Small Gandalf Details From The Lord Of The Rings That Fans Noticed
Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies are part of one of the greatest film franchises of all time, and that's largely thanks to the amazing characters featured in JRR Tolkien's beautiful world. One of the most impressive and beloved characters found on Middle-earth is none other than Gandalf. He was played to perfection by Sir Ian McKellen, and fans of the films have picked apart every aspect of his amazing performance, finding interesting details that make it all the better.
Still, no matter how many times you watch the two trilogies, there's no way to see every detail that shows up on the screen - as the series is absolutely packed with small but impactful details. Nevertheless, plenty of people have noticed them and posted their findings on the MovieDetails subreddit. This list takes a look at some of the best small Gandalf details from The Lord of the Rings trilogy that demand a rewatch.
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Gandalf's Staff Also Holds His Pipe
From Redditor u/hrhdhrhrhrhrbr:
In The Lord of the Rings, you can see that Gandalf carries his pipe in his staff.
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When Gandalf Finds The Journal In Moria, It's In The Hands Of An Old Friend
From Redditor u/inspektor71:
In The Fellowship of the Ring, in Moria, Gandalf finds a decomposed dwarf carcass clutching a journal and reads from it. The dwarf was Ori, one of the 13 who accompanied Bilbo in The Hobbit.
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Gandalf Planned To Recreate Bilbo's Greatest Memory For His Birthday
From Redditor u/AndyGHK:
In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the biggest firework at Bilbo’s party is shaped like a dragon, and flies low over the partygoers. This is a nod to Bilbo’s history (detailed in The Hobbit) where he fights Smaug—a time Bilbo is notably nostalgic for. Gandalf recreated Bilbo’s greatest memory for his birthday.
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It's A Legit Accident When Gandalf Bonks His Head On Bilbo's Ceiling
From Redditor u/ShanksAkagami9:
In Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), when Gandalf hit the ceiling it wasn't on the script. Anyway, Sir Ian McKellen acted through and Peter Jackson, the director, kept the scene.
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Gandalf Reveals That Orcs Cannot Fight In Sunlight In 'Return Of The King'
From Redditor u/kwik_kwek_en_kwak:
In the Return of the King (2003), Gandalf explains to Pippin that Sauron sends fumes to darken the sky during war because the orcs can't fight in the Sun. Later, when Faramir retreats towards Minas Tirith, you can see that Osgiliath is indeed in shadow so that the orcs can fight there.
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Gandalf Brought A Third Eagle To Mt. Doom To Save Gollum
From Redditor u/TinmanReddits:
In Return of the King, when Gandalf picks up Frodo and Sam, he brings a third eagle just Incase Gollum survived.