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Lord of the Rings Exhibit
In a word?


I'm not very good at giving reports but I'll say a few words about the sheer awesomeness of the Exhibit. If you want more info: http://www.in.gov/ism/MuseumExhibits/lotr.asp

wav and I got up early--yes, I actually saw morning hours with sun for a change instead of the moon, and hit the road. Traffic was good--and considering just where we were going--call me shocked. Anyway, we got there quicker than we had anticipated but it gave us time to get coffee and coke before our designated time for the exhibit.

Just as we walked in, "YOU SHALL NOT PASS" blared at us from deep into the exhibit and it made me giggle. We wondered if we were supposed to go left or right and in hindsight, we probably should have gone left, but it was unstructured and we could wander aimlessly and take as much time as we wanted. So by taking that right turn, one of the first things we saw was "Boromir" in the funeral boat. Let me tell you--*that* was totally and completely freaky. If I were Sean Bean, I'd have read the obituaries to make sure I wasn't listed. It was *that* lifelike, right down the the tiniest skin imperfections and individual hairs and ragged fingernails. Absolutely amazing!

They offered some things like "become a warrior" on a green screen and "Have your picture taken in Bilbo's Home" but we passed on those. I hate having my picture taken and I was there for other stuff.

My god, the papers from Minas Tirith--faded, aged and worn, Sauron's book, just amazing! As were Strider's clothing as well as Legolas' and the Ringwraiths! The detail was just beautiful as were the minatures and prostetics. I paid close attention to the fabrics including the leathers and shoes. The detail was mind-blowing!

The exhibit had special video including interviews with Elijah, Ian and Viggo. I was practically beaming with all the praise heaped on Viggo through the exhibit itself--telling what we knew that he wore the outfit all the time and mended it himself to Bob Anderson saying he was the best natural talent in a swordsman he'd even had the pleasure of working with. High prise considering some of the people he's worked with in the past. I only wish they'd had something with Orlando about Legolas or his experience. Two of the things I wanted most to see--Aragorn's and Faramir's coronation costumes were nowhere to be found, and I *really* wanted to see them up-close and personal.

The exhibit included the crowns, the rings, the palantir, swords, knives, shields, armor and various other things such as a cave troll and loads of artwork.

They did provide helmets, body armor and chain mail for touch and weight as well as swords they encouraged you to touch and feel the differences in.

It was awesome and well worth the ticket cost, lack of sleep and travel time. I only wish I could see all three movies at the IMAX the day after Christmas. That would be so freaking awesome! wav says no. LOL I get that.

And here's a small pic of the pewter figure I wanted. I also wanted the Legolas standee, but I just didn't have the money. I walked away without one single souvenir. Sucks to be poor. Anyway, it was loads of fun and if you get a chance to--GO!

Pewter Aragorn

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admirabile From: admirabile Date: November 30th, 2005 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds very cool! I wanna go!

This is a travelling exhibit, isn't it? Do you know if there's an online listing of what cities it'll go to?
araestel From: araestel Date: November 30th, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is the last one. When it's done in Indianapilis on Jan 3rd--it goes home to New Zealand. :(
admirabile From: admirabile Date: November 30th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, I guess I'll just have to roadtrip it Indiana before January, or go to New Zealand. *g*
araestel From: araestel Date: November 30th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd love to go to New Zealand! But Indy is closer. ;) If you can though--honestly--GO. It's very cool!
admirabile From: admirabile Date: November 30th, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been to a Star Wars exhibit (my brother-in-law is a HUGE FAN) and it sounds like the LotR one is very similar to what that was. If I was a Star Wars fan, I would have been all giddy at that exhibit, so I'm sure this LotR exhibit would hit all my buttons. But alas, Iowa to Indiana is too far to drive, especially in winter and especially when I have practically no vacation days left at work.

I'll just have to enjoy it vicariously through those who have gotten to go. Thanks for sharing your outing with us!
araestel From: araestel Date: December 1st, 2005 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm truly amazed that I got to see it. Nothing ever happens around this part of the country. Yet in the past year, we've had a movie filmed, the premier and now this. Suddenly it's not so bad. ;)

Glad you enjoyed the report. Too bad they wouldn't let us take pics.

miladyhawke From: miladyhawke Date: November 30th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I saw it in Boston a year ago last summer, and I'm thrilled for you that you were able to see it now. WOW indeed. I don't think there's any other word for it; I've never had an experience like it myself. I'm almost thinking about taking what little money I have and flying out there myself just to see the exhibit again. It was just such a powerful experience that it hurts to think I won't see it again.

Congrats, babe. I'm really happy for you *g*
araestel From: araestel Date: December 1st, 2005 09:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks honey! You're too sweet!

I'm amazed we ever got anything "cool" around here--much less this exhibit. Sitting in the middle of the country--ie: nowhere, we don't get much in the way of "cool".

They've got special dates when they're showing the films in IMAX--I'd love to see that. So if you decide to go--keep that in mind. They show one of the film each night, but they've got 2 dates where they show all 3. Now *that* would be cool! I'd *love* to see them in IMAX.
padabee From: padabee Date: December 1st, 2005 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
*notjealous* lol

Great to hear that you had a good time there!
araestel From: araestel Date: December 1st, 2005 09:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I had a blast! *hugs*
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araestel From: araestel Date: December 1st, 2005 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
You know it! *hugs*
txdville From: txdville Date: December 1st, 2005 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)

I saw it in Houston over the summer. I've been trying to get up there to see it again - cuz I really want to see it again.

My sister and I spent almost 3 hours in there. It is so amazing!

glad you had fun.
araestel From: araestel Date: December 1st, 2005 09:38 am (UTC) (Link)
It was *totally* amazing!! And I feel so lucky I got to see it.

I went to the first King Tut exhibition in '78 when I was in high school (yes, telling my age), and I just knew I'd never get to see it again. Yet it's coming back to the Chicago Field Museum next year--the same place I saw it before. So maybe in another 20 or 30 years when they release all the footage we've all been yearning for, PJ will send it back here for another trip. ;) If so, I'm *so* gonna need a power chair. LOL
wynterhawk From: wynterhawk Date: December 1st, 2005 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I would go, but I'm really not up for traveling 11 hours to get there :) Too bad it's ending there.
araestel From: araestel Date: December 1st, 2005 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, that's too far to travel. I'm still amazed I ever got to see it.

grey853 From: grey853 Date: December 1st, 2005 05:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you were able to go and have a good time. Everybody needs a good time now and again.
araestel From: araestel Date: December 1st, 2005 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Abso-freaking-lutely! I surely did! Just wish maubast could have been here like we'd planned.

arthael From: arthael Date: December 1st, 2005 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
The LotR exhibition! Last year my friends and I flew to Singapore when it was held there. Boromir in the boat was really amazing. And I remember we stood in front of the Legolas and Aragorn's clothes for a long time chatting how small are Leggy's legs and nodding at the commentary about how Aragorn's outfit feels very lived in *lol*

It was truly a memorable experience for the fans :) I agree with you that everyone should go and see its awesomeness! *hugs*
araestel From: araestel Date: December 1st, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I found myself gazing at the same things. ;) I feel very lucky to have been able to see it.
shellseeker From: shellseeker Date: December 1st, 2005 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)
You did much better on the report giving than me ... I just basically said "it rocked" and left it at that. LOL

I seriously expected Beanie to sit up from the boat and laugh ... or something. The fake Boromir was SO incredibly real looking it freaked me out a little.

Incredible exhibit and well worth it!!
araestel From: araestel Date: December 1st, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was definitely freakish--but in a very good way. ;)
_sweetangel From: _sweetangel Date: December 1st, 2005 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I am glad to read you had a good time, sweetheart. *hugs*
araestel From: araestel Date: December 1st, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was awesome and I was very lucky to get to see it.

ames1010 From: ames1010 Date: December 1st, 2005 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh yay! Do you live in Indianapolis?

I think I'm coming down to go to it in two weeks! :D
araestel From: araestel Date: December 1st, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, I actually live in Louisville. It's a two hour drive for me--but definitely close enough to go see. It's *so* awesome!
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araestel From: araestel Date: December 2nd, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never been part of a "Secret Santa" thing before. What's it entail?
flybaby014563 From: flybaby014563 Date: December 2nd, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
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araestel From: araestel Date: December 3rd, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Will do!
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