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Nice little spoiler in this Sir Ian McKellen interview
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LoremIpsum
Lorien


Nov 22 2012, 8:15pm

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Nice little spoiler in this Sir Ian McKellen interview Can't Post

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Sir Ian says during the film's development has been forthcoming with Jackson and his co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. For one, he felt that the relationship between Gandalf and Bilbo needed a little history.
He suggested a scene showing the wizard being introduced to a baby Bilbo and his mother Belladonna Took and it was shot. He's not sure if the scene will make the final cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but his suggestion was taken seriously.
''We see Gandalf observing this little boy who's full of beans and full of adventure. And I let him play with [a] toy dragon that I've got.
''And when he's thinking, 'Who should we get? Oh, there's that little boy'. And he goes back to Hobbiton to meet this little boy who's now grown up and is a real stodgy, dull, settled, unadventurous person. And he's so disappointed. 'What happened to you? Come on! You've got to go on an adventure, it'll be good for you. Get back your childish enthusiasm!'''



Carne
Tol Eressea

Nov 22 2012, 8:24pm

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I'm very glad we'll (hopefully) see this [In reply to] Can't Post

I think it's important to explain why Gandalf chose to pick Bilbo, especially for the general audience.


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utku
Rivendell


Nov 22 2012, 8:33pm

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So cool [In reply to] Can't Post

That scene sounds very good, however I think it could be more fitting as a flashback prologue in the forthcoming sequels. Like if the third movie is set to begin with Smaug and Bilbo riddle game, then it could be cool to have baby Bilbo playing with a toy dragon in the flashback, much like RotK. Smile But then again, the real purpose of the scene is to set the relationship between Gandalf and Bilbo so if it will be featured, the first movie is the most likely.


QuackingTroll
Valinor


Nov 22 2012, 9:05pm

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So does Bifur have one of Gandalf's toys in the trailer? // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


thomasofrohan
Lorien

Nov 22 2012, 9:07pm

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No. One of Bifur's character descriptions mentions that he's a toymaker [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Ardamírë
Valinor


Nov 22 2012, 9:07pm

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Belladonna Took [In reply to] Can't Post

I hope we get to see her! I don't know why, but I think it'd be cool. She's one of those obscure characters who would be fun to see.

And anyway, in the book, isn't Bilbo at least familiar with Gandalf and his fireworks? So this is basically just an extension of that. Those kind of additions/expansions are the things I like best (rather than something completely made up).

"...and his first memory of Middle-earth was the green stone above her breast as she sang above his cradle while Gondolin was still in flower." -Unfinished Tales


QuackingTroll
Valinor


Nov 22 2012, 9:12pm

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So.... did he make the toy dragon? Hehe // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


QuackingTroll
Valinor


Nov 22 2012, 9:13pm

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And you do know my name, though you don't remember that I belong to it [In reply to] Can't Post

He was too young to remember, apparently. Smile


Ardamírë
Valinor


Nov 22 2012, 9:17pm

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Perfect [In reply to] Can't Post

Perfectly in line with the book. At least, it seems to be so far.

"...and his first memory of Middle-earth was the green stone above her breast as she sang above his cradle while Gondolin was still in flower." -Unfinished Tales


Eleniel
Grey Havens


Nov 22 2012, 9:25pm

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That just sounds simply wonderful... [In reply to] Can't Post

I do hope that it makes it in. As has been said already, a fine example of the scriptwriters at their best!


"Choosing Trust over Doubt gets me burned once in a while, but I'd rather be singed than hardened."
¯ Victoria Monfort






AinurOlorin
Half-elven


Nov 22 2012, 9:53pm

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Hey DanielB and company! [In reply to] Can't Post

Interesting. Remember we had suggested from those party scenes that we would probably see young Bilbo in Gandalf's company. At the time, I even suggested it might be one of Gandalf's dragon fireworks that inspired Bilbo's interest in Dragons and adventure. Interesting if it pans out thus.

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Sir Ian says during the film's development has been forthcoming with Jackson and his co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. For one, he felt that the relationship between Gandalf and Bilbo needed a little history.
He suggested a scene showing the wizard being introduced to a baby Bilbo and his mother Belladonna Took and it was shot. He's not sure if the scene will make the final cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but his suggestion was taken seriously.
''We see Gandalf observing this little boy who's full of beans and full of adventure. And I let him play with [a] toy dragon that I've got.
''And when he's thinking, 'Who should we get? Oh, there's that little boy'. And he goes back to Hobbiton to meet this little boy who's now grown up and is a real stodgy, dull, settled, unadventurous person. And he's so disappointed. 'What happened to you? Come on! You've got to go on an adventure, it'll be good for you. Get back your childish enthusiasm!'''



"Hear me, hounds of Sauron, Gandalf is here! Fly if you value your foul skins, I will shrivel you from tail to snout if you step within this circle!"

"Do not be to eager to deal out death in judgement. Even the very wise cannot see all ends."


AinurOlorin
Half-elven


Nov 22 2012, 9:55pm

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I entirely agree with this statement. [In reply to] Can't Post

It Is my sentiment exactly.

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And anyway, in the book, isn't Bilbo at least familiar with Gandalf and his fireworks? So this is basically just an extension of that. Those kind of additions/expansions are the things I like best (rather than something completely made up).

"Hear me, hounds of Sauron, Gandalf is here! Fly if you value your foul skins, I will shrivel you from tail to snout if you step within this circle!"

"Do not be to eager to deal out death in judgement. Even the very wise cannot see all ends."


AinurOlorin
Half-elven


Nov 22 2012, 10:03pm

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This was a nice interview. [In reply to] Can't Post

Good reading overall.

"Hear me, hounds of Sauron, Gandalf is here! Fly if you value your foul skins, I will shrivel you from tail to snout if you step within this circle!"

"Do not be to eager to deal out death in judgement. Even the very wise cannot see all ends."


DanielLB
Immortal


Nov 22 2012, 10:07pm

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Sounds wonderful [In reply to] Can't Post

And the thought of it leaves me with a warm fuzzy feeling.

I wish Gandalf was real.

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Radagast-Aiwendil
Gondor


Nov 22 2012, 10:11pm

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I'm certainly up for this [In reply to] Can't Post

It would give a very nice background and in-depth touch to it. Smile

"Radagast is, of course, a worthy wizard, a master of shapes and changes of hue, and he has much lore of herbs and beasts, and birds are especially his friends."-Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings.


tolktolk
Lorien

Nov 22 2012, 10:14pm

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Vlog 5 [In reply to] Can't Post

I think this has been said before, but I believe you can see this party scene at about the four minute mark in production video 5. I am sure it will be included in the film, as it ties in so well with the scene with Gandalf talking to Bilbo in Bag End and saying "The world is out there".

I also said this on another thread, but the vlog also shows that Andy Serkis' two sons are in this scene dressed as hobbits, and the younger one looks just like a baby Bilbo ...


Radagast-Aiwendil
Gondor


Nov 22 2012, 10:24pm

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If Gandalf was real, the world would be a truly wonderful place [In reply to] Can't Post

Although at least he is partially real in the form of Ian McKellen, who like Gandalf has certainly made the world a better place through his acting as well as through his LGBT Rights campaigning. I admit that a tear came to my eye when I read Ian's remark in the article (Regarding his daily thoughts about his own death).

Frankly, I think that in many ways Tolkien was Gandalf (ignoring the obvious interest in tobacco shared by both of them) as Tolkien's level of imagination certainly bordered on the superhuman on many occasions as seen in his writing. I always think that an author uses at least one character to act as their voice, often an older and wiser/more reasonable character. Tolkien uses many characters like this but not least Gandalf (though I think Faramir was probably the closest to Tolkien himself). Furthermore, McKellen based his accent for Gandalf on Tolkien, which certainly hints a strong similarity.

Anyhow, you never know, any day soon Merlin might re-awaken and save the world from the crisis that has befallen it...

Wink

"Radagast is, of course, a worthy wizard, a master of shapes and changes of hue, and he has much lore of herbs and beasts, and birds are especially his friends."-Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings.


Carne
Tol Eressea

Nov 22 2012, 10:29pm

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Could be... [In reply to] Can't Post

He seems to be the only child hobbit wearing a jacket, close to the one seen in the art book Smile


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Faenoriel
Tol Eressea


Nov 23 2012, 4:34pm

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PJ, PJ, let this be in the final cut! [In reply to] Can't Post

Don't axe this like you did the Sons of the Steward, the best scene in the entire TTT.

But every word you say today
Gets twisted 'round some other way
And they'll hurt you if they think you've lied


Ardamírë
Valinor


Nov 23 2012, 5:19pm

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Sons of the Steward [In reply to] Can't Post

Excellent! I can't imagine why it left out.

"...and his first memory of Middle-earth was the green stone above her breast as she sang above his cradle while Gondolin was still in flower." -Unfinished Tales


burgahobbit
Rohan


Nov 23 2012, 8:28pm

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It was left out to keep the run-time under 3 hours. [In reply to] Can't Post

A task that was much too overwhelming in ROTK, but in FOTR and TTT they managed it for the theatrical versions. I myself have never seen the theatrical versions so Sons of the Steward has always been part of the movie for me. (If it is indeed the scene I am thinking of. It's the scene where Boromir has his speech, right?)

“This task was appointed to you…and if you don’t find a way, no one will.” – Lady Galadriel


Ardamírë
Valinor


Nov 23 2012, 8:31pm

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Yep, that scene [In reply to] Can't Post

I know they were trying to keep the runtime down, but what I meant was why was that scene cut and not another?

"...and his first memory of Middle-earth was the green stone above her breast as she sang above his cradle while Gondolin was still in flower." -Unfinished Tales


Faenoriel
Tol Eressea


Nov 23 2012, 9:31pm

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Sons of Steward shouldn't have been the scene to cut [In reply to] Can't Post

Instead, they should have gotten rid of the Attack of the Ugly Mongrel Hyenas and Aragorn's "KING OF GONDOR TAKES NO BATHS, KING OF GONDOR NEEDS NO BATHS!!!" fake death scene. And then used the spared time for character developement.

But every word you say today
Gets twisted 'round some other way
And they'll hurt you if they think you've lied


Ardamírë
Valinor


Nov 23 2012, 9:48pm

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But in the movies [In reply to] Can't Post

They wanted Aragorn to be able to come storming into Helm's Deep after having seen Saruman's army.

If you were trying to separate Aragorn (to preserve that moment), how would you do it without the warg attack and fake death?

"...and his first memory of Middle-earth was the green stone above her breast as she sang above his cradle while Gondolin was still in flower." -Unfinished Tales


Lacrimae Rerum
Grey Havens

Nov 23 2012, 10:00pm

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The core of Jackson's adaptation [In reply to] Can't Post

Was to be quite ruthless about telling the tale through a very few key characters (Frodo, Aragorn and, to an extent, Gandalf). Very few things which did not contribute to the narratives of these keystones made the cut.

LR

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