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News for Aug. 11, 2002
I Bought My Salmon At Music Circle
8/11/02, 10:11 pm EST - Xoanon
Take a look at theis great comic from 'Force Monkeys' [More
8/11/02, 10:05 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy JW Braun
sends along these pics from Gen Con in Milwaukee, WI [More
Hollywood Bowl Report
8/11/02, 9:58 pm EST - Xoanon
sends in her report from the Hollywood Bowl concert featuring our very own Howard Shore! [More
LA Times Talk Comic-Con
8/11/02, 9:50 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Suzanne
sends along these scans from the LA Times, take a look! [More
LA Tolkien Weekend Report from Sauron's Truss
8/11/02, 5:18 pm EST - Calisuri
Our good friend Bill (aka Sauron's Truss) sends in this report from a marvellous weekend in Los Angeles. [More
Congratulations Sean & Christine Astin!
8/11/02, 9:13 am EST - Strider
TheOneRing.net and its staff would like to offer our congratulations and best wishes to Sean Astin and his wife Christine after the healthy birth of their second daughter, Elizabeth Louise Astin, on August 6th, 2002. May you have many happy years together!
Take The Tolkien Tour!
8/11/02, 8:53 am EST - Strider
writes: About ten days ago, a site has been put up as a part of the Oxford Virtual Tour. It's called TolkienTour and it offers loads of information about The Professor, and about his life in Oxford. But the coolest part are the 360 panoramic views of the most important places in Tolkien's life! They are amazing - if you ever wanted to see where he was buried, now you can, but you can see much more, for these interactive pieces are astonishingly detailed. There are also views of all the places Tolkien lived at, or frequented. [More
Howard Shore Hollywood Bowl Concert Report #2
8/11/02, 8:51 am EST - Strider
send in another report from Howard Shore's concert in Los Angeles last night. [More
Free TTT Trading Card In Previews Catalogue
8/11/02, 8:40 am EST - Strider
virtue1st writes: I just wanted to let you know that a free trading card from the upcoming The Two Towers trading card set from Topps is included in the August issue of the PREVIEWS comic book catalogue. The free card features an image of Saruman and Grima Wormtongue together, and is titled "The Legend Returns!".
Howard Shore Hollywood Bowl Concert Report
8/11/02, 8:36 am EST - Strider
sent in one of the first reports from Howard Shore's concert at the Hollywood Bowl last night. [More
EW Give Wood's Tom Thumb C+
8/11/02, 8:29 am EST - Strider
writes: Entertainment Weekly (August 16 edition #667) has a review of Elijah Wood
's Tom Thumb and Thumbelina on page 53, in which they gave the film a C+.
FOTR Track In New Shoe Commercial
8/11/02, 8:18 am EST - Strider
I recently was flipping through the channels and caught a shoe commercial playing one of The Fellowship of the Ring scores! I couldn't believe it. I wish I could remember what brand of shoe it was. It might of been a local company, but I'm certain that the music was actually 'Concerning Hobbits' from The Fellowship of the Ring.
LOTR In New KIA Commercial
8/11/02, 8:15 am EST - Strider
Shelton writes: While watching TV, a KIA commercial came on advertising their " Test drive a KIA and get a free Fellowship DVD " offer. It started out with an SUV in the woods, and then a horde of Ringwraiths on their steeds came galloping up (it was very reminiscent of Arwen's flight to the Ford scene with Frodo) Then suddenly one of the wraiths pulls off his hood and low and behold it is "Bob" from the KIA dealership who tells them about their great new offer.
Bruce Spence In Farscape
8/11/02, 8:12 am EST - Strider
both wrote in to say that two days ago on the television show "Farscape", Bruce Spence
(Mouth of Sauron
) was a prominent guest star in the episode 'A Prefect Murder'.
250,000 New Zealanders Buy FOTR On DVD/VHS
8/11/02, 7:59 am EST - Strider
'Middle Earth inhabitants have bought more than 250,000 copies of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring since video and DVD versions of the movie went on sale around New Zealand on Monday. The film's distributor is staggered by the success, especially the demand for the DVD version.' [More
Thanks to Jasen and Math for the link!
The One Ring Bookmarks
8/11/02, 7:51 am EST - Strider
Robert writes: Just thought you guys might like to know that the Coles up here (in Kingston, Ont.) is selling bookmarks that have a replica of the One Ring attached. The price is around $3.00 CDN, and I imagine that these are available in all Coles stores. The ring is just under an inch in diameter, and has Mordor script on both the inside and outside.
Doing Justice To The Hobbit
8/11/02, 7:50 am EST - Strider
writes: A friend of mine (who happens to bear a strong-resemblence to Bilbo Baggins)
sent me the enclosed press release today. He is producing the play of 'The Hobbit' in Topanga. Performances start September 28th. Topanga is a beautiful rustic suburb of Los Angeles, and is a wonderful setting for the play. He is currently being coy about how the Smaug effects will be achieved onstage. [More
Party Time in LA
8/11/02, 3:18 am EST - Calisuri
Before all of the reports start flooding in, I want to take a moment and thank the great folks who put together an amazing weekend in LA for Tolkien fans. Through the efforts of fan club members and some TORn regulars, a great time was had by all. Whether it was the Friday night PubMoot or the BowlMoot/Howard Shore Concert tonight, when Tolkien fans get together they sure do know how to have fun! A hearty thanks from all of us here at TheOneRing.net. Cheers!
News for Aug. 10, 2002
Sideshow Toy Comic Con 2002 Report
8/10/02, 1:28 pm EST - Calisuri
Sideshow Toy, half of Sideshow/Weta Collectibles
, has posted their Comic Con 2002 report. See pictures of Sideshow employee Heath Hammond being transformed into a Moria Orc, as well as other pictures of Richard Taylor, Lawrence Makoare (Lurtz and Witchking), and Sala Baker(Sauron). There are also pictures of the Cave Troll LOTR exhibitor display and the many fans that visited their booth. [More
ISENGARD - The Winds of Change PART 2
8/10/02, 11:44 am EST - Tehanu
Lao of Gondor brings us part two of his culture study of Isengard for the Lord of the Rings Trading Card game! [More
LA Fellowship Pub Moot
8/10/02, 11:42 am EST - Tehanu
The first report from the moot in LA which is of course revving up for big picnic and concert of Howard Shore and the LOTR soundtrack at the Hollywood Bowl tonight [More
] Thanks to Baron for that.
News for Aug. 09, 2002
Hall Of Fire Chats For August 10th & 11th
8/09/02, 8:46 pm EST - Strider
Throughout the first half of The Two Towers, Tolkien shifts narratives constantly from Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas plight to save their friends and to assist the Riders of Rohan to Merry and Pippin's escape from their Uruk-hai captors and their new friends the Ents. However, there finally comes a chapter after the events of Helm's Deep where the two groups are finally reunited and by recounting their own adventures, fill in any gaps in the story that the reader may have missed along the way: Book III, Chapter IX: Flotsam and Jetsam
3 DVDs Should Create Fellowship Between Fans
8/09/02, 6:30 pm EST - Strider
Often confused as to what DVD is the best to get, when each one is coming out and what are they called? Well Undomiel
sends in this story from the Kansas City Star which nicely summarises everything you need to know about what DVD to buy. [More
Lesnie To Talk Career In Melbourne
8/09/02, 6:10 pm EST - Strider
writes: Melbourne readers might like to know that LOTR cinematographer Andrew Lesnie will be talking about his career next week: POPCORN TAXI Catch up with cinematographer Andrew Lesnie ACS, who won an Oscar for his work on Lord of the Rings. Having worked with Dr. George Miller, Clara Law and Bill Bennett over the years, he’s bound to have a few interesting stories. [More
The Wonderful World of Tolkien Obsessives
8/09/02, 5:47 pm EST - Strider
'Forget the classic saga and the blockbuster "Lord of the Rings" movie -- welcome instead to the wonderful world of a small-town Tolkien admiration society. Here you can master the intricacies of the ancient Elvish language, marvel at the mighty clash of wizards and sing along to the surprise hit "We Are the Champions of Middle Earth."' [More
More Free Keychains
8/09/02, 5:42 pm EST - Strider
writes: The store 'fye' gave out free Lord of the Rings one ring keychains to those who pre-ordered the dvd or vhs in advance. The ring is about 1 and a half inches in diameter. Around the outside is elvish text and the inside reads "Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring." I believe this is exclusive to fye stores. I have posted pictures of the ring here
Video And Audio From Breakfast With Dominic
8/09/02, 5:30 pm EST - Strider
writes: Finally got the video clips from the Fan Club Breakfast with Dom wrestled into submission. Not the best quality and I'm not the best camera person, but they're up! If nothing else, there's also a link to an audio file of the whole event. [More
BAFTAs & SAGs Take Place On Same Day In 2004
8/09/02, 5:15 pm EST - Strider
'When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to move the date for the 2004 Oscars, all hell broke loose in the film world, with the numerous satellite awards ceremonies all doing their best to rearrange dates around the big one. Unfortunately, news this week that the Screen Actors Guild had chosen 8 February as their new date came as a bit of a shock to BAFTA who had also picked the 8th for their jamboree.' [More
Interview with WETA Workshop Sculptor
8/09/02, 3:41 pm EST - Calisuri
Sideshow/Weta Collectibles updated their sculptor interviews today with Sacha Lees, the artist behind the Meriadoc Brandybuck polystone bust. [More
Brentano's Book Signing Event Video!
8/09/02, 1:30 pm EST - Xoanon
In what we plan to become a regular event, we bring you another great fan event. Our first is from LA, where TORn staffers Asfaloth and Quickbeam attended the Brentano's Book Signing from a few months ago! Featuring Sean Astin, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh! [More]
Viggo Apperance Rescheduled
8/09/02, 12:56 pm EST - Xoanon
Due to a change in Viggo Mortensen
) shooting schedule, the poetry reading at the Midnight Special Bookstore in Santa Monica (CA) which was to take place at 7:30p on Thursday August 29th, has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 1st.
Lord of the Rings DVD is a bestseller
8/09/02, 12:54 pm EST - Xoanon
'Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring' has made it into the record books with the highest one-day sale figures for its release on DVD in the UK and Ireland. [More
Media Watch: Star Tribune Talks LOTR
8/09/02, 12:52 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy ~Celeste
sends along these scans from the variety section of the 'Star Tribune', check out 'Geek Mythology' and stories on our Elijah Wood
) and Ian Holm
Brazil Extended DVD release - yes or no?
8/09/02, 12:48 pm EST - Tehanu
There's some strong responses to the report that Brazil might not get the extended DVD in November (or ever.) We still can't confirm that news. [More
Csokas' 'XXX' Out Today
8/09/02, 8:45 am EST - Xoanon
Be sure to check out Marton Csokas
' latest film 'XXX', Csokas plays the main heavy in Vin Diesel's crosshairs. [Showtimes
Serkis' 'Party People' Out Today
8/09/02, 8:42 am EST - Xoanon
The latest Andy Serkis
) film '24 Hour Party People' is out in limited release today. [Showtimes
News for Aug. 08, 2002
Fan Artists, get ready!
8/08/02, 9:55 pm EST - Calisuri
Tolkien artists unite! It is almost time for our annual Fan Art Contest, where fans worldwide can win great prizes. This year, we plan on having different entry categories from the amateur to the professional. The contest will be announced this coming Tuesday, so get those papers, pens, paints and computer programs ready. Please do not send your art until we announce the contest. And remember only 'new' art (Art that is not currently in our fan art gallery) will be eligible. So start brainstorming ideas as we gear up for what will be a great contest.
The Sideshow/Weta Weapon Collectible Sets
8/08/02, 3:15 pm EST - Strider
Miniature Weapon Collectibles are the newest additions to Sideshow Weta's constantly expanding Lord of the Rings range. Each individually-numbered weapon set features a group of replicas from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring that fall under a common theme; The Arms of the Fellowship set features the weaponry of Frodo, Gandalf the Grey and Aragorn, The Arms of the Nazgul features the weaponry of the Ringwraiths and The Arms of the Hobbits the Dunedain daggers of Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin.
Each polystone weapon is hand-brushed to caputre the textures from the original weapons used in the films, and is mounted on a black, oval display plaque with the map of Middle-earth etched into its surface. The back of the plaque carries the film's logo, weapon names and the weapon sculptors' signatures.
Each set also comes with an antiqued display stand as well as a printed certificate highlighting the weapon names. Sideshow Weta have issued a limit of only 2,500 hand numbered pieces worldwide for each set, so don't delay in pre-ordering your own set before their October release. [More]
TTT trailer and DVD news around the world
8/08/02, 2:18 pm EST - Tehanu
News from Brazil, Finland, and Australia. For Melbourne fans, there's the chance to see LOTR cinematographer Andrew Lesnie. [More
Top DVD Sales Of 2002
8/08/02, 2:02 pm EST - Strider
While we're waiting to find out how many copies were sold in the US in LOTR's undoubtedly record-breaking first week, here's a couple of charts that might be of interest, that could add perspective. They rank the top sellers of the year so far, how many they sold and how much revenue they generated: DVD - VHS
Sean Astin article in Costco Connection
8/08/02, 2:01 pm EST - Tehanu
If you're picking up your DVD cheap at Costco, it might be worth checking out their magazine for the Sean Astin article, according to Miriel.
"The Men Behind the Swords"
8/08/02, 1:59 pm EST - Tehanu
A great interview with Peter Lyon and John Howe, two of the men who designed and created the swords we see in LOTR. [More
Thanks to Bjorn for that!
News for Aug. 07, 2002
LOTR References in "Spy Kids 2"
8/07/02, 11:40 pm EST - Pippin_Took
writes: Just wanted to let you know, there are a couple of references to LOTR in Spy Kids II
, released today. The boy Juni makes a couple of comments, "one necklace to rule them all," and a bit later, "my precioussssssss." I think I was the only person who knew what it was, though!
Got DVD? -Update-
8/07/02, 10:17 pm EST - Xoanon
Picked up your copy of the FOTR DVD? PROVE IT!! Send along a picture of you with Peter Jackson's Oscar winning epic and we'll add it to our fan scrapbook! (or do something silly with it, I'm sure!) Send all your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org today!
I've gotten a zillion pics so far, keep sending them in!
2 FOTR DVD Articles
8/07/02, 10:09 pm EST - Xoanon
Ringer Spy Luinfalathiel
sends along these articles from beautiful British Columbia. [More
LOTR Chocolate Bars?
8/07/02, 9:58 pm EST - Xoanon
True Confections is proud to present The Lord of the Rings chocolate bars. It is one of the biggest films of the year, so we snatched up all three movie licenses. Here is the first installment of this epically collectable line. [More
Creatures of a Feather
8/07/02, 7:33 pm EST - leo
John Feather was a little nervous when he sat down in a Monterey movie theater last December to watch the first installment of Peter Jackson
's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. He wanted it to be good. Preferably great. After all, he'd just signed on to work on the second film, "The Two Towers." [More
Thanks to Malbec
Two Disc Set or Four Disc Set?
8/07/02, 5:14 pm EST - leo
Still deciding wether to buy the DVD now or to wait for November? Well, wait no longer because Narwen
writes that: Best Buy is having a pre-sale for the collector's series (the November DVD). The cost is $54.99, and shipping is FREE. Plus for those who have already purchased the DVD or VHS there is a $10 mail in rebate included in the movie. So the cost breaks down to about $46, excluding sales tax if that has to be paid.
So if people are interested, check it out!
One DVD to rule them all
8/07/02, 5:05 pm EST - leo
Anamorphic widescreen letterboxed pixellation Easter-eggs ... why would you want to struggle with words that long when all you'd planned to do was kick back on the couch and watch a movie on Saturday night? [More
Thanks to Jasen
Tolkien DVD Beats Harry Potter
8/07/02, 4:01 pm EST - leo
Baggins and friends have pipped fantasy film rival Harry Potter for a DVD sales record. The first instalment of the Lord Of The Rings series has conjured up the biggest one-day sale for a DVD in the UK. [More
Wanna See Viggo?
8/07/02, 3:06 pm EST - leo
TORn Staffer Arwen
sends in word on two upcoming events featuring Viggo Mortensen
Special KIA Offering
8/07/02, 2:42 pm EST - leo
Quite a lot of people have emailed us saying that if you testdrive a KIA vehicle before 30 september you get a free copy of LOTR:FOTR on VHS or DVD! Look for the details and other information on their website. [More
LOTR:TTT on Access Hollywood Today
8/07/02, 2:35 pm EST - leo
I don't know if you've been told this, but Access Hollywood will be showing a piece on the special effects used in the upcoming Two Towers. The show is airing today, August 7th. For those of you that can watch the show, it could prove interesting.
Thanks to Danny
The Wonderful World of Tolkien Obsessives
8/07/02, 2:28 pm EST - leo
Forget the classic saga and the blockbuster "Lord of the Rings" movie -- welcome instead to the wonderful world of a small-town Tolkien admiration society. [More
The Sideshow/Weta Cave Troll Bust
8/07/02, 1:08 pm EST - Calisuri
Fan of the Cave Troll? Sideshow/Weta has just started taking pre-orders for one of the most memorable characters in Fellowship of the Ring. The Bust is approximately 11" high and 11" wide. (yeah, pretty darn big!) [More
Urban's 'Ghost Ship' Trailer Online
8/07/02, 9:31 am EST - Xoanon
The latest Karl Urban
) film, 'Ghost Ship' now has a teaser online. Check out the fright fest.[More
DVD Born For The Rings
8/07/02, 9:28 am EST - Xoanon
The best thing about Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on DVD is that you can get up, pause it and pop to the toilet. This is of great importance in a movie that is nearly three hours long and demands fairly constant attention, lest you miss a plot-sensitive disembowelling or narrow escape. [More
Dork Tower Plays The DVD Waiting Game
8/07/02, 9:25 am EST - Xoanon
Take a look at the latest DorkTower Comic, seems all fanboys are playing the waiting game these days! [More
Live In Oz? Wanna Meet Andrew Lesnie?
8/07/02, 9:05 am EST - Xoanon
: Melbournians are in for a treat with the opportunity for a "chat" with Academy Award cinematographer for FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, Aussie Andrew Lesnie ACS at Popcorn Taxi. [More
Singapore and Australia DVD Prices
8/07/02, 7:16 am EST - Demosthenes
For those in Australia (like me) and Singapore, this DVD price update might be of help. [More
To Buy Or Not To Buy ...
8/07/02, 6:41 am EST - Demosthenes
This is a question currently plaguing the minds - and wallets - of more than a few LoTR fans. The LA Times explores this vexing issue and whether it's better to wait till November. [More
FoTR DVD/Video Destroys Danish Sales Records
8/07/02, 6:30 am EST - Demosthenes
Oscar writes in to tell us that MetroXpress in Denmark is reporting that the LOTR:FOTR DVD and VHS have proved enormously popular in Denmark. [More
BBC Reports on Chris Lee Signing
8/07/02, 6:16 am EST - Demosthenes
BBC has a small interview with Christopher Lee
from his DVD signing in London yesterday. You can also win signed DVD and video of FoTR (although the offer is only open to UK residents). Thanks to Villordsutch for this link. [More
News for Aug. 06, 2002
Christopher Lee Booksigning Report
8/06/02, 4:33 pm EST - leo
Ringer Spy jayjay
got back from the Christopher Lee
booksigningevent in London and share's her report with us! [More
Price War winners in the US and NZ
8/06/02, 3:36 pm EST - Tehanu
For those of you looking for the best deal on the LOTR DVD, here's what we heard from KaiaRose and Turbo. Meanwhile also in NZ, we've heard reports that Whitcoull's sold out in 7 hours. More
Video, DVD Boost Rings Gold
8/06/02, 3:29 pm EST - Strider
'Director Peter Jackson is expected to make another pot of gold from The Fellowship of the Ring when it is released on video and DVD in New Zealand from midnight. Distributor Roadshow Entertainment is shipping 150,000 copies to stores and expects it to become New Zealand's biggest-selling video and DVD. It is also being released around the world.' [More
Detailed DVD Review
8/06/02, 3:19 pm EST - Tehanu
This review by Dean MacIntosh over at MichaelDVD.com.au is extremely detailed. [More
] Thanks to Keith for the link.
Fighting over DVD supplies in Ireland
8/06/02, 3:14 pm EST - Tehanu
Tensions mounted as various shops in Ireland 'jumped the gun' with the LOTR DVD release. [More
] Thanks to Jon for the report.
X-Men 2 Teaser At Comic-Con
8/06/02, 3:05 pm EST - Strider
have posted an account of what was in the X-Men 2 teaser shown by Bryan Singer at Comic-Con 2002 - featuring Sir Ian McKellen's Magneto. [More
Two Fun Sites
8/06/02, 3:04 pm EST - Tehanu
The first is 'Lord of the Boxing Rings,
the result of Ringstar's search for a Nokia LOTR ringtone...with the help of some less-than-stellar translation software.
The next is the infamous Leonard Nimoy Ballad of Bilbo Baggins
which is worth a re-run, though some of you may have come across it before. Thanks to BOMBAD1L for that.
London Loves Lee
8/06/02, 1:53 pm EST - Xoanon
The world and his wife were queuing along New Oxford Street this afternoon as they waited patiently for an audience with Saruman
The White himself, on site signing autographs at Forbidden Planet. [More
TORn Exclusive: Lawrence Makoare Chat Transcript!
8/06/02, 1:32 pm EST - leo
During Comic-con 2002 this past weekend the all around nice guy Lawrence Makoare
) dropped into Barlimans chatroom and talked with the people present for a while! The transcript of his visit is online now and can be found here
Christopher Lee Book Signing!
8/06/02, 12:03 pm EST - leo
Today is the day that Christopher Lee
will be signing books in London's Forbidden Planet bookstore, and Staffer Arathorn
, who is there, just told me there's a line of close to 550 people waiting for an autograph! Those are a lot of autographs to sign in two hours. If anyone else has a report or pictures: please send them in!
8/06/02, 9:10 am EST - Xoanon
Picked up your copy of the FOTR DVD? PROVE IT!! Send along a picture of you with Peter Jackson's Oscar winning epic and we'll add it to our fan scrapbook! (or do something silly with it, I'm sure!) Send all your pics to email@example.com today!
'Lord' of the extras: Elfin charmer nets fans
8/06/02, 8:34 am EST - Xoanon
Box office and awards alone cannot hope to measure the true cultural impact of a cinematic epic as grand as The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the first of three movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy classic that bows on video and DVD today. [More
Free Screening In Mississauga, On Report
8/06/02, 8:33 am EST - Xoanon
sends in her report from the Future Shop screening of the FOTR DVD! Darn Future Shop..I told you to bring it to Montreal!! [More
GAMING: Two Towers Cancelled?
8/06/02, 8:27 am EST - Xoanon
Rumor has it that the PC version of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers has most likely been cancelled and that Ritual is no longer working on the project. IGN learned that the PC version wouldn't be done within an acceptable window near the release of the movie, so publisher Electronic Arts scrapped the game for the PC. [More
NYC LOTR Event Report
8/06/02, 8:22 am EST - Xoanon
sends in her report from the NYC Central Park LOTR event! Take a look! [More
FoTR DVD Release Set to Smash UK Records
8/06/02, 7:29 am EST - Demosthenes
Record sales are predicted after the UK DVD and video release of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. [More
Rivendell Lithograph & Filmstrip Collectible!
8/06/02, 1:43 am EST - Pippin_Took
TheOneRing.net is excited to bring you an amazing new Limited Edition item from Sideshow Weta: the Rivendell Lithograph & Film Strip Collectible. This gorgeous piece of art features a beautiful reproduction of Alan Lee's original watercolor conceptual art of Rivendell, as well as a piece of the actual film strip from Rivendell scenes in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, donated by Peter Jackson out of his personal collection. A special lighting mechanism lets you illuminate the film strip at the touch of a button, and a specially engraved brass plaque identifies the authenticity of the piece to all your jealous friends!
This unique lithograph and film strip set is displayed with a finely woven linen matte and finished with a museum quality antiqued frame. The finished piece measures an impressive 29" W x 29" H and will make a handsome addition to anyone's collection.
But best of all, this set is personally hand-signed by artist Alan Lee, Academy Award-winning Weta head Richard Taylor, and director Peter Jackson! Each set is individually numbered by Alan Lee, and only 1,000 pieces are being produced, so get one today before they disappear! [Purchase]
Happy Birthday Amethyst!
8/06/02, 12:03 am EST - Tookish
On behalf of TheOneRing.net we'd like to wish a very special Happy Birthday to Ringer Amethyst, who also goes by the nic Loressar Erchamion. Many happy returns on the day!
News for Aug. 05, 2002
DVD launch in Taiwan
8/05/02, 11:18 pm EST - Tehanu
Lucifer has made another great fan-initiated event, this time around the DVD launch in Taiwan. [More
Looks like LOTR is gathering more and more fans outside of the West.
UK and Italy: Tolkien talk, art show, and quiz.
8/05/02, 11:14 pm EST - Tehanu
Pippin Skywalker sends in news of a Tolkien art show in Rimini, a panel discussion, and a quiz, thanks to the UK Tolkien Society. [More
The DVD in NZ
8/05/02, 11:06 pm EST - Tehanu
Crissie wrote: "The FOTR DVD and VHS is available at Supermarkets Countdown and Foodtown in Auckland...not sure about the rest of NZ. VHS is $24 and DVD $32. Whitcoulls in Auckland Ctiy will be having a midnight gathering/party the night before the release......and if you pre-order the video from a Whitcoulls store you get a free poster...again not so sure about all the Whitcoulls stores, only saw this at the St Lukes Mall store
Hobbit Verse Contest
8/05/02, 11:02 pm EST - Tehanu
Noelle sends us the details of what sounds like a fun event over at LOTRonline.com. [More
Aussie news: DVD+book offer and an SFX artist seminar
8/05/02, 10:51 pm EST - Tehanu
Good news for Ringers in Canberra. [More
Directing via Broadband
8/05/02, 10:42 pm EST - Tehanu
Thanks to Mr. Tadpole and others for this story from Melbourne's The Age about how PJ and the LOTR crew utilize globe-spanning technology as they make their films [More
Highway to 'hello, broadband'
8/05/02, 10:30 pm EST - Xoanon
When New Zealand film director Peter Jackson
listens to the London Symphony Orchestra recording the score to his latest movie opus in an English church hall this week, he will have more on his mind than music. [More
GAMING: LOTR "RISK"
8/05/02, 8:23 pm EST - DarthCaeser
TheOneRing.net Staffer Ostadan
sends in word of "Lord of the Rings RISK" from Hasbro. Lord of the Rings RISK will be released in the US in November. It is for 2 to 4 players and encompasses, geographically and thematically, the first two movies/book in the series.
Hobbits Defeat All In Video Sales War
8/05/02, 6:30 pm EST - Strider
Irish Independent - Monday, 5 August 2002: 'Fantasy epic "Lord of the Rings" could outstrip the success of Harry Potter when it is released on video and DVD this week. Tens of thousands of peole have already ordered copies of the film which goes on sale tomorrow.' [More
FOTR DVD Breaks Records For Advance Sales
8/05/02, 5:45 pm EST - Strider
'Lord Of The Rings is being tipped to beat Harry Potter when it is released on video and DVD. Tens of thousands of people have already ordered copies of the film which goes on sale on Tuesday. An HMV
spokesman says pre-orders have already broken records in its stores. "This is the biggest number of pre-orders we have ever had for any film," he said. More than 34,000 fans have ordered the film from online retailer Amazon.co.uk - twice as many as it had for recent hits Gladiator and Moulin Rouge combined.' [More
Another Ringer's Quest For The FOTR DVD
8/05/02, 4:28 pm EST - Strider
sends in his own little tale on how he finally found the FotR DVD, after an exhaustive search - with a happy ending. [More
Comic-Con 2002 Report 2
8/05/02, 4:19 pm EST - Strider
writes: I have a complete report of my experience at Comic-Con, complete with pictures of Dom, Richard, and some of the most impressive items at WETA. [More
FOTR DVD Available In São Paulo
8/05/02, 4:14 pm EST - Strider
Gannoum writes: Today (August 5), I called to a Blockbuster store in São Paulo, Brazil next to my house and they already have the DVD and VHS! I've made a "pre-order", so I am with the DVD in my hands! Yeah!
DVDConcept Shipping FOTR DVD
8/05/02, 4:11 pm EST - Strider
writes: Just writing to let you know that the DVDConcept.com
shipped their LOTR FOTR and I received mine last Tuesday 30 July 02. Friends really jealous, but it is region 1 and you do need a multi region player. Don't know if any region 2 have shipped in UK.
Sean turned down Gandalf
8/05/02, 3:53 pm EST - Xoanon
Xoanon here, seems our reports about Sean Connery being Gandalf
all those years ago were NOT far from the truth!
It has emerged that Sir Ian McKellan was not the first choice to play pointy-hatted wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings film. Bizarrely, the film's makers first offered the role to Sean Connery, of all people, who turned it down as soon as he had read the script. 'I had never read Tolkien, and I didn't understand the script when they sent it to me. Bobbits? Hobbits?' [More]
Midnight Party In Houston
8/05/02, 2:34 pm EST - Strider
lilcritter writes: There is a store in Houston, but I'm not sure if it's Circuit City or Best Buy, that is having a midnight release party, too. In addition, our little Blockbuster is now open til 1 a.m. so that we can go get our DVDs at 12:01 tonight instead of waiting til tomorrow morning at 10:00.
Report From Breakfast With Dominic At Comic-Con
8/05/02, 2:31 pm EST - Strider
writes: I was one of the lucky folks who managed to make it to the breakfast [with Dominic Monaghan
]. I videotaped the majority of it and here's my report from that. Might need a strong language warning
, as I directly quoted him in a few places. With any luck at all, perhaps I'll get my video up and online at some point. [More
EzyDVD Shipping FOTR DVD
8/05/02, 2:28 pm EST - Strider
Raz writes: Just to let you know, I received a confirmation email that EzyDVD (the biggest DVD online shop in Australia) has sent out my copy of the widescreen Fellowship DVD on the 5th. So I’m assuming they already have a hold of the DVDs and are sending them out for the people who preordered.
Midnight Party In GA / FotR Showing In Atlanta
8/05/02, 2:24 pm EST - Strider
Durin_the_Dwarf writes: I have two things to report: first, Bestbuy in Alpharetta,GA is having a LotR: FotR DVD release Celebration. Second, I have heard that FotR is Playing in the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
FOTR DVD Midnight Party In Framingham, MA
8/05/02, 2:21 pm EST - Strider
Yoohoo Baggins writes: Best Buy in Framingham/Natick, Massachusetts to have Midnight party as well. They also have the lowest price for the DVD $16.99.
One Ringer's Quest For The FOTR DVD
8/05/02, 2:03 pm EST - Strider
sent in an account depicting his struggle to find a copy of the Fellowship of the Ring DVD before it's official release date of August 6th. [More
Massive Hall of Fire Update!
8/05/02, 3:53 am EST - Demosthenes
The HoF transcripts page is one of the more popular sections of TORn; we receive many e-mails from people who say they enjoy reading the transcripts. Of late, those e-mails have been wondering when recent chats would be posted.
Finally, I can announce that TORn staffer Arathorn (who deserves more thanks than I can adequately express) has brought the chats up to date. There are more than a dozen new chat transcripts for you all to pore over! [More]
Widescreen vs. Fullscreen
8/05/02, 1:37 am EST - Pippin_Took
Still debating over whether to buy the widescreen or fullscreen version of the DVD/video Tuesday morning? Just ask Aragorn, Boromir, and Gimli which version they prefer. This comparison image is a good illustration of the cropping that takes place on fullscreen video releases. The widescreen version is on the left, and the fullscreen is on the right. The image says it all. Thanks to Richard/darqleo
Update: several people have written in to let us know that the image above is actually not a correct representation of this particular shot's appearance in the fullscreen version. However, for more examples of widescreen's superiority to fullscreen, check out this series of images from the FOTR DVD. Thanks to Guitardedboy. [More]
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