Some of the best scenes in movies are the ones that aren't even in the script - and there are plenty of them in The Lord of the Rings movies. Few film franchises are as expansive and vast as Peter Jackson's film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic books, so there's plenty of behind-the-scenes trivia to learn about these groundbreaking films (and even more if you include The Hobbit trilogy). What cool facts should you know about the production of LOTR? Let's find out!
Often, it's the little things that make a movie not just memorable, but unforgettable. Whether onscreen, or behind the camera, the making of the LOTR films changed movies and Hollywood for good and there are all kinds of fun BTS facts to know about The Lord of the Rings trilogy. For instance, did you know that while filming The Lord of the Rings new hobbit feet were created every single day (ears too!) because the material they were made from was too fragile to survive more than a few hours in filming conditions? Or that Viggo Mortensen wasn't initially cast as Aragorn - another actor was cast and even filmed for a few days!
Whether you want to one up your friends in your next geeky conversation or win at your next trivia night, this Lord of the Rings trivia facts list is for you. Vote up the LOTR trivia facts you find most interesting!
John Rhys-Davies Also Voiced Treebeard, But In A Surprisingly Low-Tech Way
In addition to playing Gimli, John Rhys-Davies also provided the voice of Treebeard. It wasn't achieved by electronic distortion, but by having the actor speak in his naturally booming voice at lowest pitch possible, through a wooden megaphone.
The Last Shot Of Principal Photography Was, Fittingly, Of The 4 Hobbits
The last shot of principal photography was of when the newly-crowned Aragorn bows to the four hobbits. Although Viggo Mortensen did not need to be on set for that day, he nevertheless insisted on being present. He didn't have a crown (it wasn't necessary - he wasn't being filmed) so he fashioned one out of paper.
With each successive take, the crown was becoming more ornate and sillier as crew members kept decorating it, so the four actors playing the Hobbits often had difficulty suppressing their giggles.
Viggo Mortensen Not Only Bought His Horse, But Arwen's As Well
Viggo Mortensen was so impressed with the horse his character rides in the series that he purchased it from the owners. The horse was shipped back to New Zealand for the additional shots that were filmed in 2002. He also purchased Arwen's horse after production and gave it to Liv Tyler's riding double.
Bilbo's Floor Was Magnetic, For An Important Reason
In order to show the huge importance and weight of the One Ring, the floor was built to be magnetic, so that when Bilbo dropped the ring, it wouldn't bounce.