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Subject:A Journey With Frodo - Ch:20 - 'Back Home'
Time:05:31 pm
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This chapter of 'A Journey With Frodo' is only a teensy-weensy chapter compared to all the others. The reason for this is that I always wanted Cannes to have a chapter to itself and, between arriving back home from NZ and going to Cannes, Elijah virtually went into hibernation except for a few days work on 'Ash Wednesday', so there is only very little material covering that period. I did mention in a previous post that this chapter would cover Elijah's visit to ComiCon in July 2001 but as that came after Cannes I will have to leave that for Chapter 22:)

For anyone unfamiliar with my pet project, 'A Journey With Frodo' (a work in progress) is the story of Elijah Wood's experience in becoming Frodo, from back in 1998 when the LOTR movies were just a whisper up to the triumphant Oscars of Feb 2004. In reliving Elijah's journey, and mine, I am using everything I can lay my hands on - behind-the-scenes material from the various dvd's, magazine articles, books, internet sites, tv coverage, word-of-mouth info, etc. Previous chapters can be found here "A JOURNEY WITH FRODO" You'll need to scroll down to find Chapter 1:)










"And then we flew home - the next day - and I didn't quite know what to do with myself."

Elijah recalls his feelings on leaving New Zealand at the end of principal filming: (ROTK EEDVD)


"We didn't know at the time that we'd be coming back for pick-ups, so it was at the time a mixture of all sorts of odd emotions ..."



"... of feeling incredibly sad ... not knowing when we'd see these people again."



I did not want to work, did not want to party and did not want to leave the front door," he says. "I was wiped out. I did not want to do anything apart from sit around."
"It was time to just sit, listen to music, read a book and relax," he says.
"I have not wanted to stop before, but this gave me a powerful feeling of anti-climax. I had the world's best experience as an actor, and when it was all over I found it difficult to cope.
"You have to imagine what it was like. We had been on location in New Zealand, working non-stop on three films over 18 months. We had built up a great team spirit.
"So what can compare to that experience? We had all the pressure of trying to deliver something to the screen which would match people's expectations of the book.
"I think I am stronger as a result, but for a while I did wonder whether I would ever find anything to match it. Here I am, still a young actor, thinking: 'Maybe this is as good as it gets.”
(Daily Mirror, UK)


The experience in making these movies has been very much that of the characters we embodied," says the filmmaker's Frodo, Elijah Wood. "Going on this journey with a fellowship of people and … returning home … having grown and changed." In his case that meant "being so immersed in my life, in New Zealand, and in Middle-earth … that I didn't know what my life meant anymore, which is kind of similar to what Frodo goes through and, I think, what a lot of the characters go through. They go home and … it doesn't mean the same."
When he got back from New Zealand, he went into "hibernation" in Santa Monica, not even telling some friends he was back. His mom said that went on for months. "I didn't quite know what my own life meant free of the film," Wood says. "Suddenly it was up to me to dictate these things.”
(LA Times)


"I didn’t really call friends. I slowly but surely grooved into being home again. I connected with more Lord of the Rings folk at home than with other people. Dominic came to my house. We watched about 25 movies and just ate food and it was the best.” (People.com)


<> "After the Lord of the Rings, wrapped, on December 22, 2000, Wood arrived in time for Christmas. When he got home, he found himself without many friends to call - a result of an actor's transitory life, which often means best friends that last a production cycle, but also a product of Wood's adamant separation from Hollywood. 'I have a number of so-called celebrities' phone numbers,' Wood says referring to such former costars as Brook Shields and Salma Hayek. 'But I don't feel comfortable calling them.' He used to have Seth Green's number, but the listing changed. And yet the friendships he made on Lord of the Rings - especially with his fellow Hobbits, Astin, Boyd, and Monaghan - will be different. 'I'll be always close with those guys,' Wood says. 'They are like brothers.'" (Premiere)







Even when he eventually agreed to work again, in his next movie Ash Wednesday, he had second thoughts.
"I met Ed Burns, who is directing the film, and loved the idea of working with him," he says, sitting in T-shirt and jeans in his New York hotel suite, looking more like an off-duty bellboy than a major star. "It sounded great and he seemed cool."




"I said: 'Yes - definitely.' But when I was driving home, I was thinking: 'Do I really want it? I am tired. I don't want to work.' I almost gave him a call to pull out of it or give an excuse.
"I am glad that I did agree, because it got me started again. It's not a big role and it was great to be around a film set and actors again. I was outside the comfort zone of Lord Of The Rings and I needed to push myself."
~ (Daily Mirror, UK)



"He's already acted in one film, Ash Wednesday, an indie directed by and costarring Edward Burns, which was shot over 20 days in January (a walk in the Shire, compared to the 274 day Rings marathon)."(Premiere)


















A teenager no more!!:

On 28th Jan Elijah celebrated his 20th birthday - it was acknowledged by theonering.net in the usual way:



Today, January 28th is Elijah Wood (Frodo) birthday! Elijah was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1981. That makes him the big 20 today! Happy Birthday Elijah! One more until you're legal in the US!




1st February 2001 ~ Elijah & Sean together again at the Mann Village Theatre for the ‘Hannibal’ Premiere:















And all the hobbits and the elf got together in Malibu for a spot of surfing and a photoshoot:





“Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Elijah Wood and Sean Astin pose for Details magazine in APRIL '01. Picture taken while the quintet were taking a break in Malibu.”







It was around this time that the first teaser poster for FOTR made an appearance:


"With reshoots still to be done for Rings, Wood says that Frodo remains under his skin. 'Hobbits, basically, besides their size, are just kind of pure, in love with life, in love with friends and friendship, good food, and great conversation,' he says. 'It's all of the wonderful things about life. And I feel I was kind of like that before I played Frodo, but I think I'm probably more like that now.'" (Premiere)




"I'll be always close with those guys," Wood says. "They are like brothers".






TO BE CONTINUED

LINK TO ALL CHAPTERS:

"A JOURNEY WITH FRODO"
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shirebound
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Time:2008-11-24 10:46 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, how bittersweet is this transition period for him! I didn't know he went into 'hibernation' after getting home, and had to redefine himself.

Thank you for these amazing posts, as always.
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-25 04:39 pm (UTC)
And, as always, you are very welcome:) After the intensity of his experience in NZ, I'm sure arriving back in LA must have seemed like a huge anti-climax:)
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mews1945
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Time:2008-11-24 11:45 pm (UTC)
It must have been a huge shock to go from the Fellowship in New Zealand to the loneliness of LA, and not have work to do after such a long stretch of working long, hard hours. Poor baby, no wonder he went into hibernation.
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-25 04:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, although I'm sure in many ways he was happy to be back home, it must have felt like a huge anti-climax:)
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franciscan
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Time:2008-11-24 11:54 pm (UTC)
When that teaser poster was released, someone told me there was a movie in the making of Lord of the Rings. I checked out the internet and found that picture of Frodo on the steps at Bag End and thought to myself that they really nailed it. I was SO excited.

Edited at 2008-11-24 11:55 pm (UTC)
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-25 04:48 pm (UTC)
Oh yes - I'm sure many people breathed a sigh of relief when they saw that pic and the others from the Vanity Fair shoot. They certainly did nail it:)
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hobbitlove83
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Time:2008-11-25 12:08 am (UTC)
Awww, bless hon!
Would like to say more, but I'm all choked up....
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-25 04:56 pm (UTC)
Awww - *hands you a tissue*

*hugs*
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elanorgardner
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Time:2008-11-25 12:35 am (UTC)
Like I said before, I really think that with some padding provided by himself, this would make a GREAT book. You should consider it. Seriously. There are a lot of permissions to get, so you would have to work with him and his agent, but .... it is a great book concept and there is a lot of material available. It might not fit in to his plan for his career at this point, but still....

Great work!!!
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shirebound
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Time:2008-11-25 12:59 am (UTC)
I agree, this is like reading the book I'm sure we all wish Elijah had written after the films came out.
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telstar_gold
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Time:2008-11-25 12:48 am (UTC)
Interesting to read he had trouble adapting - he always seems to cope so well with everything, it's rather endearing to find that he was at such a loss what to do with himself. Very understandable, though! Thanks for this very interesting chapterette, and the wonderful (as always) pics!
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-25 05:14 pm (UTC)
Many thanks, glad you enjoyed it:)

"he always seems to cope so well with everything, it's rather endearing to find that he was at such a loss what to do with himself."

My thoughts exactly!!
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verangel
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Time:2008-11-25 01:18 am (UTC)
ok...I haven't even started deep into this but I have to say, this is so bluntly telling of this experience and what I bet each actor felt. He was so young to be in a project of this magnitude.
"I did not want to work, did not want to party and did not want to leave the front door," he says. "I was wiped out. I did not want to do anything apart from sit around."
"It was time to just sit, listen to music, read a book and relax," he says.
"I have not wanted to stop before, but this gave me a powerful feeling of anti-climax. I had the world's best experience as an actor, and when it was all over I found it difficult to cope.
"You have to imagine what it was like. We had been on location in New Zealand, working non-stop on three films over 18 months. We had built up a great team spirit.
"So what can compare to that experience? We had all the pressure of trying to deliver something to the screen which would match people's expectations of the book.
"I think I am stronger as a result, but for a while I did wonder whether I would ever find anything to match it. Here I am, still a young actor, thinking: 'Maybe this is as good as it gets.”

Maybe this is. That's ok because it lasts a lifetime.
on to more. hugs..*sniff* v
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verangel
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Time:2008-11-25 01:28 am (UTC)
"'Hobbits, basically, besides their size, are just kind of pure, in love with life, in love with friends and friendship, good food, and great conversation,' he says. 'It's all of the wonderful things about life. And I feel I was kind of like that before I played Frodo, but I think I'm probably more like that now."
I think they all embodied the spirit of their characters. That is exactly what made the film and them in real life so special to us all. "but I think I'm probably more like that now." What an incredibly deep statement. He is so raw in what he lets everyone see in these statements...and so poignantly beautiful. Very few people can describe a passage in their life so well.
It is so moving. Hugs you and I love these posts. xoxoxoxo v

I'll be always close with those guys," Wood says. "They are like brothers".
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-25 05:29 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome:)

"What an incredibly deep statement. He is so raw in what he lets everyone see in these statements...and so poignantly beautiful. Very few people can describe a passage in their life so well"

Very true. He has always been so articulate in describing his feelings and, thankfully, always ready to share these with us:

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mechtild
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Time:2008-11-25 02:13 am (UTC)
That might have been short, but it was super. I hadn't read a lot of those excerpts, or not those particular statements of those topics, Paulie. I thought this comment especially striking:

"Going on this journey with a fellowship of people and … returning home … having grown and changed." In his case that meant "being so immersed in my life, in New Zealand, and in Middle-earth … that I didn't know what my life meant anymore, which is kind of similar to what Frodo goes through and, I think, what a lot of the characters go through. They go home and … it doesn't mean the same."

That whole section about the difficult transition from their intense life in NZ to one of relative isolation and uneventfulness back home was so interesting. It made me think of the hobbits coming back to the Shire from their war experiences *a lot*.

Thanks so much for another completely enjoyable installment, complete with great pics and plenty of food for thought, Paulie.
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verangel
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Time:2008-11-25 03:29 am (UTC)
"Made me think of the hobbits coming back to the Shire from their war experiences". I thought of you also when I saw this post and knew you would love it. These exerpts from Elijah give so much and make you wonder at what others shared in this. He voiced it intuitivly well. We have heard of Dominic's depression during that time, but Elijah's seclusion in this way says so much of what such a young person endured so intensly. (ps..go peek at my birthday post yesterday for KitCat. You will definitly get a smile from the response) hugs xoxo v
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primula_baggins
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Time:2008-11-25 02:49 am (UTC)
God, this was heartbreaking. I've never felt the power of those words as much as seeing it all here, together. I didn't ever know he had second thoughts about doing Ash Wednesday.



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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-25 06:19 pm (UTC)
It must have been a massive wrench for him to leave the intensity and close cameraderie of his experience in NZ - I'm not surprised he took so long to adjust:) And I'm sure it must have been difficult to summon up much enthusiasm for Ash Wednesday:)
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_celebrian
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Time:2008-11-25 02:52 am (UTC)
As always, there was some stuff I'd seen before and some I hadn't and it is wonderful to read. Great job! :-)
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-25 06:21 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - glad you enjoyed it:)
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tariana
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Time:2008-11-25 02:54 am (UTC)
These are always wonderful, so many details I never knew.
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-25 06:22 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - glad you enjoyed it:)
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annwyn55
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Time:2008-11-25 07:20 am (UTC)
Wonderfully organised and illuminating, as always. I've had that surfing pic for ages, and I never even noticed that it was taken in Malibu! I had assumed they were in NZ. Jeez.
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-25 06:24 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - glad you enjoyed it:) I'd had that pic for a long time before I realised it was actually taken in Malibu!!
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alpeew
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Time:2008-11-25 09:59 am (UTC)
Oh really, this stuff needs a book releasing! Czech fans (as I try to translate Not_Alone work to czech language every time) are really thrilled by her work and effort. If anyone has some plams how to do it, let us know!
Allie
P.S. As usually, GREAT work Paulie
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-25 08:09 pm (UTC)
Many thanks, Allie:)
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bjtp
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Time:2008-11-25 10:19 am (UTC)
Wow. I had no idea that he was so removed from things when he went home.. for months! I feel kind of bad for him that all of his friends live in different parts of the world, his girlfriend in NY.. but I guess maybe he likes it that way. :)
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-25 08:24 pm (UTC)
He seems to have plenty of friends in LA and NY now but at that time it must have been a terrible wrench to leave his LOTR buddies - although he did have Dom staying for a time which must have made it easier:)
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lily_the_hobbit
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Time:2008-11-25 11:00 am (UTC)
Poor dear! It must have been such a shock for him to be back in LA.
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-25 08:27 pm (UTC)
Oh yes - it must have been a real anti-climax:)
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belleferret
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Time:2008-11-25 01:48 pm (UTC)
How difficult it was for Elijah to be home and alone after such an experience. I can well understand his feelings, and it puts a whole new light on the photos of him and Sean.

In fact, those pics inspired a drabble:
http://belleferret.livejournal.com/271479.html

Thank you.
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-25 08:36 pm (UTC)
"and it puts a whole new light on the photos of him and Sean."

Yes, after spending all day, almost every day, together it must have been very strange to be apart. I don't know if that was the first time they'd seen each other since going home but by the expressions on their faces and I think it may well have been.

I read your drabble and loved it - it is so sweet:)
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mole_caz
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Time:2008-11-25 01:50 pm (UTC)
Interesting reading all the different versions of how low he felt after filming LOTR. I can sort of understand how he felt but never the enormity of it. I'm sure Debbie helped him through though.
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-25 08:39 pm (UTC)
I don't think any of us will really understand the enormity of it. And I'm sure you're right - Debbie and Hannah would have been a great support to him:)
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janejanejane
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Time:2008-11-25 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this as always. It's great to revisit and experience the nostalgia...

It must have been such a difficult time after shooting ending trying to readjust to "normal" life.

How are you feeling these days, dear friend?

*hugs*
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-25 08:54 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome Jane - glad you enjoyed it:)

I'm still not recovered, I'm afraid. I think what I have now is the dreaded post-herpetic neuralgia, although the doctor didn't actually say those words - he just said 'shingles can be variable'. He gave me some anti-depressants but in this case they're not to treat depression - I had already read on the internet that they use these to treat shingles pain. They take some time to work and the pain has definitely eased a lot but I still can't stand my clothes touching that area. I'm just hoping it will continue to get easier but I also hope I don't have to be on the tablets for too long - the first couple of days I was on them they literally knocked me out and I'm still feeling like a
zombie!!

Hope you and Chris are well:) *hugs*
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aprilkat
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Time:2008-11-25 08:25 pm (UTC)
Wonderful, as always. I didn't realize how long it took him to get back in the swim of non-LOTR life!
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-25 08:55 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - glad you enjoyed it:)
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melyanna_65
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Time:2008-11-25 09:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you for another great chapter with fantastic pictures. You always find some pics I've never seen before.

I really can't imagine how hard it was for Elijah at such a young age to get back to his normal life after one year and a half in NZ.

*hugs*
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-26 08:06 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Mel - glad you enjoyed this mini-chapter! And I'm glad I manage to find some pics that are new to you:)
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tomasine
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Time:2008-11-25 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks for another interesting chapter! I'm so glad that you're continuing this story, maybe until the last premiere of RotK?
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-26 08:21 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - glad you enjoyed it:) I hope to continue up to the Oscars of 2004:)
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frodosweetstuff
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Time:2008-11-27 01:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this! I loved all the chaptes you posted but this one I think moved me the most. It must have been such a hard time to return home.

Thank you so very very much for doing this - I found the online fandom only after the films were released and missed a lot of articles. I'm so grateful that you compile all the best quotes and pics for us!! *hugs extra tight* Thank you so much.
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-27 09:34 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome - I'm so glad you're enjoying it:)
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(Anonymous)
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Time:2008-11-27 08:25 pm (UTC)
It might be short but this chapter is very sweet, Pauline. It would have been a real anti-climax (for them all) going back home to a normal life ~ normal as far as an actor's life goes ~ after such a life-changing experience. Elijah really engaged emotionally with the character of Frodo, I think, and it must have been a real wrench for the cast to disband and leave those closely-formed RL friendships behind. Happily, they were to be reunited ~ and even now those relationships appear to have stood the test of time.

Thanks for another great chapter. Hope you feel better soon.

~ Blossom.
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-27 09:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks Blossom - glad you enjoyed this mini-chapter!

"and even now those relationships appear to have stood the test of time."

That is true - they will always share a very special bond:)

The tablets I've been given have eased the pain a lot but they turn me into a zombie!!

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msilverstar
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Time:2008-11-29 07:39 pm (UTC)
This really is fantastic. It's before I was in fandom so there are bits I missed entirely.
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not_alone
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Time:2008-11-30 10:23 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - I'm glad you're enjoying it and that I've managed to come up with some things you missed:)
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