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Dying child to be shown "Rings" film

Dec 10, 2001 | 10:51am EST

Canadian distributor Alliance Atlantis has mounted a special preview screening Sunday of The Lord of the Rings in Peterborough, Ontario for an eight-year-old fan of the J.R.R. Tolkien book, who is dying of cancer.

Today's Toronto Sun reported that it is unlikely that the boy, James Birrell, will be able to see and may not even be alive by the time of the film's release on Dec. 19.

His father, Syd Birrell, said that his son had read Tolkien's trilogy twice and his favorite parts "countless" times and obviously relates to the story of the young hero Frodo who fights to avoid becoming corrupted by the power of the evil ring in the story.

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