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***FOTR EE APPENDICES DISCUSSION: Design Galleries – The Realms of Middle-Earth*** (part 3)

Tol Eressea

Jun 30 2009, 10:54am

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***FOTR EE APPENDICES DISCUSSION: Design Galleries – The Realms of Middle-Earth*** (part 3) Can't Post

Today we visit Bag End. One of my favorite places!

To find the Design Galleries, put in Disk 3 of FOTR EE. Choose Designing and Building Middle-Earth, then Design Galleries, The Realms of Middle-Earth.

When you choose the realm you want to look at, you will see a page of explanation. If you choose Slideshow, it will step automatically through your choice. There is audio commentary with some of the choices which are marked with a "wax" seal. If you want to spend more time looking at the images, you can choose to step through the pages of images one at a time.

I am not really going to be asking questions in these discussions. If you have a comment you would like to make, or a question that might make things clearer for you, please post it.

This is a drawing of what looks like the front room at Bag End, the one where Gandalf picks up Thorin’s map. There is no name on the drawing, but in one of the audio commentaries John Howe talks about drawing windows.

This lovely little drawing doesn’t have the artist’s name on it either, but it is so beautiful. It’s a shame they couldn’t have built it and showed it in the movie! The title under the drawing says "Back door, Bag End."

This drawing is of Bilbo’s bedroom. I couldn’t read the tiny little title block in the corner, but in The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring, the drawing is shown with a blurb by John Howe describing it.

Here is the floor plan of Bag End that John Howe drew. A very much more useable version is in The Art of the Fellowship of the Ring. It is very interesting to look at all the rooms and imagine living there!

This is a photo of Bilbo’s desk. Would anyone know what the things along the right side are? They look like little boxes or a set of tiny steps.

This set of dwarf axes next to Bilbo’s desk are interesting. A war souvenir?

There are so many more really fascinating pictures in the gallery. Take a few minutes to check them out!

Tomorrow we will be taking a whirlwind tour of Bree, Isengard, Weathertop, and the Trollshaw.

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Tol Eressea

Jun 30 2009, 12:39pm

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It's a shame that we didn't see more of Bag End ... [In reply to] Can't Post

Probably my favorite design here is the floorplan. Being able to see the original concept is pretty interesting, seeing how they incorporated the descriptions from the book. The way there is one main hall branching off into separate rooms has always been what I've loved about Bag End, and it would've been nice to see more of it in the movies, rather than a couple of shots.

(This post was edited by One Ringer on Jun 30 2009, 12:39pm)

Tol Eressea

Jun 30 2009, 3:30pm

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Yes, it would have been! [In reply to] Can't Post

But, Peter wanted to show only what advanced the story of Frodo and the ring. No time for what just fans wanted. My husband and I think there should have been four movies. One just for the book happenings in Bag End and the walk through the shire and Farmer Maggot's.

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Jul 1 2009, 1:28am

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the back door of Bag End! [In reply to] Can't Post

How cool is that! They thought of everything, didn't they?

I had not seen most of these images before --thanks. You've convinced me I need to take the time to check out the design galleries for myself, especially after this post.

I love those shots of Bilbo's desk...I'd agree, the dwarf axes might be souveniers. The little box/step things are a puzzlement, though. Perhaps a place to put your pipe and matches? Looks like they were made to hold something, to me, but i can only guess at what the something would be...

I think being the set dresser for Bag End would have been a fun job...wonder if we'll get see any of the same clutter/props in the Hobbit films? Or more of Bag End?


Tol Eressea

Jul 1 2009, 11:02am

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I think being the set dresser for Bag End would have been a fun job

Twice the fun?

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Jul 3 2009, 2:05am

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There it is... [In reply to] Can't Post

home. *tearing* My goodness it's beautiful. Each picture a dream.


"There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West."
~Hug like a hobbit!~ "In my heaven..."

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

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Jul 3 2009, 2:21am

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Hadn't noticed the axes before [In reply to] Can't Post

And they make it that much more interesting that Frodo hangs swords on his wall after he returns. Old tradition amongst travelers?

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Tol Eressea

Jul 3 2009, 10:12am

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Steady on, gramma! // [In reply to] Can't Post


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Tol Eressea

Jul 3 2009, 10:17am

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I hadn't noticed the axes, either. [In reply to] Can't Post

I suppose hanging weapons on the walls would be a way to say, "I survived!"

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Tol Eressea

Jul 3 2009, 7:45pm

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RoMe 3 [In reply to] Can't Post

'Vegetables and Flowers" Evil--is that the front or the back of Bag End?
Those block/box/things on the desk remind me a those craft stamper things-- but I have no idea what they really are!

I guess all of Bag End wasn't really built but wouldn't it have been cool--if it had? And even if no film scenes were shot, we still could have taken a virtual tour through the whole thing. *daydreaming*

Tol Eressea

Jul 3 2009, 10:58pm

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Okey, Dokey! [In reply to] Can't Post

I guess all of Bag End wasn't really built but wouldn't it have been cool--if it had? And even if no film scenes were shot, we still could have taken a virtual tour through the whole thing. *daydreaming*

I see, and of course you were willing to pay to have the rest built, because evidently the studio wasn't!

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