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10 Facts You Don’t Know About The Lord of the Rings

Between Tolkien’s immense novel and Peter Jackson’s incredible adaptation, The Lord of the Rings has more interesting little tidbits than every novel I’ve read from the list combined.

I found this exhaustive list of “facts you never knew” on Empire Online, so I thought I’d share 10 of my favorites with you.

  • While writing the screenplay, Peter Jackson used 27 copies of the novel, highlighting, note-taking and page-tearing in each copy.
  • Sauron has a more powerful boss called Morgoth, but you would only know that if you read The Silmarilion. I haven’t.
  • To counter the famous meme about why the eagles don’t just simply fly everyone to Mt. Doom (which I questioned in my LOTR meme post), Tolkien’s answer: “The eagles are their own race and do things for their own reasons.” And they also aren’t “Middle Earth taxis.”
  • You remember that amazing shot in the first movie of the fellowship mourning the loss of Gandalf outside of Moria? That happened before Ian McKellen had even arrived at the set. Ah, the beauties of Hollywood.
  • During the shooting of the Uruk-hai battle, Viggo Mortenson broke his toe while kicking a helmet, which is the main reason he falls down and cries out on film.
  • According to Empire Online, “20,000 cricket fans provided the voices of Uruk-hai in Helm’s Deep.” I assume they are talking about fans of the sport known as “Cricket,” as opposed to some apparatus that swats the noisy bugs known by the same name.
  • For the adaptation of Return of the King, Howard Shore had to compose 7 minutes of music a day to keep pace with the film’s shooting.
  • Elijah Wood used Alka Seltzer to cause the foam that came from his mouth when Shelob stabbed him.
  • When the first LOTR trailer was released for Fellowship of the Ring in 2001, it was viewed by 1.7 million people in 24 hours, a record at the time.
  • The Lord of the Rings films are the sixth highest grossing franchise in film history, trailing only Harry Potter, James Bond, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean (really?), and Shrek.

You can see 90 more facts you might not know over at Empire Online.

This is another reason why I love The Lord of the Rings—both the novel and the films. So many quirky little facts out there!

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  1. Reblogged this on Sigalle Barness and commented:
    “For the adaptation of Return of the King, Howard Shore had to compose 7 minutes of music a day to keep pace with the film’s shooting.”

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    July 11, 2014
  2. Shrek?

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    July 11, 2014
  3. I recommend reading the Silmarilion, especially if you like the elves. I wish Peter Jackson would make an adaptation of this book. Who knows.

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    July 11, 2014
    • A friend told me it’s an extremely difficult read. Thoughts?

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      July 11, 2014
      • Yes it is. It’s unfinished so it’s a little rough, and the beginning is sort of confusing. Just get past the beginning and there are some good stories. Again, I really love the elves so I enjoyed learning Elrond’s back story.

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        July 11, 2014
      • It’s like reading an authentically old history of a culture you know very little about. You either enjoy piecing it all together or you give it up for something more straightforward.

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        July 13, 2014
    • MendraMarie #

      Last I heard, Christopher Tolkien/the Tolkien estate still had all the rights to the Silmarillion and were keeping a close hold on them. One of the reasons that there’s no mention of Morgoth (for example) in the Jackson films is because Jackson doesn’t have the film rights to the Silmarillion, and so can’t use anything that is exclusive to the Silmarillion in the films.

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      July 11, 2014
      • That is a shame. The Sil was really Tolkien’s baby. There wasn’t a lot of interest from publishers though. They were much more interested in the trilogy. I feel bad for him not getting to finish it. You can tell he loved it.

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        July 11, 2014
  4. shikubeth #

    Reblogged this on Beth and commented:
    I need to really read these books seriously!

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    July 11, 2014
  5. One of my favorite facts about the movies was that John Rhys-Davies, the actor playing Gimli, was allergic to his prosthetic makeup and had to take every other day off to recover.

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    July 11, 2014
  6. Thank you for sharing! Several of these I knew already (I’ve been a dedicated “Ringer” for just over 10 years, but was so obsessed through high school, I wore a replica of the One Ring around my neck for my senior picture– now the only two tattoos I have are LotR related, so…), but I’m definitely prompted to check out the others.

    I don’t think any other book series has affected me or will affect me the way this one did. If we have any say in what happens to our consciousness after death, I want to go to Middle-earth for eternity. 🙂

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    July 11, 2014
  7. My husband and I were just talking about The Silmarillion last night. He has not read it yet, and it is different from The Hobbit and LOTR. It isn’t so much an adventure story, as it is a very poetic and beautiful mythology.

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    July 11, 2014
  8. Reblogged this on words in scarlet ink and commented:
    This isn’t my post but I enjoyed it a lot. I love ‘Lord of the Rings’ so I thought I’d share.

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    July 12, 2014
  9. Reblogged this on Ms M's Bookshelf and commented:
    I just love reading about little-known facts like these about great books and movies. 101 Books is a terrific site; always something interesting to read about here. Thanks, Robert.

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    July 13, 2014
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