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News for Jun. 01, 2004

Boston Museum LOTR Exhibit Special Promotion

6/01/04, 11:58 pm EST - weetanya

The Boston Museum of Science is doing a special promotion, Ringer Anduinite writes: Sunday, August 1, from 12:01 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.: A Lord of the Rings ticket is $5.00 this one time ONLY. Visitors are encouraged to come dressed in costume, no weaponry please. Find out about the exhibit here: [More]

More LOTR Pinball Info

6/01/04, 11:54 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Bryan (corroborated by Ringer azLaura) writes: Readers interested in the LOTR pinball should avoid Sharper Image go to an actual pinball machine retailer - they will save several hundred dollars. Just do a Google search for "Lord of the Rings Pinball" and you will get several choices. The pinball is made by Sterns (one of the last real pinball manufacturers) and you can read more about this very cool game on their Web site: [More]

Ringer Starbright adds: I just want to say, that in response to your LOTR pinball machine news on TORN, I went to a place called Skytop Lodge in Pennsylvania over Memorial Day weekend, and they own it. Its a lot of fun. I also wish I had 5,000, but at least at Skytop I only had to put in 50 cents to play it!

New Zealand as Middle-Earth at RBHS

6/01/04, 8:39 pm EST - Xoanon

New Zealand as Middle-Earth at RBHS

Regina G writes: On Friday, May 28th, Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, California, hosted their annual Multi-Cultural Faire. Our group decided to do New Zealand as Middle-Earth, serving "lembas bread" and fruit kabobs (featuring kiwis!) We all dressed up as various characters from the movies, and a talented member of our group drew amazing sketches of the Kings of Old on the River Anduin! [More]

The master of special effects

6/01/04, 8:25 pm EST - Xoanon

(CNN) -- The next time you settle in for a summer blockbuster movie and prepare to be dazzled by the wizardry of modern cinematic special effects, remember one name: Ray Harryhausen. If it had not been for him, today's moviemakers would have far fewer weapons in their technical arsenal. [More]

Universities look to Middle Earth for academic inspiration

6/01/04, 8:20 pm EST - Xoanon

There's a flurry of activity in the academic shires in response to the 50th anniversary of the Lord of the Rings. While the giants - or should that be orcs and goblins? - of Hollywood are sitting back to enjoy the plunder of an epic film trilogy, the ivory towers are loud with the noise of scholarly axes being ground and professors setting forth on the quest for conferences. [More]

'Dead Ringers' For Rings

6/01/04, 8:18 pm EST - Xoanon

Greenwood Hobbit writes: Popular BBC2 programme 'Dead Ringers' has committed what to some would seem the ultimate insult - a spoof of ROTK's Grey Havens sequence. But I have to say, I did chuckle rather a lot! The four hobbits and Gandalf looked very convincing, and the cast and crew put a lot of trouble into poking affectionate fun at the multiple endings. The show is repeated on the evening of Saturday 5th June and is well worth watching out for if you're in the UK.

'Gnomish Lexicon' to be Reprinted

6/01/04, 8:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Ostadan writes: Elvish linguists may be glad to learn that JRRT's very early "Gnomish Lexicon", which was published a few years ago in Parma Eldalamberon #11, but has been unavailable for some time, has gone back into print. Gnomish, or Noldorin, is the language which became the basis for the Grey-elven Sindarin tongue seen in Lord of the Rings. [More]

News for May 31, 2004

Jed Brophy Q&A

5/31/04, 11:35 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Lith writes: I had the good fortune to meet Jed Brophy in the lobby of the Holiday Inn after TORn's Oscar Party, and he was gracious enough to agree to answer some questions from the fans on the LOTR fan club message boards. I posted the Q & A today, and our very efficient moderator Primula already has it archived in her online scrapbook. I thought other fans might like to read it, so here is the link to the scrapbook page: [More]

Sharper Image LOTR Pinball

5/31/04, 11:34 pm EST - weetanya

Grima Wormtongue writes: This is a Lord of the Rings pinball machine available from Sharper Image. If only I had five thousand dollars... [More]

Update: Boston Museum LOTR Exhibit Directions

5/31/04, 11:30 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Steve writes: I just wanted to share this information with people who might be purchasing tickets to the Boston Museum's LOTR exhibit - it appears that the directions on the Museum's website (first link below) will not be accurate starting in August, as there will be no Green Line service to the Science Park station, where the museum is located. Instead, there will apparently be a shuttle bus, as indicated in the second article listed below. This could be helpful for anyone making hotel / travel reservations. [Map] [Shuttle Info]

Arwen Bests Galadriel as Most Naturally Beautiful

5/31/04, 11:27 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Wendy sent in this story from BBC Online: While Audrey Hepburn won first place in the "Most Naturally Beautiful Women" competition, "US film star Liv Tyler and Australian actress Cate Blanchett were voted second and third." I wonder what Gimli and Eomer would have to say about that? [More]

John Noble at Dallas Comic Con

5/31/04, 11:23 pm EST - weetanya

Galor5 writes: I just found out that John Noble will be making a rare appearance at the Dallas Comic Con to be held July 10th-11th. [More]

Atlanta TORnsib Moot Update

5/31/04, 11:21 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Frodo-esque says: Just wanted to give you an update for the planned Atlanta TORn Moot this weekend (June 4-5). We have reached capacity for the main dinner event and can no longer admit anyone else to it. We are planning on meeting somewhere later in the city and people can email me for more information if they are interested. [E-mail]

Show Us Your DVD Gallery III!

5/31/04, 10:06 pm EST - Xoanon

TORN Fans And Their ROTK DVD! Gallery III

Here is the third gallery of LOTR fans with their new precious, the ROTK DVD! Take a look! [More]

LOTR Symphony in New Mexico

5/31/04, 1:14 pm EST - Xoanon

Lee Ann writes: The LOTR Symphony will be performed September 17th & 19th in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at Popejoy Hall on the University of New Mexico campus. Alexander Mikelthwate will conduct the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The performance will feature the artwork of Alan Lee and John Howe. We have our tickets and can hardly wait until September! [More]

JRD & 'Eternal Egypt'

5/31/04, 1:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Mordred writes: At the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) There's an Egypt exhibit called 'Eternal Egypt'. When you enter it you can get head phone sets that give you explanations of different objects throughout the exhibit; and it's all narrated by our own John Rhys-Davies.

Matte Painters Site Updated

5/31/04, 1:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Pungolo writes: Roger Kupelian and Paul Campion have updated their sites with their fantastic works for ROTK! [invaderdigital.com] [paulcampion.com]

SFX Mag Talks ROTK Gaming

5/31/04, 1:03 pm EST - Xoanon

JG writes: The current issue of SFX magazine in the UK has an LOTR covermount. Every issue contains a miniature based on the film from Sabertooth Games' The Lord of the Rings Tradeable Miniatures Game. As you can't see the miniature, you don't know what you're getting so you may get one of the common, rare or ultra-rare miniatures. There's also a subscription offer where you get a free starter set worth £14.99 if you subscribe and the coverage inside mentions a forthcoming redemption offer and summer tournament. Keep your eyes peeled for the summer issues.

Other Film News: Cameron working on 'Big' SFX film

5/31/04, 11:22 am EST - maegwen

From The Guardian: You can credit Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy for spurring James Cameron into making his own groundbreaking visual-effects epic. ' The Return of the King reinforced for him the power of cinematic entertainment,' says Cameron's producer, Jon Landau, who refuses to name the new movie. 'It's a sci-fi action adventure set in the future,' is all he will say. [More]

Maryland's famous 'Hobbit' restaurant to be possibly rebuilt, reduced

5/31/04, 11:07 am EST - maegwen

Lots of people often write us about visiting Ocean City's famous "Hobbit Restaurant," so we thought this story about a proposed redevelopment of the area might be of interest to US East Coast Ringers. [More]

Jim Rygiel talks about the ROTK DVD

5/31/04, 11:02 am EST - maegwen

The Chicago Sun-Times interviews LOTR Visual Effects Supervisor Jim Rygiel about the ROTK DVD and a very valuable gift that recently arrived in the mail. [More]

'Fellowship of the Ring' in New Zealand

5/31/04, 10:55 am EST - maegwen

From the Arizona Republic: Because my mom and I really love the Lord of the Rings books and movies when the chance came to go on a two-week LOTR movie-site tour put on by Red Carpet Tours, we took it, and before we knew it, we were on a bus with 48 Tolkien fans from nine countries and a variety of U.S. states. [More]

Reaching for the Ring

5/31/04, 10:51 am EST - maegwen

The Chronicle for Higher Education examines the growing field of Tolkien scholarship. "Literary scholars have been analyzing [Tolkien's] cosmos since the mid-1960s. But there is a difference between success with the motion-picture academy and legitimacy in academe, as those working in the field of Tolkien studies are only too well aware" [More]

An online discussion with Michael D.C. Drout, an associate professor of English at Wheaton College, in Massachusetts, will take place on June 3rd. [More]

Howard Shore Q&A

5/31/04, 10:24 am EST - maegwen

TORn's good friend Irascian has posted a transcript and photographs from Howard Shore's Q&A session at the Royal College of Music in London. "He talked about the new 50 minute documentary on his symphony that will be on the ROTK Extended DVD, the hoped-for boxed set containing 8-CDs of all the LOTR extended edition music as well as a DVD of new documentary footage, and about how he was filmed in the shower!" Thanks Ian! [More]

Tolkien & Religion Radio Program on The Ark

5/31/04, 10:08 am EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Inecunian writes: The Australian ABC Radio National programme, The Ark, broadcast a documentary about Tolkien and Roman Catholicism on 23, May and provided a transcript. The ABC is the public broadcaster for Australia and its programme transcripts are available to all. [Read transcript] or [Listen]

Upcoming Tolkien Seminar

5/31/04, 9:54 am EST - maegwen

The Tolkien Society is proud to announce their next scheduled seminar, entitled "Tolkien: Influenced and Influencing," to be held at St Martin's College, Fusehill Street, Carlisle on July 17th. Check the link for details concerning panel members, pricing, and booking. [More]

News for May 29, 2004

Atlanta TORnSib Moot Schedule

5/29/04, 11:56 am EST - weetanya

Ringer Voronda says: I am writing to let you know that there is a group of 30+ enthusiastic fans and TORnSibs meeting in Atlanta next week for the LOTR Symphony... There are people coming from as far away as Switzerland for this event! We have a full agenda planned: [More]

Show Us Your DVD Gallery II!

5/29/04, 11:49 am EST - Xoanon

TORN Fans And Their ROTK DVD! Gallery II

Here is the second gallery of LOTR fans with their new precious, the ROTK DVD! Take a look! [More]

Barkley Dubs Cassell: Gollum

5/29/04, 11:40 am EST - weetanya

Mark writes: In case no one here has noticed, in the NBA playoff coverage on TNT here in the states Charles Barkley has been referring to Sam Cassell of the T'Wolves as Gollum all post-season. He literally doesn't call him by his name and just calls him Gollum all the time! [More]

Musician's Perspective on the Phoenix LOTR Concert

5/29/04, 11:15 am EST - weetanya

Lili of Phoenix writes: “I would like to submit my review of the Phoenix concert on May 26. I had a unique perspective because I was one of the guest musicians on stage! What an experience. Nothing in my 33 years of musical experience could top those 2 days.” [More]

SHOP: Sideshow/Weta's First Pic of their New Balrog!

5/29/04, 3:35 am EST - Celeborn

Check out Sideshow/Weta for a sneak peek at the upcoming 'Balrog of Moria' polystone statue. While its just a teaser image, it sure looks as cool as the first Balrog, and that can only mean they could sell pretty fast! [Click Here]

News for May 28, 2004


5/28/04, 10:37 pm EST - weetanya

TORn Staffer Ostadan writes: Elvish linguists may be glad to learn that JRRT's very early "Gnomish Lexicon", which was published a few years ago in Parma Eldalamberon #11, but has been unavailable for some time, has gone back into print. Gnomish, or Noldorin, is the language which became the basis for the Grey-elven Sindarin tongue seen in Lord of the Rings. Official announcement: [More]

Boston Museum LOTR Exhibit Ticket Information

5/28/04, 7:53 pm EST - weetanya

Hard-working Ringer Patricia scrounged up news about getting tickets for the Boston Museum of Science's LOTR Exhibit. She writes: "The exhibit runs from August 1 through October 24, 2004. Timed tickets are on sale now to museum members, and on sale to the public beginning at 10:00 a.m., June 1, 2004. Tickets can be purchased three ways: 1. Box office 2. Phone: (617) 723-2500. 3. Online 24/7 at the museums' website: www.mos.org. There is a $2 handling fee for non-museum members per person for tickets. VISA, Master Card and American Express are accepted. While most museums are closed on Mondays, the Boston Museum of Science is opened on Mondays. It might be easier to get timed tickets for a weekday!" [More]

Astin Opens Political Forum for SAG Members

5/28/04, 7:50 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer Keith writes: I think a number of your viewers may also be members of SAG (Screen Actors Guild) -- there are nearly 100,000 in the US! Sean has just opened a forum for SAG members only, to provide "open dialogue over time about issues important to our Union." [More]

Denmark Labor Party Goes Geek

5/28/04, 7:48 pm EST - weetanya

Kim from Denmark writes: The Youth department of The Labour Party in Denmark has launched its campaign to the European parliament with a poster from The Return of The King, but with new faces. Aragorn is replaced with Poul Nyrup (the former prime minister of Denmark) and Gollum is replaced with Anders Fog (the current prime minister of Denmark). [More]

Clint Gollum

5/28/04, 7:46 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer lostwire writes: I've created a composite photo of Clint Eastwood & Gollum which has been keeping quite a few people in hysterics on the boards I participate in. [More]

Easterlings, Eowyn, & Other DVD Moments

5/28/04, 7:38 pm EST - weetanya

Sharp-eyed Ringers have begun to send in letters regarding cool things they've noticed while watching ROTK DVDs. Here are a few interesting tidbits from erather, Jeremy and BoromirsOtherBrother. [More]

Positive Reviews of Phoenix Symphony's LOTR

5/28/04, 7:31 pm EST - weetanya

Ringers azruss, Arizona Hobbit and Earl Ferguson have responded with positive reviews to the Phoenix Symphony's LOTR. [More]

Frodo Economy Grows Stronger

5/28/04, 7:16 pm EST - Tehanu

The Lord of the Rings movies will still be attracting tourists to New Zealand in 40 years, a confident tourism sector predicts. New attractions continue to spring up - the newest is "hobbit-themed accommodation being offered by Minaret Lodge of Wanaka... The room has been built to look like a hobbit hole and the breakfast menu features delicacies like "Frodo's favourite Lembas bread". " [More] That's good news for us at Red Carpet Tours: After 3 years honing our Lord of the Rings tours we hope that people might enjoy the benefit for a long time to come.

Chelsea Flower Show: The LOTR Connection

5/28/04, 7:07 pm EST - Tehanu

Garden buffs might like to check out the prizewinning NZ exhibit at London's Chelsea Flower Show. The NZ entry had help from Richard Taylor and other Weta folk who donated their expertise to build the 'hot mineral springs' feature, and LOTR greenskeeper Brian Massey - the guy who kept Hobbiton green and blooming for the year of filming - was in charge of keeping the plants alive for Chelsea. [More]

News for May 27, 2004

'Show Us Your ROTK DVD' Photo Gallery!

5/27/04, 10:01 pm EST - Xoanon

TORN Fans And Their ROTK DVD!

We asked, and you answered in a BIG way! Here is the first batch of fans with their ROTK DVD's, more to be added soon! You want a photo of yourself with your new ROTK DVD?! Send it along!

Shore Getting ASCAP Honor Tonight

5/27/04, 9:23 pm EST - Xoanon

Feanor30 writes: I work in the classical music business, and just wanted to let you know that ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) will honor Howard Shore, along with several other important composers, with a 2004 ASCAP Concert Music Award tonight (May 27th), at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center. Congrats Howard!

'The Bachelor' Goes Geek

5/27/04, 9:15 pm EST - Xoanon

As if NFLer Jesse Palmer didn't have enough to get teased about when he gets back on the field this fall. Rohan Rider now tells us he also geeked out on national television. ABC showcased some "out-takes" from 'The Bachelor' and Palmer did a re-enactment of Gollum and the ring. Of course he was using the wedding band he had selected.

Isle of Man LOTR Postage Stamps

5/27/04, 9:12 pm EST - Xoanon

The folks from Isle of Man Post writes: To coincide with the worldwide release of The Lord of The Rings finale last December, the Isle of Man issued the ultimate tribute: a spectacular series of official postage stamps. The set of eight stamp sheets, souvenir sheets and postcards was nothing short of a worldwide sensation, thrilling movie fans on every continent. [More]

Shore at Sydney Opera House, June 17 - 19

5/27/04, 2:45 pm EST - weetanya

Kalari writes: Howard Shore will be conducting the Lord of the Rings Symphony at the Sydney Opera House on 17, 18 & 19 June. The Sydney Symphony, Sydney Philharmonia choirs and Sydney Children's Choir. Guest vocalist Katie Noonan. More information and bookings: [More]

Two Reviews of LOTR Symphony in Phoenix

5/27/04, 2:30 pm EST - weetanya

Ringers Brendan Loy and DbPhoenix wrote reviews of last night's performance of the LOTR Symphony by the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. Sadly, the reviews are not entirely positive. [More]

Happy 82nd Birthday, Christopher Lee!

5/27/04, 1:30 pm EST - weetanya

Today is Christopher Lee's birthday! Lee was born Christopher Frank Carandini Lee on 27 May 1922 in London, England. That makes him 82 today! Happy Birthday Christopher!

ROTK Trailer wins award

5/27/04, 1:02 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Meldon Valaturion writes: Just writing to tell you that trailer for 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' won in the Best Drama category of the Golden Trailer Awards. [More]

Hobbit Graduation March

5/27/04, 12:56 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy GoodProfessorT writes: I am a homeschool student in the PBHA (Poplar Bluff Homeschool Assocation) in Southeast Missouri, and our group of homeschool kids are hardcore Rings fans. During our graduation, we had, of course, a CD of Pomp and Circumstance that we would play as the graduates walked onto the stage to be presented. Well, as the sound man... I opened the CD case during the ceremony and found to my unbelief that the CD was not in there! We had no music! So, in our desperation, one of the former graduates grabbed his violin and played Concerning Hobbits as the graduates recieved their deplomas! I would rather have that for my graduation than Pomp and Circumstance... it was beautiful.

News for May 26, 2004

Show Us Your ROTK DVD!!

5/26/04, 8:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Dom poses with the ROTK DVD
Dominic Monaghan and his ROTK DVD

Following the great tradition of 'Show Us Your...' photo marathons we bring you 'Show Us Your ROTK DVD!' Send along a picture of you with your brand-spanking new DVD. Where do you like to watch it? Do you keep it in safe storage? How do you present it in your geek-shrine alongside your other DVD's and goodies? WE WANT TO KNOW!

Send us a pic of you with your precious!!!

Emerald Rose's Larry Morris Article

5/26/04, 8:30 pm EST - Xoanon

FD writes: The latest Georgia Tech alumni magazine has a feature on a Tech graduate who is a member of Emerald Rose. As TORN's party is mentioned prominently, I thought you might like to see it. [More]

Mortensen & Bloom in 'O' Magazine

5/26/04, 8:23 pm EST - Xoanon

Gwen writes: The June issue of O Magazine has a spread called Let's Hear it For the Boys. Viggo Mortensen and Orlando Bloom are both features. Also, on the Oprah website they feature a smaller feature of the same name with both men shown again. [More]

Anyone with scans from 'O' send them along!

The Philadelphia Singers Go Geek

5/26/04, 8:20 pm EST - Xoanon

Jessica S writes: The Philadelphia Orchestra along with the Philadelphia Singers will be singing "The Lord of the Rings Symphony" at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on July 13, 2004. [More]

Fellowship Music in GCSE Question

5/26/04, 7:08 pm EST - weetanya

PYLEY and other Ringer spies have written to let us know that question two of the GCSE (music exam) was about Fellowship of the Ring: "I just did my GCSE Music Listening exam today, and boy was I pleased to see that question two (worth 10 marks, area of study- film music) was about Fellowship of the Ring, a knife in the dark. So i got to sit and listen to 1:24 mins of heaven four times, while spotting 5 musical features and how they create the atmosphere. I was so pleased I couldn't stop grinning for the rest of the exam. My teacher thought I was crazy.

DVDanswers Reviews ROTK TE

5/26/04, 6:57 pm EST - weetanya

Long, detailed analysis of ROTK TE. "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the last epic in the phenomenally successful trilogy, ends with both style and a personal touch that will never be forgotten." [More]

Rings on Shore Footing for Stage Success

5/26/04, 6:53 pm EST - weetanya

"Between film and opera commitments, composer Howard Shore finds time for a concert tour of his score of The Lord of the Rings, writes Garry Maddox." [More]

Ringer Review of EW Special Edition Magazine

5/26/04, 6:51 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer John from Memphis sent us a review of the Entertainment Weekly's special edition on LOTR. He includes a few Extended Edition scenes, and points out a case of BAD reporting. [More]

Mortensen NOT Speaking For Rebild Party

5/26/04, 6:41 pm EST - weetanya

Ringer L. writes: This has been posted on various fan sites, thought you would like to put it up also on your page. "The Rebild Society regrets to announce that Viggo Mortensen will not be participating in the Rebild Party as main American speaker. He informed us of this through a letter which unfortunately the Rebild Society did not receive, which was why we informed the press of our invitation to Viggo Mortensen. The Rebild society apologizes for the inconvenience this has caused."

Farmer Maggot's Dog Dies...

5/26/04, 6:28 pm EST - leo

Ringer Spy Linuxelf writes: Saw this on the NZ news tonight; if you remember in FOTR a Hobbit (none other than Farmer Maggot) was approached by a Ringwraith, and a dog was barking and walked backwards inside, just before he told them that there where no "Bagginses around here, there up in Hobbiton.." Well that dog 'Herc' has been in a multitude of TV adverts and other movies, and sadly passed away yesterday. Herc's offspring is currently being trained for a part in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. He knew 120 commands! [More] or [More]

UPDATE: Farmer Maggot himself, Cameron Rhodes, responds:

Hi, I am deeply saddend at the death of my co-star. He will live on in the FELLOWSHIP.

486 Ringers and a Devil Duck

5/26/04, 6:17 pm EST - maegwen

Dom signs an autograph.

TORn Staffer Asfaloth writes: When we arrived at the new Best Buy in West Hollywood last night the line was already down the block. Nothing new for ‘Rings events. Ringers seem to almost enjoy lining up! But the promised autograph session with Dominic Monaghan was just too good an event to pass up. [More]

Frodo Hallmark Ornament

5/26/04, 6:04 pm EST - maegwen

Ringer Spy Dragon of Knight writes: "I just wanted to let you know that Halmark is putting out a Frodo Christmas Ornament this year in their Keepsake Collection which can be purchased at any Hallmark store this October." [More]

More information on 'Lost'

5/26/04, 5:58 pm EST - maegwen

TORn Staffer Asfaloth writes: This is some more in-depth info on the new ABC series "Lost" starring Dominic Monaghan. [More]

Hall of Fire Chats this Weekend: ROTK DVD

5/26/04, 5:07 pm EST - maegwen

It's here! After months of waiting, Ringers finally have the ROTK DVD in their hot little hands. At last, the whole trilogy can be watched all at once! What is your reaction to ROTK after all this time? Still the "greatest movie ever!" or "a total disaster" or have your feelings mellowed over time? Join us in The Hall of Fire this weekend as we explore these and other issues surrounding the release of "The Return of the King" on DVD. [More]

News for May 25, 2004

Dominic Monaghan Signing in LA Pics

5/25/04, 10:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Who is sexier? Tan Pants or Monaghan?!?!!?
Monaghan with some fans

Hurricane Kailin writes: Here are some pics from the Dom Signing at the Best Buy in West Hollywood that occured just an hour or so ago. It's just some basic shots of fans getting things signed with Dom, but if you look closely at the first pic, you'll notice the Ringers crew, Tan Pants included, filming the event. [More]

ROTK DVD Credits Translated

5/25/04, 10:13 pm EST - Xoanon

Ataahua writes: Here is a copy of the Maori text in the end-credits of ROTK, with a translation provided by someone who is fluent in the Maori language. He said it was difficult to translate as the passage included metaphors which had to be interpreted, but once he knew it had to do with Tolkien’s Middle-earth the translation came easily. It reads... [More]

It's Official: TORN Fans are 'Obsessed'

5/25/04, 10:08 pm EST - Xoanon

Melissa writes: I know I had dropped you a line on this before, but it is now official. VH1's film crew will be coming to Wagoner, OK on June 6 -7 to film me and my obsession for their latest show called 'Totally Obsessed'. I'm not sure of the air date, but at least I know they are filming it! ;-) I would love to find out if any one else wo makes TORN a part of their life is being filmed to represent LOTR in this endeavor.

Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead Interviewed For 'Ringers'

5/25/04, 10:03 pm EST - Xoanon

Singer/Bassist Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister of Motörhead granted an exclusive interview to the producers of the upcoming feature documentary, Ringers: Lord of the Fans. [More]

Other Fantasy Film News: His Dark Materials

5/25/04, 8:12 pm EST - Tehanu

Merlyn writes in from His Dark Materials website, which has been tracking the film project based on Phillip Pullman's fantasy trilogy: "It was announced today that New Line is negotiating with Chris Weitz (of 'American Pie' fame) to direct the 'His Dark Materials' movies." [More] Why do I care? I think it's the most exciting and provocative fantasy trilogy to come out in years. [More]

Houston Symphony's LOTR Concert Tickets Now On Sale

5/25/04, 7:25 pm EST - Xoanon

Tickets went on sale today for Howard Shore's monumental composition The Lord of the Rings Symphony in Six Movements. This performance will feature the Houston Symphony, four singers, the Houston Symphony Chorus, the Houston Children's Chorus, and will be conducted by Alexander Mickelthwate. The two-hour journey into the magical world of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle Earth will be held on July 1 and 2. [More]

'Rings' King Returns, Again, on DVD

5/25/04, 7:16 pm EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES - Just when you thought the boys of "Troy," vampires of "Van Helsing" or the big green ogre of "Shrek" finally ruled over the one ring, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," has returned to be king again. [More]

Tolkien's House Still For Sale

5/25/04, 11:52 am EST - weetanya

Thanks to all the Ringers who wrote in about Tolkien's house. If you'd like to purchase the home in which he wrote LOTR (and then throw a big party for the rest of us!), you can find out more at the following news sources. [More]

Super Trilogy Tuesday Pondered by New Line

5/25/04, 11:47 am EST - weetanya

Ringer Spy Nathan wrote in with this exciting bit of ROTK EE speculation: "Two of my friends and I waited at the Best Buy in Richfield MN ... for the ROTK DVD. At the end of the night, a New Line Rep keeping a low profile at the event came up to us and told us how happy he was with our dedication. [....] We also talked about the EE DVD, and he told us to expect a January release, or late December, but that was unlikely. He added that they were looking at first releasing the EE in theatres, and that a 'super-trilogy' Tuesday was under consideration, but not a definite, while mentioning that last year's EE releases were very lucrative for the studio."

Happy Birthday Ian McKellen!

5/25/04, 9:03 am EST - Xoanon

Today, May 25th is Ian McKellen's Birthday! Sir Ian was born on May 25th, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England. That makes him 65 years old today! Happy Birthday Ian!

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