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Archive for the ‘Props’ Category

Fraud of the rings?

Peter Jackson’s production company has cast doubt on the authenticity of one of the world’s largest collections of Lord of the Rings memorabilia. American Troika Brodsk has been advertising in New Zealand papers for items used in the production of the trilogy – and the upcoming Hobbit prequels.

Brodsk believes he has the largest private collection of Lord of the Rings props in the world – between 25 and 30 pieces. He says he already owns Gimli’s axe and Eowyn and Aragorn’s swords but his most expensive purchase is Frodo’s sword, Sting. More..

Posted in Collectibles, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Props

How to Make an ‘LotR’ Sword

From Take a look at how the craftsmen at Weta Workshops created swords for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Video courtesy Weta Workshop.

Posted in Props, WETA Workshop

Exclusive with ‘Reclaiming The Blade’ director

Reclaiming the Blade

Reclaiming the Blade

“Star Wars” and “The Lord of the Rings” are two of the most widely appealing film series in history. While they share many common elements, there is little argument that knights and swords sit at the core of each. The Jedi masters and their sabers – the weapon passed from father to son – share many common elements with Aragorn and his ancestral heirloom weapon in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

The sword, in whatever form, remains an important feature in cultures around the globe. It remains a symbol of the warrior in an age when many of us never need to fight anybody. Daniel McNicoll has directed a documentary, “Reclaiming The Blade,” that explores the sword and its standing in contemporary society and uses many examples from popular culture to do it. (more…)

Posted in John Rhys-Davies, LotR Cast News, LotR Production, Props, Viggo Mortensen

Announcing the ‘Reclaiming the Blade’ Giveaway!

Reclaiming the is teaming up with Galatia Films to celebrate the DVD release of ‘Reclaiming the Blade’ by giving away the ‘Late 15th Century Bastard Sword’ from Albion Swords! A prize worth nearly $500! Entering the contest is super easy – you don’t even need to answer any questions! ‘Reclaiming the Blade’ is narrated by John Rhys-Davies and features appearances by many LOTR veterans: Viggo Mortensen, Karl Urban, Bob Anderson, John Howe and Richard Taylor of WETA Workshop. The DVD will be released on March 30th, but you can place your pre-order today at the Galatia Films website. So after you enter the contest, secure your copy of the DVD today! [Contest Page] [Pre-Order the DVD]

Posted in Collectibles, Contests, DVDs, Headlines, John Howe, John Rhys-Davies, Karl Urban, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, Merchandise, Props, Richard Taylor, Viggo Mortensen, WETA Workshop

Weta’s Jane and the Dragon day, January 16

So much of what Weta does is terribly secret until it’s finished (who knows what they’re up to in preparing for The Hobbit? But next month they’re inviting people in Wellington to visit the Weta Cave to enjoy their work on their own series, Jane and the Dragon. It’s a free day of medieval fun and a chance to meet both the author of the book, Martin Baynton, and master swordsmith Peter Lyon, who did so much work on The Lord of the Rings. Read More

Posted in Events, Other Events, Props, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Reclaiming the Blade Out in 2009

Reclaiming the Blade

Reclaiming the Blade

Writer/Director Daniel McNicoll sends along word that his film ‘Reclaiming the Blade’ will finally be coming out in 2009. From the website: Reclaiming the Blade explores both European and Asian historic swordplay and offers an in-depth look at the fascinating world of stage combat on the silver screen. Visit

Posted in Events, Film Screenings, John Howe, John Rhys-Davies, Karl Urban, Props, Richard Taylor, Viggo Mortensen

Peter Lyon Confirmed Work on The Hobbit!

Alex writes: I visited the Royal Armouries yesterday to see the “Arms and Armour from the Movies: The Wonderful World of Weta” exhibit and attended the fantastic lecture by the great Peter Lyon, Sword smith. Many people came along to hear his speech. He talked initially about his work on the Narnia films and how the process from concept drawings to the fully developed weapon was achieved. (more…)

Posted in Events, Exhibits, Hobbit Movie, Props, Rumors Spy News, WETA Workshop

LOTR Props Display at St.Louis Symphony

Anonymous writes: Pieces from a private collection of authentic LOTR movie props will be shown at the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra for the weekend for their Lord of the Rings Symphony. There will be six pieces on display Friday and Saturday night, more news can be found at Original Prop Blog.

Posted in Concerts, Events, Exhibits, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Props

Peter Lyon is on his way to the Royal Armouries

Peter LyonNickey writes in: Dear TORn Friends, My friend and extraordinary artist, Peter Lyon, will be making his way to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds as of a flight this evening. He is very excited about the trip. If you are in Leeds, please stop by and see the exhibit while he is there. Cheers!

A reminder: the “Arms and Armour from the Movies: The Wonderful World of Weta” exhibit runs until November 16 at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. Read more in our previous article about the exhibition, or at the Exhibition Site.

Posted in Crew News, Events, Exhibits, LotR Movies, Other Crew, Props

Peter Lyon to return as Hobbit swordsmith?

Peter Lyon, the man responsible for translating John Howe’s visions into LOTR’s workable weapons props, says he is looking forward to working on the Hobbit.The comment came in a reply to a recent fan mail, where he said that, all going well, he was looking forward to “completing the circle” to that part of his life. Lyon did not say whether his involvement was confirmed, but his words do sound hopeful!
Thanks to Josh for the news.

Posted in Crew News, Other production, Props, Rumors Spy News, Rumours Spy News, Uncategorized Teams With RTB at Comic-Con 2008

Reclaiming the Blade at Comic-ConGalatia Films is pleased to announce the forging of a new friendship with, the most comprehensive Tolkien fan site on the Web. To kick things off at San Diego’s Comic-Con 2008, will be conducting an exclusive interview with both Weta Workshop director Richard Taylor and award-winning artist and movie illustrator John Howe both of whom are featured in Reclaiming the Blade. The interview will be used to discuss their various film projects, including their association and involvement with Reclaiming the Blade. (more…)

Posted in ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Headlines, John Howe, Props, Richard Taylor

Hobbit chat with Peter Jackson and G. del Toro peppered with big news (and little details about both films)

Future “Hobbit” director Guillermo del Toro and former “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson sat down with a world-wide internet audience and answered a lot more than the announced “20 questions” this weekend.

Hosted by Weta, there were a lot of minor details and significant confirmations and revelations about the gigantic production that will yield two “Hobbit” related movies, one in 2011 and the second in 2012.

Peter Jackson said,

“2009 will be dedicated to pre-production on both movies and 2010 will be the year we shoot both films back to back. Post productin follows one film at a time with The Hobbit being released Dec(ember) 2011, and F2 (film two) release(d) Dec(ember) 2012.”


Posted in Alan Lee, Andy Serkis, Casting Rumors, Characters, Crew News, Director news, Director Rumors, Guillermo Del Toro, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Howe, John Rhys-Davies, Locations Sets, Locations Sets, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Make Up, New Zealand, Other production, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Production, Props, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Tours, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop