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04 March 2004 @ 09:31 pm
TORN Party Report!  
Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. :)

I met my beloved trianne at her Hollywood hotel (which turned out to be directly across the street from the venue, what luck) around 3pm, and then we walked over to the American Legion building and met up with some of her friends (baranduin, if you're reading this, thank you for putting up with me!), and a plethora of random LJ people. So many LJers! I even met some BNFs, like piccalo and undone27, who seemed very surprised that I knew who they were, since they hadn't a clue who *I* was. (You know you're (in)famous when even non-Fandom fans know you. ;-) Everyone in the queue was tingling with excitement, and we all squealed loudly when some people from Access Hollywood turned their cameras on us and filmed up and down the line. The outside of the building had a large 'Return of the One Party' light thingy shining on the wall, and a Beacon of Gondor on the roof, which was apparently so realistic the fire marshalls came to investigate it.

Once we were inside I got separated from the rest of the group, but that didn't turn out to be a bad thing at all, as I got to meet a VIP. I had put the silk wrap I wanted to wear indoors in my bag, and somehow it became tangled in the zipper; as I was trying to get it out a tall, slightly balding man very graciously offered to help me. As he was fiddling with the zip, I noticed he was wearing all the Elven rings, as well as all three of the 'Good Luck from TheOneRing.net' pins that TORN had made for PJ and crew. I asked him timidly 'Are you the creator of all the gorgeous Badali jewelry?' and he replied 'That's me' with an enormous smile, which made me go all flustered and squee just a little. He was so nice! 'I'm very pleased to meet you' he said, and shook my hand. Isn't that a neat little story? I think so. ;-)

Lalalala some other not very interesting stuff happened, then the OSCAR CEREMONY! Oh frabjuous day, what an incredible experience it was to be in a room with a thousand screaming Ringers, all of us orgasming with glee everytime LOTR won an Oscar. Trinny and I actually started crying with happiness, isn't that amazing? After the ceremony Quickbeam (our fabulous MC who kept changing outfits during the advert breaks -- he makes one SEXY Elrond, and a frighteningly attractive Eowyn) said a marvelous toast, which I think is online now, and we cheered and thanked Tolkien for giving us gift of LOTR. And then...PETER S. BEAGLE came on stage. That's right, the genius who wrote The Last Unicorn was there. I actually screamed 'OHMYGOD so loudly I made people even five or six rows in front of me turn around in their seats and stare. *laughs* I think I embaressed Trinny, I was panting and squealing and so beside myself with joy. Aiya, how I wish ashfae could have been there to squeal with me.

Some time passed...and then the good stuff really began. Trinny had a place right in front of the stage saved for me (bless her), and while our feet ached we waited for THE BOYS to arrive. And lo, there were Boys. And they snogged fondled each other. And it was good. *grins*

Unfortunately I seemed to have lost the really good photos -- I don't know where they are, I've searched everywhere and so I must assume I dropped them somewhere and didn't realize until too late. WOE. I had some incredible pictures, especially of the DomLijah, and the most amazing photo of Fran laughing. Am extremely upset about their loss.

But anyway.

John Rhys-Davies was the first to appear, and he was his usual charming self, playfully asking us what we're going to do with our lives now -- 'surely you can't wait for The Hobbit', which of course started everyone chanting HOB-BIT HOB-BIT and screaming like insane monkeys. And then Elijah appeared! At first he hung out by the side door, smoking and drinking copiously (what a naughty boy, who wants to take turns spanking him? ;-), then he came onstage to introduce one of his favourite bands, A World Without Sundays. As Undone said behind me, 'he's just guaranteed these guys a gold record', which of course is true, as every fangirl is going to buy their album this week. Including me. But only because they really did rock. *grins*
Elijah was so adorable, hanging out by the stage door, bopping along and shaking his head, and sometimes even singing along. And then, from out of nowhere comes DOM, bursting onto the stage, grabbing a tambourine and basically taking over, because he's just that kind of guy. And just to make all his worshipping fans pass out from an overdose of lust, he begins to sing. I was standing in between two diehard Domfans and they were pratically orgasming all over me. Which seemed like a perfectly natural reaction, really, as Dom is a TOTAL ROCK STAR and even I was feeling the Power of the DomLust. (The purple tie certainly helped a bit.) Mmmmmm. When the band left, Elijah (I swear this happened) groped and was groped in return by the hot bandmates, and I think even Dom got a snog from the lead singer. AIII SO HOT. (I was standing right under the very pretty bass player, and sometimes it was difficult to keep my eyes from wandering back to his tight leather trousers, regardless of whomever else was onstage...*giggles*)

And then...PJ ARRIVED! PJPJPJPJPJPJPJPJJJJ! Peter and Fran and Phillipa and Barrie and Jim and Richard and Ngila and everyone else came onstage, waving their Oscars and cheering almost as jubilantly as we were.

PJ gave a great speech, thanking the fans for their support, talking about his relationship with TORn, the struggle to make the films, the agony and ectasy of it all, and thanked each of his crew members in turn, asking them to come up to the mic and say their own words about what it was like making the films. Phillipa apologized to all the ladies, saying that she kept writing Aragorn with his shirt off but Peter kept putting it back on, to which Ngila later replied that she was the only one who got to see all the boys naked. (Lucky bitch.) All the Oscar winners said nice things about working with PJ, and the work they did for the films, although I can't remember any of it -- I'm sure someone has every speech written down, but that person isn't me.

PJ telling the amusing story about Elijah sitting in a room in New York, thinking that he's being interviewed by a German reporter, only it's Dom in a silly accent, asking the most outrageous questions which make the poor boy squirm. And it's going to be on the ROTK dvd! Along with a BLOOPER REEL! I am SO excited about that.

PJ and his Oscar Posse were probably onstage for about 45 minutes, then they all had to leave and make appearances at other parties. Although they had the most fun at ours. *beams proudly*

I can't remember if he was the grand-nephew or the great-grandson, but this boy is the Tolkien heir, and although you can't tell from this photo, he was exceedingly pretty. He was forced onstage at some point to say a few words, and he was endearingly shy, complenting TORn for their wonderful party and being rather Hugh Grant-ish, with his blustering speech. Twas very cute.

Just when we were all wondering, 'Where the hell is Billy', HERE COMES BILLY.

Doing a sound check like a pro. Awwwww.

Just look at that smile. I am helpless before that smile. *swoooooon*

At first he just came onstage to apologize for being so late, wished us well and then toodled off again. Then everyone started chanting 'Sing! Sing! Sing!'...and he reappeared with a shiny green guitar. WOOOHOOOO!

Oh Jean, oh Jean, you let me get lucky wi'you!

Needless to say, as soon as he opened his mouth I turned into a quivering puddle of orgasmic goo.

I may have lost my photos of Dom the Bad Ass Rock God, but I'd rather have BILLEH the Rock God any day. Ohmysweetjeebusyes. (That smirk! Guhhhh.)


Why yes, this is my favourite picture. I was right there. Next to the Billeh. HE WAS SINGING JUST TO ME. That's right, just deal with it girls, Billy loves me. MEEEEEEE. *swooncrashthud* *flails* *billygasm*

Anyway. Where was I? Oh yes. Billy just performed the one song (but what a song it was!) and passed into the West left the party. Nothing else happened for a little while, until Bruce, Sala and Lawrence showed up. Sala took over the microphone and began swearing like a Corsair -- 'It's our motherfucking niiiiiiight!' etc etc, while Lawrence looked on with mild disgust and Bruce laughed embarassedly. Sadly, almost as soon as they arrived (and before Sean and other could finally arrive) the venue owners shut the party down. Sniff!

All the remaining boys (including the rather cute stuntman in the middle there -- Jeff? I think he played Shagrat) gave us a traditional Maori sendoff, which I thought was an utterly perfect (and appropriate) way to end the evening, and the whole LOTR experience. God bless the Kiwis. :)

And that's it really. I said goodnight to Trianne, and drove home, remembering what an incredible, unbelievable experience I had, and would never forget.

None of this would have been possible without the generosity of llanerch -- thank you so much Rhi, for all that you have given me. I can never repay you for your unending kindness. *kisses*

What a night. Clean Sweep! PJ! DomLijah! BILLEH! And best of all, trianne, without whom my party experience would have been incomplete. I love you so much, my dearest Trinny. :)

I will always remember this perfect, perfect night.
'Baby One More Time' -- Billy the Rock God
winterswitchery on March 5th, 2004 05:40 am (UTC)
Oh god, massive and perfect envy. And so happy you had a wonderful time and a wonderful story to tell us :)) I'm glad you were there, as I sat in my room cheering on LOTR alone LOL
Neverwhere: Monty Pythonangelislington on March 5th, 2004 06:08 am (UTC)
You're never alone when you have LOTR! *squish* :D

...I don't really know what that means, but it sounds good, doesn't it. *gigglegrin*
BrieflyDel: respect my authority damnit!brandybuck on March 5th, 2004 05:48 am (UTC)
You luck-ee bahstud.

You luck-ee, luck-ee bahstud!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! You deserve all that happiness, love!
Neverwhere: I'm so cuteangelislington on March 5th, 2004 06:05 am (UTC)

*snoggles you senseless*

The only thing that could have made the evening better would have been sharing it with you.
Admiral Ass: Geek of my Dreamsmalakhai on March 5th, 2004 05:52 am (UTC)
You are so lucky! I am glad you had fun, you deserve every minute of it! *Hugs*

.....can you....um...go into more DETAIL....about the groping of Elijah?
Neverwhere: Alan's Bot is so Hotangelislington on March 5th, 2004 06:02 am (UTC)


I actually had a PHOTO of Elijah being felt up by one of the bandmembers, with his hand on Lij's arse and everything. Can you believe I lost it!? ARRRGGHHHH.

He loved the band, they loved him. They loved Dom! And there was much gropage by all. Lots of squeezing, pouncehugging, back patting, and kissing of cheeks. Although not those cheeks. ;-)

The band is called A World Without Sundays. I know you want their album. *smirk*
lazy git is i - malakhai on March 5th, 2004 06:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Soufflé Girl Wannaberagdoll on March 5th, 2004 05:56 am (UTC)
I am sooooooooo happy for you. It sounds like the kind of thing dreams are made of! You so deserved it and I'm glad it was as cool as it sounded like it ought to be. Thank goodness the mess with the dress turned out okay because this totally rocked!! :)
Neverwhere: Have a seat while I take to the skyangelislington on March 5th, 2004 06:03 am (UTC)

I was bloody brilliant. I had no idea Dom or BILLEH were going to sing, that PJ would talk to us for so long, that I was going to have the best night of my life. It was all so amazing. I just wish all my friends could have been there to share it with me! *glomp*
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UndershirtSeekr: pinkundershirtseekr on March 5th, 2004 06:13 am (UTC)
Sounds like you had an amazing time!! And thank you for sharing it with us.

What a wonderful experience.
Neverwhere: Pippin!angelislington on March 5th, 2004 06:31 am (UTC)

Thank you for taking the time to read it! *G*

Ahhh, memories. *wipes tear away* ;-)
ModernTuba: James and his buddy Seangalador42 on March 5th, 2004 06:16 am (UTC)
I can't wait to hang out with you for a little while in San Diego! You seem to have all the good skill or luck or whatever, and I'll be after as much of that as possible. You rock!
Neverwhere: Tee hee!angelislington on March 5th, 2004 06:24 am (UTC)

Hahahahaha it's all a facade!

I wouldn't have been next to the stage if trianne hadn't saved me a place, and I wouldn't even have attended the party at all if not for the generosity of llanerch.

Although I do have quite a bit of stubborn fangirly persistance that gets me the access to the hotness. *grins*
Luna: qe_legolasbyeomers_elfmisslunakitty on March 5th, 2004 06:30 am (UTC)
*thud* i'm so happy for you, wish i could have been there!!!
Neverwhereangelislington on March 5th, 2004 06:41 am (UTC)

I'm happy for me too. *gigglesquee* :D
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Flightless Cormorant1thilien12anger on March 5th, 2004 06:34 am (UTC)
What a wonderful story! That's so awesome that you got to stand right in front of Billy! XD I wish someday I'll be able to go to something like that. :P Beautiful BILLY pictures too! *_____*
Neverwhere: I love my BillyScarfangelislington on March 5th, 2004 06:37 am (UTC)

Thank you so much!

I met Billy last year, but it was so brief compared to this experience -- right under his bad self as he SANG! OhgodImayneverbethesameagain. *laughs*
The Muse, Amusedpenmage on March 5th, 2004 06:38 am (UTC)
Sounds awesome! By the way, do you still want stickers? And if yes, what do you want on them? I'll make you up to four.
Neverwhereangelislington on March 5th, 2004 06:53 am (UTC)

Whoops, yes I do want stickers! So sorry, I thought I had replied to your comment about that already.

I definitely want a Frodo Lives one...and a Pervy Hobbit Fancier of course...and how about 'Cannot Cope, Off to Mordor'? My favourite Pippin quote is much too long, and the only other one I can think of at the moment is 'The road may go on forever, but I can't without a rest'. *giggles*
Oh bother, I hate making decisions. I'll get back to you in a moment...;-)
lazy git is i - penmage on March 5th, 2004 07:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
lunatwilight on March 5th, 2004 06:46 am (UTC)

...for being that vlose to him, that is ;)

How did you manage tickets to all those lovely things?
Neverwhere: I love my BillyScarfangelislington on March 5th, 2004 07:28 am (UTC)

Tee hee!

I'm so fabulous I even envy myself. *snarf* ;-)

Which lovely things exactly? llanerch helped me with the TORn ticket, and meeting Billy at Collectormania was free (well, technically anyway -- with train ticket, autograph fee and all the other goodies I bought there, it was definitely not free ;-).
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Let's Play Autopsy!!!disgruntledjenn on March 5th, 2004 07:07 am (UTC)
OMg that's freaking awesome, so glad you had such a good time!!! I'm still 100% insanely jealous but happy for you :D

I heard the Mp3 and saw the video of Billy singing and I too went into billehorgasims :D :D :D And then he sang on Sharon today and I spent the entire time of watching the tape shrieking! :D :D :D

Awesome photos.....Billlllllllllly *drools*


Ps: We need to go do something LOTR related sometime :D
Maryairemay on March 5th, 2004 07:29 am (UTC)
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww I am so glad that you had fun!!!!!

Did you get my message that I left on your cell phone?

Neverwhere: Leaving Middle Earth -- by indigofloangelislington on March 5th, 2004 07:36 am (UTC)

No, I didn't, but my mobile is notorious for not actually letting me know I have messages. *growls*

I did read on your journal that you're in a play this weekend (YAYYYYY), I wish I could come! But sadly I have to work. Rawr. :(

I'm sure you're going to be brilliant though. *squeeezes tight*
lazy git is i - airemay on March 5th, 2004 07:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
llanerch on March 5th, 2004 07:32 am (UTC)
You are very welcome! And I am thrilled that you had such a wonderful, unforgettable, and quivering time. ;)

*snuggles you*

*kisses you back*
Neverwhere: omgbillyisgropingme!angelislington on March 5th, 2004 07:39 am (UTC)


We need to plan a lunchdate or summat so I can squeal at you and give you goodies. :)
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amazing vaguely humanoid armadillopersoncryptid on March 5th, 2004 08:46 am (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear you had a good time! :D

I'm probably weird, but despite all the pretty boys the actor I was most impressed with being there is John Rhys-Davies. I've been a fan of him ever since I first saw Shogun a few eons ago. I was so delighted when I heard that he'd play the part of Gimli.
Neverwhereangelislington on March 5th, 2004 09:02 am (UTC)
John is such a star. He is always so polite and charming and utterly delightful. And such a ticklefiend! I don't think my torso has yet recovered from his Attack of the Tickle Fingers last year...*giggles*
Have you heard? - cryptid on March 7th, 2004 06:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
hazpafis on March 5th, 2004 09:03 am (UTC)
wow. i. am. officially. jealous.
renne: caterenne on March 5th, 2004 09:40 am (UTC)
PETER S. BEAGLE??? *dies* *total envy*

And as for Billeh... phhwoooar! He is soo... omg*dead*.

I'm so glad you had a great night. *nods*

Best line evah:
Billy just performed the one song (but what a song it was!) and passed into the West left the party.
Neverwhereangelislington on March 5th, 2004 09:55 am (UTC)

Best line evah:

*curtsies* :D

Peter Beagle was the best surprise of the night. Well, next to being serenaded by Billy. Certainly it was the most random surprise of the night. *grins*
He spoke about PJ giving revitalizing the fantasy genre, and making it acceptable for modern audiences, and what a great time he was having at the party. Isn't that sweeeeeeeet? :)
lazy git is i - renne on March 7th, 2004 01:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
sheldrakesheldrake on March 5th, 2004 01:52 pm (UTC)
What a great story! And pics and gropage, no less! Gropage! So glad you went. Btw, that stuntman's name is Jed - I know some people who are rather fond of him, heh. :)
Neverwhere: Idiot -- by chicken_iconsangelislington on March 5th, 2004 08:05 pm (UTC)

Jed is rather adorable, and I found myself fancying him quite a bit. Mrowwwrrrrr.

Are there fansites for him at all? :)
lazy git is i - sheldrake on March 6th, 2004 07:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
a.k.a. Katie: the hobbitses precioussoupytwist on March 5th, 2004 02:07 pm (UTC)


Neverwhere: omgbillyisgropingme!angelislington on March 5th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC)


You're so eloquent. :-P

Akiraakira114 on March 5th, 2004 02:45 pm (UTC)
W00t! *sighs with joy* You go girl!
Another Freak: straight to hell for this oneeyre_lasgalen on March 5th, 2004 03:16 pm (UTC)

at least I just died in the throes of ecstacy

....otherwise, I have not the words.....
Neverwhere: Billeh rules! by on_my_ownangelislington on March 5th, 2004 08:23 pm (UTC)

Hehehehe. Billeh does seem to have that affect on me people. *licks lips hungrily*
goddess-to-be (or not to be): elven leafamaterasu on March 5th, 2004 03:35 pm (UTC)
OMG OMG OMFG, you are the luckiest woman alive. Peter S. Beagle? Elijah? The Oscar Crew? RockGod!Dom? BILLEH?!

So, so, so glad you had the night of your life, lost pictures or no.

And OMG BLOOPER REEL?!?!?! EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! That's just made my day.
Neverwhere: Mental Ninja Hobbitsangelislington on March 5th, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC)


Best news of the night, really. *grins*
the sound of empires toppling: the epitome of glamourjacinthsong on March 5th, 2004 04:36 pm (UTC)

There are no words.

Except "BILLY!" and "BLOOPERS!" and "CLEAN SWEEEEEEP!" and <333333!
Neverwhere: HAPPYangelislington on March 5th, 2004 08:18 pm (UTC)


Those are some of my FAVOURITE words. Especially all of them. ;-)
marp2003 on March 5th, 2004 05:23 pm (UTC)
*is utterly jealous* :P *but still wuvs you* :)

Glad you had fun!! *squish*
Ratty McTrukklechops: Shy yet boldtrukkle on March 5th, 2004 07:09 pm (UTC)
You're the luckyest squee-est most hobbitgasmingly geekycool person in the multiverse and that was oobviously the best oscar party ever held :D
*big cuddles!* So when you've calmed down, in a month or so, I'm sure you'll find those other pictures were hiding in your inside coat pocket or something :)
Jessicacenire on March 5th, 2004 09:02 pm (UTC)

just... kajsdlgkajwtoiwotuxcaglkjwld.

*thud* You are so incredibly luuuuucky!