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  • X-rated Tolkien: it's not for the kiddies

    09/24/2006 4:02:42 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 58 replies · 2,189+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | September 24, 2006 | Maurice Chittenden
    A DARKNESS is once again descending on JRR Tolkien’s fabled land of Middle-earth. An unfinished work completed by the writer’s son is such a departure from the world of hobbits that it may merit an X-certificate.The manuscript for The Children of Hurin, to be published next spring, contains incest, suicide and a multitude of violent deaths. Any film version is likely to have restricted audiences because of the subject matter. Christopher Tolkien has spent the past 30 years working on the epic tale that his father began in 1918 while on leave from the army. JRR, who was recovering from...
  • MGM to Unveil New Tentpoles (Movie company set to release Tolkien's The Hobbit!)

    09/10/2006 5:10:57 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 85 replies · 1,861+ views ^ | September 10, 2006 | Staff
    In a Variety article talking about MGM's move back into the tentpole business, the trade mentions a few highly-anticipated projects that are in the works: Over the next few years, MGM is planning to release half a dozen films, some in the $150 million to $200 million-plus range. Studio is ready to unveil such high-profile projects as "Terminator 4"; one or two installments of "The Hobbit," which Sloan hopes will be directed by Peter Jackson; and a sequel to "The Thomas Crown Affair" with Pierce Brosnan. It has already announced a "Pink Panther" sequel and the next 007 pic "Bond...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, July 16-22, 2006: Godafoss (Iceland), LOTR, and volcano news

    07/20/2006 8:53:44 AM PDT · by cogitator · 9 replies · 1,168+ views
    Last in a series of Iceland waterfalls; Godafoss. There are a lot of pictures on the Web of this one, and this might not be the best; try searching if you like this one. The center keel is actually split, but the center cascade is obscured by spray in the image above. This one shows it clearly: The reason I chose the top one is that it reminded me of some depictions of the Falls of Rauros, in Tolkien's Middle Earth, like this one (which is the depiction from the movie):
  • Harry Potter and the War On Terror

    05/10/2006 10:20:34 AM PDT · by Tolik · 59 replies · 3,908+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 9th, 2006 | Bookworm
    Not too long ago, there was a lot of giggling on the right side of the blogosphere when it learned about a book called Why Mommy is a Democrat, which its publisher proudly boasts is “A Different Kind of Children’s Book.”  The book’s point is that, just as a child views Mommy in a saintly light, he should project that view onto Democrats because they share Mommy’s values.  For example, just as Mommies do, Democrats make sure people share.  And so that no one misses this message, the well-dressed, silver-haired, obviously Republican white folk in the background walk by a homeless...
  • Lord of the Rings Star Using Fame from Film to Promote Homosexual "Marriage"

    05/05/2006 7:25:51 AM PDT · by LifeSite News · 100 replies · 2,459+ views ^ | May 4, 2006 | John-Henry Westen
    DUBLIN, May 4, 2006 ( - British Actor Ian McKellen who was launched into mega-stardom playing Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings film in 2001, has used the recognition generated by the film to forward his crusade to promote homosexuality. Ironically, the genius behind the story which gave McKellen his current pedestal - J.R. Tolkien - held that homosexuality was a disorder and was a staunch defender of traditional Catholic teaching on sexual morality, according to experts on the famed writer. McKellen's latest endeavour is to campaign for homosexual 'marriage' in Britain. This week McKellen complained that a new...
  • Tolkien's Impact in Literature and Life

    11/19/2001 2:41:15 PM PST · by A Mississippian · 90 replies · 929+ views ^ | November 2001 | Patrick W. Curles Entertainment Channel Print | Back Tolkien's Impact in Literature and Life By Patrick W. CurlesPCANews Tolkien saw himself as a hobbit in every way but in stature. News Channel - A popular British magazine recently surveyed its readers to get their opinions about the best book of all time. Thousands responded. The landslide winner for the top spot in history: The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien. The literary elites were incensed and amazed. How could a fantasy writer win? They re-polled the country, and again Tolkien’s work blew away the competition. Again they ...
  • All That Glitters Is Not Gold

    10/08/2005 12:06:36 PM PDT · by Simi Valley Tom · 15 replies · 1,291+ views
    Movieguide® ^ | October 8, 2005 | Dr. Ted Baehr
    More and more movies are being aimed at the faith-based audience. Many of them claim to be by people of faith. And, many people in the church are getting very excited about these films. Some of these filmmakers are at the top of their game. Some have gone to the most prestigious film schools. But even so, after watching some of the theological errors and confusion in these movies, perhaps they would have been better studying theology and reading, writing and critical thinking rather than film. In one recent movie, the name of Jesus is claimed to have power only...
  • Lord of the Rings - help needed (vanity)

    06/24/2005 7:13:06 AM PDT · by hispanichoosier · 264 replies · 5,851+ views
    I need help with LOTR. Two friends and I were discussing the books and movies last weekend. Friend 1 observed that the relationship between Frodo and Sam (in the movies) had homosexual overtones. Friend 2 retorted that the relationship is based on the master/servant relationship of old England and that Friend 1 was looking at it through American eyes, where rugged individualism is more prized. I--caught in the middle--had to admit that I thought that Sean Astin overplayed Sam at times but was great overall. So, was Friend 1 right about the gay overtones, or was Friend 2's explanation correct?...
  • The Hobbit three years away: Jackson

    03/12/2005 4:50:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 52 replies · 2,980+ views
    Oscar winning director Peter Jackson says it will be at least three years before he shoots The Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit. Jackson this weekend took a break from his busy schedule filming King Kong in Auckland, stopping by Sydney's Powerhouse Museum to check out the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) exhibition. On Saturday, the very private director will give a talk to fans about his films at the State Theatre. A slimmed-down Jackson, who arrived in Sydney on Friday, was asked how long it would be before he started production on The Hobbit. "Three or four years...
  • Bilbo Baggins - sung by Leonard Nimoy

    02/08/2005 8:53:00 AM PST · by ricer1 · 210 replies · 2,204+ views ^ | not sure | who knows...
    Leonard Nimoy sings "Bilbo Baggins"
  • From Father to Son--J.R.R. Tolkien on Sex

    02/06/2005 3:07:16 AM PST · by MadIvan · 146 replies · 3,628+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | February 4, 2005 | R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The astounding popularity of J.R.R. Tolkien and his writings-- magnified many times over by the success of the "Lord of the Rings" films--has ensured that Tolkien's fantasy world of moral meaning stands as one of the great literary achievements of our times.In some sense, Tolkien was a man born out of time. A philologist at heart, Tolkien was most at home in the world of ancient ages, even as he witnessed the barbarism and horrors of the 20th century. Celebrated as a popular author, he was an eloquent witness to permanent truths. His popularity on university campuses, extending from his...
  • The Real Atrocity in Tolkien's Middle Earth

    01/07/2005 10:53:41 AM PST · by BJClinton · 14 replies · 1,463+ views
    FrontPage magazine ^ | 1/7/2005 | eff Alexander and Tom Bissell
    The Real Atrocity in Tolkien's Middle Earth By Jeff Alexander and Tom BissellMcSweeney's Internet Tendency | January 7, 2005Part I: Chomsky: The film opens with Galadriel speaking. "The world has changed," she tells us, "I can feel it in the water." She's actually stealing a line from the non-human Treebeard. He says this to Merry and Pippin in The Two Towers, the novel. Already we can see who is going to be privileged by this narrative and who is not. Zinn: Of course. "The world has changed." I would argue that the main thing one learns when one watches this...
  • JRR Tolkien: Ringing in a Liberal or Conservative New Year

    01/04/2005 6:42:27 PM PST · by quidnunc · 77 replies · 2,014+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | January 4, 2005 | Joshua Livestro
    I wouldn't normally dare to waste your precious time, dear reader, with light-hearted discussions of frivolous matters. But just this once I ask your permission for an excursion into a realm that, on the face of it, has little in common with politics, namely that of high art. My excuse is a valid one, however: the launch of the extended DVD edition of last year's Oscar winning film 'The Return of the King, based on JRR Tolkien's epic drama The Lord of the Rings. The reason for choosing this subject is not an aesthetic one, however. I merely want to...
  • Happy Birthday J.R.R. Tolkien

    01/03/2005 7:05:19 AM PST · by Valin · 23 replies · 2,033+ views
    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, a very talented writer, is famous for having created such a literary genre as fantasy. All his books are real masterpieces, and many having read them once, want to read them again and again. Warm-hearted and exciting adventure stories, involving people, elves, dwarves, orcs, goblins, wizards, and, of course, hobbits are in Tolkien’s accounts. But not only fantastic beings were concocted by him. Both philologist and professor at Oxford University, he knew many ancient and modern languages. Thus, a new world – Middle-earth, along with its geography, its history, and several languages appeared. The history of...
  • Return of the King

    12/20/2004 5:45:14 AM PST · by truthfinder9 · 10 replies · 497+ views
    With the release this week of the Extended Edition DVD of Return of the King, here are some LOTR resources: A Triumphant Return In J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, a Legendary Friendship Myth Meets Real Life Escape into Reality Saint J. R. R. the Evangelist Tolkien, Transformer of Culture
  • Extended Edition Of The Return Of The King (Vanity)

    12/15/2004 8:31:01 PM PST · by goldstategop · 69 replies · 3,578+ views
    11/15/04 | goldstategop
    New Line Entertainment released the definitive "Extended Edition" of The Return Of The King . Peter Jackson worked over a year to bring this out for the fans. New and extended scenes have brought the total running length to over 200 minutes. Plus extras on the supplemental discs.
  • The Ents of Europe (Euroweenies "Mossy," "Slow")

    12/10/2004 6:46:52 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 23 replies · 1,042+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 12/10/04 | Victor Davis Hanson
    One of the many wondrous peoples that poured forth from the rich imagination of the late J. R. R. Tolkien were the Ents. These tree-like creatures, agonizingly slow and covered with mossy bark, nursed themselves on tales of past glory while their numbers dwindled in their isolation. Unable to reproduce themselves or to fathom the evil outside their peaceful forest — and careful to keep to themselves and avoid reacting to provocation of the tree-cutters and forest burners — they assumed they would be given a pass from the upheavals of Middle Earth. But with the sudden arrival of two...
  • 'Lord of the Rings' has ring of the Christian Lord

    01/03/2002 8:28:10 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 44 replies · 675+ views ^ | December 12, 2001 | Jeff Robinson News Channel - LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Near the end of his life, J.R.R. Tolkien (also spelled Tolkein) received a letter from a young girl posing a question concerning the chief end of man.Tolkien, author of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy which has now become a motion picture, provided the youngster an answer that lends insight into the worldview of the realm in which he casts his fantasy novels. "It may be said that the purpose of life for any one of us is to increase according to our capacity, our knowledge of God by all the means we have ...
  • Return of the King: Extended Edition Trailer is Up!

    11/29/2004 11:25:21 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 63 replies · 5,171+ views
    The One ^ | 11/29/2004 | n/a
    It's Here! The ROTK EE Trailer! See the World Premiere of the six-minute extended trailer for The Return of the King Special Extended DVD Edition November 29th only at The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Special Extended DVD Edition. A never-before-seen version of the film with 50 minutes of new and extended scenes. This 4-disc set features all new bonus materials including in-depth interviews with the cast and crew, original documentaries, feature-length commentaries and much more.Available December 14th.
  • Movie makers give CS Lewis Lord Of The Rings treatment

    11/10/2004 10:10:41 PM PST · by LadyDoc · 26 replies · 3,538+ views | October 24, 2004 | Senay Boztas
    IT was a friendship that thrived on a complex fantasy world, created in an English pub, that produced some of the most memorable literary characters ever written. Now a new film by a Scottish-based director will celebrate the real-life fellowship of two literary giants, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. CS Lewis: The Man Who Created Narnia aims to ride a wave of interest in Lewis that is anticipated to accompany the rel ease in 2005 of up to seven films based on his Narnia novels. ..... Norman Stone’s 54-minute drama, which starts shooting in Oxford this week, is a more...
  • Return of the King: Extended Edition Teaser Online (Spectacular!)

    11/09/2004 7:26:10 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 44 replies · 4,657+ views
    The One ^ | 10/15/2004 | n/a
    The Official Lord of the Rings website ( has updated with an amazing snippet of clips from The Return of the King Extended Edition. Included in the clips are a few 'surprises!' !!!SPOILERS!!!
  • John Kerry Bends to Green Party, Announces He’s an Ent

    08/17/2004 2:27:21 PM PDT · by TBP · 20 replies · 1,058+ views ^ | Tuesday, August 17, 2004 | Dirk McQuickly
    PORTLAND, Oregon – Fending off a potentially election-wrecking Green Party candidacy of consumer advocate Ralph Nader, John Kerry has admitted to members of the Oregon chapter of the Sierra Club that he is, in fact, an “Ent”. “I think back fondly,” reminisced Kerry, “to a time when being a tree was a safe way to go through life. Birds would nest comfortably upon my brow. My leaves would turn beautiful shades of gold and bronze and plum. The forest, my home, was a happy place.” Speaking at a fund-raiser in Portland, Kerry talked about the prejudices “big business” has against...
  • Our Own Private Tower of Cirith Ungol

    07/28/2004 4:54:16 PM PDT · by LadyDoc · 7 replies · 659+ views
    Hollywood Jesus ^ | 7-25-04 | Greg Wright
    Our Own Private Tower of Cirith Ungol If I were Thórr, I’d be pretty ticked. Someone has stolen my thunder! To be precise, two different guys have made off with my big rumble this month. Way, way back last December, I started assembling the editorial plan for the year’s Lord of the Rings features on Hollywood Jesus: twelve monthly guest features, twelve featured interviews, the make-it-up-as-we-go email-of-the-month, and twelve hard-hitting, incisive (and somewhat insightful) features in the vein of the pieces I’d done for the previous two years. Now, this was no great hardship, and I didn’t have too hard...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • If you think they're sexy ... [Lord of the Rings]

    01/18/2003 3:07:06 PM PST · by HairOfTheDog · 149 replies · 540+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Jan. 18, 2003 | NANCY PAYNE
    Jan. 18, 2003. 01:00 AM If you think they're sexy ...The men of The Rings are larger than life. But how well would they fare in the real world? NANCY PAYNESPECIAL TO THE STAR They are visions of nobility: selfless, pure of heart and devoted to good. Well, mostly. They are arrestingly beautiful. And oh, their hair. Shoulder-length, carelessly wavy, sometimes slick with sweat, sometimes shimmering in the breeze. They are the men of The Lord Of The Rings, and of the many powerful reasons to see the Tolkien trilogy, they are among the most memorable. As a model for...
  • Politically Incorrect Movie Reviews Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    01/18/2003 8:57:21 AM PST · by LadyDoc · 17 replies · 489+ views
    The Sierra Times ^ | January 3, 2003 | Rocky D
    Politically Incorrect Movie Reviews Lord Of The Rings - The Two Towers by RadioFree Rocky D Published 01. 3. 03 at 20:59 Sierra Time Cast: Elijah Wood (Frodo) – Hobbit whose ring is habit forming. Sean Astin (Samwise) – Hobbit with a donut habit. Dominic Monaghan (Merry) – Hobbit dumb. Billy Boyd (Pippin) – Hobbit dumber. Andy Serkis (voice of Gollum) – Hobbit bi-polar. Ian McKellan (Gandalf) – a wizard who, frankly, doesn't do much wizarding. Christopher Lee (Saruman) – the inevitable evil white guy. Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) – neat knight; bath & a shave optional. Orlando Bloom (Legolas) –...
  • Al Gore Reviews "The Two Towers" (Featuring The Gorrem)

    01/15/2003 5:33:01 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies · 682+ views
    Laissez Faire Electronic Times ^ | January 20, 2003 | Al Gore (Typing by P.J. Gladnick)
    We be the Gorrem. For many, many years we searches for the precious. So beautiful it is with gleaming white columns sitting there on Pennsylvania Avenue. So bright, so wonderful, our precious. We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious. But the Supreme Court stole it from us. Yes, we be the Gorrem hiding here near Helms Deep…or is it in Deep Shit? No matter. We had the precious stolen from us in 2000 and we MUST have it! Okay, this is Al Gore again. Sorry for that little relapse to my Gorrem persona there but it...
  • Female Characters are Scant but Strong in Tolkien Trilogy

    01/13/2003 12:14:17 PM PST · by Egg · 75 replies · 576+ views
    Orlando (FL) Sentinel | December 2002 | Roger Moore
    <p>NEW YORK-- In The Lord of the Rings, Aragorn-- the man who would be king-- battles horde upon horde of the minions of evil while Gandalf the wizard gallops hither and yon, rallying the troops. Legolas the elf unleashes torrents of arrows on the invaders. Gimli the dwarf bloods his battle-ax, and Sam and Frodo, the hobbits, suffer and struggle and persevere.</p>
  • "Return of the King" predictions (dorky LOTR vanity)

    01/07/2003 10:51:34 PM PST · by KantianBurke · 31 replies · 402+ views
    1) The Hall of the Dead subplot will be cut. In all likelihood Aaragon & company will head straight for Gondor 2) Merry and Pippin won't be split up though the Seeing stone segment with Pippin will be included. 50 / 50 odds he'll kill the Wraith during the climatic battle (FOTR Extended version hits at it) 3) Beregond, his son and most of the details of Gondor will get short shrift. :< 4) Aaragon and Eowyn get together. Faramir gets wacked. After his mauling in The Two Towers I wouldn't put it past Jackson to pull that sort of...
  • After the LOTR, what next?

    01/05/2003 6:52:44 PM PST · by Paul Atreides · 31 replies · 374+ views
    January 5, 2003 | Paul Atreides
    Now that LOTR has raised the bar for movie-making, what should be the next work of literature to be brought to the big screen (besides The Hobbit)?
  • VANITY: Should Gollum be nominated as 1st Virtual Academy Award Best Supporting Actor?

    01/04/2003 1:51:30 PM PST · by jriemer · 68 replies · 960+ views
    1/4/03 | Self
    All, Due to the amazing portrayal of Gollum in Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers, I believe that the burning Entertainment question of the new year is, “Should the character Gollum receive a Supporting Actor’s nomination for the 2003 Academy Awards?” By the end of LOTR: TTT, Gollum is a character that you eventually care for more about than the flesh and blood actors on the screen. Gollum is such compelling character because he has been so profoundly touched by evil and yet he vainly tries to maintain a sliver of his former decent nature. His “conversation” is...
  • Who Said These "Two Towers" Quotes? (Vanity)

    01/03/2003 10:14:16 AM PST · by mtngrl@vrwc · 160 replies · 999+ views
    I just got home from seeing this wonderful movie for the seventh time and brought home twelve pages of dialogue scribbled in the dark (some of it was pretty messy and hard to read but I think it's pretty accurate). I wrote down some memorable quotes and wondered if you guys might enjoy guessing who said them and who the speakers were talking to. I will give you a few quotes to start and if this turns out to be fun, I (or you guys) can post some more. I have tons more! 1. Tell me what happened and I...
  • We Hobbits are a Merry Folk...

    01/03/2003 9:31:31 AM PST · by Alkhin · 17 replies · 427+ views
    David Brin's Official Website ^ | Dec. 4, 2002 | David Brin
    Want to forget about terrorism and all those distracting rumors of war? Need to ignore the economy for a while? Got the holiday blues? Our culture has a sure fire cure -- the traditional spate of post-Thanksgiving movies. This year, despite a clamor over the latest Harry Potter film, much of the attention is going to another fantasy called The Two Towers -- part two in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Will it succeed in distracting us for a while, conveying audiences to a world that is at once more beautiful and stirring than humdrum modern life? Naturally, I...
  • New Tolkien book discovered

    01/02/2003 7:26:56 PM PST · by John Farson · 128 replies · 778+ views ^ | 12/30/02
    A yellowing manuscript by J.R.R.Tolkien discovered in an Oxford library could become one of the publishing sensations of 2003. The 2000 handwritten pages include Tolkien's translation and appraisal of Beowulf, the epic 8th century Anglo-Saxon poem of bravery, friendship and monster-slaying that is thought to have inspired The Lord of the Rings. He borrowed from early English verse to concoct the imaginary language spoken by Arwen, played by Liv Tyler, and other elves in the second film made from the Rings books, The Two Towers. A US academic, Michael Drout, found the Tolkien material by accident in a box of...
  • "The Two Towers" DELETED SCENES!!!

    01/02/2003 6:11:04 PM PST · by Long Cut · 79 replies · 590+ views
    The One Ring, dot NET ^ | December 23, 2002 | Strider
    The link above is to a comprehensive list of scenes deleted from TTT, or moved to ROTK. All those who wished for more "fleshing out" of key scenes, or who wished for more development of particular areas, should give this one a close look, right here. If they were ALL included in the theatrical release, we'd have a five-hour movie, seems to me. CHECK IT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The Ring and the Cross

    01/02/2003 7:17:11 AM PST · by condi2008 · 26 replies · 498+ views
    Boston Globe Online | 12/29/2002 | Chris Mooney
    How J.R.R. Tolkien became a Christian writer FROM THEIR MASTERY OF Middle-earth geography to their occasional fluency in Elvish, fans of the "Lord of the Rings" books tend to be a pretty knowledgeable bunch. But many would be surprised to learn that J.R.R. Tolkien's great medievalist epic had a co-author: God. According to Peter Kreeft, a Catholic philosopher at Boston College, Tolkien was under the divine spell when he composed his sprawling trilogy. "Of course it's inspired; it's got His fingerprints all over it," wrote Kreeft in an article on Tolkien and evil that was reprinted this spring in a...
  • Teachers pan 'Ring' film

    01/01/2003 10:32:37 PM PST · by kattracks · 202 replies · 721+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1/02/03 | Julia Duin
    <p>Verlyn Flieger may teach the moral and ethical world of J.R.R. Tolkien's Christ-like hero Frodo Baggins at the University of Maryland, but she does not plan to see the latest hit movie, "The Two Towers," in his three-part Lord of the Rings saga.</p>
  • "Two Towers" Extended Edition DVD News!

    01/01/2003 6:53:17 PM PST · by Long Cut · 153 replies · 799+ views
    cinematic Happenings Under Development (CHUD) ^ | December 29,2002 | Mike Arsenault
    News on the Extended DVD is out already! Among the highlights to be found at There will again be 30-35 minutes of extra footage; The battle at Helm's Deep may get an "R" rating after the new footage is included; More footage of Gollum will be included. Hit the link for more info: CHUD Article on TTT DVD
  • Caption needed from LOTR fans

    12/31/2002 2:38:56 PM PST · by Paul Atreides · 33 replies · 547+ views
    The Arrakis Street Journal | December 31, 2002 | Paul Atreides
  • Tolkien Picks Up A Few More Bits Of Cultural Baggage [Awww... the orcs are just misunderstood!]

    12/31/2002 10:59:06 AM PST · by HairOfTheDog · 66 replies · 432+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 29, 2002 | Chris Mooney
    Tolkien Picks Up A Few More Bits Of Cultural Baggage By Chris MooneySunday, December 29, 2002; Page B03 Early in the new film of Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," the heroes happen upon a pile of burning carcasses, the smoldering remains of a party of orcs bred by the evil wizard Saruman. These orcs were ambushed and slaughtered by horsemen from the kingdom of Rohan, the heroes' allies in the great war enveloping Tolkien's fantasy world. Despite their military advantage, the riders took no prisoners; in fact, they slew so recklessly that they didn't even notice...
  • John Doe's Review of The Two Towers

    12/26/2002 3:54:26 PM PST · by BradyLS · 16 replies · 331+ views
    N/A | 12/26/02 | BradyLS
    R and I saw the Two Towers last night - that was a cool movie. Some spots were a little slow (ie., frog creature argueing with himself too much, human reflecting/dreaming of elf women, etc.)but overall it was cool. Elf warrior kicked butt and the trees were cool. Sorry I don't know the names yet - I'll remember them next time. --C
  • [LoTR] You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet! and Jackson & Woods on Return of the King (two articles)

    12/26/2002 4:45:30 PM PST · by HairOfTheDog · 49 replies · 624+ views
    The One Ring.Net ^ | 12/1/02 | Demosthenes
    Beyond this point there be spoilers! You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet!Demosthenes @ 5:18 pm ESTTORn staffer Arathorn typed up part of the Mail on Sunday magazine special for our reading enjoyment. Some very interesting RoTK information in this article ... and, of course, spoilers! You ain't seen nothing yet The final part of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King, promises to be the most thrilling, says Karyn Miller (Mail on Sunday reporter, I presume). When The Return of the King, the final and most spectacular film in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, is finally...
  • Digital Actors in Rings Can Think

    12/24/2002 4:41:33 AM PST · by LadyDoc · 5 replies · 315+ views
    Wired News ^ | 12-13-02 | Courtney Macavinta
    <p>WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- In a sparse, sunlit loft, programmer Stephen Regelous quietly works alone every day to the hum of his laptop. But what he's really doing is leading the masses.</p> <p>Regelous created Massive, the special-effects program behind the colossal battles in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Using Massive, the Oscar-winning Weta Digital team pulled off anticipated scenes for the latest installment, The Two Towers -- such as the battle at Helm's Deep -- by digitally generating smart crowds to supplement the live action.</p>
  • 50 Reasons Lord of the Rings Sucks

    12/22/2002 9:05:26 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 237 replies · 17,699+ views
    50 Reasons why LORD OF THE RINGS sucks Fellowship of the Rings was shoved down our throats. I've heard some students are even forced to read some novelization of the movie in their literature classes. Ridiculous. Does Hollywood run our classrooms now? Greed. Hollywood can't make a movie these days without crapping out a sequel the next year to squeeze more money out of the sheep. Guess what; there's ANOTHER LOTR movie coming this Christmas. Gee, I wonder what will bring Rocky out of retirement this time? Quality Control at New Line. Millions of copies of the LOTR DVD have...
  • Discussion of both the life of Tolkien and the Christian mythopoeic themes behind his Middle Earth.

    11/02/2002 6:50:03 PM PST · by condi2008 · 39 replies · 370+ views
    Credenda-Agenda ^ | Vol 14: Issue 2 (Fall '02) | Douglas Wilson
    Lord of the Rings Douglas Wilson J.R.R. Tolkien had an objection, which he shared with C.S. Lewis, to those people who tried to understand works of literature as mere extension of the author's biography. While this is reasonable, we cannot simply dismiss the outline of someone's life as irrelevant to the work they do. An author is more than a simple pipeline or conduit for inspirations from the Beyond. How Tolkien lived his life, what his worldview was, what influenced him, are all relevant in seeking to understand this wonderful work of literature. Tolkien was born in South Africa in...
  • Twenty Stills from The Two Towers!

    11/01/2002 4:39:29 PM PST · by Paul Atreides · 16 replies · 290+ views
    November 1, 2002 | Paul Atreides
  • McKellen Mulls Hobbit

    10/29/2002 2:06:40 PM PST · by Paul Atreides · 27 replies · 253+ views ^ | October 29, 2002
    Ian McKellen, the venerable actor who plays Gandalf in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films, told fans on his official Web site that he might consider appearing in a movie version of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. In response to a fan question, McKellen wrote, "I recently asked about the film rights to The Hobbit, which seem to be somewhat controlled by Peter Jackson, as far as I can tell. I hope that's the case, because obviously he should have first refusal at translating the novel into a movie." McKellen added, "I should be intrigued to return to Middle-earth, even...

    10/21/2002 1:50:41 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 39 replies · 308+ views
    Fangora Magazine #217 ^ | October, 2002 | MICHAEL HELMS
    Ten months after Fango last spoke with Peter Jackson, it's the voice of an almost completely different person that comes pulsing down the phone line early one Sunday morning. Jackson is in London putting the finishing touches on The Two Towers, the second film in his Lord of the Rings trilogy (opening December 18), and he's in fine form. While he was in the exact same situation last year, the circumstances have now changed markedly, considering the massive worldwide success of the first chapter, The Fellowship of the Ring, that has occurred in the interim. Between bouts of laughter, a...
  • English course's coming attraction has a Ring to it

    10/16/2002 8:40:12 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 9 replies · 266+ views
    The Sun-Herald ^ | October 13 2002
    One of the biggest films of all time is coming to a school near you. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring has been included in the new list of prescribed texts for English in the Higher School Certificate. The NSW Board of Studies has chosen 20 films for the list which will be implemented in the English syllabus from 2004. New films added to the syllabus include Australian movie Rabbit-Proof Fence, Billy Elliot and Memento, starring Guy Pearce. Board general manager John Ward said movies were an important element of the new HSC English courses and...
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring DVD Review, Part Two

    10/15/2002 8:57:57 PM PDT · by Paul Atreides · 11 replies · 184+ views
    The Digital Bits ^ | October 15, 2002 | Bill Hunt
    Film Rating: A Disc Ratings (Video/Extras): A/A+ Audio Ratings (DD/DTS): A-/A Specs and Features Discs One & Two (See Page One) Disc Three: The Appendices, Part I - From Book to Vision Peter Jackson introduction (1 min, 16x9, DD 2.0), J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of Middle Earth featurette (22 mins, 16x9, DD 2.0), From Book to Script featurette (20 mins, 16x9, DD 2.0), Storyboards and Pre-Viz: Making Words into Images featurette (20 mins, 16x9, DD 2.0), 3 early storyboards (Prologue, Orc Pursuit into Lothlorian and Sarn Gebir Rapids Chase - 11 mins total, 16x9, DD 2.0), 2 pre-viz animatics (Gandalf Rides...