Facts you may not have know about LotR

Chapter 1

Things you may not have know about Lord of the Rings

1. The same fight choreographer and fencer who worked on Lord of the Rings also worked on The Parent Trap and Star Wars.

2. And he said that Viggo Mortensen was "the best swordsman he ever trained."

3. Mortensen did all of his own stunts and used a real steel sword while filming, rather than one made from aluminum and rubber like the rest of the cast.

4. Bret McKenzie, of Flight of the Conchords, played an unnamed elf in two of the films. Fans named his character Figwit, which stands for "Frodo Is Great...Who Is That?" He even has his own documentary.

5. Christopher Lee, who played Saruman, actually met J.R.R. Tolkien and was the only cast member to do so before Tolkien's death.

6. Andy Serkis voices the Black Rider who asks after "Baggins" in the Shire.

7. Sean Bean's lengthy "One does not simply walk into Mordor" speech was given to him to learn only the night before shooting.

8. Samwise Gamgee's daughter in The Return of the King is played by his real-life daughter, Alexandra.

9. John-Rhys Davies, the actor who plays Gimli, is also the voice of Treebeard and Man Ray on Spongebob Squarepants.

10. Ian McKellen and Elijah Wood never actually filmed a scene together in person.

11. Lothlorien was shot in a forest called Paradise. The bigger, wider trees are fakes made of rubber.

12. The shots of the Fellowship mourning Gandalf's death outside Moria were filmed before Ian McKellen had even arrived on set for the first time.

13. The chorus singing as Boromir dies are saying, in Elvish, a quote of Faramir's from the book: "I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness; I love only that which they defend."

14. Viggo Mortensen broke two of his toes when kicking a helmet at the scene of the Uruk-hai massacre, which is part of the reason why he falls to his knees, crying out.

15. During the running scenes early in Two Towers, Viggo Mortensen had those broken toes, Gimli size-double Brett Beatty had a dislocated knee and Orlando Bloom had cracked a rib falling from a horse.

16. Not all elves can choose mortality like Arwen does; she has that option because her family has human ancestry.

17. Howard Shore can be seen standing behind Legolas in the drinking game scene on the Extended Return of the King.

18. Shelob is based on a New Zealand spider called a "tunnelweb".

19. 1,800 pairs of hobbit feet were made for the principal hobbit cast across the films.

20. The Black Gate is shown as two gates because of a typo in the script given to the art department.

21. The Lord of the Rings novels were written as if they were translated to English, and the original common tongue of the books is called Westron.

22. J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of Lord of the Rings didn't invent the Elvish languages to fit into the Lord of the Rings timeline, but wrote Lord of the Rings as a background history for the 15 different languages he created.

23. Viggo Mortensen bonded with the horse that he rode in Lord of the Rings, so he purchased it from it's owner.

24. Tolkien has often mentioned that War of the Rings takes place in the real world and that we are now currently in the Seventh Age.

25. According to Elijah Wood, he created his Lord of the Rings’ Frodo audition tape in the woods with a homemade Hobbit costume.

26. While filming "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Viggo Mortensen got so into character that during a conversation, Peter Jackson referred to him as "Aragorn" for over half an hour without him even realizing it.

27. Tolkien did not want the third Lord of the Rings book to be called 'Return of the King', as he felt it revealed too much about the story. This title was chosen by the publisher.

28. Housing at University of California, Irvine is called Middle Earth and each hall is named after a region or town in LOTR.

29. The length of time from when Frodo first gets the ring to when he actually sets out on his adventure is 17 years, not a few weeks like the movie makes it seem.

30. JRR Tolkien's estate only received $62,500 for the Lord of the Rings film trilogy until a lawsuit was filed.


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