The LOTR Movie Site
April 9, 2000
Truly awesome, we can only hope the worst Arwen rumors are
untrue because this is visually beautiful.
1. The hordes of troops walking in front of the volcano may
not be Orcs hurrying to confront Aragorn at the Gates of Mordor. They seem to be
heading south if we are looking from the Mountains of Shadow. This may be a shot from
the end of the Second Age when the Last Alliance of Elves and Men entered Mordor. This
could be a shot of the Alliance heading back to Minas Ithil across the Plain of Gorgoroth
after Sauron's defeat for the Prologue to the Fellowship. This would explain the lack
2. The Orcs running in daylight may not be the
Uruk-Hai. They could be the smaller orcs of Moria or Barad-Dur running across the
Wold in Rohan. Remember the Uruk-Hai of Isengard forced the lesser orcs to run in
3. Boromir with the ring maybe an attempt to convey
his growing temptation for the Ring. He might be dreaming of taking the ring during
their journey through the Eregion. In the book, Aragorn carried Frodo through the
snow on Caradhas. Perhaps, here in the movie Boromir does and he can't resist looking
at the ring. Of course, that would invite a reaction from Frodo. Or, this could
be after the escape from Moria when Sam and Frodo lagged behind the others due to their
injuries. Boromir and Aragorn carried them down the mountain for a while. Tolkien
didn't say which one carried Frodo.
Cirdan, who got to see a longer version of
this preview, told me yesterday that this scene did indeed take place near Amon Hen.
Boromir supposedly met with Frodo to discuss the Ring (and hold it, I guess). -- MATTHEW
4. I doubt that is a shot for Ents since there are boots on
the long legs.
5. The matte painting when you look at it in
whole looks like Lorien. The presence of Gandalf is probably just a mistake in an
6. The tower (not shown here) looks more like
Tolkien's sketches of Orthanc than of Barad-Dur. Christopher Tolkien included his
father's sketches of Orthanc on Pages 138-139 of Sauron Defeated, Volume IX of
The History of Middle Earth.
7. The computer image (not shown here) that the
programmer was manipulating facially might be Gollum. If it is, then Gollum will look
very changed from the hobbit he was originally.
8. The reptilian half-face and eye (not shown here)
could be either the Balrog or the Pteradon/Pteradactyl that the Nazgul flew. Or is that
Sauron himself? Jackson has a great leeway when it comes to Sauron's shape at the end
of the Third Age.