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So, what was in the background of The Hobbit poster? The answer to the riddle...

DanielLB
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Sep 14 2012, 2:15pm

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So, what was in the background of The Hobbit poster? The answer to the riddle... Can't Post

Now, we are all familiar with this poster, but at the time of it's release, many of us speculated what the structure was in the background. Was it a bridge, a train line or an aqueduct?

Turns out ... it is a railway line ... and it's not New Zealand countryside either. The background is, apparently, in Northumberland (UK). Read the article here.

No spoilers (or speculation), but thought it would be of interest! Smile


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Earl
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Sep 14 2012, 2:28pm

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Okay that is very cool [In reply to] Can't Post

Who would've guessed it. A bit of Tolkien's own country in these films Cool





Ethel Duath
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Sep 14 2012, 3:02pm

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Wow! My next travel destination . . . Thanks! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Ethel Duath
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Sep 14 2012, 3:05pm

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I really like that idea, too. [In reply to] Can't Post

Do you think it will actually make it into the films, or is it just for the poster, I wonder. I would be great to have some of Tolkien's old haunts in the film, if they're not too built up and changed by now.Smile


Earl
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Sep 14 2012, 3:08pm

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They've filmed in Pinewood Studios... [In reply to] Can't Post

... but who knows if they haven't filmed a couple outdoor outdoor scenes out in England too.

Having a bit of Tolkien's home country in the films would be a nice little nod to the fact that this is in fact where it all began Smile





DanielLB
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Sep 14 2012, 3:10pm

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Just as long as they remove the train line out [In reply to] Can't Post

A high speed Virgin train might look a bit strange in the Hobbiton market scene. Wink


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Ref
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Sep 14 2012, 3:17pm

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A high speed West Coast Mainline train might look a bit strange in the Hobbiton market scene.


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DanielLB
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Sep 14 2012, 3:36pm

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Poor Mr Branson ;-) / [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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Elutherian
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Sep 14 2012, 4:26pm

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Bad Memories [In reply to] Can't Post

Of the "car in the background" in FOTR.

I never saw it, but everyone seemed convinced it was there.

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Arandir
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Sep 14 2012, 4:31pm

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I wonder why they would do that? [In reply to] Can't Post

I like the idea, but why incorporate something like that into the poster?


Carne
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Sep 14 2012, 4:35pm

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Might have been a mistake [In reply to] Can't Post

It's likely the marketing departement were just handed a bunch of photos to pick from.


Arandir
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Sep 14 2012, 4:38pm

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Mistake? [In reply to] Can't Post

I doubt such a large production would mis-handle a few photos ... I mean, the 'modern' bridge is clearly visible - surely someone from the marketing/production must have noticed or at least checked it before publishing Crazy ... that's why it has led me to question the reason behind the Northumberland/New Zealand - Middle Earth shift.


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DanielLB
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Sep 14 2012, 4:38pm

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The British countryside is just the best ;-) / [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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Arandir
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Sep 14 2012, 4:38pm

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Oh I agree ... no doubt about that! :D // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


DanielLB
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Sep 14 2012, 4:41pm

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You'll enjoy this thread [In reply to] Can't Post

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Elutherian
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Sep 14 2012, 5:17pm

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LOL. Thanks. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Moahunter
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Sep 14 2012, 9:54pm

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Surely its a mistake? [In reply to] Can't Post

Did Tolkien have any connection with that part of England?
And a railway viaduct in Middle Earth?


geordie
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Sep 15 2012, 12:48pm

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Not Tolkien's own country :-) [In reply to] Can't Post

- Northumberland is God's own country. Cool

(Take it from a Northumbrian)
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geordie
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Sep 15 2012, 1:00pm

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Yes and no - [In reply to] Can't Post

- the viaduct is surely a mistake, but Tolkien did have connections with Newcastle-on-Tyne, at any rate. His aunt, Grace Mountain, lived there, and Priscilla told me in a letter that the Tolkien boys would often visit Grace, and her husband William and their children, after Mabel's death. Ronald was particularly fond of Dorothy (whom Tolkien affectionately called Ding), who married a man called Leslie Wood; Ronald and Ding kept up an affectionate correspondence for the rest of Ronald's life.

There's a link to an article here -

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2010/11/26/jrr-tolkien-inspired-by-family-in-newcastle-72703-27721961/

- which I take with a pinch of salt regarding any questions of 'sources'. Not everything in JRR's life _had_ to be an 'inspiration' for his writings!
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geordie
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Sep 15 2012, 1:06pm

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On the other hand - [In reply to] Can't Post

- I'd be very surprised if anyone involved with the movies knew of Tolkien's connections with this part of the world. My guess is that the originator of the poster just thought this would be a cool background, and bunged in Sir Ian without noticing the viaduct.
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Timdalf
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Sep 15 2012, 1:44pm

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Apologies... [In reply to] Can't Post

...Earl, for not noticing there already was a thread on the Poster background. I wrongly assumed that since I did not see a discuss link in the original post, there was as yet no discussion of this in regard to our earlier idle speculations!!

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Earl
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Sep 15 2012, 1:45pm

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That's okay... no apologies needed :o) [In reply to] Can't Post

It is hard to keep up on this board, what with the amount of news and the different number of ways folks present it Smile



DanielLB
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Sep 15 2012, 2:05pm

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I'm glad we found out what it really was [In reply to] Can't Post

Was very strange at the time, and I had forgotten about it until I read the Guardian article. Cool


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ShireHorse
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Sep 15 2012, 3:22pm

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The "modern" viaduct [In reply to] Can't Post

is probably Victorian which fits in OK with the Shire, IMO.

I am most amused by the thundery, summer skies - very English, especially this summer!


TheHutt
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Sep 17 2012, 7:52am

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Well, Tolkien himself told the hobbits had trains... [In reply to] Can't Post


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