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News for Dec. 02, 2001

An orc talks

12/02/01, 11:58 pm EST - Xoanon

Evan Nattrass is used to wearing armour in public. But as a Lord of the Rings extra, he hit the big time. Ewan Sargent reports. [More]

Newsweek heaps praise on Jackson

12/02/01, 11:57 pm EST - Xoanon

Film director Peter Jackson can breathe easy for now - the first review of The Fellowship Of The Ring is out and it's enough to make us all wish we had big hairy hobbit feet. [More]

Steal This Look

12/02/01, 11:51 pm EST - Xoanon

As the heavenly elf Arwen, Liv Tyler "had to look, 'Wow!'—like she was this goddess," says Noreen Wilkie, makeup artist for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. [More]

Lord of the special effects

12/02/01, 11:48 pm EST - Xoanon

Weta Digital chief technical officer Jon Labrie was looking forward to a lull after delivering the special effects for The Fellowship of the Ring, the first in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy. [More]


12/02/01, 11:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Carangil writes: I just wanted to let you know about AOL instant messenger. There is an automated computer screen name, RingMessenger, that you can instant message and it tells you about FOTR. [More]

Ian McKellen Talks Gandalf

12/02/01, 11:36 pm EST - Xoanon

Lord of Mist & Rain writes: There is a minute-long clip on this swedish site, where Ian McKellen talks about his character, Gandalf. The site is in swedish, but just click on the text below Ian's picture. [More]

Queries about hobbits? Wood is a wizard

12/02/01, 11:30 pm EST - Xoanon

"Frodo is a hobbit," Elijah Wood says. "And to describe Frodo I think it's best to first describe hobbits." Wood, whose credits range from "The Ice Storm" (1997) to "Deep Impact" (1998) and "The Faculty" (1998), knows from hobbits. [More]

kropserkel.com Nabs Cool Orc Helms! -Update-

12/02/01, 11:27 pm EST - Xoanon

www.kropserkel.com got their hands on some very cool Orc helm pics! Take a look at these! [More]


A WETA employee has written in to tell us that these are NOT from LOTR. But still nice!

Media Watch: Hyper Magazine

12/02/01, 10:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Chuck writes: Here is an article published in the January 2002 Australian gaming magazine Hyper! [More]

Journey In The Dark: The Final Chapter

12/02/01, 10:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Glaurung here, its only 5 sleeps until I fly out of Christchurch (NZ) and head for London and the FOTR premiere. Not that I have a ticket to get in! Be sure I will be there rain or shine to report on the goings on you might even get a few pictures if you're lucky. There is one small matter to settle before I leave. That is, the publication of the final part of my Journey In The Dark. [More]

Media Watch: Metro Magazine

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

Check out these scan from 'Metro' with an exclusive look at Stephen Sinclair. [More]

PBS Talks Tolkien

12/02/01, 7:47 pm EST - Xoanon

Faramir sends us info on a Tolkien special airing on PBS. [More]

Media Watch: Singapore Papers Talk LOTR

12/02/01, 7:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Milaya sends us 2 articles from a local paper in Singapore. [Article1] [Article2]

NZ Tourism Ad

12/02/01, 7:28 pm EST - Xoanon

How are the New Zealand Tourist Authorities using LOTR to promote NZ? Like this!! (From Sunday Times Colour Supplement UK) [More]

Media Watch: UK's Newcastle Journal

12/02/01, 7:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Noggin the Nog writes: Thought you might be interested in this interview with Billy Boyd from thw Newcastle Journal (UK). [More]

Elijah In The Dog House

12/02/01, 7:04 pm EST - Xoanon

The Daily Telegraph in the UK has placed our very own Elijah Wood (Frodo) in the doghouse for a nasty habbit.. Thanks to Nick! [More]

LOTR Oz Contest

12/02/01, 7:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Brett S writes: There is a contest running here in Australia by Pascall Confectionary Marshmellows. I’ve scanned and attached the competition label. The marshmellows also come with one of the Topps character cards that have been appearing on the site. [More]

SHOP: LOTR Playing Cards

12/02/01, 6:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Faramir stumbled on some very cool LOTR playing cards, and wants to show you some of them. [More]

More On UK Mail CD

12/02/01, 6:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Rebus writes: I Just to talk more about the Cd you get free with the Mail On Sunday, it really is full of lotr stuff and very good, if you can get your hands on it, it would be a great thing to have. [More]

The land of the 'Rings'

12/02/01, 6:40 pm EST - Xoanon

Frodo Baggins wanted to destroy a ring, and it took him three books to do it. Director Peter Jackson just wanted to film the trilogy of books about Frodo's quest, and it took him five years. [More]

Making 'Lord of the Rings'

12/02/01, 6:38 pm EST - Xoanon

You'll probably find "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy in your local bookstore's fantasy section. But director Peter Jackson approached the film adaptations of the books as if J.R.R. Tolkien's celebrated tales of good versus evil were historical volumes. [More]

Liv Tyler's fear spurs double take

12/02/01, 6:36 pm EST - Xoanon

American glamour actress Liv Tyler may be riding a wave of success, but don't offer her a ride on a horse - chances are she'll cringe in fear. [More]

Access Hollywood To Talk LOTR

12/02/01, 6:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Julie writes in to tell us that Access Hollywood will be covering LOTR tomorrow (December 3rd) set those VCRs!

Finland rates FOTR R-15

12/02/01, 2:38 pm EST - Tehanu

Finnish LOTR fans are outraged that in their country FOTR has been rated R15, which will prevent may young fans from seeing it. This seems a poor way to celebrate Tolkien, whose affinity with Finnish language and mythology led to him developing the Elven language of Quenya.

Thanks to Juzami and Mikko.

Tolkien, Faith and Friendship

12/02/01, 2:22 pm EST - Tehanu

Not everyone could use the link to Rev. Curles' recent essay on Tolkien, so here it is again on TORN's news archive. [More]

South African LOTR Update

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

Mike sends us the latest happenings all the way from South Africa, check it out! [More]

UK Mail Cdrom

12/02/01, 12:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Stephen writes: Just to let you know in the Mail on Sunday today in the UK you get a souvenir magazine and a CDROM with some of the 'Behind the scenes" bits from the official website, 2 songs from the soundtrack, all three theatrical trailers and wallpaper and theatrical savers.

Lure of the Rings

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

The helicopter floats toward Kahurangi National Park, and New Zealand unrolls beneath you. You see farmlands almost fluorescent green. Mountains straight out of a model-train set. [More]

LOTR:FOTR Commercial During SNL

12/02/01, 2:19 am EST - Xoanon

Tolkientheo saw a new LOTR:FOTR commercial during SNL tonight, he sent us the details. [More]

Before Otto There Was...

12/02/01, 2:10 am EST - Xoanon

Lars gives us the skinny on just WHO was offered the role of Eowyn before our very own Miranda Otto. [More]

News for Dec. 01, 2001

NEWSWEEK Reviews Fellowship of the Ring

12/01/01, 10:50 pm EST - Jincey

Dec. 10 issue -- "First, let me tell you where I'm coming from. Before I saw 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,' I didn't know the difference between an orc and an elf, or what Middle-earth was in the middle of. This review is coming to you from a Tolkien-free zone." Read David Ansen's review of Fellowship of the Ring. [More]

LOTR Specials Info

12/01/01, 9:17 pm EST - Xoanon

RoboGeek from AICN writes: Robogeek from Ain't It Cool News here. Just thought I'd take a break from killing orcs with my new Sting replica, as I have a few tidbits to pass along to your most excellent site. According to my trusty TiVo, here are three forthcoming LORD OF THE RINGS specials airing over the next couple of weeks. [More]

More On The National Geographic Special

12/01/01, 9:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Sam writes: The cover of the December 2001 issue of National Geographic magazine is a banner advertising a segment for the National Geographic Explorer television program, called "NG Beyond the Movie: Lord of the Rings" to air on Sunday, December 16th 2001.

And The Winner Is....

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

Tomi M. Inkinen and his wife Sarah Bradley of Surrey, British Columbia, will soon be on their way to London for the highly-anticipated world premiere of The Fellowship of The Ring on December 10, 2001. [More]

The Battle of the Books

12/01/01, 8:51 pm EST - Xoanon

No contest. Tolkien runs rings around Potter. Just when the menace of terrorism has darkened normal life and the guns of war have sounded, moviegoers on both sides of the Atlantic are turning out in huge numbers to see Harry Potter ride a broom across the silver screen and fight . . . evil. [More]

Irish Benefit Premiere

12/01/01, 8:45 pm EST - Xoanon

John writes: The Irish premiere in on the 10th of December. 125 quid will get you the film and a meal & room in Jury's hotel in Dublin. [More]

Don't Want To Download?

12/01/01, 8:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Plenty of people don't have time/internet speed to download an entire 30 minute segment. Banazir the Jedi Hobbit solves this problem with a transcribed version of the entire LOTR FOX Special! Take a look! [More]

Why Settle For 2 Minutes....Download The Whole Show!

12/01/01, 5:33 pm EST - Strider

Why settle for just a 2 minute Moria sequence when you can have the whole show on your PC? Ringer Spies Sarakin and Elfstone have managed to find the whole Fox 'Quest for the Ring' special downloadable on the Internet, 200 mb large! MAJOR SPOILERS [More]


Well...it didn't take long for the file to be taken down by someone, maybe the folks at Fox didn't take too kindly to their show's being copied and put on the 'Net.

LOTR Supplement From Quebec Newspaper

12/01/01, 4:41 pm EST - Strider

People who picked up their Quebec Newspaper this morning found a Lord of the Rings supplement inside with beautiful images and great articles. We have the scans. [More]

Empire Magazine's Collector's Edition Scans

12/01/01, 4:05 pm EST - Strider

Thanks to Neil, we have scans from the special Collector's Edition of Empire featuring a load of images, interviews and even a new advertising poster on the back cover! [More]

Tolkien Touches Us All In Different Ways

12/01/01, 3:15 pm EST - Strider

Marathon writes: World magazine has an article by Dr. Gene Veith on the Lord of the Rings in their latest issue, and how it influenced his life. [More]

Free CD-Rom With UK's Mail On Sunday

12/01/01, 2:13 pm EST - Strider

First The Sunday Times, now the Daily Mail - Fabby sends us word that tomorrow's Mail on Sunday newspaper will have a free CD-rom attached, with trailers attached. Sounds like a must-buy.

Behind The Scenes On Swede TV4

12/01/01, 2:03 pm EST - Strider

Maya sends us word that a Behind the Scenes program on Fellowship of the Ring will be showing on Swedish channel TV4 on Tuesday. [More]

FOTR Stars Appear On UK Saturday Morning TV

12/01/01, 1:29 pm EST - Strider

Miss Whisk writes: There will be a LOTR special edition of UK Saturday morning show SM:TV next week (8th December). Guest stars are said to include Elijah Wood, Sean Bean, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin and Billy Boyd. They will also be showing 'Exclusive' clips on the FOTR movie, although, I'm not sure how exclusive they'll be!

Regal Cinema Conspiracy Theory

12/01/01, 1:22 pm EST - Strider

LOTRCastaway sends in an intriguing observation on how the different movie theatres in the US are distributing their tickets in advance. [More]

Wanna see the Moria Sequence?

12/01/01, 12:14 pm EST - Calisuri

Thanks to a link provided by Harry at AICN, you can now download the Mines of Moria exclusive footage shown on FOX. The file is about 10 MB and you will need quicktime to view it. MAJOR SPOILERS [More]

GAMING: InQuest and Scrye Scans

12/01/01, 7:51 am EST - Strider

Our good friends at ThereandBackAgain.net sent us some great scans from the newest Inquest Gamer, and Scrye. Both magazines are loaded with LOTR card game news and pictures. [More]

Media Watch: Playboy Magazine

12/01/01, 7:43 am EST - Strider

Redbeard sends in an one page spread from Playboy Magazine which talks about the comparisons between Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. [More]

Burger King Crown With Elvish Twist

12/01/01, 7:20 am EST - Strider

You might want to pick one of these up for December 19th...Karen sent us a scan of a Burger King crown with Elvish writing around it. [More]

Tickets For Sale On Moviefone

12/01/01, 6:58 am EST - Strider

Michael sends us word that Moviefone.com is now selling tickets for the Fellowship of the Ring, and is already number 3 at the site. [More]

December E! Online Update

12/01/01, 3:08 am EST - Jincey

E!online has posted the December installment of their series Force of Hobbit. For your reading pleasure they present the story of the screenplay (and what an amazing story it is!). [More]

News for Nov. 30, 2001

Wanna See What New Line's Oscar Hopes Are??

11/30/01, 8:56 pm EST - Strider

TOR.n Exclusive: In the beginning of a very different advertising campaign, New Line Cinema show us how exactly they would like the Oscar nominations for Fellowship of the Ring to play out when it's time next year. [More]

2000 + On The Meter, And It's Still Running...

11/30/01, 7:53 pm EST - Strider

Line Party guru and TORn staffer Tinuviel just sent word that there are now over 2,000 line party members worldwide, and over 300 lines. You folks just make December 19th seem that much closer! [Join A Line Party]

Hall of Fire Chats for December 1st & 2nd

11/30/01, 7:47 pm EST - Strider

With less than three weeks to go until the Fellowship of the Ring hits movie theatres all over the world, the Hall of Fire crew invite you to join us as we discusses the penultimate chapter of the Fellowship of the Ring, Book II, Chapter IX - The Great River. [More]

A Film Review From A Fan's Perspective

11/30/01, 7:43 pm EST - Strider

Barlimans regular Sarakin tipped me off that another review of the Fellowship of the Ring has emerged on the net, this time from a writer who seems to be a true Tolkien fan. [More]

New Zealand Tourist Board Puts Ad In Times

11/30/01, 7:26 pm EST - Strider

Noggin the Nog sends in this great scan from last week's Sunday Times magazine of the absoloutely breathtaking full page advertisement promoting New Zealand tourism - this is a must see. [More]

[And HOW do you see it? I'm going to promote our Movietours site right here in case you're tempted...

Blanchett Welcomes Pregnant Pause From Films

11/30/01, 7:06 pm EST - Strider

Ringer Spy Pippin Skywalker sends us in this article from the Evening Standard on Cate Blanchett's welcome break from filming. [More]

The Fellowship Help Rally The Troops

11/30/01, 6:30 pm EST - Strider

SK sent in a link to an article which claims that New Line, along with several other studios, are planning to show upcoming films to soldiers on duty in the War against Terror. [More]

Another Poll To Rig....Ahem...Manipulate

11/30/01, 6:14 pm EST - Strider

Joe writes: CollegeClub.com's daily poll today is "Which holiday movie are you most excited to see?" Currently the top three are Ali, "I'll skip 'em all", and Fellowship of the Ring. C'mon college Ringers! Let's give 'em what for! [More]

NZ Herald: Interview with Peter Jackson.

11/30/01, 6:06 pm EST - Tehanu

At last PJ has a moment to talk to local reporters. The Herald first, with a friendly sort of interview. [More]

Special LOTR Coverage In Quebec Newspapers

11/30/01, 5:54 pm EST - Strider

Lord G sends us in some information on special Lord of the Rings coverage that will feature in different Quebec newspapers starting tomorrow. [More]

Media Watch: BBC

11/30/01, 5:48 pm EST - Tehanu

BBC's film critic Jonathon Ross presents a clip of the film stars and PJ at Cannes - worth a look, as it hasn't all been said before. [More] Thanks to Laz for that.

Send LOTR Giftcards With Presents This Christmas!

11/30/01, 5:46 pm EST - Strider

Queen of Rohan writes: Yesterday I picked up one of the Waldenbooks giftcard. I've sent along a scan of it. Starting at $5 it's well worth it! [More]

Orlando Bloom In i-D Magazine

11/30/01, 5:37 pm EST - Strider

Jesse writes: Here's a heads up that Orlando Bloom is on the new issue of the UK's i-D magazine. Someone send scans this way!

Viewer Enthusiasm Warms Up 'Rings' Push

11/30/01, 5:28 pm EST - Strider

Kevin writes in to say that CNN have posted an article on their site talking about how there was an overload of positivity after reviews of FOTR emerge slowly on the Internet. [More]

Empire's Lord Of The Rings Collector's Edition

11/30/01, 4:17 pm EST - Strider

Just a reminder to all UK & Ireland ringers that tomorrow, December 1st, the special edition of Empire Magazine dedicated to Lord of the Rings goes on sale, with two different covers.

Chicago Sun-Times: Interview with Ordesky

11/30/01, 3:53 pm EST - Tehanu

Thanks to TreeMos for this article interviewing New Line LOTR exec. Mark Ordesky - some nice comments here. [More]

UK Mirror: Another LOTR Special

11/30/01, 3:34 pm EST - Tehanu

News from NicLeRoi: "I saw an advert in UK's Daily Mirror tabloid newspaper that they are going to have a special on FOTR in tomorrows 'Look' magazine suplement with 'exclusive' pics." LOTR: So popular even the tabloids have to notice!

Release date in India

11/30/01, 3:18 pm EST - Tehanu

LOTR fans in India have been asking when FOTR will be released there. Word from New Line is that " Right now it tentatively stands as February 2002."

Wall St. Journal: Philosophy according to Rowling and Tolkien

11/30/01, 3:02 pm EST - Tehanu

Good and evil; free will and temptation. The tough stuff at the centre of good fantasy. Dan sends us this article comparing how LOTR and Harry Potter handle them. [More]

Warning: SPOILERS if you haven't read all of LOTR.

Weekly Ebay Items

11/30/01, 1:37 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out this weeks crop of goodies! Remember that xmas is just around the corner! [More]

'Harry Potter’ books banned by church

11/30/01, 1:19 pm EST - Xoanon

SYDNEY, Australia (Variety), Nov. 29 — Harry Potter might be weaving his magic around the world, but 60 Australian Seventh-Day Adventist schools have banned books about the boy wizard for fear they could encourage children to delve into the occult. [More]

The Ultimate Poll To Swamp!

11/30/01, 11:36 am EST - Xoanon

From the cool folks at Yahoo Internet Life Online: We've introduced a new LOTR fansite contest on our site, and you guys are nominated. Also, we will be spotlighting each of the nominees on a dialy basis. Check it out here. Tell all your friends! Get out the vote. :)

Where the Stars are Strange - Part V

11/30/01, 8:55 am EST - Xoanon

Quickbeam concludes this expansive series with the noble Shadowfax, green room mischief with the stars, a bluescreen Samwise, and a last farewell to Middle-earth! [More]

News for Nov. 29, 2001

Fan Tours to NZ Film Locations

11/29/01, 11:26 pm EST - Tehanu

Did Quickbeam’s reports from the sets make you envy his luck going to New Zealand? Ever wanted to go ‘where stars are strange’? Does the thought of a guided tour around the New Zealand film locations appeal to you? Well now there is a tour designed to make that dream come true...

Don't Forget TORN Digital

11/29/01, 10:04 pm EST - Xoanon

With all the posts we're making tonight, I don't want any latecomers to miss the latest chapter of TORN Ditigal! Our host Ingrid Dellalian talks to John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) at DragonCon in Atlanta! Take a look at our exclusive interview here! [TORN Digital: Chapter II]

Thanks to Aztech Cyberspace, Inc and Lindo and Fooboards.com and Ronan for providing mirrors to the clips.

Official Site Updates

11/29/01, 9:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out the official site for a look at the new LOTR:FOTR, (the uber coolness we showed you about a month ago). And a link to all the LOTR:FOTR 'chatacter' commercials seen on TV lately! [More]

Media Watch: Empire Magazine

11/29/01, 9:52 pm EST - Xoanon

Mark S writes: New Empire magazine published in the UK today. It's a special 2 cover collectors edition with 40 pages dedicated to the film! [More]

Media Watch: Montreal's Ici Magazine

11/29/01, 9:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Pierre P writes that the latest issue of 'Ici' magazine in Montreal has a LOTR cover and feature. Check it out!

UK TV To Air Special 'Launch Party'

11/29/01, 9:39 pm EST - Xoanon

Mark S writes: Film 2001 in the UK tonight spent 5 minutes looking at LOTR, with host Jonathan Ross saying it would be fair to say that the film was causing 'a bit of a stir.' [More]

Rings tipped to boost tourists

11/29/01, 9:28 pm EST - Xoanon

The Lord Of The Rings film trilogy could do for New Zealand tourism what Crocodile Dundee did for Australia, a travel writer for one of America's top newspapers says. [More]

Media Watch: The Hollywood Reporter

11/29/01, 9:24 pm EST - Xoanon

James sends us a scan from 'The Hollywood Report', it's an ad pimpin' the LOTR EFX crew for Oscar consideration. [More]

Lord of Rings and box-office?

11/29/01, 8:58 pm EST - Xoanon

With the eagerly awaited epic -- subtitled Fellowship of the Ring, the first instalment of a $300-US million trilogy -- due in theatres Dec. 19, fans who have seen the movie are now stacking the Peter Jackson-directed opus up to the J.R.R. Tolkien classic. [More]

We're Number 99 On Billboard.Com

11/29/01, 8:55 pm EST - Xoanon

Stephen writes in to tell us that the LOTR:FOTR soundtrack is number 99 at billboard.com! [More]

Living the fantasy

11/29/01, 8:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Forget action and comedy, fantasy is the genre of the moment. No longer strictly B-grade, the latest films are pulling in all audiences - and that says something about us, writes George Epaminondas in New York. [More]

TORN Digital: Chapter II

11/29/01, 3:43 pm EST - Xoanon

TORN Digital: Chatper II has arrived! Our host Ingrid Dellalian talks to John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) at DragonCon in Atlanta! Take a look at our exclusive interview here! [TORN Digital: Chapter II]

Thanks to Aztech Cyberspace, Inc and Lindo and Fooboards.com and Ronan for providing mirrors to the clips.

Where the Stars are Strange - Part IV

11/29/01, 10:36 am EST - Xoanon

More amazing details from Middle-earth! Quickbeam tells of Minas Tirith, the true weight of Gondorian armor, entering the Great Gate, and pretending the little orange ball is really the Witch-king! [More]

Don't Forget!!! FOX TV Special Tonight!

11/29/01, 10:32 am EST - Xoanon

FOX TV tonight will air 'Quest for the Ring' the first in what hopes to be 3 LOTR specials to air in the next few weeks!! Be sure to set those VCRs, unplug your phone, your doorbell, turn off your cell phones, and lower the lights...this is it!! Get your friends together and get ready for the start of LOTR hype! 'Quest For The Ring' airs at 8PM EST on the FOX network. Check your local listings! [More]

Washinton Post Online Chat

11/29/01, 10:24 am EST - Xoanon

The great folks at the Washington Post Online have invited me to an online chat today at 1 pm EST. We will be discussing everything LOTR, from the PJ's first announcement to opening day on December 19th and beyond. Join me online! [More]

Holiday Movies

11/29/01, 10:20 am EST - Xoanon

The movie industry now faces the greatest issue it has faced since the Sept. 11 news: Is there film life beyond “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”? The makers of the new “Lord of the Rings” movie are not alone in hoping there is... [More]

Lord Of The 'Rings'

11/29/01, 10:17 am EST - Xoanon

It's a challenge even trilogy-meister George Lucas might balk at: three epic films shots back-to-back-to-back. And yet that is precisely what Kiwi wunderkind Peter Jackson has done with J.R.R. Tolkien's classic tryptich, Lord of the Rings. [More]

Radio 4 to broadcast 13-hour 'Lord of the Rings' again

11/29/01, 10:13 am EST - Xoanon

BBC Radio 4 is to capitalise on the popularity of one of this Christmas's cinema blockbusters, The Lord of the Rings, by broadcasting a 13-hour version of the epic, made 20 years ago. [More]

BK Gandalf Goblett

11/29/01, 10:08 am EST - Xoanon

Brian sends us an image of his Gandalf Goblett from the land of Whoppers and onion rings. [More]

Billy Boyd On The Big Breakfast

11/29/01, 9:57 am EST - Xoanon

Aelinwen writes: Billy Boyd appeared on The Big Breakfast on UK TV as part of their build-up to The Fellowship of the Ring. He was introduced as one of the hobbits and persuaded to sing a song, which he did, a few lines of I belong to Glasgow' which was appropriate enough. [More]

When fans attack

11/29/01, 9:49 am EST - Xoanon

How do you make the film of a book that has sold more than 90 million copies worldwide, inspired 400 websites and has a following whose devotion can almost border on stalker? The answer is very cautiously. [More]

More On The LOTR Benefit Screening

11/29/01, 9:42 am EST - Xoanon

Garfeimao writes: I got a newsletter from them about a week ago and something caught my eye. They were having a benefit premiere screening of The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. [More]

A Man`s Fantasy

11/29/01, 9:30 am EST - Xoanon

(or why The Lord Of The Rings, the upcoming cinema
attraction is the perfect gentlemen`s triology.)

In every man you can find a hobbit. What is a hobbit? A human-like creature from the Lord of the Rings triology, who likes a good meal, beer and tobbaco, celebrates excessive parties, can handle tools and is ready for everything funny. [More]

Sean Astin LOTR Event -Update-

11/29/01, 9:20 am EST - Xoanon

Storyopolis Offers First Look at Film and Q&A with Star Sean Astin Los Angeles, CA Fans of the long-awaited epic adventure, “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” will get an inside look at the film on Saturday, December 1st from 4-6 p.m. [More]

Hobbit Huzzah

11/29/01, 9:12 am EST - Xoanon

New Line Cinema breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday as the Internet went on overload with positive buzz for "The Lord of the Rings" after an exhibitor screening this week, which also got thumbs up from theater owners. [More]

News for Nov. 28, 2001

Ringing up the challenge

11/28/01, 11:17 pm EST - Xoanon

And so the madness begins again. We’ve seen long lines for Star Wars Episode One and we’ve watched Harry Potter magic up some record-breaking box-office receipts. [More]

Event Celebrating the Tolkien Art of Ted Nasmith and Sir Edward Beard, Jr.

11/28/01, 11:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Following the unprecedented success of our previous four sell-out exhibitions at the Chalk Farm Gallery in London, England, the Chalk Farm Gallery of Santa Fe is pleased to announce the long-awaited exhibition of the work of world renowned J.R.R.Tolkien artist, TED NASMITH. [More]

Chalk Farm Gallery Student Art Contest

11/28/01, 11:10 pm EST - Xoanon

Santa Fe schools are invited to ask their students to submit a piece of artwork depicting their favorite Tolkien character or scene. [More]

LOTR First Edition Auction

11/28/01, 11:04 pm EST - Xoanon

pacificbooks.com lists the following on the auction block: 3 vols.: The Fellowship of the Ring. 1954. * The Two Towers. Second Impression. 1955. * The Return of the King. 1955. Each volume with a folding map. Red cloth, spines lettered in gilt, jackets. 1st and last are First Editions. [More]

Media Watch: GQ Magazine

11/28/01, 11:02 pm EST - Xoanon

A big thanks to Marie and Kris of Bloomin' Marvelous for letting us know these photos of Orlando Bloom (Legolas) were in the latest issue of GQ. [More]

Peter Travers: LOTR Is #1

11/28/01, 10:34 pm EST - Xoanon

Ryan writes: A fax came across my desk today from Disney Publicity, with Peter Travers' 2001 Top Ten List on it. I couldn't believe my eyes, however, when I saw what the #1 movie is... you guessed it: Lord of the Rings!! [More]

Weta boss dreams of making kids' movies

11/28/01, 10:28 pm EST - Xoanon

Wellington's film industry may one day expand to produce high-quality children's fantasy shows if Lord Of The Rings special effects wizard Richard Taylor has his way. [More]

New Zealand perfect location for Rings

11/28/01, 10:27 pm EST - Xoanon

The makers of the epic Lord of the Rings picked New Zealand as the perfect movie location - a primal, untamed landscape representing the world as it looked 7000 years ago. [More]

Reviews are Flooding in!

11/28/01, 8:57 pm EST - Jincey

Here are a few more reviews of Peter Jacksons 'Fellowship of the Ring'!! Finally we get to hear from people who have actually seen the movie in it's entirety in private screenings. Head on over to Aint-it-cool-news.com right now and read one or all of the 3 amazing reviews already up. You won't regret it! WARNING!! MAJOR SPOILERS! [More]

GAMING: The Voice of John Rhys-Davies

11/28/01, 4:16 pm EST - Strider

Berendir has some new news from the Havens concerning JRD's latest job: a voice-over in the PS2 version of Baldur's Gate! [More]

Jackson 'delighted' to direct Rings

11/28/01, 1:30 pm EST - Xoanon

Millions of people are excitedly awaiting the release of the first Lord of the Rings movie - but few more so than its director Peter Jackson. [More]

Cast News: New Projects

11/28/01, 1:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Stills and a trailer for the new Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) film 'Charlotte Gray' are now online on the official site [More]

DarkHorizons is reporting that Bruce Spence (Mouth of Sauron) will be appearing in the Inspector Gadget sequel.

NYC Fan Event, Tonight!

11/28/01, 1:06 pm EST - Xoanon

This was sent in by line party member Zorina, who wanted to extend an invitation to all of you to attend a cool fan happening in the Big Apple. [More]

LOTR Soundtrack Sales

11/28/01, 12:52 pm EST - Xoanon

Lindulan grinds the numbers for us and sends us the soundscan sales for the Howard Shore Score! [More]

Billy Boyd On The Big Breakfast

11/28/01, 12:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Billy Boyd (Pippin) will be appearing on the UK's 'Big Breakfast' tomorrow (November 29). Thanks to Stewart from billyboyd.net for the tip!

Where the Stars are Strange - Part III

11/28/01, 8:49 am EST - Xoanon

Quickbeam takes you inside the magic with a complete tour of WETA, hand-made armor, racks of Orc limbs, a purple Shelob, the terrifying Grond, and of course Merry & Pippin riding atop a massive Treebeard animatronic puppet! [More]

B5 Trailer Before LOTR:FOTR?

11/28/01, 8:46 am EST - Xoanon

J. Michael Straczynski has revealed that a trailer for the coming Sci Fi Channel telefilm BABYLON 5: LEGEND OF THE RANGERS will be hitting theater screens. [More]

TORN Digital: Chapter 2, Want To See It?

11/28/01, 8:43 am EST - Xoanon

We'd love to show it to you! However, we need your help!!! We need people who have at least 200MB of disk space and good bandwidth to hold the clips. Please help us!! We cannot hold TORN Digital without you! Please write to Corvar if you have something to offer!

Update: Good upload bandwidth is needed, if you have a cable modem it will not really help. A server which can deal with a decent amount of concurrent connections will also be needed. Each video clip is 25MB in size, and will cause long connection times from each person trying to download the clip.

Charity Screening of LOTR in Australia

11/28/01, 8:39 am EST - Xoanon

Wil sends us news on a great charity event in Oz, take a look! [More]

BK Toys Close-Up

11/28/01, 8:34 am EST - Xoanon

random legolas lover sends us a photo of a few of the Burger King goodies. Take a look! [More]

More Cave Troll Action

11/28/01, 8:30 am EST - Xoanon

Tony tells us all about the Cave Troll action as seen on NZ Breakfast TV [More]

First Review Online

11/28/01, 1:58 am EST - Calisuri

The first review of Fellowship of the Ring is online! Do you realize how close we are!!! While there are minor mistakes in the review (Gandalf is played by Ian McKellen, not Ian Holm), we can be encouraged by the reaction. I won't spoil it for you here! Go read it . [More]

News for Nov. 27, 2001

Wanna Party With Xoanon?

11/27/01, 7:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Well..I only almost-vomited on my birthday...but I promise it won't happen on this night of nights! I have finally setup my very own Montreal LOTR LINE PARTY! check out the details, and join up if you're interested! This is going to be a night to remember for sure!!

McKellen Talks LOTR Screener

11/27/01, 6:33 pm EST - Xoanon

Ian McKellen (Gandalf) has posted an interesting, if vague, review of LOTR:FOTR. He recently saw the completed film in New York City...lucky man! [More]

Lord of the Rings Character Test

11/27/01, 6:28 pm EST - Xoanon

Which of twenty-one characters from The Lord of the Rings do you have the most in common with? Answer these seven quick questions to find out! [More]

Swedish LOTR Contest

11/27/01, 6:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Tangelian Proudfoot sends us the news on the Swedish radio station MixMegapol running a riddle-competition. [More]

Maxim Online

11/27/01, 6:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Alan sends us a link to the truly cool Maxim Online website, with the photo spread featuring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom and Sean Bean. Take a look! [More]

Ringing In The Changes

11/27/01, 5:51 pm EST - Xoanon

Liam sends along this article from 'The Manchester Evening News'. All about Dominic Monaghan (Merry). [More]

Potter Star Calls Potter Vs Rings Rivalry 'Ridiculous'

11/27/01, 3:38 pm EST - Strider

SK writes: CNN has a short interview with Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter), who virtually repeats what PJ said about the rivalry between the two movies, and mentions that LOTR is his most awaited film. [More]

IGN Trivia: Sir Ian McKellen

11/27/01, 3:18 pm EST - Strider

Q: What film bears Sir Ian McKellen's first writing credit? [More]

J.R.R. Tolkien´s Take on the Truth

11/27/01, 2:24 pm EST - Strider

Kit sends us word that a new article has been posted on Catholic.net regarding the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and religion. [More]

More On Turkish FOTR Dubbing

11/27/01, 2:08 pm EST - Strider

Emre sends us in some more information on whether the Fellowship of the Ring will experience dubbing when it arrives in Turkey. [More]

'Avant' FOTR In Netherlands On December 15th

11/27/01, 1:56 pm EST - Strider

Dutch Ringer Greenleaf writes in about Shell giving away free tickets to a premiere of Fellowship of the Ring on December 15th. [More]

Media Watch: Maxim Magazine

11/27/01, 1:28 pm EST - Xoanon

bobby de tell us that the December issue of 'Maxim' magazine has some of the male cast members of LOTR decked out in some snazzy looking clothes. Anyone with scans of the aticles send them along!

Media Watch: L'Ecran Fantastique

11/27/01, 1:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Eric sends us the cover of a special issue "FOTR" from a french mag "L'Ecran Fantastique", with a lot of interviews and photos. [More]

Visit the birthplace of 'The Lord of the Rings'

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

It was an idle scribble on the blank page of a school examination paper. Sitting by the window of his study on a summer day in the early 1930s, a thin-faced Oxford professor let his mind wander from correcting papers and into a world that would become Middle-earth. [More]

Ringing in Our Ears

11/27/01, 1:19 pm EST - Xoanon

The Lord of the Rings presents a case study in how to use the Web to court your fans. As the release of New Line Cinema's The Fellowship of the Ring quickly approaches, its online promotion is reaching a fever pitch. [More]

Where the Stars are Strange: Part II

11/27/01, 10:38 am EST - Xoanon

Quickbeam's exclusive trip to the LOTR sets continues today with journal entry number II, tea with Gandalf, Karaoke with Sauron and the healing of Theoden! Be sure to read Quickbeam's very detailed (yet spoiler free) journal entries! [More]

MTV Talks LOTR..Again

11/27/01, 10:32 am EST - Xoanon

Ecuamerican sends along news that LOTR will be covered on the MTV show 'Movie House' at 10:30ET.

Christopher Lee Talks LOTR

11/27/01, 10:30 am EST - Xoanon

Christopher Lee is one lucky man. Within the space of a year he'll open in two of the biggest movies of the age, The Lord of the Rings and Episode II. [More]

Forget King Kong, here's Cave Troll

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

Wellingtonians walking past the Embassy Theatre in Courtenay Pl will soon get a monster fright - in the form of a massive cave troll. [More]

Brand New Zealand

11/27/01, 10:17 am EST - Xoanon

Smart countries are developing their brand values the way smart companies do. So shouldn't New Zealand be doing more than hoping Peter Jackson will put us on the map? [More]

LOTR Screened For Oscar

11/27/01, 10:15 am EST - Xoanon

dbgreenriver sends us news that LOTR:FOTR will be shown to certain key groups for Oscar consideration, good luck LOTR!! [More]


11/27/01, 10:09 am EST - Xoanon

Stacey sends us news on an MTV focus on LOTR, including an interview with Elijah Wood (Frodo). [More]

News for Nov. 26, 2001

Sean Astin LOTR Event

11/26/01, 10:28 pm EST - Xoanon

Los Angeles, CA Fans of the long-awaited epic adventure, “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” will get an exclusive first look at the film on Saturday, December 1 from 4-6 p.m. [More]

Ice Sculpture Exhibit In Toronto

11/26/01, 10:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Denial_Girl writes: I was watching TVO last night, to my surprise the announcer suddenly stood in front of an LOTR poster and said that the annual Christmas Designs in Ice ice sculpture exhibit at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. [More]

Media Watch: Set Magazine

11/26/01, 9:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Through insider sources we've gotten the SET Magazine cover a full week before it is released in Brazil. Take a look! This issue is set to go on sale December 7th [More]

Fan Event In NYC

11/26/01, 9:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Zorina writes: On Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 8:00pm The National Arts Club presents: A Celebration of J.R.R. Tolkien's: The Lord of the Rings [More]

Bruce Hopkins Pictures

11/26/01, 7:56 pm EST - Calisuri

Thanks to an unnamed source, we have a much clearer look at Bruce Hopkins, the actor playing Gamling the Old. [More]

Media Watch: The Connection

11/26/01, 6:00 pm EST - Tehanu

Here's an audio clip of an interview with Tom Shippey, author of 'J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century.' [More

Thanks to Beleg for that.

A Star Shines Upon the Hour of Our Meeting

11/26/01, 1:22 pm EST - Xoanon

Teanna writes: A Spy report on the National Air and Space Museum's Monthly Star Lecture: 11-24. Inspired by the blurb on TORN's front page, I fire up the "Ford of Bruinen" (classic 1976 truck)... [More]

Questions for Ian McKellen on Why There Are No Childish Roles

11/26/01, 1:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Hollywood seems to be having an incredible run of blockbuster children's movies right now. Why is it so good at speaking to kids, given that it's not always so good at finding its adult audience? [More]

Our Need For Escapism Rings True

11/26/01, 1:13 pm EST - Xoanon

One major holiday movie event down, one to go. On Dec. 19, the film version of "The Fellowship of the Ring," the first book in author J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy "The Lord of the Rings," will be released. [More]

New McKellen E-Post

11/26/01, 1:10 pm EST - Xoanon

Ian McKellen (Gandalf) has posted a new 'E-Post' on his site 'McKellen.com'. [More]

Warner Village Game

11/26/01, 1:07 pm EST - Xoanon

Jack writes: Warner Village in the UK have a cool new email-based LOTR game on their site, and when you play it you can enter into a competition to win a holiday to New Zealand!! [More]

Where the Stars are Strange - Part I

11/26/01, 8:36 am EST - Xoanon

TORN EXCLUSIVE: The journey begins! Join Quickbeam as he arrives in Wellington and goes where no tree has gone before -- onto the secretive LOTR set at Stone Street Studios! [More]

More On Shore

11/26/01, 8:32 am EST - Xoanon

musicfromthemovies.com has a small bio on Howard Shore. Take a look! [More]

Formality Falters As Guests Ham It Up

11/26/01, 8:30 am EST - Xoanon

Take a look at another newspaper clipping from the Wellington Post. Thanks to Glaurung [More]

Watch Free Trailers!

11/26/01, 8:23 am EST - Xoanon

Are you desperate for a glimpse of this summer holiday’s hottest movies? Blockbusters like Monsters Inc. or the incredible Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring? [More]

Australia CD News

11/26/01, 8:19 am EST - Xoanon

Jason writes: Just a quick note regarding the Fellowship soundtrack in Australia: it has just gone on sale today (26th) and when I picked up my copy I asked the manager of the store about the Limited Edition version. He called the local distributors who said that it will be out in Australia on December 10.

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