October 2001

The Lord of the Rings Fan Club Launches

The Lord of the Rings Fan Club has opened its doors, creating a worldwide community for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's timeless epic and director Peter Jackson's cinematic retelling of this classic tale.

For a limited time, fans who join The Lord of the Rings Fan Club will be designated Charter Members and receive unprecedented recognition - inspired by Tolkien fans' tremendous response to the upcoming films, Peter Jackson has decided to honor charter members by listing their names in the credits of the DVD versions of the films!

"This is an announcement unprecedented in cinematic history and of immense importance to The Lord of the Rings fans," says Dan Madsen, vice president of Decipher's Fan Club Studio. "Peter is honoring the role of the fans in this creative journey. The fact that these films are being made with such precision and care is exciting in and of itself. But, by agreeing to place fans' names in the credits of the film, Peter is demonstrating that he truly understands what it means to be a fan of this brilliant property. This is the first time a director has acknowledged the contribution of fans to the creation of a film in this way."

Other member benefits include the bimonthly Lord of the Rings Fan Club Official Movie Magazine, the only official publication for the motion pictures; a fan-mail forwarding service to link fans directly to the stars of the films; and a 10 percent discount at the Fan Club online store. Charter members will also receive a limited-edition, wide-screen-format collector's lithograph featuring a scene from The Fellowship of the Ring, in addition to being listed in the DVD movie credits.

Through the magazine and the fan club Web site at, members will have a chance to learn more about the films and the people behind them, not to mention a chance to communicate with other fans and post reactions and opinions.

Actor Elijah Wood, who portrays Frodo Baggins, the legendary Ring-bearer, in the films, was so enthusiastic about the idea of a fan club that he signed up as the first member of the club. "Since I started working on these films, I1ve been amazed by how many people have been impacted by this story and how much they care about it at a deep, emotional level," says Wood. "The fan club creates one big, worldwide society of Lord of the Rings fans and I aim to be part of that. "Besides, I want to be sure Peter puts my name in the credits of the DVD,2 Wood quipped.

In celebration of the launch of The Lord of the Rings Fan Club, fans everywhere are invited to enter a sweepstakes to win a trip for two to London, England, to attend the star-studded world premiere of The Fellowship of the Ring in December. Those who join the fan club will be automatically entered in the sweepstakes. Online and mail-in entries will also be accepted. Contest details are provided at

International memberships will also be available, and international clubs are expected to be introduced next year throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and other locations throughout the world. Details about these clubs will be released on in the coming months. Whether from Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Australia, or Antarctica, The Lord of the Rings Fan Club members will receive similar benefits and share the same news, updates, and intimate connection with the stars as their friends from around the globe.

To join The Lord of the Rings Fan Club - or to learn more about it - please visit

The exclusive LOTR JVC DVD player is now available at the New Line Store! The player comes with a 17 minute DVD that features behind the scenes footage from The Lord of the Rings.

E! Online's 'Force of Hobbit' feature for October is on LOTR composer Howard Shore.

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