January 2000

The production entered a new phase at the start of the year, with the arrival of Sir Ian McKellen, who had just completed his work on the X-MEN feature. McKellen launched his own official website around the same time, and updates it regularly with thoughts on playing Gandalf and replies to users e-mails.

E! Online launched its new LORD OF THE RINGS section, FORCE OF HOBBIT: AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO THE LORD OF THE RINGS, on January 12th, offering a look at your average day on the set of the production.

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