[Lotr_announce] TheOneRing.net Newsletter (05/27/2006)

Michael Regina (Xoanon) xoanon at theonering.net
Sat May 27 12:09:51 EDT 2006

TORN #307

May 27th, 2006

Here is the weekly newsletter! Enjoy!

Rings Roundup (Top headlines of major interest)

WETA Attends London MCM Expo
Folks from the London MCM Expo write: WETA will be making an appearance at
the upcoming London MCM Expo in the UK on the 27th & 28th May 2006, they
will be showcasing their upcoming and current range of products to the
European fans. This is a very rare appearance from the company its self
rather than a licensee. Along with their appearance a lot more is happening
with guests from film and TV, stage talks and much more. Updates will come
when more comes clear, more information on the event can found at

Lord of the Rings Symphony Nears Milestone
The San Francisco Symphony will give the 100th performance of Howard Shore's
Lord of the Rings Symphony in July, according to organizers. The work, a
concert adaptation of Shore's scores for the three Lord of the Rings films,
has proved enormously popular since its debut in Wellington, New Zealand in
2003. Nearly all of its performances, given by orchestras around the world,
have sold out. Performances in Oslo and Bergen, Norway, last year drew
crowds of 70,000 and 30,000, respectively. The six-movement, two-hour
symphony is scored for orchestra, adult and children's choirs, and soloists.
At the San Francisco Symphony's performances on July 14 and 15, Markus
Huber, one of several conductors who have toured with the work, will be on
the podium; soloists include soprano Kaitlyn Lusk. The event will also
include projections of illustrations and storyboard sketches of the Lord of
the Rings saga.

SHOP: Boromir 12-inch Figure from Sideshow
Sideshow Collectibles has announced their latest 12-inch LOTR Figure -
Boromir, Son of Denethor. If you want to get this piece, it will begin
selling on May 30th at 10AM PST. Check out the details here!

New Adventures in Middle-earth
Recent travelers on Red Carpet's Lord of the Rings locations tour have been
wowed by a new guest attraction - none other than Brett Beattie, body double
to Gimli. Tour chiefs Vic and Rae James say they've been fascinated by the
stories Brett can tell from his long days on the set. Brett probably spent
as much time as any of the actors filming up and down the whole country, and
his recollections can hold a tour party spellbound.

CSO's "Rings" binds movies, symphony
Although famed composers ranging from Sergei Prokofiev to Aaron Copland have
written music for movies, the classical music world has tended to look down
their noses at it. But that attitude is changing. The San Francisco Symphony
and Brooklyn Philharmonic are now regularly programming such music, and, in
September 2004, cellist Yo-Yo Ma released an album devoted to the film works
of Ennio Morricone. Then there's "The Lord of the Rings Symphony." In an
effort to get his music performed not only on the screen but in concert
halls as well, movie composer Howard Shore fashioned his scores for the
blockbuster trilogy into a popular six-movement symphony.

Autograph Pippin & Merry Poster Auction!
The folks from Billy's Loons Charities write: Billy's Loons Charities is
excited to announce our latest auction to benefit The Scottish Youth
Theatre, www.scottishyouththeatre.org, where Billy Boyd is a Patron, and
Billy's Loons Charities is a sponsor. This auction is an unique set
consisting of a large Lord of the Rings poster of Pippin and Merry, signed
by Billy Boyd, and an extremely hard to find package of Fangorn Forest
Incense, signed by Billy Boyd and Treebeard himself, John Rhys-Davies! Note
the message Billy wrote on the incense: "This smells better than Dom".

Palantir Visions (Things seen from beyond the front page)

Coming Soon

May 28th: LOTR Concert: Germany

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

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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
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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.

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Scouring of the Site (Breakdown of our various sections)

-Barlimans- is more than a place to get your mead! There is the Fun Section,
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-The Official Peter Jackson Fanclub (TBHL)- The Lord of the Rings Director's
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-Green Books- Not to be confused with the Red Book of Westmarch, we are just
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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
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overwhelmingly popular Questions & Answers. If you have a Tolkien question,
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-Our Tolkien Fan- section is just for you! From the site design to all the
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