"You’re working with stuntmen who you don’t want to injure, so you’ve got to be composed and controlled, so you have to really get the moves in right. You want to sell it to the camera. You want it to be real. And you want to show the strength that your character has in that situation, and the skill that he has. And you’re trying to stay in the moment, and there’s a lot of things that come into play in that situation" - Orlando Bloom, ROTK Bonus Documentary
The Return of the King World Premiere (Wellington) ↬ December 1, 2003
On 1 December, 2003 Wellington hosted the World Premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Crowds massing close to 120,000 lined Wellington’s streets to salute The Lord of the Rings filmmakers and stars as they paraded through the central city in open top classic cars. Led by a group of Maori conch callers, the parade also included groups of The Lord of the Rings characters - Hobbits, Orcs, Elves, Rohan, Gondorian soldiers, Ringwraith Riders, Easterlings and Uruk Hai. The filmmakers and stars stepped from their cars on to 470 metres of red carpet, stretching the length of Courtenay Place. They spent hours signing autographs, posing for photos, talking to fans and giving media interviews. Three giant screens projected the World Premiere scenes for all to see - Wellington City Council [x]
"I suppose hobbits need some description nowadays, since they have become rare and shy of the Big People, as they call us. They are (or were) a little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded dwarves. Hobbits have no beards. There is little or no magic about them except the ordinary everyday sort which helps them to disappear quietly and quickly when large stupid folk like you and me come blundering along, making a noise like elephants which they can hear a mile off."