The Hobbits have IT.
WHY THEM? They’re the heart of Peter Jackson’s $270 million Lord of the Rings trilogy, the hero hobbits whose homely sensibilities provide a human touchstone in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world of elves, orcs, and endless oddities. If Rings succeeds, a new galaxy awaits: Specifically, they could be at the center of the next Star Wars.
HOW ELIJAH WOOD NAILED FRODO: “I was on the set of The Faculty, and Harry Knowles [of Ain’t It Cool News] was like, ‘Dude, they’re making Lord of the Rings, and you’ve got to play Frodo.’ I went to a costume store [in L.A.], got knee pants and a flowy shirt, went up into the hills and filmed scenes [with the help of George Huang, writer director of Swimming With Sharks].”
HOBBIT BONDING: To celebrate friendships forged over 15 months of filming three movies in New Zealand, the four got matching Celtic tattoos.
FAVORITE TOLKIEN CREATION: Boyd: Moria, where the dwarfs live, which is completely underground. :It’s not like they’re living in caves — they built a country under a mountain.” Monaghan: “I hold Treebeard [an anthropomorphic tree that’s lived for centuries] quite close to my heart. He takes things very slowly — he knows that he’ll live forever, so he can spend as much time as he wants mulling things over. I’m turned on by that because I don’t think that way.” Astin: “The dwarfs have these Rube Goldberg contraptions to help them manipulate the raw materials of the earth. But it’s industriousness to its own end, and it’s meaningless.”
AND SO IT BEGINS… “One guy came up to me,” Wood says, “and showed me the Elvish tattoo on his leg. It’s going to be like this for three years.” Three years? More like the rest of your life.
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