The LOTR Movie Site
April 8, 2000
The LOTR Preview Reel
This reel can be summed up in Keanu's
immortal words ... whoa ...
I don't even know where to begin here. We've
been waiting for this moment since August of 1998, and now that the first shots from LOTR
have been released I've realized that many of us have underestimated Jackson.
The preview was wonderful. It surpassed my
every expectation. Many things looked exactly as I had imagined them when reading
Tolkien's trilogy. True, there were minor imperfections, but that is to be expected with
Anyway, here we go. Click on any image for a
The reel opens with what could possibly be
the forging of the One Ring. Remember in LOTR where is says the ring was "forged in
After that is shown brief glimpses of what
appears to be a matte painting of a flet in Lothlorien. Some sites, however, are reporting
that this is Moria.
Now this is a strange image. Is this going to be an Ent? More
likely, they are using these "stilts" to help create the size difference for the
Theoden or Gimli? I can say for certain that this is not
John Rhys-Davies, so it must be either Theoden or another Dwarf. Nice prosthetics here.
This was the kicker, folks. Apparently, Jackson's cool
MASSIVE software is being used here to generate <ahem> massive amounts of Orcs. Note
the presence of Mt. Doom in the background. Nice touch. Very nice touch.
Ah, our first shot of Liv Tyler's Arwen. Nothing too scary. I
still think she was not the best choice, but at least she doesn't look like a warrior here
I couldn't mistake Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf. It works. It
works dang well. No long nose, but at this point who cares? McKellen IS Gandalf.
This is a bit strange. Yes, that's Sean Bean. Boromir holding
the Ring? And what's with those snowy mountains? Oh well, another year to go...
All I can say is ... cool ... very cool ... exactly
as I imagined them.
Those Nazgul are pretty scary dudes, as Elijah Wood's Frodo
demonstrates to us here. As with McKellen, Wood is Frodo ... exactly as I imagined him.
The Nazgul approach our heroes on Weathertop. This scene
looked a little strange in the preview, but I expect there is still some CG work to be
This is obviously the Company, but which side of the Misty
Mountains are they on? Are they departing Rivendell or are they near the Emyn Muil?
These Orcs truly are <ahem> wicked. These must be
Uruk-hai, because it's daylight. The alternative is that Jackson slipped up. Unlikely, I
My favorite character, Legolas, kicking some Orc butt. Love
This is a shot near the end of Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn
throwing a burning torch (now shown) towards the camera. Most likely this is on
The Eye of Sauron. Made me shiver. Has a unique feel to it,
doesn't look to stupid, and doesn't look identical to a cat's eye. Perfection.
After the trailer was over I watched it again, of course ...
and again ... and again. My tally is at around 24 viewings now, I think. I want more! It's
going to be terrible having to wait another year and a half for this release.
In closing, for full coverage of the countdown (including
countdown images and Shockwave animations, mirrors where you can download the trailer, and
links to news articles regarding the release of the trailer) visit Countdown.