Archive of posts tagged Galadriel

Weta Workshop Unveils New Goodies at SDCC 2016

Weta Workshop, the group of creative artisans that have helped bring to life The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, was on hand at this weekend’s Comic Con in San Diego and have unveiled some new figures based on the two movies.

Coming soon to their figures collections are the Witch-king at Dol Guldur, Gimli at Helm’s Deep, and Galadriel at Dol Guldur. Other figures were announced that they are now available to order; they are: Lurtz at Amon Hen, Boromir at Amon Hen, and Saruman the White at Dol Guldur.

Introduced at last year’s SDCC, the Elrond at Dol Guldur figure is also still available.

Weta Workshop’s figures are known for their incredible attention to detail. The figures are designed and created by the same artists that have worked on the movies.

“It takes 400-500 hours to design, sculpt, model make, mold, and paint the prototype for each new piece.” – Weta Workshop

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To order figures that are currently available and keep up on those that are coming soon, visit Weta Workshop’s website.

Notable Elf of the Month – Elrond

ElrondImladrisLord Elrond

The son of Eärendil and Elwing, and through both parents he was half-elven or peredhil. At the end of the First Age, both Elrond and his brother Elros were given the choice to become Mortal or to accept the life of the Eldar. Elros chose to become mortal and Elrond chose to be of elven-kind. This same choice is later on passed down to his children Elladan, Elrohir and Arwen. Their mother is Celebrían, the daughter of Galadriel and Celeborn.

During the Second Age, Elrond establishes the refuge of Imladris (Rivendell). It is in Imladris that he later holds council to decide the fate of the One Ring. Elrond bears Vilya, the Ring of Sapphire, also called the Ring of Air, mightiest of the three elven rings of power, which was given to him shortly before the War of the Last Alliance by the High-elven King Gil-Galad, to whom he was herald.

After the War of the Ring in the Third Age, Elrond, along with Galadriel, Gandalf, Bilbo and Frodo, travels West over the sea, to Aman, where he his reunited with his wife Celebrían. By doing so he is parted forevermore from his daughter Arwen who decides to remain in Middle-earth and become of mortal-kind. The fate of his sons, Elladan and Elrohir, is not known.

Fast Facts


Birth: FA 532 (Havens of Sirion)
Sailed into the West TA 3021
6,520 years old when he departed Middle-earth
Twin brother to Elros of the Edain



  • Havens of Sirion, Beleriand (FA 532 – FA 538)
  • Isle of Balar, Beleriand (FA 538 – FA 590)
  • Lindon (SA 1 – SA 1697)
  • Imladris (Rivendell) (SA 1697 – TA 3021)



  • Eärendil (father)
  • Elwing (mother)


  • Elros (brother, counted among the Edain)

Spouse and children

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Stars, and fans, attend The Hobbit world premiere

Cate Blanchett at The Hobbit world premiere

Actress Cate Blanchett arrives for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey World Premiere

Last night in Wellington, New Zealand thousands of fans, elves, wizards, dwarves, hobbits, and other denizens of Middle-earth gathered outside the Embassy Theater to watch the arrival of The Hobbit‘s many stars for the film’s world premiere.

Some of those that were spotted were Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Martin Freeman (Bilbo), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Barry Humphries (Goblin king), William Kircher (Bifur), Aidan Turner (Fili), Dean O’Gorman (Kili), and of course, director Sir Peter Jackson. Actor Ian McKellen, who plays wizard Gandalf, was unfortunately absent but according the The Huffington Post sent a message along saying, “I wish I were there in my spiritual home in Wellington.”

Some late arrivals to the red carpet included actors John Rhys-Davies, who played the dwarf Gimli in the Lord of the Rings films, and Evangeline Lily who plays Tauriel a warrior elf-maid of Mirkwood, a role created for The Hobbit films by director Jackson.

Fan website (TORn) which broadcasted live from the event has some nice pictures from the red carpet of the stars’ arrivals. And for those that missed their live broadcast, or those that just want to re-watch it,  a stream is provided via their website.

Empire Magazine unveils 5 special Hobbit covers!

Special Empire lenticular Galadirel cover The latest edition of Empire magazine which hits newsstands in the UK tomorrow will feature five different covers for the upcoming film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. But these aren’t just any old covers, they are 3D lenticular covers! That’s right, they are scaled-down versions of the 3D lenticular posters seen at this year’s San Diego Comic Con!

The five covers feature the lovable wizard Gandalf, beautiful and wise elf Galadriel, the mighty leader of the dwarves Thorin Oakenshield, crafty creature Gollum, and of course the hero of the story, hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

Subscribers to the magazine will also get their own special Bilbo cover in addition to one of the lenticulars. The new issue will be available in the UK tomorrow, October 25th, as well as in the UK and US  iTunes stores.

Check out all five covers, as well as the special limited edition cover only available to subscribers in the gallery below.

Print of the White Council and Hobbit film cells

The Hobbit White Council printThe folks over at FilmCells have posted a new StarFire Prints™ glass print that shows the four members of the White Council that will appear in the upcoming film trilogy of The Hobbit.

Per their website:

This StarFire Prints glass print is translucent yet vibrant with color. The display is designed to capture the natural light making every image a true piece of art.

8″x10″ flat-edged glass with pin stand
Translucent yet vibrant with color
Image permanently fused to glass
High quality beveled glass
Made in the USA

The glass is scratch and fade resistant and arrives to you ready for display.

The print shows Galadriel, Elrond, Gandalf, and Saruman down the middle with smaller scenes from the movie arranged around it.

The cost of the print is USD $74.99 and can be ordered from FilmCell’s  website.

The same print is also available as a film cell display along with other scenes from The Hobbit. All are produced in conjunction with Warner Bros. so fans can rest assured these are the real things.

Full line up of FilmCells’ Hobbit related merchandise

Hobbit Film Cell display

One of the Hobbit film cell displays available from FilmCells

The White Council in The Hobbit

White Council attacks Dol Guldur

The White Council attacks Dol Guldur by Angus McBride

In a previous post titled “Elrond in the Battle of the Five Armies?” I posed the question of whether we would see Elrond in the Battle of the Five Armies, or even possibly in a flashback showing him leading the elves in support of the Dúnedain in the north against the Witch-king of Angmar. This was based on a new image leaked from the 2013 Hobbit calendar that shows Elrond dressed in battle gear.

While perusing a message board online, I came across a comment one user made a while back that said they had read in a magazine that Elrond would accompany Gandalf when the wizard goes to Dol Guldur in search of the evil influence there that we know as the Necromancer. Unfortunately they didn’t mention what magazine it was that they had read this in. This led me to do some more searching on the Internet to see if I could come up with any more information regarding this, and to see if this could be why the new calendar has an image of Elrond wearing armor. If you don’t want to know anything that could be considered spoilers, you had best stop reading here.

My search first led me to none other than director Peter Jackson’s official Facebook page. In May of 2011, Jackson answered some questions that fans had posed to him in regards to The Hobbit. One such question was whether we would see the White Council attacking Dol Guldur. Jackson’s reply to this wasn’t a definitive ‘yes’ but it is promising.

“I’m not going to say just what and when, but I will confirm that both the White Council and Dol Guldur will feature in the movies. And not just in one scene either. Just how to visualise it has been a challenge, but fortunately Alan Lee and John Howe went crazy with ideas, and it should look pretty cool.”

Now I need to point out that after making the above comment Jackson followed it up with an exclusive look at what he says is “the White Council planning the attack on Dol Guldur!” The photo in question is none other than himself, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, and Cate Blanchett hamming it up with a bunch of children’s toys!

Does this mean we won’t get to see the White Council attacking Dol Guldur? Certainly not, it just means Peter Jackson isn’t ready to tell us definitively yet, and probably wants to keep it a surprise for the movie(s). We have seen footage of Gandalf walking around Dol Guldur in the trailers, but this is probably when he goes there on a scouting mission for the White Council to determine just what the evil influence is.

The White Council was comprised mainly of the wizards Saruman and Gandalf (and possibly Radagast), and the leaders of the elves Elrond and Galadriel, as well as other wise elves such as Círdan and Glorfindel. As part of the back story to events taking place in The Hobbit, the White Council attacks the Necromancer, whom they now know to be the dark lord Sauron returned, at Dol Guldur, driving him out and back to Mordor.

As to what that message board user had read pertaining to Elrond and Gandalf at Dol Guldur, I did eventually find that the August 2011 edition of Empire Magazine, which sadly I was not able to get,  is where they probably read it.

“The week following Empire’s visit, the director will shoot Gandalf and Elrond scouting the murky dungeons of forest fastness Dol Guldur.” – ‘The Hobbit’ article featured in Empire Magazine August 2011 issue.

Knowing this, it is a good bet that the image of Elrond in the 2013 Hobbit calendar is in fact showing him when he and Gandalf are scouting Dol Guldur. Of course, there is still the possibility he could be at the Battle of the Five Armies. In Peter Jackson’s version of The Hobbit, anything is possible.