The March-April 2001 edition of Cinescape Magazine has this summary of the LotR project:

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Plot: In ancient Middle Earth, Frodo Baggins and his hobbit pals embark on a peril filled quest to keep a powerful magic ring from falling into the hands of the forces of darkness.
Players: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Sean Bean, John Rhys-Daves.
Director: Peter Jackson
Status: Post Production
Release date: December 19, 2001 (for the first film of the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring).
Latest Rumors: After principal photography wrapped in January, Jackson segued into the ambitious project’s long post-production phase while the cast finally move on to other projects. “The Lord of the Rings was like stepping into a video game for me,” says Blanchett, who played Galadriel, queen of the elves. “It was another world completely. I basically did it so I could have the [elf] ears. They were so sweet.”