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Subject:A Journey With Frodo-Ch:46 'Madness in Milton Keynes Part One'
Time:11:35 pm
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It has taken me so long to get this chapter of 'Journey' posted!! In fact, it turned out so huge that I've had to split it into two parts!! My main problem this time has been the fact that I now have a new laptop but most of my 'Journey' stuff is still on my old one so I've had to sort out and transfer all the bits I need. I don't want to transfer everything en masse or I might just end up with the same overloading problems I had before.

This chapter is a very poignant one for me as it covers the time I finally saw Elijah 'in the flesh' for the very first time - at Collectormania4 here in the UK. One of the problems with covering a convention is that the great majority of pics have been taken by fans and it's not always possible to contact those people to ask if it's ok to post them. So if anyone should see their own pics here please let me know so that I can either give you credit or remove them, whichever you prefer. Many thanks to msilverstar who sent me several pics from this event, a few of which are in Part 1 but most will be in Part 2.

Frodo's Journey covers the breaking of the Fellowship.

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






4 – 6 October 2003 – COLLECTORMANIA!!

On Saturday 4 October three ‘hobbits’, Elijah, Sean and Dom, landed in Milton Keynes, UK. Unfortunately Billy couldn’t make it. Due to commitments in New York, they arrived too late to be able to attend the Saturday signings and for this reason the event was extended by an extra day. They were, however, able to attend a q&a session before the FOTR screening that evening.

SAT 04 Oct 2003 – Q & A Session:

We were not informed beforehand which actors would appear before which screening ('The Two Towers' was screened separately) but you didn’t have to be a genius to guess that Elijah and Sean would be before FOTR! The following pics and text are not necessarily in the right order. And the text is not a complete transcript, just a mixture of my own observations and extracts lifted from other reports:

Showmasters spokesperson: " I want to thank you all for coming. I really hope you're having a good time. You're going to have a great evening, you're going to enjoy yourselves with a nice film. Before the film we have a couple of nice guests for you. You may recognise them. We have in here, Sean Astin ... and Elijah Wood"

Elijah : “90% women!! Well, how exciting! I've, literally, I've just woken up everyone!



Sean: " I was pounding on his door. 'Get up! Go! The women are waiting! They wanna watch the movie!' My friend was calling Elijah to wake him up and Elijah kept picking up the phone and hanging up."
Elijah: " I didn't know what I was doing. I was sleeping and I just.... aaargh! Instinct! Hang up! I didn't want to wake up!"



Organiser: Can we stop the flash photography now please.
Audience: awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!
Sean: Unless Elijah makes a REALLY interesting gesture and then they can start!
Question: Firstly - good hair!
Elijah: Aww thank you!
Sean: I knew she wasn't talking about me!
Questioner: You’v BOTH got good hair!

Someone in the front row hands up a Frodo standee:

Sean: " I remember that photo shoot".
Elijah: "So do I."



Someone asks what excites them!
Elijah: "What really excites us? What.. just.. in general?... What turns me on?... Heh now! Probably music. Music and women. I'm kind of a music addict myself, so....





They’re asked about the food on the LOTR set:
Elijah: "It sort of started out being alright but then it kinda took a decline! The catering.... Well during the day, there was a lot of cheese!) And what was that... those things that Peter used to eat... that made his breath stink?"
Sean:" Oh yeah, that was horrible!"
Elijah: "Peter used to come up to us with the most awful breath because he used to eat these pickled things."
Sean: "Yeah, I don't know. They were like kind of onions."
Elijah: " And he'd eat that with a big thing of cheese! And then come up and say 'So you're going to be … (impersonates PJ coming in close and breathing over them) …over there. ‘
Sean: "The catering food was pretty... you know they had to feed a lot of people."
Elijah: "Quite a job!"
Sean:" It was a military style effort feeding everyone, and it was really heavy, heavy foods. Lots of..."
Elijah:"Lamb. Beef. Curry."
Sean: "Elijah and I, we got to a point when we were at the studio we would either have Miyabi take-out .. Miyabi was the sushi store on Willis Street and we'd have.."
Elijah: "We'd get chicken or beef teriyaki".
Sean: "Yeah but the chicken teriyaki set was the best! A little chicken teriyaki. A little meso soup. A little salad. Something like that. Or subway!"
Elijah: "Subway sandwiches, man! You want to know what Sam and Frodo ate on their journey? It wasn't lembas bread! It was always subway sandwiches! That's what kept us going!"



Sean: " And then once in a while, we'd send out for a dessert. There was those chocolate crunch things. Remember those ice cream...?"
Elijah: "Oh yeah! Chocolate - do you guys have a hand signal for that as well? [Someone had said that the signal demonstrated by Elijah below was a sign for cheese. I have no idea why.]



Elijah was asked what he would have studied if he’d gone to university. He said English and that he likes to read.
Question: What I want to ask is, because you read, do you ever write?
Elijah: I used to. I used to write sort of short stories and creative writing. I was better at writing essays than writing original ideas and fiction. But I haven't written in so long. And I think I get out in my writing style in my emails and things. But I haven't actually sat down to write something in a while. I should! It's something I've been meaning to do, but I'm too afraid that I'll be bad and it's just going to suck. I know I should
Question: Elijah, what do you like to read?
Elijah: What do I like to read? Oh... here it goes!! Anything! There's not any specific genre that I'm totally into. One of my favourite books in the last like five years is this book called 'House of Leaves'. Has anyone here heard of that? It's a book by Mark Danielewski. It's this intense like thousand page opus that I freaked out over. . [I’ve still not got round to finishing that massive book] But there is no specific genre.



Elijah: I understand Corey Feldman will be in attendance?
Everyone - you have to understand - Corey Feldman did a song, years and years ago, called “What’s up with the youth?” It was on the Howard Stern cable access television show. Listen - if any of you meet him…OK does anyone know that song? [nooo!] OK …when you meet him - you have to go up to him and say “What’s up with the youth?” OK - I’ve got friends who have been following him for years.. And if all these girls from England suddenly come up to him, it will be a big deal! - You’ll be helping me out - thank you.



Question: I have a question for Sean. Have you checked out the exits, in case of emergencies?

Sean: The thought had occurred to me! The security people told us that if the girls got too outrageous they'd just take us right out. So I feel relatively safe at the moment. But you know I was on a plane last night, flying from New York and we were up in First Class in Virgin, it was one of their smaller planes, and their seats go all the way down. And as I was sleeping, I don't know if this is ...
Elijah: That was a weird way of sleeping by the way ..there was the bed …and that thing [demonstrates the way the seat flattens out with his hands] kind of lying down.. And the floor …That was weird..
Sean: And before we went to bed ..Dom ..oh man I don’t know if I can say this kind of thing…!
[confers with Elijah by whispering in his ear what he is thinking of saying and Elijah gives the go ahead!]
Sean: Well Dom and Billy were talking about how sometimes….
Elijah: Dom and BILLY?!
Sean: Dom and ..no.. you’re Elijah
Elijah: I’m Elijah! I mean, I like Bill...
Sean: I’m just used to saying those two names together! So, Dom and Elijah were talking about sometimes when they wake up in the middle of the night…
Elijah: We were talking about nocturnal emissions folks ! [Yes, you did read that correctly!!]
Audience Ewwwww!
Sean: And I was saying, I’d never had that! And he was were like - “You’re not normal!”

Question: Hi I'm Suzie. This one is for Elijah. We know you showed your Fellowship tattoo on the Jay Leno show...
Elijah: You want to see it now?



Audience scream out 'Yes!!'. Elijah spends several minutes pulling his t-shirt up to show his tattoo to different parts of the room. Everyone ignores the 'You will be thrown out if you take flash photo's after the first five minutes' rule and takes pictures as flash and shrieking mayhem ensues.
Sean: That's where he had his appendix out. That's the scar. Just a few weeks ago. 3 weeks ago
Someone in the audience shouts: " I'm jealous! Your scar is much smaller than mine".
E: "Well, I've actually got 3 scars, also one here --points somewhere lower thanthe tattoo-- and one here --points even lower, but unfortunatally doesn't show it!!



Elijah: Well I've got .. I had laproscopic, so it's three incisions. And then there's one below there....



Question: " I'm from Wellington, New Zealand..."
Elijah: " Where in Wellington do you live?"
Question:"Out by Johnsonville. Going home at Christmas."
Elijah: " What are your favourite restaurants in town? Do you ever go to Fidel's, Dixon's?"
Question: " No. I think you guys went to all of them. What was your favourite location in New Zealand?"
Elijah: " I'd have to say, probably Queenstown. It's so beautiful in the South Island. South Island's my favourite out of all the places we went to as a whole, the South Island's my favourite. But I'd say Queenstown specifically because it was some of the most beautiful pieces of location that we ever filmed at and we spent quite a lot of time down there. It's stunning."
Sean: " I think it's an impossible question to be honest about answering because..."
Elijah: …"and also Milford Sound as well..".
Sean: " Yeah, except that dark tunnel!"
Elijah: "Ah! The dark tunnel was brilliant!"



Question:" Is there any book that you've read that you would like to turn into a movie?"
Elijah: Yeah. There's a film, I mean a book, by Douglas Copeland called 'Girlfriend in a Coma' that I really want to make into a film. I wouldn't want to act in it necessarily. I just think it's an incredible story. It would be logistically interesting in terms of the apocalypse at the end. But I would love to turn that into a film and I've actually spoken to Douglas about it himself and he was like 'Yeah. I'm not real interested in that!' so we'll see what happens. I'd like to do that.



Question: It's not a question, but can I tell you.. You look fantastic in the Tan Jacket of Godliness!
Elijah: The Tan Jacket of Godliness??!!! Wow! I'm never going to take it off!
Sean: Is that a Gap item?
Elijah: No, this is vintage. Thank you. Thank you so much. That's very sweet.



Question: Elijah, these two films are two of my most films favourite ever. But which of these is your favourite: 'North' or 'The Adventures of Huck Finn'?
Elijah: Between the two? I'd have to say 'North'. Because I like... I think the story's brilliant. I don't know if it's the best movie, but I love the story.
Question: Was it Bruce Willis in the bunny outfit?
Elijah: Probably. Yeah, I'd have to say... I love that movie. It's a great story. Very sweet!



Question: I want to ask Elijah a question... When I first saw Fellowship of The Ring , I hadn't seen any of your other movies. And I actually thought you were English! [That's what I was going to say to him if I'd found the courage!!]
Elijah: (gasps) I convinced you? Wow!
Question: What I have noticed is that your voice, as Frodo, is a lot lower than your normal one. Is that deliberate or did that just come with the training?
Elijah: Um, it's actually deliberate. It was quite deliberate. We would go back and re-record a lot of the dialogue in ADR because we shot the movie with a guide track. So we knew that we'd have to go back and re-record everything. So, in that process ermm... we actually, you know... we intentionally, made the voice a little bit lower. It gives him just a little bit more of a wiser resonance, which is important. Thanks. That's wicked!



Question: What was the most demanding scene you had to film?
Elijah: It's a moment on the side of the mountain where Frodo collapses and Sam holds Frodo in his arms. It's just a really emotional scene for both Sam, as he is sort of seeing his friend essentially die in his arms, and for Frodo in the sense that he can't remember the things that Sam is trying to make him remember about home and The Shire. It was a really difficult scene and the day that we both felt like we'd actually done everything that there was to do with our roles, I think. We felt like we'd gone to the peak as actors on the film.
Sean: We were filming on an actual volcano on Mount Ruapehu. It felt like kind of a sacred. I mean I've talked about it a lot already. So I don't know how many...
Elijah: I have as well.
Sean: So it was a pretty sacred experience. Pretty emotional!
Elijah: (turning to Sean) And to have gone through that with you... And for both of us to have gone through the same thing together was pretty significant.



Last question: "On behalf of everybody - would you sing the hobbit drinking-song?"

Elijah: "We're a bit rusty with this!" They faltered over the words a few times but remembered most of it.

Elijah: "Thank you guys so much for coming out! Now you are going to watch the movie? Enjoy the film!!"

Sean: "Thank you so much."

Elijah We’ll see you all tomorrow - alright!
Sean: See you in the morning!






SUNDAY 05 OCTOBER 2003- THE SIGNINGS:

"All 1000 tickets for Elijah Wood's queue were gone at 9.30 that morning, with the vast majority of hopefuls yet to arrive. No star can sign a thousand photos in the time allotted let alone chat to the fans or have a photograph with them, so by Sunday afternoon, personalising autographs was frowned on and any chat with your idol curtailed. Monaghan and Wood began rebelling, chatting even - and managed to slow the queue even further. Every fan had a personal tale to tell to link them directly to a hobbit; every other fan had a present. "Look at this, isn't it really cute", says Wood, holding a photo of a three year old dressed as Frodo. Behind him was a treasure trove of presents, ranging from CDs, clothes, chocolates, carved boxes and handmade scrolls detailing the rules of 'Tag'." (The Times)

























An overexcited fan sends Elijah's water flying!!










Funny to think that toddler would now be about 9 years old!










They're sucking on lollypops given to them by a fan.













Thanks to msilverstar for these gorgeous black & white shots:











Some pics taken at other times during that day:














MY JOURNEY CONTINUES:

And so, on Saturday 04 Oct 2003, for me Elijah Wood ceased to be just an image on a screen or in a picture, but a living, breathing human being in my own world. Back in May of that year I had seen Billy at Collectormania3 and had tried to imagine how I'd feel if Elijah had attended the event. I did not believe for a single moment that it would actually happen. I've never been so happy to be completely wrong!! My very first sight of him was coming onto the stage with Sean that Saturday night. I wasn't as close as I'd liked to have been but even so that moment was beyond description - it felt quite surreal to me, that person who had captivated and mesmerised me with his portrayal of a fictional character, was there before me in Real Life, not in Middle Earth, but in Milton Keynes!!!



I took a couple of pics, not even worth posting they were so distant and fuzzy, but I soon gave up with that, I needed to concentrate on what was happening, try to drink in every moment. I contemplated asking a question but I was just too nervous, I felt that no words would come out. It was just complete joy to watch them, they were in such high spirits, Elijah often lapsing into giggles and when it was over we were able to sit back and enjoy 'Fellowship of the Ring' on the big screen once again.

On the Sunday morning we arrived at the centre by 9am, believing the place wouldn't even open until 10. How wrong we were. We found the queue for Elijah but as we tried to find the end of it, we walked, and walked, and walked. I began to think we'd never reach the end and all the time my heart was plummeting. I knew then that there was no chance of reaching him that day, even though I was given a ticket. Thank goodness there was to be another day, another chance. But although I didn't get to speak to him that day, I did see plenty of him, as he and Dom went back and forth several times to take breaks. You always knew when they were on the move - by the screams!! At one time I joined the group of people outside where there was quite a good view of Lij and Dom through the huge plate glass window. And at last I was able to see with my own eyes what so many others had written about after seeing Elijah. He was even more stunning in real life. And that hairstyle which I really wasn't too sure about - it looked great! They smiled and waved to us all quite often. They seemed to be having such a great time.

I really believe that Showmasters and the Milton Keynes Shopping Centre had no idea of what they had taken on. I witnessed a rather panicky conversation between some of the organisers - they seemed to be worried about the level of protection for the guys and were apparently trying to round up some burly escorts for them. I also saw a couple of people from some magazine trying to bribe someone so they could interview Elijah. The person concerned threw the bribe back at them. I don't know if they got their interview, but they were told that he would have to carry on signing while they interviewed him. I hope they didn't. I believe these events should be just for the fans, the press should not even be allowed there, they get plenty of other opportunities.



FRODO's JOURNEY CONTINUES ~ THE BREAKING OF THE FELLOWSHIP:



Mr Frodo!


Find the halfling!












Frodo! Hide here quick!


Elijah(dvd): This is one of my favourite moments between ...oh man, this is great. This ending of the film would not nearly be the same without this.
Dom: They hadn't addressed the fact that to a certain extent Merry and Pippin make that decision for Frodo, you know, say to Frodo, "Go, we will distract the Urukhai for you" which was a really great touch I think.
E: Well, it keeps our connection alive which ... in some ways that was forgotten about to a certain degree.



Phillipa Boyens(dvd): This moment and especially the understanding between Merry and Frodo is very, very important because it shows you that Merry especially, who's slightly brighter, shall we say, than Pippin, has an understanding of what it is that Frodo is doing. And with their usual extraordinary courage these two little hobbits help their friend.



What's he doing?
He's leaving.






Run Frodo! Go on!


Hey, hey, you! Over here!












Frodo. Where is Frodo?


I let Frodo go.


Then you did what I could not. I tried to take the Ring from him.
-The Ring is beyond our reach now.



Forgive me. I did not see it. I have failed you all.


No Boromir. You fought bravely. You have kept your honour.




Be at peace, son of Gondor.






Frodo!










Rick Porras (Co-Producer): "Elijah just really nails this performance, I mean he's just so fantastic. It's amazing, the camera is so close to him, just inches away and yet he's just giving this fantastic performance and really getting you into the moment and you're just so much there with him."

I wish the Ring had never come to me.


I wish none of this had happened.




So do all who live to see such times but that is not for them to decide. All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.




PJ: "The final moments with Frodo here before he decides to go on the boat and then with Sam we actually ended up shooting this twice, didn't we? We shot a version of it where we made it much more of an action climax, a version that was not a good idea, and we realised it was not a good idea when it was shot. We actually had a Uruk-hai attacking Frodo in the water as he was attempting to escape in the boat ... it wasn't ultimately what this part of the story should be about and it was reconceived and we travelled back down to Lake Mavora doing pickups."
PB: "And the great triumph for Frodo is not over some Urak-hai of Saruman's but over the Ring, it is when he grabs that Ring and does not allow the Ring to control him."
















Question: What was the most demanding scene you had to film?
Elijah: It's a moment on the side of the mountain where Frodo collapses and Sam holds Frodo in his arms. It's just a really emotional scene for both Sam, as he is sort of seeing his friend essentially die in his arms, and for Frodo in the sense that he can't remember the things that Sam is trying to make him remember about home and The Shire. It was a really difficult scene and the day that we both felt like we'd actually done everything that there was to do with our roles, I think. We felt like we'd gone to the peak as actors on the film.



TO BE CONTINUED




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primula_baggins
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"And at last I was able to see with my own eyes what so many others had written about after seeing Elijah. He was even more stunning in real life."

Oh baby, you can say that again!

I had never read anything before about their appearance at Collectormania 4. I have seen pictures, and I know they did autographs, but I didn't know anything else. So thanks so much for sharing these details.

And wow, so many gorgeous pictures! Fabulous. Thanks to Msilverstar for the B&W ones. So, beautiful.

I loved how Elijah had to be woken up by Sean. He must've been exhausted. The "noctural emissions" part was funny. lol. Reminds me of him telling us at ORC about another eruption he had. :)

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not_alone
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>>I had never read anything before about their appearance at Collectormania 4<<

Glad I was able to enlighten you a little as to what went on!! The atmosphere at that event was indescribable really, I think it was probably because ROTK still hadn't come out - such an air of excitement.

>>Reminds me of him telling us at ORC about another eruption he had. :)<<

Oh yes, I remember that very well!!

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karin_woywod
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Time:2011-10-30 05:37 am (UTC)

Oh man ! I can't thank you enough for all that you are doing. Never read a transcript of this event. And you had so many photos unknown to me, some of them in breathtaking quality !

I've always thought that all of the cast were 'radiating' at this event, really excited, and enjoying to be there among their fans, never annoyed, never tired.

And I don't think the reason that I like so many of these pics so much, is purely that the autograph sessions happened in bright sunlight, which is rare for these kinds of events . . .

But, watching a few of your Q & A pics, I think I am seeing for the first time what is holding my attraction. Elijah has, apart from a stunning beauty, simply a natural grace. The way he's holding himself, the way he does certain gestures. This 'creature' is just beyond belief, he will always attract the attention of a crowd, whether they know who he is or not !

We are blessed when we are able to witness him 'in the flesh', so to speak.

And yet, he's so youthful, so uncaring about what people might think of him. - 'Nocturnal Emissions' - LOL ! Only Elijah could have a) brought up that subject when he was talking about it to his friends on the plane, and b) agreed to share it with an audience of fans ! ! !

Your remark about that toddler brought it home to me, that it sometimes is hard for me to bring the timelines in synch - the 'Elijah timeline' and my personal timeline. I joined the fandom in 2005, so an event that happened in 2003 is 'ancient Elijah PAST' to me. Yet at the same time, 2003 is the year before I began working at my current workplace, a pharmacy I will soon be leaving after 7 years. So, 2003 is in my thoughts right now as something recent, regarding my personal timeline.

Also, the Elijah of 2003 is, regardless of what anyone is saying about him not aging, so much younger than the Elijah of 2011. Whereas, somehow, the Karin of 2003 is not so much different to the Karin of 2011.

So I am always viewing the history of Elijah and the general history, or my own personal history, as if they happened in different universes - one doesn't have to do with the other, and happened on a completely different planet, LOL !

Thanks for your screen captures and remarks. That scene of Frodo separating from his friends, and what the filmmakers and actors had to say about it, is really moving, and special ! People only being loosely connected with the LOTR films project, and occasional movie goers always say that Elijah didn't act, he always had one expression throughout the entire films. Just look at these few screencaps ! How can they maintain that opinion ? ? ?


On another subject - Elijah and Sean's favourite scene being the 'naked in the dark' sequence is really touching. It's an outstanding scene, compared with any other movie out there - this scene alone is really Oscar - worthy ! And I can understand, what an arduous work must be behind it, and the emotions you have to conjure as an actor. I think portraying such a scene and pouring all that you have to give into it, to bare your emotional human core, so to speak, is really challenging and a tough thing to do. And to have to go through such a process together, and to be that close physically and emotionally, and to exhaust yourself by bringing these emotions to the fore, and lying literally in each others arms, must also have been a pretty intense bonding experience.

So thank you for bringing it up. I think your chapters make me appreciate both the work and enthusiasm that went into the LOTR films and the really fine specimens of human beings we have here in real life, so much more !

Thank you for that !

Love,

- Karin.

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not_alone
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Time:2011-10-30 09:39 pm (UTC)
Glad to know that, of all people, a lot of this was new to you. It's nice to be able to give something back!

>>I've always thought that all of the cast were 'radiating' at this event, really excited, and enjoying to be there among their fans, never annoyed, never tired.<<

You're absolutely right! I put it down to the fact that ROTK still hadn't been released so there was an almost electric excitement in the air. I've seen Elijah several times since then but I have to say I have never since seen him so animated, so excited, in such high spirits and just so happy! And I know this word has been used a lot about Elijah but he really did glow!!

>>This 'creature' is just beyond belief, he will always attract the attention of a crowd, whether they know who he is or not !<<

I couldn't agree more:)

Re timelines, in many ways 2003 feels very recent to me. But then, I am very ancient, and it's true that as you get older you perceive time very differently.

>>and occasional movie goers always say that Elijah didn't act, he always had one expression throughout the entire films. Just look at these few screencaps ! How can they maintain that opinion ? ? ?<<

Those people annoy me so much!!

>>Elijah and Sean's favourite scene being the 'naked in the dark' sequence is really touching.<<

What was it Sean said about this? "The most sacred acting experience of my life" I believe. It obviously had a massive impact on both of them:)

Many thanks for your kind comments Karin - I'm so glad you enjoyed this chapter:)






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not_alone
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That is such a clear pic of the tattoo - and his undies!! I have got it but I tried to avoid posting pics with names on (unless they were easily removeable!!). In some ways it would be easier if I made these posts private, I could probably post more pics, but I like to make them accessible to most.Perhaps when I get a chance I'll try and round up all the pics I think may be unseen by most and post them over at EF:)
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elijahs_mumble
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Time:2011-10-30 12:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much this was perfect! The part about the nocturnal emisssions made me smile. I'd have told Sean he is not normal too! Lol.
Looking forward to the second part of this chapter!
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not_alone
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Time:2011-10-30 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks Patrick - glad you enjoyed it! That conversation was so funny!

The second q&a the next day was even better:)
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shirebound
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Time:2011-10-30 02:12 pm (UTC)
at last I was able to see with my own eyes what so many others had written about after seeing Elijah.

I'm so happy you finally achieved this dream. Thank you again for sharing these lovely memories with us.
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not_alone
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You're very welcome SB - glad you enjoyed it:)
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msilverstar
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Time:2011-10-30 02:59 pm (UTC)
WHAT A WEEKEND!!!

I'm sorry we didn't meet there, but there were a lot of people!

I don't know if I've plugged myself before but my notes on Elijah and Sean on the second day are http://www.livejournal.com/users/msilverstar/49554.html and http://www.livejournal.com/users/msilverstar/49790.html -- use them as you see fit :-)

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shirebound
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I just read your posts, and am thrilled you had this experience. Thanks for transcribing all the fun Q&A.
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not_alone
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I just wish everyone could have that chance. I've been so lucky to see him several times. He's always stunning, but I've never seen him as radiant as he was that day:)
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janejanejane
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Time:2011-10-30 06:47 pm (UTC)
Brilliant and well worth waiting for! Thank you yet again for sharing this and bringing back so many memories...

We went to Collectormania and it was the first time we'd attending anything like this. I had a shocking cold, but we joined that huge, long queue... only to find we were in the one for tickets to see Dom!

I like Dom, of course, but it was Elijah I so desperately wanted to see and the number was so big there was little likelihood of me even seeing Dom... I felt devastated!

PS It's great to see the pics from that final part of FOTR and to remember when we were there in NZ on the Red Carpet Tours :-)

Long story short, I did get to see Dom, had a photo signed, but all the time my eyes kept flicking across to Elijah who was at the next table and I managed to say a few words to him as well as to Dom.

The rest of the day I was glued to the outside of that plate glass window just drinking in the unbelievable sight of Elijah's beauty in the real, living flesh... I could have died happy then and there!

They did extend it to another day, but I was at work on the Monday as was Chris and we couldn't "take a sicky" as some people said they would. But I did get to see Elijah and it was wonderful! It also made me determined to make the most of a Gold Pass at LFCC!

PS It's great to see the pics from the end of FOTR and to remember standing there at Mavora Lakes with Red Carpet Tours :-)

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not_alone
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Time:2011-10-30 10:27 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, what a shock to find you weren't even in his queue!! I didn't get to meet any of the other cast members who were at the event, I just had to concentrate all my efforts on Elijah and, as you know, I never reached him on the Sunday.

Yes, there was quite a good view through that window, wasn't there? I believe the organisers became worried about the amount of people there, thinking they might lean on the glass and break it!

I'm ashamed to admit we did take sickies for the Monday. I did feel very guilty but when I think about what happened that day (meeting him for the first time) I'll never regret it:)
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trianne
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Time:2011-10-30 07:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, this brings back so many wonderful memories! C4 was my favourite con cos I got to meet Elijah for the first time. I asked the tan jacket of godliness question, much to the embarrassment of my daughters, lol. It was incredible seeing Elijah in the perfect flesh. My favourite pic of him is one taken with my then thirteen year old daughter, A. He was very sweet with her. Sean was lovely, too, he took a pic of the two of us with my camera because I'd got a bout of my usual technoinadequacy. And Dom was just Dom, funny and cute. Best of all was meeting so many amazing friends and talented writers; yes, C4 was just fantastic in every way! Thank you for allowing us to revisit it :) x
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not_alone
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Time:2011-10-30 10:45 pm (UTC)
Aha, so it was you who asked the jacket question!! I remember that so well:) C4 is very special to me too - even though I've seen Elijah several times since then, I've never seen him so radiant as he was that first time. And because it was pre-ROTK, there was such an air of excitement everywhere!! Many thanks for your comment - nice to see you here:)
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mumis
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Time:2011-10-31 09:19 am (UTC)
Wonderful post thank you so much I really enjoy it!:)

*hugs*
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not_alone
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Time:2011-10-31 02:15 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Mumis - I'm so glad you enjoyed it:)
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(Anonymous)
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Time:2011-10-31 02:15 pm (UTC)
.. LOL.

What a fantastic double-chapter. Great choice of photos, they show how much fun the guys had and also how close they were. There must be hundreds of pics out there with Dom whispering something to Elijah or vice versa. And that corduroy jacket. It's ugly, but it's Elijah's, so I'd also accept to see it on the cat-walk.
".. handmade scrolls detailing the rules of Tag.." OMG, I can imagine our hobbits bathing in a sea of affection back then.

I love the last picture - it is truly beautiful.

And thank you for the end quote. I knew that Sean Astin thought Mount Doom was the "most sacred" experience he'd had as an actor, but it's nice to know that it's also special to Elijah.

How can you possibly remember so many details of what they said?? That's remarkable! Did you write it down afterwards?
I didn't know that they made Frodo's voice lower in ADR. They (?) made it lower? Or did he? I always get goose bumps listening to Frodo's monologue when he walks through Bag End after the quest.

Dear NotAlone, the scene at the river is breathtaking. It shows Frodo's aloneness, his sadness and his strength. The moment you see - in Frodo's face - that he decides to leave .. I'm lost for words ... Frodo is my hero, and he will always be.

And it's also true what Rick Porras said: great acting!
The alternative version for that scene: you can't imagine how glad I am we were spared that. Shudder.

Thank you for this gorgeous chapter. It made my day.

Anne

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not_alone
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Time:2011-10-31 09:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks Anne - glad you enjoyed it.

>>And thank you for the end quote. I knew that Sean Astin thought Mount Doom was the "most sacred" experience he'd had as an actor, but it's nice to know that it's also special to Elijah.<<

Yes, the shooting of that seemed to have a massive impact on both of them, and on everyone involved - including PJ!

>>How can you possibly remember so many details of what they said?? That's remarkable! Did you write it down afterwards?<<

I did write it down afterwards but I wasn't able to remember everything without the help of several transcripts posted by others who had either recorded it or taken notes! So what I posted here was a mixture of my own recollections and extracts from other reports.

>>They (?) made it lower? Or did he? I always get goose bumps listening to Frodo's monologue when he walks through Bag End after the quest.<<

I'm sure Elijah made it lower himself: I agree about his monologue at the end - so beautiful, but so sad.

>>And it's also true what Rick Porras said: great acting!
The alternative version for that scene: you can't imagine how glad I am we were spared that. Shudder.<<

I'm very glad they didn't go down that path!! Imagine not having that beautiful scene, nor the one that follows it with Frodo and Sam in the boat!







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woodfrodo
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Time:2011-10-31 04:11 pm (UTC)
Nice..thanks..p, for this journey! Haven't seen about 4 or 5 clips here! And probably just me but do liked his hair....he's good in any style. Happy Halloween! ^__^*
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not_alone
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Time:2011-10-31 09:09 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - glad you enjoyed it:) Hope you're enjoying Halloween!
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lovethosehobbit
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Time:2011-11-01 04:48 pm (UTC)
God he is so beautiful. I wish, I hope that someday I will finally get to meet this extraordinary young man,...it's on my bucket list!
Thanks so much for these continued reports...I love seeing and hearing how he felt about it all.
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not_alone
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Time:2011-11-01 07:16 pm (UTC)
>>God he is so beautiful<<

He sure is!! I do hope you'll get to meet him one day:)
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verangel
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Time:2011-11-02 09:42 am (UTC)
I should be sleeping but I had to read this. Your report and pictures make me feel I was there and also take me back to when I wasn't even a part of this. He is stunningly beautiful. I loved the part where they were talking about Dom and Elijah waking up in the middle of the night and "emissions". heehee
Also, the appendix scars. poor baby.
Dom and Elijah are so cute signing. Very impish. I truly cannot imagine Elijah signing 1000 times. That has to hurt.
Hugs you so close and thank you for these treasures. xoxooxxo love v
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not_alone
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Time:2011-11-03 10:31 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome - thanks for postponing your sleep to read it, so glad you enjoyed this chapter:)
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Time:2011-11-05 05:47 pm (UTC)
Hi Pauline,

Hope you are well. I haven't been very active online lately, but I wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading - and looking at - this wonderful chaper of 'Journey.' I recall reading your report from Milton Keynes at the time - wasn't it at a Q&A here that Elijah ran around the room before leaping onto the stage? Or perhaps I'm thinking of some other event? Beautiful screencaps from one of my very favourite FOTR scenes, and I also love Rick Porras's comments on Elijah's performance in the DVD commentary -he deserves great praise.

What do you think of the latest 'Hobbit' video diary? I had to do a double-take when I watched it last night and saw Elijah as Frodo with his 3D glasses on! I had wondered how Frodo would look 12 years after EW began filming the tilogy. Elijah still looks younger than he actually is, but he HAS matured since we first met Frodo in FOTR. I couldn't quite believe how time seemes to have stood still, that Frodo looks the same as he always did. I can't wait to see him in the film, brief though it may be.

Thanks for the sharing the memories, and take care.

~ Blossom.
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not_alone
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Time:2011-11-05 10:06 pm (UTC)
Hi Blossom - what a nice surprise to see you here!! I'm ok thanks, hope you are too:)

>>wasn't it at a Q&A here that Elijah ran around the room before leaping onto the stage?<<

Yes, it was at this event but it was on the following evening, the Sunday, that that happened and I'll be writing about that in Part 2 of this chapter. Actually, as wonderful as the Sat q&a was, the one on Sunday was even better!!

>>I also love Rick Porras's comments on Elijah's performance in the DVD commentary -he deserves great praise.<<

Yes, I'm so glad someone on the dvd praised his brilliant performance in that scene.

Oh yes, I did see PJ's latest Hobbit vid and I was amazed we were allowed to see Frolijah, albeit in huge 3D glasses!! Did you see the pics that Eric Vespe posted a couple of days ago? These were taken of Frodo from a distance and it was just like being transported back to 1999 - he looked exactly the same!! In the vid you can see that he is now leaner in the face, the 'puppy fat' has gone, but even so it's amazing that he's changed so little and is still able to play that part so long after. It must have been bitter sweet for him - he's back in LA now. PJ was determined he would be included in some way and it sounds as if they've found the perfect way to do it. Just wish it could be for longer. I wonder if he'll be in the second film. I'd like to see him appear at the end in some way:)

Many thanks for your comments:)

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