[Lotr_announce] TheOneRing.net Newsletter (11/26/2006)

Michael Regina (Xoanon) xoanon at theonering.net
Sun Nov 26 22:18:50 EST 2006

TORN #329

November 26th, 2006

Here is the weekly newsletter! Enjoy!

Rings Roundup (Top headlines of major interest)

PJ's 'The Hobbit': Show Your Support!
Last week TheOneRing.net asked you, the fans, to show your support for a
Peter Jackson-directed adaptation of 'The Hobbit' in a funny and creative
way. And you responded! Take a look at the first gallery of photoshop
creations and caption contest-entries by clicking on the link below!

No PJ for the 'Hobbit?' What can YOU do?
So you still feel a little frustrated over all this PJ/Hobbit-news? Here are
some things you can do.

EA's 'The Rise of the Witch King' Review!
Mrcere writes: LOS ANGELES – Let me make this really easy for you: If you
have played EA Game’s “Battle for Middle-earth II” and enjoyed it even
moderately, the new expansion “The Rise of the Witch King” is spectacular!
If you haven’t played it, you may find like I did, that crawling into
Middle-earth in a game format is immensely fun and contains more of the
‘feel’ of Tolkien’s works that you thought possible.

Elijah Wood comments on 'The Hobbit'
In the Chicago Sun-Times today, Elijah Wood had this to say about a
Jackson-less 'Hobbit:' "...I was very disappointed in the news. Peter
Jackson is the man who worked over 10 years developing this world. Now, they
might move forward on a new project with another director and it won't look
or feel the same." Thanks to Ringer Mike for sharing this with us!

Sideshow Updates
Be sure to check out our weekly Sideshow Collectibles update! Each week we
provide an update on your favorite Sideshow goodies, from busts to premium
figures and more! Take a look!

Saul Zaentz On The Hobbit
Saul Zaentz, the owner of Tolkien Enterprises, and ultimate holder of the
film rights to The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings was very recently
interviewed about the Hobbit and Peter Jackson's involvement. His comments
accord with what we learnt from Jackson and Walsh's open letter to the
fans - New Line's right to produce the Hobbit will expire next year.

The New Director of 'The Hobbit' is.....?
Word from a reliable source indicates that Sam Raimi has been approached to
direct THE HOBBIT. Since Peter Jackson's (Middle-)earth shattering news that
he is off the project, it seems the Spider-Man director may step into his
place. Raimi was born on October 23rd, 1959 in Royal Oak, Michigan. His
first big hit was 'The Evil Dead' but he really gained cult status with
'Evil Dead II'. It is his amazing work on the Spider-Man series that has
propelled Raimi to the mainstream. His latest film 'Spider-Man 3' is due out
this May. While there is no word on Raimi accepting the invitation, it
remains to be seen who, if anyone, will be replacing Peter Jackson!

Let your Voice be Heard!
TheOneRing.net and the entire Tolkien community spent the last day reacting
to the jaw-dropping letter we received from Peter Jackson concerning The
Hobbit. Thanks to the support of many Ringers, we've compiled a contact list
of individuals and companies who have a say in the decision making process
and the events that have lead to Peter Jackson and his team dropping
involvement with The Hobbit. We encourage you to make your voices heard and
send letters and emails to the entities on this list.

Discuss The Hobbit News With Us!
Like yourselves, many of us here have been getting more and more excited by
the news that the Hobbit, whether via one or two movies, seems to be
gradually drawing closer to production. The news that Jackson and MGM
studios were in close talks and that production could begin as soon as 2008
or 2009 was particularly promising.

Palantir Visions (Things seen from beyond the front page)

Coming Soon:

December 1st: Elijah Wood on 'Jimmy Kimmel' (ABC)

Join us at the 'Hall of Fire'

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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

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

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