Actors at Work Productions’ critically acclaimed, award-winning feature film follows the lives of Arathorn and Gilraen, the parents of Aragorn, from their first meeting through a turbulent time in their people’s history.

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The film revolves around the Dúnedain settlement of Taurdal (pronounced ‘Tower’ ‘dol’), which is home to the Dúnedain Chieftain Arador and his son Arathorn.  Taurdal is becoming something of a refugee camp as the Dúnedain flee their homes as the outer settlements are attacked by Orcs spreading out of the mountains.

West Stow's Reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Village

The first time Producer Kate Madison visited West Stow around Christmas 2003 she realised immediately that it was ideal for the Dúnedain village where most of the film is set.

As it is our main location for the film we are working very closely with the team at West Stow to achieve this ambitious project and over the last few years we have developed a very good relationship with them and have become very fond of the place.

Tolkien pulled on his knowledge of the Anglo-Saxons and took inspiration from many of their songs and poems and it is so nice to continue this association by creating our own piece of Middle-earth
out of an old Anglo-Saxon one.

As well as the scenes in Taurdal we also require a number of different landscapes from marshes to forests and mountains through changing seasons.

Epping Forest

To really make the film come alive we needed some beautiful Middle-earth locations.  One such location was actually quite close to London, the ancient forest in Epping.  We shot a number of scenes there between October 2008 and October 2009 and managed to capture the beauty of the changing seasons which is so important in the film.




Clearwell Caves