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Updates on the updates and general annotations on TH.


Dec 11 2009, 2:58am

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Updates on the updates and general annotations on TH.

So, now that PJ's Lovely Bones tour is almost over, I thought it wise- seeing how some can whip up into a frenzy- to drop by and chat a bit.

A) About ONLY 3 actors returning: I think the emphasis on "only" is what slant the news the wrong way. I cannot imagine Gollum being played by anyone but Andy and in the second script there is still much in discussion to lock everything for now. Both PJ and I chime in on things "as they are at the moment" and, of course, things change.

I, for one, understand where Peter's coming from since 30% of my STRAIN tour questions, HELLBOY II, ORPHANAGE promotion questions, etc, etc where about the Hobbit. At different time we have been closer in locking on a piece of casting or hoping to get a script delivered, etc and things simply changed as we went along. So, don't etch this in stone or anything we both have said in the past, in stone since we communicate what we can when the window of exposure to the press and fans happens.

I still prefer to keep the dialogue open- inexact as it may get- that to remain mum or one-sided with the community that can really understand this project.

B) The target for production. Its simple: we may say what we want but until there are two scripts delivered and budgets and schedules to support them we will be all under a yellow light of development. THAT we have not stopped. As I have reported in the past, we are scouting, designing (my last 3 hour meeting with Weta was this morning) and will not stop. BUT the greenlight and thus commencement can only be granted by the studio. Pete as producer and me as director will do everything we can in the meantime.

C) Is there any trouble brewing with WB? Not at all. All I can say is that they reacted to our delivered script with great delight and we have been receiving strong support in our development.

Smaug is being animation tested, we are editing the previs, doing final selections on Dwarven War Artifacts and Gear and starting many fabrication tests for armies, prosthetics and wardrobes, etc

However, I do plan to be less and less in the public spotlight for two simple reasons: One: I am damn busy prepping this two Behemoths. Two: quite likely, I'll have very limited, if any, promotional time for "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" or "The Fall" (Second Strain book) myself but fear not- I will drop in as much as possible, as always.



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Tol Eressea

Dec 11 2009, 3:03am

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Thanks for the updates!

All sounds very exciting, and it's a relief to hear Andy's definitely back and there may be room for a few more returnees as well.

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Dec 11 2009, 3:06am

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Thanks, as always for taking the time to post here

We're cheering for you, as always (one doesn't 'root' for someone in NZ if you haven't already discovered that Wink).

Rumors are part of the fun for us fans, but do get out of control. We appreciate you bringing the balloon a little closer to earth every now and then. I hope you take some time to enjoy the holidays with your family!

All the best!

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Dec 11 2009, 3:08am

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You are a gentleman and a scholar

And a damn fine human being. (Not to mention a great artist.)

Thanks for the update.

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Dec 11 2009, 3:09am

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As always, appreciate the update even when you don't have to. Stay busy! We like it that way....

"Do not come between the Nazgul and his prey"

Alassëa Eruvande

Dec 11 2009, 3:10am

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Thanks for the update!

It's exciting to hear things are moving along, if not always at the pace we wish!
I hope you are able to enjoy the upcoming holiday with your family.
Thank you again for dropping by!

And suddenly the Ainur saw afar off a light, as it were a cloud with a living heart of flame.


Dec 11 2009, 3:16am

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Thanks so much for taking the time to keep us up to date.

I wish you all the luck on this massive project, and also wish you and yours a very merry Christmas!

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Dec 11 2009, 3:17am

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Did I hear "wardrobe"?

Thank you very much for the updates. Our imaginations do run away with us, sometimes. We appreciate you stopping by to keep us updated. Best of luck with your busy schedule. I hope you get to take some time off for the holidays.

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Dec 11 2009, 3:41am

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Thank you for stopping in, Guillermo!

It's very kind of you to pop your head in the door and calm the masses. :)

Amid all the busy-ness I hope you manage to get some time to yourself over the Christmas/New Year period and get some Wellington sunshine to soak up!

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Dec 11 2009, 3:43am

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thanks for the update!

before the frenzy gets totally out of hand! yours is the best and most trusted news all day! Happy Holidays!!!

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Tol Eressea

Dec 11 2009, 3:49am

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Thanks for the update!

I, for one, appreciate it so much- any time you decide to drop in is great, though naturally you have more important things to do.

Thanks for debunking the rumors, as well. Hopefully this will knock down some of the drama.

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Grey Havens

Dec 11 2009, 5:14am

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Thank you, Mr. Del Toro

For taking time out of your schedule to talk to us. It's very telling of your character, and it's a truly appreciated quality to be found in a director.

Everything sounds good, and any updates regarding Smaug puts a smile on my face. He's my favorite creature in all of Tolkien's works, so I'll be expecting some great things out of old Smaug the Golden (no pressure lol).

I know you don't need me of all people to tell you this, but by all means you guys take your time. I'd rather wait a little longer for a better product. If anything, I'd just like to get my hands on some of that WETA concept art to tide me over. Just a peak Wink.

But I did have one question for you, Mr. Del Toro. As you are certainly aware, almost everyone in Hollywood is discussing how James Cameron has revolutionized special effects with his new film AVATAR. Considering Weta worked on the CGI for that film, are you guys planning on utilizing any new technology from Avatar in bringing THE HOBBIT creatures to life?

All in all, keep up the good work. Thanks again, and happy holidays.

(This post was edited by duats on Dec 11 2009, 5:20am)


Dec 11 2009, 6:18am

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You're a champion Gdt ... thanks

for taking the time to pop in and let us know SOOO much - thats a bulk of information you've shared with tORN, and its nice to see you take the time for us and let us know how its rolling for you and the teams working behind the scenes.
Im looking forward to seeing Dont Be Afraid of the Dark too - hope there's a big opening night in Australia for it.



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Dec 11 2009, 6:27am

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Well this sure beats the crap outta that December 8th announcement :D

Thanks for dropping by Cool

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Tol Eressea

Dec 11 2009, 8:09am

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The "Yellow Face" is Gollum's name for the sun

and thank you for bringing some yellow sunlight into our day.

May you and all the Hobbit crew enjoy your holidays and have a happy and productive New Year.

"I shall not wholly fail if anything can still grow fair in days to come."

The Shire

Dec 11 2009, 8:48am

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Thank you, Mr. del Toro!

Thank you, Mr. de Toro, for keeping us informed Smile


Dec 11 2009, 8:55am

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responding to this before having read any of the additional posts...


at the statements you made...
"I cannot imagine Gollum being played by anyone but Andy..."
"Smaug is being animation tested..."
"final selections on Dwarven Artifacts and Gear..."

I had to hold my breath with excited outburst and relief...(seriously)

thank you Sir...thank you...thank you...

Tri duath telich na estel lin...a si gerich naid bain anirach.

(This post was edited by sticklebat on Dec 11 2009, 8:56am)

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Dec 11 2009, 10:05am

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Can we trust this guy? Yup!

It is hilarious to me that all of us scramble over press reports trying to figure out this and that and then Mr. GDT (one of the most popular board members I am sure) stops in to give us the gospel truth.

Simply amazing!

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Dec 11 2009, 10:08am

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Thank you Mr Del Toro

This will certainly help contain our fears. There has been some negative speculation around here lately (only because we care about your project so much) so it's good to get the reassurance! We know that you do not have the time or freedom to read or repsond to all our posts and threads so this is very much appreciated. Smile

mae govannen
Tol Eressea

Dec 11 2009, 10:13am

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So kind of you, dear Guillermo, these reassurances of yours

concerning your point A- Andy Serkis as Gollum, and the still possible other returnees from the LOTR cast (oh, to see Liv and Viggo again as Arwen & Aragorn, falling in love; Orlando as Legolas, becoming friends with Aragorn; and of course Christopher Lee as Saruman, turning evil...!) as well as your points B and C.

All my gratitude to you for this!
And to all of you, the wonderful writers foursome team and others already involved also in the making of 'The Hobbit'... my Best Wishes for the Holidays, hoping for you that you'll get some!!!

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Dec 11 2009, 10:17am

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There you are!!! :D *geeky hand-clapping*

As usual, you leave me with a MASSIVE SMILE ON MY FACE!!!! I'm so grateful that you are careful of what you say is coming. False starts and missed specific dates of announcements are more frustrating than waiting for confirmed decisions or directions.

You're doing Smaug tests?!? *twitter* That's so exciting! All of the pre-vis work has GOT to be so exciting for you!

Thank you for all of your updates and re-assurances. You just can't say fairer than that!

Take care, and have fun! :D


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Dec 11 2009, 10:40am

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SMAUG + ANIMATION + TEST = VERY LARGE smile on my face for the rest of the day!
Thanks!!! We all know you do not have to keep us in the loop, but care enough to.
Can't wait until your next update, if and when you have the time again.

The Shire

Dec 11 2009, 11:46am

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...How lucky are we to have this kind of interaction!

Thank you so much for doing this for us Guillermo! I am very happy that you are so generous toward all of us lot of very devoted and anxious fans! I hope you do find the time in your busy schedule to enjoy the Christmas Holidays with your familly!

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Dec 11 2009, 11:57am

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You, busy? Nahhh! ;-P

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by for an update, and to reassure about the yellow light/green light thing. I'm also very intrigued about the Dwarven artifacts - not to mention Smaug!

Looking forward to the day when pictures start coming out....

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Dec 11 2009, 12:07pm

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Thank you!

... I'm still smiling. Good luck with all your projects and Happy Christmas!

Kangi Ska

Dec 11 2009, 1:08pm

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Fear and Loathing on the World Wide Web

I am very happy that you dropped by to clarify the Hobbit situation and quell the panic.

Kangi Ska

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Dec 11 2009, 1:42pm

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Many thanks!

For taking the time to put our minds at ease, and to bring us up to date on how The Hobbit is faring. A true gentlehobbit, you are! Smile

And may you have a most enjoyable holiday with family and friends!


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Tol Eressea

Dec 11 2009, 2:01pm

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Thank you for keeping us in the loop!

I know everyone here has really appreciated the time you've taken to keep us updated on the progress of the films, and we will look forward to more.

Happy Holidays!

"...and back again."


Dec 11 2009, 3:19pm

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Good to hear things are moving forward! made this Friday even better!

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Dec 11 2009, 3:30pm

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muchas gracias Guillermo...

...and please...don't forget to bring Saruman / C.Lee back Wink

muchos besos


Dec 11 2009, 3:53pm

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after the most incredible movie experience ever

(hint: I was not in Kansas anymore), I have one question only: will this revolutionary WETA technology be used in The Hobbit? Wow. Just wow. The blend of exceptional film-making and groundbreaking experience (yes, it`s not just SFX, it`s EXPERIENCE) is the only way to go with the Hobbit. No, seriously, don`t let this be one-off thing. Please,please, make The Hobbit the Pandora way. Please, please, please!

OMG, guys, you have NO idea! Wow,just wow! Thank you Cameron. Thank you Richard Taylor. Now, can we get the Hobbit like this?

The Shire

Dec 11 2009, 4:06pm

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Thanks, Guillermo, and Merry Christmas!!!!!!!


Dec 11 2009, 4:32pm

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Thanks so very much for the updates!

We do tend to go overboard sometimes about our beloved world of Tolkien, but I hope that's part of our charm.Evil

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Kangi Ska

Dec 11 2009, 4:47pm

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Feliz Navidad

Nothing like the straight skinny (the real information) straight from the horse's (in this case the Bull's) mouth (er Puter). Have a great holiday AND TAKE A LITTLE TIME OFF.
Looking forward to 2010, a great year in fantasy.

Kangi Ska

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Dec 11 2009, 5:00pm

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What a perfect way to start the weekend! Thanks so much Guillermo!!!

It was very kind of you to take the time to post an update for us! And what an excellent update it was! I must admit I was a little concerned when Andy wasn't included in the list of returning actors. Glad to hear he should still be Gollum! Smile

This post from you just instantly brightened up my whole weekend! Thanks again and I hope you have an excellent holiday!

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They carry news that must get through.

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They hold no quarter.

Tol Eressea

Dec 11 2009, 5:01pm

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Thanks for the update!

It's much appreciated!

The Shire

Dec 11 2009, 5:12pm

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Thank you!

As always, Guillermo, we are grateful that you find even a minute to update us fans about this much anticipated project. Your commitment and enthusiasm only proves what many of us have known from the moment you were announced as director: YOU ARE THE PERFECT MAN FOR THE JOB!

Best of luck, and I hope that these movies are the most rewarding of your career (to date).

Steve Wilson


Dec 11 2009, 5:47pm

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another THANKS !

Thanks Sr. Guillermo, thanks for your time, Its just lovely to see how you manage to give us updates from time to time with the amount of work you`ve been up to.
I saw El Laberinto del Fauno again the other day on bluray (checking my new giant lcd 1080dpi, If I may be a little fancy here heheBlush ) I was stunned about all the imagery, the beautiful yet dark world surrounding the story(being also dark times), sometimes very cold, some times so warm you can`t help wanting to be there. Then I wondered ...Would your "tocayo" Guillermo Navarro still on track with The Hobbit project ??? I think he does, I really hope so...and I`m sure it would be wonderful... I can`t imagine your images without his paintbrushes.

thanks again Sr.!


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Tol Eressea

Dec 11 2009, 6:11pm

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Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas! //


Here's to Del Toro becoming the Irvin Kershner of Middle Earth!

Essay winner of the Show us your Hobbit Pride Giveway!


Dec 11 2009, 6:52pm

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Yay for news! Thank you for stopping by with it!//


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Dec 11 2009, 8:56pm

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Kia ora!

Thanks for the update, Guillermo, it's very much appreciated by everyone.

Where now the horse and the rider?


Dec 11 2009, 8:59pm

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Well Mr. G it is a delight to see you appear

as a wizard, for you are never late and expecting you when we see you is a goodly thing.

No red lights is a very good thing in itself and WB is tickled pink. Now there is a feather in all your caps:).

And i know, come hot jello or high water you all will be undeterred and will 'keep on a comin' .

All the best to you, your cohorts and to your family this holiday season.

Love, from me and mine

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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
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The Shire

Dec 11 2009, 9:43pm

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Guillermo, YOU ARE THE MAN!!

This is tremendously exciting news. I had heard that you posted to this site occassionally but this is the first I have actually read one of your posts myself (being a newish member). I am thrilled to hear how the Hobbit is TRULLY coming along. We can scour the internet all we want but the buck stops here when it comes to the real deal. I have to say, probably the most exciting little bit I pulled out of your post was the "doing final selections on Dwarven War Artifacts and Gear" nugget you dropped. The Dwarves are BY FAR my favorite race of Tolkien's Middle Earth and I cannot wait to see how you and your chosen actors, develop PJ's vision of Gimili into many Dwarves and how they look, sound and interact with one another.

Not to mention.....does anyone else just think it is totally sweet that we will finally get to see "A Legion of Dwarves, fully armed, and filthy!" summoned to Woop some serious Goblin Butt!

Whoo RA! for Dain and his Boyz!

Thank you so very much GDT!


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Dec 11 2009, 9:56pm

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Most Appreciated

I too feel the need to thank and praise you for your kindness and
generousity in stopping by to give us some solid, reliable glimpses
into what is happening with the 'Hobbit' project. The news you've
shared makes me feel like I can take in a nice deep breath, sit back,
and slowly let it out with peace of mind. All is in control. All is well.
Most Appreciated!
Health n Happiness to you n your's


Dec 11 2009, 10:05pm

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Very good news...

All of it. And I'm especially glad to hear that we won't have to wait ten years for a follow up on The Strain. Looking forward to The Fall & Night Eternal!

"Alas for Boromir! It was too sore a trial!"

-Faramir, reflecting on his brother.


Dec 11 2009, 10:06pm

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Dec. 15th?

i'm as pleased as punch with this update from GDT, very appreciative
of him sharing this information with us, so please don't take this the
wrong way. on another thread there was talk of some kind of announce-
ment on Dec. 15th. i was just wondering if GDT's post was that
announcement come early, or are we to expect another?

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Dec 11 2009, 10:14pm

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All good news!

Just joining in the chorus of thanks and excitement. It's great to get hints of what you and the rest of the Hobbit crew are up to. I'm especially looking forward to seeing what you have done with Smaug.

I still prefer to keep the dialogue open- inexact as it may get- that to remain mum or one-sided with the community that can really understand this project.

Yes, please do! The discussion and speculation is all part of the fun. Cool


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Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else [make something new], may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage-birds. The gems all turn into flowers or flames, and you will be warned that all you had (or knew) was dangerous and potent, not really effectively chained, free and wild; no more yours than they were you."
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Dec 11 2009, 10:22pm

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That was announced by the studio

So I would think not. Tongue


Dec 11 2009, 10:42pm

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Many thanks and

keep up the good work! Cool



Dec 11 2009, 11:09pm

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Thank you Guillermo,

your post is comforting to a lot of us, and it's always very enjoyable reading your posts. I hope you're having a great time the next years making The Hobbit and wish you all the best!

Forum Admin / Moderator

Dec 11 2009, 11:13pm

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You'll love this then:

Click on the link that is Guillermo's name, then click on 'Show User's Posts'. It will come up with all the posts that G has made and you can click through them to read to your heart's content.

This, of course, works for the posts of any board member of TORN.

And welcome to the boards!

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.

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Dec 11 2009, 11:15pm

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Our Thanks to you

You are a good man, Sir Guillermo, and I, like many, am greatly appreciative of your consideration and generous input on these forums.

"Hear me, hounds of Sauron, Gandalf is here! Fly if you value your foul skins, I will shrivel you from tail to snout if you step within this circle!"

"Do not be to eager to deal out death in judgement. Even the very wise cannot see all ends."


Dec 12 2009, 2:23am

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Great news

Great to hear some solid (though still changing) news.

This puts some fears at ease even though we know to only trust the news when you know the source.



Dec 12 2009, 2:29am

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Happy Holidays Guillermo!

Thanks so much for this little gift Guillermo!...
this is in spanish just for him ;)
Feliz Navidad y definitivamente un prospero año nuevo!!!...
Un abrazote desde Guadalajara con un chocolate y un buñuelo del Santuario!!.... ;)

:: All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you ::
Tapatía Orgullosa de tener al paisano Zapopano en la Tierra Media!.... :D

Mark Sommer

Dec 12 2009, 3:50am

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Thank you for your candor

I especially like this: "So, don't etch this in stone or anything we both have said in the past, in stone since we communicate what we can when the window of exposure to the press and fans happens."

And, isn't it amazing how much a supplied word like "only" can make such a difference?

Mark Sommer
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Dec 12 2009, 4:55am

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Thank you Santa, for our first Christmas present!

I feel as if I've just trekked through the Wild and arrived in Rivendell. There's a long road a many adventures ahead, but this is a wonderful place to rest for a while. I won't be too greedy and ask for more. Instead I wish you a very Merry and Restful Christmas and a Happy and Inspired New Year.

And the same to all of you TOR.niacs. Its been great reading and chatting with you this year.


Dec 12 2009, 5:30am

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Many, many thanks for taking the time out from your crazy schedule to stop in here and reassure us that all is well. Things were seriously starting to get squirrely around here, and yours was the voice I was waiting and hoping for.

With Peter seemingly as "semi-official spokesman" for TH in the past few days, I didn't think you would take the time to come on here and talk to us...I consider it "above and beyond the call of duty", SIrSmile

So glad to know that there is no studo strife (yes, I was one of those worrying about this), and learning that they reacted with "great delight" to the script for Film 1 has filled me with same, and left a HUGE smile on my face I'll carry around the rest of the weekend...

Smaug...ani tests....Dwarven gear...ah, YESSSSCool. Warms the cockles of my heart, it does!

And I just want to close with this: considering James Cameron's useage of Peter's "Render Farm" computer to create the apparent wonder that is Pandora (Almas, you lucky thing, getting to go to an early screening? I go next Saturday), will have your work cut out for Smaug. But I have no doubt, that come 3 yrs from now, Mr. Cameron may have to look to his laurels...Smaug, I hope, will put the Nav'i in the dust. Cool
(I wish you could share your reaction to "Avatar" here with us, if you get around to seeing it, but you will probably be too busy to post...but that's OK...but seeing as a lot of us are huge Cameron fans to begin with, it would be great to know).

Take care and I echo everyone else: enjoy your Holidays, take some time out to relax if possible, and God bless.
You are a true gentleman, Sir!

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Dec 12 2009, 8:46am

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What did I miss? Ah geez

Thank God the voice of reason found a spare moment! We were all getting a little testy, that's for sure.

Everything in its right place, again.


The Shire

Dec 12 2009, 9:17am

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Thanks for the info!

I'd like to chime in with everyone else here, and say thank for taking the time out of your busy schedule to dispel some of the misinformation and rumours that have been bandying about the press of late! Wink So glad to hear that Andy will be coming back as Gollum and Hugo as Elrond, I just couldn't image anyone else playing thoughs roles!!

But I'm intrigued about how you intend to inject Galadriel in to the movie, there's been talk about including a 'white council' scene, I guess we'll have to wait and see!?

Richard in Menegroth


Dec 12 2009, 7:47pm

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Oooo Sir Guillermo, I like that. Quick someone break out Andúril./


May your beer be laid under an enchantment of surpassing excellence for seven years!

Listen. Strange women lying in ponds, distributing swords, is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!


Dec 12 2009, 9:34pm

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You Rock, and thank you...

Wow, I am suddenly psyched....thought I'd check in today and glad I did....thanks for keeping all of us involved, and stoking our imaginations.....Dwarven War Gear? Testing Smaug?? My senses are overloading....

Idril Celebrindal
Tol Eressea

Dec 12 2009, 11:28pm

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I hope you all realize ...

... how fortunate we are to get news straight from the man himself!

(Imagine if Peter Jackson had popped into TORN back in the day to dispel rumors, give us quick updates, and engage in a bit of discussion....)

With caffeine, all things are possible.

The pity of Bilbo will screw up the fate of many.

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Kangi Ska

Dec 12 2009, 11:32pm

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The Day Has Changed

The ol' WWW is not what it used to be.

Kangi Ska

The Shire

Dec 13 2009, 3:36pm

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What a beautiful thing to do!

There is not much to add to the praise that has already been posted here, but I think this post proves once again what a caring, dedicated and understanding artist you are, Mr. Del Toro. There are so few filmmakers who can truly relate to film fans, but you are surely one of them. How lucky we Tolkien afficionadoes are to have you as our director! Good luck with the project - may all turn out for the best! We are waiting, anxiously but not impatiently...



Peredhil lover

Dec 14 2009, 8:12am

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Thank you for stopping by

and giving us all these tasty little tidbits! It is even more appreciated as we all know how terribly busy you are.
Hopefully you will be able to have a few quiet days with your family over the holidays before your crazy schedule is taking over again! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I do not suffer from LotR obsession - I enjoy every minute of it.

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The Shire

Dec 14 2009, 5:56pm

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A Holiday Wish for the Year

It's been a whole year of Hobbit mystery. We've learned a great deal. Just not what we think we wanted to know. Confirmation and renewal is natural at this time of year. So, I remembered another NZ Hobbit Adventure that I had and will pass it on to you. I too traveled a long way to visit Middle Earth and wondered if I had done the right thing. So here I was, standing on the Old Forest Road on Mt. Victoria gazing at Frodo's hiding place and fearing I had made a mistake. As I looked about the woodland and recognized the place where the Hobbits tumbled down the hillside and escaped Farmer Maggott I realized with a laugh that I wanted a Sign. Something that would justify my travels. With a shake of my head I turned to go. And my little wry laugh turned into a joyous roar of laughter that started at my toes and bent me over.......MUSHROOMS...

The littlest thing can confirm and renew our determination. When mixed with joy and humor our lives are full indeed. Thanks for your efforts and Happy Holidays!