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100 Things You Didn't Know About Lord of the Rings
Enjoy some obscure fact nuggets about Tolkien's, and Jackson's, classic


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The portraits of Bilbo's parents over the mantlepiece in Bag End are modelled on Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh.


Peter Jackson bought the Bag End set and put it in storage, and plans one day to put it in the side of a hill.

The Barad-Dur miniature was about 15ft tall. This is why Weta started calling the durn things "bigatures".


In The Silmarilion, Sauron has an even scarier, even more powerful boss called Morgoth.


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


That really is Elijah Wood leaping from the jetty onto the Buckleberry Ferry, not a stuntman.


The bigature of Orthanc filled an entire car park.


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 his Fellowship cameo, Peter Jackson is holding a carrot because the pipe he tried to smoke made him feel sick.


When Saruman's goblins uproot a tree in Fellowship, no real trees were harmed; that one's fake and shot from several angles. Please send your tree-hugging jokes to P. Jackson, New Zealand.


The scene where the Black Riders chase Arwen and Frodo was interrupted by Queenstown flooding. The cast, including Liv Tyler, went to help sandbag the town against the floods while filming was suspended.


Sean Bean's lengthy "One does not simply walk into Mordor" speech was given to him to learn only the night before shooting. And the man made it a meme! Big props to the former Sharpe!

The Ringwraiths' screams are based on Fran Walsh screaming through a throat infection.


Bree was built on a World War II army barracks, with Middle Earth facades on existing buildings.


The reason the eagles don't just fly everyone to Mount Doom because "the eagles are their own race and do things for their own reasons". Also, Tolkien didn't like them to be seen as "Middle-Earth taxis"...


...Also, the Nazgul would have totally killed them.

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1 RE: No. 90 the MOUTH of Sauron
Posted on Wednesday July 23, 2014, 10:44 by ritchieuptheirons
No it is not Sauron and its not his mouthpiece. The Mouth Of Sauron is some sort of emissary/general, like the Witch King of Angmar, he has been corrupted by Sauron. The Mouth was a Black Numenorian who pledged loyalty to the Dark Lord years ago. Many Black Numenorians joined Sauron in the Second Age, I think The Mouth is the only one left in the Third Age. Read More

2 No. 90 the MOUTH of Sauron
Posted on Thursday January 24, 2013, 09:56 by tonyjj23
Obviously this isn't Sauron talking at the Black Gate.... It is the Mouthpiece of Sauron who does all the actual talking for him. He may have a name (I dont know) but his moniker is The Mouth Of Sauron... Read More

3 Heres a good fact video
Posted on Friday October 19, 2012, 16:28 by MrBrickley
this is a video i found on youtube, its ten awesome facts about lord of the rings. you should all check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtZ1MQXtY54 Read More

4 RE: Sue281
Posted on Monday March 26, 2012, 01:59 by Kaysee
So your comment about the incorrect numbers is right, but it IS a tunnelweb...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porrhothele_an tipodiana Read More

5
Posted on Tuesday February 28, 2012, 15:05 by Sue281
No 87 (which you wrongly numbered 97) is incorrect. It's a Funnelweb spider, not a Tunnelweb Read More

6 RE: RE:
Posted on Sunday February 26, 2012, 18:38 by target
L: Dante3000 Number 90 isn't Sauron either is it? he characters name is th of Saurononly in the extended edition. Read More

7 RE: RE:
Posted on Friday February 24, 2012, 13:46 by Dante3000
Number 90 isn't Sauron either is it? Read More

8 RE: How can you miss him out?
Posted on Thursday December 15, 2011, 14:15 by kinkykeeks
L: jimmyakey Not one interesting fact about Hagrid? He's my favourite character in LOTR! agrid? LOTR? Please tell me you're kidding Read More

9 RE: Interesting!
Posted on Wednesday November 23, 2011, 08:01 by TK_421
#98: I'd say the Third Age of Middle-Age has set in. Ace list, though ;) Read More

10 RE: How can you miss him out?
Posted on Tuesday November 15, 2011, 10:58 by Timon
That wasn't the first internet trailer, this was - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-7x5D3v6jE It had footage from all the films including test shots that weren't included in the final trilogy. Read More

11 RE:
Posted on Tuesday November 15, 2011, 06:47 by Spaldron
I knew virtually all of this list of "things you didn't know". And I had to laugh at Number 22 Silmarilion, /b] has an even scarier, even more powerful boss called Morgoth"ing an image of Saruman. Do your homework Empire. Read More

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