Ian McKellen Updates His Blog: THE HOBBIT, two Elves, and another Wizard

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Sir Ian McKellen updates his blog with news we have already known, but with a touch of his own flair, and, of course, not to forget that he is a part of the cast, which would mean we get an inside view on the happenings.

He first talks of Martin Freeman leaving for London. Martin Freeman plays the part of Dr Watson, in the amazing new series “Sherlock” and he has date commitments to play Watson again. I have just finished watching the series and I must say it is definitely worth a watch, and not just for fans of the incredible detective. So back to The Hobbit Films, McKellen says that other scenes will be shot while Freeman is in London. He mentions Weaving being back as Elrond.

No worries: [Freeman]’ll be back in Middle Earth after our first hiatus, during which Peter Jackson will have spare time to edit the scenes already completed. The rest of the cast remains on duty for another few weeks, working on hobbit-less sections of the film. These involve dwarves of course but also elves, with Hugo Weaving back for a stretch as Lord Elrond.

He also states that he might be leaving for ‘a short UK tour’ of his own play, Eduardo De Filippo’s The Syndicate.

Bret Mckenzie is mentioned, too. 🙂

Another slim-line elf returning from LOTR, is a local: New Zealand’s actor/comedian/singer Bret McKenzie. Last time, he was an extra at Rivendell, the elven Last Homely House in the East. Under a tree at the Council of Elrond, he silently witnessed the forming of the Fellowship. Wordless maybe but not unnoticed by fans of the beautiful, who gave him the acronym F.I.G.W.I.T. (“Frodo Is Great! Who Is That?”) I confess Gandalf didn’t take much notice, distracted by the main action that involved all the main characters.

I only joined Bret’s fan-base, when he joined up with Jermaine Clement in their hilarious tv series Flight of the Conchords. Now he is briefly back in Rivendell as a senior official at Elrond’s Court and he has a name “Lindir”, which means “singer”. Tolkien has plenty of songs in The Hobbit but the script doesn’t indicate that Lindir will be singing any of them. If, as he promises, Bret makes a Conchord feature film ere long, I shall angle for a non-speaking part as BIGWIT. (“Bret Is…” etc.)

And then McKellen talks about Sylvester McCoy who will be assaying the role of Radagast the Brown. McKellen updates us with news of the costume and make-up tryouts for Radagast. Very interesting news indeed! Thanks, Ian. 🙂



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