I've got lots and lots of Questions!
First of all - Does anybody know when and on what channel we in the USA get to see the National Geographic LOTR special? And is it a new one for ROTK?
Second of all - Does anybody know of any USA Cons related to LOTR that occur on a yearly basis?
And now, for some rumination on a possible ending for ROTK. Nope, I've stayed spoiler-free in that regard, but while listening to the soundtrack on the way home form Indy, I was thinking about one way of handling the "getting back to the Shire and then going on to the Grey Havens" dilemma, since we've know for a long time that there will be no Scouring of the Shire. But I'll put it behind an lj-cut.
And - Happy Birthday, Dom! And if you want fun on your birthday, I know a whole slew of fangirls you could send yourself to! (no, not me! just some in Kentucky and Michigan and Belgium and.... *G*)
It occurred to me that it would work if they went from the celebration at the end of the war, and the wedding of Arwen and Aragorn, and segued to the wedding of Sam and Rosie. There you would see Sam and Merry and Pippin all basically recovered from the war and treated as heroes, lots of partying (so that the movie trilogy basically begins AND ends with a hobbit party) and Sam happy with Rosie... and Frodo would look "okay", but... not with the rosy pink cheeks and bright smile of his earlier Shire days. At some point, Sam would notice that Frodo is not in with the spirit of the party (and it would be made clear that this is not the first time he's noticed this) and Frodo would brush it off. Sam would shake his head regretfully and return to Rosie, but we would see, in a cut back to Frodo, just how much this pretence is costing him, and just how badly he's ailing (oooo... foreshadowing!). Then, forward a couple of years, and Frodo mentions to Sam that he'd like to go on a trip (could Rosie spare him - you know, straight out of the book). After that, it basically follows like the book, except that Elanor is now old enough to run out to meet Sam when he comes home after the Grey Havens.
Anyway, I have no idea whether or not this is what PJ would decide to do, but it would serve to cut out the long trip back to the Shire, and still set up the Grey Havens scene. Guess I'll have to wait and see!