Gollum retrieves his precious Ring for one day as Middle Earth comes to London

Lord of the Rings star celebrates book launch with Tolkien fans ­

Andy Serkis, the British actor who plays the central character of Gollum, in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is appearing at Waterstones, Piccadilly on November 6 at 1.30pm. As the first public event fans have the chance to meet a key cast member and view exclusive clips from the film ­the build-up starts here!

Andy is coming down to meet many hundreds of Tolkien fans of all ages who are converging to celebrate the launch of HarperCollins official children¹s¹ and adults¹ tie-in books for The Two Towers, the second of Peter Jackson¹s spectacular Lord of the Rings trilogy. The ghoulish character of Gollum features heavily in the latest film release as he scours Middle Earth in pursuit of the Ring he once possessed.

For one day only, Andy will be reacquainted with the Ring that tormented his character throughout the film trilogy. As well as joining in with a talk with local schoolchildren and the authors, Brian Sibley and Jude Fisher, Andy is available for a photocall at 1.45pm and press interviews from 2.30pm until 4pm as part of a full day of Lord of the rings activity.

Children from St Peters School and St Georges Hanover School in Westminster are unaware of the presence of this Lord of the Rings celebrity until he is unveiled Brian and Jude when they begin their talk on the works of Tolkien and the film trilogy at 2pm.

Andy originally auditioned to provide the voice-over for the computer-generated Gollum, but the actor whose film work includes ŒTopsy Turvey¹ and Œ24 Hour Party People¹ gave such a physical performance to the reading of the part that director Peter Jackson requested Andy act out Gollum¹s scenes with Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin).

Broadcaster and author, Brian Sibley, and fantasy author and publisher, Jude Fisher, will be in store from midday to discuss and sign copies of their new titles, ŒThe Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy¹ and ŒThe Two Towers Visual Companion¹ respectively.

The authors will then host a chat forum at 6.30 p.m. for members of the public to discuss Tolkien and the film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, which will be followed by Q&As and book signings.

As the official chroniclers of Peter Jackson¹s Oscar-winning interpretation of the Tolkien novels, Brian and Jude made numerous visits on location in New Zealand. In the company of Jackson and the principal cast, including Sir Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen and Christopher Lee, they observed the making of one of the most long-awaited and challenging productions of all time.