... how practical in a high New Zealand wind,
are "bushy eyebrows that stick out beyond the brim of his hat"
Answering these and weightier puzzles is the
responsibility of the designers and their craftspeople who have
been in training for 2 years at the WETA workshops in Wellington.
I have seen the results of their deliberations - and been overwhelmed.
Ian "Gandalf" McKellen, actor.
Naturally, the Ring and rings are being made in New Zealand. Sunny Nelson,
to be precise.
Nelson, Oct 28 - The final work of a noted Nelson jeweller, the
late Jens Hansen, will feature as the central prop in Peter Jackson's
movie adaptation of Lord of the Rings, currently being filmed in Wellington.
Production of the ring began after Mr Hansen's death from cancer
in August, although he had been working on preliminary designs for several
months before that, his son and studio manager, Thorkild Hansen, said
The work was commissioned some time ago by one of the film's management
team, and the late Mr Hansen then began making around 12 rings of which
three were accepted, Thorkild Hansen said.
"I was quite surprised at the time spent choosing it, but
it's a very important part of the film," Mr Hansen said. Production
of the final design began three weeks ago. Mr Hansen said it was quite
fitting that his father was involved in a film with
such a title.
"We got it all finalised and agreed and everyone was happy
with it - it was brilliant, then he died," Mr Hansen said.
Up to 40 of the heavy gold rings would be needed during filming,
said, but he declined to say how much the contract was worth.
"There's only one ring in the movie but there are many actors
who have to wear it. "Some actors we've had to make up to six different
rings for. The props department has to be covered in case one gets lost
or damaged," Mr Hansen said.
He said the design was plain gold with no stone and quite similar
to a wedding ring, just heavier.
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Elijah Wood has mentioned that
he has kept "The Ring" but he hasn't said which one out of the
40-odd it is.
Much attention is being spent on the finer details of elvish languages,
especially with accurate presentation of elvish writing, which may be
seen as freizes in the background of certain scenes, and in the credit
"... Tolkien experts all over the world had faxed in (or by
any other means for that matter) a lot of Tenguar (Elven) writings,
to incorporate within the set design."
To play the character of Legolas, Orlando Bloom wears a long blonde wig
- worth several thousand dollars. And he has a spare.