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Subject:A Journey With Frodo - Ch54 - 'The Dolphin is Dead'
Time:09:59 pm
*Sigh* I'm sure LJ and Photobucket are plotting against me when it comes to progress on 'Journey'. They take it on themselves to completely change everything and at first give you the option to revert to the old version. Then suddenly that option is gone and you're left trying to work out what's happened. I'm finding the new Photobucket particularly difficult to get to grips with. I haven't checked yet if all my old links are still working - I'm too scared to!! Anyway, one way or another I've managed to squeeze out Chapter 54 which covers the unforgettable interview with 'Hans Jenssen', Elijah's hosting of Saturday Night Live and the WizardvKnicks 'game'. Unfortunately I only have a few pics from SNL - I have it on a dvd and could possibly have taken pics from the tv screen but I know these never work out very well.

In Frodo's story we have herbs, stewed rabbit and oliphaunts!!

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 the new chapter:

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As most of the LOTR cast arrived in Berlin for the Return of the King premiere there on 10 December 2003, Elijah had to leave Germany and return to New York as he was due to appear on the US TV programme 'Saturday Night Live' on 13 December. Shortly before that event, however, he was required to take part in some press interviews from his New York hotel. This was when, very early one morning, he encountered a certain 'Hans Jenssen' and the interview that followed would go down in LOTR fandom history!! The interviewer, of course, was none other than Dominic Monaghan in disguise. We wouldn't get to see this until the release of the extended dvd where it would appear as an 'Easter Egg'.

Elijah introduces the interview on the dvd and explains the set-up:

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Dom, "the genius that is Hans Jenssen", inteviews Mr Woods. He tells us, "He has incredible blue eyes and I have been searching for him all my life".

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The interview was carried out via satellite, Dom could see Elijah but Elijah couldn't see Dom.

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I won't repeat the whole interview here, just a few gems, such as:

HJ: Do you kick balls?"
E: Hysterical laughter." No, I do not kick balls."

HJ: "Sean Astin is gay."
E: "No".
HJ: "Sean Astin is not gay?"
E: " No, no no no no."

HJ: "Do you wear wigs?"
E: " No I do not."
HJ: "Have you worn wigs?"
E: " No I have not."
HJ:"Will you wear wigs?"
E: " Maybe."
HJ: "When will you wear wigs?"
E: Hysterical laughter.

And who could ever forget ...
HJ: "You make a movie called 'Flipper'. Very famous movie. The dolphin is dead. Did you know this?"
E: "No, I did not know that. That's terrible."
HJ: "Died in a car accident."

By the way, I wonder how many people have noticed that the man who was responsible for making the rings for LOTR was named Jens Hanssen!!!

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"I don't know if anybody could hate you Mr Woods, with your eyes and your American voice."

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Suspicions ...

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The truth is revealed!!

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Bleep! Bleep! Bleep!!

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I love you! That made my day!

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Love you brother, big kisses, bye!

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13 December 2003 - Saturday Night Live:

From Stanford University Arts & Entertainment Paper:

Ryan: You're doing Saturday Night Live, right?
Elijah: That's right.
Ryan: That's pretty exciting.. what kind of preparation have you done-- you've talked to them . . . ?
Elijah: I've talked to them very briefly, I've not done anything to prepare yet-- my mind is kind of being pulled left and right for all the press I'm doing for Lord of the Rings, but I start next week, next Monday, and it'll basically be a full week devoted to rehearsal and the writing process and all of that for the show. So, I'll really sort of get it all kind of sussed out next week, but I'm scared sh**less.
Ryan: No, I can imagine. Just watch out for, like, "Dildo Baggins" jokes or whatever
Elijah: Oh, I'm sure there's gonna be some sort of LOTR's reference.
Ryan: Do you know who's the musical guest?
Elijah: The musical guest is Jet, which will be kind of fun.

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Frodo had to make an appearance, of course!!
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14 December 2003

Elijah, Dom and Billy attended the Wizards v Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. Confession: I actually have no idea what we're talking about here - basketall, baseball or American football!! I hate sport with a passion and even after Googling I'm none the wiser about this!! But I do love these pics:D

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(All comments are from the dvd commentary unless otherwise stated)

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Look! Look! See what Smeagol finds?
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They are young. They are tender. They are nice.
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Yes they are. Eat them! Eat them!
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You'll make him sick you will ...
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... behaving like that.
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There's only one way to eat a brace of coneys.
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What's it doing?
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Dom: "My mom's favourite character is Gollum even though her son plays Merry. I mean, come on!"
Sean: "My favourite character was Treebeard and then Gollum when I read the books."
Elijah: "Gollum's always been one of my favourite characters ever since 'The Hobbit'"

E: "Did you see the episode of 'South Park'? They parodied The Lord of the Rings and they made one of the characters into Gollum as well. It was just magic."

Stupid, fat Hobbit!
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It ruins it.
-What's to ruin? There's hardly any meat on them.
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What we need is a few good taters
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What's taters, precious? What's taters eh?
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Po-ta-tos! Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew!
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E: "It's gonna be sad to see Smeagol fade away actually, it's gonna be heartbreaking. Because you really do connect and that's another thing I was so impressed with in the film and, not something I really connected with while reading the script because I didn't know how it would pan out, but the differences between Smeagol and Gollum and how very different they are and how you can actually connect with Smeagol and feel this kind of disdain for and fear of Gollum as two very different characters. And you fall in love with Smeagol in this movie, I was so impressed with how well that duality worked, you know, and how very distinct those differences are as two very different characters and how you can feel so very differently for both of them. I love that."

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Mr Frodo?
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Who are they?
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Wicked men. Servants of Sauron.
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They are called to Mordor.
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The Dark One is gathering all armies to him.
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It won't be long now. He will soon be ready.
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Ready to do what?
-To make his war. The last war that will cover all the world in Shadow.
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We've got to get moving. Come on, Sam.
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Mr Frodo!
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It's an oliphaunt!
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Andrew Lesnie: "It was at this exact point that they demanded that if I didn’t act in Sean’s short film they were going to be incredibly unco-operative for the rest of the day – that was Sean and Elijah and Andy – they were all looking at me square in the face – I’d just stepped up to take a light reading, and I said “so if I agree to be in your film you’re going to be more co-operative for the rest of the day”, I said “you’re not going to stuff around , we’re all going to get on with this?” and they said “yeah, if you say yes” and I said yes and they went “ok” – it sort of took me by surprise!!"

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No-one at home will believe this.
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E: "For those of you at home who are as impressed by the oliphaunts as I think all of us are, get ready for Return of the King 'cos they're coming back!! There's quite a lot of oliphaunts in Return of the King actually."

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E: "I remember there was quite a lot of difficulty in ironing out Faramir's path and our connection to Faramir and how it was all going to play out."

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We've lingered here too long.
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Come on, Sam
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Wait! We're innocent travellers!
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There are no travellers in this land. Only servants of the Dark Tower.
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We are bound to an errand of secrecy.
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Those that claim to oppose the enemy would do well not to hinder us.
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The enemy?
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Richard Taylor: "It was important to Peter, with the dead Harradrhim that Faramir so recklessly turns over with his foot, that he felt very close to Frodo’s age so that Frodo would have an empathy for the loss of life that’s starting to unfold, even in the enemy, in this battle that’s unfolding around them."

His sense of duty was no less than yours, I deem. You wonder what his name is ...
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...where he came from.
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And if he was really evil at heart.
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What lies or threats led him on this long march from home
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If he would not rather have stayed there. In peace.
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War will make corpses of us all. Bind their hands.
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"I don't know if anybody could hate you Mr Woods, with your eyes and your American voice."

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Time:2013-03-17 10:17 pm (UTC)
I love that interview so much. My son and I still watch it a couple times a year and we both still crack up just as much as the first time we saw it. The SNL program was so much fun, too.

And I love this part of the movie - one of my favorites.

Thank you continuing on with this wonderful project. *hugs*
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Time:2013-03-18 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks Addie, glad you enjoyed it. That interview never fails to make me laugh:)
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Time:2013-03-17 10:18 pm (UTC)
I love seeing those SNL screenshots; it seems like forever ago since I saw that episode.

I agree about Photobucket! It's not the easiest site to navigate, and no mistake.
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Time:2013-03-18 08:53 pm (UTC)
I haven't watched SNL for ages either, must find time to watch it again.

It took me ages to get to grips with PB in the first place - now I feel I'm having to start from scratch!!
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Time:2013-03-17 11:45 pm (UTC)
I've resisted these chapters for so long.. but no more.

( I think it's because i've missed so much that i always vow to start at the beginning, and then never get the time.. and so each episode, shamefully, gets lost.. )

This is wonderful. I love that happy excitement at the end of the interview. It's such a joy to behold. SNL isn't so familiar to me. I've only seen it once years ago and have lost the videos. But Frodo's journey.. wow! Love the screencaps ( do you do your own?) love the commentary, love that it's all interwoven with what was going on at the time.. fabulous!!! Now i really must make time for all i'm missing!!
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Time:2013-03-18 09:05 pm (UTC)
I can't believe I've been working on this since 2006!! Whenever I've taken a quick glance at the early chapters I just itch to get down to doing some editing - I've got better at doing it as time has gone on. Trouble is, I know once I start doing that it's just delaying me finishing the project so I have to hold back. Yes, I do my own screencaps. I think in some of the very early chapters I may have used a few others but now I prefer to do my own. Anyway, best of luck if you do start reading it - hope you have a few days to spare, lol!! Glad you enjoyed this chapter:)
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Time:2013-03-17 11:55 pm (UTC)
fantastic chapter!
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Time:2013-03-18 09:06 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - glad you enjoyed it:)
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Time:2013-03-18 01:42 am (UTC)
wonderful chapter. thank you! (I think that SNL epi was the last one i ever watched. I loved Frodo and Gollum living together in an apt......if the Ring had gone alone into Its destruction, I could see that happening. Who, possibly, would understand each other better?)
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Time:2013-03-18 09:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks Jan, glad you enjoyed it.

>>I could see that happening. Who, possibly, would understand each other better?)<<

How true!! They could commiserate with each other over the loss of their Precious:)
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Time:2013-03-18 08:13 am (UTC)
Those pictures take me back thanks again for doing this for us:)
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Time:2013-03-18 09:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks Carol, glad you enjoyed it:)
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Time:2013-03-18 01:39 pm (UTC)
A treasure as always.

Love... and thank you!

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Time:2013-03-18 09:10 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, Rak. Glad you enjoyed it:)
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Time:2013-03-18 08:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much as always for another interesting and enjoyable chapter!

I loved that "interview" with Dom as Hans Jenssen, it was hilarious :-D

The screencaps are great and bring back so many memories...

Btw, that sounds like a basketball match with the Wizards and the Knicks. We used to watch US basketball on TV at one time with our son being really into the sport.

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Time:2013-03-18 09:13 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Jane, glad you enjoyed it.

Ahh, basketball. Thanks for that info - it's odd that with everything that came up when I googled, nothing mentioned what it actually was:)
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Time:2013-03-18 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for another wonderful chapter. The Hans Jenssen interview makes me laugh just by seeing your screen captures of it. And it's great to know that Elijah and Dom are still such good friends.
I also loved the screencaps from the Herbs, Stewed Rabbit and Oliphaunts scenes. You know, every time I see screencaps from the films I have a fresh wave of awe for Elijah's acting. Here it was that screencap of Frodo when he first spots the Southron soldiers. His face is so full of dismay. And his fingers, digging into the ground. I had never really noticed these details before. Wonderful!
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Time:2013-03-18 09:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks Ambree, glad you enjoyed it. The Hans Jenssen interview never fails to make me laugh! I agree, it's so good to know Elijah and Dom are still really close. They seemed to hit it off straight away - at least, when Elijah had got used to Dom's Brit humour:)

>>And his fingers, digging into the ground. I had never really noticed these details before. Wonderful!<<

It seems that every time I watch a scene from the films, I always notice something new, usually some little detail involving Elijah such as this one:)
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Time:2013-03-19 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! It was lovely to see all these pics and screencaps again - especially the SNL pics with the Christmas stuff, love them! :D
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Time:2013-03-20 09:15 pm (UTC)
Many thanks, glad you enjoyed it:)
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Time:2013-03-20 06:13 pm (UTC)
Wonderful chapter, my friend, thank you! The Knicks & Wizards are basketball teams. I also love that the sort-of-ginger-haired guy sitting next to the blonde woman (who is actress Stephanie March) next to Elijah is celebrity chef Bobby Flay. (Ms. March is his wife.) He wasn't quite as famous in 2003 as he is now!
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Time:2013-03-20 09:21 pm (UTC)
Many thanks NL, glad you enjoyed it. Ah yes, Jane said she thought it might be basketball so she was right. I've never heard those names you mention but I suppose they're more well-known in the US. I wonder if Elijah was aware that he's a chef, he'd have liked that, being the foodie he is:)
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Time:2013-03-22 01:39 am (UTC)
What a KID Elijah Wood looks in these photos. I know, I know, he pretty much *was* a kid. I often scratch my head at how much time has passed since the films came out.

Thanks so much, Paulie. You are such a find chronicler. :)

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Time:2013-03-22 08:40 pm (UTC)
>>I often scratch my head at how much time has passed since the films came out.<<

I know the feeling, I find it hard to grasp too. And I've been working on 'Journey' for nearly 7 years. That's scary!

Many thanks, Mechtild:)
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Time:2013-03-25 07:29 am (UTC)
Loved your continuing saga...can't wait for more.
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Time:2013-03-25 08:34 pm (UTC)
Many thanks - glad you enjoyed it:)
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Time:2013-04-09 12:58 am (UTC)
Wonderful chapter ! I remember the SNL episode, the Queer Eye for Santa was my favorite sketch ! :)
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Time:2013-04-09 04:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks Patrick. Yes, SNL was great. I have the whole thing on dvd but haven't watched it for ages - I really must remedy that soon:)
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