PASADENA — “Lord of the Rings’ added to its place in pop-culture history Friday when the first fan convention for the Academy Award-winning films opened at the Pasadena Convention Center. Statues of the movie trilogy’s scariest monsters greeted fans, or “ringers,’ as they entered the One Ring Celebration. Around 5,000 people are expected to visit the three-day event, which also pays tribute to the novels that inspired the films. [More]