TV show The Rings of Power (2022)
Elrond goes to Khazad-dûm, to the kingdom of the dwarf people, to ask Durin for help in building a new forge.
Earnslaw Burn by Trey Ratwliff. Flickr.

“A dog may bark at the moon. But he cannot bring it down.”

Durin (Owain Arthur)

Peter Jackson used many natural sites in New Zealand to shoot the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, but chose to film the arrival of the Fellowship of the Ring in the mines of Moria in the studio. The showrunners of the Rings of Power series, on the other hand, found the entrance to Khazad-dûm at Earnslaw Burn, a mountainous site in the Queenstown area, recognizable by its multiple waterfalls. Nevertheless, some modifications have been made in order to integrate the gate of the kingdom to the mountain. The interiors having been shot in studio, in incredible settings shaped according to the descriptions provided by J. R. R. Tokien in his novels.

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Becoming Durin

Owain Arthur, the interpreter of Durin, confided to the site Collider about his character: “Let me tell you, that beard, particularly at lunchtime, takes control. It dictates what I can and can’t do with lunch, that’s for sure. But you’re right. It was one of the tasks and hurdles that I had to overcome, to make us both one. There was a strange moment, when I first put the whole outfit on, because it happens in stages. When they put the nose on, I look like an old man. And then, when the wig goes on, I look like my mother. And the beard itself is in about 16 different pieces. It’s not until the very last piece is put on that the look is complete. It’s so meticulous and detailed, and a lot of thought and care has gone into the creating of Durin. It’s a pleasure and an honor to be able to experience that, but also a strange one because, looking at yourself in the mirror, it’s not you looking back at you.”


The Rings of Power series was launched on September 2, 2022, the anniversary of the death of J. R. R. Tolkien.

Khazad-dûm. Tous droits réservés : Amazon.

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One of the most spectacular natural sites, Earnslaw Burn stands out thanks to its mountain whose side is crisscrossed by waterfalls.

Just over an hour’s drive from Queenstown, Earnslaw Burn is New Zealand’s hiker’s paradise. Made up of dense forests and monumental rocks, Earnslaw Burn is particularly popular for its circus. A unique place, where the snow from the peaks gives rise to multiple waterfalls whose course ends in the valley at the end of winter.

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By Gilles Rolland

Monday, October 3, 2022

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