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May 20, 2002 - May 26, 2002

News for May 26, 2002

LOTR Action Figure Storybook

5/26/02, 11:21 pm EST - Tehanu

We had a link called 'What do YOU do with your spare time?' which crashed due to traffic from TORN soon after we mentioned it. FoolOfATook kindly offered to host the Storybook on his site, so if you missed out seeing it, here it is.

GAMING: Screenshots From Gamecube's The Hobbit

5/26/02, 11:15 pm EST - Berendir

Gamespot has recently added screenshots on The Hobbit for Gamecube. Definitely worth taking a look, and if you like what you see, take some time to peruse the Gaming Haven's Game Art to see what other Middle Earth developments are transpiring in the gaming world. [More]

Weekly Ebay Items

5/26/02, 10:41 pm EST - Xoanon

Take a look at some of the cool goodies you can pick up on eBay this week! [More]

Weekly Cast Watch

5/26/02, 5:27 pm EST - Xoanon

Here's another great chance to see your favorite LOTR stars and talent on the small screen this week! Including UK listings and my personal favorites! [More]

GAMING: LOTR Pictures From E3

5/26/02, 3:40 pm EST - Xoanon

Trinity writes: Just thought you guys would like to see the booths that Universal Interactive and EA had for the Lord of the Rings at E3 in LA. [More] [Gaming Havens]

LOTR & The Teen Choice Awards

5/26/02, 2:37 pm EST - Xoanon

Jennifer writes: I just got my new issue of Seventeen magazine (July 2002), I typed you the nods LOTR got for the Teen Choice Awards. [More]

Old pro Lee: From horror to fantasy

5/26/02, 2:28 pm EST - Xoanon

Apart from being two of the biggest movie hits of the past five months, "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" have something else in common -- both feature veteran British actor Christopher Lee. [More]

Elijah Wood On Radiosonic

5/26/02, 2:24 pm EST - Xoanon

FOTW writes: According to radiosonic.com, Elijah Wood (Frodo) and his current girlfriend Franka Potente will be on that radio show on June 1st, to "talk rock ‘n’ movies and spin all their favourite recent releases."

News for May 25, 2002

Ian McKellen's Birthday

5/25/02, 6:19 pm EST - Xoanon

Today, May 25th, is Ian McKellen's (Gandalf) birthday! Ian was born Ian Murray McKellen on May 25th, 1939, in Burnley, Lancashire, England. That makes him 63 today! Happy birthday Ian!

Hall Of Fire Chats For May 25th & 26th

5/25/02, 1:17 pm EST - Strider

This weekend, the Hall of Fire crew are talking about the effect of the One Ring on Frodo, as he makes his travels to Mordor with his friend Sam at his side, oblivious to the War of the Ring between Elves, Men and Orcs nearby in the kingdom of Gondor. What would have happened if Sam was not with Frodo, would he have been totally demoralised and have failed? Did the One Ring scar Frodo for the rest of his days in Middle-earth? [More]

News for May 24, 2002

EXCLUSIVE: First Online Review of FOTR DVD!

5/24/02, 4:51 pm EST - Strider

Well, with more than three months before its release, the first review of the first Fellowship of the Ring DVD has surfaced on the Internet, and it's the folks at LightsOutEntertainment who have landed the scoop. Check out the review (with a lot of beautiful screenshots), though you may make the wait for August that much harder for yourself. [More]

SHOP: J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth

5/24/02, 3:19 pm EST - Xoanon

J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth author Dr. Brad Birzer sends this along personally. This is the upcoming cover of his new book, to be published in October of 2002. Take a look! [More]

GAMING: War of the 'Rings': When Games Collide

5/24/02, 1:43 pm EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Soon after Kenneth Cron became head of Vivendi Universal Games last year, he was faced with a career-defining decision — whether to spend millions to develop games based on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novels. [More] [Gaming Havens]

McKellen To Head Gay Pride Parade

5/24/02, 1:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Ian McKellen (Gandalf) has been chosen to head up the Gay Pride parade in San Francisco on June 29th. [More]

Ask Christopher Lee Winners!

5/24/02, 1:05 pm EST - Xoanon

We received over 550 emails from all over the globe with questions for Christopher Lee (Saruman). We chose the 15 questions we thought were interesting and were some of the most popular questions asked. Christopher Lee will be answering these 15 questions on video, and you will soon be able to see it right here! Congrats to all the folks who got their questions through, and thanks for sending your questions in! [More]

TV Watch: Cate Blanchett On 'Parkinson'

5/24/02, 11:08 am EST - Xoanon

Giorgia writes: There will be another chance for Australian viewers to see Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) on television this weekend - she is appearing on Parkinson on Saturday 25 May at 9.30pm on the ABC.

News for May 23, 2002

Monthy Python Does LOTR!

5/23/02, 6:17 pm EST - leo

Well okay not really but if you follow the link that Hstaphath send in you might think they did! Take a look at his truly hilarious Monthy Python-take on LOTR that he wrote but glue yourself to your chair first to avoid falling off! [More]

TV Watch: Cate Blanchett On '60 Minutes'

5/23/02, 10:30 am EST - Xoanon

FrodoFan1 writes: Just thought you'd like to know that Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) will be appearing on '60 Minutes' on Sunday 26th May at 7:30 pm on Chanele 9 Australia, she will be talking about LOTR and the preview mentions an "embaressing moment".

New Zealand Really Is Middle-earth

5/23/02, 10:27 am EST - Xoanon

Xoanon here, the folks at Glenorchy Air were kind enough to send us these really great pictures taken all around New Zealand, take a look! [More]

Hobbits Sighted In Wellywood

5/23/02, 10:10 am EST - Xoanon

SC writes: A couple of my friends were at a service station in central Wellington on Friday night and as they were making their purchases who walks in but Dominic Monaghan (Merry) and Billy Boyd (Pippin)! The only mental note my friends made was that Dom and Billy were on foot, and appeared to be quite short - kind of like hobbits in the flesh!

Great Faramir Picture

5/23/02, 10:06 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Kerryn sends along this great image of David Wenham (Faramir) from the Sunday Mail in Brisbane. [More]

Surprising New Green Books!

5/23/02, 3:10 am EST - Quickbeam

Greetings all – Quickbeam here. Come check out the new May update for Green Books:

• Go Out on a Limb with me to learn fantastic behind-the-scenes secrets from PJ’s Fellowship of the Ring. A little bird told me!
Counterpoint has tremendous feedback from readers tackling both Anwyn and the movie.
• Turgon’s Bookshelf interviews the grandson of E.A. Wyke-Smith, author of The Marvellous Land of Snergs which inspired Tolkien to write The Hobbit!
• Want original poems and short stories? Moon Letters is your ultimate Fan Fiction forum.
• The Most Frequently Asked Questions page is probably the single most helpful page on the Internet. Seriously.
Special Guest Caroline Monroe explores how Potter author J.K. Rowling was inspired by Tolkien!
• Check out 20 new Questions & Answers, including:

Much too hasty,

And the winner is...

5/23/02, 12:03 am EST - Calisuri

Congratulations to Guy Gondron from Orlando Florida! He is our Two Towers Teaser Poster contest winner! Guy has won a Sam and Bill the Pony statue from Sideshow/Weta Collectibles and a signed Ted Nasmith poster! Follow the link to see Guy's winning entry and our other two winners! [More]

News for May 22, 2002

GAMING: Interview With Decipher's Mike Reynolds

5/22/02, 10:53 pm EST - Berendir

Check out Part 2 in Flinch's 4 Part Series Interviewing Members of Decipher's Lord of the Rings TCG Design Team. [More]

GAMING: One game that may rule them all

5/22/02, 6:59 pm EST - Xoanon

Star Wars and Star Trek fans have had to put up with a lot over the years concerning video game adaptations of their beloved series. But after last year's successful arrival of The Fellowship of the Rings at the box office, it seemed that director Peter Jackson was doing justice to J.R.R. Tolkien's epic saga, and now fans will actually have a chance to partake in two different gaming series. [More] [Gaming Havens]

TolkienFest in Germany!

5/22/02, 3:08 pm EST - Tehanu

Stefan wrote to announce that the biggest Tolkien convention ever will take place this year in Germany - from 22nd to 24th November, 2002. "This event will gather 5,000 Tolkien-Fans from all over Europe and perhaps other continents. We have already contacted experts, artists and actors and we are in negotiations with many of them." [More]

Elf Hunting for fun and....more fun.

5/22/02, 2:54 pm EST - Tehanu

What is a PEF? Well, you can find out at the Elf Lover's Haven which is a shared effort by a number of creative women (and PEFs) who found that the Messageboard's Estrogen Hour just wasn't long enough. If you like Elves and writing, join in, say the site's founders. And don' t take anything too seriously!

Rhys-Davies seen in Wellington?

5/22/02, 2:41 pm EST - Tehanu

Arowin from the messageboards saw John Rhys-Davies in Wellington recently. [More] More evidence that filming is happening as we speak....you may recall that John is doing the voice of Treebeard as well as playing Gimli in TTT, so he'll have a lot to do.

GAMING: E3 2002: Two Towers Movies

5/22/02, 1:01 pm EST - Xoanon

From: IGN.com We apologize for the exceedingly iffy quality of the video, but if you'd like to get an impression of the scale and speed of EA's Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the two movies hereunto attached do get those qualities across. A 3D action game in the fast and furious mode, it features hordes of enemies on the screen at once and some neat interactive environmental elements, like siege engines raining fire during the battle of Helm's Deep. [More] [Gaming Havens]

What Do YOU Do With Your Spare Time

5/22/02, 12:48 pm EST - Xoanon

Andrew sent me this link that made me laugh out loud (and when you're looking for a job, you know how depressed you get! -Xo). Take a look at a slew of scenes from LOTR, done with action figures! [More]

Hobbit's Quest Beer Picture

5/22/02, 12:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Aelinwen sends along this image from 'Hobbit's Quest' beer logo, have a cold one! [More]

Two Towers Contest Update!

5/22/02, 3:05 am EST - Calisuri

TheOneRing.net staff have submitted their votes and the ballots are being tallied as we speak. (No, we are not counting hanging chads) Expect the winner to be announced today at 9pm PST. [More]

News for May 21, 2002

Weekly Cast Watch

5/21/02, 1:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Another great chance to catch your favorite LOTR star or talent on the small screen! Including UK listings and my personal picks for the week! [More]

Last Chance To Ask Christopher Lee!

5/21/02, 12:49 pm EST - Xoanon

Want to ask Christopher Lee (Saruman) a question?! Now is your chance! Christopher Lee has agreed to answer 20 or so of YOUR questions online! This is your last chance! [More]

'Heart Of The City' Goofs On Star Wars

5/21/02, 12:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Darcy sends us this link from the latest 'Heart of the City' comic goofing on Star Wars...you'll see how this is related to FOTR. [More]

MTV Talks To Elijah Wood

5/21/02, 12:35 pm EST - Xoanon

Former child star and Osbournes houseguest Elijah Wood scored a Best Male Performance nomination for his portrayal of Frodo, who MTV's Iann Robinson aptly dubbed the center of the Lord of the Rings universe. [More]

MTV Talks To Orlando Bloom

5/21/02, 12:33 pm EST - Xoanon

MTV asked newcomer and Best Breakthrough Performance Male nominee Orlando Bloom (Legolas) about how it felt to do the monumental Lord of the Rings as his first real acting gig. [More]

News for May 20, 2002

Filming for TTT on NZ's Mt. Ruapehu.

5/20/02, 11:20 pm EST - Tehanu

News from an NZ Ringer: "People from the Powderhorn Chateau in Ohakune [a really nice hotel on Mt. Ruapehu - the cast and crew stayed there last time] said that Peter Jackson will spend two days filming there this month. At a waterfall scene up Mountain Road. It is for the second film."

Live Chat With Decipher's Joe Alread

5/20/02, 10:16 pm EST - Berendir

Come join us Thursday May 30th at 7pm EST for a discussion with Joe Alread, one of the Designers of Decipher's Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game! Joe will be discussing the upcoming expansion Realm of the Elf-Lords, his favorite pieces of the game, info for newcomers to the game, and if we're lucky some advanced info on the Two Towers expansion. [More]

Get TheOneRing.net Newsletter Today!

5/20/02, 7:08 pm EST - Xoanon

The latest newsletter is ready to go! Do you want to receive our free weekly newsletter? Packed with tons of info to keep you up to date on the latest? Plus filled with exclusives from time to time! Join the crowd of over 9300 mailing list members! Sign up now! [More]

The Eagle And Child Pub

5/20/02, 3:44 pm EST - Strider

Have you ever wanted to see what The Eagle and Child pub in Oxford, in which J.R.R Tolkien spent many years with his colleagues and friends including C.S Lewis, looks like? Well Ringer Spy Glaurung & his Father sent in a couple photos they took of the place while paying a visit to London. [More]

Orlando's Gap Ad Details

5/20/02, 2:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Jenn writes: I just thought I'd send this scan along. It's a half page article on the making of the gap ads from the May 20th issue of Us Magazine. It shows a pic from all three Cameron Crowe adds and tells who's in them and what music is used for them, etc. [More]

New Zealand Really Is Middle-earth

5/20/02, 1:58 pm EST - Xoanon

Giorgia writes: I thought you guys might be interested in posting this link to the feature on LOTR sites in NZ that was shown on Getaway, a travel series here in Australia, on their movie locations special. There is text and photographs, as well as the option of watching the video of the story. [More]

A wow for Weta's wizards

5/20/02, 1:56 pm EST - Xoanon

Special effects wizards at Weta Workshops win creative and regional gold business awards in Wellington [More]

Weekend Round Up

5/20/02, 3:29 am EST - Xoanon

Missed all the news this weekend? Too busy in that galaxy far, far away? Well fear not! We've got all the news you may have missed! And it makes more sense than the X-Files finale too! [More]

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