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    Icon11 Horn of Gondor - a new WIP Tolkien fan film

    The film takes place about five hundred years before the events of the Lord of the Rings, in the year 2510 of the Third Age. Gondor must go to war; coming from the east, hordes of wild Balchoths, the descendants of the Wainriders, with whom the Southern Kingdom led long and bloody wars in the days of the Kings, unexpectedly sailed up the Great River and flooded into Calenardhon. At the same time, Orcs descended from the Misty Mountains as if they sensed the weakness of their enemies.


    The Ruling Steward Cirion, in a desperate position, remembered the nation of the Horse Lords, who in its own tongue was named Éothéod. Their ancestors once stood alongside Gondor in the wars with the Wainriders, but since then, there has been nothing heard of the mysterious group. Cirion sent north Six riders to the Anduin stream to try and find help from the half-forgotten nation. The messengers were chased and followed, and eventually killed, until only one was left - Borondir Udalraph, Rider of Last Hope ...

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    Mhm, my first reaction was "are they making a film about Eorl's ride?" and that would been quite a few to many horses to be reasonable, even if folk love Rohan, hehe; but to make it about Borondir's trek could work out

    For anyone interested in what JRR wrote about this occasion, I've quoted the tale below:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unfinished Tales; Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan; II:
    It was thus not until the winter of the year 2509 was past that Cirion became aware that a great movement against Gondor was being prepared: hosts of men were mustering all along the southern eaves of Mirkwood.
    They were only rudely armed, and had no great number of horses for riding, using horses mainly for draught, since they had many large wains, as had the Wainriders (to whom they were no doubt akin) that assail Gondor in the last days of the Kings. But what they lacked in gear of war they made up in numbers, so far as could be guessed.

    In this peril Cirion's thought turned at last in desperation to the Éothéod, and he determined to send messengers to them. But they would have to go through Calenardhon and over the Undeeps, and then through lands already watched and patrolled by the Balchoth before they could reach the Vales of Anduin. This would mean a ride of some four hundred and fifty miles to the Undeeps, and more than five hundred thence to the Éothéod, and from the Undeeps they would be forced to go warily and mostly by night until they had passed the shadow of Day Guldur. Cirion had little hope that any of them would get through.
    He called for volunteers, and choosing six riders of great courage and endurance be sent them out in pairs with a day's interval between them. Each bore a message learned by heart, and also a small stone incised with the seal for the Stewards, that he should deliver to the Lord of the Éothéod in person, if he succeeded in reaching that land. The message was addressed to Eorl son of Léod, for Cirion knew that he had succeeded his father some years before, when he was but youth of sixteen, and though now no more than five and twenty was praised in all such tidings as reached Gondor as a man of great courage and wise beyond his years. Yet Cirion had but faint hope that even if the message were received it would be answered. He had no claim on the Éothéod beyond their ancient friendship with Gondor to bring them from so far away with any strength that would avail.
    The tidings that the Balchoth were destroying the last of their kin in the South, if they did no know it already, might give weight to his appeal, if the Éothéod themselves were not threatened by any attack. Cirion said not more, and ordered what strength he bad to meet the storm. He gathered as great a force as he could, and taking command of it himself made ready as swiftly as might be to lead it north to Calenardhon. Hallas his son he left in command at Minas Tirith.

    The first pair of messengers left on the tenth day of Súlimë; and in the event it was one of these, alone of all the six, who got through to the Éothéod. He was Borondir, a great rider of a family that claimed descent from a captain of the Northmen in the service of the Kings of old.
    Of the others no tidings were ever heard, save of Borondir's companion. He was slain by arrows in ambush as they passed near Dol Guldur, from which Borondir escaped by fortune and the speed of his horse. He was pursued as far north as the Gladden Fields, and often waylaid by men that came out of the Forest and forced him to ride far out of the direct way. He came at last to the Éothéod after fifteen days, for the last two without food; and he was so spent that he could scarce speak his message to Eorl.

    It was then the twenty-fifth day of Súlimë. Eorl took counsel with himself in silence; but not for long. Soon he rose, and he said: "I will come. If the Mundburg falls, whither shall we flee from the Darkness?" Then he took Borondir's hand in token of the promise.

    Eorl at once summoned his council of Elders, and began to prepare for the great riding. But this took many days, for the lost had to be gathered and mustered, and thought taken for the ordering of the people and the defence of the land. At that time the Éothéod were at peace and had no fear of war: though it might prove otherwise when it became known that their lord had ridden away to battle far off in the South. Nonetheless Eorl saw well that nothing less than his full strength would serve, and he must risk all or draw back and break his promise.

    At last the whole host was assembled; and only a few hundreds were left behind to support the men unfitted for such desperate venture by youth or age. It was then the sixth day of the month of Víressë. On that day in silence the great éohere set out, leaving fear behind, and taking with them small hope; for they knew not what lay before them, either on the road or at its end.
    It is said that Eorl led forth some seven thousand fully-armed riders and some hundreds of horsed archers. At his right hand rode Borondir, to serve as guide so far as he might, since he had lately passed through the lands. But this great host was not threatened or assailed during its long journey down the Vales of Anduin. Such folk of good or evil kind as saw it approach fled out of its path for fear of its might and splendour. As it drew southward and passed by southern Mirkwood (below the great East Bight), which was now infested by the Balchoth, still there was no sign of men, in force or in scouting parties, to bar their road or to spy upon their coming.
    In part this was due to events unknown to them, which had come to pass since Borondir set out; but other powers also were at work. For when at last the host drew near to Dol Guldur, Eorl turned away westward for fear of the dark shadow and cloud that flowed out from it, and then he rode on within sight of Anduin. Many of the riders turned their eyes thither, half in fear and half in hope to glimpse from afar the shimmer of the Dwimordene, the perilous land that in legends of their people was said to shine like gold in the springtime. But now it seemed shrouded in a gleaming mist and to their dismay the mist passed over the river and flowed over the land before them.

    Eorl did not halt. "Ride on!" he commanded. "There is no other way to take. After so long a road shall we be held back from battle by a river-mist?"

    As they drew nearer they saw that the white mist was driving back the glooms of Dol Guldur, and soon they passed into it, riding slowly at first and warily; but under its canopy all things were lit with a clear and shadowless light, while to left and right they were guarded as it were by white walls of secrecy.

    "The Lady of the Golden Wood is on our side, it seems ,” said Borondir.

    "Maybe," said Eorl. "But at least I will trust the wisdom of Felaróf. He scents no evil. His heart is high, and his weariness is healed: he strains to be given his head. So be it! For never have I had more need of secrecy and speed."

    Then Felaróf sprang forward, and all the host behind followed like a great wind, but in a strange silence, as if their hooves did not beat upon the ground. So they rode on, as fresh and eager as on the morning of their setting-out, during that day and the next; but at dawn of the third day they rose from their rest, and suddenly the mist was gone, and they saw that they were far out in the open lands. On their right the Anduin lay near, but they had almost passed its great eastward loop, and the Undeeps were in sight. It was the morning of the fifteenth day of Víressë, and they had come there at a speed beyond hope.

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    How interesting would be in the future to be able to make this type of films.

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    Some shots from the filming of the prologue:
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    Just looked into their kickstarter and there is a date for this fan film! It's february of 2020!
    It's really close, and i will love to see what they have come up to. Hope that it's on the same standart as Born of Hope and Hunt for Gollum.

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    Some news from January the 8th:
    The autumn exterior shooting is successfully done and the film is now in the process of editing. That´s the task for the director Šimon Pešta. He spends these days in front of a monitor, carefully considering every shot, every single frame, setting the pulse of the film. After that, the film goes to the music composer and sound designer. In their workrooms, Borondir´s trip into wilderness will gain the emotion and atmosphere. Simultaneously, the color grader will start to work, to give the film the visual strength. Everything leads to what we are waiting for: the premiere! There is still a lot of work though, so the date of this event is not set yet. What is sure it´s gonna be in Spring!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Araval View Post
    can anyone tell me what should I be doing to get a job like this? Looks like it perfectly fits me
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    Well, first you need to die in battle. Then if your side wins, you may become one of the vicorious dead.

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    Opened this thread, thinking it was something to do with Faramir's relationship with Eowyn..

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    He took a few shots before that beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alreadyded View Post
    He took a few shots before that beer.
    That's a good one, mate, looks like you're not dead yet!

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