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Archive for January, 2001

NZ Listener Article

From the NZ Listener, thanks to Silmarien

Posted in New Zealand, Old Main News

But he was playing a Heavy!

Ringer Super Spy RD sends in word that we can vote online for the 2001 Blockbuster Entertianment awards at

We can vote for Ian MCkellen (Gandalf) in the best villian (X-Men) category in the movies section.

Posted in Ian McKellen, Old Main News

Tolkien Collectibles

Ringer Spy JK sends in some info on some Tolkien goodies available in Ireland [More]

Posted in Merchandise, Old Main News

Media Watch: Globe & Mail

For the second time this month, the Globe & Mail has LOTR in a front-page banner (in the person of Merry), as part of a “best of 2001” feature. LOTR (the movie) shares the page with William Blake, Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi.

Thanks to SK for the tip!

Posted in LotR Movies, Old Main News

Weekly Ebay Items

This weeks Ebay items are in! Check them out for some really cool stuff! [More]

Posted in Miscellaneous, Old Main News

Weekly Cast Watch: Jan 29-Feb4

Monday, January 29 Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) The Portrait of a Lady SHOW3 & The Young Americans ENCACT
Liv Tyler (Arwen) Inventing the Abbotts KTVO
Ian Holm (Bilbo) eXistenZ TMC2
Hugo Weaving (Elrond) The Interview MYSTERY
David Wenham (Faramir Dark City TNT
Ian McKellen (Gandalf) X-Men IN9
Bruce Spence (Mouth of Sauron) Dark City TNT
Christopher Lee (Saruman) Safari 3000 SHOWX
Bernard Hill (Theoden) William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream HBOSIG
Brad Dourif (Wormtongue) Urban Legend TMC & Color of Night HBOSIG & Amos & Andrew TMC2PTuesday, January 30 Liv Tyler (Arwen) Heavy SUNDAE
Ian Holm (Bilbo) Mary, Queen of Scots IFRC1
Elijah Wood (Frodo) The Faculty SHOWX
Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) An Ideal Husband STARZ5
Mark Ferguson (Gil Galad) Every Woman’s Dream LIFE
John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) Au Pair MovieMax 5 UK & Secret of the Andes Sky Premier 3 UK & Cyborg Cop WSBK
Orlando Bloom (Legolas) Wilde SHOW3
Christopher Lee (Saruman) Talos the Mummy Sky MovieMax 5 UK & Scott of the Antarctic A&EWednesday, January 31 Liv Tyler (Arwen) That Thing You Do! VH1
Ian Holm (Bilbo) The Fifth Element RTE 1 UK & All Quiet on the Western Front ENCACT
Hugo Weaving (Elrond) The Matrix MAX & Babe 2: Pig in the City Sky Premier 3 UK
Miranda Otto (Eowyn) The Last Days of Chez Nous IFC
Elijah Wood (Frodo) Avalon STARZ & Internal Affairs WNDS
Ian McKellen (Gandalf) Gods and Monsters SUNDAE
John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) Secret of the Andes Sky Premier 3 UK & Waxwork USA
Andy Serkis (Gollum) Mojo Sky MovieMax 4 UK
Sean Astin (Sam) Icebreaker ACMAX & Dish Dogs KXTX & Toy Soldiers STARZ
Christopher Lee (Saruman) Five Golden Dragons XUPN2 & Bitter Victory ENCACT
Brad Dourif (Wormtongue) Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones TRUEThursday, February 1 Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) The Thin Red Line ACMAX & Witness MOMAX
Sean Bean (Boromir) Ronin SHOWX
Miranda Otto (Eowyn) The Thin Red Line ACMAX & The Well Carlton Cinema UK
John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) The Living Daylights Network 2 UK
Bruce Spence (Mouth of Sauron) The Cars That Ate Paris Film Four UK
Christopher Lee (Saruman) The Gorgon Sky Cinema 1 UK
Bernard Hill (Theoden) Gandhi HBOSIG
Brad Dourif (Wormtongue) The Exorcist III STARZFriday, February 2 Liv Tyler (Arwen) Stealing Beauty BRAVO
Ian Holm (Bilbo) Alice Through the Looking Glass STARZ4
Andy Serkis (Gollum) Among Giants Sky Premier 1 UK
Sean Astin (Sam) Kimberly HBOZ
Christopher Lee (Saruman) Sleepy Hollow Front Row 2 UK & Return From Witch Mountain Sky Premier 1 UK & The Mummy AMC
Bernard Hill (Theoden) True Crime HBOPL
Brad Dourif (Wormtongue) Best Men THMAX & Eyes of Laura Mars Film Four UK Saturday, February 3 Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) Boiling Point ENCORE
Liv Tyler (Arwen) Armageddon Showing on Sky Premier 2 UK
Ian Holm (Bilbo) Legend BBC2 UK & Alien TVYou
John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) King Solomon’s Mines WRGB
Sean Astin (Sam) Encino Man KSTW & The War of the Roses KDEB
Christopher Lee (Saruman) Sleepy Hollow Front Row 2 UK & The Accursed KVOS & Captain Horatio Hornblower TCM
Bernard Hill (Theoden) The Loss of Sexual Innocence HBOPLSunday, February 4 Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) A Walk on the Moon STARZ5 & Young Guns II WEMT & Fresh Horses ENCORE
Ian Holm (Bilbo) Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Film Four UK & Dance With a Stranger FLIX & A Severed Head Sky Cinema 2 UK
Hugo Weaving (Elrond) Bedrooms & Hallways HBOSIG
Elijah Wood (Frodo) Flipper STARZ
Ian McKellen (Gandalf) Apt Pupil Sky Premier 3 UK & Jack & Sarah AMC
John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) Firewalker WTBSLOC
Andy Serkis (Gollum) Mojo Sky MovieMax 4 UK
Bruce Spence (Mouth of Sauron) Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome WJZY
Christopher Lee (Saruman) Sleepy Hollow Front Row 2 UK & An Eye for an Eye KTMD
Brad Dourif (Wormtongue) Alien Resurrection TV3 UK & Trauma SHOWB & Mississippi Burning WGNSAT

Posted in LotR Cast News, Old Special Reports

Awesome New Green Books goes LIVE!

Greetings — Quickbeam here.

Huzzah! Today we proudly unveil our completely overhauled Green Books… so let the magic begin with an explosion of brand-spanking-new content!

1. Come “Out on a Limb” with me to play the best LOTR boardgames on the planet. Actually, there are only two.

2. Turgon gives us modern high-tech Tolkien publications, via Print on Demand. That’s over on his “Bookshelf.”

3. Our newest Staff person Ostadan writes his “Lore & Letters,” featuring an insightful journey into the Runes and Alphabets of JRRT.

4. Stalwart Ringer Tookish puts tongue in cheek with “Tookish’s Ticklers.” All humor, all the time. Be sure to send him your cartoons, jokes, parodies, and links.

5. The “Special Guest” column debuts with J.W. Braun’s “Fate of the Nine Walkers.” Next month YOU could be our Guest!

6. We research your toughest Q&A — feast on these and more:
  a. Was Middle-earth actually our planet Earth?
  b. Why take two silly hobbits into the service of Kings?
  c. What evil would befall Middle-earth in “The New Shadow?”
  d. Déagol– cousin or just friend to Gollum?

7. Next month our “Moon Letters” will be updated with zillions of new poems and fiction. Send us your submission today by clicking here.

Our hats are off to the hard-working Calisuri, who created the new design and navigation tools. You will find your way around easily with new Search functions, Archives, and Links.

On behalf of our hard-working Staff I salute you, the Reader, for making us the best Tolkien Study Group on the Web. Sit back, relax, and be erudite as we explore the WORDS and WORLD of Tolkien.

Much too hasty,


Posted in Green Books, Old Main News

LotR on IMDB

Lord of the Rings has hit the front page of everyone’s favorite movie site, LotR is listed first in the “Coming to a theater near you…” section. Thanks to Dan for the tip. [More]

Posted in Miscellaneous, Old Main News

Bad For Your Elf

SEAN Bean has a Hobbit of playing the hard man.

And he certainly has his Orc cut out in a new £120 million movie adaptation of the Lord of the Rings. [More]

Thanks to Nona from The Compleat Sean Bean.

Posted in LotR Cast News, Old Main News, Sean Bean

Hall of Fire Debates for February 10 and 11, 2001

Tolkien’s Enigmas

Should things that Tolkien left enigmatic and unexplained remain mysterious? Should there even be speculation about these things?

Many’s the time I have wanted more detail and information about creatures, characters, races, places, and events in Middle-earth. After reading The Lord of the Rings the first time, I remember the sorrow and joy that came with its ending, and the longing for more. If you’ve read The History of Middle-earth, or other similar Tolkien Enterprises publications, then you have seen a bit deeper than others into the mind which spun such fantastic yarn. But perhaps it’s better not to know that Strider was first called Trotter… or what the fate of Middle-earth is in the end. Some mysteries are better left as such… What do you think?

Bring your thoughts down to our next Hall of Fire!

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Place: #thehalloffire on server; come to our chatroom Barliman’s and then type /join #thehalloffire

You can be a Hall of Fire Moderator!

That’s right folks, you can run a Hall of Fire! How you ask???

Send us your topics! If we pick your idea for discussion, you will be our guest co-moderator for that weekend. You can help us run the Saturday or Sunday chat, or both! Of course, you will not be required to work the chat; this is our way of honoring those of you who take the time to put a topic together.

Questions? Topics? Send ‘em here!!

Posted in Barliman News, Hall of Fire


TheBursar sent us this e-mail with news of his impending return to Barli’s : )

Guess What??? I’m still alive, but have little money for Internet right now… fortunately, come about… ohh I’d say Thursday, that should change. I bought a computer, and will be getting net access in my room, so I can talk with all you wonderful people again. I love this place… Charleston… er… actually Goose Creek, SC is a great place.

BTW, did you guys check out the LOTR article and pics in the latest Entertainment Weekly ?? Whoa!!!! Wanna see the Balrog….. WANNA SEE THE BALROG!!!!

Anyway, make preparations for the triumphant Return of TheBursar, for I’m a-comin’ home!! And there was much rejoicing……(yay)

Your friend,

Posted in Barliman News

Elijah Wood’s B-Day!

Today, January 28th is Elijah Wood (Frodo) birthday! Elijah was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1981. That makes him the big 20 today! Happy Birthday Elijah! One more until you’re legal in the US!

Posted in Elijah Wood, LotR Cast News, Old Main News