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Where can I buy Rings merchandise?

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Though it will be some months before actual products are available which tie in to the movies, there are a number of beautiful editions of Lord of the Rings and other books by Tolkien available now. Click on any cover to get more information from

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Are there any other Tolkien movies planned or in the works?

It's possible that if Lord of the Rings is a success, The Hobbit will also be turned into a live-action feature. Some of the rights to The Hobbit are owned by United Artists, however, so the legal issues might be difficult to unravel.

Jackson has brought up the intriguing idea of going back after the film's release to shoot additional scenes, such as the Bombadil sequence, for an expanded, "special edition" home video release. However, nothing has been heard of this plan since late '98.

Are any video games being made in association with the movies?

Rest assured that near the time of the films' release, there will be a tie-in video game or two to go with the movie. Recent reports have named Electronic Arts as finalizing a deal for video game rights. (The literary game rights are apparently still owned by the entertainment conglomerate known variously as Yosemite Entertainment/Havas Interactive/Sierra On-Line.)

What tie-in toys will be available?

On June 9, 2000, Toy Biz (a division of Marvel Enterprises) announced that it had won the exclusive contract to produce action figures, dolls, marbles, plush toys, flying toys and watches for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Unofficial sources say New Line received a multi-million dollar upfront payment, as well as a 14% royalty rate. Rings toys will probably not be seen until shortly before the first film's December 14 release date.

Decipher Inc. has been granted the worldwide exclusive rights to create and market a tie-in trading card game.

New Line Cinema has yet to award the licenses for apparel, electronic toys, interactive and video games, and gifts and collectibles.

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"If it weren't the director of 'Heavenly Creatures' in control, with a strong vision of all those precise, quirky, majestic locations, I should not much look forward to a full year away from my home in London. But Peter Jackson's designs, script and his unshowy dedication to the task are irresistible. Had I been unable to play Gandalf... I should have hoped for another less time-consuming part later in the trilogy."
-- Actor Ian McKellen (Gandalf)