I just heard on the radio this morning that Sir Edmund Hillary died. And while I can't say he was ever a particular hero of mine (don't get me wrong, he was definitely cool, but he wasn't often on my radar, as it were) I feel sad for New Zealanders generally, and specifically our LOTR friends.
The NPR interviewer I woke up to was talking to a reporter in New Zealand. It was nice to wake up to the New Zealand accent, a little mini-vacation. I missed the first part of the story, but once I was awake enough to understand they were talking about Hillary, (Sir Edmund, not the Hillary we have here) I knew how bummed the whole country would be.
There's a great bit of commentary about the day Hillary came to the LOTR set, and how excited everyone was. In fact, I think it's in two places, because I can hear Peter Jackson telling the story (which would be the directors commentary, clearly) and also Elijah Wood (which would be a totally separate commentary track, which you clearly know already.)
Anyhow, this is just my way of saying to New Zealand, "I'm sorry you lost a friend."