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Now that school is about to start, slow down... a FLASH...

diedye
Grey Havens


Aug 25 2008, 12:08am

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Now that school is about to start, slow down... a FLASH... Can't Post

... BACK zone may be just around the corner.



Here's your FLASHBACK for...

August 17 to August 23

1947

August 20 – Famed British fantasy artist Alan Lee, who also worked as a conceptual designer on Peter Jackson’s LOTR, is born on this day.


1948

August 20 – Australian actor John Noble, who played Denethor in Peter Jackson’s LOTR movie trilogy, is born on this day.


1953

August 17 – In a follow-up letter (#140) to a visit by Rayner Unwin to Sandfield Road, Tolkien offers some new suggestions for titles for all three LOTR books…


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The Fellowship of the Ring will do, I think; and fits well with the fact that the last chapter of the Volume is The Breaking of the Fellowship. The Two Towers gets as near as possible to finding a title to cover the widely divergent Books 3 and 4; and can be left ambiguous – it might refer to Isengard and Barad-dûr, or to Minas Tirith and B; or Isengard and Cirith Ungol. On reflection I prefer for Vol. III The War of the Ring, since it gets in the Ring again; and also is more non-committal, and gives less hint about the turn of the story : the chapter titles have been chosen also to give away as little as possible in advance. But I am not set in my choice.


August 19 – Rayner Unwin replies to Tolkien’s letter, agreeing with his choice of book titles for LOTR, except for the third one, which he prefers to be titled “The Return of the King”.


1957

August 21 – Canadian fantasy artist John Howe, who also worked as a conceptual designer on Peter Jackson’s LOTR, is born on this day.


1966

August 19 – In a letter to Tolkien regarding an upcoming visit, Rayner Unwin mentions Tolkien’s latest physical challenge, namely a muscular spasm for which his doctor has prescribed a cervical collar, which Rayner hopes “is not proving too burdensome” (HarperCollins archive).


1968

August 21 – After having a forced hiatus from writing imposed upon him due to his recent leg injury, Tolkien expresses his anxiousness in a letter to Stanley Unwin: “I am beginning to feel that the forcible damming up of the stream may soon release a good head of water to set the wheels turning again – as soon as I have anywhere to write in peace.” (HarperCollins archives)


1999

August 19 – Scoop gets the rumor mill going with the possibility of Liv Tyler being considered for a role in LOTR.

August 20 – In the latest entry of his Grey Book, Sir Ian McKellen reveals what motivates him to take the parts he does, his thoughts on taking on the role of Gandalf in a venture that will take him away from his London home for one year and his faith in Peter Jackson’s ability to bring the LOTR to life on the big screen.

August 21 – Michael Deluca denies rumors that Liv Tyler has been cast in LOTR.

August 22 – A rather dubious spy report “reveals” that Simon Tolkien, the estranged son of Christopher, is in talks with Peter Jackson and New Line for a role in the LOTR trilogy. Although this same spy report confirms the casting of Sir Ian McKellen, the unexpected mention of Ben Affleck raises more than a few eyebrows.


2000

August 22 – That “spikey wheel” pics has conjured up a slew of theories as to what it could be.

--> The New Zealand Press prints a couple of pics of the Edoras set.



--> Sir Ian McKellen answers some more LOTR questions on his E-post page, including how he deals with Gandalf’s fake wigs and facial hair, who actually was on Shadowfax in the spy pictures of Gandalf at the flooded Isengard set, how the rescue of Gandalf by Gwaihir will be shown, whether the Elvish dialogue will be subtitled and if the world will get to see Gandalf’s knees. He also reveals that the official LOTR photographs are being shot by Pierre Vinet, a Montrealer.

August 23Stuff.co.nz reveals that WETA has bought 16 shiny new SGI servers to help with the rendering of the LOTR trilogy.


2001

August 21 – A production insider reports that, from what sources have told him and photos he has seen, Bilbo will not be in the “Council of Elrond” scene. It is also noted that, oddly enough, there is no chair next to Gandalf when Frodo brings forth the One Ring.



Another movie mistake or will Frodo not be present for the rest of the Council scene?

August 23 – A TORn spy sends along some pics of costume accessories that will supposedly be worn by the Nazgul in the LOTR films.




2004

August 17 – Elrond presents a shoddily reforged sword to Aragorn in John Cook’s newest installment of Fraud of the Rings.



August 19 – Saul Zaentz, the movie & music mogul who holds the movie rights to The Lord of the Rings, sues New Line Cinema for more than $20 million in unpaid royalties.

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

Erratum: The entry for August 7th from last week's FLASHBACK should have been that of August 17th; my apologies for any confusion this may have caused.






ElanorTX
Grey Havens


Aug 25 2008, 7:31am

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As always, diedye, thanks for your labor-intensive list! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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


leo
Rohan


Aug 25 2008, 8:03am

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That Edoras-set was quite something wasn't it? [In reply to] Can't Post

Looking at those shabby pictures of it, are somehow much more impressive then seeing it on the big screen. I guess it puts it more in a perspective, if you know what I mean, to see something like that in the 'real' world.


Child of Manwe
Rivendell


Aug 25 2008, 11:32am

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I think [In reply to] Can't Post

it is really interesting that they had to keep all the sod that they pulled up from where the buildings stood and keep it alive long enough to lay it all back down on that hill.

Amazing!


Jazmine
Tol Eressea


Aug 25 2008, 11:46am

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Love those Edoras shots [In reply to] Can't Post

Can't wait til we start getting spy reports from The Hobbit coming in!

Thanks Diedye!


*Jazminatar the Brown*


weaver
Half-elven

Aug 25 2008, 12:24pm

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I'm enjoying your links to Sir Ian M's web postings... [In reply to] Can't Post

What a delightfully wicked or wickedly delightful sense of humor that guy has...

Still laughing over him wanting to get the name of the scantily dressed artificial guy and those remarks about seeing Gandalf's knees...

Thanks as always!

Weaver



Elven
Valinor


Aug 25 2008, 12:28pm

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Nice round-up diedye!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Much appreciated and an enjoyable read!
Many thanks!

Cheers
Elven x



Were off to Hobbiton finally!

Tolkien was a Capricorn!!
Russell Crowe for Beorn!!


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grammaboodawg
Immortal


Aug 25 2008, 4:08pm

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I had never noticed the Wraith's [In reply to] Can't Post

gloves had a blade at the base of the thumb! How Horrible!

The rumours really were flying by August 1999, weren't they? *geeky twitter* I'm hoping it won't be August 2009 by the time those rumours are flying frantically around here!

Thanks so much for these, diedye. I REALLY look forward to them so much!

*high five*

I hope all is well in your world.



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