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Last and greatest of the High Elves of old, Galadriel is wise beyond reckoning and possessing of powerful magic. Yet for all her gifts even the Lady of Lothlórien is drawn by the power of the weapon of her enemy, the One Ring.
When Frodo comes to her home bearing the Ring, Galadriel must confront her greatest temptation. Long have her thoughts lingered on the Ring, but until now it has always been beyond her reach.
Now before her, and freely offered by Frodo, the Ring beguiles the Lady of the Wood. In the moment that this choice hangs between them Galadriel is transfigured in Frodo’s sight: manifest as a dark queen both beautiful and terrible, her raiment rippling with energy and eyes blazing like black flames, a terrifying vision of what could be.
Yet as quickly as it was unleashed, the vision passes, and once again before Frodo stands the serene Lady of Lórien, kind, gentle, and yet now somehow smaller. The challenge met and her path set, Galadriel is resolved to her fate: to remain herself and go west beyond the shores of Middle-earth, where her kin await her.
CREATING GALADRIEL, DARK QUEEN
The prototype for this 1:6 scale figure was expertly sculpted at Wētā Workshop by Brigitte Wuest, lead sculptor on The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brigitte is familiar with the Elven Queen: the very first collectible she sculpted at the Workshop was a 1:4 scale bust of the Lady Galadriel. Nearly two decades later, Brigitte revisited the character - this time sculpting the filmmaker’s terrifying vision of Galadriel, should she be tempted by the One Ring and succumb to its corrupting influence.
In this charged scene from The Fellowship of the Ring, Galadriel transforms before Frodo into an ominous vision of the future. Her robes billow about her as she is flooded with the corrupting power of the One Ring. To capture the tension and movement of this iconic moment, Brigitte Wuest used traditional techniques to develop Galadriel’s pose and costume through clay. Each individual stand of sculpted fabric was built up over a mini armature of spring steel and aluminium mesh; layer upon painstakingly textured layer. 50 individual strands make up the sculpted garment on the prototype.
I liked the flying fabric, the power it had. I wanted to capture that movement in this piece and make it seem like dark power is surging through the Elven Queen.
Crafting Galadriel, Dark Queen - Weta Workshop Collectibles
Please note: images are of pre-production prototype. Each item is painted by hand and variations will occur.