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Archive for September, 2000

The Funeral of Theoden?

From the desks of Ringer staff members Gandalf and Jincey:

In recent reports it has been stated that a funeral procession was recently filmed, and it is speculated that the funeral could in fact be for that of King Theoden of Rohan. But after reading the recent E! Online update info: “In the grassy plains below, Peter Jackson walks Bernard Hill through the next shot, a close-up of King Théoden burying his son in the flower-covered tombs outside the city.” Could this in fact be the funeral of Theoden’s only son, Theodred, and not Theoden? The same article mentions that Ian Mckellen (Gandalf) is there to comfort the grieved Theoden. If this is true then they have changed the story a little. Theodred dies before Gandalf and the three hunters reach Edoras. The way the article is written, it seems that this would take place after Theoden’s ‘healing’ by Gandalf. Since Gandalf wasn’t on good terms with Theoden on his previous visit, this is just something to think about.

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Media Watch: E! Online Updates

E! Online has updated their “Force of the Hobbit” section for the month of October. Here are some of the highlights:

  • On location discussing filming at Edoras, Bernard Hill as Theoden and Miranda Otto as Eowyn.
  • The Latest Word confirms our report from this week that Joel Tobeck is definitely out as the young smeagol. E! Online speculates that the voice of smeagol, Andy Serkis, might actually take over the role. There is also a few tidbits on Arwen and her Xena tendencies, as well as info on Sean Bean going home.
  • Ask the Insider features questions on Farmer Maggot and Rosie Cotton. It also confirms reports that Sarah McLeod is playing Rosie.

Check the E! Online site for all the update. [more]

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And Grog for Everyone! Is this for real?

Many fans have noticed that the “thank you” note to Edoras extras from Barry Osbourne and company, has the date of October 25th 2000 (see the note here). As a result, questions of authenticity have surfaced. After further review…we still believe this is in fact authentic and the date was simply misprinted.

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More Sticky Bits on DVD?

Ringer Spy Thorin sends in the following:

“I have a few friends who were part of a filming session as orcs down in the Ruapehu area a few months ago. Aparently there is 2 versions being filmed, one for cinema release, and a DVD release, the latter sounds to be somewhat more gory!

I am told that during the filming of a particular scene (a fairly serious battle) the make-up techs were busy spreading blood and KY jelly over the actors, and the action began… the filming was then stopped, and the scene “topped up” with somewhat what has been described as “buckets-full”,of blood and KY… the latter they were told, for a DVD version.”

If this is true, we could very well have a very cool DVD indeed!

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Elven Cloaks?

Alert Ringer Kimi sent this in:
“I was just listening to a program on National Radio called “Country Life”. They were interviewing two fibre farmers from Wairarapa (fairly near Wellington) when an unexpected mention of LOTR made me listen harder.
Their farm is called Stansborough Station, and they breed Gotland sheep (along with alpacas and some other types of sheep), and also weave fabric. Their Gotland sheep are grey in colour. They mentioned that early on in their venture they got a large order. The order was from Three Foot Six, and was for 900 metres of fabric from the grey Gotland sheep.
Elven cloaks from Lorien, perhaps?”
Cool. One day I’d love to compile a list of local cottage industries that got this kind of windfall out of the LOTR project. So far I’ve heard of glassmakers, woodworkers, silversmiths, potters and possum-skinners but I bet there’s a whole lot more.

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LOTR gets attention from….David Gardner?

And who is he? He’s the best-known stock market columnist in the US, and he’s written an article on his website about Tolkien! Fascinating point of view too. Head on over to the Fool and check it out. [More]

Thanks to Dudalb of the message boards

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And Grog for everyone!

Just received a copy of an official thank you note given to the extras playing the Riders of Rohan.

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We all know this is a class-A production, so it is no surprise that even the individuals with small roles are treated well. Heck, they even get som grog! [more]

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Using Mana Island as a background

Michael Martinez over at Xenite’s Tolkien forum wrote us his thoughts about why the film might want to use Island as a backdrop, if indeed that’s what was happening at Titahi Bay last week.

“Going by the literary story I would say there are only three possibilities:

1) Tol Brandir. I consider this unlikely.

2) Tolfalas. Possible, but nothing in the literary story occurs there.

3) Tol Eressea. Frodo sees it at the end, and in a dream in Bombadil’s house.

My guess is they are using it for Tol Eressea, probably for the end of the third film.”

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Granny Herald reports on the NZ film industry and trips over its own feet.

The NZ Herald carried a small report yesterday on the effect that LOTR and other huge productions like Vertical Limit have had on the local film industry. If you’ll remember, Vertical Limit was being filmed in Queenstown last summer at the same time as LOTR, kick-starting a whole second economy in the area.

The Film Commission has noticed that now, overseas producers approach them with a much clearer idea of what NZ offers as a film location, and a realisation that the crews and equipment they need are here already.

To give make their article more interesting, the Herald paired it with a photo captioned “Lord of the Rings has shown NZ to be a good location for producing films.” What a pity the actual picture appears to show one of the puppets or models for the local condensed version of Wagner’s ‘The Ring of the Nibelungs.’ I think it’s Alberich.

This potted Ring was made in Auckland this year for children’s television, in collaboration with the BBC’s Channel 4. On which more later, we hope.

UPDATE: So we’re not perfect either. Robin from the BBC informs us that the BBC (or ‘auntie’) is a seperate entity from Channel 4.

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Filming in Titahi Bay

The film crew’s packed up and gone home from their work in Titahi Bay, just north of Wellington and a stone’s throw from where Peter Jackson grew up. My correspondent Flick wrote:
“Unfortunately my camera was in Auckland at the time (and I was crook) otherwise I would have taken some shots for you. Titahi Bay over looks the sea and Mana Island is in the back ground, if that helps. Apparently they were after the sky line.”
Mana Island is a small grass-covered flat-topped island, far enough out to sea that it usually appears a little hazy with distance. I wonder what they wanted it for?

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Wherever I have been, I am back!

I’ve been away and had dodgy access to news and email. I couldn’t open any attachments on mail I did get; nor did the mail I sent all get where it was going. So if anyone who’s emailed me in the last 10 days thinks I’m ignoring them, try again.

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Filming major scenes at Mt. Potts.

Reading between the lines, it looks like some of the great Rohan scenes are being filmed this week at Mt. Potts, where the Edoras set has been built. The Timaru Herald was able to bring the world an update. (more)

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