|Lord of the Rings Fan Club magazine covers
collection of the covers that have graced the fanclub's magazines,
published by Decipher. An assortment of Fan Club images
and its press release are below.
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membership cards for paid members of the LOTR Fan Club looked like
Member cards (the people you see listed in the credits) were the same
except for the additional words "Charter Member."
an example of one of the "squares" that exhorted us on the
original boards index for Decipher (the url is now defunct):
time's sake" as a part of our Community history, we also present here
the familiar header we would see at Decipher's phpbb "old boards"
One rather fun
thing about this was the way it was made from the ceiling of the room
upside-down. Oddly enough, Gandalf is apparently hanging from Elrond's
The index for the original scrolling "old old" messageboards may
be viewed here.
The original press release from Decipher
regarding The LOTR Official Fan Club
The Lord of the
Rings Director Honors Fans
With Their Names
in Credits of Film's DVDs
The Lord of the
Rings Fan Club Launches
(NORFOLK, Va. October
17, 2001) -- Inspired by the one hundred million readers of The Lord of
the Rings™, Director Peter Jackson has become the first person in
movie-making history to simultaneously write, direct, and produce three
films at one time. In another pioneering and Middle-earth-shattering
move announced today, Jackson has decided to immortalize the most
ardent Tolkien fans - charter members in The Lord of the Rings Fan Club
- by placing their names in the film's credits on the DVDs.
"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 films, 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
The Lord of the
Rings Fan Club launches today with an innovative charter membership
program on lotrfanclub.com. In addition to having their names appear in
the film's credits on the DVDs, charter members receive an annual
subscription to the bi-monthly movie magazine; special-edition,
widescreen-format collector's lithographs (featuring scenes from The
Fellowship of the Ring); a 10% discount at the Fan Club's online store
and catalog; preference (two weeks before the general public) in
purchasing exclusive, limited-edition collectibles; a fan mail service
to link fans directly to the stars of the trilogy; and more.
The cost of a
one-year charter membership is $39.95US; $69.95US for two years; and
$99.95US for three. Two-year charter members will appear in the credits
of the DVDs for the first two films in the trilogy; three-year charter
members will appear in the credits of all three films. International
memberships will also be available.
memberships will be available for a limited time only. To sign up, fans
can visit lotrfanclub.com, or go to the official Lord of the Rings web
site at lordoftherings.net and click on "Fan Club." Regular Fan Club
memberships are expected to be offered starting in December. Tolkien
enthusiasts will also be able to join the fan club by calling (number no longer in use) .
as First Member
Wood, who stars in the trilogy as Frodo Baggins - the legendary
Ring-bearer - has signed up as the fan club's first official member. "I
think what they're doing with the fan club is really wonderful. Since I
started working on these films, I've been amazed by how many people
have been impacted by this story and how much they care about it at a
deep, emotional level. The fan club creates one big, worldwide society
of Lord of the Rings fans and I am proud to be part of that. Besides, I
want to be sure Peter puts my name in the credits of the film's DVD,"
Club Studio is the worldwide licensee of New Line Cinema for The Lord
of the Rings Fan Club. Through international partnerships, local
chapters are expected to be introduced next year throughout Europe,
Australia, New Zealand and around the world. Details of these features,
as they develop, will be released on LOTRfanclub.com. Whether from
Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Australia or
Antarctica members will receive similar benefits and share the same
news, updates, and intimate connection with the stars as their friends
from around the globe.
of the launch of The Lord of the Rings Fan Club, visitors to
LOTRfanclub.com and fans everywhere will be 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 on December
10th. Online and mail-in entries will be accepted. No purchase is
necessary. Contest details are provided at LOTRfanclub.com.