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Rest in peace, Bob Anderson.
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Jan 2 2012, 10:55pm

Post #26 of 39 (501 views)
Rest in Peace sir [In reply to] Can't Post

He had a great career and a wonderful life.

Rest in Peace Mister Anderson.

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere." - Albert Einstein.


Jan 2 2012, 11:16pm

Post #27 of 39 (552 views)
Nicely said Ruxendil_T [In reply to] Can't Post

It is such that so many times a person is not fully realized or revealed until the passing. It was so with Bob for me. Watching those two video was a study. The Flynn fight had been...ages since i had seen that. Viggo felt it a true honour to know and work with him.

It was an amazing life and one to celebrate with gladness. I am sure in the appendices (sure as sand they will be) that a tribute to him will be there. It is a stab to know that he was there working with TH. But you know, he just might have thought that , that if he was to go, it was to be doing something to contribute to a work that shall become 'one for the ages' , because he surely will be:).

''Sam put his ragged orc-cloak under his master's head, and covered them both with the grey robe of Lorien; and as he did so his thoughts went out to that fair land, and to the Elves, and he hoped that the cloth woven by their hands might have some virtue to keep them hidden beyond all hope in this wilderness of fear...But their luck held, and for the rest of that day they met no living or moving thing; and when night fell they vanished into the darkess of Mordor.'' - - -rotk, chapter III

Faerie contains many things besides elves and fays and besides dwarfs, witches, trolls, giants or dragons; it holds the seas, the sun, the moon, the sky; and the earth, and all things that are one in it: tree and bird, water and stone, wine and bread, and ourselves, mortal men, when we are enchanted."
J.R.R. Tolkien

May the grace of Manw let us soar with eagle's wings!

In the air, among the clouds in the sky
Here is where the birds of Manwe fly
Looking at the land, and the water that flows
The true beauty of earth shows
With the stars of Varda lighting my way
In all the realms this is where I stay
In the realm of Manw Slimo

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Jan 3 2012, 1:36am

Post #28 of 39 (545 views)
What a legacy! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you for that link.

He was a true master of the craft!


"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915


Jan 3 2012, 4:16am

Post #29 of 39 (511 views)
PJ says, via Facebook [In reply to] Can't Post

It is a rare, even within the film industry, that you get to work with a legend which was why I was thrilled when Bob Anderson agreed to come on board The Lord of the Rings as our sword-master. In fact, it took a while for it to sink in that I was going to get to work with the same man who had helped create some of cinema's greatest fight sequences - from Star Wars to The Princess Bride. Bob was a brilliant swordsman and a gifted teacher; I will remember him as a wonderfully patient man, possessed of a terrific sense of humour. It was a privilege to have known him.

Hobbit firster, Book firster.


Jan 3 2012, 10:30am

Post #30 of 39 (486 views)
*mods up* Wonderful.... // [In reply to] Can't Post



I really need these new films to take me back to, and not re-introduce me to, that magical world.

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Jan 3 2012, 4:00pm

Post #31 of 39 (504 views)
He really got to do what he wanted [In reply to] Can't Post

Bob, thanks for the great sword fights. I am sure you inspired many to similar work! Your legacy will continue.


Jan 3 2012, 4:23pm

Post #32 of 39 (501 views)
Unknowingly, he has inspired me since I was a bobbin [In reply to] Can't Post

I am very sad to hear that he has passed. I never realized he was the same man I had watched giving directions my Princess Bride extras, and I thought was pure magic. Never realized that he was behind the work on StarWars saberwork. Never realized he did Pirates. I think it's an understatement to say that he was a master, and an extraordinary teacher. The fights that will continue to be watched and loved will be a lasting testimony to his skill and passion.
Thank you Bob Anderson for your unfailing passion, and giving your all into something you loved, and showing what the best really is! Rest in peace, and God bless. My earliest memories of the incredible scenes brought to life by you will always be remembered. Heart I think it's safe to say that my love of action and swordplay is partly due to you, and has influenced my writing.

"It's like in the great stories Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And you didn't want to know the end...for how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But then you realize in the end it's just a passing thing, this shadow. A new day will come! And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stuck with you, that meant something. Even if you were too small to understand. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. The folk in those stories a lot of chances of turnin' back only they didn't. They kept going, because they were holdin' on to something."
"What are we holding onto, Sam?"
"That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it's worth fighting for!"


Jan 3 2012, 8:44pm

Post #33 of 39 (499 views)
neither did I [In reply to] Can't Post

The first movies I watched were SW and The princess Bride. four, maybe five years ago, I first watched LOTR and about the same time I watched POTC for the first time. I never knew he worked on those until I read the LOTR FOTR movie guide book. It is so sad that he has left us. May his work continue to inspire stick fights in backyards and school yards across the globe. Rest In Peace Bob Anderson. He was not just A master of fencing and sword work, but THE master.


Jan 4 2012, 1:45am

Post #34 of 39 (479 views)
Well said... [In reply to] Can't Post

Bob Anderson at work must have been so exciting to watch. I'm in awe just seeing his impact on others.


I really need these new films to take me back to, and not re-introduce me to, that magical world.

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Jan 4 2012, 3:37am

Post #35 of 39 (490 views)
New York Times obit [In reply to] Can't Post

Nice write-up and lovely photo.

Bob Anderson, Sword Master, Dies at 89

Tol Eressea

Jan 4 2012, 5:09am

Post #36 of 39 (488 views)
Thank you for posting that, PattyJB [In reply to] Can't Post

The photo makes me wish to have seen him in action on the set of LOTR...demonstrating the movements... the only time I'd ever seen him in action was in Making of Empire Strikes Back, SPFX. Those who had the opportunity to work with him or to be trained by him were highly privileged indeed.

I can only wonder, who could possibly take over for him, on the Hobbit as well as for sword-combat scenes in films in general henceforth? There's WIlliam Hobbs, who I also admire, but he's got quite a different style. There's nobody quite like Grumpy Bob, I mean, the Maestro. This is a heavy loss.

"That doesn't make much sense to me. But then again, you are quite small. Perhaps you're right."

Tol Eressea

Jan 4 2012, 7:03am

Post #37 of 39 (499 views)
May we all live life as fully as Mr. Anderson [In reply to] Can't Post

I think Bob Anderson is a wonderful inspiration. He lived a long life, did what he loved, and proved that age is just a number.
Bob Anderson, gone but never forgotten.


Jan 4 2012, 8:08pm

Post #38 of 39 (462 views)
RIP [In reply to] Can't Post

I love his work and learned swordplay from watching the behind the scenes on LOTR and POTC. I will really miss him. always wanted to meet him.


Jan 4 2012, 8:12pm

Post #39 of 39 (522 views)
RIP Bob :( [In reply to] Can't Post

Death of an absolute legend, his "skill with a blade" will be greatly missed Frown

~*Haudh-en-Ndengin the Elves named it, the Hill of Slain, and Haugh-en-Nirnaeth, the Hill of tears... the earth beneath which the swords of the Eldar and the Edain crumbled into rust*~

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