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LA Baggins Birthday Celebration Update

LA Baggins Birthday celebration update

We hope to be joined by many Ringers on Sunday September 21st as we celebrate Bilbo and Frodo’s Birthday. Here’s all of the information you need. First of all, there’s been a change of venues. The picnic will not take place at the Hollywood Camrose park as originally announced, but in Griffith Park at the Cedar Tree Picnic Grounds.

Time: 11am to 6pm (or until the Shadow comes)

Directions:

From the South: Take the 5 North to the Griffith Park Exit.
Follow the exit ramp to the stop sign, and turn right onto Crystal Springs Dr.

From the North: Take the 5 South to Los Feliz Blvd. West.
Take Los Feliz Blvd. to the intersection with Riverside Dr. Make a right. Riverside Dr. will turn into Crystal Springs Dr. as you enter Griffith Park.

From LA Proper: Take Western Ave. North toward Hollywood Hills.
Western Ave. will turn into Los Feliz Blvd. Take Los Feliz Blvd. to the intersection with Riverside Dr. Make a left. Riverside Dr. will turn into Crystal Springs Dr. as you enter Griffith Park.

On Crystal Springs Dr.
Take the road through the park. You will pass the Visitors’ Center and a bunch of other structures on your right.
At the first stop sign, there will be a big sign for the MERRY-GO-ROUND. Follow the sign and make a left at that intersection. The party will be on the left in the Cedar Tree Picnic Grounds. Just look for the Rohan Tent.

Parking:

You can park anywhere along the street. If there’s nowhere to park on the street, simply follow the street a little further up, and you will find the Merry-Go-Round parking lot. There is plenty of parking there. If you feel that your car is too far from the picnic area, and you can’t carry all of your stuff, simply come over and ask some of the strapping young men to assist you.

If you get lost or attacked by Black Riders or end up on the slopes of Mount Doom, please call Sarumann (don’t fear: our own Saruman is much nicer than his infamous namesake!) at 213-248-4994 and he’ll guide you through the mists.

Here’s a call to all hobbits, elves and men (and orcs too if they promise to behave): hobbits being famous for their appetite, we need a lot of food and drinks. Please contact Arwen at arwen@theonering.net to let her know what you will be bringing.

Apart from the eating and drinking (always so important!) we will have a costume contest so feel free to come dressed in your fanciest attire. We will also have a trivia contest, and since it was such great fun last year, an impersonation contest. The rules: pick your favorite character or your favorite line, and act out your best impersonation – the selected line must be either from Fellowship of The Ring Extended Edition, or from The Two Towers. Your efforts will be rewarded with great prizes!

We hope to have covered everything, but if you have any questions please contact Arwen at the above email address and she’ll do her best to answer them.

Posted in Old Special Reports

LA Ringers: Birthday Celebration in Los Angeles!

TheOneRing.net is holding a 2nd annual Baggings Birthday Picinic to take place from noon to 6pm on Sunday September 21st at the Hollywood Camrose park (where Bowlmoot was hosted last year as some of you may remember), one block south of the Hollywood Bowl. As always, costuming is highly encouraged, and there will be contests and games and great prizes. Find out more through the link. [More]

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TTT DVD Breakfast

A small group of lucky members of the media (including TORn) were offered a very special treat on this Monday morning, courtesy of New Line: an early sneak-peek of the Return of the King preview from the TTT DVD. [More]

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TTT DVD Breakfast

A small group of lucky members of the media (including TORn) were offered a very special treat on this Monday morning, courtesy of New Line: an early sneak-peek of the Return of the King preview from the TTT DVD. After a great complimentary breakfast, we got the opportunity to see the preview before the DVD hits the stores tomorrow. I won’t go into the details of what the 10-minute behind-the-scenes has to offer, as I don’t want to spoil it for Ringers worldwide. Not to mention that TORn has already posted many detailed reports of the preview’s contents…! One thing is confirmed however: the footage that surfaced on the internet a few weeks ago and was hailed as the “official trailer” is nothing like that, but simply the last 2-minutes of the preview, which does give a glimpse of a few scenes from the movie. I suspect the real theatrical trailer will be quite different.

Two things struck me while watching the preview: one, the sheer epic size of the movie (the charge of the Rohirrim, the Battle of The Pelennor Fields are breathtaking – although the preview only offers a brief glimpse of both) – and two, how emotionally charged the movie will be. Exhilarating and heartbreaking. Some moments of the preview did bring tears to my eyes, and I think we should all bring a large supply of tissues to the theaters come December 17th… Like PJ himself, I tend to think of ROTK as my favorite part of the book – and Elijah Wood may be right when he says that the third movie will be better than the first two combined. But rather than trying to speculate and project unrealistic, unreachable expectations (which in my experience is the best way to be disappointed), I think ROTK will deliver on all levels on a very large scale, and will be incredibly emotional. As much as I’m looking forward to seeing the finished film in December, part of me is dreading that moment, as I’m sure many other fans are. Because we’ll have reached the Grey Havens, and we’ll be saying goodbye to the film version of Middle Earth. But we’re not there yet, and of course “the road goes ever on and on”. And to end of a happier note, let’s have a pint to celebrate the release of this highly anticipated DVD. Enjoy!

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