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**20FD Visiting some of TORn's old friends and fancies

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In honour of TORn's 20 years of busy-ness, I'd like to share some of our highlights. There will be many more of these visits to TORn's old friends and fancies, so keep an eye for the beacons to light up the mountain tops as more come along.



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One of the best examples of the spontaneity, wit, "fun", and great powers of observation gifted of TORnsibs (TORn members) is the legend of Figwit. As with most fables, the story began during a simple event. On December 19(ish), 2001 [release date], a group of fans were enjoying themselves at the theatre watching The Fellowship of the Ring for the first time. During the heroic moment at the Council of Elrond when Frodo was proclaiming he'd take the Ring to Mordor, the picture moves across the members of the Council who had jumped up in heated debate of what to do with the Ring. TORnsib, inDUHvidual, was one of those watching and relates what happened next:




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When Frodo says "I will take it!", we are so impressed we start to think “Frodo is great!" But before we finish, the camera pans and we see Figwit, smoldering enigmatically in the background. All other thoughts are whisked away by that elf - who is THAT?! He's gorgeous!

The rest is history! Later, inDUHvidual talked about it with her friend, TORnsib Arwenelf... and Figwit became a full-fledged fixation.


They unleashed their discovery on TORn's Message Boards where his fame quickly spread. They proclaimed Figwit to be the thinking woman's Legolas. Needless to say, their enthusiasm was contagious and quickly spread... in humour if not others actually jumping on the band wagon.


"Figwit" has a doppelganger named Bret McKenzie, and he shows up twice in the LotR films. In FotR, where he was discovered, his credited as an unknown elf; although he shows in IMDB as Figwit!!! With his rise in popularity, Peter Jackson tried to include Bret in the next film, The Two Towers; but Bret was unavailable.



He did make it into The Return of the King, where he's credited as "Elf Escort" and by fans as Aegnor (Decipher Games Card).



In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, he's appears prominently as Lindir in Rivendell. Another neat LotR connection for Bret is



that his RL father, Peter McKenzie, is also in The Fellowship of the Ring where he plays King Elendil.


Bret is from Wellington, NZ where he's part of a popular musical comedy duo with Jermaine Clement called Flight of the Conchords. They've even had a stint on HBO.

Meanwhile... back on the Boards... Figwit's fandom grew; especially after, inDUHvidual began a "FAN"tastic new website, mightily assisted by Arwenelf, devoted to the pouty Elf called Figwit Lives! Their immediate crew of collaborators grew to include: Probono, belethdelothiel, Roheryn and many more. So powerful was their Fellowship, they arranged a moot where Flight of the Conchords was playing in a comedy festival in Scotland. Bret, Jermaine and others finally got to meet the TORnsibs who lifted Figwit to stardom... and trading cards... and gaming pieces... and t-shirts... and even an action figure.

**There's a delightful exchange between Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh in Anne Petty has put in her excellent book, The Frodo Franchise: Building the Franchise [pg 170]:


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"The three writers' discussion of this scene in their commentary on the extended-version DVD tends to confirm that Jackson was not as au courant on fan sites as some of those fans might have imagined:

Jackson: That was Fidwit, isn't it? What's his name, Fid-, Fij-, What's his--?
Walsh: No. Figwit.
Jackson: Figwit. That was actually put in just for fun, for the fans, because we didn't even know about this character. I can't even pronounce his name, yet this guy was created by the fans, really. He was an extra in the Council of Elrond scene, and so much fuss had been made about him over the last couple of years that we had this moment where we wanted to have just this brief moment with an anonymous Elf, but we thought, well, rather than making him anonymous, let's make him Fig-, Figwid."




From TheOneRing.net
Who is Figwit? by Tehanu 4/12/2002
I Know Who Figwit Is by Xoanon 4/14/2002
Figwit? Or Lardolas? by Tehanu 4/13/2002
I Don't Know From Figwit...by Tookish 4/14/2002
Another ‘Figwit’ Doco Review by Xoanon 7/31/2004
LOTR: The Making Of, and Figwit! by Tehanu 7/7/2004









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Here Comes Fandalf!


A very exciting adventure was announced by the TORn panel at Comic-Con on July 21, 2011! TORn teamed up with HobbitMovieBlog and Warner Bros. to send Gandalf out to travel on a Gandalf World Tour. It was a year-long global event set to conclude at Comic-Con 2012. A massive logistical challenge, TheOneRing.net managed and supported the event and hoped fans like you would choose to participate. Gandalf travelled in the form of a statue made by Sideshow/Weta and was protected by a custom, heavy-duty shipping case. Because fans across the country would be hosting him and deliver him to the next stop, he was affectionately dubbed "Fandalf".

The goal of the Gandalf World Tour was to sally forth in anticipation of the Hobbit's first film release of the long fought-for films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. But this journey would be totally expected! Fandalf's travels would be documented with pictures, videos and stories of Fandalf meeting fans at moots throughout the country and around the world and visiting amazing landmarks over the course of the year. Fandalf's adventures were shared through the GandalfWorldTour.com website, Facebook, Twitter, and right here at TheOneRing.net!

Fans who wanted to host Fandalf could fill out a form at GandalfWorldTour.com. As the requests and locations flooded in, a travel plan was formed that would move the Wizard from the west coast across the U.S. to the east, move up along the east coast then back across the north toward the northwestern states. And if you wondered if Fandalf joined our 2011 Road to DragonCon trip in September... Heck yea he did!

Actually, the Quest became so epic, it was clear a year would not be enough time to sail across the ocean to also venture through Europe. It was quickly realized it would be necessary to send out TWO Fandalfs. As the requests to host the Grey Pilgrim exploded across the U.S. and internationally, Fandalf's twin was sent overseas where he would travel across Europe. Keeping both Wizards on the move and on schedule was always something kept front and center. One stumble or being imprisoned on a pinnacle somewhere would have caused this logistical house of cards to tumble.

The journey began in Los Angeles at TORn's annual Baggins's Birthday Bash on Saturday, September 24th to celebrate Bilbo and Frodo's birthdays. That is, afterall, the proper time to begin a Quest for any Baggins... and it had originally been Gandalf's plan to travel with Frodo as he began his journey to Rivendell. So Fandalf was delighted to get it right this time.

Hitching a ride with TORn's DragonCon or Bust Road Trip travellers, the Wandering Wizard stopped often to visit with fans and posed with landmarks. He made his way to Atlanta's DragonCon in Georgia via Nevada, Utah, Denver, Kansas, Missouri, and Tennessee. Then he went on to New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Florida; then up the east coast through South/North Carolina, Virginia, DC, New Jersey, Boston, New England, and Rhode Island. The indefatigable Wanderer then turned left and headed back west along the northern U.S. through Ohio, Michigan (and more), Chicago, and Minnesota. Fandalf's journey also took him into Canada, the Rockies, Seattle-Portland and south toward his final destination in San Diego the weekend of July 12-15, 2012 and his place at the Comic-Con panel... back again where he started.

The European Fandalf has been to romantic and exciting places in France, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy, and Switzerland. The wonderful pictures hosting fans have taken could be seen at flickr.com – search for images tagged 'Gandalf World Tour'. There are still many thanks to those who orchestrated this massive undertaking and to all of those who hosted Fandalf and kept him on the Road. It's great to think of fans all over the world mooting with the Grey Wizard!

One of the greatest stories to come from the Gandalf World Tour was that of Jim Beverly and his wife Holly Holt who came to TORn's fan table at the DragonCon convention. They offered to escort our European Fandalf overseas so they could help the Wizard begin his international journey. The couple told of Jim's tour in Iraq where he was badly injured when an explosion ripped through the humvee he was riding in... shrapnel tearing into his hand, knee and other injuries. He told the incredible story of how his doctor and The Lord of the Rings helped him through his ordeal. Read his full story here.

As we drew closer to the release of the first Hobbit movie, San Diego Comic-Con 2012 was full of excitement and Middle-earth goodness! Fandalf returned from his journey and merry meetings with fans in time to be a part of the Comic-Con panel where the well-travelled Wizard and Warner Bros. began THEIR moot... and well met! There surely was much excitement as we awaited the first Hobbit film! What a great way to harness that energy and connect the filmmakers, Tolkien, and fans literally around the world!





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At one point during our wonderful Red Carpet tour in 2008, the conversation moved to Figwit. Vic James knew the expression, but didn't know where it came from. When I told him, he just nodded and said, "Ah. TORn. I see." You'd think many strange but wonderful things come from TORn! Wink

Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the hand on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow....


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When I was at the Gathering of the Fellowship in 2003, I was walking through a dining area when I passed a table of (forgive the stereotype) giggling young ladies talking over each other about Figwit... they had a pic of him standing on the table in front of them. When I heard their deductions of who he was and where he came from (totally an OMG moment for me!), I had to put my feet in reverse and go clear up their mystery. ;)



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