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Thank you, Mary, for super 2002 Premiere issue of LotR Magazine!!.....

Posted on 2006.09.27 at 13:29
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~ Cover of the Premiere issue of the LotR fan magazine.

I said I'd not be posting for a while, but I can't resist making much of this: a new Frodo e-friend has surprised me by sending me a wonderful gift: a mint copy of the first issue of the Lord of the Rings Fan Club Official Movie Magazine.

What a source of beautiful, classic images (which I haven't let go to waste!).

Thank you, Mary!!!

Mary is a friend of jan-u-wine and fellow-fan of jan's poetry. Both are long-time fans of LotR, book and films. It was through jan that I met Mary. Jan-u-wine had suggested that Mary might enjoy my fic, as well as pointing her to my LJ, to see how the poems she liked looked presented in conjunction with Frodo images. This led to an exhange of emails about my fic, Jan's poems, Tolkien, Elijah Wood, and various other topics.

What a surprise when Mary wrote and asked, would I like her extra copy of the premiere issue of The Lord of the Rings fan club magazine? Would I?!? I had only recently learned of these magazines from jan-u-wine, who, like Mary, had become interested in the film project from its early days.

If you are a newer fan like me, you might like to read about these magazines and how they came to be published. Here's a copy of an article jan-u-wine sent me from the time the magazine was coming out:

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 Today

(NORFOLK, Va. October 17, 2001) - Inspired by the one hundred million readers of The Lord of the RingsTM, 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 way."

Charter Memberships
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 lithograph (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.

Limited-Time Offer
Charter 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 1-800-451-6381 (inside the United States only) or 303-856-2201 (from anywhere in the world) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. MST.

Frodo Registers as First Member
Actor Elijah 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," Wood quipped.

jan-u-wine said she barely made it into Charter membership, joining sometime after FOTR came out, the membership closing shortly after she joined.

She gave me this link to see the mags on line:



Besides the sheer thrill of getting to own one of these magazines, which I was much too late arriving to the fandom to have known about or received, the thing that most wowed me about this issue is that it contains huge copies of images that I have come to think of as "classics" of Frodo and Sam publicity stills. These are images I have only ever found online in small sizes, in not very good shape.

Naturally, my immediate desire was to have good digital copies of these. I asked my husband to scan them (on the very good machine at his workplace). He did. I have now repaired them (even a magazine in *mint* condition has some bad spots from folds or imperfect printing), edited out superimposed text and superfluous images, tweaked them for exposure, contrast, and focus, and saved them.

Here is the first image:

Cover of the premiere issue, February - March 2002, actual size 8 x 10½ inches:

Just in case there are any among you who also would love to have bigger, better copies of these famous pics, I will be posting them here. I will do so in several posts, because they are large images.

Here are small versions of the other images I will be posting:

If anyone would like the full-size files for any of these, I will be happy to email them as attachments (my email address is on my User Info page). The full-size files are all over 1000kb and are too large even for my premium Photobucket account. These files would be good if you want to actually print them out.

The only exception is the famous Sam and Frodo close-up. The scanned image is still blurry enough that I did not think the full-size version worth keeping.

Again, immense thanks to Mary who made these possible.


ETA: jan-u-wine says one can still buy this mag through the Decipher site. "A bit pricey, but still...."


Other entries:

Frodo-by-firelight portrait here.

Frodo sitting by a tree, Frodo in road holding Ring here.

Cover image here.

Sam full-length portrait, Sam and Frodo portrait here.

~ Mechtild


janira11 at 2006-09-27 19:18 (UTC) (Link)
Yes,I do want, desire so much the full huge size...Now Iwill email you.Thank you so much, my dearest!
mechtild at 2006-09-27 20:10 (UTC) (Link)
Janira, I'll send them after I finish posting the rest. Did you want the original scans, too? If you are an artist and want to do anything you might like to do your own tweaking. The original scans are rather washed-out looking for some reason; they are much more beautiful in the magazine. Yet the detail in the scans was very good, so there was plenty to work with.
(Anonymous) at 2006-09-27 19:53 (UTC) (Link)


The cover looks even more luminous on-screen than in "real life" (i.e., holding the mag. in hand)-- must be the lit-from-behind thing...

Anyway, so happy you're able to use them, and share them...
Frodo should definitely be shared. No double-entendre intended, honest!

Your husband is the veriest dreamboat (wow, did that date me, or what?? -- and besides, I never get to USE either of those words, lol), not only for scanning the images for you in the first place, but MAINLY for being supportive of you AT ALL in this Frodo-ish/Lij-like endeavour. Some hubbies are on the jealous side about such, even when they needn't be [but we love them anyway].

Cheers to all, looking forward to the other large-size scans... many treats for the upcoming days. If I don't comment for a while, esp. over the weekend, I'm not ignoring you, I'm just out of town (to a wedding).

Mary :)
mechtild at 2006-09-27 20:08 (UTC) (Link)

Re: wowee!!

Mary, I'll send those along. I'll send the original scans, too, so you can see what I did to them. They looked very washed-out straight off the scanner.

*smooch* I hope the wedding is lovely.
shirebound at 2006-09-27 19:57 (UTC) (Link)
That is truly a wondrous gift.
mechtild at 2006-09-27 20:10 (UTC) (Link)
I'll say! What a lucky old swooner I am!
pearlette at 2006-09-27 20:00 (UTC) (Link)
*howls of jealousy from across the Atlantic*

Man, how I'd love this! A minted copy!

That top left image of Frodo in the firelight, looking so sultry and come-hitherish (hasn't Frolijah got the most beautifully shaped hands?) is the pic that caused the Harem Frenzy on the Imladris boards in March 2002. A US poster named Lily (she is niere_of_eressea on my flist) said she had this very copy of the fanclub magazine, the one you have now (you lucky mare!) and there was this gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS Fro-pic ...

... but she didn't have a scanner.

The hours ticked by, and Lily still couldn't find a scanner. Meanwhile the thread filled up with posts from Haremites shrieking 'will you find a scanner already, bitch' (well, not in those words, because we all love Lily :D but you get the picture). Of course, this was all happening while I was asleep, so when I logged into Imladris early next morning, I was chuckling over the sight of dozens of American women going slowly berserk in cyberspace, bewailing Lily's lack of a scanner and their Hot Sultry Frodo-deprivation.

Then, of course, she found one ... or was it Ezzie Brandybuck who finally posted up the pic ... anyway, up he went, Frodo by Firelight, and the cyberworld of Frodo's Harem heaved a collective, dreamy sigh as dozens of heads dropped forward on keyboards around the world, producing the orgasmic sight and sound of:


Or words to that effect.
mechtild at 2006-09-27 20:13 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, a brand new magazine, still in a little plastic sleeve. WOW.

Pearl, what a great story. I can certainly see how they'd all be going berserk. I would be, too. That image certainly deserves a response of amorous, devoted, erotic, utterly swooning frenzy.

I'll post the big one of that next. I love that pic, but never have found anything but a rather small copy of it that was any good.
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mechtild at 2006-09-27 20:14 (UTC) (Link)
More images to come! *huge cat-ate-the-cream grin*
melyanna_65 at 2006-09-27 20:56 (UTC) (Link)
Awww, this is a really wonderful gift from your new e-friend! See how many lovely people one can meet here?

*hugs you!*
mechtild at 2006-09-27 21:54 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Melyanna. It's true, what you say.
not_alone at 2006-09-27 21:58 (UTC) (Link)
What a wonderful gift!! I miss those magazines so much - I have all 17 issues and I was heartbroken when I heard there would be no more. When I saw Elijah in London recently, he signed my premiere copy for me - it was the first time he'd ever personalised anything for me and I was thrilled that he'd added 'Much Love' - it was just so perfect to have it on this really special magazine:


I wouldn't part with that for anything:)
mechtild at 2006-09-27 22:09 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Not Aone! WHAT a treasure! I have something autographed by Howard Shore, which I love, since he made the most beautiful film music ever. But an autograph from EW -- FRODO!!! Oh oh oh!!!!!
Starlit Woods
starlit_woods at 2006-09-28 09:29 (UTC) (Link)
That was such a generous thing for Mary to do, and so kind of you to share the scans with us! I've always wished I owned this magazine and until now I'd never seen good scans of it! I'll be emailing you for the bigger versions, thank you so much :)

*big hugs*
mechtild at 2006-09-28 13:59 (UTC) (Link)
I have to dash to work, Jack, but I'll do it this evening. Since you are interested in the magazine as such, would you also like the scans of the images unretouched, before I cropped them from their settings on the pages?
Starlit Woods
starlit_woods at 2006-09-28 15:55 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you sweetie! :) Yes it would be nice to see the unretouched images, thank you very much! *big hugs*
mechtild at 2006-09-28 20:22 (UTC) (Link)
Starlit, I am just now reading this. I will be sending you the magazine scans, then, too. :)
Starlit Woods
starlit_woods at 2006-09-29 07:48 (UTC) (Link)
Oh thank you, sorry if it was a problem, I didn't want to put you out or anything *hugs*
mechtild at 2006-09-29 13:02 (UTC) (Link)
No trouble at all. :)
golden_berry at 2006-09-28 15:24 (UTC) (Link)
I can't even believe that I never subscribed to the LOTR fan magazine. What was I THINKING???

Damn, he was beautiful as Frodo. *Captain Obvious reporting for duty* ;)
mechtild at 2006-09-28 20:21 (UTC) (Link)
Well, now you can give yourself twenty lashes.

Damn, he was beautiful as Frodo.

Can't be stated too often. I certainly never tire of doing it. Thank heaven there still are a dozen people left still not tired of hearing it!
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-10-03 11:23 (UTC) (Link)
What a beautiful gesture from Mary.

Thank you Mechtild, for being so generous too and sharing.

I’m still plodding along, I’ll catch up one day.
mechtild at 2006-10-03 12:09 (UTC) (Link)
Wasn't it a sensational gift, especially from out of the blue? I still can barely believe it.
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