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Archive for October, 2003

BBC’s Big Read Betting Ends

The Lord of the Rings is the only real contender in “a one horse race” to win the BBC’s Big Read contest, according to bookmaker Ladbrokes. Ladbrokes has closed betting because, in the last week, the only money laid has been for the JRR Tolkien classic to win the competition’s public vote. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

Weaving, Wenham and Bloom Awards

Nadine sends along an update on some LOTR stars other films and the recent awards they’ve picked up. [More]

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Weaving, Wenham and Bloom Awards

Nadine writes: David Wenham (Faramir) has started the Awards season on a good note by picking up Best Actor at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards for his role in Gettin’ Square. [More]

He also got nominated for an Australian Film Institute Award for the same role – Film Finance Corporation Australia AFI Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. [More]

Even though other Ringers didn’t get nominated – the miniseries starring both David and Hugo Weaving (Elrond) “After the Deluge” conjured 8 nominations.


Orlando Bloom (Legolas) got a nomination in the Macquarie AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in Ned Kelly.


While Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers picked up a AFI Award nomination in the category “Best Foreign Film”. It will be going against Bowling for Columbine, The Hours and Whale Rider.

Posted in Old Special Reports

More NZ LOTR Coins

Victor writes: The New Zealand Post has added more coins for ordering from their website. The “Light vs. Dark” collection is very nice indeed! [More]

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Return to Rivendell Guided Tour

Amanda Cox (Principal Advisor for Parks & Forests in Greater Wellington) writes: Those fans lucky enough to be in Wellington New Zealand for the world premiere of Return of the King might like to explore the landscapes of the Upper Hutt valley on the day before the big party. [More]

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Return to Rivendell Guided Tour

Return to Rivendell Guided Tour

Amanda Cox (Principal Advisor for Parks & Forests in Greater Wellington) writes: Those fans lucky enough to be in Wellington New Zealand for the world premiere of Return of the King might like to explore the landscapes of the Upper Hutt valley on the day before the big party.

Greater Wellington and Upper Hutt City Council are running a guided bus tour of four film sites – Helms Deep (Dry Creek Quarry), River Anduin (Hutt River), Isengard (Harcourt Park) and Rivendell (Kaitoke Regional Park), followed by a barbecue lunch set in Kaitoke’s beautiful picnic area.

Visitors will get the chance to explore the new Pakuratahi River Walk, with its stunning views of native beech and rimu forest.

Buses depart Upper Hutt Railway Station from 10am and the last bus returns in time to catch the 5pm train back to Wellington. Seats cost $35 each and are limited.

Book via email uhvic@uhcc.govt.nz or phone 04 527 2141

Amanda Cox
Principal Advisor – Marketing & Design
Parks & Forests
Greater Wellington – The Regional Council
P O Box 11646, Wellington
142 Wakefield Street, Wellington
P 04 381 7726 (DDI)
F 04 802 0300
M 025 674 6687
www.gw.govt.nz

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Trilogy Tuesday: France

Trilogy Tuesday: France
Trilogy Tuesday Poster in France

FRODON sends along this image from the LOTR distributors in France. It shows the names, places and dates for all three films playing in France! Take a look! [More]

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Hougton Mifflin DVD Event – Nov 5th

To celebrate the publication of three of Houghton Mifflin’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING film tie-in books on November 5, twenty bookstores around the country will host special, one-time-only video events featuring exclusive content from “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” Extended Edition DVD, to be released by New Line Home Entertainment on November 18. Check out the list of bookstores to see if this is taking place near you! [More]

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Happy Halloween and Birthday PJ: TBHL Style

TBHL Celebrates Peter Jackson's Birthday and Halloween

Ringer staffers Lewman and Reno, keepers of TBHL (The Official Peter Jackson Fan Club), have sent us this Peter Jackson Birthday and Halloween Greeting. If you aren’t familiar with Peter Jackson;s previous works, especially ‘Bad Taste,’ check out TBHL today! [TBHL] [Image]

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20 BOOKSTORES NATIONWIDE TO HOST LORD OF THE RINGS BOOK AND DVD EVENTS ON NOVEMBER 5

20 BOOKSTORES NATIONWIDE TO HOST LORD OF THE RINGS BOOK AND DVD EVENTS ON NOVEMBER 5

To celebrate the publication of three of Houghton Mifflin’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING film tie-in books on November 5, twenty bookstores around the country will host special, one-time-only video events featuring exclusive content from “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” Extended Edition DVD, to be released by New Line Home Entertainment on November 18. Stores will debut a documentary from the DVD entitled “J.R.R. Tolkien: Origins of Middle-earth.”

Houghton Mifflin’s three film books THE LORD OF THE RINGS: WEAPONS AND WARFARE, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING VISUAL COMPANION, and THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING PHOTO GUIDE offer an exclusive sneak peek at the final film in the award-winning trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” six weeks before its December 18 theatrical release.

The books and the special video preview of footage from “The Two Towers” DVD are sure to please LORD OF THE RINGS fans around the country.

Below is the complete list of bookstores debuting the featurette:

CALIFORNIA San Mateo — Barnes & Noble, 11 West Hillsdale Blvd., Hillsdale Shopping Ctr., 7:00 p.m.
COLORADO Colorado Springs — Media Play, 7720 North Academy Blvd., 7:00 p.m.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Barnes & Noble, 555 12th Street NW, 6:00 p.m.
FLORIDA Tampa — University of South Florida Bookstore, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, 4:30 p.m.
ILLINOIS Oak Park — Barbara’s Bookstore, 1100 West Lake Street, 7:00 p.m.
INDIANA South Bend — Notre Dame Bookstore, Eck Center, 7:00 p.m.
KANSAS Lawrence — Hastings, 1900 W. 23rd Southwest Plaza, 7:00 p.m.
MASSACHUSETTS Boston — Barnes & Noble @ Boston University, 660 Beacon Street, 12:00 noon
MINNESOTA Bloomington — Suncoast Motion Picture Co., Mall of America, 126 E. Broadway, 5:30 p.m.
MISSOURI Brentwood — Borders, 1519 S. Brentwood Boulevard, 7:00 p.m. Columbia — Columbia Books, 22 South Ninth Street, 6:00 p.m. (Nov. 6)
MONTANA Bozeman — Hastings, 1601 W. Main, Hastings Shopping Ctr., 7:00 p.m.
NEW YORK Hamburg — Media Play, McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, 7:00 p.m.
OREGON Portland — Barnes & Noble, 1720 N. Jantzen Beach Center, 7:30 p.m.
TENNESSEE Nashville — Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 4007 Hillsboro Road, 12:00 noon
TEXAS College Station — Barnes & Noble, 711 Texas Avenue, 7:00 p.m. Dallas — Borders, 5500 Greenville Ave, 7:00 p.m. Canyon — Hastings, 205 N. 23rd Street, 7:00 p.m.
UTAH Salt Lake — Borders, 50 S. Main Street, Crossroads Mall, 7:00 p.m.
WASHINGTON Seattle — University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, 3:00 p.m.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: WEAPONS AND WARFARE ISBN 0-618-39100-2, $18.95 paperback; ISBN 0-618-39099-5, $29.95 cloth [Order at Amazon.com]

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING VISUAL COMPANION ISBN 0-618-39097-9, $18.95 cloth [Order at Amazon.com]

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING PHOTO GUIDE ISBN 0-618-39098-7, $8.95 paperback [Order at Amazon.com]

Jacket scans and press materials are available on-line at www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/booksellers.

Visit the Houghton Mifflin dedicated Tolkien site:http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/lordoftheringstrilogy/

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Top 5 Worst LOTR Halloween Costumes

So, you’ve beaten the odds and got yourself invited to a costume party tonight eh? Want to show off your uber-geekness for all things Rings? Well here is a list of ideas NOT to use….because too much geek can be a bad thing. [More]

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Top 5 Worst LOTR Halloween Costumes

Dressing up in LOTR-Style tonight? Send me the images!

So, you’ve beaten the odds and got yourself invited to a costume party tonight eh? Want to show off your uber-geekness for all things Rings? Well here is a list of ideas NOT to use….because too much geek can be a bad thing.

Top 5 Worst LOTR Halloween Costumes

5. The ‘Eye’ of Sauron:

No one likes costumes where you have to guess what you are, and if you’re walking around all in black with one eye open saying things like ‘I see you…there is no life in the void…only death!!!’ will NOT attract any of the prettier boys or girls at the party. Plus having one eye closed limits your depth perception greatly. You could be dipping your chips in the punch bowl all night.

4. Peter Jackson’s Cameo in ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’:

Again, this one would need serious explaining to the non LOTR-minded among your friends. And walking around with a giant carrot burping all night may make you more enemies in the long run.

3. Peter Jackson’s Cameo in ‘The Two Towers’:

See above, plus wearing chain mail and throwing rocks on people can get you arrested, seriously…don’t do it.

2. Frodo wearing The One Ring:

Wearing your One Ring replica at a party and pretending no one can see you is almost as annoying as any mime you’ve ever met. Plus…people can STILL see you…put on some clothes!!!

The number 1 worst LOTR Halloween Costume Idea is:

1. The Tom Bombadil Deleted Scene

This combines all aspects of the other 4 costume ideas into one. You’d have to explain to almost EVERYONE there who you are…and why you’re constantly singing. Plus all the ‘tiddly-ho, tiddle-he’ will seriously get you banned from any future parties. The dancing will also ruin any sort of cool reputation you may have been working on in the past. Also, stop harassing the cute blonde girl and chasing her around calling her ‘Goldberry’. Again…worst idea possible.

Hope this helps! Happy Halloween!!

eekfrenzy adds to the list with these:

Dressed as an Orc and carrying a toy arm or leg, yelling “Meat’s back on the menu!” Not a good idea, especially if your friends are vegetarian.

Dressed in brown and green with leaves, and
t…a…l…k…i…n…g…r…e…a…l…s…l…o…w… Trust me,
Treebeard’s no conversationalist!

Dressed in charred grey robes as Gandalf while battling the Balrog

Dressed in nothing but a beard as Gandalf come back to life — unless you have the body to carry it out.

Dressing up in LOTR-Style tonight? Send me the images!

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