Just a bit of LotR fandom nostalgia...

All this Hobbit madness has inspired a massive dose of renewed LotR love in me - I won't say how many hours I spent yesterday just wading through some of the old classics, cast interviews, spoofs, memes and easter eggs, and general fond remembrance *shifty eyes* It was thoroughly enjoyable, though, so I thought I'd share a random selection.

Do You Remember:

1) The Fellowship of the Pants - origin of the famous "Gondor has no pants! Gondor needs no pants!" line that can be adapted to absolutely any fandom or situation;

2) The Very Secret Diaries, which may be the only thing of actual interest Cassandra Claire ever wrote;

3) They're taking the Hobbits to Isengard! (warning: you will be singing this ALL FUCKING DAY);

4) Dom's prank interview with Elijah! (oh Lijah - your porpoise laugh is still adorbs);

5) Ahahahahah, My hed iz pastede on yay (bless you, Fandom Wank);

6) Billy & Dom & lots of penis jokes;

7) Everyone snarking on Orlando's broken rib;

8) Billy's account of how Viggo snogged him;

9) The best behind-the-scenes love story: Viggo and the horses (I still cry at that story of him buying the horse for Jane);

10) BAGENDERS!!! Still possibly my favourite bit of LotR fanfic 'verse - kind of the LotR version of The Shoebox Project <333;

11) No wonder everyone was so much into RPS. I mean, who could blame them? It was everywhere. Like a big shiny orgy;

12) Barrel-riding! (Poor Daisy Wenham and his $200 horse. And Miranda!); and

13) That spoof with Jack Black and Sarah Michelle Gellar!

There's tons more, of course, this really is just a random sampler. I totes need another rewatch of the trilogy (when I'm not huddling in a makeshift Arctic tent in a public park, lol!)

I also went on an extended hunt for the portraits that Viggo took of some of the LotR cast back when they were shooting. And... it proved nearly fucking impossible to find the damn things. I remembered loving them back when I first saw them, and I also remembered that for some reason they weren't widely circulated even back then, possibly because Viggo is so insanely talented at everything that some of his accomplishments don't get all the attention they deserve.

Instead of one handy link, I had to chase the portraits down all across the internet (curse Tumblr and its consistent lack of source links or credit!), so I wanted to gather them all in one place - for myself to paw at, mostly, but also to share with anyone interested! I still think I'm missing a few but these were absolutely all I could find.

1) The "Te Anau" portraits of Elijah, 1999

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I love these so much - Elijah's expressions, the snow, the intriguing contrast of starkness and softness. WHY SO TALENTED, VIGGO?

2) Portrait of Dominic


I... didn't know I sort of loved bare feet in the snow until I saw this photo. And I adore how that interfering snowflake becomes a giant Santa beard for Dom.

3) Aloof, Unavailable Elf Prince:


The faraway expression, the juxtaposition of bandana and elf costume - win.

4) "Legolas, 2000"


My favourite of the series. The blurry sepia colour is amazing but what really moves me is the moment captured - there's something so private, focused and vulnerable about it that it makes you feel almost like an intruder. I wear contacts myself so this makes me relate, concentrating on that mundane but essential action, that split second when the plastic settles lightly on your eye and the blurry mess around you comes into sharp focus. (Obviously Orlando was putting in the blue Legolas contacts, not a vision aid, but art is what it makes you feel.) It has softness and intensity, vulnerability paired with resolve, and I love it madly.

Whilst hunting for more portraits (these are the only ones I found, and I can't remember if there were more), I also came across this shot of Liv, which as far as I know is not by Viggo but I'm adding it here anyway because it seems to capture a similar spirit:

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It's another one of those mundane moments (continuity make-up FTW) captured in a meaningful way. I love when art makes you feel moved by ordinary things.


Oh I love this post!!!! What a lot of memories you've got here! And what a fabulous, generous cast... I remember endless squeee and every day having something new. Like fandom Christmas, almost every day!

And I haven't read Bagenders. I'll have to put that on the reading list!
They were/are *such* an amazing cast. I am totes rewatching the trilogy with actors' commentary as soon as I can.

Heeeh, hope you enjoy Bagenders - it's mostly non-shippy (except for random slashy interludes), just this hilarious series about the fellowship sharing a flat in modern-day England and dealing with daily flatmate annoyances, going on daytrips, etc. It's been ages since I read them but I remember how hard they cracked me up.
Now these are absolutely lovely and just what someone needs to catch up to years (AND YEARS!) of fandom madness :D

-Elijah's laugh is absolutely AMAZING :D And You can tell he just wants to get through the interview to find out if he's speaking to a mental patient or if it's a prank

-Oh the restless mocking is hilarious! I love how he's talking about it at first like he's expecting sympathy and expecting that his cast members would have expressed sympathy in their interviews as well and then he's like "Whinging? Oh really?" It seems like Orlando's the type of person who'd be most fun to mock and prank, like in the outtakes for FotR when Sir Ian is like "Typical elf work!"

-The movies themselves are a big gay orgies, so take the cast and throw in a lot of boring repetitive interviews and they're bound to get restless ;)

-Those portraits are AMAZING. (I'd personally be creeped out by a co-worker lurking around with a camera but I'm sure Viggo got everyone's consent first *clears throat*)(Also both Orlando's photos are REALLY REALLY good.)

-Finished my Goodreads challange :D so now I got time for fic baby :D Bring it on

-Also, I've been singing THEY'RE TAKING THE HOBBITS TO ISENGARD! all day and my mom is not amused *g*
Hahaha enjoy the random fandom catch-up! And do watch the cast commentary on the films sometime, and also all the behind-the-scenes stuff! They are absolutely hilarious and so well done. With so many movies, backstage stuff is just boring, but LotR is probably the only franchise where I can say "tonight I just feel like watching that LotR featurette on the CGI/location scouting/what-have-you", because they put so much love into it all. (Just be prepared for Sean Astin to be a random git in a sea of otherwise sparkly people :p)

Yeah, I agree that the portraits could be intrusive, but Viggo can do no wrong ;)

Orlando's way too pretty to not be relentlessly mocked. He might get a big head otherwise.

Thanks a lot for putting this together. I didn't have time to look at anything so far, pre-Christmas at the airport being hell on earth, except Viggo's amazing pictures - and I share the love for Legolas,2000 - so beautiful, it almost looks like a painting, I think.
But I consider this a very special present that I'm looking very much forward to unwrap and enjoy over the holidays. <333333
Enjoy! Once you emerge from airporty drudgery, you'll so have deserved a shiny present! *cuddles*
I wasn't aware of fandom when the movies came out, so I'm looking forward to watching your links over the holidays!
(I know "They're taking the hobbits to Isengard" though - *hums* argh!!!)
Hahaha, whoever came up with that vid first was an evil genius!

LotR was my first fandom (even pre-Harry Potter), so it was fun hunting down some of the old stuff. Enjoy!

February 2018



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