Gathered together to celebrate the second annual One Ring Awards which recognize some of the great contributions from the realms of Tolkien fandom in 2005 and with “Fellowship: The Musical” on hand to contribute mightily to the proceedings, the desert party and awards show was top notch.
After a long run on stage in Los Angeles, “Fellowship” dazzled with five of the show’s musical numbers. TheOneRing.net’s own Quickbeam hosted the event and fans, scholars and other contributors from the LOTR community combined to present the awards. The winners were:
1. Best Lecure/Paper (Academic): TOM SHIPPEY
2: Best Tolkien-themed book: Alan Lee’s Sketchbook
3: Best Supporting Performance: Elijah Wood, Sin City
4: Best Leading Performance: Elijah Wood, Everything is Illuminated
5: Best Fan Fiction: Ashes, East Winds, Hope that Rises, by Erin Rua
6: Best Fan Website: Always and Forever (fan site for Elijah Wood)
7: Best fan film: “The Sons of Elrond”
Wood and Astin were still signing autographs when the winners were announced and Wood came on stage to receive his awards from Heath Hammond and Scott Klauder from Sideshow Collectibles. Later in the show Astin and Wood visited the stage and sang a medly of snippits of songs with a little help from the the keyboardist from “Fellowship” and a few tunes on Wood’s phone.
Finally they settled on “The Love Boat” theme which Quickbeam and Astin singing accapella.
The night was then turned over to fans who sang, acted and performed to cap of the night and contribute the Celebration to the event. Mike Foster and Michael Bailich (singing Gandalf) even took the stage to sing LOTR parody songs, together for the first and possibly last time.
Thanks to all of the TORn staffers and helpers who put the show into production and thanks to the fans who attended!