Location: Great Dome
On a snowy morning during Fall finals, at the beginning of the week that the first Lord Of The Rings movie was to be released, a "gold" ring with red Elvish script appeared around the Great Dome.
As in JRR Tolkien's novel, the "ring" was inscribed with text that translates to:
Gandalf said about the text, "The letters are Elvish, of an ancient mode, but the language is that of Mordor, which I will not utter here."
The hackers were apparently not completely successful, for neither the Great Dome nor Building 10 managed to vanish into the realm of shadows.
In 1999, prior to the release of the Phantom Menace, the dome was turned into R2D2.
Around the time that the hack appeared, a photoshopped movie poster was also floating around MIT humor lists, depicting Frodo holding an MIT Brass Rat (the MIT class ring) with the subtitle "One Ring To Rule Them All".
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