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11 October 1999

“Hobbits loose in woods above Capital ~ By Tom Cardy

Part of Mt Victoria's Town Belt became a dense wood and a walking track for hobbits as filming began on The Lord Of The Rings today.
Producer Tim Sanders said the bush around Mt Victoria was ideal for a scene for the $360 million epic, which will be filmed at various locations around the country. Extra trees were taken in to make Mt Victoria's bush denser.
"We're pretty excited. It's been a long time in preparation - 2 1/2 years," he said. Depending on the weather, filming on Mt Victoria would continue for the next few days.
Film publicist Claire Raskind said about 140 crew were involved today, filming a scene with hobbits walking through the woods, including one of the film's stars, Elijah Wood, who plays the hobbit Frodo.
"We have some hobbits working today and that's pretty much it," she said.
The Post was not allowed on the set, but was allowed to look down from Alexandra Rd at the top of Mt Victoria where several equipment trucks and a wind machine were parked.
Film crew with several large lights could be seen hidden in the bush down a steep bank, but no sign of anyone with big hairy feet.
The only hint as to what audiences may see on film was a black horse wearing a medieval-style saddle and armour in the Mt Victoria Bowling Club carpark, with another two horses. Cast, crew and equipment were ferried up into the steep hill tracks using four and six-wheel motor
cycles.” ~ Wellington Evening Post

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grievous_angel
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Time:2005-10-11 08:44 pm (UTC)
The darling baby boys! God, it seems so long ago. A lifetime ago.
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not_alone
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Time:2005-10-12 03:15 pm (UTC)
Sometimes it seems a lifetime ago, but other times it seems like only yesterday. I wish I could relive that time of discovery :)
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not_alone
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Time:2005-10-12 03:20 pm (UTC)
I so regret that I wasn't actually aware when this was going on - it all began for me in Jan 02 after I'd seen FOTR. Would love to have been in at the very beginning :)
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ex_lunarisi
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Time:2005-10-11 08:52 pm (UTC)
Wow. Lookit that. Six years already? Do you remember when it seemed like they were never gonna start filming it?

And Elijah in this picture is just beautiful. I've been staring at his face for the past five minutes just mesmerized by it. And he's all of eightfuckingteen in that shot. THAT is Frodo, you know? It's not Elijah dressed as Frodo, it's just *Frodo*. It's like he's still in character while the other hobbits aren't, even though you can tell they're taking direction or something.

Thanks for the meeeeemmmmmorrrrieeesss!
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not_alone
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Time:2005-10-12 03:22 pm (UTC)
THAT is Frodo, you know? It's not Elijah dressed as Frodo, it's just *Frodo*. It's like he's still in character while the other hobbits aren't, even though you can tell they're taking direction or something.

That is so true - and yes, he is mesmerizingly beautiful :)

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cpsings4him
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Time:2005-10-11 08:56 pm (UTC)
It just seems impossible that it was that long ago. *nostalgic*
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not_alone
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Time:2005-10-12 03:24 pm (UTC)
Six years sounds so long, doesn't it? And yet its funny to think its less than two years since the final film was released. Makes you realise what a massive project it was.
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shirebound
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Time:2005-10-11 09:03 pm (UTC)
Oh wow.

*raises my glass in a toast*
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not_alone
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Time:2005-10-12 03:25 pm (UTC)
*joins you in the toast*
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smaugs_mommy
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Time:2005-10-11 09:07 pm (UTC)
How wonderful to remember. Our sweet young hobbbits :)
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not_alone
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Time:2005-10-12 03:26 pm (UTC)
Its funny - that date has always stuck in my mind. They were so sweet, weren't they. And still are, of course :)
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not_alone
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Time:2005-10-12 03:27 pm (UTC)
It is - its quite scary actually :)
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primula_baggins
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Time:2005-10-11 09:30 pm (UTC)
"We have some hobbits working today and that's pretty much it," she said.

Ah, and the best of it no doubt! This is wonderful. I hope you can come up with other gems like this for us since I wasn't in on this at the beginning.
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not_alone
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Time:2005-10-12 03:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, I expect I'll manage to post a few more gems during The Big Tidy Up:)
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ex_salwood
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Time:2005-10-11 10:02 pm (UTC)
Six years, dear me!

And look how fast it went!

*sniff*
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not_alone
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Time:2005-10-12 03:32 pm (UTC)
I know - really wish I could turn the clock back:)
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mother2012
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Time:2005-10-11 10:31 pm (UTC)
Time goes by too quickly.
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not_alone
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Time:2005-10-12 03:35 pm (UTC)
It does - much too quickly. To quote a certain Will Shakespeare - "O call back yesterday! Bid time return".
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cat_luvs_guysx2
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Time:2005-10-11 10:47 pm (UTC)
Wow. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Dear God, Elijah's beauty is simply beyond words.... and I agree with Lunarising- he is "Frodo"
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not_alone
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Time:2005-10-12 03:41 pm (UTC)
Dear God, Elijah's beauty is simply beyond words....

I have thought that so many times myself over the years - I've come to the conclusion that there are no words:)
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ex_absolutef238
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Time:2005-10-11 11:54 pm (UTC)
wonderful of you to post this. *wipes tears*
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not_alone
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Time:2005-10-12 07:13 pm (UTC)
You're welcome - I always feel very nostalgic when I read anything about the LOTR filming :)
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slipperieslope
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Time:2005-10-12 12:09 am (UTC)
Wow. Beginnings... six years ago! Thank you so much for posting this and letting us peek.
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not_alone
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Time:2005-10-12 07:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, six years - and I doubt any of them realised they were on the brink of something so massive :)
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wilde_boy_jack
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Time:2005-10-12 12:43 am (UTC)
wow I remember when they first announced the movie, it's so hard to imagine it was so long ago now! thanks for sharing :)
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not_alone
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Time:2005-10-12 07:17 pm (UTC)
I wish I had been aware of it all from the very first - it didn't begin for me until I'd actually seen FOTR in Jan 2002.
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peripety
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Time:2005-10-12 12:46 am (UTC)
Oh, wow, what a wonderful reminisce this is! Thank you so much for bringing a moment of joy to my evening.
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not_alone
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Time:2005-10-12 07:19 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome - I love to reminisce about that time :)
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