SOME of the original props and costumes from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films will go on display in Ireland for the first time.
Frodo’s Sword, the Shards of Narsil and Gandalf the Wizard’s Staff are among the items which will go on display at the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons later this month.
The items are set to go under the hammer in California and the Newbridge Silverware Museum will be the only place in the world they will be on public display.
It is believed the items could never again all be in the same place at the same time.
The exhibit will open at 9am on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 and will run until November 17th, opening Monday to Saturday, 9am-6pm and Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am – 6pm.
The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English philologist and University of Oxford professor J.R.R. Tolkien, and is the second best-selling novel ever written with over 150m copies sold.
The three movie adaptation took eight years to film in New Zealand and raked in hundreds of millions at the box office.
Considered to be one of the biggest and most ambitious film projects ever undertaken, the entire project took eight years, with the filming for all three films done simultaneously and entirely in New Zealand, director Peter Jackson’s native country.
Set in the fictional world of Middle-earth, the three films follow the hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) as he and the Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring and thus ensure the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron.
The Fellowship becomes divided and Frodo continues the quest together with his loyal companion Sam and the treacherous Gollum.
Meanwhile Aragorn, heir in exile to the throne of Gondor, and the wizard Gandalf unite and rally the Free Peoples of Middle-earth who are ultimately victorious in the War of the Ring.
The Power of the Ring Collection – Original Props and Costumes from Middle Earth memorabilia will then travel from Ireland to Beverly Hills California following the exclusive exhibition where it will be auctioned on Thursday, December 5, 2013.