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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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Viggo Mortensen broke his toe when kicking a helmet at the scene of the Uruk-hai massacre, which is part of the reason why he falls to his knees, crying out.


During the running scenes early in Two Towers, Viggo Mortensen had that broken toe, Gimli size-double Brett Beatty had a dislocated knee and Orlando Bloom had cracked a rib falling from a horse.

Brad Dourif had to shave off his eyebrows for his role as Wormtongue. Over two years of going back and forth to set, he had to shave them five times.


Fangorn is entirely artificial: miniatures, CGI and studio set.


You can tell which scenes have been "flipped" from left to right by the direction the Fellowship's Elvish brooches are pointing.


When Gandalf the White first appears, they pasted in Christopher Lee's eyes and blended in his voice to create a little tension and make you think this might be Saruman.


The script directions dealing with Gandalf's rebirth describe it as "Death. Birth. Cosmic. Weird."


Helm's Deep was 25 / 30ft wide, but almost entirely made of polystyrene. Osgiliath once blew away in a high wind, since it was also polystyrene.


Aragorn's Two Towers comment that female dwarves also has beards comes faithfully from Tolkien's Appendices. If you want that expanded upon further, it's also a running joke in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels.


Mortensen shaved his beard for so-far unseen footage of young Aragorn's first meeting with Arwen. Look out for that in a mythical 25th Anniversary Edition.


The Warg attack was originally conceived as a night attack on Edoras, however they couldn't light it so it switched to a daytime attack.


The reason Jackson and company departed from the book and "killed off" Aragorn in the Warg battle was to give Theoden and Eowyn a "darkest hour", and Aragorn a chance to choose his destiny.


Viggo Mortensen nearly drowned in an undertow when floating down the river as half-drowned Aragorn.


Elijah Wood's sister appears as an extra among the Rohirim refugees in Helm's Deep. And the young Rohirim soldier Aragorn talks to at Helm's Deep is Phillipa Boyens' son.

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1 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

2 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

3 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

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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

5 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

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

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 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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