6777Press release for Tolkien toast
- Dec 2, 2002ELEVENTY-ONE, ON JANUARY 3RD 2003
THE TOAST WILL BE "THE PROFESSOR"
Announcing to the world the grand Tolkien Birthday Party!
On January 3rd Tolkien fans around the world are invited to host or
attend birthday gatherings, visit the cinema and/or raise a glass and
toast the 111th birthday, 'Eleventy-One' in hobbit parlance, of this
much loved author at 9pm (local times) in a grand rolling celebration.
The Tolkien Society and Josh Rubinstein are launching webpages
& www.lordofthedonuts.net/tolkien111) where well-wishers and party
organisers can register details. Details of cinemas showing The Two
Towers can be found there also. For those not near a party, other
fans or a cinema (or who are quiet and hobbit-like) there is the
opportunity to simply join in and raise a toast, either by
registering their name online or just by knowing that it is going on
across the globe. These webpages will allow Tolkien fans world wide
to let other fans know where they will be celebrating, or what
particular tipple they'll be raising. Fans will be able to check the
webpage and see who is celebrating where and if they wish to join in.
These pages are partially live at press, with some extra features to
be added shortly.
Chris Crawshaw, the Chair of the Tolkien Society, which has members
in 43 countries said "I'm looking forwards to raising a glass of
single malt to the memory of the Professor and in fellowship with
fans around the world".
Josh Rubinstein will be overseeing arrangements for his Birthday DVD
project which will be celebrating these parties. It will be based on
footage sent in from the parties to create a unique documentary of
Tolkien fandom. This is to include a section for birthday messages
from fans, plus fan art, and more.
Many cinemas in the UK and Ireland have already signed up giving
details of special party showings of New Line Cinema & Peter
Jackson's The Two Towers. Other film distributors and Cinema managers
are invited to register with details of their cinema and prices on
the webpages provided.
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