All good things . . . why do I feel like crying?

This is from Sir Peter’s FB page. Feel asleep early, then endured a painful night filled with strange dreams. Feeling melancholy today after a late start.
The last shot.
Big monitors, main unit. Small screens bottom right, splinter.
We’re neck and neck … Shooting our final shots at the same time. … 10.32 pm. 4 or 5 takes so far.
No, wait … Done! While I was typing this, we shot more takes and finished! Richard was fantastic. Splinter almost done. Minutes away.
Smiles and happiness… And sadness. Yikes, very sad.
As I’ve discussed elsewhere, it’s hard to bring something you’ve worked so hard and lovingly at creating to an end. I have a hard time saying goodbye to my extended fanfictions–did some of you ever think I’d finish “Truce”? Same thing with “Dangerous to Know.” Obviously, I didn’t want to do so.
All good things . . . it must be a very bittersweet time for Sir Peter, the cast and crew. Richard loved playing this character, that is clear. He loved talking about Thorin and the crafting of this unforgettable character. He’s invested so much of himself into it. Will it be a little hard to truly let go and move on?  I wonder.
Thank you, dearest Richard, and dear Sir Peter and everyone for all your hard work and dedication and sacrifice and talent. I am proud of you. And yes, I am a little sad.
At least Sir Peter had the faithful Mr. Smudge to provide him with furry solace.  Oh, gosh, that cat reminds me so much of Lucky with longer fur–now I feel like crying all over again.  What a day!
So I look at these photos with such a mixture of emotions . . . pride, happiness, sadness . . . curiosity as to what will come next for Richard and the rest. And will RA and PJ work together again? I truly hope so.
This one puts a right ol’ lump in my throat . . .
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Don’t worry, Guyday Friday will still make an appearance here. It’s not often we come to the end of such an era . . .

25 responses »

  1. It is a sad day–the end of the journey, so to speak. I will miss hearing about the work and the guys and of course, I’m still wondering what Richard’s next project will be. It would seem unlike him to stay unoccupied for long, so I hope there’s something magnificent on his horizon to look forward to. After all his hard work and investment of himself in Thorin, he deserves to have another amazing part come his way.

    • It’s been such a pleasure to see and share the photos, Tweets, vlogs and more with everyone. PJ really is good to his fans.

      I do hope something truly wonderful is out there for our guy. He deserves it!!

      • It seems like this window was open to us for so long that we felt like part of the family, too–I know we still have two more amazing films coming and whatever else Richard has on the burners, but it does feel like the end of an era. A tough day.

        • Yes, for Sir Peter, it’s 15 years, he said, between LOTR and TH. It must be almost overwhelming for that brilliant little man who has invested so much of his heart and imagination into these films. There is much to look forward to, and so much upon which to look back and remember . . .

          • Don’t know if you’ve had time to check out yet, but looking at some of the artwork might cheer you up. Sebastian’s stuff is starting to appear there, but there’s tons of other things as well–not all of it is wonderful, but a lot of it is.

  2. What a day indeed! Thank you to you, as well as to PJ, cast, and crew for keeping us in the loop and sharing so much.

  3. All good things come to an end.
    To make place for new good things.
    We still have a lot to look forward to. Two movies that most likely will be brilliant. Press junkets and interviews and media hype and frenzy all around the fandom.
    And I am sure (as far as concerning Mr. Armitag and Sir Peter J.), the best is yet to come.

    • OH, yes, I am sure there is much to look forward to. But there is a sense of an ending for me, too. As someone said elsewhere, it’s sort of like graduation. It’s exciting and highly anticipated, but you also know it’s the end of a chapter in your life. You may have very enjoyable reunions, but it just isn’t the same. 😉

      And I am in a state of flux in my own life right now, so that plays a role . . .

      Thanks for commenting and welcome.

      • This is the way I feel, that it’s graduation.
        And more.

        With the end of the filming, there can be no hope that somewhere down the line, a new scenes may be planned and shot for that story with this wonderful cast and crew. It’s as if a window between our world and the world of the Hobbit has closed.

  4. Hard to believe that after all this time filming has ended and a parting of the ways has come. I’m so grateful to Peter J for making us feel a part of the whole process and in particular how he shared the last day with us in words and pictures. The one of Richard’s closeup shot just tugged at my heart – that wound on his face! 😦 I wonder how they are feeling today – especially Richard. I hope this is not the beginning of another drought. I also hope we will soon hear of some wonderful new things yet to come for him in the not too distant future.

  5. I did cry this morning after reading that post about the wrap up of filming and about Richard being fantastic! I’m so thrilled that they had this wonderful experience. It’s going to be a long wait until we get to see all of the Hobbitty things that are coming. Those extended editions will be so much fun to watch.

    • Such a wonderful photo and Richard looks amazing, considering the day he’s just put in–I will miss them.

        • I’m still a bit surprised that he’s letting his hair grow–unless, of course, there is a new role coming up that commands the longer style and curls. About the beard, I can’t guess.

  6. What a ride that last day was! So grateful to the lovely Sir Peter for letting us ride along with him! I thought I was doing ok, then the photo of Thorin all bloody and battered staring into the camera was released………. Hopefully now our darling Richard will know how talented he is!! Two amazing men, Richard and Peter, surrounded and supported by a great team of equally amazing cast and crew!

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