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PRESS RELEASE:

NOVEMBER 6, 2002 IS LORD OF THE RINGS DAY!

On November 6, thousands of Tolkien fans will gather at bookstores nationwide to be the first to buy four books offering an exclusive sneak peek at The Two Towers, the second film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy:

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE MAKING OF THE MOVIE TRILOGY
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS VISUAL COMPANION
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS: CREATURES
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS PHOTO GUIDE

Houghton Mifflin Company, U.S. publishers of J.R.R. Tolkien's works since 1938, and TheOneRing.net are teaming up to sponsor "line party" events around the country on November 6, 2002, the national laydown date for Houghton Mifflin's books based on New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. TheOneRing.net expects to have at least 500 line parties participating in the November 6 celebration.

Clay Harper, Tolkien projects director for Houghton Mifflin, says, "More than 17 million Tolkien books were sold in the U.S. over the last two years, and now via the internet, the fellowship of fans is expanding out into communities nationwide. These books are filled with spectacular images from the forthcoming film — all made available to an eager audience six weeks before the movie debuts [on December 18]."

According to Chris Pirrotta, co-webmaster of TheOneRing.net, "It is passion for Tolkien's world that has brought us all together on-line, and it is the same passion that brings us together off-line."

For further information about the line parties and their locations, please visit www.TheOneRing.net.

In addition to these line party events, bookstores in college communities around the country are hosting Lord of Rings Day celebrations. Participating college stores include those at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Washington, the University of Virginia, and the University of Southern California. Events will include trivia contests, costume contests, viewing of the latest Two Towers trailer, and trading card, board game, and video game demonstrations.

Tolkien fans at select stores will also be treated to a preview of "From Book to Script," a featurette included on the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring extended DVD edition, to be released by New Line Cinema on November 12. The stores offering the special preview are Borders Books & Music in Salt Lake City, Utah; the University of Notre Dame bookstore in South Bend, Indiana; University Bookstore in Seattle, Washington; Barnes & Noble in College Station, Texas; and Border Books & Music in Boston, Massachusetts.


STORES HOLDING LORD OF THE RINGS DAY EVENTS
*Indicates that the event includes a preview of "From Book to Script," a featurette included on the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring extended DVD edition

11/6, 7:00 p.m.
*Notre Dame Bookstore
Eck Center
South Bend, IN

11/6, 7:00 p.m
*Barnes & Noble
711 Texas Avenue
College Station, TX

11/6, 7:00 p.m.
*University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA

11/6, 7:00 p.m.
*Borders Books
Crossroads Mall
50 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT

11/6. 6:00 p.m.
*Borders Books
Downtown Crossing
Boston, MA

11/6, 9:30 a.m.
Kansas Union Bookstore
1301 Jayhawk Boulevard
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

11/6, 6:00 p.m.
Borders Books
159 Fletcher Parkway
El Cajon, CA

11/6, 7:00 p.m.
Borders Books
196 Alps Road
Athens, GA

11/6, all-day promotion
University of North Carolina Bookstore
Chapel Hill, NC

11/6, all-day promotion
University of Southern California Bookstore
Los Angeles, CA

11/6, all-day promotion
Arizona State University Bookstore
525 East Orange Street
Tempe, AZ

11/7, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
University of Virginia Bookstore
Charlottesville, VA

11/7, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
University of Southern Florida Bookstore
Tampa, FL

11/7, 7:00 p.m.
Columbia Books
22 South 9th St.
Columbia, MO

11/8, 7:00 p.m.
Bookpeople
603 North Lamar
Austin, TX

11/27, 6:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Mayfair Road
2500 North Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, WI



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