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News for Dec. 03, 1999

Media Watch: Famous Magazine

12/03/99, 4:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Image from Famous Magazine

Sometimes LOTR info has an odd way of getting to me. My sis (Darth Sis) came home a few nights ago after going out to see a film. Upon entering my TheOneRing.net domain she began to recount in nauseating detail the events of her evening, I then snapped at her 'I'm busy!' (ah, to be the younger brother), so naturally she threw her magazine she picked up at the cinema and stormed out. The magazine is 'Famous', the free mag they hand out at most local cinemas. It has news and reviews and photos. Just now I was poking through it while my emails loaded, and what did I see? This article:

On the Slate

Lord of the Rings: If all is on schedule, filming for The Two Towers, the first installment of director Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, should be under way in New Zealand (I did say this was a FREE mag right?..no money for research I guess...-Xo). The epic translation of J.R.R. Tolkien's tale is expected to take an epic mount of time to shoot, which has scared off a number of actors who would have otherwise been interested. Count Sean Connery and Kate Winslet among the talent who just couldn't commit. But have no fear, there are still some quality names associated with the project. Ian Holm (above) will play Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellan will play Gandalf, Elijah Wood will play Frodo Baggins, Ethan Hawke will play Faramir and Liv Tyler will play Arwen.

Check out the Famous Web Site.

Thanks to Darth Sis for the Info!

Web Watch: Sci-Fi Channel on the Web

12/03/99, 3:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Upgraded Rings Web Site Coming
2:37pm 1-Dec-99

New Line Cinema will unveil an upgraded, multimedia-heavy Lord of the Rings Web site in mid-December that will allow fans a glimpse at the production of the movie trilogy. The new Web site will feature video commentary by director Peter Jackson, images from the New Zealand shooting location, and interviews with cast and crew members, New Line spokeswoman Wendy Rutherford told SCI FI Wire.

The studio also plans to release a Lord of the Rings-themed Web browser that will allow fans to access special features of the site. "It'll be better than the Star Wars: Episode I Web site," Rutherford said.

Strange News From Bree

12/03/99, 12:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Michael Martinez's latest article at Sute 101 is up. It concerns Bree and the film. Read on:

Bree's location at the crossroads of the great highways of Eriador probably ensured its survival throughout the Third Age more than any other factor. The highways ran from Fornost Erain in the north to Tharbad in the south, and from the Grey Havens in the west all the way to the Misty Mountains and beyond. The east-west road was (apparently) originally built by Dwarves, but the Numenoreans appear to have taken it over when they founded Arnor.

Bree's heyday probably occurred from the years 1300-1600 in the Third Age, This was the period when the Hobbits migrated westward from Rhudaur to Arthedain and many of them settled at Bree. Arthedain was the strongest of the three Dunadan kingdoms in Eriador, and its Dunedain were the ancestors of Aragorn's people. Other folk lived in Arthedain during these years as well, some partially of Dunadan descent, some descended of the Edain who settled in Eriador (mostly Beorians), and some descended of the Gwathuirim, the mysterious woodland folk of Enedwaith and Minhiriath who fought for Sauron in the War of the Elves and Sauron. The men of Bree were descended of this latter group, and they appear to have been the only large group of men (besides the Dunedain) to survive the fall of Arnor.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

LOTR Stage Play in Montreal

12/03/99, 10:44 am EST - Xoanon

Attention Montreal Ringers! (myself included), l'École Polytechnique de Montréal is hosting a new production of 'The Lord of the Rings' (in french) this comming March. The website for the production has the entire screenplay, as well as the cast list. A very interesting read! I will hopefully be there to see it first hand. Thanks to my good buddy Darthcleo for the tip!

Bits and Pieces

12/03/99, 9:22 am EST - Xoanon

Here are a few short bits for today:

Wormtongue in Space

For those in range of the Fox station KCPQ in Seattle (which includes those of us up in Vancouver who get it on cable), they are playing the two-part Star Trek Voyager in which Brad Dourif plays 'Suder'. The first part was last night (Thursday), but the second half, in which he has a major role, is tonight (Friday) at 11:00 p.m., PST. He's going to make a great Grima Wormtongue!

Thanks to Colleen for the tip!

Ethan to Direct Uma

Ringer spy Dave sends in a little soundbite from The Hollywood Reporter. He also gives us the skinny on a review of Uma Thurmans latest film 'Sweet and Lowdown'. Which opens today in limited release.

NEW YORK -- Actor Ethan Hawke will make his feature film directorial bow with the indie film "Last Word on Paradise" for IFC Prods.' Independent Digital Entertainment banner. Hawke, who will not have a role in the film, said he has lined up an ensemble cast that includes his wife, Uma Thurman, as well as Kevin Corrigan, Kris Kristofferson, Robert Sean Leonard, Natasha Richardson, Tuesday Weld, Frank Whaley and Steve Zahn. The film will be shot on digital video beginning Sunday in New York. Scripted by actress Nicole Burdette, the film comprises a set of five vignettes all set in a New York hotel and inspired by Dylan Thomas' "Under Milk Wood."

Also, there's a review of Uma's latest film Sweet and Lowdown at this URL:


What Do You Think? Do Balrogs have Wings???

12/03/99, 12:04 am EST - Jincey

Often brought up in Barliman's, the subject of Balrog wings gives rise to lengthy debates. We thought it would be a great choice of topic for our next chat. Join us in The Hall of Fire on Saturday, December 4 at 3:30 pm ET for what promises to be the liveliest discussion yet! Everyone is welcome to help us form a consensus on this provocative subject.

News for Dec. 02, 1999

Cast News: Blanchett Film 'Mr. Ripley' Review

12/02/99, 11:25 pm EST - Xoanon

The cool canuks over at Corona have a review of the latest Cate Blanchett film 'The Talented Mr. Ripley'. Cate has a small part as a young heiress named Meredith Logue.

Check out the review here.

Check out the Official Site here.

Jackson's 'Heavenly Creatures' on IFC Tonight

12/02/99, 3:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Peter Jackson's critically acclaimed film 'Heavenly Creatures' will be on IFC (Independent Film Channel) tonight at 10:30 EST.

Take a look at this dark film about the true story of 2 girls who commit murder. The themes of fantasy and play are rampant, you can take a peek in Peter's creative side.

Click here to visit our 'Heavenly Creatures' page.

As far as the IFC, I've never heard of that station before, you must have to order it from your cable company so I provided a link, anyone who can get IFC, should, we should all support independent filmmaking.

IFC Home Page.

Amazing Prancing Pony Set Report

12/02/99, 8:42 am EST - Xoanon

Oh yes, exactly what I was waiting for, a complete set report from the goings on INSIDE the set of The Prancing Pony Inn. Check it out in The Spy Reports.


LOTR Cartoon Competition

12/02/99, 8:40 am EST - Xoanon

From: John Cook

Hi, I'm a big fan of your site - I visit it every day (hungry for new LOTR movie news) and I am DEEPLY envious that you got to read the movie script!

Anyway, I run a weekly cartoon competition on my web site and this week, I've drawn a cartoon parody of Lord of the Rings, featuring Gandalf and the 4 hobbits. Entrants have to write a caption for the cartoon and at the end of the week, the funniest punchline is voted on by readers.

I thought you and theonering.net readers might be interested in checking out the cartoon. The cartoon is based on actual shots of hobbit holes used in Peter Jackson's upcoming movie - that I found from your site! If you could mention it on your site, I would be deeply thankful. The link is: http://www.sev.com.au/toonzone/twistcomp.htm

The competition ends Dec 9 so please drop by to check it out soon. I've attached a small icon that you're free to post on your site (or you can copy the cartoon off my site and use that if you want). Many thanks!

John Cook
Twist Cartoon Competition

Music for the Masses

12/02/99, 8:37 am EST - Xoanon

From: Xtem

At http://www.napster.com

they have created a programme that allows you to search through the HDs of all the people involved...and that is alot! I'm talking about over 1, 000 gigabytes of stuff available, on just ONE server at a given time!!! Anyway, it's specifically created for finding the audio format MP3. I just thought people might like to know about it, because having been to some of the MP3 web pages out there I know how often you get broken links or redirected to some other site, which is most likely to open up hundreds of other windows! As I was saying, this programme is amazing in finding specific songs or artists that you might be looking for, which someone else has in their HD and is making available to you.

So my point, after all that? Well, I've just stumbled across some theme songs for Lord of the Rings that people have recorded - I think it might have been for the Bakshi version or something (haven't downloaded it nor have I watched that version, so I'm not helpful in that area!). So finding LOTR stuff may be made easier! Anyway, the other possibility is that you could do searches for the people rumoured to be doing the score for LOTR, such as Mr. Kilar.

News for Dec. 01, 1999

The Queen Geek goes South.

12/01/99, 7:17 pm EST - Tehanu

I'm going hiking over Christmas. Stay tuned for my reports, if I ever bother to get near a computer again. As well as the known film locations, I've been given lots of ideas for places to visit that are too tempting to ignore. Check spy reports for some of the suggestions I've been getting about places to explore and dream about Middle-earth.

Ebay and LOTR

12/01/99, 11:10 am EST - Xoanon

Ebay is a wonderful source for all things Tolkien. The current number of Tolkien items stands at 531, and is growing all the time. I've decided to keep you folks up to date on the interesting items up for auction at ebay.

This is in no way affiliated with Ebay, just something for you guys to keep up to date!

Check out the Shop for the first update, more to come later today.

Do you see something cool that I should mention from ebay? Send it along! (Xoanon@theonering.net)

New Line talks LOTR

12/01/99, 9:25 am EST - Xoanon

From: Cinescape

‘Lord of the Rings’ Prod Info

Helmer Peter Jackson and New Line big shots Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne are talking up their challenging Lord of the Rings film production. In an article in the Wall Street Journal, additional information about the production was provided as well as tidbits on further promotions for the films to come.

Regardless of how big the buzz has been on the project, New Line is still well aware of what a big risk it is bringing Tolkien’s epic story to the screen. Robert Shaye, founder and CEO of New Line, addresses the risks involved in making the trilogy in one fell swoop… and a lot of money… saying, "Could it backfire? Sure, if the first film is a disaster it doesn't augur very well for the next two… [b]ut -- and I'm knocking on my desk here -- we feel very certain that this has a universal currency in terms of interest, and we think it could be a franchise right off the shelf."

Shaye and company are playing it smart, defraying the expenses up front with a number of international financial partners as well as "serious lucre in merchandising and licensing deals" to come.

Shaye and New Line prez Michael Lynne also talked of how the production was brought to them after Jackson was unable to craft the epic into a two-part film series, with the helmer noting, "any attempt to compress the story or simplify it would disappoint." Jackson didn’t just come bearing scripts, but a short video reel demonstrating a number of the film’s potential creatures. Lynne’s assessment of the video? "It was amazing: things we hadn't seen before, that played tricks with perception, with how vision works. We were blown away."

Regarding the current production, the paper notes that the films have 85 speaking parts, noting that none of those parts will be filled by still rumored Sean Connery. On this point, Jackson is quoted as saying, "Never talked to him."

As far as the special effects are concerned, Jackson was asked if he had any concerns that the visuals on the screen might eclipse the actors. Jackson answered, "Lord of the Rings is wonderful source material, an amazingly intricate epic story with wonderful characters. We're just trying to take all the great stuff from the books and use modern technology to give audiences a night at the movies quite unlike anything they have ever seen before."

As far as plans to further promote the production, the Journal reports that New Line will be doing a series of videotape interviews with Jackson as well as conduct Internet remote chats from and during the production.

Cast News: Dourif's 'Color of Night' on HBO

12/01/99, 8:57 am EST - Xoanon

North American Ringers can catch a glimpse of Brad Dourif on HBO tonight. Brad plays Clark in the 1994 thriller 'Color of Night'. Check it out at 8:30 pm EST on HBO.

Dourif will play Grima in all 3 LOTR films.

Thanks to Gamgee for the TV tip!

The Cleanup Continues

12/01/99, 8:50 am EST - Xoanon

Super Ringer Spy Ian send in his report regardomg the flood waters that caused some filming to be haulted, and stranded a few WETA folks:

The clean up in and around flood-ravaged Queenstown continues, as pictured on the TV1 Holmes programme this evening (in New Zealand). Old news now as far as the film crew is concerned, but it gives some idea of what the clean up is like concerning the washed-away sets. The item once again mentioned how hard it is to get builders.

News for Nov. 30, 1999

Latest Rant, Chapter 5

11/30/99, 11:04 pm EST - Xoanon

Finally, I've completed the Book 2 Chapter 5 rant. What took me so long? Well some 'real life adventures' as well as other things, but here we go! Enjoy the Chapter 5 Rant.

Look for Chapter 6 soon!

Filming in Paradise

11/30/99, 7:27 pm EST - Xoanon

I've recieved some news on future filming locations on the South Island.

Paradise is describes as: Paradise... is not a city, or a town it's an area just beyond a small (very small) town called Glenorchy, about 40 mins drive away from Queenstown at the head of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by mountains it's a really nice area. The only way to get there by road is from Queenstown. People go there for sightseeing and to do walking tracks etc...

Images from nearby Glenorchy

Sounds like a rather beautiful filming location to me! All you NZ Ringers, send me any and all info about Paradise!

Thanks to Seeper for the info!

Want to Know What They Filmed Last Friday?

11/30/99, 6:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out the Spy Reports for the full review, you will not be let down!


Hall of Fire Logs online

11/30/99, 1:27 pm EST - Calisuri

Hi Folks,

Just wanted to point you to the Hall of Fire logs from the last three sessions. Check them out on the Hall of Fire page in the Barliman's portion of TheOneRing.netª.

Coming to a Store Near You?

11/30/99, 9:24 am EST - Xoanon

This I have to post, it's not really news, but it made me laugh. Ever worry that New Line will go 'Batman & Robin' and really cheese the whole production up? Even in your worst nightmare you've never seen something like this:

Hi there. My brother and I are avid LOTR fans and recently took a class at Rice University all about Tolkien. ... we jokingly comprised a soundtrack of popular music for the LOTR movies. Some are plays on words, some are actual songs that would be the score for certain parts of the movie. We thought you and your readers might enjoy this. Thanks. Nick and Adam G.

Lord of the Rings Soundtrack

1) Main Title -- London Symphony Orchestra

2) Eye of the Shire -- Survivor

3) Livin' la Vida Frodo -- Ricky Martin

4) Straight outta Hobbiton -- NWA

5) Pippin's Theme / You Took Me All Night Long -- AC/DC

6) Weathertop Battle / Cuts Like a Knife -- Bryan Adams

7) Ent No Mountain High Enough -- Diana Ross and The Supremes

8) When Saruman Loves a Woman -- Percy Sledge

9) Strider on the Storm -- The Doors

10) The Siege of Minas Tirith / Never Surrender -- Triumph

11) Escape from Mount Doom / Take it to the Limit -- The Eagles (get it? The eagles save them, we thought maybe Glenn Frey and Don Henley should voice the eagles in the movies)

Moriarty Live Chat

11/30/99, 9:20 am EST - Xoanon

Last night, the evil Dr. Moriarty, resident worker bee at Ain't It Cool News, held a live chat on IUniverse. I caught the tail end of it, it was rather interesting. Here's what he had to say concerning LOTR:

I think there's a hell of a chance that PJ's about to take everyone to school. The 2 script version is stunning, beautiful piece of fantasy storytelling. It's adult and smart & passionate and sad and everything that people always complain that fantasy cinema isn't.

And Jackson's got the software to back it up his human actors. WETA has tricks up it's sleeve, that no one can imagine ........MASSIVE IS THE FUTURE....

The main reason I'm confident is becasue I've seen designs that we can't post. Gollum in particular gives me faith, He's no JAR-Jar. Instead he's a heartbreaking character, a thing with a soul.

Thanks to Hobbs3 for the tip!

News for Nov. 29, 1999

Sutherland not in After All?

11/29/99, 2:31 pm EST - Xoanon

TheOneRing.net was recently contacted by Donald Sutherland's publicist and agent.

She told me that the news of Donald being cast in LOTR was 'News to her' and that they have not been approached by anyone.

This, I find as a dissapointment, but there may be yet more to the story, as all these things are never set in stone.

The Hobbit Makes Lists

11/29/99, 2:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Amazon.com has compiled a few 'best of...' lists, and 'The Hobbit' has made three of them.

First, it made their top 25 SF or Fantasy novels of the century. This list was presented in alphabetical order, so there is no indication of how well it did in the voting by the editors. It shares company with '1984', 'Brave New World', 'Dune' and 'The Princess Bride'.

Second, it made it into the top 50 childrens' novels of the century. It placed 17th of 25 for the first half of the century.

Third, it was included in their top 100 fiction novels of the century. It placed 6th for the decade 1930 - 1939. It rubs elbows with 'The Grapes of Wrath' and 'The Death of the Heart'.

'LoTR' made the childrens' novel list as an honourable mention under 'The Hobbit'.

These lists were critical lists, rather than fan-picked.

Thanks to Chuck for the news!

The New Tolkien? Who Cares?

11/29/99, 2:25 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Craig

I was checking out www.pcgamer.com and was looking at a review of the new Wheel of Time game based upon Jordan's novels, which I've not read. But I found this, and thought you might be interested in maybe posting it on the site and letting the fans of the novels give a response. I couldn't find the author who wrote it, but it's probably Chris Kramer who wrote the article.


The New Tolkien? Who cares?

Tagging Robert Jordan as the "new J.R.R. Tolkien" is about as meaningful to me as describing 98 Degrees as the "new Backstreet Boys." Do we really need another Tolkien? Most folks don't have much of a use for the original.

Am I interested in seeing the Lord of the Rings movies when they're released in 2002? Yes, but only because I'm a big fan of Peter Jackson, the director. I'd much rather watch Jackson's brilliantly twisted Dead Alive or Meet the Feebles for the millionth time than wade through hundreds of pages of frolicking elves. In the name of investigative research, I did read the WoT series in its encyclopedia-sized entirety. Each of Jordan's Wheel of Time books are well over 800 pages in length. There's about 600 pages of pure uselessness in every novel, wherein the fifty-seven main characters gripe at length about their lives and how unfair the universe is. Almost nothing happens for the majority of the book, then Jordan crams in a huge battle in the very last pages that carries you over into the next book. After reading all eight novels, I was left with the distinct impression that Jordan had originally intended to write the standard fantasy trilogy and then go about with his life. I'm guessing that some time shortly after his second novel went into its umpteenth pressing and all those big fat royalty checks began rollin' in, Jordan sat back in his chair, scratched his chin and thought about stretching things out a bit.

sigh, it's ignorant people like these that make me wonder why they have a job and I don't!

News for Nov. 28, 1999

New Poll

11/28/99, 11:17 pm EST - Calisuri

Thanks to ringer staff member Gamgee for this weeks great poll question!

Check out last weeks final results in our old poll area.

Via Satellite.

11/28/99, 4:14 pm EST - Tehanu

Way back at the beginning of this project Peter Jackson talked about filming in different locations simultaneously, with him directing in one location live and the others via satellite. This is what they have ended up doing, according to a recent article in the Sunday Star-Times. Peter Jackson is using a kind of advanced video-conferencing system to direct in up to three locations simultaneously while working with live actors as well. New Line has its own dedicated satellite and images are beamed up to it.
The intereview with Barry Osborne confirmed that all three movies are being filmed simultaneously. I think some people still think that the movies are being filmed starting at the beginning and going through 'til the end. (I get emails, "Why isn't so-and-so in NZ yet?") The schedule as it stands, and with the added chaos of the flooding etc. must be a nightmare to keep track of.

Filming in the National Parks. Pt. 2

11/28/99, 3:45 pm EST - Tehanu

A few people have been wanting more detail on the situation with LOTR being filmed in the National Parks. The Department of Conservation has given permission for the company to film on D.O.C. land around Te Anau, the Wakatipu basin around Queenstown, and Mt.Owen around Murchison. D.O.C. has given the company a 77-page document outlining the conditions it sets, and there is a $50,000 bond to lose if they wreck anything.(For New Line, this would be the proverbial slap on the wrist with a wet bus-ticket, as far as threats go.) The film company must employ a D.O.C. officer to monitor how they're affecting the environment; they must only drive on existing roads, and public access can't be restricted. I like the last condition!

Serkis on ITV in the UK Today

11/28/99, 11:24 am EST - Xoanon

For all you UK Ringers out there,

From: Matt

Hey there, don't know whether you know this already, but Andy Serkis (Voice of Gollum) is about to appear on UK TV this Sunday in Oliver Twist.

Apparently it's a virtual re-write of Dicken's original, a bit more hard edged and with more character depth. Serkis plays Bill Sykes, so we could get a taste of him in slimey mode!!

Don't know the exact time, but it's this Sunday, on ITV.

Check it out for a look (and a earfull) of Gollum's voice!

Ralph Bakshi Interview

11/28/99, 11:20 am EST - Xoanon

Mongvar has informed me that he's gotten a small interview with Ralph Bakshi, director of the easily forgetable LOTR Cartoon in the late '70's, here's a sample:

Mongvar Tolkien: First of all, thank you very much for the interview, Ralph. To start, I wish to make the question which, I think, is the one most of people has done. Why did The Lord of the Rings cartoon ended in the middle of the story? Was this the initial idea or you were hoping for doing the whole trilogy? Did you ever thought in continue the cartoon untill the end? Is there still the possibility of doing it?

Ralph Bakshi: It was impossible to do the trilogy in one film. The film company knew I was doing part 1 of a 2 part movie. When it was finished, they reversed their position, and said no one would go to see part 1 so they called it Lord of the Rings and everyone thought it was supposed to be the complete trilogy. I wouldn't work with these people again.

For the rest of the small interview, click here.

News for Nov. 27, 1999

Queenstown Filming to continue until Christmas?

11/27/99, 11:19 pm EST - Tehanu

There have been contradictory stories (and all quoting the film's producers!) about how long filming will continue in the South Island. Bad weather and the destruction of sets by floods has of course delayed things. The cast and crew were scheduled to take a break in mid-December, but now one report has them continuing until closer to Christmas. The weather is fining up slowly.

Bean's 'Sharpe' for Sale.

11/27/99, 10:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Resevoir Dog sends in this from a magazine. It's an add to buy Sean Bean's 'Sharpe' episodes on video. The text reads:

Sharpe's Rifles
Sharpe's Eagles

The TV adaptations of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe novels (set during the Napoleonic wars) have been a huge success in Britian, but seem to have passed us by. These spectacular two-hour films star Sean Bean of Goldeneye and Patriot Games fame. Plenty of swashbuckling action with a smattering of romance

Cast News: Astin's 'Toy Soliders' on Aussie TV

11/27/99, 10:31 pm EST - Xoanon

All you Australian Ringers can catch a glimpse of Sean Astin in his 1991 film 'Toy Soliders'. Check your local listings for channel and time, and gave a gander at Sam in action! Thanks to Resevoir Dog for the TV tip!

Web Watch: Lee on USAToday.com

11/27/99, 1:49 pm EST - Xoanon

From: USAToday.com.

Christopher Lee's 'Rings' quest

British Gothic horror film icon Christopher Lee won't slow down. The 77-year-old actor will fly to New Zealand in January to appear in the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. Lee will spend two months playing the white wizard Saruman, who is Gandalf's (Ian McKellen) mortal enemy and tries to rule Middle Earth and the hobbits. Lee recalls reading the trilogy back in the '60s, during his days playing Dracula in various Hammer studio films. "I was just beginning as an actor, and I thought, 'Oh, wouldn't it be wonderful if this film is made, and wouldn't it be even more wonderful it I was able to play Saruman?' " Lee says by phone from his London home. "Touch wood, I will be. It's a dream come true." Lee also plays Pakistan's founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, in Jinnah (seeking a distributor) and might reprise his role as Duc de Richleau in a much-talked-about remake of 1968's The Devil Rides Out.

Thanks to Scout for the tip!

Hall of Fire Chat today!

11/27/99, 10:49 am EST - Xoanon

The Hall of Fire is off to a roaring start, with two great chats done already. Check for details on past chats at The Hall of Fire page. Here's a note from Gamgee about the next meeting, this Saturday, November 27.

What Would Gollum Have Done?

...if he had not fallen into the Cracks of Doom? Would he have put on the Ring and run away? Perhaps would he have eaten Frodo and Sam, or made himself King of Fishessss? Maybe he would have gone crazy and jumped in! There are many possibilities, so join Gamgee, Gandalf, and Pipesmoke, in the Hall of Fire, on Saturday, November 27th, at 3:30 EST to talk this one through. We look forward to hearing what you think, preciousessesss, so join the crowd and speak your mind!

Live in a different timezone? Check the correct time for you here!

TheOneRing.net Ecards!

11/27/99, 10:42 am EST - Xoanon

TheOneRing.net is happy to announce something rather cool and new to the site! And just in time for the holidays! Ecards!

Sending a card is easy with TheOneRing.net™'s Greeting Card Center! Just follow the instructions at each step along the way. I also want to let you know that the cards are stored in a non-indexed directory so only you and the recipient will know how to find the card. This directory is also pretty secure from spammers, so send your card knowing you will not end up on any junk list.

After you have completed the card, you will be shown a preview. If you do not like your card, you may edit it and then send it, or just cancel the request. The recipient will receive e-mail advising where to find the card.

So send a card to your friend wishing them Happy Holidays!

Cast News: Ethan on Cinemax

11/27/99, 10:41 am EST - Xoanon

US Ringers can catch Ethan Hawke in the amazing drama 'Dead Poets Society'. If you really want to see a great film, along with one of the best preformance by Hawke, check out this film. 3:30 EST on Cinemax.

LOTR # 1 in Netherlands

11/27/99, 12:52 am EST - Xoanon

This is a bit of good news I recieved from Sean van der Meulen:

According to a poll in a dutch newspaper, "de Gooi en Eemlander", Dutch readers voted Lord of the Rings their number one book of all times, with The Hobbit in at number nine. The number one position was gained by a large majority, and thanks to both younger and older readers voting for Tolkien's works, one of the only books to do so.

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