Lord of the Rings fan spends life savings creating prequel
10 February 2010
Actress Kate Madison, a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, spent six years and her entire life savings creating a prequel to the films.
Miss Madison, 31, spent £25,000 on the film, Born of Hope, which has already been watched by more than half a million people on YouTube.
The story was inspired by just a couple of paragraphs written by JRR Tolkein in the appendices of The Lord of The Rings.
"The film has gone down really well with the fans and some say it is even better than the Peter Jackson movies which is amazing," she said. "They have all been very supportive and would love us to make more films.
"We are all really pleased with the results and feel it can sit proudly alongside the trilogy."
Miss Madison, an actress from Cambridge, decided to make the spin-off after seeing a fan film competition advertised online.