm EST - Demosthenes

TORN staffer Flinch reflects: Across America fans from Harry Potter, Star Wars, Star Trek, and The Lord of the Rings are breaking bread together in harmony, belts are loosed a notch or two, shirts are removed from their careful tucking, and dishes pile up for Grandma. Yes folks, it's Thanksgiving, a day where we all take time to look at all that we have in our lives to be thankful for. [More]

Kiwis: Want To Win A Million Dollars?

11/28/02, 7:42 pm EST - Demosthenes

Bekah from the Barliman's chatroom let me know that TelstraClear in New Zealand has produced a limited series of spectacular-looking Middle Earth phonecards (the presentation looks gorgeous). And for Kiwis, there's an opportunity to win $1 million early next year! [More]

Media Watch: Alistair Browning is Damrod

11/28/02, 4:35 pm EST - Demosthenes

Australian newspaper The Age recently tracked down Alistair Browning who plays the part of Damrod (Faramir's second in command) in the Two Towers. Thanks to JD for finding the story. [More]

Happy Thanksgiving from Green Books!

11/28/02, 2:27 pm EST - Anwyn

While you're enjoying that leftover turkey and pumpkin pie this weekend, feast your Tolkien senses on the Green Books update, including:

• Fourteen new Q&A, with topics such as:
- Any scientific progress in M.E.?
- Did the earliest Elves meet again?
- How did Dior choose his fate?
• Quickbeam goes Out on a Limb to summon the ghost of J.R.R. Tolkien -- just to ask one special burning question!
• Anwyn takes her Counterpoint to a whole new level of confrontation when she squares off with an old friend who despises Tolkien's writing style!
Moon Letters has nine terrific items of fan writing!

The countdown is on. In December, like everybody else in the Tolkien world, the Green Books staffers will bring you their reviews of TTT, but for now enjoy our Turkey Day offering of questions, answers and fun.

-- Anwyn

TV Watch: Elijah On 'Today'

11/28/02, 2:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Elijah Wood (Frodo) will be a guest on the Today show on December the 12th, set those VCR's!

New Billy Boyd Diary Entry

11/28/02, 2:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Billy Boyd (Pippin) has just put up a new diary entry on his site. [More]

TTT Commercials During Parade

11/28/02, 2:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Brandon writes: I was watching the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade on NBC, and I saw the first preview to The Two Towers! It runs at about 30sec, and although it doesn’t include any radically new scenes, there are some different mixes of scenes we’ve already seen (most of which are from the latest trailer).

Bloom becomes 'Action Elf' in new Lord Of The Rings film

11/28/02, 2:02 pm EST - Xoanon

Orlando Bloom says Lord Of The Rings fans will see him become "Action Elf" in the new film. Bloom plays Legolas in The Two Towers. He says Legolas's storyline meant he got to do a lot more stuntwork for the film. [More]

Two Towers Charity Screening In Ontario

11/28/02, 2:00 pm EST - Xoanon

Alex writes: Here's a link for a charity screening of the Two Towers in Peterborough. [More]

Monaghan Talks To Unreel

11/28/02, 1:58 pm EST - Xoanon

Eto writes: Dominic Monaghan (Merry), recently talked to Unreel Feature extensively about his experience with Lord of the Rings. He also answers questions about what he had done before the film and what he's been doing since the movie has wrapped up. [More]

WHAT Are They Tolkien About?

11/28/02, 1:55 pm EST - Xoanon

Wow...this is a really funny read from Zap2It.com...I can't imagine what type of fact checker they use...but he's got to be on holiday! [More]

Media Watch: NZ Automobile Association Monthly

11/28/02, 1:52 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Glaurung sends this scan featuring LOTR production desgner Grant Major and his family. [More]

'The Magazine' Goes Geek

11/28/02, 1:47 pm EST - Xoanon

chyna writes: The children/adolescent Canadian magazine will be having a Lord of the Rings Special! It's for their new December issue. [More]

Tiger And Elijah...Seperated At Birth?

11/28/02, 1:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Bullroarer Took writes: During the PGA Grand Slam last night on TNT they were playing music from The Fellowship during a short piece on Tiger's failed quest to claim all 4 major championships in one year. Specifically it was "The Breaking of the Fellowship."

Fraser Website Has TTT Score Samples

11/28/02, 1:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Andy writes: If you follow the Elizabeth Fraser links on the TTT soundtrack website you get to a page where there's a downloadable version of "Isengard Unleashed" and some information on the track. [More]

WB Special Website

11/28/02, 1:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Caiaphas writes: WB now has a page up on the specail that Michael Rosenbaum will be hosting about TTT. [More]

Sexy Urban Legends

11/28/02, 1:17 pm EST - Xoanon

shadowrec sends along this scna from People's 'Sexy Man Alive' issue (Ben Affleck on the cover). Karl Urban (Eomer) is listed as a sexy up and comer. [More]

Hill Adds Some Christmas Cheer

11/28/02, 1:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Gungnir writes: Bernard Hill (Theoden), currently filming "The Great Ceilidh War" In the Isle of Man, will be switching on the Christmas lights in the town of Peel there along with his co-star Andrea Corr (of "The Corrs") on Saturday 30th November. [More]

Catch them if you can

11/28/02, 1:07 pm EST - Xoanon

It will be next year before you see Leonardo DiCaprio. With so many big movies coming up in the small movie market here, some films will just have to wait. Rapper Eminem recently busted the United States box office with his debut movie, 8 Mile, but Singaporeans will have to wait until next year (January to be exact) to see The Real Slim Shady. [More]

Some Hama On Turkey Day

11/28/02, 1:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Patrick writes: I don´t know if this is new, but the same company that produces the surprise eggs in Germany has also chocolate bars with stickers on it and there is a picture of Hama, the first I have seen so far. [More]

And Some More On RingCon...

11/28/02, 6:22 am EST - leo

For those who missed it: this past weekend the biggest European Lord of the Rings-convention up to date, RingCon 2002, took place in Germany, and here are some more reports and pictures! [More]

News for Nov. 27, 2002

Early Bird TTT Tickets on Sale!

11/27/02, 8:52 pm EST - Calisuri

As of Nov 22nd, fans could purchase tickets for Dec 18th showings of The Two Towers. Some theaters, however, did not offer midnight showings until today. So get those tickets now! You can order them online at places like Fandango and Moviefone.com. Don't forget to get involved with your local line party to really get into the fan spirit! [More]

Yet another TTT Clip!

11/27/02, 8:23 pm EST - Arathorn

This time a 'Sneak Peek' from the television show Extra, by way of Uruviel's Argonath Site. The clip is unfortunately only in Windows Media Player format - but shows a 40 second scene of Aragorn advising Théoden of Saruman's plans... [More] - which we're also mirroring at [More] !!!Spoilers!!!

UK's 'Country Walking' Magazine Talks Tolkien

11/27/02, 8:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Brian writes: In the UK 'Country Walking' magazine (December) has a feature on the English countryside that was supposed to have been Tolkiens inspiration for the Shire. It gives details of walks and pubs and how Tolkien came to know the area (Ribble Valley in Lancashire).


11/27/02, 7:58 pm EST - Xoanon

Sony_Mouse writes: I'm here with some scans of the LOTR TTT Coin set. I noticed you already had the ones from last year scanned, but whoever scanned them didn't scan the cute stickers that come with them. [More]

More of TTT!

11/27/02, 4:21 pm EST - Calisuri

Ringer PH sends us this RealPlayer file of approximately 30 seconds from The Two Towers. It is a very brief scene featuring Frodo and Sam as they attempt to cross the Emyn Muil. Though the file is all over the place at this point, we believe the file originated on OrlandoMultimedia.net. Follow the link to download the file. !!!SPOILERS [More]

Another Semi-Review of TTT

11/27/02, 3:52 pm EST - Pippin_Took

The Hot Button columnist (and all-around excellent writer) David Poland has seen The Two Towers and mentions it in his latest Oscar preview article, calling it "a great film by a great filmmaker." The entire article is a good read, but the TTT stuff is on page 3. [More]

First Preview Video Clip of TTT!!

11/27/02, 2:06 pm EST - Xoanon

AOL have just posted an amazing preview clip from The Two Towers - one minute of continuous genuine footage of the Three Hunters from the beginning of the film! In order that non-AOL subscribers may see it, TheOneRing.net is mirroring it here for your viewing pleasure: [More]

Hobbiton Lives!

11/27/02, 2:05 pm EST - Xoanon

From NZoomTV: Take a trip to Hobbiton. The location of The Lord Of The Rings set was a closely guarded secret during the filming of the trilogy, but soon the Hobbit village will be open to the public. [More]

Media Watch: Virgin Trains Hotline Magazine

11/27/02, 2:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Trueogre writes: This is a Virgin Trains Magazine called Hotline featuring Cate Blanchett (Galadriel). [More]

Media Watch: Telescope Magazine

11/27/02, 1:38 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy milaya sends along these scans from Telescope Magazine, the first about fantasy flicks in theatres and cable which mentions Lord of the Rings. There is also a companion interview with Julian Birkett, the director to Tolkien: Master of Middle Earth. [More]

I Want My MTV!

11/27/02, 1:28 pm EST - Xoanon

Lea writes: In case you haven't checked tvguide.com recently, I just found this new listing for an MTV Movie House Special on The Two Towers. [More]

TTT frenzy in Munich!

11/27/02, 1:24 pm EST - Xoanon

(A different) Ioreth writes: People camped in front of the cinema (yes, it's called cinema) the night before the ticket sales for TTT started. [More]

LOTR Conventions In Italy

11/27/02, 1:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Robert sends in word on a few Tolkien related events in Italy. The big one, called "Images from the Middle Earth", will open in Rome in January, 2003. [More]

Advance Goodies In Japan

11/27/02, 1:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Pon sends along these great snaps of some goodies you can get with your advanced ticket in Japan! Take a look! [More]

News for Nov. 26, 2002

SHOP: Big Sale on Sideshow/Weta Stuff

11/26/02, 11:30 pm EST - Calisuri

Sideshow/Weta is having a 30% off sale on most of their Fellowship of the Ring product. If you didn't get your hands on these collectibles, here is your chance to pick up a few for REALLY cheap! The sale will last from tomorrow, Nov 27th at 9AM PST to Sunday, December 1st at 9PM PST. And as always, Sideshow/Weta is our sponsor, so when you support them, you help us stay online. Thanks ahead of time! [More]

Pre-order the TTT Soundtrack!

11/26/02, 9:13 pm EST - Arathorn

Well, it's fair to say that today's something of a big news day: Reprise Records and The Official Site have teamed up to bring us The Official TTT Soundtrack Site where you can preorder a special (5000 pc.) 'internet' limited edition soundtrack amongst much else! [More]
***SPOILERS*** for this page shows the best picture of Gollum yet!

Update: a few people have written in to point out that Reprise (who are distributing the limited internet edition) only deliver to the US; which is I guess tough luck for the rest of us. :-(

The Final Theatrical Poster for TTT!!!

11/26/02, 7:10 pm EST - Calisuri

The official site is going crazy today with updates! Check out the NEW, yes NEW, final, Two Towers Poster! There seem to be two subtly different versions of the new poster - [More] and [More]. The official site (complete with new wallpaper) can be found [Here]!

Official Site Update - Go There Now!!!

11/26/02, 4:41 pm EST - Demosthenes

If there is but one link you check out today, this is it. This is your opportunity to go behind the effects and discover exactly how cutting-edge technology was used to create the epic prologue battle scene on the fields of Mordor. It's really quite amazing. Wow, those Offcial Site people sure have been busy. [More]

Some people said they've been having trouble finding this. Here's a direct link. Choose "enter the prologue". [More]

Exclusive: Upcoming Additions To The Official Site

11/26/02, 1:23 pm EST - Strider

TORn has received indication that within half an hour, the official site LordoftheRings.net will host a never before seen behind-the-scenes video on the making of the Prologue from The Fellowship of the Ring. We can also exclusively confirm that a similar featurette on the making of the battle of Helm's Deep, which features in The Two Towers, will also be released within in December.

John Rhys-Davies Recovering

11/26/02, 11:26 am EST - Xoanon

Our good friend John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) has been released from yet another hospital, hopefully to his home and comfortable surroundings this time. Take a look at these pics of a 'slimmed down' JRD (who has lost a considerable amount of weight in the past few months). Get better soon John! Take a look! [More]

Can You Hear Me Now?

11/26/02, 11:22 am EST - Xoanon


Dawn sends along this info from Verizon's website, seems they are going Geek and have a LOTR contest setup! Verizon Wireless Sweepstakes, win the trip of a lifetime! Enter for a chance to win a trip for four to New Zealand to visit the locations where The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. [More]

CNN: Oscar Buzz

11/26/02, 10:40 am EST - Calisuri

CNN has an article online talking about the Holiday season of films and the Oscar buzz surrounding many of them. Of course TTT is mentioned as one of the Oscar contenders. [More]

First TTT Review Online!

11/26/02, 8:30 am EST - leo

The guys from WaroftheRing.net have gotten their hands on two scans of the The Two Towers review from HotDog Magazine which can be found here! (Warning: the article contains strong language). And for those of you that for some reason get the pictures to download: AintitCoolNews.com has got the highlights from the review online here! SPOILERS!!!

Update:Want the low down what's in the review and what it all this means? Check out TORn staffer Morog's meta review! [More ]

More On RingCon

11/26/02, 8:19 am EST - leo

Marcel Buelles, who is the chairman of the German Tolkiensociety and co-organiser of RingCon, wrote to me about the process behind organising an event like RingCon, the problems and highlights they had and much more... [More]

News for Nov. 25, 2002

Amazing Sunday Times Poster!

11/25/02, 10:08 pm EST - Demosthenes

On November 24th, The Sunday Times (of London) published an awesome poster as part of its competition for UK readers. Now Ringer Spy Bellerophon has provided us a fantastic giant-sized scan of this poster. And, at just 768KB, it's well worth your time to download - it shows the costumes of Eowyn and Theoden in astounding detail. Enjoy! [More]

RingCon 2002 Day 3 Report!

11/25/02, 7:36 pm EST - leo

The third and final report as far as my experiences at RingCon 2002 is concerned, featuring the Cameron Rhodes (farmer Maggot) panel, a short description of the great fun during the Craig Parker/Mark Ferguson panel, the closing ceremony and I get my picture taken with the very tall Craig Parker, Cameron Rhodes and Sarah McLeod (*swoon*)! [More]

Join TORn for an Exclusive Gaming Opportunity!

11/25/02, 7:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Join TheOneRing.net and Black Label Games on December 21st for a FREE day of Middle-earth Gaming! Black Label Games has been kind enough to offer a place for fans from TheOneRing.net to come and take a sneak peak at the upcoming Gaming Titles that we can't even name yet! Be the first to see this exclusive info and enjoy demonstrations of the Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game and the Lord of the Rings Tabletop Battle Game! Best of all its absolutely free! [More]

The Four Two Towers Empire Covers!

11/25/02, 7:04 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks from Empire sent us a real treat, all four covers from thier future edition of Empire! Take a look! [More]

London stage return for Sir Ian

11/25/02, 6:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Sir Ian McKellen is to appear on the London stage for the first time in five years. His successful Broadway show Dance Of Death opens at London's Lyric Theatre on March 4. [More]

Fix for Extended DVD woes?

11/25/02, 4:36 pm EST - Arathorn

Ringer Spy BigJohn writes in to inform us that Samsung have a firmware upgrade available for their SD-616 DVDROM drive which allows it to read the FOTR:EX DVDs. [More]

Another RingCon Report!

11/25/02, 3:13 pm EST - leo

Rafer also attended RingCon this weekend (in fact she got to do something a lot of people wanted to do: tie Craig Parker down in a chair and question him for half an hour, really I saw her do it!), her report about the entire weekend is now online here, with a promise of more to come!

RingCon Day 2 Report 2!

11/25/02, 2:52 pm EST - Xoanon

Irascian writes: The third photo report of RingCon 2002 is now up. Please note that this report contains Two Towers spoilers, concentrating for the most part on panels with Cameron Rhodes (Farmer Maggot), Craig Parker (Haldir) and the evening costume party. [More]

Also thought you should know that the latest issue of SFX Magazine has just come out with over 9 pages of coverage on “The Two Towers” – mainly interviews with key cast members. Some nice photos and new quotes from Elijah Wood, Brad Dourif, Karl Urban, Miranda Otto etc. Send along scans!

Has The Hotdog Taken The Bun?

11/25/02, 2:47 pm EST - Xoanon

I've been getting a few reports that 'Hotdog Magazine' (don't ask) has the first review of TTT!

Anyone with scans of this UK Magazine, send it along for the love of god!

SHOP: Take A Fantasy Flight!

11/25/02, 2:42 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks at Fantasy Flight Games wrote to us: Fantasy Flight Games, the publisher of the Lord of the Rings board games have announced the release of the Lord of the Rings board game promo cards. [More]

TTT T-Shirts, Posters & DLP's

11/25/02, 2:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Bazooka Joe writes: On Saturday (November 16th 2002), the Cinemark Legacy theater in Plano TX had four different Two Towers posters hanging from the ceiling in its lobby. [More]

'Gollum's Song' Lyrics!

11/25/02, 2:23 pm EST - Xoanon

Earendil18 writes: I transcribed the lyrics from the full version of Gollum's Song. [More]

HM Film Book Release Party Winners!

11/25/02, 11:47 am EST - MrCere

Congratulations to all the winners of the Houghton Mifflin book contest! Twenty winners were selected randomly from all those who entered the contest and attended the book events held all over the globe. Each of the winners can expect a copy of the beautifully illustrated "The Lord Of The Rings" that retails for $80 in the U.S. Follow the link to see both the Line Party leaders and the 20 randomly selected winners. [More]

RingCon Day 2 Report!

11/25/02, 10:15 am EST - leo

I just finished up my report about the second day of RingCon 2002 which features some nice bits and pieces from the Cameron Rhodes/Sarah McLeod-panel, Craig Parker's hour of questions and answers and more from Brad Dourif! Check it out here! Day three to follow later today...

Auckland Charity Premiere Info!

11/25/02, 10:08 am EST - leo

Carole emailed us with the following information on an Auckland The Two Towers charity premiere which will support the Starship Foundation and Epilepsy New Zealand! [More]

Happy Birthday Bruce Hopkins!

11/25/02, 8:48 am EST - Xoanon

November 25th is Bruce Hopkins (Gamling the Old) birthday! Bruce was born on November 25th, 1955 in Invercargill, New Zealand. That makes him 47 today! Happy Birthday Bruce!

The Two Towers Storms Hollywood?

11/25/02, 4:17 am EST - Demosthenes

Apparently Two Towers posters are sprouting up at bus stops all around Hollywood (and doubtless elsewhere, as well!). McKellen.com has a picture of one in 'action'. [More]

RingCon 2002 - Day 2!

11/25/02, 4:12 am EST - Demosthenes

Ringer Spy Irascian has posted his second report from RingCon 2002 in Germany. Another action-filled day with some very interesting comments from LotR attendees that included Brad Dourif (Grima Wormtongue), Sarah McLeod (Rose Cotton), Craig Parker (Haldir), and Mark Ferguson (Gil-Galad and the Witch King). [More]

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