Blog | 4 March 2011 | Peter Jackson

For someone recovering from major abdominal surgery, Peter is looking better than fine, though it's still a surprise to see a slim-line rather than cherubic PJ, remembering first time round when there was always a tempting bowl of sweets ("candy" to the Americans and "lollies" to the Kiwis) by the director's chair. His eyes seem darker, more pronounced, more purposeful. He showed me his scar and said he is raring to go.

He suggests we should start talking through the script next week. Meanwhile he showed me the preliminary make-up designs for the dwarves, each utterly himself and yet dwarvish. Lots of hair and braids and some jewellery. My first glimpse of Gimli's ancestors.

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