Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Weta Cave

We visited the Weta Cave in 2009, not long after it opened, part of a LOTR tour we did then in Wellington. Weta is best known as the special effects, artifacts, computer-generated dimension of LOTR, but it existed some time before LOTR and certainly has not rested on its considerable laurels since. The Cave has expanded a bit, updated its video (excellent!), and added a 45-minute tour, on which we decided to pass. In any case, the Weta Cave is obligatory for Ringwaifs, even on the second time around, if for nothing more than the gift shoppe.
In case you were wondering, this is a weta, personally
captured and photographed by yours truly, in Fox Glacier

Understated--hey, it's New Zealand--entrance to the Weta

Protected by Tom, Bert, and William

Tom (or possibly Bert or William)

Have you ever wondered what troll genitals
look like? Of course you have; this is just the
Weta perspective, but it does aid the imagination...

Inside the shoppe; they also do Steam Punk

Bilbo's contract with the Dwarves

"Please do not touch the merchandise!"

The Dark Lord Himself, too large for any
display case

Smeagol/Gollum and scaly friend

Gandalf telling Vicki "All we have to decide is what to do with 
the time that is given us..." and so we decided to skip the tour

Sir Ed visited Weta...really ties things together for me

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