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July 16, 2002 - July 24, 2002

7-24-02 Latest News

Radio Middle-earth.
Tehanu @ 4:56 pm EST

Today on Passport to Middle-earth on CJMQ 88.9 (for those in the Sherbrooke area, Quebec, Canada) we will talk about Hobbits! There is so much stuff to say about these little guys that today will be Hobbits? Part I and next week we will have Part II! We have put together a great show for today. We will explore the origin(s) of the word hobbit. Did Tolkien invent the word hobbit or not? We will review the history of the hobbits throughout the Third Age, from their arrival to the Vales of Anduin to their settling down in the Shire. We will also explore the laws and institutions of the Shire. So make sure you tune in, either on 88.9 FM or via the web at Passport to Middle-earth Also you can check our website:here

7-22-02 Latest News

Media Watch: Cinescape Magazine
Xoanon @ 4:19 pm EST

Ringer Spy lilcritter sends along these scans from the latest issue of Cinescape Magazine! Check them out!

Weekend Round Up
Xoanon @ 12:12 am EST

Future Shop Canada Goes LOTR Crazy!

Annotated Hobbit News!

The Other Change of Hobbit

UK News Roundup

Madman/Viggo News

Blockbuster's LOTR Promotion Video

Media Watch: Cinescape Magazine

Real Groovy To Have Midnight Release


Insite Serves Up Own Bit Of 'Rings Magic

Another Report On Viggo's NYC Book Signing

FilmFour Look Towards The Towers

John Rhys-Davies invades Sponge Bob

Hall of Fire Chats for July 20th & 21st

Fellowship Of The Ring Reaches #9 Domestic

FOTR DVD Available In The Netherlands

More Real-life natural Wonders from Middle-earth

7-21-02 Latest News

Future Shop Canada Goes LOTR Crazy!
Xoanon @ 11:34 pm EST

From: Future Shop

Lord of the Rings - Fellowship of the Ring Special Screening

· Watch the legend of "Lord of the Rings" unfold on a giant outdoor screen at 1 of the 3 Future Shop locations indicated below. Experience the movie at sunset on Monday, August 5th at 8:00 pm.

· Come dressed as your favourite Lord of the Rings character and you could win a $500 Future Shop Gift Certificate!

· Plus, pre-order a "Lord of the Rings" DVD and receive a free "Lord of the Rings" 16-page Collector's Book loaded with photos and valuable movie information!* (*While quantities last.)

· X-BOX will be on hand with great games and prizes.

· Get your picture taken with your favourite Lord of the Rings character.

Vancouver, BC
Bridgeport Future Shop
150-2780 Sweden Way, Richmond, B.C.

Calgary, AB
NE Calgary Future Shop
3319 26th Avenue, NE Calgary, AB

Toronto, ON
Heartland Future Shop
2-5900 Mavis Road, Mississauga

(no Montreal event I see...get your act together Future Shop! Don't leave Montreal out of the loop! -Xo)

UK News Roundup
Xoanon @ 11:12 pm EST

Tracy writes: HI! Here are some lil updates of Lord of the Rings press coverage from the UK!

In the Mags:

Check out August 02 Editions of:

Ultimate DVD: some great four pages of LOTR interviews and news on the DVD of course, and on the front cover a great look at those oh-so-gorgeous Hobbit-feet! (make sure to get Cover 1 of 2 (that's the one pictures with Elijah and Ian on the front) because the other cover is boring!)

It's on DVD: with again more great news on the future DVD and more interviews with the stars of the film!

In the Newspapers:

The Daily Mirror recently got hold of the trailer and they got some snapshots to go with...check out the scan.

On the Net:

Check out http://www.filmfour.com/lordoftherings/ they have a really cool mini-site dedicated to...u guessed it...The Lord of the Rings, with news, reviews, and an interview with Ian McKellen!

Madman/Viggo News
Xoanon @ 2:19 pm EST

Mike sends us this info from www.comics2film.com

I don't know if this is substantial enough for you guys to report it, but i think it is interesting since i am a madman fan, and this does indicate that viggo might possibly star in a comic book movie:

Internet rumors that Viggo Mortensen has been cast as the lead role in the Madman movie are false.

Comics2Film did a quick fact check with Madman creator Mike Allred who told us that such casting would be awesome, "but we're no where near casting at this point."

Early this month Allred revealed to readers on his message boards that he and producer/director Robert Rodriguez definitely have Mortensen on their wish list. However, Rodriguez is currently busy getting Once Upon A Time in Mexico and Spy Kids 2 into theaters. Madman is expected to be his next project after that.

FYI, in case you are remotely interested, Madman is about a man of questionable background and history who died and almost went to the point of no return before being re-animated by two scientists. The process caused a permanent memory loss and the man couldn't remember his name, his life, or anything. He had become an extremely innocent, almost naive, person and wore the costume of his favourite super-hero as a sort of security blanket and for self-confidence. The ongoing story is basically his adventures trying to make a new life for himself and find out clues to his former identity with the help of Joe, his girlfriend, Mott, an alien from planet Hoople, and Dr's Flem and Boiffard, the scientists who re-animated him.

Another Report On Viggo's NYC Book Signing
Strider @ 12:01 pm EST

Christine writes: I know that the event was a week ago, and there have already been 5 reports, but hey one more can't hurt. Readers beware: If you are not interested in a long, gruelingly detailed, essay, about a fifteen-year-old's day in NYC, and if you in any way doubt you courage, strength, or attention span, turn back now, or boredom awaits you with big pointy teeth, and poorly grammatical wording.

So on Friday (July 12) I went to Viggo's book signing and Poetry reading in NYC. My other lotr companions had to bag at literally the last minute (We are only 15, and our parents have the right to be restrictive, no?) So my last minute replacement was a buddy Dave (I knew his parents would let him go with me, they're very loose as are mine!) The only problem with that was that… he isn't quite a lotr or Viggo fan. (When we were going through all the info I had put together addresses, directions, times and what not, David was confused by the heading of the paper, and asked me what "vigoo" meant.)

So we took the 7:25am bus into New York, to arrive at the 42nd street bus terminal at 8:30am, and walked a nice 20 blocks in a good 30 minutes. (By the way when we were buying tickets, I was in such a hurry that I forgot a very important item. I purchased 8x11 glossy photos of Viggo online, and to resist damage, brought the box it was delivered in with me. I also had in the box, maps and directions for the ENTIRE DAY! 20 seconds before the bus pulled up, the man from the office came running across the street with it! God bless his soul, without that the day would have been ruined! I need to send him a fruit basket or something) So, the Robert Mann Gallery was on the 10th floor of a building, and when we arrived at 9, there were only 20 or 25 people all ready there, all seated up against a wall, in a hallway leading to the Gallery doors. We sat for about 30 minutes (pictured), and then people from the Gallery came out telling everyone to be quiet. There was quite a bit of noise, as well as people coming in and joining a large group at the front of the line, which seemed to be getting larger (and louder), but I'm not complaining. About 10 minutes later, the person came out again suggesting that everyone go for some coffee and come back in a half our. Remarkably, the large group did, indeed leave. The rest of us stayed. Us remainders were asked to move to a hallway facing the other way. They said it was because the wall we were up against was on the other side of another gallery's office. But I thought it was just because they knew that when Viggo came, he would be coming up that hallway, and they didn't want us jumping him. (They should just do what they did at ICON, and send him in with storm troopers. Heehee But yes my theory was later proved when Viggo not only came up that hallway, but when we got into the Gallery, I realized that on the other side of the hallway was the Gallery, not an office! Liars.)

So I made some small talk with the people around me. Dave kept to himself. (I must tell you that David can hardly stand my obsession, so being around adults with the same exact 'disease' didn't quite appeal to him.) But I was quite glad I found people with similar interests. I got to show them my mini picture books of magazine clippings (which I bring with me everywhere) and show off ICON pictures and tell ICON stories. This creepy lady (who likes to call herself "Creepy" as her name) joined Patty and Tara, who were in line next to me. Apparently, they knew each other from the last Viggo signing, isn't that neat? I also saw Stephanie, Anthony, and Jessica from Heren Istarion, the chair people of the New York Tolkien Society, who were there to present Viggo with a lovely Aragorn bust from Weta. At some point around here Viggo came down the hall we were previously in, but I missed seeing him. People had to stand in line I don't know how far down the 10 flights of stairs, but other people (who I assume had just arrived) started coming up the elevator and I believe formed a line of their own. This line later began to merge with the one from the stairwell into the hallway once the line was moving. But David and I and others who had been there 2 hours plus, were in line before that merge so we didn't have to worry about it. But I do think those on line had waited longer then those from the elevator, so that's a bit unfair. There really was no one governing the lines etc, and if we weren't as respectable fans as we are, I bet some fights might have broken out there, but thankfully, I think everyone was happy to see Viggo. Of course I wouldn't know because I wasn't involved in any of that. I do find it rather amusing though that David, who can't even pronounce Viggo's name right, was in line ahead of about 90% of the people there, who no doubt, knew at least that.

Okay sorry, I'm boring you. Fast forward. The line starts moving, and they let approximately ten people in at a time. In ten minutes we were in. To the left of the doors was the book buying area. I got the soft cover of Signlanguage because the hard cover was a good $50, which is a bit more then my budget permits. David, the little angel, immediately got in line, behind that big group of people from before. Dave asked me if he should ask Viggo why there was a nail in his finger on the front cover. I then decided it would be better if DAVE didn't speak. So the group in front of us was very cute and very long. This was actually good because I had about 10 minutes were I was standing 4 feet away from Viggo, and I could just watch him interacting with people, and I let myself adapt and get comfortable around him, so that I wouldn't mumble at him or anything. Each person in the group in front of me posed for a picture with Viggo, and all the other members took pictures, some of them with more then one camera. So I bet they got some lovely pictures. They then presented Viggo with a bundle of goodies. Including Chinese slippers, and what appeared to be a robe, as well as other things, and Viggo explained he'd look through later. I got the idea that the members of the group didn't all speak fluent English, because there were a lot of hand motions and Chinese sounding exclamations, especially during the photo sessions.

My turn. I stepped up and said hi. Then Dave noted how "Suweet" all the stuff was. Viggo sincerely apologized for the wait, and I said that it was no problem. I first handed his my book and told him my name, spelling out c-H-r-i-s-t-i-n-e. While signing he asked us where we're from. I replied New Jersey, and David added in a JerZEE! (Thanks Dave) I then gave Viggo my photo of him; thank god I still had it. I also gave him a silver felt marker I brought with me in case all he had was black (which I'm glad I did, because he didn't) He asked if it was still for Christine, and I said yes. Then I gave him another copy and explained that my friend's parents denied permission at the last minute because we had no parental supervision, so this one is for Linzi. That's L-i-n-Z-I with a heart over the last i. He gave me a weird look then did that. And I also had him sign one of the postcards he had available for Caroline. What a sweetie he is. Then I asked if I could take pictures with him. David the photographer had the camera ready, and while I went around the table and squatted down next to his table I explained that I needed to keep the photos laying out for a second and he finished my sentence saying that I didn't want it to smudge. I added that-
"Yeah, when I was at Billy's convention---"
"Oh, you went to that? How was it?"
"It was great, we saw the girls whose shirt you signed for Billy."
"And yeah, anyway, my signature smudged because I didn't let it dry."

Dave took one picture of us in mid- pose, and Viggo put his arm around me and Dave took a picture like that, and then a wrapped my arms around Viggo's neck and pulled him in tight and Dave took that picture. That's when I realized that the flash didn't go off. The following thoughts ran though my head-

Oh no, the flash didn't go off! But I don't want to complain; I'm lucky I even got to pose with him. But the picture might not turn out-

My thoughts were cut short by Viggo saying-

"The flash didn't go off, do you want to turn it on?"

So my lovely photographer Dave fumbles around with the one time use camera a bit (I thought they were supposed to be easy to understand, that's why I got that kind. I didn't want a repeat of my convention where I chased Billy down for a picture with him, and the camera all of the sudden died on us, and the picture that turned out is in mid pose, and its so embarrassingly bad I don't even want to post it. )

Anyway, that's when Viggo held out his hand and miraculously PRESSED THE BUTTON THAT SAID FLASH! Then handed it back to Dave and we took the pictures over again, including the one of me hugging him (which he's smiling more in hehe!) We thanked him, and I gave him an Aragonath pin, which I have tons of, and I'm sure he does as well, but I thought I'd give him one anyway. And he was like "Oh cool."

So that was done and we made our way out of the building, and started our two-hour or so long walk (with stops at shops for Dave) to the Used Book Café. On our way there we stopped at a flea market and they offered us a 10-minute massage for $10. I convinced them to make it a 5-minute for $5, and it was great.

The best part of all this was that we never really got majorly lost. We had no problem finding streets or anything. I was a bit worried though about getting to the café on time. I was expecting so many people to show up, and was worried about getting seats. We got to the café at 3:00, only 4 hours before the reading was to start, and there were very few people there. Three of those people were Patty, Tara, and Creepy from the signing. They were at a table all the way at the front, (by then the stage and chairs weren't set up yet.) We joined them at the table, and Patty showed me a picture of Viggo and I from her digital camera that she took! How lovely. So we sat and chatted for 40 minutes or so and David was getting ansi, so I asked Patty, Tara, and Creepy to save us to save us seats when they set them up.

Dave and I left for a half hour, which turned out to be completely pointless, and came back to find that Patty, Tara, and Creepy had gotten us the most beautiful seats, fifth row! (And with the first 2 rows reserved, I'd say 5th is pretty good! Around I guess 4:30, the band One Ring Zero (Absolutely no relation to the One Ring, or TheOneRing.net) started setting up, even though they didn't play until three hours later. So until then we talked and made merry, just as merry little hobbits (some of them named Merry) do. I bought a One Ring Zero shirt, and got some bumper stickers.

So at 7:30 One Ring Zero started playing. Their music was so cool, and interesting. I can't think of a way to describe it, but someone else's description I heard fits perfectly. Carnival music in a graveyard. It was bliss. I definitely suggest you download a bit of a song off of MP3.com. I suggest the Airplane song. And their website is OneRingZero.com.

Ben Greenman was the first reader, and Laurence Krauser was the second and they were both wonderful.

Then Viggo came on, and for the most part, everyone was respectful and courteous. Some people were a bit talkative and at one point someone yelled out Viggo's name to try to get a picture of him, which was a bit rude. But that didn't matter because Viggo was beautiful.

At one point people all the way in the back were yelling, "Speak louder" because they couldn't hear him…but he couldn't hear them either. So I yelled out "Viggo some people can't hear you!" And he replied with "I can't really hear myself, so…" Then when he began his next poem he spoke in a shout talk (Not really shouting, but his volume was a few steps above talking), which got some laughter. We were only like, 15 feet away from him, and we had seats, which is a lot more then I think 80% of the people there could say. And once again I find it humorous that David was that close up, and yet had no interest in being there. So Viggo was reading someone else's poetry a bit, and I think he was about done, then someone yelled out, "read some more of your own!" And people started yelling out suggestions of which poems to read, when someone yelled out "read in SPANISH!" And of course everyone loved that idea. Viggo says, "Spanish? Okay…um… here, this one's about Henry." My goodness. I think at the end of that poem everyone was more flushed then Sam after dancing with Rosie. I think David was even blushing a bit. Well everyone was completely satisfied out of their minds after that, so we let him go.

One Ring Zero came back on, and played a bit more, which was lovely. They were finishing up, so I made my way out of the row, because I wanted to catch the band members before they left, so I could get some autographs on the back of my shirt. And all of the sudden Viggo ran up to the microphone, "Hey has anyone here ever heard the song 'Sweet Caroline?' I think we should request that."

The crowd agreed and cheered etc. and yelled out that Viggo should sing, but he didn't want to. So instead, while the band played and the audience sang, Viggo danced with another poet! It wasn't actually one of the poets who read. He was from the audience, and I was told he was the poet who's poetry Viggo read a bit of.

So when that lovely bit was over I went up to the band, and asked them all to sign the back of my recently purchased shirt, which they all did lovingly. Then Viggo came out from the backroom and people started bombarding him for autographs. So it was suggested that we move on stage. So yes, I was on the stage with the band (which wasn't really a stage, but I guess a 1.5 or 2 foot-levitated area). So I took pictures with the band members and got autographs and chatted away about their converse shoes and mine, with Viggo a good 3 or 4 feet away from me, hehe. I made faces at Creepy and Patty from the stage, oh lucky me! I then stood at the end of the stage waiting to get a second to ask Viggo for a picture of him. Some woman came up and said I wasn't supposed to be up there, but I simply mentioned I was with the band, and went back to resume conversation and buy a CD. But I did get my chance for a picture of Viggo. Dave later joined me and took a picture of Viggo also, and shook his hand as well, and added in a "Thanks, man." Don't we love Dave's vocabulary? I saw my mother from across the room, and so I joined her and we, (Mom, Dad, Dave, Creepy, Patty, etc. and others, and I) all made small talk. Creepy told my Mom she had stories for her, and when my mom replied that she only wanted to hear the good ones, someone else said, well then there'd be nothing to tell. I guess that was a joke. But Creepy did say I was being a regular groupie, and called me Penny Lane, which I don't really get, but Oh well.

So we all said our good-byes, and exchanged E-mails etc. and on our car ride home we listened to our ORZ CD.

So that’s my story, hope you liked it. Expect pictures to come shortly!

7-20-02 Latest News

More Real-life natural Wonders from Middle-earth
Tehanu @ 2:26 am EST

Following on from the 'Nazgul fossil' story Matt sent us is a description of another living wonder that could come straigth from Middle-earth - and it's actually been called the 'Iluvatar Tree.'

It's from a book called Forest Trees of the Pacific Coast [here on Amazon.com]

Matt says, "Illuvatar is described in the book as "the Creator of the universe in Tolkien mythology". The book is very well done. There's a drawing of each tree featured (difficult to do, since not all of them stand far enough from other trees to afford a clear view) and a photo or two of each as well. Detailed measurement are provided for each tree (height, volume of wood in cubic ft., branching complexity "points" and diameter at various heights).

The Illuvatar Tree (a Coast Redwood) is indeed described as "the most architecturally complex tree on earth". It has to do with the number of branches, their offshoots and the total volume covered by the branching/leaf area. The tree is 300 feet tall (I recently saw a 241 foot tree in Portland, and *that* was incredible!) and was only recently discovered and named. One of the cool things about the book is that it shows that the prime specimens of many of the tree types covered in the book were only identified in the last few years. Lots of adventure still out there, if you're a tree seeker..."

7-19-02 Latest News

Comic-Con 2002: Huzzah!
Tookish @ 7:11 pm EST

Comic-Con 2002: Huzzah!

From Wednesday evening, July 31st, to Sunday evening, August 4th, the doors of the San Diego Convention Center will be flung wide (metaphorically speaking) to welcome the public for the Grendel of all pop-culture conventions, Comic-Con. The annual event showcases exhibitors, programs, and events of all types of pop culture: comics of course, but also cartoons, books, games, movies, and more. Last year we could see the rising tidal wave of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies swelling in the distance, and now the tsunami hits this convention full force with a formal Tolkien Pavillion and daily LotR/Tolkien programming.

At Ccon 2001 TheOneRing.net did a one-hour presentation and met lots of great folks [Scrapbook] [News]. This time around, we host the weekend’s kick-off Tolkien event, a two-hour fest for a crowd capacity of 3,000! Our presentation will feature some of the ins and outs of TORn, behind the scenes information on The Fellowship of the Rings and The Two Towers, and of course, Lord of the Rings movie images, news scoops, trailer footage, and more. At the end of the presentation we’ll host a question and answer panel and have some time to meet and greet TORn and LotR fans from around the globe. Our Really Big Show will be Thursday evening, 5 – 7 pm. [Thursday Programming]

TOR.n is thrilled this year to host our very own booth for the weekend, too. You won’t miss our arch and presence at the Tolkien Pavillion, which will be loaded with great Lord of the Rings movie packages, parcels, and paraphernalia. Also holding court at the Pavillion will be Sideshow/Weta, Houghton-Mifflin, Decipher, Games Workshop, Electronic Arts, and possibly others. And did I mention that we’re strategically located near the one of the concessions locations… always important to hobbits. Our booth will be run by TORn staff and volunteers from around the country and we hope you stop by to pay a visit.

We’ve already reported that Dominic Monaghan (Merriadoc Brandybuck) and Weta’s Richard Taylor will be in attendance at the Con. You never know who else might just show up! Thursday and Saturday will also feature Comic-Con-hosted showings of The Fellowship of the Ring at a local cinema. Other great Tolkien events include a panel with theDouglas Anderson, author of The Annotated Hobbit, Revised and Expanded Edition (out in September!!); Richard Taylor and Weta; New Line; and the list goes on. [Friday Programming]

For more information on Comic-Con 2002, check ‘em out online. [More]

See you in San Diego!

WETA At MacWorld Report
Xoanon @ 8:32 am EST

Dwarf Sidious writes:

Dunno if anyone else let you know, but AliasWavefront, makers of Maya software, had Jason (sorry didn't catch the last name) (I'm guessing Jason Schleifer - A.) from WETA in to do a half hour on how Maya was used to help make FOTR and show the new trailer. I really hope some of the footage he shows makes it onto the DVD. The Massive tests were especially cool; PJ originally wanted 125,000 characters in the battle, but it just looked like mud onscreen, so they settled on 5,000 (which was still awesome, no?). Other things like how they created digital versions of the characters for various shots such as the Bridge at Khazad-dum (if I get this wrong, too bad--my intent is good), which I had thought was forced perspective or something. A bit on how they did the forced perspective, which was amazing in and of itself--check out how Frodo and Gandalf are on different ends of the table at one point, but look like they're sitting across from each other. Also, digital versions of the costumes/armor were created with "Maya Cloth", as was the Cave Troll's chain--it is chain painted onto cloth which is then erased.

Oh, and watching PJ carry a camera through the virtual Balin's Tomb to get the natural-looking shots was super-cool.

NZ Hotels advertise LOTR trips.
Tehanu @ 2:42 am EST

My friend Vic from Red Carpet Movietours left word at some of the big Auckland hotels about our trips to Hobbiton, Mordor etc. Two tourists who asked about day trips around Auckland thought that a tour of the Hobbiton location sounded interesting. They weren't big Tolkien fans though they'd seen the movie once, but they loved their day out under the Party Tree. Seems that 'doing LOTR things' is becoming a normal part of tourism here.

7-18-02 Latest News

LOTR News From Greece
Xoanon @ 12:12 pm EST

sethdove writes: Hi from Greece, the land of the FREE! I use the word “free” because when you buy a Greek magazine you get everything for free: videotapes, bags, umbrellas… even DVDs!!!

Well, National Geographic’s “Lord of the Rings” Beyond the Movie given away for free with the last issue of a magazine called “Hi-Tech”!!!

I bought it, costs only €7.30…

I also saw a poster at a video store that said: On the 6th of August all video stores across the country will open at midnight! The customers that’ll buy the DVD in the first minute, they’ll be handed something special”

I really don’t know what this means… but sounds cool, eh? I’ll let you know…

And here’s something that I don’t know its origin but it’s cool anyway!

Here’s a pic from a brown leather pouch with “The Lord of the Rings” written on it with golden letters, that I got from a guy that sells movie posters.

7-16-02 Latest News

EXCLUSIVE: Two Towers Miniatures Revealed
Flinch @ 8:16 pm EST

Thanks to RingerSpy Champion2K we bring you details on just what we can expect from Games Workshop in regards to the Two Towers. If you're trying to stay spoiler free... I'd turn away now!

With this release we now have confirmation that Haldir will have a troop of elves at Helm's Deep, the Warg Riders will be in the Two Towers, and a Sneak peak at the weaponary used by the Uruk-hai.

Don't take my word for it, check it out for yourself!

Spoiler Warning

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Media Watch: Germany's Space View Magazine
Xoanon @ 10:56 am EST

Christiane writes: I don't know whether someone already sent you these scans, so just in case no one did I send them. They're from the German sci-fi and fantasy magazine Space View. The article is in German too though I suppose I could translate it. There's a map of NZ with the locations of the sets on it and a little guide to these places. Most of the pics aren't new but I found the map really nice.

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