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Hall of Fire Chats this Weekend: ROTK DVD

It’s here! After months of waiting, Ringers finally have the ROTK DVD in our hot little hands. At last, the whole trilogy can be watched all at once!

What is your reaction to ROTK after all this time? Still the “greatest movie ever!” or “a total disaster” or have your feelings mellowed over time? Does ROTK deserve to be one of the most Oscar winning films of all time? And how about those special features? Is it worth buying the theatrical release as well as the extended edition? What things to do you notice when watching all three movies together? Join us in The Hall of Fire as we explore these and other issues surrounding the release of “The Return of the King” on DVD.

upcoming topics:

June 5-6, 2004: The Hobbit – Chapter 9
June 12-13, 2004: : Galadriel/Nerwen Artanis: The Lady of the Golden Wood and Ring-bearer

Saturday Chat:
5:30pm ET (17:30)
[also 10:30pm (22:30) GMT and 7:30am (07:30) Sunday AET]

Sunday Chat:
7:00 pm (19:00) CET
[also 1pm ET (13:00) and 3am (03:00) Monday morning AET]

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CET = Central European Time, Central Europe
AET = Australian East Coast

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UK Howard Shore Set List

Ringer Spy Silivren-Gul writes: I had the privilege today to go to see Howard Shore conduct LOTR music at the Royal Festival Hall today with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
It was nothing short of spectacular! The music was performed in six movements, two for each film. The set up was as follows:

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Fellowship Of The Ring

Movement 1:
The Prophecy-Concerning Hobbits – The Shadow Of The Past – A Short Cut To Mushrooms – The Old Forest – A Knife In The Dark

Movement 2:
Many Meetings – The Ring Goes South – A Journey In The Dark – The Bridge of Khazad-Dum – Lothlorien (which was incorrectly spelt in the program as Lothloriem!) – Gandalf’s Lament – Farewell To Lorien – The Great River – The Breaking Of The Fellowship (Including In Dreams but not May It Be ๐Ÿ™ )

20 minute interval

The Two Towers

Movement 3:
Foundations Of Stone – The Taming Of Smeagol – The Riders Of Rohan – The Black Gate Is Closed – Evenstar – The White Rider – Treebeard – The Forbidden Pool

Movement 4:
The Hornburg – Forth Eorlingas – Isengard Unleashed – Gollum’s Song

The Return Of The King

Movement 5:
Hope And Memory – The White Tree – The Steward Of Gondor (No vocals ๐Ÿ™ ) – Cirith Ungol – Anduril

Movement 6:
The End Of All Things – The Return Of The King – The Grey Havens – Into The West

Standing Ovation ( ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Throughout the performance, artwork by John Howe and Alan Lee was shown on a screen above the orchestra, and not clips from the films. It made an excellent mix, putting together film music and book artwork, and proved very popular.

The Choirs present were “London Voices” (soloists : Susan Flannery and Lawrence Wallington) and the “London Oratory School (Schola Cantorum)” (soloist: Benedict Delmaestro). Also present, doing most of the solo vocals was an exquisitely talented Scandinavian woman by the name of “Sissel” ( who did an amazing job singing many solo parts.

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All this, combined with the energetic conducting from the amazing Howard Shore made up a very memorable concert, and for those who could not go, tickets are still on sale for the 22nd September (Royal Albert Hall) when there will be a similar performance, in honour of Frodo and Bilbo’s birthday! ( I am certainly going again, and I recommend it to you all!

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Decipher/WETA Cards Insight

Humble Sauron writes: I noticed yesturday you guys posted the 2 cards from Deipher new set “Reflections” and said that none of the pictures are from ROTK(on the cards) and there done by Weta Workshop. That is wrong information, not to put the guy down or anything. Actually this is what Decipher and Weta are doing together.

The pictures on the Reflections cards belong to Decipher they were not made by Weta, but are actually scenes and snapshopts provided by the people with all the rights to LOTR. So some of the pictures are nothing you saw in the movie. Now the cards that are done by Weta, they have a bug in the bottom right hand corner to signify Wetas involvement in making that card. There will be more of these cards in later sets starting with “Shadows” which comes out sometime in November.

The characters you also see in the weta cards are mostly Weta’s own employees!!! Good stuff and also the people dessed up as Ragdast and Glorfindel are the orignal actors that would be playing that character.

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Kong Barge ‘Manuia’ Work Continues

Kong Barge 'Manuia' Work Continues

Abner writes: Here’s the best shot of the Manuia boat I took today, the others had the light against them and then the crew came outside and I didn’t want to get hassled… ๐Ÿ™‚ They seemed to be fireproofing the inside of the boat earlier today, at least that’s what one of the vans had written on the side of it. You can clearly see the scaffolding around the front of the boat, and the cannopy wrapped around it. This alteration has been there about a week or so, and you can tell from the shabby look of the hessia cover that we’ve had some good hard winds here this week (110 kph!).

I’ll be heading over to the Miramar suburb tomorrow, but I probably won’t take any amazing photos. Weta Studios are pretty boring – apart from one lone Orc figure in the window (far away and in the dark, not really photographable) there’s nothing to see, all the windows are boarded up. There might be something happening outside the Stone Street Studios though (where the Mumak Harnass is stored outside). There’s been a lot of activity there in the last few weeks, but nothing I’ve been able to recognise so far. I’ll see what I can come up with.

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‘The Yank’ Set Report

Faye-Elf writes: I don’t know if anyone else has reported this but I saw Elijah Wood filming on location in London yesterday afternoon (25-April).

While coming home from work at 4.30pm I accidentally stumbled upon a film crew making that movie about the football hooligans that he is doing at the moment. They were filming a fight scene outside the main entrance of Fenchurch Street train station.

Elijah was getting beaten up by another man and he had blood all down his face and looked pretty rough. Unfortunately there were lots of police and film crew around so we didn’t get the chance to talk to him, but thought this might be of interest.

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‘Troy’ & ‘Riddick’ Screening Reviews

sevenstar_3 writes: Hello! I saw another ringer post that they had the chance to see Andy Serkis in his next project 13 going on 30.

I have been lucky enough to go to two movie screenings this past month featuring LOTR cast members, Troy, with Orlando Bloom and Sean Bean and The Chronicles of Riddick, with Karl Urban. I have posted some reviews and comments on both films over on, but I just wanted to let the fans know that even though they are not key players in the movie trailers, Sean Bean in Troy and Karl Urban in Riddick have considerably more screen time then I would have guessed from the previews……… and of course with the rise of Orlando Bloom, he has been heavily marketed in Troy, but Sean Bean has just as much screen time. So while the movies that I saw were not complete (special effects, soundtracks, etc) It was nice to have the opportunity to see some of the “follow-up” films from the cast.

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Indian ROTK in Disarray

Different cities in India are seeing different versions of ROTK, it seems. Rulinian wrote again to say that the situation in Chennai had not improved: “At least for us fans out here in Chennai I can say that nothing has ended yet. And since we have no word or idea when the VCD/DVD releases, I guess we continue the Wait.”
Ashlee wrote in the same vein: ” I think the cutting of the film was done only in Chennai, and it happened even in the first film: they cut out most of the Council and the parts with Aragorn and Arwen. ROTK was also released late in Chennai, on 5th March, while it was out on 30th Jan in the rest of the country. “

Kolya could confirm that in Delhi they were seeing the film with no cuts, and Mukund wrote to say that also in Bombay people were getting the full 3hours and 20 mins.

So it’s not an ideal situation – some cities are getting the complete version, and others not. We’re not sure how widespread the short’ version of the film is.

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Register for Marquette’s Tolkien Conference

The Lord of the Rings: 1954-2004: Scholarship in Honor of Richard E. Blackwelder

On October 22-23, 2004, the Department of Special Collections will host “The Lord of the Rings, 1954-2004” The conference will offer new scholarship upon the 50th anniversary of the publication of Tolkien’s masterpiece.

Papers will be delivered by Douglas A. Anderson, Jane Chance, David Bratman, Marjorie Burns, Michael Drout, Matt Fisher, Verlyn Flieger, Michael Foster,
John Garth, Wayne G. Hammond, Carl. F. Hostetter, S. Gary Hunnewell, John D. Rateliff, Christina Scull, Thomas A. Shippey, Arden R. Smith, Paul Edmund Thomas, Richard C. West, and Patrick Wynne.

A fall 2004 exhibit of sketches and drawings by J.R.R. Tolkien is also planned by Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art. Early-bird registration is available online. Price of conference registration goes up after March 31, 2004.

General link to Marquette Archives web site:

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Boca Raton, FL, Oscar Party report

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Ringer Spy Steve writes: Hello fellow Ringers! Thought you all might be interested in hearing about the wonderful Oscar party the Boca Raton, FL Trilogy Tuesday line group threw last past Sunday. Sure, Peter Jackson and the gang didn’t show up, but if you weren’t in L.A, this was the party to be at! And yes, it was a long expected one.

The front of the house where the party took place was transformed into a hobbit hole, complete with sod on the roof! As “Concerning Hobbits” played in the air outside, guests crouched through the front door to attend. (Watch your head Gandalf!)

Drinks were found outside at the Green Dragon. Barrels, mugs, ale and an eager to drink Frodo were all there.

Inside, the line party recreated the setting of Lothlorien for our Academy Awards viewing area. There was a fountain (complete with silver pitcher) candles, a blue hue set by special lightbulbs and many, many leaves…on the floor and on the walls. If anybody got hungry, the homemade lembas bread was found in this room as well. But that wasn’t the only food we ate!

We had everything from roast chicken, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms and nice crispy bacon. For dessert there was an eye of Sauron cheesecake and Gandalf staffs. (chocolate dipped pretzels)All of the food sat on a table that was covered by a homemade tablecloth that featured a map of Middle earth. And just about every race from Middle Earth showed up.

Yes, costumes were worn. In fact, they were required! Hobbits, elves, humans and wizards were all in attendence.
“So all you did was watch the Oscars, right?” Uh-uh, this was an ALL DAY CELEBRATION of Lord of the Rings. We watched both EE dvds, played a little trivia, sword battled, talked LOTR, etc.

“So after all of this, you just watched the Academy Awards, right?” Nope! ๐Ÿ™‚ During the commercials we had our own…(wait for it)…Academy A-wargs ceremony! Winners in categories such as “Which LOTR character do you have a crush on”, “Favorite scene in ROTK” and “Best Weapon” were voted on and announced. Instead of the Oscars, we called them Orcs, Bombadils and Ostohers (the 7th King of Gondor!)

So, finally we watched the big show, and what a great night it turned out to be for us LOTR fans. A clean sweep with 11 wins!
If you’re in the area and would like to join our group fun or have any comments, stop by our board sometime at:


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Dominic Monaghan to miss BOBW Convention

The organizers of ‘Best of Both Worlds’ Convention to be held in Canberra, Australia next weekend regret to announce that Dominic Monaghan will NOT appear as scheduled, due to the filming schedule for Dominic’s newly landed television pilot.

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This is the latest re the Disney pilot titled “LOST”:

The pilot is now scheduled to begin in Los Angeles as of March 11, 2004 for 2 weeks and then Honolulu.
All convention contracts must include the “commitments pending” clause, and as a result Dominic will not be joining us at BOBW 21 – LOTR.

The convention will, naturally, proceed with a couple of changes:

1) As the difference between a “Gold” place and a “Basic” place = $65.00 which represents the guarantee of an autograph place with Dominic, we will refund this difference.

2) We have secured 2 more guests to join us: Joel Tobeck (Orc Lieutenant) & Mark Ferguson (Gil-Galad).

3) To quote one of our guests: “Bad news about Dom. But I’m sure the rest of us will make sure all the guests have a great time”

3) Exclusive to Greater Union, Civic – ” One Weekend to rule them all March 12-15″

At the suggestion of one lady who is attending BOBW 21 – LOTR, we approached the management of the theater and asked if the trilogy could also be shown on Monday so our attendees could also have a chance to attend.

As a result, Greater Union in Canberra have “extended” the screening of the trilogy to Monday March 15th.

Thank you for your patience, and the numerous messages of support,

See you on the week-end,

Adele & Brian Carr

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Richard Taylor At The Video Effects Society Awards

Wellington Premiere Pictures - Richard Taylor
Richard Taylor with THE suit at the Wellington Premiere in December 2003

Umlaut writes: I went to the Video Effects Society Awards event last night in LA were ROTK picked up several awards including, Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture (I think that was who won it was a late evening).

But I was writing to tell you that I got a chance to chat with the Weta guru himself Richard Taylor and his wonderful wife. Both had on outfits that had Elven writing written on them. I skipped Elven when I was in high school and took Spanish instead so I can not tell you what it said.

But chances are he will were it to the Academy awards at the end of the month.

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Info from PJ on ROTK EE!

Ringer Spy Nerdanel reports on the Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards dinner.

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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association presented their 2003 awards Monday night at the St. Regis Hotel in Century City. (These awards were announced January 7.) The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King won two awards: Best Production Design (Grant Major) and Best Director (Peter Jackson). Barrie Osborne accepted the award for Grant Major, who is in New Zealand working on King Kong, reading from an email from Major. At one point Osborne said “and then he thanks me, but I’ll skip that,” which got him heckled by Peter Jackson.

Peter Jackson accepted his own award. He thanked, among others, Fran Walsh, also in attendance. He explained that he had met Walsh 18 years ago when she was recommended to him as someone who was good with scripts. At the time, Jackson was working on Bad Taste, which had no script, so he asked her to paint part of a set. She was not very good at that, he said, but he discovered she was indeed good with scripts.

In a conversation with Ringer Spy Nerdanel after dinner, Jackson said he had just finished editing the Extended Edition of RotK and that it was 4 hours and 10 minutes. Nerdanel was either too polite or too dense to ask whether that includes the credits.

— nerdanel50

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