Eight Days Left!
It’s time once again for my yearly Lord of the Rings Marathon, so here are some fun fact to keep you busy:
- Every single character wears a wig, apart from Billy Jackson (Peter’s son) in Fellowship, who had “perfect hobbit hair”.
- Lord Of The Rings is the sixth-highest grossing franchise ever, behind Harry Potter, James Bond, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean and Shrek. Credit (Of course, with three Hobbit movies now coming out, the franchise has the chance to overtake several of these).
- During the filming for “Lord of the Rings,” Orlando Bloom fell off his horse and broke one of his ribs. Co-star Viggo Mortensen got a little too much into character as well. He broke a tooth while filming a fight sequence for “The Two Towers” and broke two toes in a scene where he kicks a helmet.
- Since molten metal is hard to fake, the goblin forges of Orthanc were built in a real foundry and filled with real molten metal. Those are foundry workers dressed as goblins.
- In the Two Towers’ Scene Where Viggo Mortensen kicks the helmet by the pyre, Mortensen’s scream was genuine as he broke two toes when he kicked it.
- Bill the Pony is played, in some shots, by two people in a (very good quality) pantomime-style horse costume.
- In the movie “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” as Harry enters Dumbledore’s study, a portrait of Gandalf the Grey is included in the collection of paintings. (It is above the doorframe.)
- Gimli’s beard was made of yak belly hair. Also, John (Gimli), is actually the tallest of the Fellowship actors. He also voices the tallest character in the movie, Treebeard.
- The actors who played the Riders of Rohan may surprise you. “Ideally, we wanted guys who were six feet tall with long hair and long beards to ride the horses,” says Steve Old, head the Horse Department. “On New Zealand’s South Island, though, it’s mostly females who ride horses. In the end, we probably had five guys and the remaining 250 or so riders were women dressed as men! And the average age of the women was about 50.” The women also played the Ringwraith riders.
- Number Tolkien chapter titles referenced in the dialogue — 18
Number of times Frodo falls down — 34
Number of times Sam eavesdrops — 7
Number of times Aragorn tosses somebody — 3
Number of times we see food — 36
Number of times they play the old “he’s dead! No wait, he isn’t” trick — 15
Number of times a hobbit says, “What are you doing?” — 7
Characters accused of being late– 4
Number of times a character sings — 10
- Instant potato flakes were used for Grima Wormtongue’s dandruff.
- Christopher Lee is the only cast member who met Tolkien in person.
- Some effects shots for the Special Edition were finished after the film won the Oscar.
- Nicolas Cage was originally offered the part of Aragorn in Lord of the Rings. Cage stated in an interview that he turned down the offer due to the around three year time commitment.