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The Lord of the Rings trilogy won seventeen Academy Awards. Wētā Workshop was intrinsically involved in the design and physical effects manufacture for all three films.

HELM OF THE WITCH-KING™ - ALTERNATIVE CONCEPT

1:4 scale helm – Limited Edition of 750
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Dimensions:
2.36" x 8.46" x 2.95" (W x H x D) 6 cm x 21.5 cm x 7.5 cm
Weight: 0.573 lbs (0.26 kg)
Principal Sculptor:
Shaun Bolton Shaun Bolton

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The process of making a film is oft an ever-changing journey. One such changed aspect was the helm worn by the Witch-king during The Return of the King. Whilst this first design was manufactured, and even had scenes shot, it was ultimately decided that its likeness to Sauron's own helm might be perplexing for the audience. Therefore, it was replaced with the Morgul Lord War Mask seen in the final cut of the film.

Greatest of the Nazgûl was their leader, the Witch-king of Angmar. Once a mortal man lured by the promise of power, the former King of Men fell under the sway of Sauron until he was little more than an extension of the Dark Lord’s presence, his own identity long forgotten.

A formless wraith, fear was his greatest weapon, and it was said that by the hand of no man would he fall. For centuries he served his dark master, leading the campaign that saw Arnor destroyed in the north and bringing war to Gondor in the south. Even being sealed in a magically warded tomb could not contain the Witch-king, who was recalled from beyond the grave to serve his master again.

Our authentic prop replicas and collectibles are designed by the very same artists who have worked on the films, coming straight from Middle-earth.

Richard Taylor – CEO & Co-founder, Wētā Workshop

Each 1:4 scale Helm is made from polystone and comes in a Limited Edition of just 750.

Accompanying your Limited Edition helm: an exclusive behind-the-scenes insert written by Wētā Workshop senior concept designer and author, Daniel Falconer, detailing how the film version was brought to the big screen!

Please note: Images are of a pre-production prototype. Each piece is hand painted and some variations may occur.

It takes hundreds of hours to design, sculpt model make, mold, and paint the prototype for each new Middle-earth 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.

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