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Small Details From 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King' That Would Make Tolkien Proud

October 2, 2020 11.0k votes 1.5k voters 182.7k views15 items

List RulesVote up the most exceptional details from 'Return of the King.'

An illustrious movie like The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King is bound to have a ton of background details, and Tolkien fans are quick to spot them. These details from Return of the King are so immersive, we'd like to think Tolkien would approve. 

These Lord of the Rings details prove Jackson didn't stray far from the source material, and we'll always be thankful. Vote up your favorite small details from The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King!

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    A Rohirrim Soldier Holds A Flag For The Elves Fallen At Helms Deep

    From Redditor /u/aseanman27:

    Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) At the Battle of the Black Gate, a Rohirrim Soldier is holding a flag for the elves who died at Helms Deep.

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    Only Extras Who Read The Books Could Stand On The Front Lines

    From Redditor /u/Sam-Starxin:

    In The Return of the King (2003), during the epic scene of the Rohirrim Charge Peter Jackson requested that only extras who have read the novel and could recite the scene, to be placed in the front lines as they are aware of the importance of this moment. It's how he ended up with this epic rider.

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    Tolkien's Great Grandson Has A Cameo As A Ranger

    From Redditor /u/Tokyono:

    In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Tolkien’s great-grandson has a cameo as a ranger in Osgiliath. He wore Viggo Mortensen’s wig as part of his costume.

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    Sean Astin Hugs His Real Daughter

    From Redditor /u/jeegsburger:

    At the end of The Return of the King (2003), Samwise Gamgee finally returns home and is hugged by his daughter, Elanor. That’s Sean Astin’s daughter in real life, Alexandra.

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