Chapter Six: THERE AND BACK AGAIN: A Geek’s Adventure in Middle Earth!

by Dec 20, 2000Lord of the Rings (Movies)

Ain’t It Cool News‘ Harry Knowles survives an earthquake in New Zealand and a tumble at Minas Tirith to bring us news about Aragorn’s Coronation, the Corsairs of Umbar, autograph collection, and… Arwen’s role in the films.

There were about 300 extras in costume… Viggo has already been crowned and this is a different scene I believe, perhaps after the crew from Rivendell rode in with the Scepter… I suppose… Earlier I was feeling the bark of the great tree of Gondor…Nimloth descended from the tree of the High Elves, Galathilion… It’s white petals in bloom…. An ancient tree… old beyond description… the roots gnarled and the tree itself is a vegetation of Legend.

Aragorn and Arwen are there… and while watching the beautiful Liv perform her last scene in this epic…. I ask Philippa Boyens a question that many of you have been pressing me to ask Peter… How different is Arwen from the book?

Other than the scene you’ve seen of Arwen on the horse… it is exactly as she is portrayed in the book and in Tolkien’s appendix at the back of the book. From talking to Philippa, the horse riding scene was done as a cinematic change, to make a scene play better on screen. Just as a reminder, Philippa is one of the screenwriters on the film, that made sure that Tolkien is well represented on set. The other day I was watching her on the BLUE SCREEN set and there was a moment that she felt unsure about the scene they were shooting… so she pulled out her books, and went right back to the actors and the Blue Screen Director and problems were solved.

Speaking of Blue Screen… I left the Minas Tirith set to goto the Blue Screen stage, cause I love those guys and gals down at Blue Screen so much, and the set is always the most action packed thrill ride you ever did go to!

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I must add an editorial comment to Harry’s report. Liv Tyler has been filming for a cumulative 12 MONTHS. By contrast, Cate Blanchett, whose “Galadriel” has a much bigger role in the books than does “Arwen,” filmed her part in only 10 DAYS. Liv filmed on and off for five months on the Helm’s Deep set: in an E! Online interview, she was quoted talking about fighting off Orcs with Aragorn, while there have been numerous eyewitness reports of Liv filming scenes in which she appears as a “cloaked archer,” wields her sword at Orcs, and withstands a charge of Orcs on horsebacks. So, unless most of Liv’s scenes wound up on the cutting room floor, how can Philippa Boyens claim that Arwen’s role in the films is close to that of the books?

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