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April 18, 2001 - April 29, 2001


New Cast Images?
Calisuri @ 10:19 am EST
Ringer fan Unbound sent us these images of the cast. While they look very similar to official images we have seen before, some are in fact new and some are simply a little bit more clear. Unbound found these images in the cast pages of Elostirion.com. Click on an image to see a larger version.

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(1st Row: Brad Dourif as Grima Wormtongue, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Craig Parker as Haldir)
(2nd Row: Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, Mark Ferguson as Gil-Galad)


Conan O'Brien interviews Liv Tyler
Tehanu @ 6:27 am EST
Thanks to Frodo Barber we have a transcript of the interview:

Conan: I was curious this movie comes out (McCool's) comes out like tomorrow and you'll get reviews, are you used to that press now?

Liv: Well, I haven't had a movie out in a couple of years because I've been working on the LOTR in NZ like forever, but...

Conan: Now you mentioned really quickly the LOTR, you're shooting 3 of these...

Liv: We're already finished.

Conan: You're done? But you've had to shoot 3 of these at the same time?

Liv: Yes, yes very intense but wonderful at the same time. It was actually pretty smart to do all 3 at once and to keep the momentum and to let all the actors really stay in character and explore everything, yeah...

Conan: What part are you playing?

Liv: I'm an Elf, an Elvish princess named Arwen.

Conan: You are very tall to be an Elf aren't you?

Liv: Elves are actually, this totally... everyone's confused, elves in Tolkien's world were incredibly tall and slender and they're kind of alien-looking, a little bit... they're very other-worldly.

Conan: Elves are tall in...?

Liv: Huge, I was a short Elf and I'm 5' 10".

Conan: Wow, ok... and giants in Tolkien's world are little people, fee fi fo fum!! (Laughter) Uh, running around trying to terrorize people and you had to learn an Elf language for that didn't you?

Liv: I speak Elvish, yup.

Conan: It's called Elvish?

Liv: Elvish baby! (Elvis accent...)

Conan: Yeah, I thought you meant "Elvis."

Liv: Elvish.

Conan: What does it sound like, what does Elf language sound like?

Liv: It's really funny I can't even remember my name sometimes but I never forget my Elvish lines.

Conan: Can I just hear a little bit of Elvish?

Liv: I might get into big trouble for doing this.

Conan: Why cause it's like ruining the movie? Just a little taste of it. I'd like to hear what the Elves sound like in this movie.

Liv: Like one line is, "Laud gen me... (sorry folks...I don't speak Elvish... But it sounded beautiful! FB)

Conan: (Conan laughs) That's so cool!

Liv: I have it all memorized and I wake up in the middle of the night speaking Elvish for some reason.

Conan: In the middle of the night you do that? It's cool - it sounds Gaelic actually.

Liv: Yes.

Conan: It's very beautiful.

That's all that was said. I hope you enjoy it - FrodoBarber.


Just do it? After a closer look...
Calisuri @ 8:34 pm EST
Barliman's head honcho Jincey spotted something rather ODD in the Moria Gate picture from Elostirion: TENNIS SHOES?!? Now, either Frodo is a big fan of Nike, or something else is afoot (pun intended).

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Possible explanations?
1. This is a photograph of a quick run-through before the scene is shot.
2. A bunch of rocks or roots that just look like shoes.
3. This is a fake picture (very well done)
4. Nike paid 30 million for an endorsment.

Our investigators will be pounding the pavement to get to the bottom of this mystery.


Paul sends in the following comments:

"About the Tennis Shoes. Well look carefully and do you see anything else interesting? Where are Boromir and Aragorn? As well as Sam and Bill the Pony for that matter? Given that most of the good shots on Elostirion do in fact look motionless, that is a deliberate still. I think we can conclude this is just another publicity shot and or rehearsal that was photographed. There is a chance this was a framing test but unlikely! You may also notice the lighting is in fact natural. As in the temperature of the light is indeed sunlight. Most big budget movies that use sunlight use filters and other lights to decrease the effectiveness of the Suns own light colour temperature. If this was really a shot taken from film it would look a little different. "


Greenleaf, from Elostirion.com, sends in more information about the picture:

"I hope you find out what lies behind the tennis shoe mystery. Those are definitely tennis shoes. I for one focus on the absence of Aragorn, Pippin and Gimli.

You can tell that the lighting wasn't set up for shooting because there are two black bars of shadow on the right part of the door, probably filming equipment.

I don't know if you're on to this, but these tennis shoes might be a simple device to drag Frodo (or some kind of dummy - that would explain the legs) into the water, using some rig provided by the thing that is crawling out of the waters right up to Frod's tennis shoes.

Harry of AICN described a similar scene, but that time three hobbits were standing behind Frodo, the shot bagan with the real Elijah Wood lying down and being dragged at formiadable speed into the murky pool. http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=7722."


Ringer fan HotBlack sends in these further comments:

"I have noticed some discontinuities in the picture. First, though, Greenleaf states that he focused on the fact of several individuals being missing from the frame, one being Gimli. Gimli is in frame, with his back to us (braided hair and helm). An explanation as to why Sam, Aragorn, and Boromir are out of frame may be found in the book, where, Gandalf task Sam and others to unload Bill the pony PRIOR to his opening the gates, to prepare for the journey through Moria.

The things that I noticed (Some of which may be addressed by Lighting / CGI in the actual film):
1. A visible seam line in the gate is noticeable., The book specifically states that no crack or joint could be seen in the face of the stone with the gates closed.
2. The encounter at the gate takes place at or shortly AFTER sunset, as moonlight is necessary to see the mithril engravings in the door (the book makes mention of the sunset as they begin the journey around the lake, and the moon being out and illuminating the engravings on the door). 3. The engravings in this picture appear golden - this is most definitely different from the book, which states specifically a silver color.

BTW, thanks to everyone for providing some quality speculation! :)


New Aragorn Pic
Xoanon @ 10:57 am EST
Ringer Spy Khardim sends along this great new pic of Aragorn!


MediaWatch: NZ Film Magazine
Calisuri @ 11:30 am EST
Ringer spy PH sends us scans from the latest NZ Film. We've broken the spread into two scrapbook entries, so click on the images below to see the large versions.

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Thanks to Jincey and PH!


A music scoop!
Tehanu @ 6:18 am EST

The Celtic Music people are pretty active online, so a bit of asking around got us the names of the two Irish musicians that are going to be part of the Lord of the Rings soundtrack.

“The Irish musicians working on the soundtrack are Alan Kelly and Alan Doherty. Both are from Dublin, and are members of the group ''The Barleyshakes". I was able to discover that Alan Doherty has a name as a grand flute-player, and there is a little description and picture of them here at the website for the Tableland Folk Festival in Australia

"They have an album on release called "Jump at the sun". Alan Kelly also has an album called "I think I’ll stick to water''. They're available from Madness Music in Wellington - see here

The Lads are playing at the ''Shepherd’s Arms" bar here in Wellington tonight and tomorrow night.”

That’s Friday and Saturday night in NZ, for those of you lucky enough to be on hand for a great night out and a chance to hear the some of the talent that’ll be on the Rings soundtrack.


Amazing New Production Stills!
Xoanon @ 9:49 pm EST
Ringer Spy Paul sends in these amazing new set pics!! These are stunning! Lurtz is a MONSTER!!!

These pics were originally posted on http://www.chez.com/elostirion/

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