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Archive for February, 2001

Licensing Wizardry

Ringer fan Brego sends us a link to a article which talks about product licensing for Fellowship of the Ring and other expected blockbuster movies in 2001. [More]

Posted in Merchandise, Old Main News

The Price of Milk Interview

Greetings — Quickbeam here.

There’s a film coming your way that features the mighty Isildur and the fiery Eomer, but it’s not set in Middle-earth! I recently sat down with the director and cast of The Price of Milk: Harry Sinclair, Karl Urban, and the lovely Danielle Cormack. Come with me as we discuss cows, visual style, and mystical romance. [More]

Posted in Karl Urban, LotR Cast News, Old Main News

Capital debates Middle Earth title

“Welcome To Middle Earth, Wellington – Home Of Lord Of The Rings”. That’s the sign that could grace Wellington’s major entrances – or not, if some city councillors have their way… [More]

Posted in New Zealand, Old Main News

Christopher Lee talks LOTR!

In an interview he recently held with the English newspaper The Guardian Christopher Lee (Saruman) briefly mentions Lord of the Rings…

“..Lee is not at liberty to say much about The Lord of the Rings, a three-film adaptation of the Tolkein trilogy; but since he has read the books every year since they were published (1954-55), playing the character of Saruman is the realisation of a long-held ambition. “The book is such a work of brilliance and majesty – Tolkein wrote an epic on the scale of The Iliad or The Odyssey. He even created a language, Elfish, which you can read, write and speak. Despite having seen absolutely nothing of the film, I still think it’s going to create cinema history. Peter Jackson’s instincts are extraordinary, as is his stamina. My God, it would have to be, to film solidly for 15 months.”

The full story can be found at Guardian Unlimited.

Posted in Christopher Lee, LotR Cast News, Old Special Reports

Games Workshop Press Release

Thanks to Dengar for sending us this heads up:”In the latest issue of Games Workshops monthly magazine White Dwarf (issue 255) i found this ad. It didn’t contain any new info about the games, but the Saruman pic was cool. Unfortunatly the quality of the pic is quite bad.“Click the images to see larger versions:\[ Click for Larger Version \]\[ Click for Larger Version \]\[ Click for Larger Version \]On january 30th, we learned that Games Workshop will be doing a table top game. See the press release for that announcement [here]

Posted in Gaming, Old Spy Reports

Exclusive DeLuca Interview at!

Chris at has scored an exclusive interview with Mike DeLuca! Thanks for sharing with us Chris! [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Kansas City Star looks at the Tolkien web.

Thanks to Turore who sent in this link to an article in the Kansas City Star. [More]

Anyone else noticed how the tone of most news articles about the LOTR films has changed since a year ago? That ‘Aren’t these people who go on about Elves silly?’ snigger that used to underly most of the mainstream news reports has mostly disappeared. : ) And we all know what that means.

Posted in Old Main News

Elves or Men, Cont’d

The debate continues on whether Aragorn is charging along with elves or men in this Helm’s Deep clip from the official teaser trailer. (page 5, first image)

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Here is some more fuel for the fire from Spy Tocata:

Having been an elf at Helm’s Deep, yes, those must be elves. They have the distinctly Elven swords (curved blade, long handle) we used, and are definitely wearing Elven battle armour, which is bloody painful I can tell you. I’m tall and gangly, and it was tight enough to keep me from breathing properly for the many days I was in it. Orcs are much more comfortable, as are Rohans & Gondorian Rangers. Elving sucks!

So, from someone on the set, we get further confirmation Elves are at Helm’s Deep.

Posted in Old Spy Reports

The orc’s side of the story…

Swedish band Za Frumi have finished their new CD which is Tolkien-inspired and rather different – the music tells the experiences of a band of orcs (More)

Posted in Old Main News

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Posted in Old Main News

Mediawatch: Explore! Magazine

Noel Piper speaks from the point of view of J.R.R. Tolkien in this Explore! Magazine Article. Thanks to Ed for sending us the scans. [More]

Explore! Magazine is aimed at 9 to 14 year olds. If you would like to subscribe, check out their official site. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

UK SFX magazine’s new edition includes LotR supplement!

The new edition of UK’s SFX magazine includes a 24 page LotR supplement section! Included in the supplement are:
1. A section devoted to Tolkien himself!
2. A guide to Middle Earth!
3. A movie guide with lots of blown up trailer images!
4. Reviews of LotR, and the Silmarillion, (All 5 stars, of course)
So, run out to your newsstand ASAP and get your copy before they are all gone!
Thanks to Ringer spy Timothy for the tip!

Posted in Old Main News