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The Fellowship Festival 2004

Last update: March 24, 2010

Opening Ceremony - Galadriel's Ball
Stu's Orc transformation by Gino

Photo by Criz ----- Photo courtesy of Sandro

To see more behind the seen shots, visit Martje's site

Here are some photos taken by Ian Smith and others by my friend Criz... (used by permission)
The text is the script I wrote for our Narrator to read over Track 10 of FOTR soundtrack
I've tried to make it corrispond to what was happening, but we are short on photos.

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photo by Ian Smith
From the earliest years of his life, J.R.R. Tolkien was exposed to a multitude of languages. He developed such a passion for linguistics that even as an adolescent he was inventing languages of his own. Tolkien wrote poems in one of his most beloved languages, Quenya. But languages are spoken by people. And people must have a history. A great desire grew within him to create a culture that would speak Quenya.

He envisioned a culture rich with myth and song, and described elves and their world through epic stories that resonated in the hearts of generation after generation of readers.

Over the years many inspired souls had taken Tolkien's books and portrayed their own interpretation of his vision, through illustrations, animations and films. His work gave new life to the fantasy adventure genre.

Peter Jackson was one such inspired artist. A director from New Zealand with a life long dream to make a fantasy adventure film. Jackson and Tolkien shared a conviction that fantasy could be portrayed as a very realistic history. This made the union of these two artists an ideal match for three of the most widely acclaimed motion pictures ever to be adapted from a novel.

(Elves walk on stage led by Elbereth)

Photo by Ian Smith
n his extended stories and appendices, Tolkien explained details that brought an even richer background to the Lord of the Rings. To present aspects Jackson film gave leading roles to characters who had only played minor parts in the novel requiring a relegation of others to the background of the story.

(Glorifindel comes forward, leaves the gem and is sent away and replaced by Arwen)

Photo by Ian Smith

Photo by Criz

photo by Liron
With Jackson's loyalty to the essence of Middle-earth, he brilliantly assembled a condensed version of Tolkien's novels that at the same time exposed the audience to a bountiful perspective of the author's universe.

(Men come forward)

With much less time for character development, Jackson compelled his audience to care deeply for the characters through dramatic portrayals of Tolkiens most moving scenes. (Boromir Death Scene)

Photo by Criz

Photo by Criz

Photo by Liron

Indeed, in order to bring about a strong realization of the grave threats facing the heros, Jackson supplemented his version with scenes never conceived by Tolkien, to the surprise of many a book fan.

(Haldir Death Scene)

The ultimate victory comes from an essential contribution by members of one of the most beloved of Tolkien's races.

Hobbits. A simple folk have within themselves strength to accomplish the tasks set before them.

Interestingly, Tolkien writes his tales as being told by hobbits.

Photo by Criz

Photo by Liron

Photo by Criz

And so it is fitting that that both Tolkien and Jackson have been perceived by themselves and others as 'hobbits'.

(Arwen and Aragorn United)

People the world over continue to be profoundly effected by the powerful work of these two master story tellers.

This weekend you are invited to join us in celebrating the work of J.R.R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson's award winning adaptation of his novel the Lord of the Rings.

Here at the Fellowship Festival….

Photo by Criz

Photo by Ian Smith

Photo by Criz

Craig introduces Julia - not why he cheered. *L* I forget why he cheered. The Tolkien Society are introduced Just before the other guests are introduced