"My first assignment on the set was to look after the Riding Ringwraiths, which were filmed over a five-week period. The first location was a farm just outside of Wellington. The shoot involved the Hobbits running down the slope to the Buckleberry Ferry raft. My heart nearly stopped when I watched Elijah Wood (Frodo) run down to the river with the Wraith galloping behind him - that horse really is as close as it looks!
One of my favourite memories of this time is one cold, rainy night which was the third night in a row that we had been shooting the Hobbits running through the woods to get to the Buckleberry Ferry. The whole crew was soggy and tired. The lead Hobbits didn't have to come onto the set until early in the morning - 2 or 3 am. They had been warm and dry in their campers and arrived on set in an extremely good mood. I don't know whether they saw that the crew needed cheering up or if they just felt like it, but between takes, they danced and sang loud pub songs. It's very hard to be grumpy when you are watching four Hobbits do the cancan!"
I bet I'm not the only one who would have loved to have seen that. I will never tire of hearing little anecdotes like this about the LOTR filming. This was from the latest LOTR Fan Club Mag, written by a crew member. Lucky person.
In the same mag PJ is asked what piece of ROTK is he most proud of:
"... the last 60 minutes. I do like the scenes in Mordor: Frodo & Sam crawling up the rock volcano: Aragorn, Gandalf and the boys at the Black Gate providing a diversion; and the ending."
He is also asked "What for you is the defining and most special moment in all three films?"
"I think, in some respects, the defining moment within the movies themselves is when Sam picks Frodo up and says 'I can't carry it for you Mr Frodo, but I can carry you'. That really is the culmination of the journey for these two Hobbits since they left the Shire. It is Sam's belief and courage and unwavering friendship towards Frodo. It is Frodo who has literally spent himself to the point of exhaustion."
In a question about religion he says "The sacrifice of Frodo and his passing into the Grey Havens can be seen as a Christ-like metaphor and I am sure JRR Tolkien had that in mind".
I shouldn't be doing this, there's a storm going on - I wonder if thats why I keep losing my internet connection. I hope it is that and not something else.
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