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Subject:A Journey With Frodo Ch.34 - 'The Calm Before the Storm'
Time:10:48 pm

Here is Chapter 34 of 'A Journey With Frodo' - 'The Calm Before the Storm'. This chapter covers some of the events leading up to the press con and publicity for 'The Two Towers'. And Frodo's Journey covers the Flight to the Ford and his arrival in Rivendell. Hope you enjoy this chapter:)

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:


The publicity tour for 'The Two Towers' was fast approaching, and Elijah was probably making the most of the relative quiet time before the frenzy. However, he was still seen out and about at various events:

10 September 2002:

Elijah's new film 'Try Seventeen' (later renamed 'All I Want') was screened at the Toronto Film Festival:

There was a Q&A session with Elijah and the director Jeffrey Porter after the screening:

It was during Elijah's stay in Toronto that the well-known and very gorgeous 'Adidas' photoshoot took place at the Intercontinental Hotel. It's difficult to pick out just a couple from so many stunning shots, but anyway ...:

19 September 2002:

Elijah attended the opening night of the play "Burn This" in New York City:

16 oct 2002:

GQ Men of the Year Awards:

Held at Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC:

Elijah applauded and cheered as Ian picked up his award for GQ Supporting Film Actor of the Year ...

and Ian watched fondly as Elijah introduced 'The Wallflowers'.

A couple of examples of what was now happening as Elijah went about his day-to-day life:

11 November 2002 - a visit to the deli:

From Entertainment Weekly:

"In 1989, New Line Cinema rejected Peter Jackson's script for a "Nightmare on Elm Street" sequel. Had Jackson's "Nightmare" slinked onto the screen, it seems unlikely Elijah Wood, 21, would be causing such a stir in Manhattan's Katz's Delicatessen, the eatery where Harry watched Sally fake the Big O. Ordering a cup of coffee, Wood is quickly ID'd by a passel of meat cutters, and is soon amiably signing autographs. A photo with the owner is next. "I get to be on the wall?" Wood says. "Wicked!" Flash! goes the camera, and there's spiky-haired, saucer-eyed Elijah, grinning for eternity behind the steam from the matzo ball soup. A tiny bird of a woman pronounces him a nice young man."

20 November 2002 - stopping for coffee in LA:

But he is always gracious:

"I won't change and my perspective won't change. I want to continue my life the way I live it, and I'm not going to let anything stop me from doing that. It isn't all about acting. There's a lot more to life than Hollywood." (imdb)

21 november 2002:

Elijah and Dom attend the launch of Sims Online:

Bijou Phillips (his 'Black & White' co-star) was also there:

My Journey Continues:

30 September 2002:

New TTT trailer online!

"In anticipation of the December 18 release of the central film in Peter Jackson's epic trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," New Line Cinema will debut the film's main theatrical trailer at 12:01AM, Monday, September 30, exclusively on America Online worldwide. The new trailer will debut in North American theaters on Friday, October 4, and widen throughout the world through the month of October." (theonering.net)

Just reading that announcement now, I can recall vividly the excitement of the run-up to TTT. The wondering, the worrying, the anticipation as gradually new bits and pieces emerged. For instance, when this trailer was released it was then analysed frame by frame on the torn site. This shot of Frodo had everyone intrigued! :

"The next shot in this short montage is one of Frodo in Osgiliath looking up at something or someone. A haunting image reminiscent of a medieval religious painting." (theonering.net)

And then, on 16 Nov. 2002 - THIS:

Release of FOTR - Extended Edition! Life was good:)

Frodo's Journey continues:


Elijah: "Ah, this is ..
Sean: "They put it back in with the cave trolls!
E:"Bilbo's trolls!"
S:"A great homage!"

Look Frodo - it's Mr Bilbo's trolls!

He's going cold!

Is he going to die?

He's passing into the shadow world. He'll soon become a Wraith like them.

Sam, do you know the Athelas plant?
Kingsfoil - aye, it's a weed!
It may help to slow the poison. Hurry!

What's this? A Ranger caught off his guard?

Elijah: "I love what Liv's done with her voice on this".
Dom: "She sounds a lot older".
E: "Doesn't she? It's very Elven"

Frodo! I'm Arwen . I've come to help you.

Hear my voice. Come back to the light.

He's fading. He's not going to last. We must get him to my father.

There are five Wraiths behind you. Where the other four are I do not know.

I do not fear them.

Ride hard! Don't look back!

What are you doing? Those Wraiths are still out there!

Give up the Halfling, She Elf!

If you want him, come and claim him!

Frodo, no! Frodo, don't give in! Not now!

Elijah: "This was actually included in a little pick-up here.

Liv: "I think they wanted to show really how sick Frodo was and how much she had invested in getting him back to Rivendell to save him - to just show that moment so that the audience could really just feel how important this moment was. Elijah originally wasn't going to be there for me in the scene - it was going to be Kieran. We somehow made the camera angle work so that I could have Elijah there with me so I could look at him and act with him and that really helped me a lot."

What grace is given me, let it pass to him. Let him be spared.

Save him.

Where am I?

You are in the House of Elrond.

And it is 10 o'clock in the morning on October 24th, if you want to know!


Yes, I'm here. And you're lucky to be here too!

A few more hours and you would have been beyond our aid. But you have some strength in you, my dear Hobbit!

What happened Gandalf? Why didn't you meet us?

I am sorry Frodo. I was delayed.

Frodo! Frodo! Bless you, you're awake!

Ian: "When I suggested to Sean that he took Elijah's hand it was because I thought anyone who knew the book would care about the deep friendship, often of an innocently physical nature, and that might be missed by two resolutely heterosexual actors who mightn't appreciate that gay people like myself saw in a touch something more meaningful than others might. So to pursuade him to touch Elijah I said, 'Now look, it's in the book'."

Sean: "Ian brought the book over to me right before we shot it and said 'Now look here it says that Sam runs over and grabs Frodo's hand. He said the fans of the book are going to want to see that. I believed it and I got a fan letter the other day that a neighbour handed to me and it said how much it meant to her that Sam holds Frodo's hand at that moment because it was one of the most important moments to her in the book."

Elijah: "That's fantastic! It's the subtle little nuances - that's unbelieveable!"

Sam has hardly left your side!

We were that worried about you, weren't we, Mr. Gandalf?

By the skills of Lord Elrond, you're beginning to mend.

Welcome to Rivendell, Frodo Baggins!

"I won't change and my perspective won't change. I want to continue my life the way I live it, and I'm not going to let anything stop me from doing that.



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Time:2010-04-07 10:36 pm (UTC)
Flash! goes the camera, and there's spiky-haired, saucer-eyed Elijah, grinning for eternity behind the steam from the matzo ball soup. A tiny bird of a woman pronounces him a nice young man."


Gosh, this brings me back to when I would go to the movies just to see the TRAILER for "The Two Towers"!

Edited at 2010-04-07 10:37 pm (UTC)
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Time:2010-04-08 08:07 pm (UTC)
>>when I would go to the movies just to see the TRAILER for "The Two Towers"!<<

Lol! I did that too! As always, many thanks for the mention on your LJ:)
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Time:2010-04-07 11:20 pm (UTC)
I loved it, as always!
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Time:2010-04-08 08:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks Patrick - glad you enjoyed it:)
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Time:2010-04-07 11:28 pm (UTC)
Just joyous perfection. Thank you isn't nearly enough... but thank you!

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Time:2010-04-08 08:10 pm (UTC)
And thank you Rakshi - glad you enjoyed it:)
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Time:2010-04-08 04:08 am (UTC)
Yayyy! The year of the Kitty Hair! Love the pics and the moments, Paulie - thank you!
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Time:2010-04-08 08:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks Annwyn - glad you enjoyed it:)

>>The year of the Kitty Hair<<

Yes, and then ... shock, horror (see next chapter)!! Not that it matters cos he's gorgeous whatever he does with his hair, but the kitty hair was never my favourite. I've always preferred it falling over his forehead a la Cannes 01, Long & Short, OM, DZ etc, etc :D
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Time:2010-04-08 04:16 am (UTC)
fantastic! also, I now know where and when some of my pictures were taken, which is oddly important to me.
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Time:2010-04-08 08:17 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it:) I'm the same with pics, I really need to know when and where!!
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Time:2010-04-08 07:35 am (UTC)
Thanks Love for another amazing chapter I look forward to reading them and seeing the wonderful pictures :)
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Time:2010-04-08 08:18 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Spring - glad you enjoyed it:)
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Time:2010-04-08 08:19 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Mews - glad you enjoyed it. It was a very exciting time:)
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Time:2010-04-08 03:45 pm (UTC)
Wonderful as always! :-)

It still bugs me that they took away Frodo's strong moment at the ford and gave Arwen the line (if you want him come and claim him) because I thought it was such a great moment in the book, but I understand that they needed to give Arwen something to do. ;-)
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Time:2010-04-08 08:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks - glad you enjoyed it:)

I know a lot of people who had read the book were very disappointed by the changes made to that scene. On my first viewing I hadn't read the book so it didn't bother me but I can understand now why you and others feel that way:)
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Time:2010-04-08 09:16 pm (UTC)
I remember the anticipation of TTT too... exciting times :)

"I won't change and my perspective won't change. I want to continue my life the way I live it, and I'm not going to let anything stop me from doing that. It isn't all about acting. There's a lot more to life than Hollywood." (imdb)
There must have been so much pressure on him, it does him credit that he stayed true to himself.

Thank you, Paulie. I loved it as always.
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Time:2010-04-09 08:40 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Pop - glad you enjoyed it:)

>>it does him credit that he stayed true to himself.<<

Very true - he's definitely the exception to the rule!!

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Time:2010-04-09 12:19 am (UTC)
Great stuff! As always, you bring so many pics I've never seen before. Thank you! :))
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Time:2010-04-09 08:41 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - glad you enjoyed it:)
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Time:2010-04-09 12:34 am (UTC)
Love this so much, thanks!
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Time:2010-04-09 08:42 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome - glad you enjoyed it:)
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Time:2010-04-09 11:07 pm (UTC)
I remember one time someone asked Elijah if they put contact lenses into his eyes or altered his eyes digitally in the movies and he said, "no". But I think he didn't remember the scene by the trolls because he obviously has some type of lenses in his eyes in that scene.

Thanks again, NA! Wonderful to go back and reminisce.
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Time:2010-04-10 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks Prim - glad you enjoyed it:)

Yes, I remember that conversation about the contact lenses - it was on the FOTR dvd commentary. I think it was more about some people wondering if his eyes were really that blue or if they'd been enhanced in some way. Of course, PJ himself stated that they really were that blue and didn't need any enhancement!
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Time:2010-04-10 04:58 pm (UTC)
You always bring us the most wonderful pictures, Pauline, and I
especially like the one of Elijah with Ian McKellen. I admit to being a fan of the kitty-hair.

As much as I love the angst of the Frodo/Arwen scene you have featured here with your screencaps, even now I wish that Elijah had been given the oportunity to show Frodo's mettle facing the Ringwraiths with, 'You shall have neither the Ring nor me!'

I remember well the joy of getting that EE DVD of FOTR in my hot little hands! Happy days!

Many thanks for another super chapter.
~ Blossom.
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Time:2010-04-10 08:16 pm (UTC)
Hi Blossom - nice to see you here!! Hope your computer problems have been solved.

I know a lot of people who were fans of LOTR before the films were disappointed with the way the scene at the Ford was changed. It would have been nice to see Elijah do the book version - but as someone else commented, they had to find something for Arwen to do!! PJ seemed determined, for some reason, to give Liv a more prominent role than was warranted.

Happy days indeed:)
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Time:2010-04-11 11:00 am (UTC)
Wow, we're hitting the home stretch, aren't we? 2002 - and I still was not in love with Frolijah but just happy about the films. Although - I agree with Celebrian - I was also angry about some things Peter Jackson did to the book, to Frodo. I frankly loathe the Arwen-Frodo-Rescue-Scenes.
I love the Toronto Film Festival photos!! Elijah and his Evian bottles and his .. erm .. peculiar stare, you know that stare he's got when you don't really know whether he's bored or listening intently.
Wasn't he in hospital back then, too? And in love with Franka Potente? I think I read an article about that some years ago.

"I won't change and my perspective won't change." - shudder .. I love determined Elijah :)

Dear NotAlone, this was another exciting chapter of your Journey, thank you sooo much for sharing!!

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Time:2010-04-11 07:11 pm (UTC)
>>I frankly loathe the Arwen-Frodo-Rescue-Scenes.<<

Lol! So many people hate the way PJ changed that scene! I hadn't read the book on my first viewing so of course I wasn't aware that it had been changed!

>>Wasn't he in hospital back then, too? And in love with Franka Potente? <<

The hospital came later - August 2003. Yes, he did have a relationship with FP during the making of 'All I Want' and for a while afterwards:)

Many thanks Anne - glad you're still enjoying it:)
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Time:2010-04-22 02:39 pm (UTC)
Hi! Finally got this far opening two weeks of emails! Paulie, you really awe me with the work and talent you pour into these chapters, providing us with so much pleasure. Thanks so much for doing this project.

I loved reading that Liv got to act the Ford scene with the real Elijah. While I don't like what they did to Frodo at the Ford (taking away his desperate act of defiance), I thought Liv played that scene holding him in her arms very movingly. And no wonder! :)

I do wish they had edited out those takes of EW in the "extreme illness" make-up - the eye-and-nose-globs (which crusted over look like pea soup from "The Exorcist" in the shot of him being carried on horseback, towards the bottom). Not only is it odd (why should sinking into the Wraith's world make him look like he's in the last stages of an upper respiratory disease?), it's inconsistent. I leapt out at me at the very first viewing. He has runny globs, he doesn't have runny globs, he has runny globs, he doesn't have them, and back and forth and back and forth. I don't know how they couldn't have noticed the fault in continuity.

Thanks for posting all those images from the time of the Adida shoot, too. I wonder if he's ever looked more appealing?

ETA: I noticed someone commenting about the contact lenses. I believe he did wear them for some takes of the scene. There's a section on the work Weta did painting hard lenses for use in the film (mostly for the Orc principles) and contacts for Frodo were mentioned, I am pretty sure, and for the Trolls scene. This was in the recent book by a Ringer about the films, I can't remember the name of it.

P.S. I LOVE the pic of EW with Ian McKellen. I saved it.

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Time:2010-04-22 08:07 pm (UTC)
>>I do wish they had edited out those takes of EW in the "extreme illness" make-up<<

Yes, I agree. Strangely enough, I know that I've heard - somewhere - someone talking about the make-up in that scene and while working on this chapter I searched for it but just couldn't find it. I was certain it was on one of the dvd commentaries and that it was PJ talking - it's a real mystery! Anyway, from what I can remember he said that at some stage they decided it wasn't really a good idea to have Frodo with green stuff oozing from his eyes and nose so they abandoned it. But why on earth they didn't cut out/reshoot the scenes where it appeared I can't imagine!! I think PJ was a bit naive in some respects - he didn't seem to foresee the legions of fans who would watch the dvds over and over, taking in the minutest details!! Although I can't really see this as a minute detail - more a glaring fault!!

Yes, he definitely wore contacts for the scenes just after he'd been stabbed. But apparently in other scenes some people couldn't believe Elijah's eyes were really that blue and wondered if he wore contacts all through the film:)

Many thanks, Mechtild:)
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