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Ian McKellen | The Lord of the Rings | The Grey Book | Casting
It's rather that I invariably look at the job as a whole - who will direct, who will be cast, how long will it take,do I want to work in Leeds (or Toronto or now Wellington). So with The Lord of the Rings, the whole venture across three movies and across the magical landscape of New Zealand, is as invigorating as the opportunity to embody a legend.

If it weren't the director of Heavenly Creatures in control, with a strong vision of all those precise, quirky, majestic locations, I should not much look forward to a full year away from my home in London. But Peter Jackson's designs, script and his unshowy dedication to the task are irresistible. Had I been unable to play Gandalf (because of an encroaching X-Men schedule), I should have hoped for another less time-consuming part later in the trilogy.

I am aware of the high expectations of Tolkien's fans - like myself. But, never having imagined that I would ever play any sort of wizard, I am ill-prepared. I just worked with a witch, however, a white one, whose spells are formidable. Her energy is impressive. I shall have to come to understand the nature of Gandalf's energy - what keeps him going. What keeps any of us going?

A big project. I wish them luck when The Lord of the Rings starts shooting (without me) in October 1999." — Ian McKellen, London, 14 August 1999
LOTR  Lord_of_the_Rings  Ian_McKellan 
15 days ago by Quercki
A Slow Thaw in Winter - Chapter 1 - lordnelson100 - The Lord of the Rings - All Media Types [Archive of Our Own]

Post-war blues, homecomings, culture clash, sex, epic family fights, Durin family history, shut up about about Thorin, nice Elven in-laws, Woodland Realm aesthetics, Dwarven gifts, horses, brigands, tempers are lost, Thranduil: No! Thranduil: Yes!
Legolas crossed the distance between us in a moment. He clasped my shoulders, and I clasped his, and we smiled at each other.

He turned to my father. He held out his hands and took both of Thranduil’s, whether my lord would or no. And then he brought them to his lips, and looked up into his face. “My father and my King!” he said, with love all in his countenance.

He had faced the Black Gate of Mordor. Of course he could not be awed by a mere wrathful parent.

Then Thranduil dropped his dignity and all his stored-up angry words, like you might toss aside a handful of emptied walnut shells. He threw his arms around my brother and let himself be happy for the moment.

He was after all a wise King, if not a perfect man. And so for the moment, peril was averted.
fic  lord_of_the_rings  slash  legolas/gimli  to_keep 
december 2017 by a_phasia
Grandma accidentally prays to Elrond from Lord of the Rings
The woman thought she was praying to Saint Anthony but it turns out the figure was Elrond, Lord of Rivendell.
funny  brazil  religion  lord_of_the_rings 
january 2017 by modernishfather
From One Age to Another - determamfidd - Multifandom [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Upon their return to Eryn Lasgalen and Erebor respectively, Legolas and Gimli each have a new adornment. Their fathers would like an explanation.
(They're not going to like it.)

L/G, mostly bookverse, some movie elements.
"You will be apart long years," Thranduil said, his anger coalescing. "He would not give up his caverns for you?"

"No more than I would give up my trees," Legolas said, raising his chin. "I would not ask that of him, nor he of me. But I would share them with him, and gladly."
fic  to_keep  lord_of_the_rings  legolas/gimli  slash 
may 2016 by a_phasia
LOTR Timeline Graph | danielmclaren.com
It's a bit of a mess, but what I've done is synchronize three components: a slider, the original comic from xkcd, and the graph visualization. You can use the slider grip or the buttons to move through the story.

As time passes (or unpasses), the graph automatically shifts to reflect the data for the current time step. The animation helps viewers maintain context so it's possible to see the changes as they happen.

There's a lot more work that could be done to make the changes more obvious and less disorienting. In particular, when characters leave or die, it's pretty impossible to see what node disappeared.
may 2016 by rufous

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