March 29, 2002
This preview was
tacked onto the FOTR movie (March 2002) while it was still in
theaters. It was then offered as an easter egg on a FOTR EE DVD.
The Fellowship of
the Ring, Disc 2 easter egg
From the chapter menu:
Go to 48 - Official Fan Club
Move one more step down
(or hover cursor under the number 48)
Click on the Two Towers that
High Definition versions from
Pre-release info (mostly
from the news archives of
Rumors grew.... that a "novel distribution scheme"
to add a TTT trailer to the end of the FOTR while it was
still in theaters was being considered.
Jan, 02 :
Dates started getting suggested as to when the trailer
will be seen:
Feb 1st.... then 'sometimes
after the Oscar voting' (Feb 12)...
Feb 2, 02 :
AICN posted what seemed to be a genuine review from
a person lucky enough to have seen a rough cut of the
upcoming Two Towers trailer. Also UK's The Mirror says
to 'look for it in the next few weeks'
Feb 14, 02 : Acccess Hollywood apparently shows some
of the footage on their tv program.
Feb 18, 02 : More 'appearing soon' reports and a
report that it was shown 'with (of all things) a budget
showing of Shallow Hall'
Feb 27, 02 : The date March 22 is given (in a TORN
report) as the release date.
March 05, 02 :
a behind the scenes report of the making of the trailer
is posted at
March 17, 02: Canadian newspapers start advertising
the new trailer to premier on March 29. More reports of
the upcoming trailer follow from various countries
(Germany, Thailand, Turkey, Belgium, Norway, Brazil,
Mexico, Costa Rica, Iceland, South Africa), and theater
chains. March 29 seems to be the firm date, now.
March 25, 02 :
Another report on the trailer at
March 25, 02 : The morning after the TORn Oscar
party, Calisuri reports that "PJ has personally assured
us all we will be loving the new trailer this weekend!"
theaters, March 29, 2002
March 29, 02 : Again, some are disappointed when
they went to FOTR and found the TTT was not yet attached
to the end. TORn encourages everyone to call ahead.
March 30, 02 : Someone
reports an interesting occurrence during their FOTR
viewing at an Eagan MN theater (a suburb about 10
minutes from me)
I went to
watch Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
again at the Regal 16 theater by my house in Eagan,
MN tonight to see The Two Towers preview at the end.
The theater only had one
showing of FotR at 9:25pm. I had called ahead and
the manager-on-duty had said the preview would be
showing. About half of the seats were filled.
About 15 minutes before
the end of the movie, I saw an Eagan city police
officer come in with a dim flashlight and kind of
check out the theater. He then proceeded to stand in
the entry way for the rest of the movie. I figured
that he was there to stop people from sneaking in
from other movies just to see the preview.
As the last scene of
FOTR ended, the theater lights came on and the
between-films advertising track started playing.
There were no credits or anything. This kind of
irritated everyone and there was some grumbling. A
few people left, but most stayed even though there
was no indication about what was going to happen.
After about 3 minutes of
everyone trying to figure out if they were going to
show it or not, the cop finally shouted "If anyone
wants to stay for the trailer, I have someone
checking the projector right now." That was all he
said. After about 3 more minutes, the lights
suddenly went down and the trailer started. It
started pretty abruptly and sputtered for the first
couple of seconds. However, based on what I have
read on the net, I think we got pretty much the
whole thing and the FotR credits followed the
Now I can't figure out
why the cop was there - to make sure no one was
video taping? To make sure the trailer reel didn't
end up on Ebay? Was there some problem in the
think he was there to see the trailer. ;^)
To fully talk about my personal
relationship with this preview would take more room than I have
here. And to condense it down seems to ridiculously minimize its
significance. My town has this wonderful vintage movie theater which
showed FOTR extensively March-July of 2002. For lots of reasons,
that summer was my summer of Tolkien where I became not only
obsessed with Tolkien but transformed by his writing. I saw FOTR 7
out of my 9 times at this theater (the other two over winter
holidays in 2001) and all 7 of those showings had this preview.
After the credits, the screen went
dark. Then the words,
appeared (in three steps) on the black
screen while the Dwarrowdelf Theme began.
I was in love with that preview. It
seemed full of magic and promise and mystery. I realized later that
I liked the preview even more than I liked the film, The Two Towers.
It was a good summer.
Up until June of 02, I hadn't read LOTR since the late
60's. I was surprised to find I didn't remember as much
about it as I thought. I honestly didn't know who that
Whiter Rider was in this scene:
...even though they show Gandalf as he appears to the
Three Hunters in Fangorn. I don't think I was surprised
to find Gandalf alive but I didn't know that he was that
White Rider. Of course, by time TTT came out, I had read
and fallen completely in love with the books. In some
ways, I think my relationship to TTT and ROTK changed. I
was more critical of each of them, especially by the
change in Faramir. But that's a different thread.
I can say that that preview was the essence of the pure
joy and love I held for the movies. It was the pinnacle,
the acme. I enjoyed FOTR but my heart quickened for that
preview. As I said, I didn't like the TT movie as much
as the preview. Helm's Deep in the preview was exciting.
Helm's Deep in the movie was long. It isn't that I was
disappointed in TTT or ROTK. But the height of my love
was kind of focused on this trailer.