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I don’t think there’s anyone out there who’s not familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien. What? There is??? That’s too bad. I want you to go open your encyclopedia at once and I’d like to speak to your parents, J.R.R. Tolkien is the man who taught the world everything about epic-fantasy novels (that’s where RPGs come from), since in his trilogy “The Lord Of The Rings” (which was voted as the book of the century in 1997) he gave life to elves, dragons, and dwarves, inspiring many writers to come and of course the most famous role playing game, D&D, and all of the rest that are considered parts of it. But enough with the history lesson.
The filming of Tolkien’s trilogy has been taking place for the last 18 months in New Zealand. Meanwhile we’ll have to wait over a year and a half to enjoy it, as the first of the three movies, “The Fellowship Of The Ring”, will be released in Christmass 2001 with the other two sequels following each year (Christmas 2002,2003).
Many popular names of the movie making business are being gathered for this ambitious project. The academy word winner for “Heavenly Creatures” director Peter Jackson is trying to present not only the story but also the amazing atmosphere. Many big stars of Hollywood are working together in this project: Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Christopher Lee (Saruman), Cate Blanchet (Galadriel) , Ian Holm (Bilbo Baggins), Sean Bean (Boromir) and young Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins) along with a total of 300 people, actors and crew. In order to present a world as similar to Middle Earth as possible, cutting edge technology visual effects are being used, and already we could be talking about 1,200 digital scenes.
To make clear how close the movie is going to be to the original story, I’m only telling you this: the elf language is being widely used by the actors exactly as described in Tolkien’s books. After seing the video, I just can’t wait. I’ve already forgotten about the “D&D movie” I reviewed in last issue.