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Ian McKellen’s one-man fundraising show is coming to a close this weekend, but not without the surprise support of a large contingent of Hobbit actors. Last night audience members were treated not only to McKellen’s phenomenal performance, but the chance to meet, chat, and even act with some of the elf, dwarf, and hobbit actors who will soon become household names.
As TORn member Lissuin reports:
It was a thrill to see them all on stage together. We had spotted a couple of cast members in the lobby before the show and said, “How nice that they’re here to support Sir Ian.” When they all came up on stage, the audience was stunned, I think. Then, big applause.
Afterwards, the entire cast and Sir Ian spent at least an hour out in the lobby signing autographs, posing for photos and chatting with fans. There were lots of $5 donations for the Isaac Theatre Royal for each photo and autograph. They all seemed very relaxed and happy to be hanging out together and mingling with the crowd, each with his collections bucket. Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman and Billy Connolly had lines of fans going inside the auditorium, smiling the whole time, entertaining in their individual styles – in Billy’s case with his characteristic colorful language.
I doubt that you could have found anywhere else such a relaxed, open atmosphere with a large group of actors interacting with fans. Every one of them seemed genuinely pleased to be there helping the fund-raising effort. Sir Ian had said it was going to be a party, and it was.
Wellington, you have earned my undying envy. Enjoy it. Thankfully, there were some in the audience who captured the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and shared pix via Twitter and Tumblr.
Photo of the cast on stage by noei1984, who also bumped into Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, and Richard Armitage.
The following photo of the cast (and many more) were posted on Tumblr by Cathoiskool:
In addition, Catherine shared these photos of the cast collecting donations. She writes:
I would be lying though if I didn’t say that the best part was afterwards when all the members of The Hobbit cast and crew who came to see it came out to sign autographs, take photos and just CHAT with everyone after the show. I would have still been there at least an hour afterwards but they were all so lovely, conversational and just seemed genuinely happy to be there and meeting everyone! It was just so good I can’t even ❤
Hmm…last photo is sort of distracting. What was I doing? Oh right…I realize this blog is very dwarf-biased, but if hobbits (one in particular) are your main squeeze, then you will likely delight in the full account of meeting Martin Freeman (and Ian McKellen), by Briony Jae. It’s quite funny and sort of karmic too! Here is her video of the event:
Had a great time living vicariously through all of you lucky devils!
Although this treat was posted a good six months ago on TORn, I completely missed it, and mayhap you did too. Lindele had managed (through some sort of audio magic) to extract the song from The Hobbit trailer, eliminating all talking and background noise, creating over 2 minutes of clear dwarf singing and orchestral glory! You think you liked it before? Just wait till you hear this! It is available as an MP3 download (right click and “save link as”).
[I often have issues getting audio files such as this to play online without skips (QuickTime and my computer don’t see eye to eye for some reason), but once downloaded, it will play fine in Windows Media Player or a similar program.]
Update 6/21/12: Thanks to The Queen, I was finally able to read an informative description of the Dwarves’ song on Doug Adams website. Adams has written about the music of the Lord of the Rings films, and will be doing the same for The Hobbit, but for now he is sworn to secrecy, so it is up to others to fill in the gaps till then. A poster named “Ewan” had some interesting things to say about the style of the song, and why it speaks to us:
Nice that the diegetic song appears to be by Shore, allowing extensive integration into the non-diegetic score in a way we didn’t see in LOTR.
The style of the song references gregorian chant and early organum (monkish vibratoless male voices, Stepwise melody, open and parallel 5ths). This conjures a sense of deep past in a European-inspired culture. Any religious connotations are avoided by the orchestral accompaniment, words, and similarities to more vernacular Celtic or Nordic folksong. (Note, for example the melodic similarities to Horner’s Braveheart love theme, which itself is a textbook study of Celtic sociomusical connotation.) Finally, the style is similar to elvish singing in it’s sense of mystique and remembrance of an ancient past in the fog of memory. Yet it is distanced from Shore’s elvish music by being completely diatonic, with no hints of eastern otherness. It is also hyper-masculine (through deep voices and repeated notes) as opposed to the more androgynous elvish singing heard in LOTR.
If, like me, you find this fascinating but mostly beyond comprehension, Ewan’s second post goes a long way to explain what it all means.
Peter Jackson posted a fun studio tour (with the usual brief clips of actual filming interspersed). Lots of little details in this one. I hope to get an exhaustive (for me anyway) set of screenshots up by tomorrow sometime.
Best if you can watch it on Jackson’s Facebook page directly, but sometimes the high quality gives people issues, so here is a link to a youtube upload.
Well, we didn’t have long to wait for the Guardians of Middle-earth trailer. A whole day and a half!
You can watch the trailer on YouTube:
They haven’t given us any details of who the combatants are (and I’m too impatient to wait a day or two), but Gandalf, Legolas, Gollum, The Witch-king, and Sauron are obvious.