The Edoras Set
September 17, 2000
High up beyond the Ashburton Groge, on a craggy hill where
boundary riders once shared their Sunday grog, a place from another world has risen.
It is Edoras, capital of Rohan, and this is the world of The Lord of the Rings.
Yesterday, on a still day and in golden light, filming began at Edoras, built on Mount
Sunday at Mount Potts Station.
For two weeks the vast array of extras and film crew working on the Peter Jackson films of
J. R.R. Tolkien's classic trilogy wil work all hours of the day and night to complete
scenes from the second of the films. If it rains, all will move to a wet-weather set.
When the filming is done, Edoras -- a great castle facade rising from the rocks -- will
It took six months to create the castle atop Mount Sunday.
First they built a road 600m up, winding around the rocky outcrops, and then, in light but
sturdy material, created Edoras.
Publicist Claire Raskind said the work had not been without trial, andthose woking on the
set had found that the gorge can tunnel a fair wind.