Friday, June 15, 2012
This very cool bronze plaque of the 'Stage Coach Cave Troll' hangs on display in the top floor of the Embassy Theatre, a historical landmark in Wellington, New Zealand. The theatre is located at the east end of Courtenay Place, the popular nightlife spot in the capital. The plaque, featuring the head of the Cave Troll as seen in Fellowship of the Ring, was intended to thank several companies involved in the production fo the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which was filmed in New Zealand using local talent. The Embassy Theatre hosted the premier of the Return of the King, and will host the premier of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, on November 28 this year. The Embassy is an active theatre, open to the public, with a bar and cafe open late. Be sure to stop by and see a film on your next visit to Wellington.
Incidentally, trolls will again make an appearance in The Hobbit, although the ones that appear in the original Tolkien tale would seem to be a different breed, and have significant dialoge, unlike the poor fellow pictured here in the first film. For more, see my new story on CNNGo about visiting movie sets from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings across New Zealand.