Upon their heads were elegant helms of green and gold, with twisted, barbed forms that seemed both beautiful and dangerous; reflections of a forest grown wild and perilous.
When King Thranduil’s people first came to inhabit the caverns of the Woodland Realm, the forest above them grew green and strong. By the latter days of the Third Age a sickness had taken hold of the wood. A creeping darkness seeped into Greenwood the Great; decay and black vines now covered the once lush wild east of the Anduin, and dark things slunk about beneath a canopy that choked out the sun. Mirkwood, it came to be called, and where in times past there was light and beauty, now the forest was a place of dread.
Therefore, Thranduil the Elven King shut his doors, and posted a guard upon the Elven Gate. Tall soldiers clad in silvery mail, the palace guards were drawn from among the realm’s finest warriors. Long veils hung across the faces of these guards, masking their features and rendering them impassive, emotionless sentinels; imposing threats to any who dared try to cross the threshold unbidden.
Our authentic prop replicas and collectibles are designed by the very same artists who have worked on the three films, so effectively they come straight from Middle-earth
Please note: images are of a pre-production prototype. Each sculpture is hand painted and minor variation will occur.
Wētā Workshop’s high-quality Middle-earth collectibles are designed by the very same artists and technicians who work on our film projects. It takes 400-500 hours to design, sculpt, model make, mold, and paint the prototype for each new piece. Whether it be a prop replica, beautiful environment or iconic character, we treat our collectibles with the same level of care and attention to detail that we bring to our film work.