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Subject:I MISS IT SO MUCH ....
Time:08:11 pm
Current Mood:nostalgicnostalgic
... the LOTR Fan Club Mag, that is. Every couple of months this treasure would plop through my letter box - oh, the delicious excitement of wondering what little gems would be revealed this time!! And then, like all good things, it came to an end. Anyway, I thought I'd post a little snippet, for those who didn't have it. But first, I must mention something that suddenly occurred to me when I was watching the LOTR dvd appendices (again!). I remember reading somewhere that Stuart Townsend had taken part in the six weeks of training prior to filming - so when Costa Botes and others were filming the behind-the-scenes stuff, he would have appeared in a lot of it. So there must have been a load of footage we weren't able to see for that reason - unless they were somehow able to edit him out. Just wondering if anyone else had thought about that.

So, that little snippet from the fan club mag with a few appropriate pics - I love how they used to race each other!!


“So what exactly went into the process of turning Wood into a Hobbit? First, [Nancy] Hennah would slick Wood’s hair with a gel that when dry had a texture similar to concrete. Next, the Hobbit ears were glued on. “The ears are made out of foam latex” she says. “ Every actor who played a Hobbit or an Elf had casts made of their ears at the beginning of the shoot. Prosthetics were then modelled off those casts creating a perfect fit for each individual actor” Once the ears were on, Hennah would blend them to match the skin tone and would apply the makeup. “Elijah didn’t need much – he’s got beautiful skin!” she admits.



Time for a spot of brekkie!!






Lastly, the actor’s wig was put on, glued onto the forehead and then pinned in the back. The entire process “takes about an hour to do – 45 minutes if we are racing.” Hennah says. “Elijah and I used to race to beat Sean Astin. It always seemed that Sean got out of the chair before he did”.





Hair and makeup is not the sort of thing that could be done in the morning and then the actors would be fine all day: the makeup artists would literally be with the actors all day long. “We are the first people they have contact with in the morning as they sit in the chair, and then we go with them on set and we stand by them all day” Hennah says (LOTR Fan Club Mag)





And the result of all these ministrations - the perfect - and very beautiful - incarnation of Frodo Baggins of the Shire. I'm sure Tolkien would have been delighted:

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shirebound
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Time:2005-06-30 09:19 pm (UTC)
Wow, that final picture is... *stares* Thank you for sharing this!

*stares some more*
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not_alone
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Time:2005-07-01 10:58 am (UTC)
Someone once described that pic as being "almost frightening in its perfection". I know exactly what she means:)
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baranduin
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Time:2005-06-30 09:26 pm (UTC)
That made me so nostalgic! I loved that magazine. I'd always get very antsy when people would get their copy and I'd still be waitint for mine :-)
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not_alone
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Time:2005-07-01 11:02 am (UTC)
Because I'm in the UK I'd always get mine quite a bit later than those in the US. I'd see people commenting about it and get so impatient!! But omg - I'd rather have that wait than the nothing we have now:(
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ourdramaqueen
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Time:2005-06-30 09:26 pm (UTC)
*siiiigh*
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not_alone
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Time:2005-07-01 11:04 am (UTC)
I know. *siiigh*
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ladysunrope
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Time:2005-06-30 09:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, I miss it too. And waiting for each December. And speculating for the 11 months of the year before that. And New Zealand. I really do miss New Zealand-it's like an ache -left part of me there I think. *cries a little bit*
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not_alone
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Time:2005-07-01 11:13 am (UTC)
... and the tie-in film books, magazine articles, chat show interviews, wondering when the dvd will come out, when the extended dvd will come out. And yes, New Zealand. I want to go back. *cries a little bit with you*
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aquila0212
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Time:2005-06-30 10:46 pm (UTC)
trianne once said that Elijah was a living work of art. This just proves it -- see, she's painting him!
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not_alone
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Time:2005-07-01 11:18 am (UTC)
Wish I could paint him:) *am jealous*
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not_alone
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Time:2005-07-01 11:25 am (UTC)
I loved Frodo so much, and nobody but Elijah could have brought him to life the way he did.

Elijah once said he thought PJ was born to make LOTR. I agree - and I believe Elijah was born to be Frodo. I really believe it was meant to be. Confession time!! I spent a lot of money on EBay for a tiny scrap of the material that Frodo's travelling coat was made from. Worth every penny:)

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peripety
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Time:2005-07-01 12:43 am (UTC)
Fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing the article and pictures :)
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not_alone
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Time:2005-07-01 11:26 am (UTC)
Thank you - glad you enjoyed them:)
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annwyn55
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Time:2005-07-01 03:56 am (UTC)
“We are the first people they have contact with in the morning as they sit in the chair, and then we go with them on set and we stand by them all day” Hennah says

She had the best damn job in the world. *sigh* Thanks for the memories, my dear.
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primula_baggins
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Time:2005-07-01 04:01 am (UTC)
Wow Annwyn, your icon is amazing! *stares*
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primula_baggins
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Time:2005-07-01 03:59 am (UTC)
I came into the fandom late and by the time I realized there was a fan magazine, they quit making it! I'm so glad you shared this with us. If there are any other things like this, please share. I love reading this stuff, especially about Elijah/Frodo. The pictures are wonderful. I've never seen any of them, including the last one. Oh, my heart! : ) He is/was so beautiful. *sigh*
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not_alone
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Time:2005-07-01 11:33 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed this - and yes, I will be happy to share some more in the future:)
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Subject:I am in tears...my dear
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Time:2005-07-01 08:10 am (UTC)
Hi my dear friend!
I have just sent you e-mail where I confess being so nostalgy today and afterwards I open your LJ page and...I am in tears. And above it, as I can see, your currently mood is the same....Oh, Pauli, isn´t he so perfect Frodo?
Thank you for sharing your emotion I appreciate so much, I need it.
Kiss, Allie
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not_alone
Subject:Re: I am in tears...my dear
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Time:2005-07-01 11:37 am (UTC)
Hi Allie! I seem to use the 'nostalgic' mood on my LJ more than any other just lately. But its exactly how I feel. I'll be posting a lot more 'memories' in the future.
xx
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wilde_boy_jack
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Time:2005-07-01 10:07 am (UTC)
Wow, that was really interesting! Thanks for sharing that, I never got the Fan Club magazine...those pictures were great too, I hadn't seen some of them before, that last shot is just gorgeous! :)
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not_alone
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Time:2005-07-01 11:41 am (UTC)
Thanks - glad you enjoyed them. Before my computer started to crash on a regular basis, I had that last pic on my desktop. As I mentioned in my reply to someone else, one of my LJ friends once described it as "almost frightening in its perfection" and I know exactly what she means:)
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ink_gypsy
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Time:2005-07-01 02:37 pm (UTC)
I regret so much not joining the fan club, but by the time I found out about it, the magazine was already about six issues in. I did consider it, but in a childish fit, decided if I couldn't have all the issues I wouldn't get any. I regret that now as well. I so envy you having this record of the trilogy and those people who made it the magical experience it was.
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not_alone
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Time:2005-07-01 07:50 pm (UTC)
If I'd joined the fan club just a tiny bit earlier, I could've had my name in the dvd credits!! I'll always regret that - and you may already know that Elijah and many other cast members were included in the fan club section of the credits as they all joined. Elijah was the very first member. I know that just after they finished issuing the fan club mag, it was possible to buy all the back issues from the fan club site - don't know if that still applies.
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janejanejane
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Time:2005-07-01 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for sharing this with us - I didn't join the fanclub and really wish I had now... Those magazines sound amazing - missed them, too! :/

Elijah was most definitely born to be Frodo as was PJ born to make LOTR - I so agree! It was the most wonderful experience and I really wish I could turn the clock back and re-live it all over again...

No one else could ever have played Frodo and brought him so vividly to life - Elijah was absolutely PERFECT! That last pic sums it up completely. I'm so glad that I was around to share in the whole LOTR phenomenon. We shall never see its like again. It has literally changed my life!

NZ next month - paid for the holiday today!
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not_alone
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Time:2005-07-01 09:10 pm (UTC)
"We shall never see its like again. It has literally changed my life!"


LOTR has changed my life too, in so many ways. I now tend to see my life as before and after LOTR!! And I find it hard to remember what 'before' was like. NZ next month!!! I'm so excited for you.
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julchen11
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Time:2005-07-01 10:03 pm (UTC)
As I get the DVD's last year I was lost - I will never get enough of the movies, the pictures, the commentaries and all the stuff around LOTR. I'm watching the movies, especially The Fellowship nearly every day - I can't help doing it and it's always amazing. And your pictures - thank you so much for sharing.
Can't hardly wait for more...
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not_alone
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Time:2005-07-01 10:33 pm (UTC)
"I will never get enough of the movies, the pictures, the commentaries and all the stuff around LOTR"

I will never get enough either- and there is so much to enjoy. So glad you liked the pics. Thanks for commenting:)
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ex_lbilover
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Time:2005-07-02 04:30 pm (UTC)
I came here via Shirebound's post. Thank you so much for sharing the article and photos. I came into the movie fandom a bit late and never joined the fan club, so this is a real treat to see. Oh, and that last photo is simply breathtaking! Was there ever anyone so perfect?
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not_alone
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Time:2005-07-03 01:38 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed the article and pics - I hope to post a few more snippets when I have a chance. And no - there was never anyone that perfect:)
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