Watchtower of Ostirith

TV show The Rings of Power (2022)
The elf Arondir (Ismael Cruz Córdova) learns that he must leave his post at the Ostirith watchtower after 79 years of loyal service. It is then that another news, much more worrying, arrives to him. Entirely crafted in CGI, the Ostirith Watchtower takes place on the rugged shores of Lake Quill in New Zealand.
Lac Quill
Lac Quill by Andrew Caird. Wikimedia.

“Seventy-nine years I’ve been stationed here. I suppose I’ve grown accustomed to it.”

Arondir (Ismael Cruz Córdova)

Entirely filmed in New Zealand, like the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies, the Rings of Power series used huge studio facilities around Auckland, but also natural sites. Quill Lake, located in a particularly spectacular area, was quickly chosen by the scouting teams to locate the Ostirith watchtower.

On the edge of Middle-earth

Fashioned from the descriptions given by J. R. R. Tolkien in his books, the watchtower of Ostirith appears in the first episode of the Rings of Power. Occupied by the elves, who were charged with guarding the region following the rout of Morgoth and Sauron, it adopts an architecture similar to that of the buildings of the elven cities and offers a breathtaking view of the surroundings. It is also the starting point of the adventure of Arondir (Ismael Cruz Córdova), one of the main characters of the show.

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Becoming an elf

Ismael Cruz Córdova returned to his key role for the cnet site: “I had quite the harrowing journey to get this role. My desire to be part of the Tolkien world started when I was 14, and I definitely wanted to be an elf. I was struck down, people saying things like, “Elves don’t look like you” and that kind of thing, so it was something I pursued pretty aggressively. When the casting calls came out, I knew it was something I must do. I had a couple of rejections in the process; they said the role wasn’t going to go in my direction. But I kept fighting and fighting and fighting, something like six or seven months of auditions. And I finally made it to the final screen test, where they flew me to New Zealand with six other guys, and I got the part.”


Three directors shared the direction of the first season of Rings of Power, namely Juan Antonio Bayona, Wayne Che Yip and Charlotte Brändström.

Tour de guet d'Ostirith
Tour de Guet d’Ostirith. Tous droits réservés : Amazon.
Ostirith. Tous droits réservés : Amazon.

Lake Quill

Jewel of the Fiordland National Park, located 979 meters above sea level, Quill Lake gives birth to Sutherland Falls.

Named after William Quill, the first explorer to climb Sutherland Falls, this high-altitude lake is now accessible from McKinnon Pass on the Milford Trail. Often visited during helicopter tours, it also welcomes hikers. The latter having to walk for several days to hope to reach the shores of the lake.

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By Gilles Rolland

Monday, October 3, 2022

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