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A gift revisited


Jan 8 2013, 9:56am

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A gift revisited Can't Post

Greetings from Wellington! I arrived here yesterday.

One of the things on my agenda was visiting the scene of a gift that TORnsibs (led by White Aslan) organized in 2004 as a "thank you" to Jackson et al. for the LotR movies: ~$1200 was collected by donations here, and with the assistance of the Wellington mayor 11 native Kauri trees were planted in a park. The rest of the money was donated to Jackson's favorite charity.

A certificate presented at the time, a photo of the original planting ceremony, and the trees as they are today may be found here.

Finding the trees was a challenge, because I didn't know the name of the park and the coordinates on the certificate are in some NZ-specific notation. For future reference, it is Willowbank Park, Tawa, Wellington, and the coordinates are:

Lat: 41deg 11min 04.120 sec. S
Lon: 174 deg 49 min 36.996 E

There are 11 trees: 1 ea. for the Fellowship, Jackson, and Tolkien. Unfortunately, one of the trees isn't doing well. May be Boromir.

(This post was edited by Elizabeth on Jan 8 2013, 10:02am)

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Jan 8 2013, 1:02pm

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Very cool - thanks for the update! [In reply to] Can't Post

And enjoy your trip, Elizabeth. :)


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Jan 8 2013, 2:50pm

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Thank you! [In reply to] Can't Post

Good to know the trees are doing well---although I hope poor "Boromir" perks up soon.

Enjoy your trip!


Jan 8 2013, 2:51pm

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thanks, Elizabeth [In reply to] Can't Post

I have a history wiki article started on this charitable project:


I'll add the coordinates to the information collected. FWIW: the article is a Work in Progress article and needs some attention (from anyone who will volunteer) to move it forward towards completion.

Elizabeth, any other information or pictures you wish to contribute will be gladly accepted at the Mathom-house.

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Jan 8 2013, 5:39pm

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*snort* [In reply to] Can't Post

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Unfortunately, one of the trees isn't doing well. May be Boromir.

OK, that made me snort out loud. :D

Look how our trees have grown! And I admit that when I viewed your photos, I thought you had written "Elven trees". ;)

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.

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Jan 8 2013, 5:59pm

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Thanks for the update [In reply to] Can't Post

I had forgotten we had done that.

I laughed too about the Boromir comment. Have a wonderful trip.


Jan 8 2013, 8:35pm

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You can certainly use the stuff I posted. [In reply to] Can't Post

I also PM's you a couple of other things that you're welcome to use (let me know if the attachments didn't work).


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