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News for Aug. 31, 2000

McLeod IS Rosie Cotton!

8/31/00, 11:46 pm EST - Xoanon

E! Online tells us that Sarah McLeod (Get Real) has been cast as Sean Astin's (Sam) love interest. We can all sleep now.

Web Watch: E! Online

8/31/00, 11:20 pm EST - Xoanon

E! Online has updated their 'Force of Hobbit' monthly feature. Check it out for an interview with Sean Bean (Boromir) [More]

Media Watch: Empire Magazine has LOTR Standing behind a Wookie

8/31/00, 8:27 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Monkeyman

LOTR has dropped to no 2 in Empire Magazine's UK (August '00) list of the 20 most anticipated movies - and it's been replaced with Star Wars: Episode 2! [More]


Genuine LOTR crew vests for sale at auction

8/31/00, 4:45 pm EST - Tehanu

This one's legal: The New Line Movies site is offering fleecy vests with the official LOTR logo on the front, just like the ones worn by the production crew. (more)

Contest Extension!

8/31/00, 2:07 pm EST - Calisuri

Quickbeam just sent me an email with news the Green Books Birthday Brain Bender contest will extend its deadline to September 7th! So relax, take your time and enter for your chance to win the British Millennium Edition of LOTR! [contest rules and entry]

Everyone say Welcome!

8/31/00, 9:42 am EST - Xoanon

The latest website to join TheOneRing.net(TM) is 'Lasselanta'!

Lasselanta is a Community web site primarily aimed at supporting the T.O.R.n messageboard community by providing a more permanent space for activities related to them. Thus we archive parodies posted on the boards and host the schedule for the Lord of the Rings reading group. But it also has material inspired by T.O.R.n or simply cooked up by Gorel. [More]

Web Watch: Stuff.co.nz

8/31/00, 9:39 am EST - Xoanon

Film-maker tries to suppress images: The company behind the Lord of the Rings movie is flexing its legal muscle to try to stop the public getting images of the film's sets and characters.

Creatures and crew emerge for greasies: Lord of the Rings filming has caused a sensation in Motueka.

ANCANAR: Casting News -Update-

8/31/00, 9:35 am EST - Xoanon


Continuing to bring a new level of interactivity to filmic storytelling, Ancanar.com is giving their principle cast members a four-day run to get their faces known. Included are biographies on the actors and their respective characters, pictures, and audio clips from each actor's original audition for the part! Cast week began yesterday and continues through this Saturday, revealing the four major characters and the "newcomer" actors. Also included is an in-depth log of the casting process taken from producer Raiya Corsiglia's journal. [More]

Black Riders train in Arrowtown....battle scenes reported!

8/31/00, 8:16 am EST - Tehanu

Scooped by the Otago Daily Times'alert Queenstown journo! Head on over to the ODT site and click on 'General' in the left-hand menu, until we get a better link. It's the second down in 'General' for today (the 31st of August.) [More]


More on Copyright.

8/31/00, 8:11 am EST - Tehanu

This is more interesting. The Christchurch Press is also being chased by the law over its famous Edoras shots, taken from public land (the Evening Post was on dicier ground because its poster included images from the official internet preview, we hear)...New Line is claiming copyright over the pics of Edoras as well.
The Press has done some fairly pro-active sleuthing on other LOTR matters as well. (more)

Rain forces film crew off Takaka Hill location

8/31/00, 8:02 am EST - Tehanu

The film crew's moved down the hill temporarily to film indoors at Motueka, as the Nelson Mail reports.
Wow, if the Nelson Mail had a website we'd be overloading it right now. They say "Stars Elijah Wood, Sean Bean and Sean Astin were in the area filming the fellowship crossing middle-earth from the first part of the trilogy."
Good scoops from them and you can access them at Scoop

News for Aug. 30, 2000

Geoff Murphy joins LOTR

8/30/00, 8:48 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Robert O

Auckland Metro's "Felicity Ferret" column in the most recent issue had a short blurb about Geoff Murphy coming back from LA to work with Peter Jackson on FX and action stuff.

More info on Geoff Murphy can be found here: More]

LOTR Harps to see!

8/30/00, 8:44 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Orion sends in the word on a NZ website (www.harps.co.nz). The site mentions some harps that happen to be featured in a certain big budget trilogy we all know!

Tara Leprechaun is a 31 to 36 string harp with a note range of A to A. A traditionally styled harp with medium tension for folk harpists. [More]

Web Watch: Salon.com

8/30/00, 8:39 pm EST - Xoanon

From: Burma

Thought you might find this one neat... JRRT is the featured writer on Salon's MP3 'spoken word' feature today. [More]

The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease

8/30/00, 8:12 pm EST - Calisuri

We just received these images and I had to throw them up online just because they are pretty cool. Remember the image a week or so ago with a "Gandalf-like" figure impaled on a spiked wheel? Well, here's the wheel...[more]

Xoanon and Tehanu will post more about these images later in the night.

Happy Birthday Green Books!

8/30/00, 11:36 am EST - Quickbeam

Greetings - Quickbeam here.

This week marks the First Anniversary of our beloved Green Books! It really is amazing to think that we have been working with TheOneRing.net for a whole year, but it's true. And yesterday I was just a tender sapling!

In honor of our Anniversary we have a dragon's horde of goodies, including:

• Announcing a new and improved Brain Bender contest! Match wits with Quickbeam and you could be the winner of a delicious new Lord of The Rings British Millennium Edition (with CD). But make haste-the deadline is 1 September 2000.
• My new Out on a Limb celebrates the very finest moments in the LOTR trilogy. I call it "Tolkien's Greatest Hits."
• Turgon lashes out his stinging whip and teaches us "How NOT to Study Tolkien" over on his Bookshelf.
• Anwyn is seriously "Looking for Authenticity in the Work of Peter Jackson." She makes a vitally important point--or rather a Counterpoint!
• Of course we have lots of new Questions & Answers:

  1. Did the Ring sink in Númenor along with Sauron?
  2. Is Gandalf really Manwë in disguise?
  3. What's with that mystery brooch that Tom Bombadil found?
  4. Did Thranduil know about Bilbo's Ring early on?
  5. Could the Elves just abandon Middle-earth?

All these and more can be found here.

• WOW - new Moon Letters too! Here you can delight in poetry and fiction.
• Look for new updates in red to previous Q&A articles.

On behalf of the lovely Anwyn, the sagacious Turgon, and myself, I send a hearty THANK YOU to our many readers across the globe. We are all honored to have you with us as we explore the WORDS and WORLD of Tolkien.

Much too hasty,


Jedi Spy Checks out South Island Set!

8/30/00, 10:16 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Jedi stumbled upon the set near the ski hills on the South Island! [More]

Going to WORLDCON?

8/30/00, 9:58 am EST - Xoanon

TheOneRing.net will be there as well! Worldcon is the 58th Annual World Science Fiction Convention that takes place August 31 to September 4 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Fairmont Hotel and Swissotel in good old Chicago, Illinios.

Head on over to see TORN Staffers like Corvar & Balin! Be sure to try and catch Douglas Anderson's world famous Hobbit Slide Show!

Check it out in our 'World Events Section'

What are you Tolkien About?!

8/30/00, 9:54 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Sharon sends in the following little funny article from The Evening Post.

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Spiderwebart News

8/30/00, 9:42 am EST - Xoanon

The good folks at Spiderwebart send along the latest. [More]

News for Aug. 29, 2000

Web Watch x 3: Stuff.co.nz

8/29/00, 6:06 pm EST - Xoanon

Lord of the Rings film-makers come to Takaka

Lawyers force Rings poster withdrawal

Kids quiz Lord of the Rings talent

Just want to know WHO is in that SAURON Armor?! And some DETAILS on what it looks like?!

8/29/00, 9:38 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy PVC recenly flew back from his long trek to New Zealand with this amazing buch of info!! Sauron's got a name! of sorts...if any intrepid Ringer Spy can come up with a pic of the actor who plays Sauron, send it on over! [More]


Golden Bay LOTR Camp Pics

8/29/00, 9:20 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Half Brick sends in the following great pics from the LOTR Camp at Golden Bay. Mini spoiler warning since some of these shots may show some scenery we shall see in the films. (Uh, I don't think so!Unless Middle-earth suddenly got really ugly.- T.) [More]


News for Aug. 28, 2000

Placing the Cart Before the Horse... -UPDATE-

8/28/00, 9:45 pm EST - Xoanon

A classic classic case of placing the cart before the horse. So The Evening Post decided to make money off of The Lord of the Rings trilogy BEFORE asking for permission?

From: Sharon

I just had a call from The Evening Post (I had pre-ordered posters).

Lawyers from the movie producers have told them that they are infringing copyright and that they are not allowed to sell the posters. They've all been printed already and will have to be destroyed.


UPDATE: Sharon sends the link from The Evening Post via Stuff.co.nz.

Evening Post er.. Poster!

8/28/00, 6:21 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer spy Sharon sends in the ad for the Poster you can all order from 'The Evening Post', hmm I wonder if the Post has any idea what they're getting into...

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MediaWatch: National Geographic

8/28/00, 5:14 pm EST - Calisuri

Ringer fan Rajiv sent in this great scan from the latest National Geographic magazine.
Frodo Baggins - The Dog

"I got a new National Geographic a few days ago and I was perusing it when I saw this photo: a picture of a dog named Frodo Baggins! I thought it was a funny sight!"

You can view the article in our movie scrapbook. [more]

This Weeks Ebay Items

8/28/00, 9:44 am EST - Xoanon

More fun than 'missing-bicycle-seat-cross-country-racing!' [More]

Media Watch: Welllington Reporter

8/28/00, 9:25 am EST - Xoanon

Click on the image to enlarge

Thanks to our very own Goddess of news Tehanu for the article :)

Report from Golden Bay

8/28/00, 8:55 am EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy Half Brick sends in the good word from Golden Bay! [More]

News for Aug. 27, 2000

You can be part of a film project on Tolkien's life and influence

8/27/00, 11:30 pm EST - Tehanu

Assassin Films is looking for more Tolkien fans to interview - especially people who have been inspired by Tolkien to work in music, film or writing. They'll be in LA in September between the 15th and the 19th, and in London between the 20th and the 26th, and they're available in NZ throughout the production period.
Interested? (It's painless...) Email them:

Big LOTR posters on sale now!!!

8/27/00, 11:24 pm EST - Tehanu

The diligent hobbit has reported on the Evening Post's offering:
"The LOTR posters are now available from Wellington Newspapers and Evening Post offices. They cost $2 plus postage, and the phone number for the EP is (04) 4740444, fax is (04) 4740237. Or people could write to them at PO Box 3740 Wellington, or even go to their
offices at Press House, 40 Boulcott Street, Wellington."

OK, well so it's over to you. Phone, fax or post. Add +64 for the NZ country code if you're trying this from outside. Nice glossy posters of things like Edoras, on quality A2 paper which I've been informed is at least 4 times as big as a normal sheet of paper.

More on New Shiny things for WETA

8/27/00, 11:09 pm EST - Tehanu

This is one for the technophiles - some more on the computers that WETA is using for special effects. It's over on slashdot.org and links to some pics of LARGE computers with some of the WETA team standing by them.
Thanks to Andrew and Terry for this one

Media Watch: Sydney Morning Herald

8/27/00, 1:46 pm EST - Xoanon

Thanks to RD and all the Aussie Ringers who sent in this huge article from the Sydney Morning Herald!

'Force of Hobbit' Article
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

LOTR Casting Call

8/27/00, 1:13 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy The Jazza sends in a call for extras that was placed in a local NZ papaer recently. [More]

Legal actions against Sierra?

8/27/00, 12:54 pm EST - Xoanon

DarthCaesar has struck again, sending word to me of this news, which comes from the RPG Vault at IGN. [More]

Moonshine Set News

8/27/00, 12:47 pm EST - Xoanon

Ringer Spy GC sends in word on the latest filming at Moonshine Bridge set. Highlight the area below to read.

On Saturday morning I saw the crew 'village' on the eastern river bank and filming atop the earthquake plateau on the west bank of the river north of the Moonshine bridge.

And it was raining again! Why does it rain every time LotR comes to Upper Hutt?

Alas, no time to stop and too far away to see anything significant. They were all gone on Sunday morning.

Fellowship Publication Dates Discrepancy

8/27/00, 11:55 am EST - Tookish

TORNado Basara sent me an email today with a theory about the apparent difference in publication dates for FotR. Click here for the letter. Thanks Basara!

News for Aug. 26, 2000

This Day in History: FotR Published in 1954? NOPE!

8/26/00, 2:59 pm EST - Tookish

Barliman's chatroom regular Ugluk found this in his mail today:

On this day in 1954 the first book of J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings was published. Nobody much noticed. Source: The Daily Mail

Sometimes it takes a while for a good thing to receive its due. I haven't been able to confirm this anywhere else, so if you can please drop a line. Thanks Ugluk for the tip!

UPDATE: Robert refered me to page 183 of The Letters of JRR Tolkien where I find this, "...The Fellowship of the Ring, was published on 29 July 1954." Sounds definitive to me, thanks Robert!

Hall of Fire Chats August 26 & 27

8/26/00, 12:30 pm EST - Tookish

This weekend we've selected a topic on the academic side of things:

Middle-earth and Human History: Comparisons and Contrasts

We offer two times for these Tolkien discussions, one on Saturday at 17:30 Eastern Standard Time, and the other Sunday at 19:00 Central European Time. Come to the Barliman's homepage for more details!

Hobbit Musical Auditions

8/26/00, 12:06 am EST - Jincey

Thanks to Gamgee for finding this item of interest!
Interested in auditioning for a musical rendition of "The Hobbit"? If you live in the Saratoga, California area, click here for more details!

News for Aug. 25, 2000

A little Viggo news and signs of life on the Hutt River

8/25/00, 9:42 pm EST - Tehanu

The Wellington reporter sends us some news of Viggo Mortensen in the Dominion; and notices some new filming activity. (more)

CGI stuff from WETA at a seminar in Auckland.

8/25/00, 5:49 am EST - Tehanu

A correspondent was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some WETA coolness at this SGI seminar. And then they bothered handing out mousepads and mints and pens, as if anyone cared after that. [more]

The Wingate set has turned into...... a swamp.

8/25/00, 5:17 am EST - Tehanu

We've got updates on the Wingate set over in Spy Reports. Looks like they're using bluescreen technology at Wingate to film the Dead Marshes. They filmed a bit around the real swamp of the Kepler Mire near Te Anau last Christmas, but when I saw it it seemed like a jolly nice place, as swamps go. They might get better gloom and doom with CGI.

The Evening Post is selling a 'Lord of the Rings' poster.

8/25/00, 5:03 am EST - Tehanu

The Wellington Reporter-hobbit sent us a grainy scan from Wellington of a huge item in tonight's Evening Post. Apparently the paper is planning to compile some of the stunning images from the local press (like the amazing Edoras picture into a high-quality poster. It'll be A2 size, that's twice the size of a normal sheet of everyday paper, and they're planning to sell them for $2 plus postage. Whether they're expecting overseas buyers I don't know, but we'll keep an eye on that and let you know.

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