Elora Danan is a fictional character from the 1988 fantasy Willow, played by infant twins Kate and Ruth Greenfield. Although credited for the role unfortunately they grew too large for the props that held them on Willow's back and at last minute 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. In the more dangerous scenes, however, "a thirteen-pound animatronics baby with a remote-controlled moveable head and mouth" was used instead. She is a Daikini, the average-sized race of people in the film (as opposed to the dwarf-sized Nelwyns).
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. Queen Bavmorda wanted to kill her at birth, but her mother convinced a midwife to smuggle the infant out. Both mother and midwife died to keep her safe.
After the 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. The queen's efforts to destroy Elora Danan, preventing the prophecy, led to Queen Bavmorda's fall. Afterward, Willow leaves the baby in caring arms of Madmartigan and Sorsha, the new queen.
- 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.
- 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.
- "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.
- Avni, Sheerly (2006), Cinema by the Bay, George Lucas Books, p. 129
- "Willow - Roleplaying based on the film by George Lucas". http://www.waynesbooks.com: Waynes World of Books. Retrieved June 2012.
George Lucas released this forgotten fantasy movie in 1988. It was followed by three novels.