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Subject:SEVEN YEARS!!
Time:10:15 am
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11 October 1999 - principal photography began on The Lord of the Rings trilogy!! I wish I'd had my next chapter of 'A Journey With Frodo' ready for today - the start of filming is exactly what it covers - but alas I didn't have enough time. In the meantime here's 3 happy hobbits on that day:



And just so Seanie isn't left out!!



With the release of the new dvds, it's nice to see the film mags discussing LOTR again. I love this from Total Film: "The movies are still extraordinary, the spectacle staggering, the emotion heartfelt, the performances so impressive it's a travesty none were rewarded with an Oscar."

A travesty indeed. They're not so complimentary about the documentaries but I think they're rather missing the point - these were intended to be no-frills versions of what it was like to work on these movies - no music, no commentary - just people working to get a film made and although I adore the behind-the-scenes footage on the extended dvds, I think these probably do give you a more accurate taste of what it was like to actually be there. Not enough hobbits though!! Viggo's 'Sign Language' pics are also featured in the mag - the one of Elijah in the snow has been given full-page status - of course:)

Btw, this scene has always puzzled me. It's appeared very briefly before but there's more of it on the new FOTR dvd. Who is that in the cart with Gandalf? Is it Elijah, is it Kiran, or is it a dummy? And what is he/it doing?

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fienchen
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Time:2006-10-11 10:51 am (UTC)
Uhh...sexy hobbits in sexy bathrobes...thank you so much for these. ;D
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not_alone
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Time:2006-10-11 08:10 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!! Those hobbits always look sexy whatever they wear, don't they?!!
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primula_baggins
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Time:2006-10-11 11:23 am (UTC)
I noticed that brief little part of Gandalf and Frodo in the cart too! I'd never seen it before. The fellow who's Gandalf there doesn't look like Ian to me or if it is, the costume was different than in the movie. He has a shorter beard and isn't wearing a hat. As for the Frodo fellow, doesn't he turn around in the clip? It went by so fast, I can't remember, but if he turns, but it probably isn't a dummy. It could be Kiran because he's so small or they may be using the forced perspective cart and it's Elijah. My guess is that it was Kiran.

Thanks for letting us know it was 7 years ago. What a long time!
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not_alone
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Time:2006-10-11 08:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think it is more likely to be Kiran, but I don't think he turns round at all. Must look at it again. But I think Mews may have the answer to what he's doing - looking for Gandalf's hat!!

Seven years - and to think I had no idea at that time what was happening down in NZ!!
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ourdramaqueen
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Time:2006-10-11 11:43 am (UTC)
7 years - wow, that's... it's hard to believe, really!

the one of Elijah in the snow has been given full-page status - of course:)

OMG REALLY?! I should get my hands on this one then...
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not_alone
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Time:2006-10-11 08:16 pm (UTC)
I should mention it's not the pic in your icon, but the other one - sure you know which one I mean. I adore them both, but I think of the two I actually prefer the one in your icon:)
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(Anonymous)
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Time:2006-10-11 11:48 am (UTC)
Seven years for actors and big and faithful fans, for me it takes 4 years, any day without LOTR thoughts, or Elijah thoughts...Mr. Tolkien has changed my life forever.

Paulie, I´m still at home, in bed with very strong tonsilittis.
I don´t feel better nor after medication, so if you would like to write me an e-mail, please send it to this address (blueejweyes@yahoo.com), thanks.
Allie
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not_alone
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Time:2006-10-11 08:20 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear you're ill Allie - I will write asap!! Keep warm and rested - I hope you'll feel better soon:)

Yes, good old Mr Tolkien - we have a lot to thank him for:)
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shirebound
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Time:2006-10-11 12:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this anniversary with us! I had no idea it had been 7 years. Wow....

*happy, nostalgic sigh*
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not_alone
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Time:2006-10-11 08:22 pm (UTC)
You're welcome - that date of Oct 11th has always stuck in my mind!! How the years fly by!!
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not_alone
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Time:2006-10-11 08:25 pm (UTC)
Mews - I think you've cracked it!! In the previous fleeting clip we didn't see Gandalf lose his hat - at least I don't think we did. But this is longer and we do see that - but I'd hadn't tied the two things together. Brilliant!! And yes, I think it's more likely to be Kiran:)
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mechtild
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Time:2006-10-11 01:32 pm (UTC)
I believe Mews is right. It's Kieran. From what I recall as this moment flashed by, Gandalf's hat had just blown off (not his reaching hand), and Kieran was preparing to climb over and get it.
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not_alone
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Time:2006-10-11 08:29 pm (UTC)
I agree - as you will see from my reply to Mews, I think she's cracked it!!
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rose1966
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Time:2006-10-11 04:09 pm (UTC)
Wow! Seven years since the wonder of LOTR movies began filming. Who would have thought it would have changed our lives so much! In my case the two major changes were that I now have wonderful LOTR friends all over the world and I am a fan of an actor (Sean Astin), something I had never been before.
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not_alone
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Time:2006-10-11 08:42 pm (UTC)
It is amazing how the films have changed people's lives. Like you, I have also made friends all over the world after becoming captivated by an actor - in my case Elijah of course. This was something completely new to me and certainly something I did not expect to happen at my greatly advanced age!! And I never dreamed, nearly 5 years ago when this all began for me, that I'd actually get to meet that actor several times and that my love for him and for these films would take my husband & I as far afield as the US and New Zealand!! I can truly say that the day I saw FOTR for the first time, my life changed:)
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smaugs_mommy
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Time:2006-10-11 04:49 pm (UTC)
Wow. Seven years? I can barely believe it's been so long...
Thank you for sharing these pics with us :D
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not_alone
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Time:2006-10-11 08:46 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!! It is a long time, isn't it? But I think most of us are surprised because we tend to think back to when FOTR was first released which of course was more than two years later:)
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melyanna_65
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Time:2006-10-11 04:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot darling for posting those beautiful pics! I'm never tired of lovely hobbits!

It's incredible to think that 7 years have passed from the beginning of the principal photography! Our guys have grown up and children are born.
So beautiful and so melancholy at the same time!

*hugs you*
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not_alone
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Time:2006-10-11 08:49 pm (UTC)
So beautiful and so melancholy at the same time!

Exactly - I just wish we could turn the clock back to that time - and that this time I would be aware of what was happening in NZ in 1999/2000!! *hugs*
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janejanejane
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Time:2006-10-11 05:14 pm (UTC)
Awww, sweet piccies of happy times... I really miss all the associated excitment that was around during the release of the movies and I think I probably always will. It was a very special time. So, thanks for the reminders.

Sorry, I can't help with the "Frodo"...!
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janejanejane
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Time:2006-10-11 05:26 pm (UTC)
Seven years...? Incredible!

Where have the years gone?
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_celebrian
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Time:2006-10-11 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the anniversary reminder. I didn't realize this was the date 7 years ago that filming started. And, thanks for the pics. :-D
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not_alone
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Time:2006-10-11 08:56 pm (UTC)
For some reason that date of Oct 11th has always stuck in my mind!! I wonder if any of them had any real idea that day that they were on the brink of something massive:)
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yeuxdebleu
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Time:2006-10-12 05:11 am (UTC)
I love this from Total Film: "The movies are still extraordinary, the spectacle staggering, the emotion heartfelt, the performances so impressive it's a travesty none were rewarded with an Oscar."

Oh, I saw that and I agree. I subscribe to "Total Film"....and "Empire." They cost a fortune to subscribe to from the US, but I think they're well worth it.

Viggo's 'Sign Language' pics are also featured in the mag - the one of Elijah in the snow has been given full-page status - of course:)

I posted photos of that article and the pics in my LJ (http://yeuxdebleu.livejournal.com/31202.html) because I figured my US friends wouldn't be likely to see this British magazine.

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not_alone
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Time:2006-10-12 08:20 pm (UTC)
I agree - 'Empire' & 'Total Film' are the best film mags around and the only ones that I read regularly. They're quite expensive to buy here so I can well imagine how much they must be with the extra postage!! I had to chuckle at them describing Viggo's pics as 'secret' and 'the unseen LOTR' when they've been around for over 4 years - but I suppose there are many to whom they are 'unseen'. I've always loved his pics of Elijah & Dom taken on that snowy day in Te Anau:)
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starlit_woods
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Time:2006-10-12 05:44 am (UTC)
Thanks for the pics and the memories Not alone :)
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not_alone
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Time:2006-10-12 08:09 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome:)
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not_alone
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Time:2006-10-26 07:50 pm (UTC)
How strange that the first pic isn't showing for you - I just checked the entry on my LJ and it's still there. However, my next chapter of 'Journey' will be covering the first day of filming so I'll be posting a load of pics from that time!!

Yes, I do live in Brum - are you in the UK? Of course you can friend me - that's if you don't mind having an old lady on your flist:) Will friend back.
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