"Tolkien makes his weapons characters. Orcrist had a character. The first time I saw the shape of the sword I was really happy with it because it had a curved blade, which meant it was going to move in a certain way. It wasn’t going to be a regular type thing. And it wasn’t going to be a broad sword. It was a kind of Samurai-type weapon so I knew it was going to flow in a certain way. So I worked with Mana on a way of making that sword flourish. It’s a two-handed sword but at times could be a one-handed sword, so we devised a selection of moves that would really suit that blade and then he worked on exercises so I could strengthen my wrists and arms to make it look as good as what he’s doing. So that was thrilling. The interesting side of it is that I felt an affinity with that weapon, even though it was an elf blade, and that’s sort of the paradox of Thorin, his distaste for the elves hasn’t stopped him from picking up that sword that was elf-made and using it to his advantage. So he’s a complicated character."