Just thought I'd drop in a few words about the LOTR fever in Slovenia.
As a small country (south of Austria, east of Italy), we are perhaps most widely known for our good football players who managed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup. Anyway, in May 2001 we got our first multiplex in our capital city, Ljubljana. Since that time it has become the main center of movie activity. Well, the same goes for the LOTR: FOTR hype which has begun in the recent days (The Fellowship of the Ring will open here on 17th January 2002). Already, everywhere, huge LOTR bilboards are being put up, posters hanging all over the city, and a second Slovene translation of LOTR will be coming out in time for the movie (well, the new translation has raised some controversies, e.g. Merry is translated as Medo, which means Teddybear!!!), tickets for the premiere have been on sale almost for a whole month, and our magazines and papers are filling up with Tolkien, Middle Earth, ... It is a great time to be alive, especially after hearing about the Lord of the Rings winning the AFI award for best movie of the year 2001! I actually managed to convince many of my friends who never read the book to see the premiere with me. And, obviously, the LOTR booksales have increased quite a bit. In short: if you haven't read the LOTR in Slovenia, where the hell have you been living for the past year?!