August 3, 2001
Rings 'List of Film
Changes' Finds Home on Tolkien Online
Popular film reference fan resource now hosted by the
Internet's most popular Tolkien web site.
PASADENA, CA -- The Complete List of Film Changes, a popular Internet resource for fans
interested in learning about the storyline changes director Peter Jackson is making in his
upcoming film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has now found
a permanent home on Tolkien Online, the web site announced today.
Well-known to Tolkien fans who have closely followed the production of New Line Cinema's
The Lord of the Rings film trilogy over the past two years, The Complete List of Film
Changes attempts to document all the differences between Tolkien's books and Jackson's
films, as revealed in news articles, "spy" reports, filmmaker interviews,
publicity stills and other sources.
"The fan interest in these films is intense. No other film in the history of motion
pictures has been so closely scrutinized from the moment pre-production was
announced," says the List's author, who uses the screen name of Ancalagon The Black
after a dragon from Tolkien's Middle-earth mythology.
"As a fan of the books for the pastthirty years now, I've been reading everything I
could find about the film adaptation since I first learned of it," Ancalagon
continues. "Occasionally, I would come across message board debates on Tolkien
websites about some departure the filmmakers were rumored to be making from the books,
only to discover that rumor was completely unsubstantiated. I felt that with so much for
fans to debate about the filmmaker's adaptation, we should have a resource that documents
what changes have been actually reported and what hasn't. So, I began compiling a list
with links to the sources that originally reported them."
However, with all the news and rumors coming out about the Lord of the Rings films,
Ancalagon's List was soon becoming unwieldy to maintain without assistance. "I
originally posted it on a number of Tolkien and film sites throughout the Internet, but I
couldn't find the time to keep each version up to date," he explains. "Also, it
was getting to large to fit onto anyone's message board, so I began looking a web site to
host a web page for the List and give it permanent home for the List as a web page. I
eventually decided to ask Tolkien Online because it has the most active Tolkien message
board on the Internet and attracts the most knowledgeable Tolkien fans."
Jonathan Watson, one of Tolkien Online's two founders, agreed to the request.
"Ancalagon's List fits in well with our goal of bringing fans together and providing
an environment for discussing his works," Watson says. "Tolkien Online is
designed to encourage fans to learne about and voice an opinion upon Tolkien-related news
articles, images, and fan fiction."
Such an environment appears to be attracting a great many fans, according to Tolkien
Online's other founder, Ted Tschopp. "Today we have over ten thousand registered
users, and -- according to a service that measures Internet activity -- our web site has
the most page loads of any Tolkien-inspired site. This tells us that not only are many
fans coming to Tolkien Online, they are hanging around for a long time to discuss what
they are learning."
Does The Complete List of Film Changes provide something for Lord of the Rings fans to
talk about? Absolutely, says David Mullich, one of Tolkien Online's news reporters and
Movie Forum moderators. "The fans that come here discuss and dissect every detail
about the films that comes out, and often they refer to Ancalagon's List to separate truth
from rumor. Conversely, Ancalagon recently revised his list to include arguments for and
against each change from fan discussions on our message board."
The Complete List of Film Changes can be accessed from Tolkien Online's main page at http://www.tolkienonline.com.