I'm glad you liked it, Donna. I shall continue posting any news that I come across.
This past weekend I was up in Boston, staying with friends who like in Lincoln. They kindly arranged for me to go the the LotR exhibit at the Museum of Science on Sunday afternoon. (It's leaving this up-coming weekend.)
The exhibit originated at the Te Papa Museum in New Zealand (which looks pretty interesting in itself)http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/TePapa/English/
It is made up of artifacts, costumes, armor, weapons and art from the Lord of the Rings movies as well as some intereactive displays of some of the technology used. For example the digital scanners that put all the details of the maquette sculptures into the computers so that the CGI could be so precise: visitors could have their faces scanned and then see their features put into the form of an statue like the Argonath. Another was the Motion Capture technique that then took the movements and applied them to digital drawings of various characters/creatures.
There are also video screens at different points showing clips of how things were done or talking about making the movies. One showed Lawrence Makoare getting his full body make-up as "Lurtz". It has 3 make-up artists and takes from 10:20 PM to 8:00 AM. Around about 3 or so while the facial appliance is being glued on bit by bit, Mr. Makaore is asleep and snoring.
There is also a demonstration of forcing perspective and how different sizes of things make the size of people look different.
Around the walls were pencil drawings and paintings by John Howe and Alan Lee as well as digital art from the movies. It was possible to get quite close to see details on the armor, costumes and weapons. For the clothing, the show cases didn't just show the front, but had narrow window behind so that the back could be viewed.
King Theoden's armor: The scalemail has a pattern in the lower portion of decorated scales. These scales are engraved with 2 horse heads on each one. The rest of this set is equally wonderful.
Gil-Galad's Spear, Aiglos, which is seen for maybe 10 seconds or so. The blade is engraved and embellished. A very graceful piece.
The funeral boat of Boromir, complete with the sculpture of Sean Bean. Beautiful lines, and the figure is alarmingly lifelike.
Bilbo's "Red Book" with silver leaf stars and calligraphed pages. along with piles of the documents and books from the library in Minas Tirith.
Armor from 2nd age Eldar, Numenoreans, 3rd Age Gondorians, Rohirrim, Ithilien Ranger, Uruk-hai, Moria Orcs, Mordor Orcs, the Mithril mail shirt. Samples of the chain maile that you can touch. The plastic rings were then coated with metal for the right look.
Costumes: Frodo's, Aragorn's rangers garb, Arwen's grey riding habit, Arwen's "Mourning" gown, Saruman's white and Gandalf's Grey robes, a Nazgul.
Jewelry: the rings of Men, the Elven rings, The Ring (in a separate display area suspended in a clear lighted column in a darkened room, while a sound track of quotes about the ring is heard and projections of the inscription move about), Crowns of men and wraiths.
A Rohan saddle and much more.
The care and the details and the beautiful craftsmanship were a joy to behold.
I got to hold "Glamdring". It's a fine sword, the hilt big enough for a two handed grip, slightly waisted at the (enscribed) hilt.
Iirc, the next stop is Sydney, Australia, but I seem to recall reading that the exhibit might be coming back to the US at some point to (maybe) Texas. I'll have to hunt around.