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'Rings' fans enjoying 'Trilogy Tuesday'
CNN.com - December 16, 2003

(AP) -- For would-be Hobbits, Elves and wizards, it's a can't-miss opportunity.

Die-hard "Lord of the Rings" fans are enjoying "Trilogy Tuesday," a back-to-back-to-back marathon of all three films, including the first public screenings of the third and final movie, "The Return of the King."

Most of the tickets had been purchased hours after they went on sale in October, but fans lined up for hours before the trilogy's noon start to stake a claim on the best seats.

The 99 theaters participating in the trilogy marathon arranged numerous treats for fans, with some setting up buffets for the breaks in between the movies. At the end of "Return of the King," everyone will receive a gift from New Line Cinema to commemorate the occasion.

Michael Brown, a 22-year-old student at Johns Hopkins University, was first in line at the 900-seat Senator Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland, arriving at 10:45 a.m. Monday with a tent, a sleeping bag and a box of PowerBars.

"I spent 10 hours waiting for 'The Two Towers' to open, and about the same for one of the 'Harry Potter' movies. I try to be first in line for just about everything that premieres here," Brown said. "I do this to myself because I love movies, and I feel like if I'm going to go see the movies, I might as well do it right."

Ordinary moviegoers, though, may feel daunted by the trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen and Sean Astin. It began with the "extended edition" of "The Fellowship of the Ring" from noon to 3:30 p.m. "The Two Towers," also in extended form, was to follow at 4:30 p.m., leaving time for a break of an hour and 45 minutes before the 10 p.m. start of "The Return of the King."

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