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This has been a very wet summer for some of us, so this week's FLASH...

Grey Havens

Aug 17 2008, 8:16pm

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This has been a very wet summer for some of us, so this week's FLASH... Can't Post

... BACK is all wet!

Here's your FLASHBACK for...

August 10 to August 16


August 10 – In a letter to his son, Christopher, Tolkien announces that “The Hobbit is now nearly finished, and the publishers clamouring for it.”


August 10 – C.A. Furth relays to Tolkien that Houghton Mifflin thinks his Hobbit dust-jacket design has a “British look” and that the drawings Tolkien sent as mere examples of his work were assumed to be illustrations that he wished to be used in The Hobbit.

August 13 – Tolkien gives his permission for Allen & Unwin to use his drawings as they wish, and suggests that, when they are returned from America, the publisher should ‘keep them in “cold storage”’ (HarperCollins archive) .


August 12 – Tolkien laments to Christopher that he is “absolutely dry of any inspiration for the Ring and am back where I was in the Spring, with all the inertia to overcome again. What a relief it would be to get it done.” (Letter #78)


August 11 – Philip Unwin informs Tolkien that he is investigating the matter of a dramatization of The Hobbit having been broadcast on Canadian radio without Tolkien’s knowledge or consent.


c. August 9-10 – Tolkien, who is staying at the Hotel Miramar, tries to obtain outpatient treatment for his leg at a Bournemouth hospital so as not to leave Edith alone at home.

August 12 – Tolkien shows his frustration at his incapacitation in a letter to Joy Hill (collection of René van Rossenberg)

I am physically very tired, since the ordinary things of daily life are exhausting. Dressing and undressing are the equivalent to an hour’s hard work; and 100 yds on crutches equals… a four mile walk for the uninjured. Both my hands are permanently weary. My doctor diagnoses me as still suffering from shock, and recommends a period of quiet – about as useful as advising a poor pensioner to go on a sea-cruse.

August 16 – Finally Tolkien is able to move to his new home in Lakeside Road, Poole.


August 9As per Michael Deluca, Kate Winslet has “passed on the project due to the length of time it takes.”

--> NZ OnFilm has a list of new crew members to add to the production team, which includes Ngila Dickson, Jamie Selkirk, Rick Porras and Andrew Lesnie.

August 13Scoop.co.nz’s Alastair Thomsom reveals that Peter Jackson is searching for “very small people” of a particular type, but that there is a shortage of such people in the west, and that Peter Jackson obtained a former car factory, but no word on what it’s for… yet.


August 10 – According to a local New Zealand newspaper, following the leaking of the “spikey wheel” picture, it seems that security guards on the LOTR are a little less friendly to trespassers.

--> Sentencing for the theft of LOTR footage is handed down, with the defendant being given 12 months supervision and psychological counseling.

August 11 – Principal photography of the LOTR trilogy hits the 10-month mark.

--> TORn reports that Bruce Hopkins has been cast and Tehanu speculates that the role is that of Gamling.

--> Radio New Zealand interviews Humphrey Carpenter, who describes LOTR as being “unfilmable”, but he does plan on seeing Peter Jackson’s interpretation when it is released.

August 14 – In a statement to Music from the Movies, Howard Shore confirms that he will be composing the music for the LOTR trilogy.


August 14 – French fan site Numenor leaks some excellent pictures of Bilbo in Rivendell, Frodo & Bilbo with Sting and statues in Rivendell.


August 12PVP Online pokes fun at New Line’s money-grubbing ways.

August 14Hollywoodvideo.com’s latest installment of ’60 Second Theater” picks LOTR as its target, with hilarious results. (Right-click, save-as)

August 16ExtraLife shows what not to do when one gets pulled over by a police offer, especially if that same one is a LOTR geek.


August 12Peter Woodthorpe, the voice of Gollum in the 1981 BBC radio dramatization of LOTR and the 1978 animated version, dies at the age of 72.

All info has been collected from Hammond & Scull's "J.R.R. Tolkien Companion & Guide"; "J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography", "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien", TORn and various sites on the web.

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Aug 17 2008, 10:39pm

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Wow, that took me back! [In reply to] Can't Post

I remember crouching by the radio, frantically jotting down what Carpenter was saying. Eight years ago!

Thanks for yet another wonderful instalment, Diedye.

My writing (including The Passing of Mistress Rose)

Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

- A Room With a View


Aug 18 2008, 12:07am

Post #3 of 12 (566 views)
There's Woodthorpe! [In reply to] Can't Post

Wow diedye! I never saw his face before. What a genius! He certainly doesn't look like what I expected.

It always makes me so sad to see Tolkien in pain and so despondent. I wonder if he also suffered from seasonal depression. It's not to say I think he was suffering from depression; it's just that some seasons are more taxing on our energy than others; and the demands on his creativity and productivity seemed overwhelming so often. For him to keep on and never give up shows me his Frodo and Sam side :)

Thank you so much for this, diedye. Each and every one of these is such a treasure... and I sincerely mean that to the tips of my fuzzy toes!


"Barney Snow was here." ~Hug like a hobbit!~ "In my heaven..."

TORn's Observations Lists


Aug 18 2008, 12:15am

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flashing smilies! [In reply to] Can't Post

You've outdone yourself, to be sure!

My favorite this time were the photos from Rivendell...I don't recall seeing the statue image before. Thanks!



Aug 18 2008, 1:00am

Post #5 of 12 (563 views)
That was... [In reply to] Can't Post

Really cool...I've never seen one of these flashbacks before....thanks for you research and hard work!

I am obsessed, but I am in excellent company.

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Aug 18 2008, 3:12am

Post #6 of 12 (569 views)
Nice movie pics! [In reply to] Can't Post

More little "goodies" that whetted our appetites!

Thank you for "flashing back" again, diedye.

"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


Aug 18 2008, 3:22am

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Thanks diedye [In reply to] Can't Post

as always that was excellent Cool

Valinor, O Valinor
Andavë yányë hyarya
Tumna yá nyèna minya fëa
An Valinor, lissë Eldamar

Kelvarhin's Universe~~~~~~~Laerasea's Travelling TORn Journal
In the land of TORnadoes...where the brilliant play (with thanks to grammaboodawg :) )
Is TORn...Is Good


Aug 19 2008, 7:38am

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Heh... Bruce Hopkins... [In reply to] Can't Post

Blast from the past :-) We've had some good times... I really like that Tehanu was right on the money with predicting which part he got, though I guess she might have had a little birdie whisper something to her... And also, by the looks of Bruce he would have been a horrible Elf ;-)


Aug 19 2008, 6:07pm

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He looks so different here than he does in the Inspector Morse series... [In reply to] Can't Post

I wouldn't have recognized him.

Hanging out with the Lonely Isle elves.


Aug 19 2008, 6:09pm

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I love Miranda Otto in the movies... [In reply to] Can't Post

and I am not a Kate Winslet fan, but I think she would have been good as Eowyn. She has that same kind of rebellious, petulant look Kate had in Titanic. I don't think I remembered her having been offered the part, but I think she would have been well cast. Still, Miranda made it her own and now she IS Eowyn to me.

Thanks again, Diedye!

Hanging out with the Lonely Isle elves.


Aug 19 2008, 11:54pm

Post #11 of 12 (511 views)
*jaw drops* He was on there? [In reply to] Can't Post

I had no idea! *runs for reruns*


"Barney Snow was here." ~Hug like a hobbit!~ "In my heaven..."

TORn's Observations Lists


Aug 20 2008, 12:25pm

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I never realized that either... [In reply to] Can't Post

In Reply To
I had no idea! *runs for reruns*

Checking IMDb, he was Max, the pathologist. Another LotR alumnus was Morse's boss, Chief Superintendent Strange, played by James Grout who played Barliman Butterbur in the BBC dramatization. So if you're rewatching, look out for him too!


...and the sails were drawn up, and the wind blew,
and slowly the ship slipped away down the long grey firth;
and the light of the glass of Galadriel that Frodo bore
glimmered and was lost.


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