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Peter Jackson shares the final photo of Ian McKellen filming as Gandalf from the set of The Hobbit

Jun. 28, 2013by: Alex Maidy

As Peter Jackson completes filming scenes for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG and THERE AND BACK AGAIN, a true sense of closure will come across cast and crew. After this, there will be no more LORD OF THE RINGS movies made and that finality is sinking in for the director and his colleagues.

Jackson posted the below photo on Facebook with the following quote:

Seconds ago we finished our last shot with Gandalf. The end of an incredible adventure that began in 1999. I'm feeling very sad right now.

Whether or not you loved THE HOBBIT as much as THE LORD OF THE RINGS, you have to respect the cinematic accomplishment the films represent. Plus, Ian McKellen is awesome in everything he does. He brought a level of love and care to Gandalf that comes across when you watch the movies. It is a shame that he has not been recognized for his performance with an Oscar.

While Peter Jackson may be sad, we still have two more films to enjoy before we have to say goodbye. So, get ready for the end as THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG opens December 13, 2013 and THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN opens on December 17, 2014.

Source: Facebook

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10:52PM on 07/01/2013
Psh...I'm sure McKellan will drink a few bottles of wine now and again and take out the old Gandalf costume. Forever Gandalf!
Psh...I'm sure McKellan will drink a few bottles of wine now and again and take out the old Gandalf costume. Forever Gandalf!
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10:12PM on 06/28/2013
The road goes ever on and on!
The road goes ever on and on!
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9:07PM on 06/28/2013
LOTR stands as my favorite movies of all time, so I obviously loved The Hobbit despite its flaws and somewhat dragged-out pacing. These movies hold a very special place in my heart and in my childhood / teenage years. It's truly sad that we won't be heading back to Middle-Earth in 2014, but until then I'll be enjoying the performances of everyone involved, especially that of one very lovable Grey Wizard.
LOTR stands as my favorite movies of all time, so I obviously loved The Hobbit despite its flaws and somewhat dragged-out pacing. These movies hold a very special place in my heart and in my childhood / teenage years. It's truly sad that we won't be heading back to Middle-Earth in 2014, but until then I'll be enjoying the performances of everyone involved, especially that of one very lovable Grey Wizard.
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8:03PM on 06/28/2013

Truly...

Truly his was the ultimate performance of any of the cast (Hobbit or LOTR) and the one most associated with the films (and that's not taking anything away from the others at all). His was the portrayal of any character that we all loved from the beginning and relished the return of, in "The Hobbit". Will there ever be a better portrayal of this character? Maybe in the many years to come...but I doubt it.

God bless you Sir and thank you so very much, from the bottom of a Tolkien fan's
Truly his was the ultimate performance of any of the cast (Hobbit or LOTR) and the one most associated with the films (and that's not taking anything away from the others at all). His was the portrayal of any character that we all loved from the beginning and relished the return of, in "The Hobbit". Will there ever be a better portrayal of this character? Maybe in the many years to come...but I doubt it.

God bless you Sir and thank you so very much, from the bottom of a Tolkien fan's heart, for all that you did bringing this much loved character to life.

Thank you so very, very much. Can't wait to see how you've done it again in December.
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7:29PM on 06/28/2013

Respect

You said it perfectly Alex. I may not have enjoyed or even appreciated what Jackson's doing with the Hobbit movies, but that's no fault of Ian Mckellan as Gandalf. No one's ever accused him of phoning in a single scene or doing anything half-heartedly. JRR Tolkien himself endorsed Christopher Lee (Saruman) for the role of Gandalf if the movies were ever made, but I'm convinced he'd be more than pleased with what Ian did with the role. Let's hope we get to see him in many more movies and roles
You said it perfectly Alex. I may not have enjoyed or even appreciated what Jackson's doing with the Hobbit movies, but that's no fault of Ian Mckellan as Gandalf. No one's ever accused him of phoning in a single scene or doing anything half-heartedly. JRR Tolkien himself endorsed Christopher Lee (Saruman) for the role of Gandalf if the movies were ever made, but I'm convinced he'd be more than pleased with what Ian did with the role. Let's hope we get to see him in many more movies and roles in the years to come!
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5:56PM on 06/28/2013

"... It is a shame that he has not been recognized for his performance with an Oscar."

Ok, in just my humble fanboy opinion as a big fan of all things Tolkien & McKellan: As dignified & career-boosting as it would to be the recipient of one...the fact that the Academy hasn't awarded him yet doesn't mean a damn thing.

Ian's performance as Gandalf was one for the ages & a little gold statue isn't needed for every film-loving fan to know that.
Ok, in just my humble fanboy opinion as a big fan of all things Tolkien & McKellan: As dignified & career-boosting as it would to be the recipient of one...the fact that the Academy hasn't awarded him yet doesn't mean a damn thing.

Ian's performance as Gandalf was one for the ages & a little gold statue isn't needed for every film-loving fan to know that.
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5:14PM on 06/28/2013
I'm just glad he's still kicking ass and is still mobile at his age.
I'm just glad he's still kicking ass and is still mobile at his age.
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4:18PM on 06/28/2013
A new trilogy: The Adventures of Young Gandalf
Starring Micheal Fassbender!
A new trilogy: The Adventures of Young Gandalf
Starring Micheal Fassbender!
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5:58PM on 06/28/2013
Dude, I think your on to something here.... haha
Dude, I think your on to something here.... haha
7:05AM on 06/29/2013
And, then, in a couple of years, the inevitable remake / reboot...
And, then, in a couple of years, the inevitable remake / reboot...
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4:10PM on 06/28/2013
"last"
"last"
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3:57PM on 06/28/2013
no remake in th future..without ian as gandalf equals to a man without arms & legs
no remake in th future..without ian as gandalf equals to a man without arms & legs
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3:29PM on 06/28/2013
We could not have had a better Gandalf.
We could not have had a better Gandalf.
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3:20PM on 06/28/2013

no more LOTR movies...

until peter jackson finds five lost pages of notes and makes another trilogy.
until peter jackson finds five lost pages of notes and makes another trilogy.
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3:08PM on 06/28/2013

No one could have done Gandalf better, McKellen

I was so buzzed when I heard he won the role, and he knocked it out of the park. Looking forward to the next two HOBBIT movies and I'm sad that there will be no more journeys to Middle Earth.
I was so buzzed when I heard he won the role, and he knocked it out of the park. Looking forward to the next two HOBBIT movies and I'm sad that there will be no more journeys to Middle Earth.
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