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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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Christopher Lee is the only cast member who met Tolkien in person.

Howard Shore can be seen standing behind Legolas in the drinking game scene on the Extended Return of the King.

The first person to join the Lord of the Rings fan club in October 2001 and earn himself a place in the credits was... Elijah Wood.

When Legolas says, in Return Of The King, that "The stars are veiled", stars are clearly visible. It's probably an Elvish metaphor.

The fact that Gandalf sleeps with his eyes open comes from a brief mention to that effect in the book.

Women who lusted after Sean Bean on set were dubbed "Beanstalkers". Why, one would consider becoming one just to earn that title!

The production had to build spare sets in case of rain on most locations, so tight was the shooting schedule.

Some effects shots for the Special Edition were finished after the film won the Oscar.

The Mayor of Wellingon threw (fake) severed heads from the walls of Minas Tirith when visiting the set.

The Southron pirates in Return Of The King include DoP Andrew Lesnie, producer Richard Porras, Weta's Richard Taylor and Peter Jackson among their number.

Elijah Wood had Alka Seltzer tablets in his mouth so he'd foam when Shelob stabbed him.

The first internet trailer for The Fellowship Of The Ring was viewed by a then-record 1.7m people in its first 24 hours.

Shelob is based on a New Zealand spider called a "tunnelweb".

Peter Jackson is scared of spiders.

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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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