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Archive for April, 2000

Next Live Net Event!

Last night a packed Barliman’s Chatroom was privy to Cinescape Magazine Editor in Chief Steve Hockensmith. Steve was a great guest and had some amazing things to say about Tolkien and Cinescapes coverage of the films in the future! The log of that chat will be available online shortly, thanks Steve.

Our next chat guest will be none other than Dragonlance writer Margaret Weis, she’ll be online to answer your questions about fantasy writing, the future of Dragonlance, and her thoughts on Tolkien!

Posted in Old Main News

Web Watch: Suite 101

Michael Martinez has written another great LOTr article. ‘Kryptic Tales of Middle-earth’ deals with Horror stories in Tolkien’s world.

We don’t often hear about the ghost stories people must have told each other in Middle-earth. Tolkien’s work is permeated with well-crafted legends that are usually founded in fact (within the scope of his pseudohistory), but when you stop to consider the immense expanses of time the pseudohistory of Middle-earth covers, you have to wonder just how far-fetched some of those legends must have become. [More]

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The News From Scoop 1: Photos from Whakapapa

The folks at Scoop sent along word of some great photo’s they’ve gotten from Whakapapa, the set up in the ski hills at Tongariro National Park. [More]

!!!Spoilers!!!

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The News from Scoop 1: Photos from Whakapapa

The folks at Scoop sent along word of some great photo’s they’ve gotten from Whakapapa, the set up in the ski hills at Tongariro National Park.


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Posted in Old Spy Reports

The News From Scoop 2: Early Snow Causes Problems For PJ

From: Our great friends at Scoop.co.nz.

Ringswatch: A report from Whakapapa

The following report of recent happenings in the Ruapehu area – the site of the latest filming of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy – was sent to Scoop by a recent visitor to the area…

“Apparently the 700 crew have been filming last week (pre Easter) around Whakapapa. We went up to the skifield (top of the Bruce) and a lot of equipment, lighting rigs, cables, etcetera, were set up in Happy Valley skifield – at the time (Saturday), totally snowless, very rocky and misty, wonderfully atmospheric [More]

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The News From Scoop 2: Early Snow Causes Problems For PJ

From: Our great friends at Scoop.co.nz.

Ringswatch: A report from Whakapapa

The following report of recent happenings in the Ruapehu area – the site of the latest filming of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy – was sent to Scoop by a recent visitor to the area…

“Apparently the 700 crew have been filming last week (pre Easter) around Whakapapa. We went up to the skifield (top of the Bruce) and a lot of equipment, lighting rigs, cables, etcetera, were set up in Happy Valley skifield – at the time (Saturday), totally snowless, very rocky and misty, wonderfully atmospheric.

Lots of trucks and boxes (well metal sheds) labelled “tech”, a big lighting unit up on the ridge overlooking the happy valley skifield (that ridge that goes steeply down into the valley beyond – if you know the skifield). Also a big lighting boom/crane thing that looked like it was able to be swung around with a big light set on the end.

Not a lot of people or security was seen, just some suspicious Wellington looking guy in a trench coat waving a polaroid. He wasn’t saying anything. It kinda looked like there would be room to film mid range close-ups of people fighting, not panoramic, but body length, also room to pan down the skifield for charges etc.

At the entrance to the skifield, there were a lot more trucks and sheds including a large Marquee tent. On Tuesday morning the ski lodge owner where we were staying said that this Marquee tent was Weta‘s 300 person costume tent and had been snowed under during the night, and part of it had collapsed causing damage.

Also, he reckoned that it was going to stuff up the shooting schedule (….well thats unusual), as they were filming in areas that had no snow that were now covered (On Tuesday it snowed for several hours in the afternoon down to around 1000 feet I think, below Waitonga Falls, all the trees were covered, and everything was a bit dim, but extremely picturesque).

The walking areas were all carefully fenced (metal stakes and “hotsite” plastic tape), and adjacent scrubby areas were carefully covered with green garden netting to protect them. I guess a fairly active skifield is also a good way to get around some of these issues.

The lady at the Ohakune visistors centre said that they had been filming round Whakapapa that week, over Easter near Tukino and this week were moving round to film on the Turoa side of the mountain.

Mostly the discussion was on the attendant lack of accommodation, in that everything was booked out. Mostly everyone’s in motels though (especially film crew), not backpackers, though the ski lodge guy said that yeah they would put extras in places like this(one of the nicest backpackers I’ve been in), but even then they get there own room. Bloody Hollywood.

Furthermore at the Powderhorn – the hippest bar in Ohakune – they kept closing the hot pool bar at 6pm because the lady said they had “very important guests upstairs” and because the noise travels and they didn’t want to disturb them. “

Posted in Old Spy Reports

Cast Watch: Hugo and Astin films

You can catch Hugo Weaving (Elrond) in ‘The Matrix’ on TMN today [More]

You can also see Sean Astin (Sam) in ‘Rudy’ on Cinemax [More]

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Web Watch: Dagbladet.no

From: Noregian Ringer Simen

Monday morning I opened the daily tabloid newspaper “Dagbladet” the best selling newspaper in Norway. They had a two page article about the movie. The article contained some disinformation about release dates, but it was OK. They also said something about a sweedish composer, who had made some classical work about LOTR: “Out of the wizards hat”. (Warning, the following link is not in English)[More]

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Cast Watch: Viggo’s ‘Walk on the Moon’

You can catch Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) in ‘A Walk on the Moon’ on TMN [More]

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Live Chat Event Tomorrow Night

Come on down for a chat with the Editor in Chief of Cinescape Magazine, Steve Hockensmith. This special event will be a moderated discussion, where questions will be filtered through one of our staff and answered in person by Mr. Hockensmith. To get an idea of the coverage The Lord of the Rings will see in Cinescape, you can check out this link to Cinescape Online, then select Lord of the Rings in the ‘Movie Previews’ pull down menu and click ‘View Article.’

If you’ve picked up a copy of Cinescape Magazine, you know that their coverage of Peter Jackson’s films will be a treat. We’re very excited to provide access for folks like Mr. Hockensmith to LotR fans and get a glimpse behind the scenes of this aspect of the movie industry.

Time: 8:00 p.m. EST [-5 hours GMT]
Place: Barliman’s chatroom here at TheOneRing.net; options for chat access located to your right.

If you have trouble getting into the room for this chat or on other occassions, please email us here.

Thanks! Hope to see you at this exciting event. Tookish

Posted in Barliman News

Media Watch: The NZ Listener

Ringer Spy Garanhir sends in these two items from the latest issue of the NZ Listener.


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The second is a cartoon from ‘The Listener’, now how many TORNadoes out there have had arguments like this before?


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Tolkien Fun Section

Hello all! Gamgee tuning in for another round of the Tolkien fun section! Our last winnner was Morden! Good job man!!! The answers were:
1) The Green Dragon
2) Foe-hammer
3) Bofur
Here are the questions for today:
1) “Which king of Numenor’s name meant Ship-builder?”
2) “sneargid” (scrambled Tolkien person, place or thing)
3) “Your information is antiquidated.” (Who said this?)
As usual Mail me with your answers, the 1st person to send all 3 answers in 1 mailing will be posted here next time!…Good Luck!

Posted in Barliman News