He was older than any other being that Elrond had ever seen, but his face was smooth like that of a young man’s. The stranger spoke few words, telling the Elven lord The Rings of Power. You must not allow them to fall into the hands of the Enemy. The elves did not understand him until he drew forth one ring, Is this what you seek? The Ring was at first cold to the touch but it suddenly grew hot and they both realized they were looking at Sauron’s One Ring. It would take many years before Sauron forged the remaining rings in a bid for ultimate power over Middle-earth.

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The Rings of Power were forged in the fires of Mount Doom and were created by Sauron to control the people. There are 14 rings which are subdivided into three groups: Three belonging to the elves, Seven belonging to mortal men, and One Ring belonging to Sauron, king of all. The only way they can be destroyed is by throwing them into the Cracks of Doom, where they will be forever lost to anyone else. There are many other objects in Middle Earth that have been made by Sauron’s evil hand. These include the Palantír (seeing stones), Khazad-dûm (Moria), Fangorn Forest, Cirith Ungol (defended for centuries by Orcs under the command of Shagrat) and Orthanc (the stronghold of Saruman).

An Unnamed Stranger from The Lord of the Rings Falls in a Flaming Meteor
An Unnamed Stranger from The Lord of the Rings Falls in a Flaming Meteor

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Who knows what will happen next? Who knows what’s going to happen next? The world has never seen anything like this before, and there is nothing else like it out there. It’s not just the fact that these films have become an international phenomenon, but that each new installment brings something new and unheard of. What will Peter Jackson do next?

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Weta Workshop’s Special Effects Supervisor, David Stinnett

This entry is about Weta Workshop’s Special Effects Supervisor, David Stinnett. His entry will focus on his experience with The Lord of the Rings, namely how Weta designed the rings and their effects. He had the opportunity to work closely with Sir Richard Taylor, Weta Founder and CEO, to bring J.R.R Tolkien’s vision to life by constructing the props for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. They first constructed the prop Ringwraiths that were used as riders atop horses. In order to create the illusion that they were riding together, they filmed each rider separately on a white horse running across a field at night and then composited them together.

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The rings do not include the ring of power (the master ring) because the film covers part of Tolkien’s first book and does not include Bilbo’s encounter with Gollum which results in Bilbo acquiring the One Ring. The stranger becomes the first dark lord in Middle-earth, Sauron, who tries to take control of the world. His attempts are thwarted by an alliance between elves and men, who unite to form the Last Alliance against Sauron’s forces at the Battle of Dagorlad, where both elven king Gil-galad and human king Elendil are killed but victory is won as Sauron is slain by Isildur using his father’s broken sword Narsil.

An Unnamed Stranger from The Lord of the Rings Falls in a Flaming Meteor
An Unnamed Stranger from The Lord of the Rings Falls in a Flaming Meteor

How To Design A Meteorite Crash Scene In Film

The first thing to think about is the angle. Generally, meteorites come crashing down to earth at an angle that creates a lot of vertical movement and speed, but not much horizontal movement. That’s why it’s best to set up your camera perpendicular to the ground and shoot straight up. If you want more of a falling feeling, tilt your camera back so it looks like you’re falling through space with the meteors right above you. Make sure all your actors are kneeling or sitting down, or else they’ll look like they’re floating when they walk around.

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