December 14, 2001
Straight to my mailbox from kindhearted Emily at National
Geographic TV, here's the scoop on their upcoming Lord of the Rings special:
"National Geographic Beyond the Movie: The Lord of
the Rings" will premiere on National Geographic EXPLORER on MSNBC on Dec. 23 at 8 pm
EST. The program delves deep into the cultural events that influenced Tolkien; the
mythology, languages and landscapes he created inspired by ancient cultures and epic
stories; and the concept of the quest and its relevance today.
We will also be launching a website to parallel the program, www.nationalgeographic.com/ngbeyond,
which will go live next week (mostly likely Dec. 19, but perhaps the 20th). As soon
as the launch date is determined, I'll let you know. It will offer more in-depth
information about the above topics, as well as a discussion forum.
Additionally, AOL will host a web chat (Dec. 20 at 9 pm EST) with Tolkien expert Jane
Chance and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence / anthropologist Wade Davis.
AOL members can access this chat under the Research & Learn Adventure
Sounds like "must-see TV" to me!