Beren and Sharon Visit the Edoras Set - Company of the Ring: Tol Galen
Sharon meets Peter Jackson on the Edoras set. (Company of the Ring: Tol Galen)
Here is a brief excerpt:
Through a combination of good timing, happy coincidence and a solid dose of good luck, we found ourselves on Monday September 18 in the fair land of Rohan.
The wind howled, as we drive up the tussock-covered hill in a mud-splattered 4WD. At the top we caught our first close-up glimpse of Edoras, capital city of Rohan. The Great Hall towered to our left, grandiose and imposing. Ancient blackened wood, rich with weather-worn gilt in beautiful intricate detail met our eyes. It is totally convincing. My foot-steps seemed to echo as I tread the weathered stone at its grand entrance, but we were told it's all polystyrene.
We stepped inside the hall, but instead of imposing pillars, flaming torches and the odd golden throne, the magnificent ancient hall was filled with plywood trestle tables, plastic chairs and tea and coffee urns. Welcome to the lunch-room.
The other buildings are equally multi-purpose. A peasant house is stuffed with props. Peter Jackson has made his office in a stable. In a meat-store on stilts hangs a dead chicken, feathers and all, and I have to sympathise with the lowly crew-member whose office that might be.
The dirt in the town canter is real enough, as is the tussock, and the horse-shoe marks on the ground. The horse theme in the architecture is subtle yet persistent. The horses in the fields seem totally at home. There are gorgeous views of rivers, plains and mountains 360 degrees round the set - these landscape shots aren't going to need to rely on special effects.
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