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Subject:A Journey With Frodo Ch:44 ~ Worrying News
Time:09:56 pm


Can now post Chapter 44 of the saga!! Revisiting the time when Elijah was suddenly taken ill with a burst appendix has really brought back vividly how I felt when I first heard that news. It was really scary for a while.

In Frodo's story the Fellowship say goodbye to Lothlórien.

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"

Hope you enjoy this latest chapter








30 July 2003 - G-Phoria:

G4 Celebrates "G-Phoria" A Live and Televised Celebration of Video Games
- Henry Fonda Theatre:

Elijah and Dom attended this event. It was not actually screened until 08 Aug.


They accept the award for Electronic Arts








"Did you guys play a lot of games on set? I imagine there was a lot of waiting around - did you find yourselves gaming?"

Elijah: "We did, we had a Playstation in one of our trailers for a while, right?"

Dom: "Yeah,yeah."

E: "I think there was a lot of Fifa soccer going on."

D: "That would be the English influence!"

E: "I think there was some Tony Hawke as well, Tony Hawke 3, I believe."

"So how do you go from Tony Hawke to running around in the forest, running from big ogres and things like that - can you get into character when you're playing Tony Hawke?"

E "I think it was a welcome distraction. LOTR and Middle Earth owned our world down there so it was good to kind of get away every once in a while."

D: "Play some Harry Potter, you know - some Spider Man!" (Everyone laughs)

"So how did you guys feel moving from the movie world and then you took part in making the game - you guys are in the game, how does that feel?"

E:(to Dom) "You're a playable character."

D: "You know it!"

E: "And so am I, I believe."

D: "It's good, it's an interesting way to work. It's only your voice that's giving away the character so you have to put as much as you can into your voice."

"So are you guys having a good time tonight?

E: "It's awesome, it's like one massive party celebrating video games, you can't go wrong!"












Jenna Jameson (porn star)talks about her new video game. Elijah says he would like to be in it!!
JJ: "You can give me pointers in acting and I'll give you pointers in *******!!"
Yes, it was bleeped out so obviously naughty. But Elijah seemed quite pleased with the suggestion:
E: "Yesss!!!











Charles Hirschhorn











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I have looked hard at the pics from GPhoria to see if there is anything which gives away the fact that at the time Elijah was really not very well. I don't know. Does he perhaps not look quite himself in a couple of the pics? I really can't be sure. He had been suffering stomach pains for about a week and on 6 Aug, just one week after this event, he collapsed at his home and was rushed to hospital by his mom. It was discovered that his appendix had burst and he underwent immediate surgery.

From 'Star' Magazine:

"From what I hear, these are random things. It just sort of happened. But I'm doing great. So no need for concern."
 
It was a different story on Aug. 6 when he doubled over in agony.
 
"He'd been complaining of stomach pains for a couple of weeks," says a source close to the actor. "They'd come and go. Sometimes they'd be sharp, shooting pains, and sometimes he simply complained of a dull ache. No one gave his appendix a thought. Then he doubled over and his mom Debbie rushed him to the emergency room. He's a very lucky guy that he got help so quickly."
 
Elijah, who recently broke up with actress Franka Potente, 29, came through the surgery with no problem.
 
"The operation is a simple procedure. It's the recovery time that takes awhile," he said."


Translation from a French magazine:

"Last month you were hospitalised urgently. What happened?

I was hospitalised after having peritonitis. It's a form of very acute appendicitis. In fact, what happened was that my appendix was seriously infected. Two weeks before my hospitalisation, I started to have bad stomach ache. These pains were sometimes very violent, then they would disappear completely for several hours. I did not know it was appendicitis and as the problem was not taken in hand in time, there were complications. One morning, I had unbearable pain. I collapsed to the ground, crying with pain. My mother took me to emergency and I had an immediate operation. Looking back, I was very lucky. In some cases, peritonitis can be fatal.

How are you now?

I am fully recovered. I had to stay in bed without moving for several days but was quickly able to walk again and move normally. I was very happy to leave the hospital. Happily, my mother and sister came to see me every day. Certain fans who had heard of my hospitalisation sent letters wishing me a speedy recovery. These warmed my heart.


 


My Journey Continues:

Well, as I said, a lot can happen in two months! You can imagine how I felt at the news of Elijah's illness. When I first heard, through a fan group, it was dismissed by most as a rumour. But I wasn't so sure, and I was very, very worried about him. All I could think of was the stories I had heard in the past about peritonitis equalling probable death. But before long the above articles surfaced and I could breath easy again. And then my thoughts took a more selfish direction and turned to Collectormania. It seemed miraculous that this hadn't happened during his time filming pick-ups in New Zealand. This thing had held back long enough for him to attend ComiCon before striking. But could he possibly be well enough by then to come over here to attend the event? It seemed so cruel to have this wonderful gift dangled before us only to be possibly snatched away in such a horrible way.

There was one bright spot amid all this doubt and worry - on 26 August the Two Towers dvd was released!!






Frodo's Journey Continues:

Farewell to Lothlórien:



PJ: "In the movie we didn't pause for the Galadriel gift-giving which is so memorable from the book, we just got the Fellowship on the river and away from Lothlórien. We originally shot the gift-giving and it actually appeared again in photographs and I think images from it even appeared in early trailers so it's good to be able to see these moments as they were originally shot. The cloaks that the Fellowship wear were given to them in Lothlórien and in the movie version they suddenly just are wearing these cloaks and there's no explanations as to where they got them.

Never before have we clad strangers in the garb of our people.


May these cloaks help shield you from unfriendly eyes.




Farewell, Frodo Baggins.


PJ: "Of the gift-giving this was the only bit that made it into the theatrical cut.The phial of light that she is giving Frodo - we don't actually see that in 'The Two Towers', it's kept safely in his pocket all the time but in 'The Return of the King' it will reappear."

I give you the light of Earendil


PJ: "There's a sort of special bond between Galadriel and Frodo too. Galadriel knows things that Frodo knows and there's secrets shared between the two of them. She knows about the power of the Ring, she knows how it's beginning to affect him."

Our most beloved star.


"'And you, Ring-bearer', she said, turning to Frodo. 'I come to you last who are not last in my thoughts. For you I have prepared this.' She held up a small crystal phial: it glittered as she moved it, and rays of white light sprang from her hand. 'In this phial', she said, 'is caught the light of Earendil's star, set amid the waters of my fountain. It will shine still brighter when night is about you. May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out. Remember Galadriel and her Mirror!'

Frodo took the phial, and for a moment as it shone between them, he saw her again standing like a queen, great and beautiful, but no longer terrible. He bowed, but found no words to say.

(The Fellowship of the Ring : Farewell to Lórien)











May it be a light for you in dark places ...


when all other lights go out.


"Suddenly the River swept round a bend, and the banks rose upon either side, and the light of Lórien was hidden. To that fair land Frodo never came again." (The Fellowship of the Ring : Farewell to Lórien)



Gollum. He has tracked us since Moria.


I had hoped we would lose him on the river. But he's too clever a waterman.


And if he alerts the enemy to our wearabouts it will make the crossing even more dangerous.


Have some food Mr Frodo


No, Sam.


You haven't eaten anything all day. Don't think I haven't noticed. Mr Frodo?


I'm alright!


But you're not. I'm here to help you. I promised Gandalf that I would.


PJ: "This sequence here was designed to feed into the climax of the film where Sam wades into the water and says, "I'm coming to Mordor with you, Mr. Frodo". And we deliberately wrote this scene as a way of almost making Frodo distance himself from Sam so a feeling that Frodo is now emotionally disengaging from his friends from the rest of the Fellowship. You just trim these scenes out simply because you want to increase the pace, not because they're not helpful to the movie."



You can't help me, Sam. Not this time.


Get some sleep.


John Gilbert(Editor): "This scene between Frodo and Sam was done as a pick-up scene when we were trying to increase the sense of isolation of Frodo from the Fellowship, his inner conflict about having to set off on his own with the Ring, his knowledge that he will only be able to do this mission on his own so he's trying to shut Sam out which Sam doesn't take too easily but I'm sure it's difficult for Frodo too. He thinks he's doing what's best by trying to build up the courage to go it on his own."



Minas Tirith is the safer road. You know that. From there we can regroup. Strike out for Mordor from a place of strength.




I will not lead the Ring within a hundred leagues of your city


E: "Well, way back from when we rehearsed in kayaking with John Rhys Davies in the boat and Orlando looked at us and yelled out so we could see his special moves ...

Sean: "How well he was doing it, yes - and then John moved to the left and capsized!"

E: "The look on his face - just resigning to the fact that he was going down!!"



Frodo.


The Argonath!


Long have I desired to look upon the kings of old. My kin.






Howard Shore: "You hear elements of the Fellowship theme on Anduin, leaving Lothlorien - the Fellowship is sort of regrouped, they've lost Gandalf but the journey continues and you hear somewhat of a mournful version of it. You never hear that true, heroic version after Gandalf falls. It's now disintegrating, the theme is breaking apart and there's a lot of doubt, Frodo's somewhat mistrusting of the men, he's lost his spiritual leader in Gandalf. He's at a loss with what to do, who to take with him on the journey or whether to go on himself and there's a lot of indecision and mistrust at this point so you hear the theme but it's starting to come apart at the seams."



PJ: "I love the way Sean and Elijah play this little moment where each of them know - they can sense what's about to happen."










We cross the lake at nightfall. Hide the boats and continue on foot. We approach Mordor from the north.


We should leave now.
No. Orcs patrol the eastern shore. We must wait for cover of darkness.


It is not the eastern shore that worries me. A shadow and a threat has been growing in my mind. Something draws near. I can feel it.


Where's Frodo?











My mother took me to emergency and I had an immediate operation. Looking back, I was very lucky. In some cases, peritonitis can be fatal.



TO BE CONTINUED


LINK TO ALL CHAPTERS:

"A JOURNEY WITH FRODO"
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shirebound
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Time:2011-06-20 09:15 pm (UTC)
"Our most beloved star."

He certainly is. What a lovely pictorial, and it's interesting to read about the appendix experience. I had no idea he'd been having pain for so long.
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not_alone
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Time:2011-06-21 09:35 pm (UTC)

"Our most beloved star." A perfect description, really. Many thanks, SB:)

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aliensouldream
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Time:2011-06-20 09:24 pm (UTC)
I need to go back to the beginning of this saga, I'm sure I've missed many chapters and it's so brilliant, the best history on and off set and a wonderful history.

This was a scary episode, poor Elijah, and so thankful he was okay. I wasn't around in fandom back then, but I would have been very worried too.

So many wonderful photos here, many I'd never seen. Thanks so much for another fantastic chapter!
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not_alone
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Time:2011-06-21 09:37 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - I'm so glad you enjoyed it:)
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not_alone
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Time:2011-06-21 09:39 pm (UTC)
Many thanks, Mews:) Yes, that really was a very scary time.
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elijahs_mumble
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Time:2011-06-20 10:38 pm (UTC)
I didn't know the details about his appendicitis either!. How scary!

Thanks for a new chapter :-)
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not_alone
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Time:2011-06-21 09:40 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, Patrick:) Yes, it was really scary at the time.
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mechtild
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Time:2011-06-20 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Paulie. Since I was not yet a fan, I knew nothing about his appendix. I do have a friend who was performing in a touring company of a play whose appendix burst. She'd been having pains off and on for about a week but put them aside: "the show must go on!" One afternoon she collapsed and was taken to the emergency room. She was taken into surgery shortly after. It seems to be a very sudden thing in many cases, but intense. I'm so glad he was at home and was seen to quickly and well.

I loved your screencaps and texts for the bottom section. How I love that kiss of benediction, as well as the scene when they pull up on Parth Galen and Boromir gives that small but unforgettable involuntary shudder, just like when people say, "I felt someone walking over my grave". Poor Boromir, poor Frodo!
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not_alone
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Time:2011-06-21 09:50 pm (UTC)
>>"I'm so glad he was at home and was seen to quickly and well."<<

Yes. I've sometimes wondered what would have happened if his mom hadn't been there at the time. It doesn't sound as if he'd have been capable of making a phone call himself. Doesn't bear thinking about!

Yes, the kiss is beautiful. And so many emotional scenes from that point on! Glad you enjoyed the screencaps - many thanks:)

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jan_u_wine
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Time:2011-06-21 01:40 am (UTC)
t'is fitting I should follow dear Mechtild......those who attended the next ORC after the Appendix Incident got an earful about this whole thing. But, like you, Paulie, I was scared to death when I first heard it. I thought it unbelievable that he'd survived, since everyone I'd ever heard of who'd had a burst appendix had died and most painfully. I can only imagine how terrified the poor family was. Thank goodness that mum was about (as mums somehow seem to be when their child is in need) and that he was soon his bouncy, flexible and cheerful self.

As always, you've done such a lovely job with this. The caps are so beautiful. After seeing FOTR in theatre last week, the very sight of the farewell makes we weep again....
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not_alone
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Time:2011-06-21 10:01 pm (UTC)
Actually, I got two 'earfuls' - I was also at that ORC, and before that at Collectormania which was not long after it happened (oops -that's a spoiler to my own story!!). But yes, he spared us none of the gruesome details and related them with great relish. I have to chuckle even now when I remember the volcanic eruption following the pessary!!! I was just glad he was there to tell the tale and to laugh about it - I don't think he fully realised himself just how very dangerous it was. As I said to Mechtild, I dread to think what might have happened if his mom hadn't been around at the time.

Many thanks for your comments Jan - so glad you enjoyed this chapter:)
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creekside11
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Time:2011-06-21 02:13 am (UTC)
Thank you for this, it's lovely. I remember watching Elijah at the MTV Movie Awards (which I think were about three week before he got sick) and thinking at the time that he looked too thin, and drawn. Must have been feeling pretty rotten about then. Thank god he wasn't on a long term airline flight when it burst - his odds wouldn't have been very good...
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not_alone
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Time:2011-06-23 08:08 pm (UTC)
You're welcome - glad you enjoyed it:) He was also at ComiCon not long before he was taken ill. Some people who were there have said they saw him rub his stomach a couple of times. Yes, it would have been awful if he'd been mid-flight! So many 'what ifs' - thank goodness it turned out well in the end.
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woodfrodo
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Time:2011-06-21 02:41 am (UTC)
Thanks p..for more Journey from frodo chapters! Gosh, think I have the g4 awards somewhere, without him..I wouldn't know alot of stuff from games and now music! Congrats on the win, still feels like yesterdays!
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not_alone
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Time:2011-06-23 08:11 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - glad you enjoyed this chapter:) It does all seem like yesterday sometimes and, like you, I know a lot of stuff I certainly wouldn't have known if it hadn't been for Elijah!!
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noipeh
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Time:2011-06-21 02:54 am (UTC)
These are wonderful, I look forward to reading them every time! I remember very clearly when Elijah's appendix burst. At the time some friends had taken video of C4, and in some of them you can see Elijah sort of rub at his lower stomach a few times. There's a reason he's such a good actor, I guess!
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not_alone
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Time:2011-06-23 08:17 pm (UTC)
Many thanks noipeh - I'm so glad to know you're enjoying 'Journey':) Yes, at C4 Elijah showed us the scars from his laparoscopy (along with his tattoo) and they did look very inflamed and sore.
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msilverstar
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Time:2011-06-21 05:58 am (UTC)
Always fun to remember that time, the fandom in full flower! I'll admit, I thought the appendicitis thing was a tinhat rumor for quite a while.
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not_alone
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Time:2011-06-23 08:24 pm (UTC)
>>the fandom in full flower!<<

*sigh* Such a wonderful time:)

I think the reason so many thought it was a rumour was because at first it was reported in a bit of a dodgy publication - not National Enquirer but something similar and nowhere else (I found the French article some time later). When it was finally mentioned on a tv news programme everyone realised it was, in fact, true!!
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verangel
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Time:2011-06-21 09:54 am (UTC)
I have wondered for years about what happened when his appendix burst. That is such a serious thing. It had to be horribly painful. Thank you thank you for this report. I loved every bit of it and the pictures and ponderings. hugs you tons xooxooxox love v
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not_alone
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Time:2011-06-23 08:27 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - so glad you enjoyed it:) Yes, it was extremely serious and I wonder if he even realised just how serious it was himself. Thank goodness it all turned out well in the end:)
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spring200
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Time:2011-06-21 10:51 am (UTC)
Thanks love this is fantastic:)
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not_alone
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Time:2011-06-23 08:29 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Spring - glad you enjoyed it:)
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primula_baggins
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Time:2011-06-21 04:56 pm (UTC)
It was just a couple of months after his appendix incident that I got into the fandom. I distinctly remember the Two Towers extended edition coming out in September/October, and I bought it and the FOTR EE. That was the beginning of the squee for me. :D I could hardly wait for ROTK to be released! Such great memories.

But I remember reading about Elijah's illness and being surprised.

I remember the photos from Gphoria and even the video with Jenna, but I didn't know that they were taken at that event until I read this entry. Thanks once again for enlightening me.
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not_alone
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Time:2011-06-23 08:35 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Prim.

>>Thanks once again for enlightening me<<

You're very welcome - I can appreciate how good it is to fit a date/event to a pic - I'm a bit over-obsessed about that myself!!
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lovethosehobbit
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Time:2011-06-21 04:58 pm (UTC)
Wow...I had no idea about Elijah and his appendix. what a great little h/c fic that would make You always do such a magnificent job and I look forward to these each time. I'm thinking in the photos (and I thought this before knowing this was just prior to having the appendicitis) that he looked more solemn, not his usual crazy, smiling self.

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not_alone
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Time:2011-06-23 08:39 pm (UTC)
Yes - I'm sure there were many fics based on that event at the time!! I think you're right, he does look a bit 'solemn' in some of the pics.

Many thanks - so glad you're enjoying 'Journey':)
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janejanejane
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Time:2011-06-21 06:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks as always for a fascinating chapter, they invariably brng back so many memories especially of our Red Carpet Tours.

The lake where the Fellowship takes leave of the Elves of Lothlorien was a particularly beautiful location. We walked across that bridge, albeit stripped of its Elvish decoration... :-)
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not_alone
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Time:2011-06-23 08:43 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Jane - glad you enjoyed it:)

Yes, we saw that lake too - it was at that place with the beautiful house nearby, wasn't it? Was it Fernside? Can't be sure if I've got the name right. Roger was supposed to take a pic of me standing on that bridge but it never came out. That's why I take nearly all of our photos!!
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