Museum of Middle Earth
It was pretty amazing to see the costumes, armour and weaponry up-close and personal. I knew from watching the DVD documentaries that a lot of work went into making these things but nothing could prepare me for the sheer richness of detail - detail that a film camera couldn’t possibly capture.
Much of the Rohan armour wouldn’t have looked out of place in the Sutton Hoo collection at The British Museum and the costumes could have been displayed in the V and A. In fact, it felt more like being in a museum of medieval history than a film-making exhibit.
Wonderful stuff. Shame about the tacky gift shop.