Monday, August 29, 2011

Movie Stuff Mondays - The Mountains

The Mountains
Frodo and his companions attempt to climb over the mountains barring their way, but fail. Instead, they journey through the mountains via a secret underground Dwarvish realm. There they are attacked several times, and Gandalf falls while the others escape.

The mountains prove a difficult barrier for the new Fellowship to cross.

What the Big Folk Were Saying
"Don't they brush their teeth? That's so unattractive." - A woman commenting on the Orcs
"Not again!" - A young girl when the cave troll hits Frodo with his spear
"Dude, the old geezer's gone!" - A teenager to his friends as Gandalf falls (I think we can tell when someone's not a LOTR fan, wouldn't you say?)

What the Wizards Know
With a population of about 6000, a small town in Manitoba, Canada, wouldn't seem likely to draw much attention. When you consider the town's name is Gimli, however, you can understand why some people suddenly took interest in it around year 2001. (That's where I need to live!)

The location for the Doors of Moria was a dammed up, flooded parking lot.

John Rhys-Davies' skin reacted badly to the incredible amount of makeup and numerous prosthetics applied to his face to make him appear to be a different race. Because of this, he needed days off between shooting recover (a double would take his place then). Also, at 6' 1", Rhys-Davies was the tallest of the Fellowship actors, so his scale double was needed for most of the shots where other actors were present (although he was the right height to share scenes with the lead Hobbit actors). As a result, most of the time when you see Gimli throughout the tree films, he is not being played by Rhys-Davies.

Tolkien was going to have an Orc archer wound Legolas in Moria but reconsidered.

What the Elvish Eyes and Ears Have Noticed
Just as the camera rises over the rocks to show Merry and Pippin's sword fighting lessons, Merry returns a favour by tossing Aragorn an apple.

Legolas and Gandalf hardly seem to notice each other in this film.

Whether due to budget cuts or to avoid confusion, Glamdring, the sword of Gandalf, doesn't glow blue in the presence of Orcs, as described in the books. 

The Foolishness of a Took
In the extended edition, as McKellen walks along the ledge (just before explaining what the mine is for), he kicks a wire that runs along the ground and up Gandalf's staff. And her you thought its light was magical. Good thing Moria has electric outlets!

Why doesn't Frodo just drop the Ring into one of the deep chasms of Moria? (I know, I know, Gandalf would say it could be rediscovered in 20,000 years or something. Well, I would have taken the risk.)

Curiously, Frodo's sword Sting doesn't glow blue when the Fellowship is surrounded by all the Orcs of Moria. It probably figures, "Not even I can help you now, buddy."

When Miramax was trying to convince Jackson to do The Lord of the Rings as one film, the studio suggested the journey inside Moria didn't have to be shown if the Fellowship simply talked about how scary it was on their way to Lothlorien. 

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