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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 Balrog, like Gandalf, is a Maiar spirit, but a corrupted one. Fierce debate rages over whether Balrogs have wings. The film's Balrog does.

The shot where Bilbo lunges for the Ring in Rivendell is a morphed composite of Ian Holm and a scary rubber puppet.

The close-up shot of the Ring in the snow on the mountain was shot with a Ring 6" across.

Bill the Pony is played, in some shots, by two people in a (very good quality) pantomime-style horse costume.

The Gates of Moria were next to a railway line.

Gandalf's sword Glamdring doesn't glow in the Mines of Moria battle scene because, Jackson says, of "budget cuts". Huh. We assume that's some sort of wizard thing.

The very first orc to hiss at the camera in Moria is a lady orc.

"Dwarf tossing" is a real thing.

Morgoth created the Orcs out of twisted elves, corrupted the Balrogs and befriended the first huge scary spider, Ungoliant.

The shots of the Fellowship mourning Gandalf's death outside Moria were filmed before Ian McKellen had even arrived on set for the first time.

Lothlorien was shot in a forest called Paradise. The bigger, wider trees are fakes made of rubber.

The cave troll in Moria is "not really evil; he's just fallen into bad company", claimed Jackson.

The Numenorian ruins at the breaking of the Fellowship / Amon Hen are recycled polystyrene structures from Weathertop.

Some of Legolas' arrows are CG because Orlando Bloom couldn't fire them fast enough - which just goes to show that elves are better than humans.

The chorus singing as Boromir dies are saying, in Elvish, a rather lovely quote of Faramir's from the book: "I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness; I love only that which they defend."

Aragorn wears Boromir's gauntlets throughout the second and third films in tribute to his fallen friend.

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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 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... tipodiana Read More

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 - 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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