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  • Ringers: Lord of the Fans is a 2005 documentary film about the growth of Tolkien fandom. It won the award for Outstanding Achievement in a Documentary at the 2005 Newport Beach Film Festival and was nominated for Best DVD Release at the 2006 Saturn Awards. The film says a lot about the early days, when it was part of hippie culture and influenced many people in the pop world, some of whom became famous and are interviewed. Ringers includes Leonard Nimoy performing The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins. The Mythopoeic Society and The Tolkien Society are mentioned in the documentary, but only in passing. It tells the story of the first cartoon version, along with the Ralph Bakshi version filmed in 1978. The success of the Peter Jackson films is described through interviews with Jackson and the stars of the trilogy. Ringers is primarily a term for Tolkien fans who concentrate on the Jackson films. Wikipedia

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