The lovely Mr BC and I are dining in Pizza Express in Chiswick. A young man comes in to order a takeaway, wearing jeans that are really quite daringly tight for W4. Then he goes away again. Presently:
MR BC: That was a hobbit.
MR BC: That was Merry. Or Pippin.
ME: Oh gosh, yes, so it was! It was him out of -
MR BC: Lost.
ME: I was going to say Hetty Wainthropp Investigates.
MR BC: That's him. Dominic, er, Thing.
INT. QUINQUIREME TOWERS - MORNING
MR BC and PATROCLUS in bed, drinking tea.
MR BC: ...and we saw a hobbit.
ME: Ooh yes, I'd forgotten about that! I'm going to write a blog post about it. Something about collecting the whole set, in various chain restaurants in Chiswick. I'm going to look out for Elijah Wood in Zizzi's, that sort of thing. I'm not sure I'd recognise them all, though.
MR BC: You could recognise them from the tattoos.
ME: What tattoos?
MR BC: They got tattoos at the end of The Fellowship Of The Ring.
ME: In Rivendell? I don't remember that bit.
MR BC: (pityingly) In real life. All nine of them, they got tattooed with a 9, in Elvish, when they finished filming.
ME: Nine? I was only collecting four hobbits!
MR BC: Only John Rhys-Davies, who played Gimli, didn't want a tattoo, so his stunt double got it instead. But his stunt double doesn't look anything like him, so he'd be harder to spot.
ME: This is all too difficult now. I think I'll just put up the Lord of the Rings video from Flight of the Conchords. It's funny.