Saturday, 20 March 2010

Merry and Pippin return to Loth-Lorien?

Warning : this is a human interest story, and may contain kittens. You were warned.


I'd love to give you some actual news, but the studios are a bit silent at the moment, and we're stuck with "fireman rescues kitten from tree" stories.


Last week I took a group around the region on a LOTR tour, and discovered that there are new tennants at Loth-Lorien. It appears that the owners of the gardens at Fernside (the property where Peter Jackson filmed the Loth-Lorien scenes as well as the Gladden Fields scenes where Smeagol strangles Deagol) have obtained two kittens. They were incredibly friendly (unless you're a butterfly), and followed us all around the property, right from the carpark through the gardens, around the lake, and back to the car again. All up, I would estimate at least a couple of hundred meters.


Note the bridge in the background - you'll see the same bridge in the Fellowship Of The Rings, for instance where Legolas tells Merry and Pippin, already in the boat, that "a small bite of Lembas will fill the stomach of a grown man", as the two are picking their teeth clean of a good second breakfast.


Anyway, enjoy the pic, in liue of actual news. If nothing else, it may reassure you that I'm still here. :)

  - Jack

9 comments:

  1. That's adorable. :) Even if there's no actual news to report, your blogs still make for an interesting read. Which reminds me, that if I can get back to Welly, I need to take your tour. (I took Ted Guise's movie tour last time, but we didn't make all the sight rounds. But then again, I couldn't pass up finding out that they shot the "Get of the Road!" sequence near my house!)

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  2. What lovely kitty cats. I'm heading back to NZ next year.I hope I'll see you then.

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  3. @ Lady Nerd:

    I didn't realise you lived in Wellingon...?? So where is your house then? On MT Vic itself? Drop me a line before you return, I'd lvoe to meet up...

    @ Ruth:
    Hey, you decided to return already, hehe... have you told John about it yet? I'll definitely see you when you get back!

    - Jack

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  4. It was partly John's idea.He loves New Zealand as much as I do.I think we will probably come January/ February time.

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  5. @Ruth :

    That's awesome! I definitely expect an email with more details when you have them! I'm sure I have a bunch of new stuff to show you by then...

    - Jack

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  6. I think those Kittens both need a nickname, howabout Merry and Pippin!

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  7. @Odentroll :

    I don't know why I didn't put that in my post (it's in the header), but that was my conclusion too...

    Young, foolish, happy, always in the way, and continuously taking centre-stage with reckless disregard for all things happening around them.

    "Merry" and "Pippin" are perfect names, yeah.

    :)

    - Jack

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  8. You will definitely get an email when everything is sorted Jack.I wouldn't pass up the chance to see my favourite tour guide.

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  9. @Ruth :

    Shucks... now you're just trying to make me blush... ;)

    - Jack

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