Download the Real Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings

Ngauruhoe-mount-doom-lotr We here at Film Gecko are lucky to have friends all over the world, including New Zealand, where the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was filmed. And, hopefully, where ‘The Hobbit’ will be filmed, if MGM can ever sort itself out.

Our friends over at Frugal Kiwi are offering a very cool photo freebie of Ngauruhoe, the real-life mountain that was used as Mount Doom in the films. The volcano last erupted in 1977, and yeah, I can totally see Sam and Frodo struggling their way up this mountain, eagles flying overhead and hot lava oozing everywhere. Not to mention the creature Gollum, trying to wrestle it away from them.

I’ve included a little preview here, but hop over to Frugal Kiwi and grab the full-sized version of the photo for yourself.

Image: Frugal Kiwi





  1. Melanie Avatar

    Thanks Gecko! Middle Earth is the place to be!

  2. sheryl Avatar

    what a beautiful photo!

  3. Alexandra Avatar

    This is so cool!! Will go check out Frugal Kiwi this minute for the freebie.

  4. […] blogs over at Frugal Kiwi (check out her guest post on Three Films About Life in New Zealand and this photo of the real Mount Doom). When I asked her how far she lives from Wellington, she replied that it’s about nine hours by […]

  5. Brasil Avatar

    My generation (the under 30 group) has been needing a trilogy that could hold its own among names such as Star Wars and The Godfather. This trilogy is it. I have never been so moved by shows of friendship, hope, and faith as I have been by this film. The action is fabulous, the plot and characters so true to the story, and the humor so funny that I can think of no other film I would watch for 12 hours straight. The extended versions are wonderful and include the changing height of Merry and Pippin thanks to Treebeard, more competition between Legolas and Gimli, and more moments to remember.

    1. Jane Boursaw Avatar

      Yes, good point on the younger crowd having their own epic trilogy. Our restored downtown theatre (State Theatre in Traverse City, Michigan) is actually playing the entire LOTR trilogy – the extended versions – over the next few weeks. Which I think is ultra-cool, because you really have to see it on the big screen to get the full scope of the story and characters and production.

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