New Zealand Herald
October 31, 1999
Ring Star Prop in Epic Film
NELSON - The final work of a Nelson jeweller, the late Jens
Hansen, will feature as the central prop in Peter Jackson's movie adaptation of Lord of
the Rings, being filmed in Wellington.
Production of a gold ring for the film began after Mr
Hansen's death from cancer in August, although he had been working on designs for several
His son and studio manager, Thorkild Hansen, said the
film's management team selected the ring from 12 designed by his father.
"I was quite surprised at the time spent choosing it.
It's a very important part of the film."
Up to 40 of the rings would be needed during filming, said
Mr Hansen, who would not reveal how much the contract was worth.
"There's only one ring in the movie but there are many
actors who wear it. For some actors we've had to make up to six different rings. The props
department has to be covered in case one gets lost or damaged."
The design was plain gold with no stone, similar to a
wedding ring but heavier.