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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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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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This has been a very wet summer for some of us, so this week's FLASH... diedye Send a private message to diedye Aug 17 2008, 8:16pm
    Wow, that took me back! Kimi Send a private message to Kimi Aug 17 2008, 10:39pm
    There's Woodthorpe! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Aug 18 2008, 12:07am
        He looks so different here than he does in the Inspector Morse series... Patty Send a private message to Patty Aug 19 2008, 6:07pm
            *jaw drops* He was on there? grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Aug 19 2008, 11:54pm
                I never realized that either... FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Aug 20 2008, 12:25pm
    flashing smilies! weaver Send a private message to weaver Aug 18 2008, 12:15am
    That was... overlithe64 Send a private message to overlithe64 Aug 18 2008, 1:00am
    Nice movie pics! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Aug 18 2008, 3:12am
    Thanks diedye Kelvarhin Send a private message to Kelvarhin Aug 18 2008, 3:22am
    Heh... Bruce Hopkins... leo Send a private message to leo Aug 19 2008, 7:38am
    I love Miranda Otto in the movies... Patty Send a private message to Patty Aug 19 2008, 6:09pm


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