In July 2000 and again in November 2000 Peter Jackson and his crew stayed at Fernside and filmed several significant scenes for The Lord Of The Rings. Fernside’s white bridge received a major makeover and a large tree was built on the side of the lake. The bridge took on a mystical quality as it became the white bridge of Lothlorien as the “travellers” farewell the Lady Galadriel and leave the city of the Elves.
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The following extracts from Fellowship Of The Ring set the scene.
"At last Haldir led them down the southward slopes of the hill, and they came again to the great gate hung with lamps, and to the white bridge; and so they passed out and left the city of the Elves…Now the Lady arose, and Celborn led them back to the hythe. A yellow noon lay on the green land of the Tongue, and the water glittered with silver. All at last was made ready. The Company took their places in the boats as before. Crying farewell, the Elves of Lorien with long grey poles thrust them into the flowing stream, and the rippling waters bore them slowly away. The travellers sat still without moving or speaking. On the green bank near the very point of the Tongue the Lady Galadriel stood alone and silent. As they passed her they turned and their eyes watched her slowly floating away from them. For so it seemed to them: Lorien was slipping backward, like a bright ship masted with enchanted trees, sailing onto forgotten shores, while they sat helpless upon the margin of the grey and leafless world .Even as they gazed, the Silverlode passed out into the currents of the Great River, and their boats turned and began to speed south-ward."