Dispatch from the Council of Elrond – Ian McKellen’s Grey Book

by Nov 29, 2000Lord of the Rings (Movies)

“When Gandalf dined with Elrond, Hugo Weaving and I used custom-made elongated silver cutlery and sat on Rennie Mackintosh inspired chairs. Nothing seemed out of place: simply the place was Rivendell.”

Ian McKellen (Gandalf) shares his recollections about the filming of Rivendell and the Council of Elrond scenes in his latest Grey Book entry.

Here is an excerpt:

When I first walked into Rivendell, I gasped. It was like being inside a huge, three-dimensional Lee painting; the sort of thrill that movie theme parks aim for. The largest of the Wellington studios had grown an autumnal forest glade of large fibreglass trunks and tangled canvas roots; a Japanese-style bridge spanned the electrified waterfall splashing into a pool. On the steel catwalk that supports the lights, an effects person was ready with a bag of leaves to trickle down during shooting.

The Elves’ headquarters grew out of the vegetation, slim wooden pillars supporting walkways above open spaces and shaded arcades. The rooms had no outer walls so it wasn’t easy to sense where the buildings gave way to the gardens. One upper-level gallery had four original Alan Lee landscapes that he had painted especially for his favourite set: and I wondered whose walls they would end up on.

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