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Extras Wanted

Bilbo Bling Just One Ring
The Shire


Aug 12 2011, 4:58am

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http://www.trademe.co.nz/jobs/other/listing-399056357.htm

I liked it, so I put a ring on it.


Maiarmike
Grey Havens


Aug 12 2011, 6:26am

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Those are some awfully short male elves! [In reply to] Can't Post

5ft5in to 5ft8in? For elves? Hmm...

"I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge"
--J.R.R. Tolkien


RoseCotton
Lorien


Aug 12 2011, 6:40am

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Perhaps they want scale-double elves... [In reply to] Can't Post

For standing next to large characters... elves fighting alongside Beorn at the Battle of Five Armies, for example?


Earl
Forum Admin / Moderator


Aug 12 2011, 7:19am

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I actually fit those requirements perfectly! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm slim and 166 cms tall. Pity I'm not in the right place at the right time Frown



Mr. Arkenstone (isaac)
Grey Havens


Aug 12 2011, 9:51am

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anyone knows if they want kiwis only? [In reply to] Can't Post

im from Spain, i have no stable job lets say, i play in an orchestra, so maybe i could go there, but if they only want kiwi people, then...


Earl
Forum Admin / Moderator


Aug 12 2011, 10:55am

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Yeah, you'd probably need an NZ work permit [In reply to] Can't Post

If not, I'm booking my tickets 5 minutes ago! Laugh



kiwifan
Rohan

Aug 12 2011, 12:12pm

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Short indeed [In reply to] Can't Post

I couldn't believe it when I first read it --- the bottom limit seems more appropriate for hobbits (weren't Elijah et al. about that size?), and even for female elves, 165 cm to me seems fairly short. Or are these Elves extras all Woodland Elves and as such maybe shorter than the Noldor? Does anyone know how tall Evangeline Lilly is, who as Tauriel is a Woodland Elf?

'Goodness gracious, you really are a messie!' 'Oh no, I'm not, these are all just mathoms...'


mutelock
Bree

Aug 12 2011, 1:04pm

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IMDB says she's 165 cm [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Spencissimus
Lorien


Aug 12 2011, 1:07pm

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Laaaame :P [In reply to] Can't Post

If I didn't have uni commitments I'd hop across the Tasman in a flash!


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elfritobandito9
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Aug 12 2011, 1:44pm

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Wood Elves [In reply to] Can't Post

I believe the wood elves of Mirkwood are described as being shorter. Considering we will be seeing a plethora of wood elves in these movies, I'm betting my money on that.


Anarrima
The Shire


Aug 12 2011, 2:50pm

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I'm too tall! [In reply to] Can't Post

I know I'm on the tall side for a woman (5'10"/177.8cm) but I never thought of myself as too tall to be an elf. I think Liv Tyler is 5'10" as well, and I remember an interview where she called herself short for an elf. Maybe this is something about the Woodland elves? They never saw Valinor or the light of the two trees, so their genes don't get that extra height boost? Then again, maybe I'm reading too much into it Cool


shadowdog
Rohan

Aug 12 2011, 3:06pm

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Only Problem [In reply to] Can't Post

is the fact that Legolas wasn't short. I think they might be scale doubles, but I can't think of which scenes would need smaller elves.


elfritobandito9
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Aug 12 2011, 3:12pm

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I had thought of that as well. Legolas is just as tall as any other elf. I think that may have been an error in detail that wasn't thought of. I know for a fact that wood elves are described to be smaller. However, you may be correct about scale doubles if PJ doesn't want to make a whole race of elves that are strangely smaller than Legolas!


taekotemple
Grey Havens


Aug 12 2011, 3:19pm

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Is that a legit ad? [In reply to] Can't Post

Thinking of the much earlier casting calls for elf extras, their requirements were very different, and it doesn't make sense to change them, unless they're trying to find elves to stand next to Lilly to make her look taller than her 5ft 5in height? That's the only possible explanation I can come up with.

According to the older casting calls, I wouldn't have been able to audition as an elf, because I wasn't tall enough at 5ft 6in.

I hope this isn't fake, because I'd hate to see people taken advantage of by someone using The Hobbit production's name to cause them harm.

“Tell me one last thing,” said Harry. “Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?”
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”


Carne
Tol Eressea

Aug 12 2011, 3:21pm

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Height [In reply to] Can't Post

Well, Orlando is only 1 centimeter taller than the maximum height mentioned in this casting call. Even smaller for the ones they needed earlier this year, so I wouldn't call Orlando tall for an elf


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Maranata
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Aug 12 2011, 4:57pm

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Considering the height of Legolas [In reply to] Can't Post

It may be that wood elves are to presented shorter than Noldor. There, however, wouldn't necessary be a contradiction to Legolas height. Legolas was at least a half Sinda as Thranduil and Oropher were Sindar. So Legolas and Thranduil were different ethnic group than their subjects. Lee Pace that plays Thranduil is 6' 3" (1.91 m), quite tall so to speak.

I actually would prefer that the Silvan Elves would be shorter. I have always imagined them to be quite agile and fast because they live in a forest and they must be used to fighting in the woods.


Faenoriel
Tol Eressea


Aug 12 2011, 6:31pm

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Legolas isn't a Woodelf but a Sinda. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Plus, I think we should have buried Tolkien in a larger coffin, he probably cant turn very well in his. -Rossmonster

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tauriel387
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Aug 13 2011, 3:51am

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Almost meet the requirements [In reply to] Can't Post

Sounds a bit short for elves to me. If I was in New Zealand, I would almost fit the requirements... If only I was like an inch shorter... Unsure


SirDennisC
Half-elven


Aug 13 2011, 4:41am

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That's ok at least you have a cool name [In reply to] Can't Post

an early adopter at that... welcome to TORn Tauriel Smile


Jonathan the Elf
Rivendell


Aug 13 2011, 5:46am

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Sweet [In reply to] Can't Post

Well as I am a very tall Tolkien fan kiwi I was trying to get in I didn’t see this advertisement before. But I’ll give it a go and who knows maybe you’ll see in it.

Jonathan the Elf (fan)

“How shall a man judge what to do in such times? Yea ask. As he ever has judged, good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another thing among . It is a man’s part to discern them, as much as in the Golden woods an in his own house” said Aragorn


Finrod
Rohan


Aug 14 2011, 5:15am

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They aren’t called high elves for nothing [In reply to] Can't Post


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5ft5in to 5ft8in? For elves? Hmm...


I guess that’s one way to separate the Grey-elven Sindar from the Wood-elves whom they ruled. Lee Pace, who’ll be playing Thranduil, is 6'3", and Orlando Bloom as his son Legolas is 5'11". The casting call is for shorter Elves than those two actors, and this makes good sense.

We think of Elves as tall or even very tall, but that’s because we think too often of the Eldar from when the world was young. The Light Elves, especially those of each House’s royal family, were portrayed as anywhere between tall and towering, whereas the Dark Elves may not have been all that tall at all. Galadriel was considered tall, certainly over 6' tall as she was taller than many of the men of her people, although Cate Blancett is herself only 5'8½".

When the Eldar and the Edain mixed to produce the Dúnedain, their seen grew taller still. It is only right that Hugo Weaving at 6'6" should play Elrond, who was probably of at least the average Númenórean height of 7'. Isildur the Tall famously stood just a bit under 8', tall enough to battle a Maia in mortal combat, though not to victory.

But these Dúnedain — Tall men and tall ships, three times three — were hardly the tallest. Taller than any Man or Half-elf was Elrond’s great-grandfather Turgon, for Gondolin’s king was tallest of all the Children of Ilúvatar, tallest that is save for one alone.

The very tallest of all was Elrond’s other Eldarin great-grandfather, Elu Thingol, the only Child of Ilúvatar to join his spirit to that of one of those ancient spirits from before Arda, from before Time. In the unstained light primeval that shone forth from the visage of Melian his queen, the Lord of Beleriand grew so like unto his spouse that it seemed that here truly did another Maia grace these Hither Shores.

How tall then was Greycloak? That we cannot say for certain, but we do know that the Hidden King was certainly taller than Elendil’s 8', and taller even then Turgon who himself topped Elendil. Perhaps Elwë stood 8½'. Perhaps he stood 9'. Twice as tall and more he stood above the heads of the Stunted Folk who in the darkness slew him. Alone of all the Children, Greymantle had the stature to look as though he were kin to the likes of Eönwë, and perhaps even to look the Elder King’s herald in the eye as well, for by marriage he indeed was the gods’ kin.

From the gods to the High Elves, from the High Elves to the Grey, and from the Grey to the Dark, it seems there was diminution of physical frame. It is possible that the filmmakers wish for these extras, who shall doubtless play Wood-elves, to stand head and shoulders below our Sindarin Elven-king and the king’s son.

Thranduil was a refugee of Doriath, and may have known Elwë and Melian in his youth. His underground halls are a distant but dull echo of the glories of Menegroth, just as he his himself a fading echo of Thingol (so no wonder he mislikes the Naugrim!). It is fitting that Thanduil should be taller than his son, who, after all, never saw even the reflected light of Aman in Melian’a face, and that both these two Sindar should stand taller than the rustic people they rule.

Let these Grey Elves stand as high above the Elves of the Dark whom they rule as once stood Thingol the High Elf over the Grey Elves whom he ruled so long ago, in age after age of starlight unsullied, before the Noldor returned out of the West in bloody ships stolen from Elu’s murdered kin.

…all eyes looked upon the ring; for he held it now aloft, and the green jewels gleamed there that the Noldor had devised in Valinor. For this ring was like to twin serpents, whose eyes were emeralds, and their heads met beneath a crown of golden flowers, that the one upheld and the other devoured; that was the badge of Finarfin and his house.
The Silmarillion, pp 150-151
while Felagund laughs beneath the trees
in Valinor and comes no more
to this grey world of tears and war.
The Lays of Beleriand, p 311




Maiarmike
Grey Havens


Aug 17 2011, 1:22am

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Interesting about the updated extras casting call. [In reply to] Can't Post

Perhaps Laketown extras? Doesn't really fit the profile of hobbity people.

"I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge"
--J.R.R. Tolkien


Bilbo Bling Just One Ring
The Shire


Aug 17 2011, 1:43am

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With Stephen Fry in town [In reply to] Can't Post

and going through the wardrobe and fitting process that would make sense.

I liked it, so I put a ring on it.


Bilbo Bling Just One Ring
The Shire


Aug 17 2011, 1:46am

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Just seen this on the Noldor blog [In reply to] Can't Post

http://www.nznoldor.com/2011/08/men-extras-required-in-wellington.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NZNoldor+%28The+Noldor+Blog%29&utm_content=FaceBook

I liked it, so I put a ring on it.

(This post was edited by Bilbo Bling Just One Ring on Aug 17 2011, 1:47am)


Otaku-sempai
Half-elven

Aug 17 2011, 2:00pm

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Yah. Mannish extras by the look of it... [In reply to] Can't Post


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Perhaps Laketown extras? Doesn't really fit the profile of hobbity people.



The comment on 'beards' is a dead give-a-way. Not many bearded Hobbits.

 
 

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