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November 26, 2002 - December 11, 2002

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Cave Troll Statue and More! - Calisuri @ 19:45 PST
Cave Troll StatueYesterday we showed you the Cave Troll Statue from Sideshow/Weta Collectibles. Today its for pre-sale! Jump on over to SideshowWeta.com and check it out. They have also posted an image of Medallion No. 12, The Warg Riders. Needless to say, that is pretty darn cool too! [More]

Myth and Middle-earth - Tehanu @ 00:52 PST
"Myth and Middle-earth," by Leslie Ellen Jones, Cold Spring Press, 2002

This book is a good one for anyone whoís interested in knowing a bit more about Tolkien and his creation of Middle-earth. Itís written in an easygoing, readable style and touches on the main points covered in detail by other writers, but also offers new insights owing to the authorís knowledge of Celtic mythology and languages. It would make a good book for Tolkien Ďnewbiesí and yet it also has some surprising facts that I hadnít learned anywhere else, and which I believe are not that widely-known, so it will also be of interest to people who have read widely on the subject.

After a brief outline of Tolkienís life and an introduction to his special field, philology, the book looks at subjects that occur in Tolkienís work, grouping them under headings such as "Kings and Heroes," "Wastelands," "The Nazgul and the Undead," "Riddles and Prophecies," or "Marching Trees," to name just a few. Author Leslie Ellen Jones does a kind of enjoyable intellectual ramble around each topic, examining the various models that may have served as an inspiration to Tolkien, and discussing how he adapts and combines certain elements of older myths, or in some cases turns them on their head entirely. Rather than being a dry study, the writer does a kind of free-association of ideas about Tolkien and mythology and medieval literature. She has consciously focussed on the Celtic and Arthurian elements that are not widely discussed elsewhere, which is sure to interest other fans of that folklore.

A list of further reading is provided for those who want to explore further.

"Myth and Middle-earth" is available through Amazon here

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Cave Troll Statue On Pre-Order Tomorrow - Strider @ 16:59 PST

The latest addition to the Sideshow/Weta Collection, the Cave Troll statue, will be available to pre-order tomorrow, December 11th. Limited to only 750 pieces and cast from polystone, this 25-pound statue continues the excellent standard of detail common to all Sideshow statues and captures the beast's perplexed and angry look perfectly. [More]

Sunday, December 08, 2002

Holiday Gift Guide 2002 - Calisuri @ 23:58 PST
Every year it seems we are faced with the same question: What gift can I buy for a Tolkien fanatic? We here at TheOneRing.net see it as our duty to not only answer this question, but to also make it as easy and painless as possible. With that in mind, welcome to TheOneRing.net's Holiday Gift Guide 2002. [More]

"I Am In Fact A Hobbit" - Jincey @ 00:37 PST
Scorpio brought us news of a new book being published by Mercer University Press, entitled, "I Am In Fact A Hobbit" An Introduction to the Life and Works of J.R.R. Tolkien by Perry C. Bramlett; reflective chapter by Joe R. Christopher. You can find more information and a link to order [here].

Friday, December 06, 2002

LOTR Collectors Beware...The 9 Are Coming! - Xoanon @ 10:53 PST
Xoanon here, Eric sent this along to us yesterday clearing up some internet rumors about gift sets of LOTR action figures coming out (or not coming out) anytime soon, take a look.

Been a while since I had anything to write you all about (getting psyched for the 18th, yet?) but I did research a bit that is of interest to any of the folks interested in the collectible stuff.

One item of great interest has been the Toy Biz Fellowship of the Ring "Deluxe Gift Pack" ... this is a large package which includes ALL NINE members of the Fellowship in the 6" figure size, along with a costume-jewelry "One Ring" on a chain, and a map of Middle Earth.

There has been a lot of mis-information and even DIS-information floating around the 'net about this product ... especially because it seemed to have arrived in most of the world BEFORE the USA.

The general scuttlebutt seems to have been that these are "already gone" ... sort of like the collectible rings from Applause last year. This has been reinforced by unscrupulous eBay sellers who are advertising the item as "rare" and "hard to find"... and jacking the price up accordingly.


I have the word "staright from the horse's mouth", as it were, and I will paste the response from Toy Biz here:

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Thank you for contacting Toy Biz Consumer Service. We appreciate your taking the time to contact us.

We are making a Lord of the Rings 6" Fellowship of the Ring Gift Pack that includes Gandalf, Frodo Legolas, Gimli, Pippin, Merry, Boromir, Strider, and Sam. This is due out in early December. The gift pack will include a map of Middle Earth and a metal ring on a string. (Note the month! -Eric)

Assortment I (6") of The Two Towers will include Faramir, Legolas, Gandalf the White, Gondorian Soldier, and Easterling. Assortment II (6") of the Two Towers will include Roharian Soldier, King Theoden, Wormtongue, Eomer, Saruman, and Aragorn. Both these assortments are due out in late October. Please contact us later this year for information on assortments III (6") and IV (6") of the Two Towers.

Twin Pack assortment I of The Two Towers will include Elf Archer & Berserker Urak-Hai, Ugluck & Pippin, and Grishnakh & Merry. This is due out in late October.

Deluxe Horses assortment of The Two Towers will include Aragorn & Brego, Gandalf the White & Shadowfax, and Ringwraith & Horse. This is due out in late October.

Assortment I of the 12" The Two Towers figures will include Legolas, Bilbo, Eowyn, and the Witch King Ringwraith. These are due out in late October.

The 14" Treebeard from The Two Towers is due out in late December.

That is all we have planned at this point for 2002. Please contact us again later this fall for information on the figures for assortment III (6") and IV (6") of The Two Towers movie.
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Note that the aforementioned "gift pack" is NOT DUE in US stores until December (which, by my calendar, JUST STARTED!). The fact that a few units made their way to the streets early is typical of mass-merchandising, and has been used by some to perpetuate the rumor that they have already "come and gone".

Having said all of that, I *DO* expect that this will be a popular item ... so when you see them on the shelves this month ... well ... to paraphrase our favorite "she-elf" ...

"If you want them - COME and claim them!"


Thursday, December 05, 2002

Gandalf and Bilbo Bookends! - Calisuri @ 20:40 PST
LOTR BookendsLooking for some bookends to hold up those 15 different versions of The Lord of the Rings in your study? Sideshow/Weta Collectibles has just released their first set of exclusive bookends titled 'No Admittance Except on Party Business.' These pieces are sold as a set and are available now for pre-order. [More]

Sunday, December 01, 2002

Weekly Ebay Items - Xoanon @ 23:30 PST
Each week, I scour Ebay looking for the hot Tolkien items up for sale. I post the most interesting here for you to bid on. You can click on any item you wish, it does not mean you are bidding for the item. Have fun and keep checking back here every week! See something I've missed on another auction site? Drop me a line!

TheOneRing.net does not make a profit from the sale of these items.

Lord Of The Rings - 3 books - UK - HC 1st


Lord of the Rings 1st signed Ltd Deluxe RARE

Lord of the Rings Two Towers 14 Auto Set

Lord of the Rings Collectible Chess Set

TOLKIEN:Lord of the Rings 1965 2nd Rev. Ed.

Lord Of The Rings 3 volume boxed set


Lord of the Rings Collectors Plates

Lord of the Rings Collectors Plates

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Big Sale at Sideshow/Weta! - Calisuri @ 23:36 PST
Sideshow/Weta is having a 30% off sale on most of their Fellowship of the Ring product. If you didn't get your hands on these collectibles, here is your chance to pick up a few for REALLY cheap! The sale will last from tomorrow, Nov 27th at 9AM PST to Sunday, December 1st at 9PM PST. And as always, Sideshow/Weta is our sponsor, so when you support them, you help us stay online. Thanks ahead of time! [More]

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