Teachers' GuideTe Papa Site

The activities in this resource are aimed at students aged between 11 and 15 years of age, but can be adapted for students working at other levels, too.

Curriculum links: Technology, The Arts, Social Studies, English

The Lord of the Rings Motion OPicture Trilogy The Exhibition

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.The activities in this guide put students in the director’s chair. They encourage the same sort of creativity and ingenuity that Peter Jackson and his team used in making The Lord of the Rings.

  • How do you make chain mail that looks like the real thing but doesn't weigh a ton?
  • How do you make big look small and small look big?
  • How do you make new stuff look worn and torn?

Let your students unlock behind-the-scenes secrets - and try out their own ideas!

Print this guide (pdf, 1.17 MB)


This teachers’ guide was designed to complement class visits to The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy – The Exhibition, on display at Te Papa from April to August 2006.

Please note: All files for printing are in PDF format. You may need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF documents.

This exhibition was developed by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in partnership with New Line Cinema.

It was made possible through the support of the New Zealand Government.

New Line Cinema

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