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Weta Cave Hobbit Goodies


Aug 12 2012, 3:02am

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Weta Cave Hobbit Goodies Can't Post

Quick run down of items, and apologies for the poor quality, I was just popping in to get a copy of the hobbit graphic novel, I was not expecting to be met with over $20,000 worth of stuff I want to buy.

Informal information available is as follows.

Orcrist and scabbard, master swordsmith collection both to be made.

Sting, must both be LOTR as they have the blade runes, but one has the new improved raised vine on the grip, as the technology to do this is only now available and it wasn't 10 years ago.

Balin's mace and Fili's Knife, don't know in what form these will be available, whether it is part of the amateur swordsmith range or not but they did have the same cool base as the rest of the stuff for sale. The bases, including those of the staues all have from memory what I think is the map of Thror etched into them in a subtle relief. Sort of looks like it would be burnt on or something to that effect.

The rest are the statues and all look exceedingly cool.

The witch king is a full size set of armour that was I think filmed but rejected as being too Sauron-ish and they didn't want to confuse the punters so they went with another design.

I went up to the counter and said to the guy working there "this is the cheekiest request you will get today but can I get you to take Orcrist out so I can hold it" The answer was as I expected a friendly no which is understandable and expected, but I could not live with myself if I had not tried. The informal discussion I had there indicated that Glamdring, Orcrist and Sting are all meant to be related.

Lurtz yelled at me and told me to stop criticising Sir PJ in online forums. I could see his point of view, when you are in the weta cave you become immersed in what is good and excellent about Sir PJ's work.

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Aug 12 2012, 9:13am

Post #2 of 8 (269 views)
Thanks sooo much for sharing! [In reply to] Can't Post

Orcrist is going to be on my "must buy" list! Just brilliant!

Shame you couldn't get to hold it ... I suppose it raises a whole load of health, safety and security issues though Wink


Aug 13 2012, 7:33pm

Post #3 of 8 (236 views)
The dragon tooth grip of Orcrist [In reply to] Can't Post

So what do you think about Orcrist's grip now that you've seen it in person? I'm not even talking about how this fits in with Tolkien's works or not, but in terms of appearance, does it make the sword seem any less attractive?

Putting aside all the arguments for or against the use of a dragon tooth, what I can't get over is how in the real world most animal teeth, unless they've been petrified, become brittle and prone to fracture over time, and it makes me think this would make a very weak grip. But maybe dragon teeth have special properties that make them strong as mithril for eternity (sure, why not). Unsure


Aug 13 2012, 7:44pm

Post #4 of 8 (229 views)
Makes sense to me [In reply to] Can't Post

In Reply To
But maybe dragon teeth have special properties that make them strong as mithril for eternity (sure, why not). Unsure

I can't see why it would raise any issues.


Aug 13 2012, 9:10pm

Post #5 of 8 (220 views)
Smaug's boasts [In reply to] Can't Post

Smaug did say "my teeth are swords", so perhaps they are also useful in the construction of swords Sly


Aug 14 2012, 7:35am

Post #6 of 8 (232 views)
Never minded the appearance [In reply to] Can't Post

in fact I like much about it, it reminds me of the colour of some bone handles I have seen. I like the light colour of these types of grips compared to dark materials. So much so I am working on a knife at the moment that I have mirror polished the blade, have yet to clean up the tang and want to find a light coloured material for the handles, so it will sort of be the same colour range as Legolas' knives or what we see on Orcrist.

(This post was edited by ElendilTheShort on Aug 14 2012, 7:36am)


Aug 26 2012, 4:53am

Post #7 of 8 (191 views)
Woah - is that a new model of the Witch-King? [In reply to] Can't Post

Because that is certainly not the Witch-King from the LOTR films.

Could this be a look at him from a flashback in the Hobbit?


Aug 26 2012, 9:11am

Post #8 of 8 (289 views)
Isn't it the unused design for the WK? [In reply to] Can't Post

For the Siege of Minas Tirith, because it was deemed too similar to Sauron's armour.


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