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Subject:A Journey With Frodo ~ Ch : 9 ~ Rendezvous in Rivendell
Time:01:47 pm
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I have now completed Chapter 9 of 'A Journey With Frodo'. Because I am so chronologically-obsessed, at least where this project is concerned, I would love to be able to set everything out exactly as it happened, right down to the last minute. But, as we know, for various reasons many scenes in the films were shot out of sequence. In some cases part of a scene would be shot at one time but it would not be completed until weeks, even months, later, and I doubt if even the film-makers themselves would be certain of exactly when every scene was shot. So, for the purpose of this document … project … thing, I will now cover the locations as they occur in the actual films.
Hope you enjoy this latest offering:







This chapter will concentrate mainly on filming on the Rivendell set but I have started with a few scenes which occurred prior to that time.

Back to happy times at The Green Dragon




Frodo gets them in!!


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“It’s quite funny watching the dailies ‘cos you occasionally see the actors sort of stopping in their tracks to allow a 757 to blast off the runway which is literally 50 feet away - then they wait for the sound and then just carry on.” (PJ – dvd)





Same scene, different take - it's the scene where Frodo and Sam are camping out (probably their first night) - and they can't get comfy!! Apparently the film-makers experimented with having various animals - eg a deer, a rabbit - coming up and sniffing at them but then this idea was abandoned.


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I keep the following sequence of pics in a folder labelled 'Yawn' because I've never been able to work out exactly which scene was being filmed at this time. However, I do believe it's pre-Rivendell and could possibly have been the scene which was abandoned due to the Queenstown floods. One thing is certain - Elijah was very tired at this point - probably didn't get to bed early enough the night before.

I defy anyone to look at these pics and NOT yawn!!

"I'm so tired - and I think I'm gonna yawn"


"Yep, here it comes"






"Perhaps no-one noticed"


"But I'm still sooo tired"



“Even Elijah, with all his youthful energy, needed to rest sometimes” (Viggo – Premiere)
This pic, taken by Viggo, is one of my favourite behind-the-scenes shots – I believe it was taken in the bedroom of one of PJ’s kids:


He looks so blissfully content – as if he’s having a really lovely dream:)


I wonder if Elijah managed to take 40 winks during the bed scene at Rivendell – I know PJ did!! Apparently he lay on Frodo’s bed, fell deeply asleep and stayed there for a couple of hours. No-one liked to disturb him!!



“To the north sits an utterly beautiful open-air bedroom, with elaborately carved furniture. Frodo awakens here, under the outstretched arms of an Elven woman carved into the bed's headboard (Freud would have a field day).” (Eonline)





And this is the actual spot in Kaitoke National Park where that bedroom was erected. It is a beautiful, tranquil place - it was quite easy to imagine wee Frodo lying there in that beautiful room, but oh - how I wish it had still been there in reality. (And wee Frodo!!)


"I just remember stepping onto the set at Rivendell and seeing it all come to life – extremely beautiful. They speak of the passion of the flm-maker and everyone else involved – it’s in those little details." (Elijah ~ Passage to Middle Earth)




Beautiful Rivendell - I want to live in Hobbiton but I'd take my holidays in Rivendell!!


This bit of the reunion hug didn't appear in the film. Although I love that scene, there is also something that worries me about it. They're all hugging Frodo really hard and not being careful of that poor, wounded shoulder!!


Frodo and Sam take a stroll round Rivendell but all we got to see of this in the film was a couple of seconds in a close-up shot. Thank goodness for the dvd extras!!




"It was incredible to see this amazing environment with which we weren't
familiar. It was great, because this was supposed to be all new to the
hobbits as well - so we could easily convey those kind of emotions, because
it really was quite different and beautiful."
(Elijah - dvd)



"By the time we got ready to film the sequences at Rivendell, we had been through a whole lot already and so to all of a sudden be able to walk onto a set that is this paradise, this Garden of Eden, was a really wonderful escape and a welcome change from what we had been filming before. For Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin and the rest of the Fellowship, it was almost as if no acting was really required: you entered this tranquil, lush, beautiful environment and simply created this feeling of peace within yourself." (Sean - dvd)





Aha!! They've found ... something:)













Time for some more dialect coaching from Andrew Jack:








I wonder what they were saying here. Suppose we'll never know:(


Five wee hobbits!!


There had been some problem - with the lighting, I think - which meant some waiting around. I'm sure it was at times like these that they all got to know each other really well.




I wonder what was going on here - has Billy put something down Elijah's back or is he after that Ring?!!








There were no scenes of the hobbits and Arwen together at Rivendell in the film. I want a dvd of all these cut scenes!!




Viewing the results of their work:












The Council of Elrond ...
"It dominates most of my memory because the council scene took about - my God, I think it took the best part of five days!! It was probably the longest sequence in the movie which is kind of shocking 'cos I think there are scenes that seem a little bit more complicated than that but just pure scenes that was one of the longest." (Elijah - dvd)


At least on this day Elijah didn't have to bother with feet, costume, etc!!


One of many, many takes during the forging of the Fellowship:


I recently posted more of these for a Froday picspam - they can be found here:
http://not-alone.livejournal.com/64978.html#cutid1

Blue screen was used for this scene at the end of the Council:






The leaving of Rivendell. Note the false Boromir!!


Elijah worships The One PJ ...




All that working on their knees must be very tiring:




But now the hobbits have legs and the real Boromir is back!!


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"We went in thinking we'd do digital grade on forty percent of the film, but we ended up doing a grade on nearly eighty percent. The funny thing is that people are always asking me if we did something to Elijah Wood's eyes to make them so blue - but that's the one thing we didn't touch at all!" (Peter Jackson - Cinefex)




TO BE CONTINUED

Link to previous chapters:
http://not-alone.livejournal.com/tag/a+journey+with+frodo
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westmoon
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Time:2007-08-04 03:10 pm (UTC)
That was my experience too. I still remember devouring those extras for the first time, and wishing they'd never end.
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shirebound
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Time:2007-08-04 01:43 pm (UTC)
I wonder if Elijah managed to take 40 winks during the bed scene at Rivendell

I'd love to believe that, since I "invented" such a scene for him in my story "A Mountain of Worries"! What a hoot.

people are always asking me if we did something to Elijah Wood's eyes to make them so blue - but that's the one thing we didn't touch at all!

I'm so happy to finally know that for certain.

Oh gosh, I'll NEVER tire of these posts. Thank you so much!!
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not_alone
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Time:2007-08-04 09:38 pm (UTC)
I'd love to believe that, since I "invented" such a scene for him in my story "A Mountain of Worries"!

Really? I must try and read that some time. I'd be very surprised if he didn't fall asleep at some stage during the making of that scene - lying in that lovely big bed while the crew discussed technicalities, etc., | can easily imagine him nodding off, especially as it's well-known that he liked to take naps whenever possible:)

Glad you enjoyed this chapter and, as always, many thanks for mentioning it on your own LJ:)



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mole_caz
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Time:2007-08-04 02:04 pm (UTC)
'Rivendell' or rather Kaitoke Regional Park, is a lovely spot and was very easy for me to believe that rivendell was still around me when I visited it. Pity it was drizzling the day we wandered around by theriver but it didn;t matter as it somehow added to the beauty of the place. Elijah is so lovely as Frodo in those pictures he takes your breath away.... and the yawn is delightful!

Thanks for all the hard work you, it's wonderful and last night, I had this sudden vision of another LOTR instalment so I'm not in the least bit surprised that I wake up to find this. :)
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not_alone
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Time:2007-08-04 09:45 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Mole - glad you enjoyed it.

I had this sudden vision of another LOTR instalment

You must be psychic!!

Kaitoke was one of the locations we were taken to on the Flat Earth tour we did while we were in Wellington. I loved that place - and when we were shown the actual spot where they built Frodo's bedroom I couldn't believe I was actually standing there - a feeling I experienced many times during our stay in NZ:)
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belleferret
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Time:2007-08-04 02:44 pm (UTC)
I so much enjoy reading these tales of the filming. Thank you for all your work in putting them together for us!
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not_alone
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Time:2007-08-04 09:48 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome - glad you're enjoying 'Journey':)
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lyrastar77
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Time:2007-08-04 02:57 pm (UTC)
Yay!! :-) I can't be around LJ anything like as much as I would want right now, but to check my f-list and find gems like this is wonderful!

When I look at these pics of Elijah, I just can't stop that saying coming to mind ... this probably isn't the exact wording, but it goes something like How do you go back to being human when you've tasted being divine?

Once more, thanks so much for all the work that's gone into this, and I look forward to perusing it at my leisure sometime later this weekend.

~Lyra
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not_alone
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Time:2007-08-04 09:55 pm (UTC)
How do you go back to being human when you've tasted being divine?

Nice quote - haven't heard it before. Divine - such a great description of Frodo!!

Hope you enjoy this chapter when you have time:)

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westmoon
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Time:2007-08-04 03:11 pm (UTC)
Once again, thank you so much for these. And always, always, you find pictures and quotes that are new to me! What a treat!
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not_alone
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Time:2007-08-04 09:55 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome - glad you enjoyed it:)
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peripety
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Time:2007-08-04 04:01 pm (UTC)
Beautifully done - thank you for the memories of the loveliness of Rivendell :)
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not_alone
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Time:2007-08-04 09:58 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome - glad you enjoyed it:)
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bunniewabbit
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Time:2007-08-04 04:50 pm (UTC)
Brilliant as always! Thank you.
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not_alone
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Time:2007-08-04 09:59 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Bunnie - glad you enjoyed it:)
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(Anonymous)
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Time:2007-08-04 06:34 pm (UTC)
Beautiful instalment, as usual. 'The Yawn' is one of my all-time favourites. I love those few stills of Elijah and Dom, but don't recall seeing them before - are they from the Limited Edition DVDs?

When you see the footage of Frodo and Sam strolling around Rivendell on the extras, you realise how much was cut from the film sequence. What a waste! Mind you, those few seconds we do get in the final cut are absolutely stunning!

I know 'Journey' is a labour of love for you, Pauline - but thanks again for sharing it with us all.

(By the way, I came across an unexpected bargain in town today - the hardback version of Brian Sibley's PJ biography, 'A Film-maker's Journey,' - for a fiver! Too good to resist!)

Blossom.
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not_alone
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Time:2007-08-04 10:11 pm (UTC)
Hi Blossom

I love those few stills of Elijah and Dom, but don't recall seeing them before - are they from the Limited Edition DVDs?

No, they're not from the limited edition, but they are from the dvds although if I recall I don't think they all come from the same place - a few may be from the theatrical, some from the extended.

you realise how much was cut from the film sequence

Absolutely, and it's the same throughout - I remember reading that PJ's first cut of FOTR was over six hours long!! Then, of course, they had to start hacking away at it - such a tragedy.

those few seconds we do get in the final cut are absolutely stunning!

I certainly agree with that - it's a beautiful shot:)

the hardback version of Brian Sibley's PJ biography, 'A Film-maker's Journey,' - for a fiver!

That certainly was a bargain - and you're in for a very good read:)

Glad you enjoyed this instalment - many thanks:)


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mechtild
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Time:2007-08-04 06:48 pm (UTC)
Wonderful, Not_alone--like a vacation for me just watching the hobbit actors enjoy themselves in this beautiful setting, on this beautiful set. How I would love to been there! I would love to have met Alan Lee, its designer, too. I so love his work and think he seems like a lovely, lovely man in all the extras.

Like I said about the images you linked, all these images look like fanfic illustrations. *g*
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not_alone
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Time:2007-08-04 10:15 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Mechtild - glad you enjoyed it. I have seen Alan Lee at a convention but sadly didn't get to speak to him. I agree, he does seem to be a lovely and very gentle man and his work is just sublime:)

all these images look like fanfic illustrations. *g*

Yes - I can see what you mean:D
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verangel
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Time:2007-08-05 04:09 am (UTC)
There is so much I enjoyed. I looked in and couldn't take my eyes from it. Its simply wonderful and I really appreciate all you did to pull this together. From the beginning, which I love the yawns, he is so lovely even yawning. To the last moment which said so much about those intrigueing and gorgeouse eyes so blue tha teach each hav melted over.
thank you.xoxoxoxo v
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not_alone
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Time:2007-08-05 09:06 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome - glad you enjoyed it. Yes, we have all melted over those eyes - I think you'd have to be made of stone not to!!
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cookiefleck
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Time:2007-08-05 07:12 am (UTC)
I have been enjoying your series but not sure if I have commented before. Thank you! I, too, am now feeling the urge to watch the DVD extras again.
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not_alone
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Time:2007-08-05 09:08 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - so glad you're enjoying 'Journey'. I can never get enough of those dvds:)
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frodosweetstuff
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Time:2007-08-05 12:57 pm (UTC)
Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh! So many pics I had not seen before and so many interview bits that I had forgotten! Great as always - thank you for taking us on this journey!!! I appreciate all the time and effort that obviously goes into this! A wonderful gift to us all!
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not_alone
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Time:2007-08-05 09:09 pm (UTC)
Many thanks for your kind comments - I'm so glad you're enjoying it:)
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budgielover
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Time:2007-08-05 08:37 pm (UTC)
This series is just so bloody fantastic I don't have the words to praise you. If you ever publish this as a fan-fic work, I will be HAPPY to pay for a copy.
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not_alone
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Time:2007-08-05 09:13 pm (UTC)
Many thanks for your kind comments - I'm so glad you're enjoying it. I doubt I'd ever be able to publish this in any way - it would probably break all kinds of copyright laws - but I'm very flattered by your comment:)
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sams_star
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Time:2007-08-05 11:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this--you made my day again!
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not_alone
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Time:2007-08-06 03:24 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome - glad you enjoyed it:)
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