NerdSalad tells of a Lord of the Rings fan who has spent her entire life savings and a year of her life directing and producing a full-length feature film prequel to the saga brought to life on screen by Peter Jackson last decade.
Kate Madison’s Born of Hope: The Ring of Barahir debuted at Ring*Con 2009 and is based on the appendices of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy masterpiece, which detail (and, I do mean, detail) the life of Aragorn’s parents and the future Gondorian king’s birth.
The film cost $39,310 to make and involved more than 400 performers who donated their time. It’s even caught the admiring attention of folks at Weta Workshop, the special effects and prop company that gained worldwide prominence working with Jackson to adapt Tolkien’s timeless tale of Middle-earth.
Indeed, the quality is impressive, and reminiscent of The Hunt for Gollum, a more immediate prequel that a different creative group of fan filmmakers released online last year (as my Nerdvana co-conspirator Chris Adams wrote about here).
Check out the trailer below, and hit the jump to watch the whole movie. If all that isn’t enough to tide you over until Guillermo del Toro’s two-part adaptation of The Hobbit arrives, I don’t know what is!