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Short fanfilm from Tolkien´s Middle-Earth.
Short fanfilm from Tolkien´s Middle-Earth.
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"In this peril Cirion's thought turned at last in desperation to the Éothéod, and he determined to send messengers to them. But they would have to go through Calenardhon and over the Undeeps, and then through lands already watched and patrolled by the Balchoth before they could reach the Vales of Anduin. This would mean a ride of some four hundred and fifty miles to the Undeeps, and more than five hundred thence to the Éothéod, and from the Undeeps they would be forced to go warily and mostly by night until they had passed the shadow of Dol Guldur."

Cirion and Eorl, Unfinished Tales

J.R.R.Tolkien

Horn of Gondor is a fan film and tribute to the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. We love his books and decided to make a short film about Middle-earth - independent, non-commercial, from fans to fans.   

Tolkien's world is much more than just The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, but also an incredible number of other stories published posthumously in anthologies such as The Silmarillion or Unfinished Tales. From the latter, we chose to interpret a powerful story of the hero Borondir and Gondor´s first call for aid. 

Although we hold Jackson’s Lord of the Rings in high esteem, in Horn of Gondor, we want to present the material differently, keeping strictly to the JRRT descriptions.

Besides the visual, we will focus on linguistics – with dialogue not only in Common Speech, but also in Black Speech and Anglo-Saxon, in order to be as loyal as possible to the source material.  

Tolkien's books have changed our lives, and we have been studying, interpreting, and creating costumes and artistic renditions of his works for many years. Each one of us enjoys something different in the creative process and thus we will be able to develop the whole project in a comprehensive way. We all still have one thing in common - we do it out of love for the stories, without the right to compensation.  

That is why we will not make any money on this film - it will be available on the internet to all JRRT fans who wish to see it.

Is this an official film?  

Horn of Gondor is not an official prequel and is NOT AFFILIATED with Tolkien Enterprises, the Tolkien Estate, Peter Jackson or New Line.

DISCLAIMER: This fan film is for entertainment purposes only and is in no way sponsored or approved by Tolkien Enterprises, the Tolkien Estate, Peter Jackson, New Line, or any affiliates. The content is for the noncommercial use of the viewer and should not be sold, rented or used for any commercial enterprise in any way, shape or form. We make not claim to any characters, storylines, prop design, names, that are trademarked, copyrighted or otherwise protected by intellectual property law. New Line, Peter Jackson, Weta, Tolkien Enterprises, the Tolkien Estate or any of their respective affiliates or licensees hold rights to some intellectual property herein used by this work.  

This work is produced solely for the personal, uncompensated enjoyment of ourselves and other Tolkien fans.  

No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

We are still at the beginning of the project- though we shot some scenes already, the length of the film is still an open question. In the basic version of the script, the planned runtime is 15 minutes. However, if we succeed in reaching the third or fourth goal, we could expand the plot and increase the runtime up to 30 minutes. In case of achieving the fifth or even the sixth goal, we would completely rewrite the script, enrich it with new characters and motives, and thus the length would extend to 60 minutes.

The film takes place about five hundred years before the events of the Lord of the Rings, in the year 2510 of the Third Age. Gondor must go to war; coming from the east, hordes of wild Balchoths, the descendants of the Wainriders, with whom the Southern Kingdom led long and bloody wars in the days of the Kings, unexpectedly sailed up the Great River and flooded into Calenardhon. At the same time, Orcs descended from the Misty Mountains as if they sensed the weakness of their enemies.  

The Ruling Steward Cirion, in a desperate position, remembered the nation of the Horse Lords, who in its own tongue was named Éothéod. Their ancestors once stood alongside Gondor in the wars with the Wainriders, but since then, there has been nothing heard of the mysterious group. Cirion sent north Six riders to the Anduin stream to try and find help from the half-forgotten nation. The messengers were chased and followed, and eventually killed, until only one was left - Borondir Udalraph, Rider of Last Hope ...

Recognition in closing credits - “Thanks to” in the film – your name in the closing credits in the “thanks to” block  

Recognition on Facebook and Instagram - Thanks – your name in a post on social media  

Digital download of film in high resolution - Opportunity to download the film in FullHD quality (1920x1080px)  

2 print-quality digital posters - The film will have 2 official posters which we will send to you digitally for print in sizes up to 707 x 1000mm ( 27 53/64 x 39 x 3/8 in)  

Digital download of soundtrack - All the music from the film downloadable in mp3 format  

Digital concept art - A large amount of concept art will be produced for the film, which we will make available for download in print-quality versions  

Ticket to film premiere in Prague - Our film will have a premier in Prague (CZ), held with a grand cultural event. Tickets will be a valuable commodity!  

Gondorian pendant - Metal pendant imprinted with Gondor’s tree  

Printed postcard with dedication - Official high-quality postcard with the motif of Horn of Gondor, with dedication from the director  

Printed poster with signatures - Official poster in the size 500x707mm (19 11⁄16 x 27 53⁄64 in) with signatures from the director and actors

Participation in film shoot - Opportunity to participate directly in the film shoot and look into the “backstage” of the whole project and film team. Filming will take place in the Czech Republic. 

T-shirt - Official merchandise, t-shirt with the HoG logo 

VIP tickets to film premiere in Prague - Participation in the premier in Prague (CZ) as a VIP guest with backstage access and the best seats in the house 

Rohirric handmade metal pendant - Beautiful metal pendant with a Horse motif. Handmade by expert craftsman Petr Florianek – Gullinbursti

Photo shoot in Prague studio - Opportunity for a photoshoot in a Prague studio with costumes and props from the film. Friends and family are also invited to the shoot. 

Logo in closing credits - Key partners of the film will be given the opportunity to have their logo or name displayed in the credits at the end of the film 

Collector’s edition – Handmade pipe - Unique collector’s smoking pipe engraved with the HoG motif. It includes a pipe stand with the HoG logo. 

Collector’s set – Tolkien’s collected works bound in leather - The 6 major works of JRRT (The Hobbit or There and Back Again, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales) bound in leather collector’s covers from HoG. 

VIP visit to film shoot - Visit the set with a personal guide, meet personally with all the actors and crew, and get familiar with the filming and background of the project. Filming will take place in the Czech Republic. 

Weekend getaway in Prague for 2 people - One-of-a-kind experience- A visit to the beautiful historic city of Prague with a personal guide, including accommodation and dinner with the director or crew. 

Sword of the King – Battle-ready film prop made from metal. It’s a longsword and mount for display on the wall. Gondor’s tree symbol is on the hilt of the sword. 

Rare rewards  

Horn of Gondor - Fully operational blowing horn with Gondor ornamentation and HoG motives. A unique hand craft by master Petr Floriánek - Gullinbursti. A decorated stand with the acknowledgement and donor’s name included.  

Sword of Gondor - Film property - a longsword, hand-hammered using origina historic techniques, battle-ready, with the HoG sign and the name of the donor on the blade. Decorated stand included.  

Eotheod jewell - Wonderful jewel with the Horse-Lords motives. A unique hand craft by master Petr Floriánek - Gullinbursti. He will use precious metals and gems. The work will be done according to the wishes of the donor, which is why the photo is only illustrative. We recommend you to see the Gullinbursty gallery of products.  

Orc helmet - Hand-hammered, fully operational iron helmet. Careful handicraft by smith master Jaroslav Vrábel. Orcish stand included.  

Balchoth Raven Shield - Film property - Balchoth Raven Shield, made of hardened leather, with the sign of the Balchoth. Fully battle-ready. Stand included.

 The entire project is created by the creators collective Rosenthal, which as a non-profit association brings together culturally and socially active people. Rosenthal has 35 members and organizes and produces a wide range of events - theater, stage fighting, LARP, and even summer camps for children. Last but not least, Rosenthal shoots movies. Our latest film, the crossover Guns and Powder, engaged audiences through its local settings and action scenes.  

Common to all of our activities is that we do them in our free time and without the right to compensation. Just out of joy, because we like to create.  

CZ shrnutí projektu  

Rozhodli jsme se, že chceme natočit fanfilm ze Středozemě. Vzpamatovali jsme z Prach a broky a začali vymýšlet, co bychom zase spáchali. Tolkien je pro nás srdcovka a s touto tématikou jsme uspořádali již mnoho akcí - bitev, larpů, táborů apod. Proč tedy nenatočit film? 

Horn of Gondor je krátkometrážní snímek inspirovaný kapitolou z Nedokončených příběhů, jež pojednává o gondorském rytíři Borondirovi a jeho úkolu najít tehdy ještě divoký národ Pánů koní. Ve své základní verzi bude stopáž filmu okolo 15 minut, avšak pokud bychom dosáhli vyšších cílů, mohli bychom děj rozšířit a dosáhnout třiceti nebo dokonce šedesátiminutové délky. Vše je závislé na částce, kterou se nám podaří vybrat. Opět jsme spojili síly se skupinami Merlet a Maledictus, takže se zase můžete těšit na profesionální choreografie a kaskadérské kousky pod taktovkou Borka Belfína.  

Od filmu Prach a broky se doba posunula a i my jsme se posunuli - jsme starší, zkušenější a máme mnoho nových kontaktů. Jen ty peníze nám pořád chybí! Proto jsme opět vsadili na crowdfunding a šli s kůží na trh. Tentokrát jsme ale vsadili na zahraniční trh, protože film bude v angličtině a Tolkienovo dílo je známé po celém světě. Pokud Vás náš projekt zaujal, budeme moc rádi za podpoření - ať formou peněžní, nebo jen sdílením mezi svoje přátele. Tak nám držte palce při tomto dlouho očekávaném dýchánku!

Risks and challenges

Film production has many pitfalls, especially in postproduction, so the biggest risk is failure to hold ourselves to the schedule. Although we have a lot of experience with filming and the whole project is planned in great detail, delays in production can always happen.

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