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Tolkien Reaches Same Age as Bilbo Baggins
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2158420a2202,00.html
JRR Tolkien fans in New Zealand and around the world will be toasting his honour on Friday, the 111th anniversary of the academic and literary...

McKellen Not Dumbledore After All
(From the Ottawa Citizen, January 2nd) The Harry Potter flicks are getting a new headmaster -- and the lucky actors name isn't Ian McKellen.

Read the Books, Tolkien Society Urges
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2166920a2202,00.html
Everyone who sees The Lord of the Rings movies should read the books as well, the Tolkien Society of New Zealand says. World-wide aficionados...

Two Towers Still Filling Seats
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2159763a2202,00.html
The Lord of the Rings sequel has passed $USUS200 million at the North American box office, outpacing its hit predecessor, while Leonardo...

Hobbits Adamant About NZ Boltholes
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2144474a2202,00.html
It was not just a rush of blood to the heads of three hobbits during the glitzy Two Towers premiere in Wellington on Wednesday. The Lord of the...

No Stopping Hobbit Fantasy at US Box Office
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2172155a2202,00.html
The Lord of the Rings sequel has racked up a third weekend atop the North American box office, outpacing its predecessor and headed for the...

Gollum Cartoon Contest
Hi from cartoonist John Cook. Here's some news about a LOTR cartoon parody I'm publishing on my site for the next week: I've drawn a new Lord...

Film Faithfulness in Return of the King
http://www.petitiononline.com/jan32003/petition.html
Dissatisfied with many of the changes made in The Two Towers? A petition has been put up asking for more care with the Return of the King film...

The Scouring of the Shire Spoiler
http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=7728
I awoke today after a complete day of rest and relaxation… wandering about Wellington, visiting some pubs… walking along the waterfront...

Jackson Sued Over TTT Ending (Not Really)
http://www.bbspot.com/News/2003/01/frodo_lives.html
Wellington, New Zealand - T-shirt and collectibles manufacturer, Ted Stroop, filed suit against Peter Jackson because the director's cut of The Two...

Fans Outraged at New Character in RotK
http://www.bbspot.com/News/2003/01/jaromir.html
Wellington, New Zealand - A recently leaked trailer for The Return of the King has Tolkien fans outraged over the apparent addition of a new...

RotK Calendar Promo Images Spoiler
http://www.warofthering.net/movies/photos/calendarfull/
Fatty has 14 images from the Return of the King calendar. Please be patient, as these may take a while to load due to their high demand...

Fleeting Three Seconds Creates Internet Fame
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2193325a2202,00.html
The legend of New Zealand's most famous elf continues. Wellington-based actor Bret McKenzie shot to international stardom following the release of...

People's Choice Ends in Film Tie
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2190648a2202,00.html
At the People's Choice Awards Sunday, it seemed the people couldn't quite decide. Spider-Man and Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring shared...

Court Settles Film Job Dispute
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2186254a2202,00.html
A model maker and technician on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings has failed in a battle with the movie company over his employment...

Push for Towers Oscars
New Line Cinema, the American backer of Peter Jackson's The Two Towers, has launched an advertising campaign for the film to be nominated for...

Terrorism Gives Rings Boost in US
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2177838a2202,00.html
Terrorist attacks in the United States have boosted the popularity of the Lord of the Rings films with US audiences, an Otago University academic...

Te Papa's Rings Exhibition Draws Record Crowds
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2177553a2202,00.html
They have been a smash hit at the box office, now the Lord of the Rings films are pulling record crowds at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa in...

Two Towers Up for International Awards
Peter Jackson's The Two Towers has been nominated for more awards – this time by the London Critics Circle and the Los Angeles-based Golden...

Miscellaneous Official News
Like the gorgeous images you have seen on the web of the new 2003 The Return of the King Promotional Calendar? Now's your chance to win one...

A Zeal for the 'Rings'
http://www.washingtontimes.com/business/20030109-36515030.htm
The Hobbits' journey through Middle-earth has helped put New Zealand on the map. The South Pacific island country, where "The Lord of the...

2002 was the Year of Big-budget Films
http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/poststandard/index.ssf?/base/entertainment-0/1042105076135842.xml
Happiness in Hollywood is greenbacks - plenty of them. By that standard, motion-picture executives must be ecstatic. Moviegoers spent...

Hollywood Ignores Its Own Well-Known Formula
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2003/1/14/200433.shtml
I'll begin with a genuine compliment: 2002 was an astounding year for Hollywood. Many marvelous big-budget productions, with, of course...

Minister to Launch Rings Screenings
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2207215a2202,00.html
Tourism Minister Mark Burton will do his bit to promote New Zealand by launching a series of special screenings of The Lord of the Rings...

Rings Loses Out to Scorsese and Woolf
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2205001a2202,00.html
The opposition ran rings around The Two Towers at the Golden Globe awards in Beverly Hills, California today. New Zealand director Peter Jackson...

Rings and Gangs Get Guild Nominations
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2209965a2202,00.html
Peter Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and the directors of Chicago, The Hours, Gangs of New York and The Pianist...

Chat With Gollum
Got a question for the man behind Gollum? Andy Serkis will be chatting live on SciFi.com this Friday January 31st at 6pm PST...

Toronto 'Return of the King' Premiere Petition
http://www.petitiononline.com/TOROTK/petition.html
We the undersigned strongly urge New Line Cinema to hold a “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” premiere in Toronto, Canada...

Tolkien's Eldest Son Dies
Our sympathies go out to the Tolkien family. The eldest son of The Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien has died at the age of 85. Father John...

Embassy Needs $5m Facelift for Rings
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2221895a2202,00.html
Up to $5 million is needed to get Wellington's Embassy Theatre ready for the promised world premiere of the third Lord of the Rings movie in...

Rings Film Pirated from Oscar Judge
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2224371a2202,00.html
High quality pirated DVDs of the second Lord of the Rings movie are flooding Britain after being copied from a disc sent to Oscar judges due to vote...

To Be or Not To Be Gollum
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2233012a2202,00.html
For a classic British actor, it can be tough to play a shrivelled-up freak of nature with bulging eyes and a bad hairdo – just ask Andy Serkis...

Engrish TTT Captions
http://home.online.no/~gremmem/engrish_ttt_captions/00-20.htm
Recall the FotR captions from the pirated Japanese copy of the film last year? Here are a few of the more memorable captions from TTT...

New 'War of the Ring' Rages
http://www.syracuse.com/news/poststandard/kirst/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1044351377184570.xml
Jessica Stanek, a student at Onondaga Community College, is a devoted reader of J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of Middle-earth. Stanek was moved to tears...

John Cook's Latest Rings Cartoon
I've drawn a LOTR spoof with Elrond asking Aragorn why he doesn't take up the king's sword Narsil. The reader gets to write his answer with the...

Peter Jackson Would Consider Directing Hobbit
http://derhobbit-film.de/indexengl.shtml
He denied rumours that he wouldn't direct The Hobbit. Part of him would love to see how somebody else would make it, but it would feel odd for him.

'Hobbit Fever' Grips CDS Upper Campus
An epidemic of interest in the works of the late J.R.R. Tolkien has broken out at the upper campus of Carrollwood Day School. Student conversations...

TTT DVD Release Dates
http://www.theonering.net/perl/newsview/8/1044843184
We're thrilled to reveal the release date of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on British DVD! Entertainment in Video tells us the middle...

Return of the King Pictures Spoiler
http://www.empireonline.co.uk/news/news.asp?story=4436
Yes, we know the second episode's only been out a couple of weeks and Christmas 2003 is far too long away, but when we saw...

Shelob in Return of the King Spoiler
LOTR: The Return of the King: 'Jay' talked with a source within WETA very early in the New Year who has news that some might find a little...

Facing Pandora's Box of Nuclear Myths
http://www.spacedaily.com/news/nuclearspace-03f.html
Movies such as 'Star Wars' and 'Lord of the Rings' have set a new standard in film making. Demonstrating that old favourites can be counted upon...

Gollum 'Tour de Force' of Two Towers
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2258049a2202,00.html
Peter Jackson's virtual creature Gollum is the "tour de force" that should be recognised in the Academy Awards, the Film Commission...

Staff Elated at Oscar Nominations
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2259003a2202,00.html
Staff on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy were today revelling in receiving six Oscar nominations, while still beavering away at work on...

Recognition for Rings' Miniature Set Builders
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2258882a2202,00.html
The technical brilliance, hard work and attention to detail has won the team on the second of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy the...

The Two Towers Wins Six Oscar Nominations
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2257759a2202,00.html
The Two Towers has received six Academy Award nominations for this year's Oscars, but New Zealand director Peter Jackson has missed out...

Unpublished TTT Pics Spoiler
We have another bunch of TTT pics suggesting scenes not seen in the movie. This time, we have also a very cool pic of Legolas/Orlando...

War Protestors Flood Gondor, Denethor Flees
Thousands of peace activists took to the streets of Minas Tirith and other cities of Middle Earth today to protest what they termed a rush to war...

Rings Composer Takes Grammy Award
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2286834a2202,00.html
Composer Howard Shore has today won a Grammy Award for his work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The award was for Best Score Soundtrack...

Lord of the Rings Takes Three Bafta Awards
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2286652a2202,00.html
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers took the most awards of all films nominated at Britain's Bafta annual film awards today...

Rings Crew Fill Their Bags With Movie Awards
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2287530a2202,00.html
Peter Jackson's crew on The Lord of the Rings were in a buoyant mood after winning four awards yesterday – despite missing out on best picture at the Baftas, the British equivalent of the Oscars...



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