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News for Aug. 12, 2001

Star Wars: Dagor Clonereva

8/12/01, 11:17 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Pippin Skywalker

I happened to be browsing through Theforce.net's Episode 2 Main News page looking at the different foreign translations of the new Star Wars title "Attack of the Clones". One of the translations was into Tolkien's Quenya!!! I was quite surprised!!! See! Even in Middle Earth Darth Vader is popular!!!!

Translation, English to Quenya:

Attack of the Clones: Dagor Clonereva

Weekly Ebay Items

8/12/01, 11:15 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out all the goodies provided to you via eBay! [More]

Weekly Cast Watch

8/12/01, 11:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Another great chance to see your favorite LOTR stars this week! [More]

Ain't They a Cute Couple?...

8/12/01, 9:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Lance, Boromir's stunt double sends along this great pic of Liv Tyler (Arwen) and Viggo Monrtensen (Aragorn), don't they look good together?! :)

Toy Biz First Wave Pictures

8/12/01, 2:38 pm EST - Strider

ActionFigureXpress are selling the first wave of Toy Biz figures, from the Assortment packs to the Twin Packs to the Horse and Rider packs, and are one of the first sites to actually have images of what they're selling on their site! Check out these fantastic images that could tempt any action figure fan out of their hard-earned cash. [More]

Fellowship Trailer In Greece

8/12/01, 2:32 pm EST - Strider

Thanks to Elessar, we know that the Fellowship trailer is now running in front of Dracula 2000 in Greek cinemas.

Hobbits At The Airport

8/12/01, 11:25 am EST - Strider

Em noticed four familar figures waiting in line for airplane tickets in today's Foxtrot comic-strip. Looks like Frodo and the Hobbits have found a better way to evade the Nazgúl! Click on the picture below for the full size strip itself.

Funtocollect has new things to collect.

8/12/01, 8:01 am EST - Tehanu

If collecting a replica of the Witch King's ring with light-up base is fun for you, you'll love this website. They've updated, with some more rings and mugs and the figures of Gandalf, Saruman, Strider and Lurtz in lively poses. [More]

Thanks to James for that!

More on the LOTR premiere in LA

8/12/01, 7:48 am EST - Tehanu

I was curious about the FOTR premiere benefit in LA. A New Line insider filled us in a bit more on that and gave us a bonus tidbit : "I think the benefit is for the AFI (American Film Institute) and will be held at the Egyptian Theatre. Did you know that Peter Jackson sent the latest cut of the film to New Line earlier this week? [Last week that would be, now] 2 hours 45 minutes, I believe."

LOTR brochure from Houghton Mifflin

8/12/01, 6:27 am EST - Tehanu

Working with books, what a great job. RingerSpyOliver tells us about LOTR goodies from Houghton Mifflin. [More]

Tolkien and his fans under the spotlight.

8/12/01, 5:18 am EST - Tehanu

While Quickbeam and I were at Mythcon last week we got caught up in the sudden demand for serious journalism about Tolkien and Tolkien fandom. 'Wired' magazine was there taking photos for its article on Tolkien fandom, due out soon. Watch out also for Dan Timmons' video documentary, 'The Legacy of the Lord of the Rings.' [More]

News for Aug. 11, 2001

Media Watch: Premiere Magazine

8/11/01, 1:10 pm EST - Xoanon

Thanks to Ringer Spy LC we've got the scans from the latest Premiere Magazine. Check it out for a great look into the character of our Elijah Wood (Frodo). [More]

Want to Work at WETA??!!

8/11/01, 1:00 pm EST - Tookish

Weta wants YOU! Well maybe not you... but then again, maybe! Looks like they need an expert Render Wrangler. [More]

Fellowship Trailer In Turkey

8/11/01, 9:06 am EST - Strider

Good news for ringers from Turkey! lordsauron tells us that the Fellowship of the Ring trailer is now in Turkish cinemas, playing in front of Final Fantasy.

Hall of Fire Chats for August 11th and 12th

8/11/01, 5:10 am EST - Strider

With a little over four months until the film's release, we've begun to see the Lord of the Rings merchandising-machine in full flow, with images of soon to be released ToyBiz action figures, the growing catalogue of WETA-Sideshow models and busts, and the beautiful trailer of the upcoming Sierra computer game for the XBox. And for this week's Hall of Fire, we want your opinion on these things and more, as we discuss an often-argued debate: Lord of the Rings Merchandising - The Good and The Bad. [More]

News for Aug. 10, 2001

Preview of Orc Overseer ToyBiz Figure

8/10/01, 7:27 pm EST - Strider

It seems that Mr Limpet has made a good spot and found the image of an upcoming Toy Biz action figure on the web. Action-Figure.com has posted up an unapproved prototype of the Orc Overseer figure due out in September, which we have already seen recreated in the WETA Sideshow models. !SPOILERS! [More]

Gridlock Looms for Star-Laden Holiday Pics

8/10/01, 4:11 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK (Variety) - The end of 2001 will be no holiday for the film biz. Studio slates are stuffed with an array of expensive, high-stakes titles featuring the very stars absent from marquees this summer. [More]

Thanks to Storm for the tip!

SHOP: Back to School with LOTR

8/10/01, 4:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Roseann sends along word on where you can order your LOTR goodies for back to school, at a discount! [More]

Microsoft Employees Treated to LOTR Coolness?

8/10/01, 4:00 pm EST - Xoanon

I'm not to sure about this story, but it seems cool enough to post, so there it is, perhaps some Microsoft employees want to open their Outlook(tm) and drop me of an email saying 'yay' or 'nay' on this story? [More]


8/10/01, 2:53 pm EST - Xoanon

The cool folks at ICQ have a special LOTR 'skin' you can get for ICQ, it's actually quite nice, I'm using it myself as you can see. To get the new LOTR 'skin' follow the link. [More]

Exclusive Artwork for Decipher's New LOTR Card Game

8/10/01, 12:17 pm EST - Quickbeam

Greetings – Quickbeam here.

This is the first time anywhere that you can see the beautiful layout and artwork for Decipher’s new Lord of the Rings trading card game. Really lovely cards here! TheOne Ring was the first to bring you a sneak peek at the actual game-play, now be the first to see the "preview cards." [More]

Conservationists Fight For WWF Name

8/10/01, 11:59 am EST - Xoanon

LONDON (AP) - The World Wildlife Fund, best known for its efforts to protect the panda and other endangered animal species, won its court battle Friday against the World Wrestling Federation over the use of the initials WWF. [More]

The World Wildlife Fund is one of the charities that TheOneRing.net donates all our proceeds to. For more info, click on our charities page.

More Comic-Con Goodness

8/10/01, 11:10 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy LDC sends along some real high quality stills from the WETA/Sideshow booth (there WERE other booths there that weekend right?) Take a gander at these goodies. [More]

Bean's 'Don't Say a Word' Trailer Online

8/10/01, 10:48 am EST - Xoanon

The latest Sean Bean (Boromir) film 'Don't Say A word' has a trailer online, be sure to check out Sean as a baddie who kidnaps Michael Douglas' child. Sean...you meanie you! [More]

Bill Gates The Hobbit

8/10/01, 10:27 am EST - Xoanon

Here's a humourous little something for all Tolkien fans who are also gamers and users of Microsoft products. A friend sent this to me and it's pretty hilarious. This is from the web site for The Onion, and online satirical news service. [More]

Thanks to Sindarin for the tip!

For other wacky Tolkien items, check out the Tolkien Humor Page!

Media Watch: Glamour Magazine

8/10/01, 10:24 am EST - Xoanon

Hip, hot Brit acting talent Orlando Bloom landed a mega-role straight out of college. Watch him go. The tanned 24-year-old with cheekbones like wing mirrors has spent so little time in London lately he's sold his flat. [More]

News for Aug. 09, 2001

Show Us Your Funny Bone!

8/09/01, 5:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Why did the Balrog Cross the Road? How many Hobbits does it take to screw in a light bulb? Have you ever thought of a joke like this? A funny joke with a Tolkien twist? That's what we're looking for in this Tolkien Joke-O-Rama! Win some VERY COOL WETA/Sideshowtoys gifts!! [More]

Who's going to PhilCon?!

8/09/01, 4:05 pm EST - Xoanon

Also known a Worldcon, America's largest sci-fi con! It's Convention season and I need an eager Ringer to drop me a line and tell me if they plan on going to this one to see ALL there is to see, so if this sounds like you, drop me a line!

Major changes to Weaving's Matrix sequels

8/09/01, 1:59 pm EST - Strider

The sequels to the Matrix which will feature Hugo Weaving (Elrond) have had radical changes to their shooting. Instead of doing two seperate shoots, Weaving will now be involved in one large shoot spanning both films. Also, the release of the Matrix 2 has been pushed back to 2003.

Media Watch: Premiere Magazine

8/09/01, 1:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out the latest issue of Premiere Magazine! We've got a nice pic of our very own Elijah Wood (Frodo) and a Fall movie preview with LOTR: FOTR right on the cover! More coming soon!

MPAA Rating for FOTR: PG-13

8/09/01, 1:48 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Ryan

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting this morning that LotR: FotR has been rated PG-13 for "epic battle sequences and some scary images" by the MPAA.

GenCon Three Hour Tour... A Three Hour Tour...

8/09/01, 1:09 pm EST - Tookish

This past weekend a number of Barliman chat room regulars hooked up for some zaniness in Chicago. It was a great event! One of the things some of us did was a jaunt over to GenCon, America's annual gamefest. [More]

DragonCon Here We Come!

8/09/01, 12:18 pm EST - Tookish

In a few short weeks TORN will be attending DragonCon, the world's largest fantasy-based convention. We'll be showing a one-hour sneak peak of LOTR images and secrets, as well as hosting our very own booth. If all goes according to plan, one of the Nine Walkers takes the stage directly after our presentation![More]

Iceland FotR Release Date?

8/09/01, 12:08 pm EST - Tookish

The mailbag held this today: It's pretty much confirmed that the trilogy will premier in Iceland on the 21st of December.. hopefully Iceland isn't that small that you will at least put it in the release dates list...

SHOP: New Line Official LOTR Calendar

8/09/01, 11:58 am EST - Calisuri

[ LOTR Calendar ]

Eventhough I'm still unpacking from the across america move I made recently, I had a chance to check out the official New Line LOTR store and find a new product! Check out the LOTR Wall Calendar. [More]

Philippa Boyens Interview Part Two

8/09/01, 12:52 am EST - Xoanon

A BIG thanks to Gorel for this transcript of the Philippa Boyens panel at Mythcon, check out PART TWO! [More]

Videogames.com Poll

8/09/01, 12:40 am EST - Xoanon

From: Gwindor

There is a poll at www.videogames.com that asks what upcoming movie based videogames are you looking forward to the most. LOTR is in second! I know if you post this it will quickly take the lead. BTW, the poll is in the lower right hand side of the website. [More]

News for Aug. 08, 2001

Cannes Interviews

8/08/01, 7:35 pm EST - Xoanon

I'm pretty sure we've seen one or two of these before. But I for one have not seen all of these, including a new interview with Liv Tyler and Orlando Bloom (which I know some women will enjoy :)). Take a look at them all! (RealPlayer Needed) [More]

Sam Neill confirms he was offered LotR part

8/08/01, 2:27 pm EST - Strider

In a Question and Answer session on Entertainment Weekly's website, Sam Neill revealed that he was offered a part in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, though he was unable to do so due to other commitments. In the early stages of casting, it was rumoured that Neill would be offered the role of Denethor in the films. [More]

'Bandits' and 'The Bank' Trailers

8/08/01, 1:26 pm EST - Xoanon

Two bank related film trailers are out today. You can check out the Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) crime comedy 'Bandits' on the Official Site (cool flash intro too). You can aslo check out the David Wenham (Faramir) Bank drama 'The Bank', check out the Official Site here.

SHOP: United Cutlery Brochure

8/08/01, 12:17 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy 3ddreamer sends along these great scans of the United Cutlery Brochure, I SO want my Sting replica! [More]

Tehanu Does the Dance of Joy

8/08/01, 12:12 pm EST - Xoanon

EARTHSEA Miniseries Scribe Set

Philippa Boyens is adapting Ursula K. Le Guin novels. Boyens has been given the nod to write a script for an upcoming TV miniseries based on Ursula K. Le Guin's first three EARTHSEA novels. [More]

Thanks to Mormegil for the tip!

Where Is Bagginssss?

8/08/01, 12:08 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Simon sends along a great pic from Empire Magazine, it's the first pic from that I know of that shows some Dark Riders in Hobbiton! Something tells me that these guys will blow Darth Maul or any other baddie out of the water next Christmas. SPOILERS!!! [More]

News for Aug. 07, 2001

LOTR Screenwriter Phllippa Boyens Interview, Part One

8/07/01, 11:59 pm EST - Xoanon

A BIG thanks to Gorel for this transcript of the Philippa Boyens panel at Mythcon, check it out!

Di[Paula DiSanto]: What did you do before this? Tell me some background in terms of writing experience, and of your kinds of experiences in the area of your career in writing.

PB[Philipa Boyens]: It's interesting, we went to Cannes. I got introduced, and the person who was introducing me said, "making her debut as a screenwriter". And I suddenly thought, oh, I am, that's right. [More]

Badali Operation Up and Forging Rings

8/07/01, 8:56 pm EST - Tookish

We've heard from many a fan about the disappointment of Badali's recent temporary stoppage, but the North Wind brings news today! "Hi guys, Rejoice, and make happy with me!! I have a signed licensing agreement in the mail with Tolkien Enterprises, and their law firm's blessing to offer the One Ring of Power(TM) for sale again..."[More]

Decipher Calls for Volunteers!

8/07/01, 5:45 pm EST - Tookish

Recently Kevin from Decipher handed me this form for getting an application to be a Lord Of The Rings Product Champion Volunteer for their LOTR Trading Card Game! Good luck, dreams do come true...

It's Real, and it's Spectacular!

8/07/01, 5:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Unfortunately, New Line Cinema has kindly requested that I remove that poster that we had online today. It's to their credit that they have such an open policy with LOTR fansites, and I respect them for it, but I do hope we get to see this pic up on the official site soon! In the meantime, the poster had the wonderful production drawing of the Pillars of Argonath, with the LOTR:FOTR logo and credits. It also was interesting to note that it WAS rated PG-13. The following link will bring you to the original pic of the Pillars, it has been touched up a little and the credits added at the bottom, the text in this picture is not on the poster. [More]

Q&A with Clay Harper from Houghton Mifflin!

8/07/01, 11:56 am EST - Xoanon

We now have a great Q&A with Clay Harper, Tolkien Projects Director for the Houghton Mifflin Company. It's a great read, check it out! [More]

Observers question how Tolkien will translate to film

8/07/01, 10:04 am EST - Xoanon

In the beginning there was Eru, the One, who also was called Iluvatar. “And he made first the ... Holy Ones, who were the offspring of his thought, and they were with him before aught else was made. And he spoke to them, propounding to them themes of music; and they sang before him, and he was glad.” [More]

Thanks to John B for the tip!

Aussie Release Dates?

8/07/01, 10:00 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy My Precious sends this along:

I haven't seen the Australian release dates for LOTR on your site. Just to let you know the trilogy will be released every boxing day for the next 3 years:

Fellowship of the Ring - December 26, 2001
The Two Towers - December 26, 2002
Return of the King - December 26, 2003

AICN is giving away Sideshow sculptures!

8/07/01, 7:20 am EST - leo

Well... not really, but they are running a contest in colaboration with the folks from SideShow Toys in which you can win the specially designed SideShow/WETA sculptures and all you have to do is model your own Harry or other AICN-spy... [More]

News for Aug. 06, 2001

Elijah Wood on the next Cover of 'Premiere'

8/06/01, 9:13 pm EST - Xoanon

Word is coming in via 'Entertainment Tonight' (thanks to all of you that have written in) that our very own Elijah Wood (Frodo) (hi Elijah's mom!) will be on the next cover of 'Premiere Magazine'. Make sure to check that out!

Weekly Ebay Items

8/06/01, 9:09 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out all the goodies from Ebay!!! [More]

Weekly Cast Watch

8/06/01, 9:01 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out the latest offerings you can see on the small screen, all LOTR stars all the time! [More]

Mythcon Reports

8/06/01, 8:31 pm EST - Xoanon

Check out these great reports from Thomas and Patrick. I wish I was there to party with Tehanu and Quickbeam! [Report I] [Report II]

26 Minutes Shown in OZ, Asian Release Date Pushed Back?

8/06/01, 8:23 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy PT sends in word that the 26 'Cannes' footage will be shown in Australia soon. He also sends along word that the LOTR Trilogy release dates may be pushed back in Japan due to the huge piracy industry... [More]

LOTR Lecture in NZ

8/06/01, 8:20 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Ataahua

Spotted this on the website of the Dunedin Methodist Mission, New Zealand. One of the mission's priests - a self-confessed LOTR fan - is giving an evening talk about the Lord of the Rings this August 29 as part of the church's Open Education Programme. [More]

The Greatest Ever - Empire Poll

8/06/01, 5:55 pm EST - Strider

Empire Online seemed to have followed FilmFour.com, and are conducting a "Best Ever" film poll, in which you name your favourites in the film industry. Though it's one year too early to start nominating the Fellowship of the Ring, we still have a lot of other fields to work our magic like Director, Actor, Actress and Soundtrack. [More]

Fan-made 'Rings trailer

8/06/01, 3:42 pm EST - Strider

If you have a few minutes to spare during the day, Chris S mailed us to say that there's a really great fan-created trailer on the Lord of the Rings series on iFilm.com. Seems like there's no end to the talents of Ring fans. [More]

More LOTR Pics

8/06/01, 2:16 pm EST - Xoanon

Some great news LOTR pics have come out way from Ringer Spy J Dean, these have come via one of the many Cons that have been covering LOTR, check them out! !Spoilers! [More]

Media Watch: CIAK Magazine

8/06/01, 2:11 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Carlo

I'm a LOTR italian fan. I'm very surprised when I saw the cover of most important italian Movie Magazine "CIAK", August issue: Frodo with The Ring!

Italy is a very beautiful, warm and welcome country, but very cold concerning Fantasy, Tolkien, Orcs and Elfs, so you can understand my surprise. There are 4 pages about "La compagnia dell'Anello" - The fellowship of Ring with interview with Elijah Wood,and editorial like "Fantasy strikes back" and something about it.

SHOP: Toy Biz Action Figures

8/06/01, 10:27 am EST - Xoanon

The pics aren't new, but they're a little more clear, and well, why not take a look at them! [More]

Comic-book convention promotes films

8/06/01, 10:08 am EST - Xoanon

SAN DIEGO — There aren't many places in the world where one can watch a group of Klingons chat with a group of Jedi, as Wonder Woman, Hobbits, Harry Potter and a PokŽmon character walk through the crowd. But the recent San Diego Comic-Con is such a place. [More]

Decipher at GenCon

8/06/01, 10:06 am EST - Xoanon

From: Ellindar

I thought I'd write up this article on GenCon and the Decipher experience so you'd have some great info to post. As you know, I was sent into the horde of gamers to GenCon to find out all I could about the new LOTR card game by Decipher. [More]

The Last Action Figure Hero

8/06/01, 9:58 am EST - Xoanon

At 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, with a shaved pate and a demolition-machine body seemingly engineered for gladiator combat, Phil Ramirez doesn't seem like someone who would spend his days playing with toys. But toys are his livelihood. Ramirez, 28, is one of the biggest names in the action-figure sculpting world; recent projects have included the "X-Men" feature and the upcoming "The Lord of the Rings" films. [More]

Los Angeles Times Children's Bestsellers

8/06/01, 9:57 am EST - Xoanon

7 THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin: $12) The adventures of Bilbo Baggins in the imaginary world of Middle-Earth. (Ages 9 and older) [More]

Thanks to Ken C for the tip!

Games article on Arstechnica

8/06/01, 9:31 am EST - Strider

Pointwood dropped us a line to say that an article on Lord of the Rings games and the seperate parties that are developing games on it, Electronic Arts and Sierra, has been posted on the PC enthusiast's website Arstechnica. [More]

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