The Press
February 17, 2000

Rings Set Attracts Hordes of Orcs and Gawkers

Actors dressed in armour and waving swords could be seen marching on a set for Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings film project in a quarry below Haywards Hill, near Wellington. Filming on the set for the $360 million epic began last month. The fortress and castle-like structures are understood to represent Helm's Deep -- a fortified ravine in J. R.R. Tolkien's classic trilogy. In his second book, The Two Towers, Helm's Deep is besieged by armies of creatures called orcs and men obedient to the wizard Saruman. Interest in the set has been high because parts of it can be seen from the road.