Thursday, 21 July 2011

Darkness box-set: media card-disc


Band: URUK HAI
Title: Darkness media card-disc (only found in the Darkness I-V box-set)
Format: Blue card-shaped mini-disc contained in a black envelope, sealed with an Uruk Hai sticker. The disc comes with a white paper 'inlay' describing the contents - 3 wallpaper designs, and a video clip for 'Darkness'.
Edition: Only in the Darkness I-V box-set (5 copies)

Contents:
3 x Uruk Hai computer wallpaper designs
1 x Darkness video clip 2010 [2.04]

Resuming our occasional and ad hoc trawl through the epic Darkness box-set, this small disc contains some rather splendid wallpaper designs for Uruk Hai fans and so Nazgul thought he'd share the pictures with you here so you can see what you're missing!

First up is a design based on the Eye of Sauron, ablaze in all of its glory in the illustration below. Throughout The Lord of the Rings 'the Eye' (aka the Red Eye, the Evil Eye, the Lidless Eye, the Great Eye) is the image most often associated with Sauron. Sauron's Orcs bore the symbol of the Eye on their helmets and shields, and referred to him as the 'Eye' because he did not allow his name to be written or spoken, according to Aragorn. Also, the Lord of the Nazgûl threatened Éowyn with torture before the 'Lidless Eye' at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields (honestly, the things I do in my spare time).

In the Mirror of Galadriel, Frodo had an actual vision of this Eye: "The Eye was rimmed with fire, but was itself glazed, yellow as a cat's, watchful and intent, and the black slit of its pupil opened on a pit, a window into nothing."

The second design is one that will be familar to those of you who've bought the remastered CD version of "In Durin's Halls (Return To The Mines Of Moria)", as the panoramic mountainous expanse depicted is the same as used on the cover of that album. In Nazgul's view you'd have to go a long way to beat the silent majesty of a mountain landscape like this one, and this single image manages to visually capture the sense of grandeur and wonder contained in the epic sounds unleashed on that particular album.

The final wallpaper design shows the unusal artwork for another Uruk Hai box-set, this time that of "Angband". It's an interesting mixture of brilliant colour amidst a predominantly grey-tone landscape, with ghostly ring-wraiths and mysterious machined cogs floated high in the background. Are they part of the inner workings of the sinister iron fortress of Melkor itself...?


The video track on this disc is a smidge over two minutes in duration, and to the edited tones of Hugin's ambience one witnesses a stange video: a distant blurred spotlight weaves and bobs around amidst a predominantly black field of view, with white circular patterns forming to the left and white of the screen. Doubtless terribly metaphorical of a journey through Darkness to light, or something equally cunning...

As an addition to the Darkness box-set, a great comendium of miscellanous Uruk Hai goodness!

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