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What happened to all the items from LOTR?

Asked by rowenaz (2436points) August 14th, 2008

There was just so much stuff – armor, weapons, clothes, drawings, sculptures, jewelery….where do you think it all is?

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MrMeltedCrayon's avatar

It’s probably in a warehouse somewhere, waiting to be reused in another fantasy movie somewhere down the line.

augustlan's avatar

Or to be auctioned off just in time for the 20th ANNIVERSARY RE-RELEASE SPECTACULAR!

simone54's avatar

Peter Jackson’s hobbit hole.

Lovelocke's avatar

Much of it was simply destroyed. Whole sets can be destroyed (see the replica of Titanic as a prime example).

Some items get reused… if anyone remembers the movie “Dark City”, the rooftop set used in a chase scene in that film was reused one year later for Trinity’s rooftop chase scene in the movie “The Matrix”.

loser's avatar

Yeah, it will probably be reused for a remake of Barefoot in the Park or something.

danzig's avatar

Stolen by rouge LARPers

rowenaz's avatar

What’s a LARPer?

MrMeltedCrayon's avatar

A LARPer would be a Live Action Role Player.

Jeruba's avatar

What a fascinating question! GQ for you. I hope somebody actually knows the answer to this—i.e., with respect to the LOTR artifacts specifically. All those tankards, shields, robes…wow. Not to mention the hairy-foot prostheses and the orc heads.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

Most movie sets, costumes, props, etc are broken down to be possibly used in future productions. It’s much like live theatre – things are stored in prop rooms, costume shops, etc. I’m sure that after the success of the films, some of the props and whatnot have been saved to be sold/displayed.

Jeruba's avatar

Interesting, @TM. I watched hours of “special features” with the deluxe boxed set of LOTR, which was a gift to my son a few years ago. There was a lot of footage documenting how they designed and created props for each of the cultures, species, etc. It didn’t seem like they were reusing anything, or they didn’t tell us if they were.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

Hmm… I know that a lot of films do, maybe they just didn’t. I worked with a photographer who had a stylist who worked in the movie industry a lot and talked about this kinda stuff. Maybe it’s because LOTR uses such specific things that they couldn’t reuse things? And remember that they break things down as well, to the point that it might not be the same thing when built again.

jackm's avatar

I went to a castle in canada once and they had exhibits of a lot of the props.

gretchenpadams's avatar

did you catch the exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science a few years back?? it was ALL there, you apparently missed the memo dear friend!!

MadMadMax's avatar

Last I knew you could buy the ring in gold, gold plate, platinum, and crap metal on AmazonUK.

If you look for armour, swords etc. specifically I bet you’ll find what you want scattered on different sites. You could as the Society of Creative Anachronism and see if they are selling ay of it.

MadMadMax's avatar

If you are asking about the original items used in to make the film, they would be stored in perhaps Warner Bros. prop dept.

Some were cgi’d. They never really existed at all.

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