LOTR Movie Site
The LOTR Movie Site
February 9, 2000Observing Battles in Southern Rohan
This morning at about 1:00am I went to the Helm's Deep Set in
Wellington hoping to catch a glimpse of filming. When I arrived at the carpark at
the bottom of Haywards Hill I got out my binoculars and trained them on where the
main big spotlights where aiming. I saw about probably 40-50 guys that
were standing just back from the main gate of the castle in a military
formation. They were standing there occasionally swinging their swords and
then freezing in the middle of a swing. It was quite cool to watch.
There were people in black clothing running around checking
makeup after every little take of filming. The guys that were in the military formation
were wearing black clothing with chain mail down their legs and had metal plates
on their chests and were wearing metal helmets and each had a large sword.
There was one guy at the front of them all that wasn't wearing a helmet and
had long blackish hair. The filming going on at that stage showed a couple
of soldiers running out of the castle and attacking the lead guys and
getting killed. Then the people that had been just standing in a big formation suddenly
charged at the castle and about 8 rockets that were white in colour fired down from atop
the castle wall and some of the men fell dead.
To the right is one of the concept pictures. The armour and helmets that you can see are a
lot like the ones that I saw at Helm's Deep.