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Peter (cont.): [the Fellowship run into Lórien] Lothlórien was created in a forest called Paradise, down in the South Island; and the big trees are actually made of rubber. If you look at this forest, the trees that are nearby – the smaller ones are real – but the large, big ones are actually big rubber trees that we put down there, because the one thing that Paradise –

Philippa: Made of rubber, not…

Peter: – didn’t have trees that were large enough, that had a big enough girth, so we brought our own ones in. But the rest of the forest is real. (beat) Introducing Galadriel and the concept of Lothlórien was difficult; it was also difficult in terms of the story of the film, because it’s one of those situations where if you were writing an original screenplay, Lothlórien probably wouldn’t exist [Philippa agrees] because you’d be wanting to keep the momentum up straight through to the climax. We always regarded Lothlórien as being potentially problematical, because of the way that it suddenly stops the narrative of the film. You know, we did experiment a lot with different ways to present the Elves, and how they were introduced, and at some point we had a sequence where the goblins from Moria actually pursue them right the way into the woods and are killed by the Elves. And we shot most of that scene; it’s never made it into a cut, but it does exist. (beat) [scene on the flet] This is a totally alternate version of the entry into the Lothlórien woods. We ultimately decided that this moment on the flet was, for pacing reasons, something that we wanted to delete, so we shot an alternate scene, which has ended up in the theatrical version, of meeting Haldir – played by Craig Parker – and journeying on through the woods; but we initially wanted to make it more difficult for the Fellowship: that, as in the book, they’re not immediately allowed access into Lothlórien, because the Elves can sense that there is an evil. And we also made the sequence about Frodo’s headspace: that he’s sitting there and he’s just feeling now that, because the Fellowship are encountering a problem due to him – that they’re not allowed sanctuary because he has this evil with him, that they’re starting to turn against him. They’re obviously not, but it’s just what Frodo’s imagining: he’s, sort of, he’s feeling this weight of responsibility, and he’s feeling the pressure, obviously, now that he’s lost Gandalf. And, so, it’s nice. It’s a good scene for people to have a look at, because it’s not bad – it does start to put more pressure on Frodo, which obviously helps as we start to head towards his decision to leave the Fellowship. And we mention Galadriel by name: in the movie that was screened, Galadriel just refers to herself by name when she says, “And I shall remain Galadriel”. (beat)

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