Almost two years ago, on April 7th 2000, Tolkien fans around the world were given a first glimpse at Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy currently filming in New Zealand, a project that promised to bring to life the dreams of all Tolkien fans and make the world of Middle-earth a little less fantasy and a little more real. Greeted with images of actors in stilts, rough CG models and actors in make-up, even then the magnitude of the film and what it was doing caught the imagination of us all not because of what it looked like but what it would look like a year and a half later.
From that point on, the resulting trailers each brought us that little bit closer to Peter Jackson’s vision, featuring scattered shots from across the Trilogy, from shots of Moria to fighting at Helm’s Deep to parties at Hobbiton and the forges of Mordor. Each new trailer was the fix for fans addicted to their next peek at Jackson’s Fellowship of the Ring, with the hope of seeing some of Tolkien’s more fantastical creatures like the Balrog, Gollum and Treebeard. With the Fellowship of the Ring so far away, the trailers would have to suffice.
And now after the release of Fellowship of the Ring, we’re back on the rollercoaster again as we see the first Teaser Trailer for The Two Towers, the second in Jackson’s Trilogy to hit the silver screen. This time however the teaser isn’t available on the Internet and is instead showing at the end of Fellowship of the Ring, a move that will see fans flocking back to the cinemas to ‘reluctantly’ watching their favourite film one more time so that they can get a brief glimpse of what’s in store for us December 18th 2002.
And from what we’ve seen, The Two Towers is by far the bleaker and foreboding of itself and Fellowship’, with visions of a corrupt and desolate Orthanc and Barad-Dur, Grima Wormtongue manipulating his once mighty master, the riders of Rohan preparing for battle against an enemy they have never seen before, and the incredible fighting at Helm’s Deep that will dominate so much of the film. This weekend the Hall of Fire crew invite you to join us as we discuss The Two Towers Teaser Trailer.
Mar 30 & 31: FotR and the Oscars
Apr 06 & 07: TTT – The Riders of Rohan
Apr 13 & 14: LotR, Stereotypes & Racial Class
Apr 20 & 21: The Two Towers – The Motion Picture
Apr 20 & 21: Literary Merits of LotR
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