Elora Danan

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Elora Danan as an infant

Elora Danan is a fictional character from the 1988 fantasy Willow,[1][2] played by infant twins Kate and Ruth Greenfield. Although credited for the role, they grew too large for the props that held them on Willow's back and Rebecca Bearman, niece of second assistant director Gerry Toomey, was used throughout most of the film. Kristen Lang played her for scenes shot in Marin County. Babies Isla Brentwood, Laura Hopkirk, and Gina Nelson played her for the parts filmed in New Zealand.[3] In the more dangerous scenes, however, "a thirteen-pound animatronics baby with a remote-controlled moveable head and mouth" was used instead,[4] she is a Daikini, the average-sized race of people in the film (as opposed to the dwarf-sized Nelwyns).

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Fearful of a prophecy that a girl would be born who would bring about her downfall, the evil Queen Bavmorda imprisoned all pregnant women in the realm. Elora was born in prison and identified as the prophesied one by a birthmark on her arm. Bavmorda wanted to kill her at birth, but her mother convinced a midwife to smuggle her out. Both her mother and the midwife died to keep her safe.

After her midwife's death, Elora was found by a young Nelwyn farmer named Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis), who initially wanted nothing to do with her but later embraced his role as her protector and attempts to take her to Tir Asleen. Bavmorda's efforts to destroy Elora, preventing the prophecy, led to Bavmorda's fall. Afterwards, Willow leaves Elora in the caring arms of Madmartigan and Bavmorda's daughter Sorsha, the new queen.

Teenage Elora Danan on the cover of the third book in the Chronicles of the Shadow War trilogy, Shadow Star.

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  1. ^ Haase, Donald (2007), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales, Greenwood Publishing Group, p. 1029, The world of Willow conforms to the standard medieval feudalism of fantasy romance, although there is a satisfyingly fairy-tale ring in the evil Queen Bavmorda and the good sorceress Raziel, together with the baby Princess Elora Danan.
  2. ^ Brummett, Barry (2008), Uncovering Hidden Rhetorics: Social Issues in Disguise, SAGE, p. 36, The plot of Willow revolves around little person Willow's effort to save the average-height baby Elora Danan from the evil sorceress.
  3. ^ "It's 'Laura' Danan!". http://www.warwickdavis.co.uk: warwickdavis.co.uk. Retrieved June 2012. I was greeted by Laura Hopkirk who is the manager of the facility. I made a booking for a one hour flight with a qualified pilot. During our conversation, I mentioned how much Queenstown had changed since I was here twenty years ago while shooting 'Willow'. Well, she almost fell over! She told me that she was baby 'Elora Danan' for the New Zealand part of the shoot. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ Avni, Sheerly (2006), Cinema by the Bay, George Lucas Books, p. 129

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