SPOILER NewsWire: Wizard Death Casts Spell Over Spectators – The Evening Post

by Aug 7, 2000Lord of the Rings (Movies)

Gandalf the Grey or perhaps Saruman the White.
David sends this one in. Thanks for pointing this one out. I will have to say that the picture leaves me feeling rather strange. Why is Gandalf in White? Is this really Gandalf the Grey? Ian McKellen mentioned that they were going to shoot the Balrog scene when they got back from winter break.

Perhaps this is Gandalf, but when did he fall on a spiked wheel. Didn’t he fall to the depths of Moria and then climb to the heights of Zirakzigil? What would a spiked wheel be doing at the bottom of the Khazad-dum?

Now a spiked wheel at Orthanc, that makes sense. Saruman is making all sorts of evil toys to send against the people of Rohan. Wouldn’t it be fitting that he died on one of those?

What do you think this is? Leave your comments below or head on over to the messageboard and let your voice be heard!

“Wizard death casts spell over spectators

08 AUGUST 2000

“Did Gandalf the wizard breath his last breath in the Hutt Valley today?

“Filming of a scene from the $360 million The Lord Of The Rings trilogy could clearly be seen at a set on a vacant site in Peterkin St, Taita, today.

“Parts of the set, which included a large blue screen, a spotlight on a crane and props, have been visible from the street for the past few days.

“The scene today showed what appeared to be wizard character Gandalf, who is played by British actor Sir Ian McKellen, impaled on large spiked wooden wheel. Crew were moving the wheel in an anti-clockwise direction during filming.

Will the Real Grey Wizard Please Stand Up?
“It was unclear where in J R R Tolkien’s classic the scene takes place. It is possible that it is the first death of Gandalf after battling a creature called the Balrog on the bridge of Khazad-Dum.

“Gandalf falls into an abyss and disappears, returning later as the more powerful Gandalf the White.

“Other sightseers today included a couple who perched on the roof of their car for a view of the action. A woman used a telescope, while a man took photographs.

“Film company Three Foot Six and New Line Cinema have been highly secretive about filming in the Wellington region, keeping the media off site and limiting the release of film images.

“Filming began on Mt Victoria last October and has also taken place in the Dry Creek Quarry on Haywards Hill, the former Fort Dorset site in Seatoun, and Harcourt Park in Upper Hutt.”


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