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May 05, 2002 - May 27, 2002

Monday, May 27, 2002

LOTR Movie Chess Set To Hit US - Xoanon @ 11:54 PST

Kim writes: Just to let you know, a while back I wrote asking when the LOTR chess set based on the movie would be available in the USA. You could get it in the UK, through a company called "Character Games, Ltd" but not here. The person I contacted, a Mr. Danny Kishon wrote me back and told me that they didn't have any plans on making it available in the USA at the time, but would let me know if that changed. Well, he wrote me back and apparently Hasbro Games will be launching it later this year!!

Sunday, May 26, 2002

Weekly Ebay Items - Xoanon @ 22:39 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.

JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, 1st ed w/djs $7,500.00

TOLKIEN Lord of the Rings SET early UK 1st ed $760.99

TOLKIEN LORD OF THE RINGS 1st /1st impression GBP 8,500.00

Topps LORD of the RINGS 14 Auto's Plus* GBP 1,255.00

NEw Lord of the Rings Chess Set/Shot Glasses $999.00

Set of 3 Lord of the Rings SWORDS! $299.00


Rare 1978 Original Lord of the Rings GBP 97.00

Lord Of The Rings Doujinshi #02 $32.50

Friday, May 24, 2002

J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth - Xoanon @ 15:14 PST

'J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth' author Dr. Brad Birzer sends this along personally. This is the upcoming cover of his new book, to be published in October of 2002. Take a look! [More]

Pre-Order 'J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth' now!

Friday, May 17, 2002

Merry Discount...and Muppets! - Calisuri @ 11:50 PST
Kermit the FrogSideshow/Weta Collectibles has updated their Lord of the Rings homepage with a $3 discount on the Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck polystone bust. And while its not Lord of the Rings related, Sideshow/Weta has also started pre-ordering The Muppet Show polystone busts! Currently you can order Kermit the Frog, Beaker, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Rowlf the Dog. [LOTR Busts] [Muppets]

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

The Art Of LOTR:FOTR Review - Xoanon @ 13:06 PST
From: Garfeimao

I went to the recent Book Expo in New York, and was afforded quite a treat at the Houghton Mifflin booth. They had the new The Art Of LOTR:FOTR book out on display, and I got to thumb through it nearly everytime I walked by their booth. Near the end of the day on Sunday, I was given one of the few books they had brought with them, so I am now holding it (after being dumb enough to ship it home instead of carrying it home). The book should be on shelves in bookstores all over the place in the next 2-3 weeks, as they mentioned that it had just started shipping. So, here's a little review of what's in it.

The book itself is 192 pages long, and is at least twice as thick as the hardcover Visual Companion book. This one is also in hardcover, with an overleaf of the Pillars of Argonath. The back cover is a shadowy image of one Black Rider overlooking a valley. It clearly states on the back that this book contains 500 exclusive paintings and drawings from the film, so don't expect me to go over the whole book for you. The book is split into chapters that focus on locations, costumes, armory, and creatures.

It is full of comparison pictures. You see sketches, paintings and then photos of what was actually on set, and then what it looked like after the composites had been added. One example is Weathertop. There is a stunning image of the actual rock, and then a picture of that rock with the ruins ontop, which was the artwork part of it.

The costumers out there are going to love the section on costumes. It has sample drawings for all the main characters, ideas for cloth swatches and then pictures of the final outfit on the actor. Same with the Armory section, which is both weapons, armor and flags, banners and insignia for different races and Houses. Hey, there is even an insignia for Glorfindel, who was excised from the story, so you know the detail was being put in for all sorts of different storylines. If this book doesn't help the costumers out there, nothing short of patterns onsale at the local fabric store will help.

The creatures section is fascinating, as they really get into the technicality of making the monsters come to life. I must say just about everything in this section is ugly, but then again, Tolkien's bad guys weren't trying to be sneaky about being evil.

The last page of the book claims that it will continue in The Art of the Two Towers, so now that's just one more thing to look forward to. Make sure you look for this book in the next few weeks, as it's a real keeper.

Pre-Order The Art of LOTR:FOTR Now!

Tuesday, May 07, 2002

LOTR Songbook - Xoanon @ 12:16 PST
From: Rayvah

I work at a division of Barnes 'n Noble and the date listed in our computer as being able to order the sheet music was April 28th. I ordered a copy and it is quite nice! Makes me wish I could play or read music...

The cover is of the theatre movie poster and inside there are a couple picture spreads (the Ring Wraiths, a picture of Frodo with Sting, The hobbits on Weathertop, Saruman, Orcs, Gandalf in Moria, and the front of a Lothlorien boat)

The songs featured in the book are:
Aniron (Theme for Aragorn and Arwen)
The Prophecy
Many Meetings
Lament For Gandalf
In Dreams
May it Be

It even includes the English translation for "Lament For Gandalf" since Legolas wouldn't tell us! It was based on a poem written by Philippa Boyens.

Olorin who once was...
Sent by the Lords of the West
To guard the lands of the east
Wisest of all Maiar
What drove you to leave
That which you loved?

No more will you wander
The green fields of this earth
Your journey has ended in darkness

The bonds are sundered,
The spirit is broken,
The flame of Arnor has left this World.

A great light has gone out.

Our love for this land
Is deeper than the deeps
Of the sea.
Our regret is undying
Yet we will cast all away
Rather than submit
What should be shall be

Order the LOTR songbook here

Sunday, May 05, 2002

SHOP: Games Workshop's Sauron Figure - Xoanon @ 14:19 PST

Ringer Spy Grima sends along this great image from Games Workshop featuring their Sauron figure!

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