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If there's one thing many of us can be nostalgic about, it's the days of LOTR coming out in the cinema, and the guests that Showmasters brought us from the trilogy back in ye olden days.

 

I started at Collectormania 3 back in 2003. This was just before the insanity of getting all 4 main Hobbits to sign in a shopping centre in Milton Keynes .. tales from those that survived that weekend have been shared with many fans over the years, to the point where it almost feels like the stuff of myths and legends.

 

I miss the days of waiting for another big LOTR guest to be announced, as the fandom round these parts died down over the years after ROTK was released. I've had the pleasure of sitting with a good few LOTR guests in the past, all of which were fantastic with their fans and really enjoyed every moment.

 

Guys like Sala Baker and Andy Serkis became more friends than guests over their appearances, and we had so many supporting and main cast from the series that many of us have a wide range of items in our collections - from weapons to cast prints, and even some of those 'guest boards' we see at every event .. I know people had fun getting them home!

 

But more than anything, to many of us LOTR brings back memories of friendships formed that still stand today, and that's an anniversary worth celebrating above all else.

 

So who's in? Who have you met before? Are you a veteran of the SM LOTR meets? Or did you join too late and have been waiting for years for this to be picked up again?

 

Personally I can't wait for The Hobbit, and for a decent Blu-ray of the LOTR trilogy!

 

It's crazy to think of some of the ones we've had announced previously .. even if some did cancel ..

 

Bob Anderson (Swordmaster)

Sean Astin (Sam)

Sala Baker (Sauron)

Billy Boyd (Pippin)

Brad Dourif (Grima Wormtongue)

Mark Ferguson (Gil-Galad)

Bernard Hill (King Theoden of Rohan)

Christopher Lee (Saruman)

Nathaniel Lees (Uglúk)

Lawrence Makoare (Lurtz, Witch-king of Angmar, and Gothmog)

Brent McIntyre (Witch-king of Angmar)

Dominic Monaghan (Merry)

Paul Norell (King of the Dead)

Miranda Otto (Éowyn)

Craig Parker (Haldir)

Shane Rangi (Witch-king of Angmar)

John Rhys-Davies (Gimli)

Thomas Robins (Déagol)

Andy Serkis (Sméagol/Gollum)

Kiran Shah (Elijah's stunt double)

Bruce Spence (Mouth of Sauron)

Royd Tolkien

David Wenham (Faramir)

Elijah Wood (Frodo)

 

And I'm sure a few others too ..

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I can say i was around back in the days of lotr cast and shopping centres......

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I think the hobbits would be the most exciting to meet. Particularly Eljiah! And I'm sure they wouldn't mind a reunion either!

 

Actually, that's the great thing about this convention.. anyone will be a great guest!

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I still wake up in cold sweats screaming with flashbacks of CM4...

 

This is a very welcome and exciting announcement.

 

I just wish I could buy my Gold package right now!

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David!!! Talk about hitting the nail on the head!

 

C3 was my first event and even though there was a massive chain events leading up to it, i woudlnt be where i am now without LOTR. Weird really!

 

This is going to be exciting!!!

 

=x=

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Sooooooo excited about this announcement! I've only met John Rhys Davies, and that was last year!! ;)

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It's really odd how so many of us started at CM3 and got hooked because of LOTR.

 

My first guest, John Rhys Davies for him to sign a Gimli's axe I'd bought from Bob. Aaaa the memories.

 

Then coming back for CM4 :WINCE::clap:;)

 

The funny thing is it shows what experience brings, because now we deal with queues of 1000+ attendees without blinking.

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I often think it's funny how long we survived with CM at the shopping centre after C4 .. I mean if they could cope with that, they should be able to cope with anything ;)

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It's really odd how so many of us started at CM3 and got hooked because of LOTR.

 

My first guest, John Rhys Davies for him to sign a Gimli's axe I'd bought from Bob. Aaaa the memories.

 

Then coming back for CM4 :WINCE::clap:;)

 

The funny thing is it shows what experience brings, because now we deal with queues of 1000+ attendees without blinking.

 

 

It wasn't the queues so much as the screaming...the incessant, constant screaming and the crying...lots of crying.

 

Happy days!

 

LOL!

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It's really odd how so many of us started at CM3 and got hooked because of LOTR.

 

My first guest, John Rhys Davies for him to sign a Gimli's axe I'd bought from Bob. Aaaa the memories.

 

Then coming back for CM4 :WINCE::clap:;)

 

The funny thing is it shows what experience brings, because now we deal with queues of 1000+ attendees without blinking.

 

 

It wasn't the queues so much as the screaming...the incessant, constant screaming and the crying...lots of crying.

 

Happy days!

 

LOL!

We have tazers for that too ;)

 

It increases the screaming but only for a few seconds :D

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I was so happy to meet such people as David Wenham, Bernard Hill, Sean Astin, John Rhys Davies, Paul Norell, Sala Baker, Andy Serkis and many others within my first few SM events and it was a dream come true. Would love to meet Karl Urban who cancelled an event ages ago, along with David Wenham again and Bernard Hill as photos with them weren't allowed at the time.

 

John Noble would also be a fantastic person to meet.

 

Very excited about the prospect of meeting some more LOTR people after so long without any guests

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Ahh one thing that is definitely tempting me is photo shoots as I don't have any with anyone ;)

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I'm sorry to say that I got into cons/events after the LOTR craze was over :WINCE: But I did meet John Rhys Davies at the first Collectormania London and was extremely giddy to do so ;)

 

I'm absolutely buzzing at the prospect of meeting more LOTR guests :clap:

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Very late. I have only seen The Fellowship Of The Rings so far **ducks flying objects**. I started watching The Two Towers but something interrupted me and I never got around to finishing it. I must set aside a day over the holidays and watch the whole trilogy.

 

Ahh one thing that is definitely tempting me is photo shoots as I don't have any with anyone :D
I have one with John Rhys Davies. That's it.

 

So this CM4 'experience'...how did it compare to LFCC '07?

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Very late. I have only seen The Fellowship Of The Rings so far **ducks flying objects**. I started watching The Two Towers but something interrupted me and I never got around to finishing it. I must set aside a day over the holidays and watch the whole trilogy.

 

Ahh one thing that is definitely tempting me is photo shoots as I don't have any with anyone :D
I have one with John Rhys Davies. That's it.

 

So this CM4 'experience'...how did it compare to LFCC '07?

 

watch the extended editions, longer but better!

 

fellowship is my favorite of the 3 films. towers feels like its missing something and return of the kings finale battle is a bit over blown and not all that epic in feel although it is in scope. for me anyway, but I still love all 3 films.

humm, been a while, im getting in a LOTR mood, might have to rewatch all 3 back to back style

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I have one with John Rhys Davies. That's it.

 

So this CM4 'experience'...how did it compare to LFCC '07?

Yeah actually I think he's the only one I have too .. and that time I got a Sliders autograph anyway, so I don't count him :P haha

 

Compared to LFCC? Well, I think LFCC was more organised :D

 

I think it was just it being in a shopping centre, and people being able to stand outside and look through the glass etc. It was certainly a mob mentality with a buzz I've never seen before. It was organised as much as it can be for a public place :P

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watch the extended editions, longer but better!
I have the extended versions. I figured that if I didn't get them to start with then I would only end up wondering what I was missing over the theatrical cuts.

 

Yeah actually I think he's the only one I have too .. and that time I got a Sliders autograph anyway, so I don't count him :P haha

 

Compared to LFCC? Well, I think LFCC was more organised :D

 

I think it was just it being in a shopping centre, and people being able to stand outside and look through the glass etc. It was certainly a mob mentality with a buzz I've never seen before. It was organised as much as it can be for a public place ;)

I went for the triple hit (LOTR, Indy, Sliders) with JRD as it was the first time I had met him.

 

Ah, yes the shopping centre is definitley more public than a hall (or hotel). Wish I had seen CM4 though :P

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Only met John Rhys Davies at Collectormania London but that's it. Only got into cons/realised they existed in Feb '09.

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Oh and the days of me taking loads of pictures and having developed at boots now we have digtial all the way.

 

Oh Christopher Lee if only.

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I don't post on here very often, but I am a SM veteran, I've been to pretty much all the Milton Keynes shows since C3. We should have "I survived C4" T Shirts! I remember having to drive back on the Monday to meet Elijah Wood, the memories...

 

JRD, would love to meet him again, I also have a sliders pix, as they didn't have an Indy photo, which is what I actually wanted at the time.

 

Dominic Monaghan, the only one of the four I don't have an autograph of.

 

I must say I have a great collection of LOTR Signature, mainly thanks to SM. I think I'd like to go to a 10 year bash :)

 

 

I started at Collectormania 3 back in 2003. This was just before the insanity of getting all 4 main Hobbits to sign in a shopping centre in Milton Keynes .. tales from those that survived that weekend have been shared with many fans over the years, to the point where it almost feels like the stuff of myths and legends.

 

 

 

Holly Cow David, Snap!

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Wow it's really strange I've been getting all LOTR nostalgic recently.It's given me so much,mainly good friends.My first event like many was C3

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Was there at C3, and well remember C4 - never forget it, or that awful Mall! LOL!

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Last week I started watching all the extras on the extended dvds and was reading Sean Astin book I'm just seems so freaky that you are now accounced this.

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I have been to every show that a LOTR guest has been announced since day 1 and have fantastic memories.

 

I have travelled to Denmark to see Viggo, France to see Liv and Milton Keynes for the rest :D

 

David is right it's the photoshoots that every one is missing :D and literally every one would be a great guest

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