[Lotr_announce] TheOneRing.net Newsletter (7/8/2006)

Michael Regina (Xoanon) xoanon at theonering.net
Sat Jul 8 11:05:09 EDT 2006

TORN #310

July 8th, 2006

Here is the weekly newsletter! Enjoy!

Rings Roundup (Top headlines of major interest)

LOTR Online Developer Chat Monday July 10
We are very pleased to announce a chat with Jeffrey Steefel, executive
producer of the Lord of the Rings Online game. Join us in #TheHallofFire
Monday, July 10th at 5:30pm to find out more about this exciting game!
Jeffrey Steefel joined Turbine, Inc in early 2004 and is currently the
Executive Producer in charge of the upcoming MMORPG The Lord of the Rings
Online. LOTRO will be the first and only online persistent world based
directly on the literary works of J.R.R Tolkien and will host a world-wide
community of fans and gamers.

Creation and TORn bring ELF to New York!
The joyous news is here: ELF: THE LORD OF THE RINGS East Coast Convention
journeys to the New York/New Jersey area for the very first time! Join TORn,
Creation Entertainment and New Line Cinema as we welcome Elijah Wood, Billy
Boyd, John Rhys-Davies and score of other guests and scholars for one
magical weekend. And lets not forget partying down with everyone's favorite
Oscar Party band - Emerald Rose! Get the full details through the following

Unique Jens Hansen Gold & Silversmith LOTR Ring
Halfdan Hansen writes: Here is a picture of Ring #24 from the Limited
Edition of 100 faithful Sauron sized rings from Jens Hansen Gold &
Silversmith - Creators of the World's Most Famous Ring. The Ben Franklin
shows the scale of the ring and alludes to the fact that this is one
'precious' that only 100 people on the planet will ever have the pleasure of
owning. But there's something else special in this photo.

TV Watch: Orlando Bloom on 'Conan' Clip
Orlando Bloom was a guest on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' last week. He
was there to promote 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest'. They
spoke a bit about soccer, Johnny and Orlando getting drunk, and showed a
great clip from the new film. Take a look! (41MB MOV)

EA Ships The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II for the Xbox
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 5, 2006--Electronic Arts
(NASDAQ:ERTS - News) announced that the award-winning The Lord of the
Rings(TM), The Battle for Middle-earth(TM) II for the Xbox 360(TM) shipped
to stores nationwide today and will hit store shelves July 7, 2006. This
marks the debut of a strategy game available for the Xbox 360 system,
boasting a new and innovative console-specific control scheme that allows
novice players to enjoy the game's signature strategy gameplay while giving
expert strategy players the flexibility needed to engage in deeply complex

Movie Chat on Saturday: 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail!'
Unpack your shrubberies, everyone! Movie Chat this weekend features none
other than "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Join us Saturday on our IRC
server at 5:30 pm EST when we pop our copies of the movie into the DVD
player and begin shouting 'Ni!' We plan to take a break midway through the
film, to allow for stretching of fingers and backs. Barliman will be on hand
to serve drinks and snacks (and to enforce the house rules). Be there or we
shall say 'ni' again to you if you do not appease us.

Palantir Visions (Things seen from beyond the front page)

Coming Soon:

July 10th: Ian McKellen on 'Last Call with Carson Daily' (Repeat)
July 10th: LOTR Online Dev Chat with Jeffrey Steefel
July 14th: LOTR Concert Series, San Francisco, CA

Join us at the 'Hall of Fire'

Saturday Chat:
5:30pm ET (17:30)
[also 11:30pm (23:30) CET and 9:30am Sunday (09:30) AET]

Sunday Chat:
7:00 pm (19:00) CET
[also 2:00pm (14:00) ET and 5:00am (05:00) Monday morning AET]

ET = Eastern Time, USA's East Coast
CET = Central European Time, Central Europe
AET = Australian East Coast

Do you have a possible topic for Hall of Fire? Drop us a line at halloffire
at theonering.net

TORN's Own Books:

The People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien

The People's Guide is written by five contributing writers of
TheOneRing.net -- the leading fan website devoted to Tolkien, his books, his
lore, the New Line Cinema movies, and the fan community that centers on
Middle-earth. TheOneRing.net has always been distinguished by the quality of
the original articles appearing on its Green Books and Tehanu's Notes pages.
This book adapts some of the most popular articles on the TheOneRing.net as
well as offering readers completely new articles that are not available

More People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien

Following last year's successful The People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien, this
volume continues in the best tradition of Green Books and Tehanu's Notes to
explore the words and worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien through essays, Q&A from
readers, and interviews with special guests.

The Tolkien Fan's Medieval Reader, edited by Turgon

Over the years Tolkien's fondness for and indebtedness to medieval
literature has often been mentioned. His special devotion to older Germanic
literature, including Beowulf and the Eddas, has long been known, for as a
professor he taught these works in addition to teaching the languages in
which they were written. This anthology has been compiled in the hope of
sharing the pleasures of these -- and other -- classics of medieval
literature that were part of Tolkien's professional life and inspirations to
him in his creative work.

Ongoing EXCLUSIVES from "Ringers: Lord of the Fans"

Get breaking news on TORn! As the "Ringers" team completes work on this
exciting project, you can follow post-production and get EXCLUSIVE
announcements of who is starring in the film! Ringers: Lord of the Fans is a
feature-length documentary that reveals the ongoing cultural phenomenon
created by The Lord of the Rings. Very funny and often moving, Ringers shows
the hidden power behind Tolkien's books -- and how after 50 years a single
literary work continues to spark the minds and hearts of millions.


TheOneRing.net is happy to announce we are finally 'selling' our own ad
space on all pages of TheOneRing.net. If you are interested in reaching the
largest audience of Tolkien fans online, visit our advertising page. No
campaign is too short and no business is too small to advertise.

Do YOU Have Any Cool Contest Ideas?

We're always looking for interesting contests to have fun with all the LOTR
goodies we get everyday. Do you want to submit your ideas and see them come
to life?! Send along any ideas to gamgee at theonering.net and who knows!
You may just win a prize from a contest you invented!

Scouring of the Site (Breakdown of our various sections)

-Barlimans- is more than a place to get your mead! There is the Fun Section,
Regulars Map and Photo Gallery, and of course the gateway to our ever famous
MIRC Chatroom!
GOTO: http://theonering.net/barlimans/index.html

-Gaming Havens- is keeping all you gamers up to date on the latest
RPG/Fantasy/Sci-Fi games out there. Check it out daily for gaming news.
GOTO: http://haven.theonering.net/index.shtml

-The Official Peter Jackson Fanclub (TBHL)- The Lord of the Rings Director's
very own fanclub! Stop on by to learn more about the man, the myth, the
beard. If you are a Peter Jackson fan, then 'TBHL' is the place for you!
GOTO: http://tbhl.theonering.net/index.shtml

-Green Books- Not to be confused with the Red Book of Westmarch, we are just
pilgrims on the Tolkien trail, exploring the history, people, and events of
all the ages of Middle-earth, the Blessed Realm, and the lands that lie
beneath the wave. Whether you need to know more about the Elvish languages,
find out what new editions of old favorites are coming to market, read
in-depth commentary on Tolkien's thematic elements, or peruse fan-submitted
original works or humor, Ostadan, Turgon, Quickbeam, Anwyn, and Tookish have
a little something for everyone. In addition, Green Books is home to the
overwhelmingly popular Questions & Answers. If you have a Tolkien question,
conundrum, wonderment, or puzzler, the Green Books staff will rise to your
GOTO: http://greenbooks.theonering.net/index.shtml

-The Tolkien community- never looked so good! Come and check out our listing
of over 20 subsites hosted by TheOneRing.net! We've got everything from
Rolozo Tolkien, with almost EVERY Middle-earth image ever created, to our FX
section, devoted to the magic of motion picture special effects. As well as
a host of foreign language sites!
GOTO: http://fan.theonering.net/sites/index.html

-Our Tolkien Fan- section is just for you! From the site design to all the
stories and text is designed by you the fans of Tolkien and TheOneRing.net!
GOTO: http://fan.theonering.net/index.shtml

-Shop.theonering.net- is THE place to find all your Tolkien items available
online! From Tolkien cards to weekly ebay items, you should keep clicking on
over to our shop section for all your Tolkien needs!
GOTO: http://shop.theonering.net/index.shtml

That's all for now, keep clicking, have fun and keep sending in those
letters! We love to hear from you!

See anything you want to add to the site? Have any suggestions as to chat
guests, content items, or just want to say hi? Drop us a line at theonering
at theonering.net, do you want to speak with a specific person? just type in
their handle (i.e. Jincey = jincey at theonering.net).

Michael Regina
Editor in Chief/Segment Producer
PH: 514.947.5221

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