FIVE FACTS FOR FANS

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1 One of the horses Poppy Dray­ton (who plays Am­berle) rides in the show car­ried Or­lando Bloom, aka Le­go­las, in Sir Peter Jack­son’s Lord of the Rings films.

2 Be­fore shoot­ing sea­son one, the ac­tors spent a month learn­ing to ride, and fight with swords and knives.

3 Austin’s horse trainer also taught Viggo Mortensen for Lord of the Rings. Austin says, “I spent hours with him out there learn­ing to ride. It was one of my favourite things about work­ing on the show.”

4 The se­ries is based on the Shan­nara books by au­thor Terry Brooks, who’s been very in­volved in the se­ries as a script con­sul­tant.

5 To make the pros­thetic elf ears, casts of the ac­tor’s ac­tual ears are made for the points to be moulded onto. At­tach­ing them can take up to an hour.

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