"No, Mother, there are no Daleks in Lord of the Rings"
The above is a snippet of a conversation I had with my mother on our return from Collectormania 7. Don't ask - my parents are completely mystified by LOTR - never read the books, won't watch the films.
Anyway, despite the huge, gaping, black hole of emptiness that was Elijah's absence, I rather enjoyed it. I won't write a long report or anything, there are plenty of really good ones around, and I didn't manage to take any pics worth posting. But I did get to meet janejanejane and her husband briefly for the first time which was nice, also salogel42 again who I first met at the unforgettable CM4 - she found me sitting in a rather stunned condition just after my first ever meeting with the Lij. And I got to meet Seanie twice which was lovely as I'd never actually spoken to him before. The first time was on the Sat morning and it was all very fast-moving - he signed his book for me and I passed on a message to him from rakshi, which he was very pleased about, and that was it. But much later in the afternoon I noticed he had an open queue and at that point there was no-one there which was highly unusual. It would have been the perfect chance to get a little chat with him but I had no more cash on me, I was so mad with myself. The next day, having remedied the cash situation, I returned late afternoon again and sure enough, after a while, there were just a couple of people in the queue so I got another pic for him to sign and joined it. But almost immediately other people came up behind me so that put paid to that, although this time he did ask my name and how to spell it so he could personalise the pic (despite the notice saying 'no personalisations') and he took my hand in both of his and shook it very warmly and said he was very pleased to meet me - so it was certainly worth the extra £20!! I think I probably could have engaged him in further conversation - sometimes I'm my own worse enemy, just not pushy enough - I saw others coming after me chatting and posing for pics with him. I really wanted to ask him whether there was any progress on the project he mentioned last year (round the time Lij was in Prague) - something he was working on for him and Lij. Apparently at that time he was having trouble pinning Lij down and getting him to read it. I also wanted to tell him about our trip to Hobbiton and the tour guide telling us about him quite often going missing because he was helping the farm people chase up lost sheep!! Oh well, perhaps another time. I'm so glad to hear that Showmasters seem confident that Elijah will come again.
In other news, something I meant to post some time ago - its amazing how many people independently use that "old soul" description of Elijah - the latest two come from Franka in the Try 17 bts clip and Marc Warren, one of his 'Hooligans' co-stars. From a 'You' magazine article on MW:
"No wonder he bonded so well with the equally otherworldly-looking Elijah Wood, his co-star in the upcoming film Hooligans. 'With Elijah you get this real sense that he's an old soul - those eyes of his look as if he's been around for a long time, so that's why he must have got the part of Frodo".
Apart from the fact that he's such an excellent actor, of course!!
FOTR had its first terrestrial screening on Channel 4 here in the UK on Sat. To quote one tv guide "PJ's multi-award-winning trilogy starts a round of terrestrial screenings that will probably go on forever" (5 stars).
"will probably go on forever". Yes, I like that.
Hope to post more NZ soon:)
And just in case anyone is unaware, loads of pics of Lij at the thingie he went to last night can be found here:
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