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By on June 21, 2006, with 47 Comments

Ever saw movie called Lord Of The Rings? Ever read a book with same title, done by J.R.R. Tolkien? Ever watched the cartoon LOTR? I know, you must be asking yourself, what kind of question is this anyway… Hehe, at least you will have no problem recognizing these huge installments made in Australia. Man, if I didn’t know it was only a billboard, I’d be scared to walk these streets, I tell you… Please post the names of these creatures, since I don’t remember their species. Was it the Goblin, Troll, Gollum? Darth Wader…hmm… Jump inside this post for more pictures!

  • Jenn M.

    Those are pretty cool. Any odea what they’re made of? Are they blow ups or cleverly painted billboards?

    • Alysha

      the third 1 is creepy

  • Steve

    Nazgul, weren’t they?

  • whisper

    I LOVE these. Where are they found? I wish I could get some of these, on a smaller scale, to place on my patio especially the first and third photo.

  • v.dog

    They’re made by Weta Workshops in Wellington, New Zealand.

    Australian? That’s like saying Canada is part of the US.

  • M.

    the first, fourth, fifth, and seventh are Nazgul, however, judging by the more vicious mount than what it common in the movies, only one Nazgul rides this, the Witch King of Angmar, and it seems that they are all the same.

  • ana

    The three giant statues were created by Weta Workshop (Peter Jackson’s effects studio, headed by Oscar winner Richard Taylor). They were erected on top of the entrance of the Embassy Theatre in Wellington NEW ZEALAND for the premiere of each film. The giant cave troll was there for the first one, the ENORMOUS Gollum for the Two Towers, and the Nazgul for the Return of the King.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s the Embassy Theatre on Google Maps:


    Go to the satellite view then zoom right in. I’m sure I can see what seems like a giant statue on top of the theatre facing the street…?

  • Anonymous

    definatly in NZ. they were really cool in real life. NZ ROX

  • Anonymous

    these are indeed made by weta digital in Wellington New Zealand.
    Weta Digital? Yes, the same guys that made all the stuff in the movies themselves… The statues are real statues and were put there for the premieres of the movies.

    The guys at weta did more projects like these in NZ, like a giant tripod with camera (see website of Weta digital). I’m not sure what was used to create thos statues, but most probably it will be foam covered with plastic or latex or something.

  • Anonymous

    The Nazgul on Fellbeasts are actual 3D statues with a wood frame and chicken wire mesh covered with styrafoam, and then painted to look real. Then they simply attached them to the building and tada it is a “real” Nasgul on a Fellbeast looking hungrily down on the people lining the streets.

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  • Anonymous

    These were in New Zealand, i’m an Aussie but I was there when they had these up, I have photo’s of them on my computer. They were awesome! Our hotel was right near where they were so we’d walk out onto the street and see these huge Nazgul things and arrows.

  • Amelia

    The dragon thing is a nazgual. The guy riding it, is actually the real Nazgual, but by the third movie they started to call him the Witch King, the “goblin” is actually Smeagul/Gollum, a hobbit who was morphed into evil by the power of the ring, also the troll is the mountain troll that attacked the Fellowship while they were in the old dwarf mines.

  • Hazza

    1,4.5 and 7 are Nazgul
    3 is Gollum

  • Anita

    the creatures are

    a)Picture 2 is a cavetroll from Fellowship of the Ring (fought against the fellowship in the Mines of Moria)

    b)Picture 3 is Gollum/Smeagol who led Sam and Frodo into Mordor

    c)Pictures 1, 4, 5 & 7 are Fellbeasts which were ridden by the Nazgul aka ring-wraiths or black riders (originally the kings of men to whom rings of power were given) the most powerful of these was the Witch King of Angmar and he was actually called this in the book, it’s not something that was just thought up for the movies…

    d)Picture 6 is one of Legolas’ arrows – you can tell it’s his because of the shape of the fletch

    yes, i think i am a sad loser who is obsessed with the LOTR books/films… but hey, at least I knew they were fellbeasts and not nazgul! lol

  • Anonymous

    Amazing. I love the books the movies and all of it. Congradulations, Anita. Always nice to find a fellow nerd.

  • Anonymous

    i’m not a big fan of lord of the rings
    but these are awesome
    i especially love the 3rd one(:

  • 2 many anonymous guys

    rnt they all 3D?
    Go NZ!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    M ur wrong 4 nazguls can ride fel beasts 3 nazguls r the commanders of the nine riders and the last one is with king of angmar/mordor

  • Anonymous

    1. Nazgal
    2. Cave troll
    3. gollum
    4&5 more nazgals
    6. really big arrow
    Why didn't they have Shelob anywhere?!!!

  • Fairybird

    The one holding a club is a rock troll and the goblin-like one is Gollem/Smeagol

  • saz

    “I want to go on-line and become an elf”

  • Anonymous

    ChUCk nOrRiS ToTalLY RoCKs!!!!

  • aleciaaa

    New Zealand!
    Please get ONE THING right in your post.

  • Kelsey

    Nazgul, Troll, Gullum[AKA Smeagle]
    I luff LOTR.

  • John Tey

    Yup… definitely Wellington, New Zealand…
    I was there when they built it… Haha…


  • sammie joe

    i love the giant nasgul, i feel lyk ridn on it dat if it is real.

  • Gabsofsteel

    these aRE sooooooooooo kool but i only read THE HOBBIT

  • Someone

    it’s not an optical illusion but i like the Gullum one
    “my precious…”LOL

  • aj

    these are so cool where they at

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  • ALex

    First comment they are probably metal we have on here at the tattoo and piecing place its a dragon whp is getting off a chain

  • Kristian

    The big winged creature is named Nazgûl

  • butt

    they are statues they are casting real shadows check the troll

  • 66darkfire

    The first picture is of a ring wraith on a nazgul. The second is a troll holding a mace. The third is gollum and the sixth is one of Legolases arrows. The others i didn’t mention are all duplicates of the first! Yes I am a nerd and proud of it!

  • awesome girl

    i soooooo want them for meh room

  • Thundersong

    Those are sweet! @ first I thought they were statues ;)

  • Someone

    OOOOOMG, Gollum, creepy!

  • Anonymous

    Can you imagine a giant chin in front of your window? xD

  • u bum

    wow thats totally awesomness it wii blow u away no siriously i just got blown away by it

  • Emily

    The dragon looking creatures is a nazgul and his pet dragon. There’s a giant gollum, legolas’s bow, and a troll. C’mon, it’s not that hard to name them! (then again, I watch the movies on a monthly basis…) c:

  • Emily

    Legolas arrow* sorry.

  • NotYou

    You can tell most of these aren’t actually billboards, look at the shadow angle and shape.

  • tom

    thats actually in new zealnad thank you very much… lol

  • Michelle

    These statues outside of buildings aren’t illusions.

  • johnny_depp_fan

    Ok, first of all . . . I HATE Science Fiction movies.

    And secondly, the only statue I found interesting here was picture number three (3).