(NORFOLK, Va. November 27, 2001) Tomi M. Inkinen and his wife Sarah Bradley of Surrey, British Columbia, will soon be on their way to London for the highly-anticipated world premiere of The Fellowship of The Ring on December 10, 2001. Inkinen was randomly selected from more than 20,000 fans who entered Decipherıs Lord of the Rings Fan Club London Premiere Sweepstakes at LOTRfanclub.com. Sweepstakes entries were collected between October 17 and November 15, 2001.
'I never thought this would happen,² said Inkinen, who first read The Lord of the Rings in 1980. 'I've read the entire trilogy at least 15 times % most recently this fall, in anticipation of the film." Mr. Inkinen is a passionate Tolkien fan and book collector. His book collection includes a hard-to-find first edition copy of The Road Goes Ever On.
Sarah Bradley, Inkinenıs wife, is also excited about the trip. 'We have talked about going to England forever,' says Bradley. 'For Tomi to get to go to England and to see the world premiere of this film, itıs the ultimate dream vacation.'
The Lord of the Rings Fan Club launched on October 17, 2001, with an unprecedented charter membership program on LOTRfanclub.com. Charter members receive an annual subscription to the bimonthly movie magazine; a limited-edition, widescreen-format collector's lithograph (featuring scenes from The Fellowship of the Ring); a 10% discount at the Fan Club's online store and catalog; preference (two weeks before general public) in purchasing exclusive, limited-edition collectibles; fan mail service to link fans directly to the stars of the trilogy; plus only charter members will have the honor of seeing their names in the credits of the movie DVDs.
To sign up, fans can visit LOTRfanclub.com, go to the official Lord of the Rings web site at lordoftherings.net and click on Fan Club, or call 1-800-451-6381 (North America only) or 303-856-2201 (from anywhere in the world) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. MST.