The Tolkien Enthusiast
This should probably also be in a Silly File, but it's not directly about the movies. It never fails to amaze me how egocentric Americans can be, and yet here they are advertising the first time The Lord of the Rings has been published in a single volume. The television advertisment proclaims the following:
if you want a copy (QuickTime movie, 1.6MB).
What New Zealanders Live In
|Blizzard are reported to be making a new version of their perennial favourite Warcraft II with a Lord of the Rings theme. The picture is supposed to be what the new Human castle will look like.
The end of an era, but with all those acronyms it sounds a little cryptic. What has happened is that Iron Crown Enterprises, which until recently produced the fantasy role-playing game Middle-earth Role Playing, has run into financial difficulties, which means they are not producing anything to do with Middle-earth any more. Tolkien Enterprises has taken over all their stock, etc. But read their press release to get the low-down on it all. A sample:
... ICE's Middle-earth Role Playing Game has appeared in 13 languages. It is the second best selling role playing game of all time. ICE has sold over two and half million units of MERP and its many fine supplements...