UPDATED: Liv Speaks Elven on Network TV – Conan O’Brien

by Apr 26, 2001Lord of the Rings (Movies)

AlphaHelix sent over an email noting that Liv Tyler spoke Elven on Late Night with Conan O’Brien on NBC this past night(12:35am)… If you were able to digitize it for internet play, PLEASE email it to me! Try and catch it if you can!

UPDATE (7:40am)

Last night on our Messageboard, Leonides* thoughtfully posted a transcipt of the interview!

I heard Liv Tyler was going to be on Conan O’Brien tonight, so I decided to watch. I know she’s been going around to ALL the major talk shows to promote her new movie, “One Night at McCools.” Unfortunately, there has been nary a word on our beloved Lord of the Rings movies.

Thus, I wasn’t expecting anything.

So Liv walked out and I was immediately struck by her beauty… she looked REALLY good. And my first thought was, “Wow… maybe she DOES resemble Luthien.”

She started to talk to Conan and she was very pleasant and nice, laughing a lot. And the more she talked, the more I realize how stupid the XenArwen rumors were. She’s no warrior princess.

Anyway, Conan asked her a question to the effect of, “Are you used to all the reviews that will come out after this movie [McCools]? You’ve been doing films for so long.”

She responded, “I actually haven’t had a film out in a couple of years because of been doing Lord of the Rings in New Zealand forever.”


But then the interview drifted again, and I felt my hopes drop. Suddenly, Conan comes right out and says it: “So tell me about the Lord of the Rings. You’re shooting all three movies at once?”

LIV: No, we’re done shooting, actually.


LIV: Yes. It was kinda smart actually, because it really helped the actors stay in character. It was an amazing experience.

CONAN: And who do you play?

LIV: I’m an elf princess named Arwen.

CONAN: Aren’t you a little tall to be an elf?

LIV: No, actually. In Tolkien’s world the elves are incredibly tall and beautiful. There is something alien about them. I was short for an elf, and I’m 5 foot 10!

CONAN: So elves are tall?

LIV: Yeah.

CONAN: I see, and in Tolkiens world giants are knee-hi and run around? I heard you had to speak a different language?

LIV: Yeah, elvish, it’s called.

CONAN: Elvis?

LIV: [imitates Elvis’s voise] No, baby, elvish. I can sometimes barely remember my name, but I remember ALL my elvish lines.

CONAN: I see. Could you give us a demonstration?

LIV: [hesitates] I could get into trouble for this…

CONAN: Trouble?

LIV: Yeah… [suddenly she breaks into a line or two of elvish, spoken very fludily and beautifully… at the end she laughs]

CONAN: Wow. Sounds very gaelic, almost.

LIV: Yeah.


I must say that I was impressed. Very impressed. I originally did not at all agree about the casting of Liv Tyler as Arwen. But she is beautiful… she is popular… and, I dunno, there was just something about her that made me feel as if she might be able to pull it off!

What did you think of Liv’s “performance”? Post your comments below or follow the link to Leonides*’ discussion on the topic.


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