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Re: [RC] Shadowfax - Becky Huffman

I also read the Ian M did most of his own riding, except the long shots of
him galloping..  he has an online diary about making the film and he
commented about the feel of being on such a big horse bareback and without a

I hadn't heard about Orlando being hurt while riding, but I do remember he
learned how to ride in the weeks prior to filming...  he must be a quick
study as he looks pretty good up there.

Becky Huffman, Cleburne, Texas

"Of course you are.  And I'm coming with you." Sam Gamgee

----- Original Message -----
From: Zephyr Arabians <z_arabs@xxxxxxxxx>> Gandalf is supposed to be riding
Shadowfax with
nothing on at all.  Shadowfax is volunteering his
services to Gandalf. :)  I've read that Ian McKellen
did much of his own riding, and I'm willing to forgive
the rope & hidden saddle since Jackson is really
trying to stick to the books.

I made only a small idiot (HA! as if!!) in the
theater.  I kept begging the projector man to play
that part again!  Did you see you part when the Elf
was running along the off side of the horse the
was riding, grabbed the breast collar on the near
side, and swung up behind the Dwarf?  "PLAY THAT
AGAIN!!!"  Was that "real" or a computer graphic?

I think it was a bit of both.  Orlando Bloom, who
played Legolas, apparently broke some bones (ribs?)
during some of the horse-related stunts.

I was disappointed this time because the Ring
rode funky-looking monsters instead of horses.

They're riding Worms (dragons).  The horses were
killed in the river outside of Rivendell.  That's the
last time in the books that the Nazgul are riding
horses.  But, boy, I *loved* the imagery of the
Nazguls on horseback in FOTR.  Incredible job bringing
my mental pictures to life. :)


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Re: [RC] Shadowfax, Zephyr Arabians