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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DUTCH EOWYN!

I'm sorry this is so late and your birthday is nearly over (I lost the entry once & had to start again) - but I hope you've had a lovely day.

It never occurred to me before that your birthday is also a very special anniversary for LOTR fans - four years ago tonight was the world premiere of FOTR here in the UK!! So, to celebrate two momentous occasions, I've put together a bit of a picspam of that event. Sorry the quality is so awful, there just don't seem to be too many good high-res pics around of that time, and most of these are either small, watermarked or not too clear. But anyway, for Dutch Eowyn & all LOTR fans -





























Who can ever forget Lij's famous Orli jump?












A hobbit's work is never done!! Elijah is interviewed by Jonathan Ross at the afterparty:




Is that Sharon Osbourne in the background?




And to finish off, here's the one review to rule them all!!

Extract from Harry Knowles'(AICN)FOTR review:

“It is everything I ever hoped it would or could be...
I believe I have just had the most perfect film experience in my life. The one that I struggle so hard to have has happened effortlessly.
As the lights went dark in the theater and as my film mate Patch clutched my arm, I realized that I was very much afraid I was going to have a heart attack. My pulse was racing at a humming bird’s rate. My breathing was erratic. And my arm was hurting, though that was attributed to Patch squeezing it like an empty beer can.
I’ve never been so awake, so aware, so excited, so thrilled or so conscious while watching a movie in my life. As the movie played I realized that I knew everyone in this movie. Each of those names, I know the faces to go with them. I know stories about them. I can shut my eyes and see them live.
As we first see Frodo under that tree, pipe[??] in mouth and reading that book, my pulse increased. I wasn’t crying… I didn’t even feel tears, instead there was a different feeling. A feeling that I don’t know if I can wholly describe or not as I have no comparable feeling to join it to……

“That’s when I looked at him and told him he would be perfect to play Frodo.
There he is. He is Frodo Baggins. After all these years, all this time, there is my friend. The guy I ate bar-b-que and screened 16mm films in the backyard with… And he is Frodo Baggins. Is this pride? Satisfaction? It just felt perfect, as if this was how things were meant to be. How they
should be. And you know. That memory is really quite old now. Elijah was literally just a kid then. Now he’s Frodo…

I’ve never ever had complete and total unconditional love and the feeling of brotherhood that I feel for FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING. There is a strange calm and a wonderful warmth that comes with this…

Here. As they battled the Watcher in the Water. As Frodo’s leg is snatched, as the various members of the Fellowship begin attacking it trying desperately to save Frodo… I’m right behind the camera. When Peter yelled CUT that day, I was off camera talking with Randall Cook, the effects guy in charge of the animation needed to bring that scene totally to life. I remember watching as the costume people put Sam’s backpack with all those pots and pans onto Sean Astin. I remember Orlando Bloom coming over, grabbing me, having the Polaroid person snap an instamatic of him and me, and I remember playing with Gimli’s axes, Legolas’ bow, Frodo’s Sting and Gandalf’s staff……

“That’s how I feel. I can’t believe that’s Elijah Wood up there. I can’t believe that I’m watching that moment that I watched being filmed that day, and that this immense… awesome… incredible creature is where I was standing. As I’m typing this I have tears dripping over my pushed up cheeks because this is beautiful. The feeling I have of being there… That I’ll be able to tell my nephew about. That I can tell people these stories as I get older…

What do I think of the finished product? The film. I’ll tell you in 10 years. Because for the moment, I feel like this is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. That I could just sit here and watch it play over and over and over again. The feeling in me right now is more vital than any film has ever given me. But was it the film alone?…
The reason I’ve been running so many reviews. Why I will continue, is I’m fascinated with others’ experiences with seeing the movie. My father for example. Yesterday, while I was asleep, Tim League dropped by the house… on my birthday. Apparently there was a testing of the print that was showing today at the theater, and Tim dropped by on his way out to see it. I was asleep. Dad tried to wake me, but I apparently told him, "Leave me alone, it’s my birthday… SLEEP!" and I allegedly didn’t hear the words COME SEE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING NOW!
Today was Dad’s second time seeing the film. Upon walking out he proclaimed that all things considered, it was the best feature film he has seen in his 50 years of film going.
That shook me. Dad wasn’t in New Zealand. In fact I remember him being quite pissed that he wasn’t going. Patch, she’s barely able to walk. Quint looks like he’s a heroin addict. The film was knocking people’s teeth out. They are all enthusing about the film.
Me, I’ve had a very personal reaction. It is the realization of everything that I’ve said I was hoping this would be. It is an uncompromisingly perfect telling of a fantasy tale aimed directly at the intended audience with 0% pandering, told by a team of artists helmed by a director of singular
vision inspired by the God’s of old. He wasn’t setting out to "SHOW LUCAS HOW TO MAKE A MOVIE!" He set out to make the best movie he could make. To do it right as he saw it.

This is a movie that straddles the fence between great popcorn movies and great movies and important movies and cinema. It doesn’t waffle back and forth, it is simply all those things at all times.
The screening today was attended by AICN’s Austin Spy Branch of Quint, Father Geek, RoboGeek, El Cosmico, Perfect Tommy, Dorothy Parker, Massawyrm, Patch and myself. 9 reviewers to match the 9 of the film.

There was not a single negative review in the mix. They are each bringing their own experiences or lacks of experiences to their reviews. They range from being in High School to being College Drop Outs to being Graduates to Intellectuals and so on. Male, Female, Yuppie, Hippie, Student, Loafer, Video Store Clerk, Artist, Screenwriter and a Computer Technician. Some have read the book, some have never touched it. Some have met young Frodo Baggins, most have not.
They all love film……
Me, I ponder how many times I will watch this film in the coming years. I know right now that I love it. That I love it more than I’ve ever loved a film. I know that I feel protective of it, that I cherish it deep in my heart. I know that I am evangelical about the movie. I know that the movie makes me feel better than 3 hours of prime copulation in a warm waterbed of delight. I know the movie fits me like a fork and a spoon and a knife…

Peter Jackson has made a film that at the very least is for me. I will not presume to tell you that this is your favorite movie, I do not know you, your heart or your loves. I know mine, and I love this film. I hope you do as well. ~Harry Knowles AICN

Wow! Harry loves the film almost as much as I do!!!
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shirebound
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Time:2005-12-11 12:06 am (UTC)
Oh my. I've never seen those pics before, and never read that incredible review. Thank you so much for sharing them.

*loves and remembers*
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not_alone
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Time:2005-12-11 09:27 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. I wish we could go back in time to that night so that we still had it all to come:)
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not_alone
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Time:2005-12-11 09:28 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it:)
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hobbitlove83
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Time:2005-12-11 12:52 am (UTC)
That is a wonderful, wonderful gift!!

Some pics I hadn't even seen before, and, omg, that review!

On a more selfish note, I'm trying to get the hang of the
clone stamp in Photoshop, so when this Elijah pic screamed to
be cleaned I had to try:

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Yay, you nassty watermarkses! Off with you!
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not_alone
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Time:2005-12-11 09:31 pm (UTC)
That's great - thank you!! You've made a really good job of that:)
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mother2012
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Time:2005-12-11 01:29 am (UTC)
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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not_alone
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Time:2005-12-11 09:32 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. *Eyes your moving icon with great envy*
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primula_baggins
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Time:2005-12-11 02:36 am (UTC)
This was WONDERFUL! I'd seen a few of these pictures, but not most of them, and I did not know they were from the London Premiere. I came into the fandom late.

Thanks so much for posting this for us.

*hugs
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not_alone
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Time:2005-12-11 09:35 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked them. This all started for me about a month after that premiere so some of these pics would have been the first I'd ever seen of him:)
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marigold6
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Time:2005-12-11 06:37 am (UTC)
What a wonderful picspam!! and Harry's review - priceless! And there's a few in there that I've never seen - amazing isn't that?!

[Oh and it's not Sharon, it's Kelly.]
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not_alone
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Time:2005-12-11 09:42 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed the pics - and I've always loved Harry's review, his excitement, passion & love for the movie is almost tangible - his review is the only one that comes anywhere near to my own feelings for the film.

I actually meant Kelly, so don't know why I typed Sharon but I have got their names mixed up before:)
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annwyn55
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Time:2005-12-11 08:32 am (UTC)
Thank you thank you! I lost all my FoTR premiere pics when my comp crashed, and I was going to ask you to share once you got everything organised. It's such a relief to have them again.

I'll be de-watermarking these. If you want clean copies, I can send them to you.
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not_alone
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Time:2005-12-11 09:45 pm (UTC)
I'll be de-watermarking these. If you want clean copies, I can send them to you.

Oh, that would be lovely - thank you very much:)
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rodneyscat
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Time:2005-12-11 01:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Oh, what a wonderful pic spam to enjoy on my birthday, because on the internet, with all this timedifference between us all, birthdays take up at least 3 days ;)

Ah, wonderful memories :D
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not_alone
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Time:2005-12-11 09:47 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you enjoyed your birthday spam!! Hope you had a lovely day(s) :)
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justinetre
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Time:2005-12-11 06:00 pm (UTC)
Here via friendsfriends, and awww, what coolness!
And Harry's review had ME misting up! *happy sigh*

Gonna pimp this on lotrips_news :D
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not_alone
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Time:2005-12-11 09:51 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome!!

Gonna pimp this on lotrips_news

I'm flattered :D
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bagendbabe
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Time:2005-12-11 07:06 pm (UTC)
So lovely, could never, ever tire of them. I have never seen that particular one of Lij and Liv - it's adorable the way they are ogling each other! You can almost hear him saying "corrrrrrrrr!!!!"

I think it's Kelly Osborne, Pauline, maybe?
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not_alone
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Time:2005-12-11 09:54 pm (UTC)
could never, ever tire of them

Me neither, Julie. These films & Elijah have transformed my life.

I was actually thinking of Kelly but for some reason I do tend to get their names mixed up!!
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julchen11
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Time:2005-12-11 11:55 pm (UTC)
So lovely, I didn't know them. Can't get enough of it. Going back to this time - always amazing. Thank you so much for sharing, thank you thank you thank you *big hugs*
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not_alone
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Time:2005-12-12 11:23 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome:)
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shireling1
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Time:2005-12-12 12:30 pm (UTC)
Fantastic to see this - some of those I haven't seen too!!

What a lot of emotions Harry Knowles must've been feeling. To think he helped immortalise Elijah as Frodo - WOW!

Now I feel all sad and sentimental .....*sniff*
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not_alone
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Time:2005-12-12 11:26 pm (UTC)
It makes me feel very sentimental & nostalgic too. Harry wrote a wonderful account of his visit to the LOTR set - I must post some of that one of these days:)
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golden_berry
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Time:2005-12-12 05:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you a million times over for posting this. It makes me happy, sad, wistful, joyful, thankful, and I know exactly how Harry felt in his review. What a time that was. What sweet, sweet memories!
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not_alone
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Time:2005-12-12 11:28 pm (UTC)
You're welcome - glad you enjoyed it. It makes me feel all of those things too when I look back to that time:)
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random_fandom
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Time:2005-12-16 03:41 pm (UTC)
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not_alone
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Time:2005-12-16 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this, what a gorgeous pic & very beautiful verse. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas:)
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