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Subject:A Journey With Frodo~CH.45~'Fun and Games'
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Problems, problems, I have had such problems! With the lj troubles and a computer at death's door, I began to despair of ever being able to post this! Currently, if I try to view this post in AOL, a lot of the pics don't show up - just get red x's or pic doesn't fully open. And if I look back at previous posts, the same applies. However, I can now view the pics ok in Internet Explorer. I really don't know if the problem is with LJ, AOL or my computer but I'm hoping it's the latter so that when I do get a new one it will be resolved. If anyone should get the same thing happen when viewing this post could you please let me know.

This chapter covers the goings-on at Celebrity Charades - and what a relief it was to see Elijah out and about again. I've included a report which some may be familiar with if they were members of West of the Moon. I've always loved Marea's report of her experiences at this event - especially the part involving Marea, Elijah and a cat!! To anyone who has never had the experience of meeting Elijah, some of her descriptions may seem a little over the top. But I know that she's only trying to do what so many of us have struggled to do after an initial meeting with Mr. Wood - try to find the right words to describe just what it is that makes him so different and so special:)

And Frodo has reached Amon Hen.

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:


Hope you enjoy

A few weeks after leaving hospital, Elijah was thankfully recovered and back in circulation.

28 September 2003

Elijah, Dom and Billy are snapped outside their hotel in New York. The following day they are to appear together at a celebrity event.

Take note of Elijah's hair in this pic because by this time the following day it will have undergone a transformation!!

29 September 2003

Behold, the fauxhawk!!

Elijah, Billy and Dom attend Celebrity Charades:

"Robin Williams, Elijah Wood (and others) Will play Celebrity Charades on September 29 at the Daryl Roth Theater to raise money for the Labyrinth Theater Company. I called and they said tickets are a whopping $250 per person. There will be cocktails and 'heavy' hors' derves at 7pm, a speech and awards ceremony, after which, at about 8:45pm, the games will be under way." (NY Post)

From 'Nylon':

Nylon: "Are you familiar with charades?"
Elijah: "Not really, no. I know the basic codes-- the movie, the book, how many syllables, sounds like, all that. Robin Williams will be there, who's a lovely guy, and that will make it really fun."
Nylon: "If you get a chance to get onstage."
Elijah: "Exactly. He'll take the stage and it will be over. I'd rather guess than be the one giving the clues. I'm shy."

The following quotes are extracts from a report posted on 'West of the Moon' by someone named Marea:

"Stalking the Elusive Hobbit… a Field Report
Well… it finally happened. After a number of unsuccessful attempts, I FINALLY got the opportunity to meet, speak, and be in the living presence of one Mr. Elijah Wood, that young, extraordinary actor whom we all have been following in the movies and the press.  And almost more wonderful than that… for about three hours on Monday, September 29, I was able to observe Mr. Wood, perhaps the most fascinating and elusive of the hobbit quartet, in his natural setting… observe him, and follow him around in person, for an entire evening. To stalk and to lurk and even try to eavesdrop… (the last hampered by the fact that there weren’t even any actual EAVES to be found in that part of New York City…)

I saw Elijah Wood leap from the floor of an auditorium OVER the top rung of a wrestling ring (which was how the stage was set up for the competition)… and only wipe out a little bit.   Unless you were looking closely, it looked a bit like he hovered in the air a moment before landing on the other side!
Elijah is capable of almost instantly building momentum into a performance which turns him into a ball of energy going 180 mph… but then, once his part on stage is over… is equally capable of instantly powering down in seconds - like a light bulb on a dimmer to more like 8 mph.

In general, I must say that Elijah was fairly good at playing charades and was able to contribute a couple correct guesses to his team’s score.  He was only “up” once himself… he was given the movie “Animal House” to pantomime… and what I mostly remember is the little pointed roof he kept putting over himself to suggest the “house”! Elijah’s team, however, which also included Billy Boyd, did NOT come together very well.  They only managed six correct guesses in their time limit (Dominic’s earlier had managed twelve)… and what I mostly remember from their performance was lots of Billy’s rather overexcited voice with its stronger-than-usual Scottish burr shouting out streams of incorrect guesses.  Their team lost dismally, basically.  Of course it didn’t help that their competition was with Robin Williams’s team… in my opinion the outcome of any team going against his creative insanity was pretty much a foregone conclusion.
The evening concluded with a shower of confetti and balloons and an invitation to attend the after party, at the Belmont Club just around the corner  (something I had not been aware that was included as part of the evening’s festivities).  After party… to which the CELEBRITIES were also going!  (!!!!)

Now.. in spite of my glee at the prospect of partying with celebrities (particularly with three – or more accurately ONE – of them), the process of  planning how to meet a celebrity under these circumstances, I learned, was a VERY weird experience.  After much thought, I decided that this was so because of a lack of context.  Let me explain.  Imagine… here I was in NYC... a place I rarely visit and to which I had just traveled last minute by train from upstate specifically to attend this benefit.  And, while I am a lifelong fan of Frodo and LOTR and have much more recently become a devoted Elijah Wood fan, I wear a lot of other hats too.  Adult.  Mother.  Wife.  Sometime free lance reporter.   I notice lots of people gathered here appeared to be lots of other things very different from me (like funky twentysomethings with great hair and enough money to be able to bid $7,500 at the auction for a date with actor Jimmy Smits.)

Now… people frequently tell me I don't look my age (oddly these same people always feel they must follow up by also saying that I don't ACT much like I’m grown up either) its been a long time since I was a twentysomething.  And I do tend to resemble a hobbit more than a supermodel and am more the respectful than the rabid fan type. But, then again, I WILL drop everything and run to NYC for a chance to have a "hobbit sighting" and I'll follow them around as much as I dare for an entire evening, trying to take a picture without disturbing or annoying the objects of my affection.  But what approach could I use to go up to them... what opening line would I choose?  I‘ve been known to freelance stories on the internet... but that night I wasn't exactly attending as a member of the press.  I coordinate publicity for an international Tolkien convention, but this was a social occasion where talking business was not appropriate.  And asking for autographs and photos might be okay at a con or a bookstore appearance, but there the theater made you check your recording equipment so that sort of thing apparently would not to be the thing to do either. I was about to party with celebrities, but I was not sure how I fit into their habitat.

And, if I WERE lucky enough to talk with one of these physically compact, incredible cute movie hobbits, what could I say to them that they had not heard before? Particularly, what would my first words be to the youngest of them who single-handedly was responsible for so inspiring and transporting my imagination these last many months?  I must admit, I was a little afraid to see how Elijah Wood the Reality compared with Elijah Wood the Illusion. Would he be strange or standoffish?  Would I be disappointed to discover that the reality of the man relies heavily on his publicist for personality and his makeup artist and stylist for his looks? Really…I shouldn’t have worried.

Let me state it this way.  When the performance was over, after almost everyone left the theater... certainly all the celebrities (Robin Williams, Madonna, Edward Norton… they were outta there!). Only one stayed behind, standing in the front, signing autographs, posing for pictures.  Guess who?  Yes... I know you can all guess who. 
Now… just moments before, Dominic Monaghan had taken his leave of the theater and was about to walk past me.  As he did so, I caught his eye, and took a moment to shake his hand, compliment him on his performance that night (his miming “Born to Run” by dropping onto his back and simulating birth was a sight to see!)  I also mentioned that we had met once before –in the press line of The One Ring.Net Oscar party the previous March.  And then… I wanted to say hello simply because he really is a dear person and as casual and attitude-free as can be. 
And while of course he did NOT remember me (but… with charming honesty… didn’t pretend that he did!) he DID however remember the event, and with some fondness apparently, and so we chatted for a minute before he excused himself to go (as he put it) to “The Little Boys Room”.

And in the next minute Elijah was also done with the pictures and the autographs and was leaving, excusing himself to the last person by saying that he needed to find Dom and Billy.  And so that made me pipe up (helpfully)... that Dom just had told me he was headed to the bathroom and as that was just a few minutes ago he could probably still find him there.  Hmmmm….NOT the most stellar opening line, is it?  Your friend has just gone to the bathroom?  But he smiled slightly at me and thanked me... and I was able to help the man in some tiny way... and so I felt happy about that.
Picture this.  He is 22 at the moment - but he looks... oh… 15?  Now my daughter is currently 13…  and Elijah is about three inches taller and 20 pounds lighter than she is .. and not because she is unusually large. It was a bit disconcerting.

But that barely half-minute exchange of words was enough time for me to see It.  That Something that Elijah has. I don't know how to describe it… except to say that it became clear to me all of a sudden why he did not stay there, back in Cedar Rapids, in a ho hum obscurity like most of us, but was instead singled out for the life that he now has. 
He has a quality that I have never seen in anyone else... and I have met a number of other famous people and also many, many interesting and talented people who are NOT famous over the course of my lifetime.  I don’t know what to call it. Presence.  Charisma. Charm. He is all of these things… and yet there is an undefinable More to him.
And the thing is… this quality seems as natural, as unconscious, as breathing to him.   This Thing… it is not something he does, it is something he IS.  And I saw people respond to that in him, over and over.  For me, it feels similar to what occurs inside you when you first spot the first fresh, green, blooming thing outside in your garden after a long winter.  Two things happen.  First, the light around you gets brighter and your world suddenly seems much less grey and more beautiful.. And then you realize that Something Magical has just happened …and you want MORE of it!

And this happened to me.  And as the evening progressed, and I tried from many vantage points and with many camera angles to get a photo of Elijah Wood… and what’s more… stole many, MANY glimpses of him, I began to wonder about whether he was aware what effect he had on people and whether he was even be taking steps – consciously or not - to work against this effect… to make it less noticeable.  What makes me say that is that… while he does not every try to hide in a crowd... he tries not to stand out either.  At some point in his life he got really good at melting inconspicuously into the background.  Over and over, I saw him incorporate himself within some small group. whether it was sitting in a booth talking, or making his rounds of the place from corner to corner… unhindered (mostly), unaccompanied, and (apparently) unconcerned with security. I think that the ubiquitous beige (Color-Does-Nothing-For-Him) blazer may even be part of that attempt to blend in.  Heard of this notorious piece of clothing?  A beige corduroy jacket that appears with Elijah in dozens of photos over a span of at least four years?  Some people have started calling it his One Jacket of Power.  Well, that night, he was wearing it.  

And perhaps that is also what is behind the extreme haircuts.  He was trying out a new one at this event, and when I first caught sight of it, as he was introduced, All Star Wrestling style, into the ring at the benefit I caught myself saying out loud "Oh god!  What has than man done to himself NOW?!" (hearing some people around me snicker).  It was a sort of a  growing-out-of-a-mohawk style haircut.  With it, he looked like he could be any one of the hipper, quirkier college kids from RPI in my home town.  Which could have been the idea, maybe. Or maybe the haircut was part of an unspoken message that says… “I’m young.  I’m quirky.  I’m not Frodo”?  Dunno…. But it is interesting to speculate. But in appearance, he was otherwise very neat and well put together (and I had almost gotten used to even the odd haircut by the end of the evening.) 

But… what did my heart the most good was to see ample evidence throughout that evening of was how friendly Elijah is!  He appears to have no trouble talking with people ... but he listens more than he talks.  Actually LISTENS ....  intently …  his attention focused entirely on the person talking.  (No attention wandering around the room... no staring off into space).  He makes eye contact... and he KEEPS eye contact.  He's got a bit of a perimeter of personal space around him … he tends to stand much less closely to people than Dominic Monaghan and Sean Astin do (at least judging by their behavior with me at the TORN Oscar party)…. And that means (at least in my opinion) that it would take either a very trusted... or a very callous... individual to presume to intrude into that space without invitation. 
I’d heard it mentioned here and there that Elijah is a fast runner… but (thankfully) he didn’t have any occasion to run from anyone that night!  However, I did notice that he tends to walk quickly and purposefully from Point A to B (not strut or swagger like some celebrities… just covering ground expeditiously).  However, he WILL stop for people... first this guy with a camera in the street.. then a woman with a pen and a paper extended out to him in the doorway.  I didn’t see him snub a single person.

The party at the club was spread out inside four crowded fairly small rooms, people were getting squashed against walls and squeezing up against people.  The friend I was with got squished against the wall by a celebrity.  And... well... I never saw Elijah squish anyone or GET squished... a feat in itself. I saw his style of "working a room"... so different that Sean Astin’s manner of doing it… but clearly a means by which he would get to meet and be and smile at as many different people as possible rather than staying with the same comfortable familiar faces all night. He does tend to gravitate TOWARDS people, but in an understated way.  Not like an exuberant-life-of-the-party (well…  at least not that night), but again… in a friendly way.  Again and again, I saw him join small groups in conversation (which with him always eventually became large groups… before you know it two people become twelve, and then twenty two… and had he stayed long enough I have no doubt that it would have eventually become 202). 
And when thinking of how someone famous might hang out at a party, I admit I’d never expected to witness long stretches (15 –20 minutes) of  short, slight Elijah Wood squatting close to the ground, positioned literally at the eye and ear level of some other person sitting much more comfortably in a chair or else sprawled on an overstuffed couch.

I know that there must have been people there that night who were friends or acquaintances of Elijah... in fact it was rumored that his sister Hanna was there... perhaps also his mother.  And I know that fans were there as well... and Lab Theater people.  But it was impossible for me to tell what combination of these the little huddles that formed around Elijah were composed of, because he seemed to treat everyone exactly the same.
And at all times throughout the evening, Elijah behaved with such a graceful…supernatural… politeness!  Not supernatural as in a  “spirit world”  sense, but rather in description of manner which - while always seeming NATURAL (never patronizing or insincere) -  represented politeness being practiced at a SUPER high level. 
All the hobbits stayed for HOURS after the other celebrities had put in their appearance at the "after party",  but once the three stepped outside for air they ended up wandering into a quieter nightspot a couple of doors down.  I followed at a discreet distance... and it was at this second place where Elijah and I cooperated in petting a cat.
This incident must have been no more than 15 seconds... but it seemed to me to be more like 15 minutes... (apparently time shifts when someone you've stared at for  - like - WEEKS worth of hours by way of the magic of video appears in three dimensions in front of your face!). 
There he was … in the quieter, sparsely populated little bar with the pool table in it…sitting cross-legged in a circle on the (uncarpeted) floor in a little huddle of people.
(And I ask you… when do you suppose you’ll EVER see Madonna or Robin William SITTING on an uncarpeted floor like a kid at a picnic, in a motley circle of people?)
This little knot of human beings crowded around Elijah…once again, it started with just a handful but then kept growing, as people gathered around, attracted to him like bees to honey or moths to flame.  Before long there had gathered a couple of dozen people - perhaps fans - perhaps friends - perhaps theater people (again I had NO idea) all that was clear to me was that they were mostly female (no big surprise there).

Anyway... there was our guy, looking relaxed and happy and completely at ease... just another "hobbit tweener among tweeners".. and I'll spare you the whole story about why there was cat there in the bar (because it is TOO long and not that exciting anyway...)
But for that cat to just happen to instantly fall in love with my handbag like it did.. as if my small black purse was an enormous open can of tuna fish or a container of catnip – was truly surreal.  Like when you have one of those dreams when something normal… say… having tea… becomes distinctly odd… because suddenly you realize that you are having tea with Ms. Piggy and Albert Einstein. (I mean... a tiger striped male cat... on a halter... in a bar... in NYC?  Who would have thought?  That’s just too weird.  Must be fate… or Destiny or Providence or something…) And I continued watching in mild disbelief as this cat continued rubbing himself all over my purse, batting at it like it was prey, trying to lie on top of it... this behavior eventually drawing attention and prompting me to announce out loud to the assembled bar patrons "I don't know WHAT on EARTH is making this cat behave like this..."
And…at the word "cat",  Elijah turned around, spied the fat, short bodied little beast and, smiling widely at both the cat and (more incredibly) ME petting the cat...  scooched himself over the few feet that separated us to pet the cat too!!!! (Can I squee now?)

Lets just say it was then when I had something like a Zen moment ... You know?  That higher state of consciousness you attain where for several heartbeats there is nothing but SILENCE in your head...  Fan fiction writer Oselle put it well in her own account of meeting Elijah Wood… she spoke about it as this Moment of Silence. I STARED at Elijah Wood as he squatted there, two feet away, like the worst example of fan girl..  I admit it... I’m shamefaced and blushing and everything about it now and all (but incredibly grateful for it at the same time).  When I pass away, that will be among the incidents from my life that flash by my eyes (unless by then I would be able to replace this one with something better that is!) 
And what's almost the worst thing about it is that this came without warning... rather like a petit mal seizure!  I certainly didn't PLAN to react that way... and I never HAD reacted that way to ANY human, even to the other hobbits when meeting then before... this was totally unintentional on my part and I didn't even realize that I HAD behaved like that until some time after I had stopped. But the fact was that as I stared back into the smiling face of the man that played Frodo I didn't even have the presence of mind to feel ODD about it... because he was STARING at ME... as if mirroring my stupefied, goofy, died-gone-to-heaven smile BACK. Perhaps if I may have noticed a faintly amused, quizzical expression on his face, something which meant "Who is this woman petting this cat with me... what does she want... and is she going to burst into tears at me like some of them do? Did I mention that I consider myself to be generally SENSIBLE? Practical? Didn't matter. Was way too happy for tears. They would come afterwards, like they always do.

There is one thing that needs to be said - not that it hasn't been said before - but still….
You know those images of Frodo’s face we have all seen on screen over and over... in scenes by firelight at Bag End or after Moria or in Lorien when encountering Galadriel... that "glow"?  That aura of otherworldliness and Elvishness so beautiful to see that your eyes automatically get drawn into a hobbit face that looks like something out of Raphael or Caravaggio or one of the other Renaissance masters' paintings?. Well.. of COURSE that is a creation of special effects (makeup, lighting, camera angles, digital enhancements).  But it was during the late evening on Monday September 29th 2003 when I realized that these special effects amounted to... at best... 1/3 of the effect. But… as for the rest... a solid 2/3 of it… Folks… that is simply Elijah. It is what he REALLY looks like, even in his blah-colored street clothes and his hair in a mohawk.  It is how he is made... it is ALL there. And… in some ways, he looks BETTER in person than onscreen.  Really, truly, as incredible as it sounds.  Believe it. Of course, my impression was helped along by the fact that (again … unlike certain celebrities from that night best kept nameless) I never saw a smug, self satisfied, smirking or snarking expression ever cross THAT face the whole time. Instead I saw lots of something I would call a vague and gentle Happiness. An expression of consistent, genuine-looking Happiness... set against a background (I'm pretty sure) of tiredness (I saw him yawning sleepily several times as he waited offstage earlier at the Charades). That’s the lasting impression I carried away from Elijah Wood that night. And the sight of a relaxed, happy, beautifully calm Elijah… well, it is a wonderful thing to behold. In fact, he was much calmer in demeanor than I expected him to be... there was not the slightest hint there of the hyper powered, slightly twitchy adolescent he has sometimes been described to be. That wherever he went, and whatever his surroundings... this guy who played our Ringbearer appeared as though through in a soft focus lens As if he was surrounded by a faint crystalline … glow. And that does and does not describe what I saw… but to tell the truth I am at a loss for the right vocabulary.
It is almost as though he carries his own, interior Galadri-lighting with him. It is a very Frodo-like quality actually... so much so that it’s eerie. I could see this most strongly during that space of time when I was two feet away from him, staring into his eyes….

And, once I came to myself and became aware of my surroundings again, and found us still petting the cat, I felt like I had to say SOMETHING.  And so I dredged up some small talk that I hope didn’t sound to awkward and we chatted a bit… mostly about a new friend of mine who was also somewhat acquainted with him. And then a blonde woman sitting nearby noticed by camera around my neck and scolded me about NO PICTURES... and by the time I was done explaining and apologizing someone ELSE had claimed the man's attention. Much later on, standing and chatting quietly in the street, I watched as that previously mentioned acquaintance of mine finally actually showed up, late to the event, and commenced introducing her young cousin to him.  And observed how he took the girl’s hand, smiling saying he was happy to meet her... feeling compelled to also introduce himself, saying... "By the way….I'm Elijah." (Like she didn't already KNOW!   Humble, self-effacing too.  I just can't stand it.)
So that's it.  I hope I didn't club everyone reading this to death with details.. . but I didn’t want to forget a single thing that happened that night myself.
What I took away from the experience is that… before when reading fan reports I just daydreamed and wondered about the people writing them.  TOO hysterical, too exaggerated I thought. Now, I know better.  “Our Elijah” is not only talented and wonderfully easy on the eyes... he is also someone who seems “outwardly” oriented – ontoward his environment and the people who he finds there – people he seems to very much want to please and which he works hard to do so.  And as for centeredness, egotism… I’ve never heard anyone describe “our hobbit” in those terms… no person who has met him anyway… and now that I have done so myself from everything I’ve seen I would have to conclude that these concepts don’t seem to exist in Elijah’s world..  And knowing THAT about him is worth SO much to me … probably even more than having the opportunity of stupidly gazing up close into the most famous pair of  blue eyes since Frank Sinatra’s or Mel Gibson’s (except that my own hazel eyes found his sapphire ones to be much more extraordinary than theirs could ever hope to be!) Even some days later now, the experience of meeting Elijah Wood still feels dream-like… but I suppose that would make sense when something I’ve dreamed in my head makes an appearance in my waking life.

The novelty of the new hairstyle soon wore off for Elijah - as he would say in a NZ radio interview some time later, "Two weeks - that's all it took. Then it just became this thing on my head that I had to deal with!" But during that short time it was captured forever in many photoshoots!

My Journey continues:

With the worries about Elijah's health thankfully waning as new pics began to appear of him taking part in public events, I was now able to concentrate completely on the imminent Collectormania appearance. And yet ... somehow I still couldn't really believe it would actually happen. It just seemed unreal. And, if it did happen, what would I say to him? Would I really be able to say anything at all when I found myself standing face-to-face with he who had completely mesmerised me with his portrayal of Frodo and who I felt I had come to know - and love - so well for himself. I had seen pics of the new hairstyle and my first reaction was similar to that of Marea's - 'What has he done to himself now'? I half-hoped it would somehow magically disappear before Collectormania!! But that was the least of my worries - I still hadn't received any actual tickets for the event, I hadn't worked out how we were going to get time off from work for the Monday - so many problems.

Frodo's Journey Continues ~ Amon Hen

PJ: "This sequence was shot again very early in the shoot. We found ourselves filming the climax of this movie within the first few weeks of starting to shoot the film way back in 1999."

Sean Bean (dvd): "We don't have that many scenes together, me and Frodo, but this is a good one. We just let it play, I think Peter wanted to see how far we could go we sort of just acted it out and didn't use many effects and tried to do it in one go. We only did it a few times and got it. It was good just to act a whole scene right through without stopping to put in doubles or special effects and stuff."

None of us should wander alone. You least of all.

So much depends on you.


Alan Lee: "Towards the end of the film we enter the realms of the ancient Numenorian kings. There's a huge disembodied head which is lying half-buried in the ground from some colossal statue which could have fallen from further up the slope. We didn't actually build any more of it than that, but Frodo's dilemma with Boromir actually starts right by this huge stone head and it kind of emphasises his own smallness and his vulnerability and the sense of Boromir's heritage as well. My first thought about the stone head was that we would use it actually at the death of Boromir, that it would form a backdrop so you would see this kind of large, disembodied, broken head in the background when Boromir is dying below. I think the way that Peter used it in the end for the scene with Frodo is actually more subtle and more interesting."

I know why you seek solitude.

You suffer. I see it day by day. Are you sure you do not suffer needlessly?

There are other ways, Frodo. Other paths that we might take.

I know what you would say and it would seem like wisdom but for the warning in my heart.

Warning? Against what?

We're all afraid, Frodo.

But to let that fear drive us to destroy what hope we have, don't you see that is madness?

PJ: "This is a scene which was, you know, very much shot as it is in the book. There's not a lot of liberties apart from tweaking the dialogue here and there, you know, it's one of those very memorable scenes from the book that we were able to take our lead straight from the writings of Tolkien."

Fran: "Yeah. In fact there was a lot more of it, wasn't there?"

PJ: "Yeah, this is a shortened version of it."

There is no other way.

I ask only for the strength to defend my people! If you would but lend me the Ring ...


Why do you recoil? I am no thief.

You are not yourself.

What chance do you think you have? They will find you. They will take the Ring. And you will beg for death before the end.

You fool!

It is not yours save by unhappy chance. It could have been mine.

It should be mine. Give it to me!


E: "Interesting how there's no scale trick with that shot."

BB: "Yes, but it works."
E: "It does."

I see your mind. You will take the Ring to Sauron. You will betray us.

You go to your death. And the death of us all! Curse you! Curse you and all the halflings!

E: "I love that after this Peter would say 'cut' and Sean would go back into being very quiet and composed and soft-spoken and then suddenly into this sort of raging, emotional scene. It was amazing to see him switch on and off."


"SB: He's just appalled and ashamed of what he's just done and he can't believe that this has happened. And it's tragic, this is a good man, you know, and he could be good, it's just this thing that's got hold of him and there's no way back for him, it seems, it's inevitable what happens to him."

What have I done? Please, Frodo.

Frodo, I'm sorry!

Sean Astin: "Pretty cool for you Elijah that you get to interact with every major performer - at some certain point you get to film a scene individually with them. It's amazing all the kind of different emotional levels that you strike with each different person.

BB: "And technically how different all those performances are."

E: "It was just a pleasure for me to be able to have individual scenes with those people as well. My God! What a treat!

John Rhys-Davies: "I loved working with him. He's such a natural talent and such a wonderful energy and his instincts are excellent. And all that wonderful self-belief and assurance that young actors must have if they're going to be good."

PJ: "The Seeing Seat on Amon Hen was a scene that we trimmed back before the film was finished. We originally shot exactly what's in the book where Frodo looks in all directions and he sees trolls coming out of the mountains and he sees orcs and he sees ships, the pirate ships coming up the river and we previsualised that with our computer previsualisation and we filmed Frodo but we never actually completed the effects shots and we ultimately shortened the sequence to him seeing Barad Dur and the Eye of Sauron which is in the book but we just felt we needed to get on with the story so we never completed the other effects shots ."

"And suddenly he felt the Eye. There was an eye in the Dark Tower that did not sleep. He knew that it had become aware of his gaze. A fierce eager will was there. It leaped towards him; almost like a finger he felt it, searching for him. Very soon it would nail him down, know just exactly where he was.

He heard himself crying out ‘Never, never!’ Or was it ‘Verily I come to you, I come to you?’ He could not tell. Then as a flash from some other point of power there came to his mind another thought: ‘Take it off! Take it off! Fool, take it off! Take off the Ring!’ The two powers strove in him. For a moment, perfectly balanced between their piercing points, he writhed, tormented. Suddenly he was aware of himself again. Frodo, neither the Voice nor the Eye: free to choose, and with one remaining instant in which to do so. He took the Ring off his finger."
( Fellowship of the Ring : The Breaking of the Fellowship)


PJ: "The sequence with Aragorn talking to Frodo on Amon Hen, this is in the book, isn't it? But it's not quite as developed as it is here but certainly the farewell between Aragorn and Frodo is in the book."

Phillip Boyens: "No, no, no, no!!

PJ"No, it doesn't happen in the book? Oh ok, I always thought there was a little piece in the book."

PB: " No, remember that one time when Fran and I were, 'What the hell is wrong with this? What the hell is wrong with this?' And we realised that one of the reasons for this particular scene is that we felt very strongly early on, especially in earlier drafts, that these two great characters who go on to carry the main story threads for the rest of the films needed this moment together."

PJ: "It juxtaposed exactly what happened with Boromir in the sense that there's one man who was tempted by the Ring and couldn't resist and here is another man who is tempted by the Ring in this moment and he does resist it, he has got the strength to push it away. So, it's also important for Aragorn 'cos in a way it actually proves something to Aragorn himself that Aragorn can see that he does have the power to reject the Ring when it's offered to him and that leads Aragorn then to believe that there is some strength in his own race. So in a sense that moment for his character was very important."

PB: "The other thing I think with this between the two of them is that he does say those great lines, 'I would have followed him into the very fires of Mordor' but he doesn't say it to Frodo and it just seems such a waste to not actually say that to the one person that you're meant to say it to and I have to say, a lot of Tolkien scholars, a lot of people who are real fans of the book have loved that scene, have not objected to it at all, which is great."

It has taken Boromir!

Where is the Ring?

Stay away!

Frodo, I swore to protect you.

Can you protect me from yourself?

Would you destroy it?

Aragorn ... Elessar.

Sean A: "It's cool how each person who has an interaction with the Ring when it's in your possession, you're just sort of a witness of the Ring's power ...
E: "On other people, its effect on other people."

I would have gone with you to the end. Into the very fires of Mordor.

I know. Look after the others. Especially Sam. He will not understand.

Go, Frodo!



"He has a quality that I have never seen in anyone else... and I have met a number of other famous people and also many, many interesting and talented people who are NOT famous over the course of my lifetime. I don’t know what to call it. Presence. Charisma. Charm. He is all of these things… and yet there is an undefinable More to him."


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Time:2011-08-13 10:33 pm (UTC)
this quality seems as natural, as unconscious, as breathing to him. This Thing… it is not something he does, it is something he IS. And I saw people respond to that in him, over and over.

What a marvelous report. Thank you for finding and sharing it.

we felt very strongly early on, especially in earlier drafts, that these two great characters who go on to carry the main story threads for the rest of the films needed this moment together."

How interesting! I love that.

♥ you
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Time:2011-08-14 05:36 pm (UTC)
Many thanks SB - glad you enjoyed it. I take it that you were able to view the pics ok:)
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Time:2011-08-13 11:19 pm (UTC)

I think it is this quality of Elijah, that to this day, we find in fan reports. I especially cherish to read the reports of people who didn't have any preformed image of Elijah before, who only vaguely know he's that guy from 'Lord Of The Rings' (some may even think he's that guy from 'Harry Potter' or 'Spiderman', LOL !

There's something in Elijah's person that affects every person who's had an encounter with him. And it's kind of addictive of reading reports of any such encounters.

And as long as magic like this happens, I will still be interested in Elijah Wood the actor, the record label boss, the DJ, the producer, whatever !

Yes, there are Elijah's acting skills, his versatility in choosing his roles. But there are always his human qualities which set him apart from other actors. Bless his Mom and the circumstances which have formed his adorable character . . . !

Thanks for still doing this series, against all (LJ and computer) odds ! It is very much appreciated !

Love and hugs,

- Karin.

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Time:2011-08-14 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks Karin - glad you enjoyed it.

>>There's something in Elijah's person that affects every person who's had an encounter with him <<

This is so true. Not just fans, but all who have worked with him or just met him through everyday life - they're all so eager to praise him. The tiny minority who do not, on message boards etc, have, inevitably, never met him. I thought Marea did a good job in trying to capture and relate just what is so different and special about him - I've tried myself, but the truth is that it's impossible so you just end up using superlatives, going completely over the top and end up feeling silly! Because, as she says, it is something indefinable:)
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Time:2011-08-14 02:39 am (UTC)
Thanks, Paulie, for another entry full of fascinating stuff. I loved the remarks from the cast and crew woven into the screen shots for Amon Hen (such a great scene, the way it is played between EW and SB). Where did those snippets come from, the commentaries on the EE DVD's? So many great comments.

I will never like that Mohawk, but, looking at all these shots of him sporting it, it showed off his eyes and complexion pretty well, actually. :)
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Time:2011-08-14 05:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks Mechtild - glad you enjoyed it. Yes, the snippets do come from the various dvd commentaries. I usually mention that at some stage but omitted to do so this time - I think in future I will include a note saying that all comments are from the dvd unless otherwise stated.

The Mohawk was definitely not one of my favourites of Elijah's many hairstyles. I must say, however, that up close it looked much better! More on that will be forthcoming in the next chapter!! But no - I'm glad he soon tired of it:)
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Time:2011-08-14 02:25 pm (UTC)
Wonderful as always! :-)
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Time:2011-08-14 05:58 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - glad you enjoyed it:)
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Time:2011-08-14 09:16 pm (UTC)
Another wonderful chapter! I enjoyed reading about Marea's encounter with Elijah very much, I really like how she describes him.

I've always wondered how they did that close-up of Aragorn's hands around Frodo's. You can tell that's Elijah's hand holding the ring, but it looks so little compared to Aragorn's!

Thank you, Paulie, for your hard work :-)
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Time:2011-08-14 10:51 pm (UTC)
I think the hands are those of the man who doubled for Gandalf in the scenes of Frodo in the cart. Maybe with a camera trick as well of course.
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Time:2011-08-15 04:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks Mews.

>>He's truly unique in Hollywood<<

So true. David Zuckerman's recent comment may not have been the most tactful towards other actors - "Elijah makes all other actors look like assholes" - but I think there is a lot of truth in it:)
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Time:2011-08-14 10:46 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely fantastic. I so look forward to these chapters. I had never read that fan encounter and it was pure joy to read and experience through her eyes. What thrilling times! When the excitement and adoration were all new and the future for him was limitless. The extraordinary films that were made were due in large part to that exceptional quality. If that had been off in the main character the films would not have worked no matter how great the supporting cast or effects. The absolute wisdom in casting him despite his youth must have been due to that wonderful quality. And, let's face it, his attraction for people. It is Elvish and extraordinary, inconventional and magical. I loved revisiting the important Boromir and Aragorn scenes. A great step on the journey and a beautiful look at our boy. Thank you and I really hope your computer troubles are soon over. xxx
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Time:2011-08-15 10:19 pm (UTC)
>>The absolute wisdom in casting him despite his youth must have been due to that wonderful quality.<<

I agree completely. PJ knew his Frodo had to have a very special quality which is why he had to turn down so many before he set eyes on Lij. And he knew instantly, when he started watching that now famous video, that he had found the one. He saw it straight away - that indefinable, but very special, 'something'!

I seem to be managing with my computer at the moment as long as I stay in Internet Explorer, not AOL. It's 5 years old and very full so I know it's time to get a new one. Just a case of deciding which one:)

Many thanks - glad you enjoyed this chapter:)
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Time:2011-08-14 11:22 pm (UTC)
thank you, Paulie, for another beautiful and wondrous chapter! To try and qualify The Mysterious Wood Effect in words ....well, I don't think it can be done. In some ways, it is very much like breathing. You don't think about it. But it's just a grand part of the miracle of living. Sometimes there are beings, be they people or no, who seem to embody, be a repository, if you will, of the joy and wonder that we all should feel at being alive. I always felt that Frodo was one of those sorts of people. I think that is why he'd be capable of his particular sacrifice. How perfect and entirely right that Elijah has the same kind of air about him.
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Time:2011-08-16 07:45 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Jan - glad you enjoyed this chapter.

>>How perfect and entirely right that Elijah has the same kind of air about him.<<

So very true - I'll always be grateful to PJ that he instinctively knew when he'd found his Frodo:)

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Time:2011-08-14 11:27 pm (UTC)
Remember back in days of old when people would see Elijah at an event and then give in depth accounts of it for those who couldn't be there. Such happy times. Thanks for reposting the account from west of the moon about charades.

The fauxhawk was shocking to me when I first saw photos of it, and I didn't like it at the time. But seeing it now---he looked wonderful.

Your screencaps are so beautiful.

Thanks for your supreme efforts in putting this together and braving the elements to get it posted, NA!
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Time:2011-08-16 07:58 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Prim - glad you enjoyed this chapter.

Yes, I do remember reading those fan reports - I also remember trying to imagine what it must be like to actually meet him in real life. I honestly didn't believe I ever would:)

The fauxhawk was never one of my faves of his hairstyles - but it looked so much better close up - in person!!
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Time:2011-08-15 01:44 am (UTC)
Hi, I'm new here but I hope you don't mind if I leave a comment. I found your "A Journey with Frodo" series as I was doing a routine Elijah Wood search on the Internet a few weeks ago(I don't know why I never came across it before), and I've since read all of your chapters and have loved every minute of reading them!! I'm ashamed to say that I'm usually a "lurker" on fan sites and I hardly ever comment, but I really just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting so much work into this series. It is so well-done!!
I've been an Elijah fan from the moment I laid eyes on him in Fellowship back in 2001. I'm actually one of his younger fans - I was nine back in 2001, and now I'm 19! lol But I think his beauty transcends any age divide, don't you? ; )
Anyway, it has really made my summer being able to come on here and read your chapters. Thanks again!
P.S. I'm also a big follower of fan fiction, so it's been fun seeing that so many of your LJ friends are some of my favorite fic authors ; )
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Time:2011-08-16 08:09 pm (UTC)
Hi, of course I don't mind if you comment - the more the merrier!
I'm impressed that you've read all the previous chapters - that's a lot of reading!!

>>I've been an Elijah fan from the moment I laid eyes on him in Fellowship back in 2001.<<

Same here - from the moment he appeared on the screen in that film I was hooked and have never looked back!

>>But I think his beauty transcends any age divide, don't you? ;)<<

Absolutely - and I'm so glad you believe that because I'm definitely not one of his younger fans - just the opposite, in fact. I won't tell you just how ancient I am - wouldn't want to scare you off!!

Glad you've seen some of your favourite fic authors around here - they're a very talented bunch!

Many thanks for your kind comments:)

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Time:2011-08-15 03:40 am (UTC)
Another great chapter, thank you!
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Time:2011-08-16 08:10 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome - glad you enjoyed it:)
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Time:2011-08-15 04:16 am (UTC)
I can't tell you how amazing this was to read earlier for me. I couldn't post then and am using daughter's HS laptop cause my dongle went out...againon mine. All the detais, every little bit of this early report was mesmorizing. I really understood it so much. In my small meeting with Elijah I pulled myself back. I wanted to wrap my arm around him and I don't think he would have cared that much, but I held myself back. I was so shocked he was just "there" and agreed to a picture...then I thought of simple things I wanted to let him know and just shake his hand...but I was a sputtering, shocked and squee girl mess fumbling with my camera for this other nice person who volunteered to take our picture. He is really different. He is beautiful, adorable and approachable, to a point. He us human. He is so much of what I saw in this report. These are truly precious moments and I am so thankful to you for al the work you give. xoooxoxxoo much love v
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Time:2011-08-16 08:22 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - so glad you enjoyed it:) I think all of us who have been lucky enough to meet Elijah have had similar experiences - that moment when you find yourself face-to-face with him is quite indescribable and inevitably we forget anything we'd previously rehearsed in our minds. Knowing we have so few brief moments, we search, usually unsuccessfully, for the words we want to say. But I'm quite sure he understands, bless him:) xxx
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Time:2011-08-15 04:43 am (UTC)
:)..it's great he's quiet a sporty guy..even now!! Liking there party hairdo's..wasn't that bad!! The last photo shoot with the groupd..had lij signed that one, he was looking this one for a while, wondered if they have seen the results?? Thanks p! v
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Time:2011-08-16 08:26 pm (UTC)
You're welcome:) So you were a fan of the hairstyle - you're right, it wasn't that bad:)
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Time:2011-08-15 03:28 pm (UTC)
Oh this was great. I would love to meet this young man, but I always babble and I'm afraid I would say too much and appear too crazy for the guy. I admire him so much and have heard how sweet and polite he is, I can imagine him thinking 'Now here is a crazy person' as he listened to me blather on. I adore the pic of him in the blue coat...it is definitely the best color for him.
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Time:2011-08-16 08:30 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - glad you enjoyed it:) I think all of us who get to meet Elijah tend to babble - I'm sure he's used to it and understands (see my reply to Verangel above).

Oh yes - blue is definitely his colour:)
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Time:2011-08-15 09:49 pm (UTC)
Wonderful, thank you again! Thanks for all your hard work over this, your "labour of love" :-)

Now I've re-read it I do recall Marea's description of her meeting with Elijah and the incident of the cat. She does so well with her expressing of the inexpressible!

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Time:2011-08-16 08:35 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Jane - glad you enjoyed it.

Yes, I've always loved Marea's report - I'm so glad she was there and able to tell us so much of went on, I've never read any other reports from that particular event:)
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