Where the Stars are Strange: Part II
LOTR Set Trip Journal Part II
Quickbeam's exclusive trip to the LOTR sets continues today with journal entry number II, tea with Gandalf, Karaoke with Sauron and the healing of Theoden! Be sure to read Quickbeam's very detailed (yet spoiler free) journal entries!
...In a few moments, Gandalf led us through a grid of trailers and on towards the soundstages. To our right was the Production Office, filled with busy people and mountains of paperwork. The wise wizard moved cautiously about, looking for a door with lights on the outside. Specifically, he wanted to make sure the lights were OFF so we could enter without disturbing the current shoot.
Soon I was inside a private chamber within Meduseld, the Golden Hall, home of King Théoden. Lights and equipment surrounded the small set. The room was just like a cozy log cabin with carved horses on all the horizontal beams. It was decorated with lovely tapestries, each with an equine motif. Brad Dourif stood there, though I did not recognize him at first. Here was Gríma Wormtongue, adorned in rich ebony robes; a slender figure with slicked wet hair and an evil look. I have never seen an actor with such a serpentine, wicked air about him! I was instantly intimidated.
Some of the crew greeted Ian as we got closer, but we stayed out of the way to watch from the shadows. They were ready to roll film. ...
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