[Lotr_announce] TheOneRing.net Newsletter (11/19/2006)

Michael Regina xoanon78 at hotmail.com
Sun Nov 19 16:18:20 EST 2006

TORN #328
November 19th, 2006
Here is the weekly newsletter! Enjoy!
Rings Roundup (Top headlines of major interest)

LOTR Exhibit Moves to Germany
Cirdan writes: Finally German LOTR-Fans will get a close look at stunningly 
detailed props, costumes, and creatures of the LOTR-trilogy! After its 
record-breaking season at Te Papa in 2002/03, and the blockbuster 
international tour that followed, the LOTR Exhibition has been seen by over 
one million people around the world. And now it comes to the Filmpark 
Babelsberg (http://www.filmpark.de) in Germany! Date: February, 1st - April, 
29th 2007. The complete news (in German).

TORn Travels to LA for Tease of 'The Rise of the Witch-king'
LOS ANGELES - Lord of the Rings fans can anticipate a tease of EA Game's 
newest expansion "The Rise of the Witch-king" as part of its "Battle For 
Middle-earth" game. EA is holding a gaming and LOTR summit this week to put 
the expansion in the hands of websites and magazines including 
TheOneRing.net. We will update the website with info and opinions as the 
schedule allows and before the game's release we will roll out a full 
preview suitable for those who haven't delved into EA's computer real-time 
strategy game. Stay tuned for updates.

Major Hobbit Wonders from Variety Interview
Ringer Mark sends a long this great tidbit from Variety: As for "The 
Hobbit," Sloan confirmed that MGM was in advanced talks with Peter Jackson 
to make two movies based on JRR Tolkein's "prequel" to "The Lord of the 
Rings." The first would be a direct adaptation of "The Hobbit," and the 
second would be drawn from "footnotes and source material connecting 'The 
Hobbit' with 'Lord of the Rings,' " he explained. Sloan did not reveal when 
these projects might be ready to start shoot-ing. An MGM spokesman 
emphasized that negotiations with Jackson are still in progress, and that 
production isn't likely until 2008 or even 2009.

Weta evolves into global giant
Evolution takes strange turns on islands. Sheltered from competition from 
established mainland creatures, species can grow freakishly large. New 
Zealand, for example, evolved the giant flightless moa and the world's 
largest eagle. Perhaps the same process accounts for the growth of New 
Zealand's vfx giant, Weta Digital. Less than a decade ago, Weta was a 
midsize vfx operation of some 120 people, mostly working for a local 
filmmaker. But that filmmaker was Peter Jackson, and when he went on to 
become the creative force behind four huge visual effects blockbusters, the 
"Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "King Kong," Weta grew into one of the 
world's most successful visual effects shops, with more than 400 staffers. 
One hint of Weta's stature is the launch of the AnimfxNZ symposium. It's the 
only such event in the Asia-Pacific area with a partnership from the Visual 
Effects Society. Now that Jackson seems to be taking a pause from tentpoles, 
can Weta survive competition with the rest of the world?

'Peter Jackson: A Film-maker’s Journey' Review!
Tehanu writes: Most Peter Jackson fans will never get the chance to have 
dinner the man. This book might be the next best thing, because it is 
stuffed full of anecdotes about the very things a fan would probably want to 
ask him if they had the opportunity. PJ is as we all know a great 
storyteller, and this book gives him a chance to tell the story of how he 
came to be a great film-maker. Author Brian Sibley has also collected 
stories from people who have known or worked with PJ since he was a child, 
and woven them together into an exhaustively well-researched account of PJ’s 
life to date. The book charts his progress from an “enchanted” childhood of 
remarkable freedom, to the David and Goliath battles he faced when he 
started work on the Rings.

Palantir Visions (Things seen from beyond the front page)

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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 online.

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.

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Scouring of the Site (Breakdown of our various sections)

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-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!
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-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, 
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-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 
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-Our Tolkien Fan- section is just for you! From the site design to all the 
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