Lord of the Rings Movie Trivia - A Bunch of Collected Trivia for the LOTR movies

Trivia for
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Stuart Townsend was originally cast as Aragorn, but was replaced with Viggo Mortensen after four days of shooting due to creative differences.

A false cover page was used by Peter Jackson on the LOTR script so it wouldn't be inundated by the media. What was the false cover about? A movie script called "Jamboree" a moving tale about scouts.

Ian Holm, who plays Bilbo Baggins, was the voice of Frodo Baggins in the classic BBC Radio adaptation of "The Lord of The Rings" in the 1970s.

Producer Tim Sanders (I) left the project after principal photography had commenced.

Elijah Wood donned hobbit-forming breeches and a flowing shirt and took to the hills for his LOTR audition tape. He even recruited buddy George Huang, writer and director of the Hollywood satire Swimming with Sharks (1994), to direct him.

Although David Bowie was said to be keen on playing Elf Lord Elrond, the part went instead to Hugo Weaving.

The name "Frodo" is said 98 times in the movie

Daniel Day-Lewis turned down the role of Aragorn.

New Zealand's army was cast as extras for large battle scenes in the film, but was forced to back out due to having to serve as peacekeepers in East Timor.

When the trailer was released on Internet on 7 April 2001, it was downloaded 1.6 million times in the first 24 hours.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002), and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003) were filmed simultaneously. The back-to-back shoot lasted a record-equaling 274 days, in 16 months - exactly the same time as taken for the principal photography of Apocalypse Now (1979).

Hobbiton was filmed in the Hinuera Valley near Matamata, New Zealand. The village was constructed and plants and trees were planted a year before filming so the set had an aged look as though Hobbits had lived there for hundreds of years.

For high-tech tasks, a computer program called MASSIVE made armies of CG orcs, elves, and humans. These digital creations could 'think' and battle independently - identifying friend or foe - thanks to individual fields of vision. Jackson's team could click on one creature in a crowd scene of 20,000 and see through his "eyes". Different species even boast unique fighting styles.

Actor Orlando Bloom (Legolas) fell from his horse during filming and broke one of his ribs.

It is reported that on the first run of the fight sequences using the MASSIVE Artificial Intelligence program, the intelligent fighters - programmed to fight in the most efficient manner possible all turned and ran away.

Viggo Mortensen during a fight scene with orcs got hit in the mouth with a sword and it broke a tooth. He didn't want to have them delay filming to get it fixed, so he just had them put it back on with superglue.

A pictoral cameo: The two portraits in oval frames hanging above the fireplace in Bag End are of Peter Jackson and Phillipa Boyens.

Not a mistake, but a wonderful in-joke. When Boromir is teaching Merry and Pippin to use their swords, you can hear him counting numbers as he delivers the blows to be parried. These numbers - "2, 1, 5" - are in fact the correct numbers for the system of parries used by the Society of American Fight Directors, and many stunt coordinators and fight masters worldwide. Boromir even matches the numbers to the correct locations. The numbering system is supposed to have been based on historic European fencing manuals, but if the folk of Middle-earth knew it, it must have been a good deal older!

During Bilbo's party, right after Merry and Pippin set off the dragon rocket, we see Pippin's blackened face, then Merry's blackened face, then a shot of four hobbit guests looking up at the sky, three males and one female - the female hobbit is on the right side of the screen. I may be completely wrong, but I think she might have been played by Philippa Boyens, one of the movie's screenwriters. There are some shots of Philippa Boyens on the behind-the-scenes disc, especially in the feature called A Passage to Middle Earth, and she and this hobbit sure look alike to me.

The original cut ran four hours and thirty minutes.

Toward the end of the credits, there are some lines in Maori, thanking the
people of New Zealand, where the movie was filmed.:
He mihi nui hoki ki nga tangata whenua o Aotearoa. Ma rangi raua ko papa
tatou e manaaki, e tiaki hei nga tau e tu mai nei.

The hobbits needed to appear about three to four feet tall - tiny compared with the seven-foot Gandalf. This was often accomplished using forced perspective, placing Ian McKellen (Gandalf) consistently closer to the camera than Elijah Wood in order to trick the eye into thinking McKellen is towering.

In order to make "forced perspective" a bit more interesting, the filmmakers devised a totally new system consisting of a pulley and a platform. When the camera moved (which is normally impossible as the forced perspective would become obvious) the actor(s) also moved, and the perspective (7-foot Gandalf - 4-foot hobbits) would always be okay. They also used three differently sized props (large, medium, small) to interact with the different sized characters

1,460 eggs were served to the cast and crew for breakfast for every day of shooting.

More than 1,600 pairs of latex ears and feet were used during the shoot, each "cooked" in a special oven running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There was no way of removing the feet at the end of the day without damaging them and so each pair could only be used once. The used feet were shredded to prevent a black market in stolen hobbit feet but apparently Dominic Monaghan (Merry) kept a pair.

During filming, Liv Tyler left her pair of prosthetic ears on the dashboard of her car. When she returned they had melted.

Dominic Monaghan (Merry) wore a fat suit made of foam. He drank three liters of water a day so he would not dehydrate.

Sean Astin gained 30 pounds for his role as Samwise.

Viggo Mortensen did his own stunts.

Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) says; "I love you" in Swedish/Danish to Arwen (Liv Tyler) when they first meet each other (although some say it's Elvish).

John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) developed an allergic reaction to his makeup.

While filming the scene where Sam rushes through the river after Frodo, Sean Astin stepped on a branch that was sticking up from the riverbed. It pierced his foot, even through the prosthetic foot, which bled so much he had to be airlifted to hospital.

Liv Tyler had trouble with her lines in Elvish and was unable to film a whole scene in one go, instead having to learn the dialogue one line at a time.

The map Gandalf picks up in Bilbo's study is a reproduction of the map Tolkien drew for the book "The Hobbit", the prequel to the Fellowship of the Ring.

Sean Bean starred in a UK TV series as a soldier during the Napoleonic wars by the name of Richard Sharpe. He subsequently appeared in a series of commercials where he would allude to his earlier role, saying things like, "Sharpe idea". In this movie he continues the joke: after cutting his finger on the Sword of Elendil he says, "Still Sharpe.''

Christopher Lee reads "The Lord of the Rings" once a year and is the only member of the cast and crew ever to have met Tolkien.

As well as being the only member of the cast and crew to have met Tolkien face to face, Christopher Lee was also the first person to be cast in the trilogy because of his extensive knowledge of the books. He frequently visited the makeup department and often gave tips about the facial design of the monsters.

Eight of the nine members of the Fellowship got a small tattoo, the Elvish symbol for "9" at a tattoo parlor in Wellington, New Zealand, to commemorate the experience of the movie. The ninth member, John Rhys-Davies, declined and sent his stunt double in his place. Elijah Wood's tattoo is on his lower stomach. Two of the other hobbits have the tattoo on their ankles (to commemorate all those hours in the hobbit feet). Orlando Bloom, who plays the archer elf Legolas, has his on his forearm. Ian McKellen's is on his shoulder.

After the New Zealand premiere, director Peter Jackson joined the actors who played the nine members of the Fellowship in getting a commemorative tattoo. While their tattoos were the Elvish symbol for "9", Jackson received an Elvish "10".

The chapter titles "A Long-expected Party", "A Short Cut to Mushrooms", "The Bridge of Khazad-dum", "Lothlorien", and "The Breaking of the Fellowship" from "The Fellowship of The Ring" are spoken lines at their respective points in the storyline with the exception of "The Breaking of The Fellowship" which is foreshadowed during the scene at "The Mirror of Galadriel". "Riddles in the Dark" is also mentioned - the name of a chapter from "The Hobbit".

Peter Jackson gave the ring used in the movies to Elijah Wood as a gift when the shoot was finished.

The three trolls which were turned to stone in "The Hobbit" are in the background during the scene where Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, and Strider/Aragorn are resting after fleeing from Weathertop/Amon Sul.

During the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, twenty minutes of the film was shown to a crowd at a nearby castle, including members of the production - the first time the film's actors had seen any completed footage.

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, changed its name to Middle Earth for the film's opening.

This film was the first recipient of The American Film Institute's Movie of the Year Award.

Peter Jackson's two children are listed in the end credits as "Cute Hobbit Children".
The original plan was to film "The Hobbit" starring Warwick Davis. But when Miramax balked at the $75 million dollar price tag Peter Jackson took it to New Line which gave him nearly $300 million to make the trilogy

Cate Blanchett joked that she took the role of Galadriel because, "I've always wanted pointy ears".

Director Cameo: [Peter Jackson] As the belching peasant, outside the Prancing Pony Inn in Bree.

Ian McKellen based Gandalf's accent on that of Tolkien himself.

Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), who is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Danish, requested the script be revised to let Aragorn speak more of his lines in Elvish.

The Orc blacksmiths shown beneath Isengard are actually the Weta Workshop staff who made the weapons used in the film.

The Elvish language lines spoken in the film are not just quotes from the book; they were derived from Tolkien's own limited dictionary of that language. Dialect coach Andrew Jack used actual recordings of Tolkien reading his books to guide the actors' pronunciation.

Cameo (Alan Lee (II)): Eighth of the human kings that receives a ring of power.

The different colors of blue for the elves' eyes revealed what race they were. The Lothlorien elves had light blue eyes, and the Rivendell elves were dark blue.

Trivia for
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Stuart Townsend was fired shortly after shooting began due to creative differences.

Orlando Bloom originally auditioned for the part of Faramir. He was called back and subsequently cast, instead, as Legolas.

A false cover page was used by Peter Jackson on the LOTR script so it wouldn't be inundated by the media. What was the false cover about? A movie script called "Jamboree" a moving tale about scouts.

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2000), Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2001), and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2001) were filmed simultaneously.

Following the attack on the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001, and because of the similarity between the buildings' nickname, "The Twin Towers", and the movie's title, "The Two Towers", the director and producers briefly considered renaming the second movie in the trilogy. They eventually decided against it, Peter Jackson's main reason being that, "fans would kill me".

Several members of the cast returned to New Zealand as Peter Jackson has thought of some more ideas for scenes.


Trivia for
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Stuart Townsend was fired shortly after shooting began due to creative differences.

A false cover page was used by Peter Jackson on the LOTR script so it wouldn't be inundated by the media. What was the false cover about? A movie script called "Jamboree" a moving tale about scouts.

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2000), Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2001), and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2001) were filmed simultaneously.

Sean Astin's (Sam Gamgee) daughter, Alexandra Astin, plays his daughter, Elanor.

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