The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Poster



John Howe, Alan Lee: In the prologue, the two most famous Middle-earth artists can be seen as two of the nine human kings.
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Christopher Lee read "The Lord of the Rings" once a year until his death in 2015 and had done so since the year it was published, and is the only member of the cast and crew ever to have met J.R.R. Tolkien.
Gandalf's painful encounter with a ceiling beam in Bilbo's hobbit-hole was not in the script - Ian McKellen banged his forehead against the beam accidentally, not on purpose. Peter Jackson thought McKellen did a great job "acting through" the mistake, and so kept it in.
Viggo Mortensen did his own stunts. He also insisted on using only the real steel sword, instead of significantly lighter aluminum sword or safer rubber sword which were manufactured for battle scenes and stunts.
Peter Jackson gave one of the rings used in the movies to both Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis as a gift when the shoot was finished. They both thought they had the only one.
The cast often had to fly to remote shoot locations by helicopter. Sean Bean (Boromir) was afraid of flying and would only do it when absolutely necessary. When they were shooting the scenes of the Fellowship crossing the snowy mountains, he'd spend two hours every morning climbing from the base of the mountain to the set near the top, already dressed as Boromir. The crew being flown up could see him from their helicopters.
Viggo Mortensen chipped a tooth while filming a fight sequence. He wanted Peter Jackson to superglue it back on so he could finish his scene, but the director took him to the dentist on his lunch break, had it patched up, and returned to the set that afternoon.
Viggo Mortensen joined the film when it was already shooting, never having met Peter Jackson before, nor indeed having read the J.R.R. Tolkien books. It was Mortensen's 11-year-old son Henry Mortensen who was the chief instigator in convincing Mortensen to sign on as Aragorn.
When Pippin is being hit with the apples after asking about second breakfast, it is Viggo Mortensen himself chucking the apple at his head. They had to shoot the scene 16 times to get it just right, and Billy Boyd says he believes Mortensen enjoyed himself immensely.
For high-tech tasks, a computer program called MASSIVE made armies of CG orcs, elves, and humans. These digital creations could 'think' and battle independently - identifying friend or foe - thanks to individual fields of vision. Peter Jackson's team could click on one creature in a crowd scene of 20,000 and see through his "eyes". Different species even boast unique fighting styles.
John Rhys-Davies, who plays Gimli the dwarf, is the tallest of the actors who play members of the Fellowship. He is 6' 1".
Orlando Bloom landed the role of Legolas two days before he finished drama school.
Over 12.5 million plastic rings were made in order to fabricate simulated chain mail for the movie. Two crew members spent the length of the shoot linking the rings by hand into suits of armor. By the end of production, they had worn the fingerprints off their thumbs and index fingers.
According to Sean Astin in the extended DVD commentary, when Bilbo drops the ring before leaving Hobbiton the floor was magnetic to prevent the ring from bouncing. This was done to demonstrate the importance and weight of the ring.
Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), who is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Danish, requested the script be revised to let Aragorn speak more of his lines in Elvish.
During the fight between the Uruk-hai, Lurtz, and Aragorn, the moment where Lurtz takes out the dagger Aragorn had stuck it in his leg, and then Lurtz threw it at him. That was an actual dagger. It was supposed to hit the tree behind Viggo Mortensen, but because of the bad capabilities with the orcs armor, he accidentally threw it towards Viggo. Luckily, Viggo was fast enough to deflect it.
Veteran sword master Bob Anderson called Viggo Mortensen "the best swordsman I've ever trained".
When the dragon firework goes off at the party, the shriek heard is Billy Boyd actually screaming, as he was unaware at the time that the firework was really going to explode on set (he thought that it would be put in digitally). It was not scripted, but that take ended up in the final film.
As well as being the only member of the cast and crew to have met J.R.R. Tolkien face to face, Christopher Lee was also the first person to be cast in the trilogy because of his extensive knowledge of the books. He frequently visited the makeup department and often gave tips about the facial design of the monsters.
When Gandalf has his big stand-off scene with the Balrog, Ian McKellen is actually acting to a green ping pong ball which was used along with the green screen technology employed during filming to give him & other cast members a reference point for some of the larger CGI characters.
Boromir's speech at the Council of Rivendell is read from a sheet of paper sitting on Sean Bean's lap as it was only given to him the night before.
The Elvish language lines spoken in the film are not just quotes from the book, they were derived from J.R.R. Tolkien's own limited dictionary of that language. Dialect coach Andrew Jack used actual recordings of Tolkien reading his books to guide the actors' pronunciation.
The different colours of blue for the elves' eyes revealed what race they were. The Lothlorien elves had light blue eyes, and the Rivendell elves were dark blue. Except when the designers forgot to alter Orlando Bloom's eye colour from dark brown to blue.
During filming, most of the members of the Fellowship took up surfing in New Zealand in their spare time. Among them was Viggo Mortensen, who wiped out terribly one day, and bruised one whole side of his face. The next day, makeup tried to mask the bruising and swelling, but were unsuccessful. Instead, Peter Jackson opted to film Mortenson from one side for the entire scene. In the Mines of Moria when they find the tomb, Aragorn is only seen from one side in the whole scene.
Originally the narration at the prologue was to be spoken by Elijah Wood, but it was felt that the information imparted had little bearing on the character of Frodo. Ian McKellen also recorded a narration but once again it was felt that Gandalf wasn't the right character to speak it. They eventually settled on Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, as it emphasizes the timelessness of the elves.
Liv Tyler accidentally stabbed herself up in the right thigh, when filming the 'If you want him, come and claim him!' sequence. Footage was featured in bloopers and outtakes of the film.
While filming the trilogy, Viggo Mortensen got so into character that during a conversation, Peter Jackson referred to him as "Aragorn" for over half an hour without him realizing it.
Viggo Mortensen purchased Arwen's horse after production and gave it to Liv Tyler's riding double.
Eight of the nine members of the Fellowship got a small tattoo of the word "nine" spelled out in Tengwar, which is the Elvish script created by Tolkien. They got it at a tattoo parlor in Wellington, New Zealand, to commemorate the experience of the movie. The ninth member, John Rhys-Davies, declined and sent his stunt double in his place. Elijah Wood's tattoo is on his lower stomach. Sean Astin and Billy Boyd have the tattoo on their ankles (to commemorate all those hours in the hobbit feet). Orlando Bloom, who plays the archer elf Legolas, has his on his forearm. His tattoo is visible during a fight scene in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). Ian McKellen's is on his shoulder. Dominic Monaghan's is on his shoulder. And the eighth member, Sean Bean, has his tattoo on his right shoulder. Viggo Mortensen has his tattoo on his left shoulder. It is visible on some pictures from the movie Eastern Promises (2007)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) were filmed simultaneously. The back-to-back shoot lasted a record-equaling 274 days, in 16 months - exactly the same time as taken for the principal photography of Apocalypse Now (1979).
Two sets of Bag End, Bilbo Baggins's home, were built. One to accommodate the Hobbits, the other 33% smaller for the full size Ian McKellen, right down to smaller versions of the books on the bookshelves.
Peter Jackson's original plan was to exclusively hire British actors for the roles of the hobbits. As it turned out, Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan were the only ones, and one of the tasks he charged them with was to coach Elijah Wood and Sean Astin in the ways of British pub culture.
Peter Jackson originally contemplated having the character of Tom Bombadil, a character that was in the book but never made it to the movie, incorporated into a cameo scene in which the Hobbits are walking through the forest and see a man with a feathered cap dart through the trees, then they hear Tom singing and begin running through the forest, but ran out of time to film it.
It is estimated that filming of the trilogy pumped about $200,000,000 into the New Zealand economy. The New Zealand government even created a Minister for Lord of the Rings, whose remit was to exploit all the economic opportunities the films represented.
Legolas's arrows in the final battle are computer generated. It would have been physically impossible for even the most gifted archer to fire off so many arrows so quickly.
The hobbits needed to appear about three to four feet tall - tiny compared with the seven-foot Gandalf. This was often accomplished using forced perspective, placing Ian McKellen (Gandalf) consistently closer to the camera than Elijah Wood in order to trick the eye into thinking McKellen is towering.
Orlando Bloom (Legolas) did most of his own stunts and broke a rib in the process.
The two most renowned Tolkien artists are Alan Lee and John Howe, and so it was important to Peter Jackson to have those two on board. Lee was tracked down to a tiny little village in Dartmoor, England and was FedExed a package of Jackson's Heavenly Creatures (1994) and a letter outlining his intentions. They monitored the progress of the FedEx package every step of the way, but were somewhat surprised when Lee rang them only 3 hours after delivery to say he'd love to work with them. Howe meanwhile was living in Switzerland, and because someone hadn't worked out the time differences between Europe and New Zealand correctly, was rung about 2am. He says that the biggest frustration with that phone call was waiting for Jackson to finish his pitch before he could say yes.
Stuart Townsend was originally cast as Aragorn, but was replaced by Viggo Mortensen after four days of shooting because Peter Jackson realized that an older actor was needed.
In one take of the Bucklebury Ferry scene, Elijah Wood overshot his jump and ended up in the river instead of on the Ferry.
The moth that Gandalf whispers to was born shortly before filming that day, and died soon after the scene was finished.
Sean Bean swears that he was not actually in New Zealand on the day they shot the scene where the Fellowship departs from Rivendell, and that Boromir must have been digitally added to the shot.
Although in the movie it seems to be only a week or so, in the book the time between when Gandalf leaves to research the Ring and tries to find Gollum and when he returns to send Frodo on his adventure is a span of 17 years.
Ian McKellen hadn't read the books when he was first approached by Peter Jackson to play Gandalf. It was Jackson's enthusiasm for the project that won him over.
The original cut ran four hours and thirty minutes.
The scripts were essentially being rewritten every day of the 15 month shoot, most of which with the added input from the actors who were all now heavily involved with their characters.
Hobbiton was made a year before production began to make it look like it was a natural, lived-in place, complete with real vegetable patches. The greens department regulated the length of the grass by having sheep eat it.
Ian McKellen based Gandalf's accent on that of J.R.R. Tolkien himself.
The Orc blacksmiths shown beneath Isengard are actually the WETA Workshop staff who made the weapons used in the film.
Throughout the trilogy, the color of Legolas' eyes change from blue to brown. This is because the contact lenses Orlando Bloom was wearing scratched his corneas and could not be worn every day. In some of the shots, the post production team digitally changed the color of his eyes.
Orlando Bloom originally auditioned for the part of Faramir, a supporting character (eventually played by David Wenham) in the next two movies. He was called back and subsequently cast, instead, in the more prominent role of Legolas.
Liv Tyler deepened her voice so much to play Arwen that her father Steven Tyler asked her if her voice had been dubbed by someone else.
After the New Zealand premiere, director Peter Jackson joined the actors who played the nine members of the Fellowship by getting a commemorative tattoo of his own. While their tattoos were the Elvish symbol for "9", Jackson received an Elvish "10".
Gimli's line "Nobody tosses a dwarf!" was filmed after the "Toss me" line in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).
Viggo Mortensen kept his sword with him at all times off set so that he could remain in character. He was questioned several times by police after reviewing his training sessions with the sword and being spotted by members of the public.
It's common practice with a high budget feature film to have more than one unit shooting at any one time, usually two or three. With "The Lord of the Rings", there were occasions when there would be between five and seven units shooting at any given time.
Bilbo Baggins' birthday cake has 111 candles on it and they eventually set fire to the polystyrene cake.
Sean Astin's scene underwater didn't really happen. He was filmed in a dry studio, with fans making his cloak billow. The water effects were added in afterwards by computer.
Sean Astin gained 30 pounds for his role as Samwise.
When Frodo is leafing through Bilbo's Book in Rivendell, a page with dwarven runes is shown. The runes translate thus: "Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks, and the setting sun with the last light of Durin's Day will shine upon the keyhole." This is a reference (actually a direct copy) to a map in the book "The Hobbit" and the runes tell of the secret entrance into The Lonely Mountain. Another page Frodo turns to shows two illustrations of swords on one page, and a key on the other. Whilst varying visually from their movie counterparts, these swords are none other than Glamdring and Orcrist, the two swords Bilbo and the Dwarves find in the troll cave. The key is of the key used to enter The Lonely Mountain.
Ian Holm, who plays Bilbo Baggins, was the voice of Frodo Baggins in the 1981 BBC Radio adaptation of "The Lord of The Rings".
The four actors playing the young Hobbits would have to go into make-up at 5am and stand for an hour and a half while their prosthetic feet were being applied. Sean Astin's personal make-up artist doing this was called Sean Foot.
During the Council of Elrond, leaves are continually falling in the background to suggest that this is a meeting that is taking place outside. This meant about half a dozen crew members were positioned above the set, dropping leaves at various intervals. This also meant that the production department had to collect sacks and sacks of leaves during autumn, and of course dead leaves turn brown fairly quickly. Which also meant that every single one of those leaves had to be individually painted.
Sometimes when there is a close-up of the ring you can hear a gruff voice chanting. This is the voice of Sauron and the words he is chanting are, "One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them," in the language of Mordor. Whenever Frodo puts the ring on, it is also Sauron speaking to him.
Orlando Bloom spent two months learning how to use a bow and arrow.
Peter Jackson has the entire Bag End set in storage.
A rubber puppet with a horrific face was superimposed over Ian Holm's face when Bilbo Baggins covets the ring in Rivendell. Holm was so delighted with the puppet that the design team had a cast iron version of it made for his mantelpiece and gave it to him as a parting gift when Holm wrapped all his scenes on the film.
More than 1,600 pairs of latex ears and feet were used during the shoot, each "cooked" in a special oven running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There was no way of removing the feet at the end of the day without damaging them and so each pair could only be used once. The used feet were shredded to prevent a black market in stolen hobbit feet but apparently Dominic Monaghan (Merry) kept a pair.
When Bilbo finds the Ring at the start of the movie Gollum shouts "My Precious" however Andy Serkis wasn't on set that day so Dominic Monaghan stood in for him.
When Frodo falls on the snow and loses the ring, a close-up of the ring with Frodo in the background is shown. In order to keep both the subjects focused, a giant ring (6 inches of diameter) was used.
Costume designer Ngila Dickson had 40 seamstresses working for her, creating over 19,000 costumes.
When he makes tea for Gandalf, Bilbo mentions "cold chicken and pickles". A line from "The Hobbit" has Gandalf telling Bilbo to bring out the cold chicken and pickles.
One of the indistinct words that Gandalf whispers to the moth when he is trapped by Saruman is "Gwaihir", the name of the eagle that later rescues him from the tower.
When Arwen escapes from the Black Riders through the river by flooding them, the spell she speaks isn't subtitled. According to the Encyclopedy of Arda (see External Links: Miscellaneous # 58), she says: "Nîn o Hithaeglir lasto beth daer; rimmo nín Bruinen dan in Ulaer", which means roughly "Waters of the Hithaeglir, hear the word of power, rush, waters of Bruinen, against the Ringwraiths"
When you see Frodo and Gandalf sitting on a cart at the beginning, forced perspective means that Elijah Wood is 3 feet behind Ian McKellen.
Although Bill the pony is a feature of the novel, the writers initially decided not to include him as the Fellowship make their journey for the simple logistical reason of transporting a horse deep into the mountains. The problem was solved in the more difficult shots by using the classic pantomime trick of dressing two people up as a horse, one at the front and one at the back.
Sean Astin reckons that there were 50 separate days of the 15-month shoot where the Hobbits had their prosthetic feet applied and they were never seen on camera.
When the fellowship comes out of hiding from the crows during their stop on the hills, Gandalf says "Spies of Saruman!" However, during the first take of this scene, Ian McKellen jokingly said "Spies of Star Wars!".
Every actor in the film wore a wig apart from Billy Jackson, the director's (Peter Jackson) toddler son, seen listening wide-eyed to a tale told by Bilbo Baggins at his birthday party; he had perfect Hobbit hair.
The Tolkien estate was never in favor of Peter Jackson's film adaptation but seeing as J.R.R. Tolkien signed the rights away in 1968 for $15,000 ($99,233.19 in 2012 dollars), there was nothing they could do about it. Tolkien's grandson Simon Tolkien came out in support of the production and was, according to some accounts, disowned by his relatives, although Simon's father Christopher Tolkien later denied this.
If one watched the extended versions back to back it would take him or her 681 min (11 hr, 21 min) to finish it.
The illuminated door that leads to the Mines of Moria was painted with the same substance that cats' eyes and road signs are made of.
The scene of Bilbo finding the Ring in the prologue was the last scene that Ian Holm shot as Bilbo Baggins. This same scene was also the first that Martin Freeman shot as Bilbo for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012).
The scream of the Ringwraiths is actually Fran Walsh, the co-writer and co-producer of the film.
1,460 eggs were served to the cast and crew for breakfast for every day of shooting.
Liv Tyler had never read any of the books when she was approached to appear in the film. She quickly boned up on Middle-earth lore, to the extent of even learning some Elvish.
New Zealand's army was cast as extras for large battle scenes in the film, but was forced to back out due to having to serve as peacekeepers in East Timor.
Dominic Monaghan (Merry), wore a fat suit made of foam. He drank three liters of water a day so he would not dehydrate.
Security was tight on the set: at least 3 people were arrested for attempted break-ins.
The Elves are speaking Sindarin, a fictional language, which is influenced by Welsh.
Composers are usually involved with films for about six to eight weeks. By the time this film was released, Howard Shore's involvement was stretching back for two years.
During the council scene in Rivendell when the fate of the Ring is being decided, when Boromir makes his plea for the Ring to be brought to Gondor, the "Gondor theme" can faintly be heard; in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), when the characters finally reach Gondor, this theme is heard as a full orchestral piece. Composer Howard Shore didn't plan out that this Rivendell background music would develop into the "Gondor main theme" by the third film, but it ultimately did evolve into it.
John Rhys-Davies suffered from a reaction to his prosthetics - usually inflammation around the eyes - that meant that he could never be shot on consecutive days but would always require at least a day off for his skin to return to normal. He was never anything less than 3 hours in the make-up chair.
In each film in the trilogy, the subtitle of the film is incorporated as dialogue. In this instance- Elrond: "So be it. You shall be the Fellowship of The Ring".
The climactic fight scene was shot in the middle of a heatwave, with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees. Many of the actors playing the Uruk-Hai had to be carried off the set with heat exhaustion.
The nocturnal screams of possums were used for the screeches made by the Orcs in the mines of Moria.
During Bilbo's party Pippin can be seen in the band playing a guitar.
Bret McKenzie makes a silent cameo as an elf during the Council of Elrond scene. His attractive character was noticed by fans, who dubbed him "Figwit" (short for "Frodo is great...who is THAT?!?"). His celebrity on the Internet was such that Peter Jackson (who has informally accepted the use of the name), brought him back in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), with two script dialogue lines.
Aragorn battling the Ringwraiths at Weathertop was Viggo Mortensen's very first day on set. It was also the first time that Mortensen had ever handled a sword.
Peter Jackson considered casting Sylvester McCoy as Bilbo Baggins before settling on Ian Holm. McCoy would later play Radagast the Brown in The Hobbit prequel trilogy.
Sean Connery was, at one point, offered the role for Gandalf, but he turned it down due to reportedly "not understanding the story".
The map Gandalf picks up in Bilbo's study is a reproduction of the map J.R.R. Tolkien drew for the book "The Hobbit". The map is of Erebor, The Lonely Mountain, which is the site of the quest in The Hobbit. The map plays a significant role in Peter Jackson's later trilogy of films based on that book.
Wherever possible, costume designer Ngila Dickson followed J.R.R. Tolkien's descriptions of the characters' clothing to the very letter. One such example is Bilbo Baggins's waistcoat which does indeed sport brass buttons, as referred to in "The Hobbit".
Before production began, it had to be determined whether computer effects could convincingly create battle scenes featuring thousands and thousands of warriors. Peter Jackson invested his own money in the pursuit of this software.
The voices of the Black Riders (heard when they reach the Shire, before Gandalf returns, and when Arwen carries Frodo across the river) were provided by Andy Serkis, the voice of Gollum.
Enya's lyricist Roma Ryan learned Elvish for the two songs she contributed to the film.
Although Frodo calls him Uncle Bilbo, Frodo is in fact (according to J.R.R. Tolkien) Bilbo's second cousin once removed, which is also how Pippin describes his relationship with Frodo in the Prancing Pony.
Peter Jackson's first two choices for the role of Aragorn were Daniel Day-Lewis and Russell Crowe. Crowe was excited about the prospect of being involved with a major motion picture in New Zealand, but couldn't commit due to scheduling conflicts in America. Crowe was born in and lived in New Zealand until he was four years old and his family moved to Australia.
Gollum looks different in this movie than in later installments, because scheduling forced those scenes to be filmed based on an early design (made before Andy Serkis was cast in the role). He is only seen in brief glimpses, partly due to this discrepancy, and partly to tease audiences before his entrance in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). Peter Jackson (jokingly) said in the commentary on the Extended DVD that sometime in the future he would enjoy creating a 'Special Edition' (a la Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)) where this inconsistency could be fixed.
Cate Blanchett's role as Galadriel required her to film for only a month.
When the trailer was released on Internet on 7 April 2001, it was downloaded 1.6 million times in the first 24 hours.
The overall budget for all 3 films was $300 million. Add another $200 million for the publicity and marketing of all 3.
The jeweler that made the different sized rings that were featured in the movies is in Nelson, New Zealand. Two of the rings (the biggest and the smallest) are there for public viewing.
The film stayed in the US top ten grossing films for 13 weeks.
Usually on a feature film, when the director comes to view the dailies, there's about 20-25 minutes of footage to be seen. Because of the number of different units out filming at any one time, the dailies for "The Fellowship of the Ring" were about 3-4 hours long, ie, the length of the finished film.
Although larger actors were cast as hobbits, and shrunk by special effects, the filmmakers discovered that full-size actors (i.e., six feet tall) did not look right when the effects were applied. Therefore, the hobbit actors averaged around 5'6".
In one of the most obscure references to the books, Bilbo states proudly to Gandalf that Frodo is "... a Baggins, not some blockheaded Bracegirdle from Hardbottle". Lobelia Sackville-Baggins, the relative who knocks on the door during this scene, is mentioned in the books as being born a Bracegirdle from Hardbottle.
It took eleven hours for Lawrence Makoare's full costume and makeup to be applied for the role of Lurtz.
Ian McKellen teased Ian Holm that his old age make-up made him resemble Judi Dench's mother.
While the rest of the Fellowship struggle through snow drifts, Legolas walks on the top of the snow. This is in line with the information given in the novel, where Elves are so lightweight that they are able to walk on top of snow.
Tolkien based Gandalf on two figures of mythology: first Väinämöinen, the hero of the Finnish epic Kalevala. The other is Odin, the mayor deity god of Norse Mythology. Odin is traditionally seen as an old one-eyed wanderer, with a long grey beard, an old brimmed hat and a staff. Tolkién refereed to Gandalf as an "Odinic wanderer".
New Line insisted on a prologue of two minutes. What they got was one that lasts for seven and a half.
With the exception of the Bridge of Khazad-Dum, there are no curves or circles in the architecture of Moria - only polygons.
The three trolls which were turned to stone in "The Hobbit" make a cameo in the background while Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, and Strider/Aragorn are resting after fleeing from Weathertop/Amon Sul.
The water used on the Rivendell set was brought in and contained chlorine. The entire water system had to be water-proof so that the chlorinated water would not leak into the ground and contaminate natural water. After shooting was finished, the water used was collected back.
At the birthday party, when Bilbo is naming various hobbit families, he says "Proudfoots" and a hobbit calls back "Proudfeet", with his large feet in the foreground. The shot was deliberately framed to imitate the shot used in The Lord of the Rings (1978), as an homage to the film that introduced Peter Jackson to J.R.R. Tolkien's works.
There are several close ups of fingers toying with the ring. While some have lovely cuticles and nails, some look quite ragged (see goofs). The latter are actually Elijah Wood's hands. He has a habit of biting his nails.
For the musical background to the chase in the mines of Moria, Howard Shore wanted some heavy chanting, so he cast a Maori choir.
Some of the customers in the Prancing Pony are walking around on stilts to emphasize the height disparity with the Hobbits.
Bilbo's cake caught fire as he was about to leave the party, but Ian Holm gamely finished the scene.
Fans were offered the chance to have their names in the special edition's hugely lengthy closing credits for $39.95.
Christopher Lee broke his left hand after he slammed it on his hotel door. The injury is obviously seen as Saruman jeers at the Fellowship's plight on Caradhras.
One of the stuntmen dislocated a shoulder in the scene where the Hobbits tumble down the hill after pilfering vegetables. This was also the very first day of shooting.
The big trees in Lothlorien forest are made of rubber.
Miramax was the first studio to express an interest in Peter Jackson's interpretation of the books but wanted to do it all in one film. Jackson refused, leaving him with four weeks to find another studio for funding, touting the project as two films. Calling upon his friend Mark Ordesky, who was an executive at New Line, a pitch was set up with New Line President Robert Shaye. His only quibble with the presentation was that it had to be three films.
In order to make "forced perspective" a bit more interesting, the filmmakers devised a totally new system consisting of a pulley and a platform. When the camera moved (which is normally impossible as the forced perspective would become obvious) the actor(s) also moved, and the perspective (7-foot Gandalf - 4-foot hobbits) would always be okay. They also used three differently sized props (large, medium, small) to interact with the different sized characters
Patrick Stewart was offered the role of Gandalf but he turned it down because he didn't like the script.
On the film's first theatrical release, a story circulated (and was reported in the goofs section) that when Sam tells Frodo that he is now the farthest he has ever been from home, a car is visible driving by in the background (top-right corner of the screen). Arguments ensued. Some said it was smoke from a chimney, others said they saw the glint of sunlight reflected from the windscreen of a fast-moving vehicle. In the version of the film released on DVD there is definitely no car, only chimney smoke and a one-frame flash of light that could conceivably be a car, but not in any sense that could be considered a goof. Peter Jackson says (in the commentary track on the Extended DVD) that he looked at every frame on a computer and has never seen anything resembling a car and claims that it's nonsense (and certainly the original sighting remains unconfirmed by IMDb goof spotters). In the documentary of extended DVD version, editor John Gilbert says that there was a car in the background, but they thought no-one would notice it. They got rid of it in the DVD version. In a subsequent magazine interview, Jackson agreed that the car was there.
While filming the scenes on the River Anduin, Orlando Bloom and John Rhys-Davies were swept out of their boats.
Elijah Wood never wore a full chain-mail Mithril vest, only the top half.
When Bilbo makes his farewell speech at the party, Dominic Monaghan read the speech for the reaction shots of the hobbits.
Ranked #2 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Fantasy" in June 2008.
During filming, Liv Tyler left her pair of prosthetic ears on the dashboard of her car. When she returned they had melted.
About 28 separate Hobbit holes had to be built for the Shire. Each one had to be different.
The New Zealand government brokered a new tax deal when New Line threatened to pull the production.
As Gandalf and the others leap the stairway gap in Moria while fleeing the balrog, incoming arrows shot at them by goblins high above seem to rapidly flex. This is not an accidental special-effects artifact; arrows actually do this, and it contributes to stable flight, similar to a gyroscope's effect. That one of Legolas' arrows does not flex in a flying-point-of-view shot may indicate that elvish arrows are enchanted - or that the filmmakers just wanted to spare the audience the extra distraction in that shot.
The large tree that stands above Bag End was built especially by the production department. Every leaf had to be manually attached.
During the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, twenty minutes of the film was shown to a crowd at a nearby castle, including members of the production - the first time the film's actors had seen any completed footage.
In the extended DVD edition of the film, during the "Concerning Hobbits" prologue, there is a brief shot of Sam holding up a bunch of flowers by the rootball for planting. This is the only place in the trilogy where Sam - Bilbo and Frodo's gardener - is actually seen gardening.
During one take of the Buckleberry Ferry scene, a very strong splinter found its way through Dominic Monaghan's prosthetic foot and into his own causing him considerable pain. While crew members took the splinter out of his foot, Monaghan bragged to his fellow hobbits as to how large the splinter would be, but it ended up being very small. From that point on Billy Boyd would tease him about splinters whenever something happened to Dominic, much to Dominic's frustration.
The design for the Hobbits's feet took over a year to perfect. Over 1800 feet were produced for the 4 lead Hobbits alone, and each pair would take about an hour and a half to be put on over the actors' real feet.
Galadriel's home at Lothlorien was the largest miniature set built for the trilogy.
The shots that were too visually complex to be conveyed on a storyboard were rendered digitally on a computer in a stage known as pre-visualisation. Peter Jackson received a lot of pointers on this from George Lucas and his Star Wars producer Rick McCallum at Skywalker Ranch. When he returned to New Zealand, he hired a lot of recent digital artist graduates to help him create his previz concepts.
This film was the first recipient of The American Film Institute's Movie of the Year Award.
Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, changed its name to Middle Earth for the film's opening.
Pregnancy changed Peter Jackson's vision of "Lord of the Rings". Originally, he wanted to cast Lucy Lawless as Galadriel and Uma Thurman as Arwen. Unfortunately, both actresses became pregnant after being asked to read, and the roles were filled in by Cate Blanchett and Liv Tyler, respectively. Uma Thurman was also considered for to play Eowyn in later installments, but Miranda Otto landed that role.
John Astin, Sean Astin's father, was considered for the role of Gandalf. He had also worked with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh before in The Frighteners (1996), and came back very excited about their passion for film, which led to Sean Astin to pursue the role of Sam.
Peter Jackson shot many scenes directly from the earlier, animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings (1978) directed by Ralph Bakshi.
Dominic Monaghan suffered from hay fever while filming the scene in the cornfield.
The sounds of the Orcs were in part recordings of elephant seal pups at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA, a marine mammal hospital that rescues, rehabilitates and releases sick and injured seals, sea lions, whales, and dolphins.
The main sound elements for the cave troll were a walrus, a tiger and a horse.
While Christopher Lee was always Peter Jackson's first choice for the role of Saruman, Jackson did consider Tim Curry, Jeremy Irons and Malcolm McDowell for the role.
Elijah Wood dressed up in breeches and a flowing shirt and went out into the hills to shoot his audition tape. His friend George Huang directed the video.
James Horner was contacted to compose the music for the film but he was unavailable because of his work on A Beautiful Mind (2001). The choice of Howard Shore as composer took some people by surprise because he was associated with dark thriller films and he never worked on an epic film of this scale. He ultimately won his first Academy Award for Best Original Score for this film.
Development of a live-action adaptation of the "Lord Of The Rings" books had been in process as far back as 1957, when Hugo award-winning science fiction magazine editor Forrest J. Ackerman had successfully convinced J.R.R. Tolkien himself to grant him permission to attempt one. In the 40+ years before Peter Jackson finally managed to film the trilogy, John Boorman, Stanley Kubrick, and even The Beatles had all either attempted or expressed interest in filming their own adaptation.
David Bowie expressed interest in the role of Elrond, but Peter Jackson stated, "To have a famous, beloved character and a famous star colliding is slightly uncomfortable."
Large amounts of hair had to be imported into New Zealand for all the wigs. They found some women in Russia who were cutting their hair and selling it to film-makers.
In the mines of Moria, the battery for Ian McKellen's illuminated staff is hidden within the folds of his robes.
The bridge in Hobbiton was built by the New Zealand army out of polystyrene.
Co-producer Rick Porras's wedding ring was the template for the One Ring.
Ian Holm was always Peter Jackson's first choice to play Bilbo Baggins.
During production, writer Brian Sibley visited the set. Sibley had previously written the BBC Radio adaptation (with Ian Holm), as well as the text to two maps of Middle-Earth. In this case, he was researching for two books about the production of the film version. He met co-writer Fran Walsh, and discovered that they both had an interest in genealogy. They discovered that they had common ancestors buried in New Zealand and were, therefore, distant cousins.
John Howe designed Bag End to resemble a perfectly English home even though he's never actually been to England.
Jake Gyllenhaal auditioned for the role of Frodo.
'Moria' in Koine Greek quite appropriately means "folly" or "foolishness." In Elvish it just means "black chasm". In Italian (accent on "i") it means a deadly epidemic, like pest or smallpox. In Dwarvish it's Khazad-dûm, a very more reassuring "House of the Dwarves"...
The portraits hanging above the fireplace in Bag End are based on the likenesses of director Peter Jackson and producer Fran Walsh.
Liam Neeson turned down the role of Boromir.
After much deliberation, it was decided to do away with a prologue as it would have been so overstuffed with information. It was only after production had wrapped and Peter Jackson had flown to London to start working on the scoring of the film did he get an instruction from New Line, the film's backers, which said there had to be a prologue. So, while Howard Shore was recording the music track, Jackson and his editor John Gilbert would be huddled in a corner with an Avid machine, compiling the footage that he had originally dispensed with.
A scene involving the Fellowship escaping the Uruk-Hai via some river rapids had to be abandoned as extreme flooding in the Queenstown area had washed the set away.
The total crew amounted to over 3,000 people of which approximately over 300 were in the art department alone.
Dominic Monaghan (Merry) originally auditioned for the role of Frodo Baggins.
The designs for the Mines of Moria sets were inspired by the works of Venetian artist Gian-Battista Piranesi and Dutch artist M.C. Escher.
Viggo Mortensen became very attached to his sword during filming, while trying to fully become his character. He often carried it around with him and even had the police stop him once for having it in public.
Twenty of the 30 minutes of the unusually long credits at the end of the Extended Edition, are dedicated to listing the Charter Members of the Official Lord of the Rings Fan Club. Included as Charter Members are Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, and many other cast and crew members.
Although Bilbo Baggins's opening scenes are in Hobbiton, Ian Holm never actually worked on the location. His scenes were all done against blue screen.
Although the film received a PG rating in the UK, it was with a disclaimer that some scenes might be unsuitable for young children. After Jurassic Park (1993) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), it was only the third film to receive such a disclaimer.
The Weta Workshop produced 58 miniatures which were so large and detailed they were nicknamed "bigatures".
There is a second hidden extra in the 4-disc version of the DVD. It is the preview of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), that was attached to theatrical prints of Fellowship of the Ring near the end of its cinema run. You can find it by going to the chapter index of the second disc, going to the last chapter "Official Fan Club Credits" and pressing "down". An icon of The Two Towers appears. Press play and you'll see Peter Jackson presenting this feature. The same trailer is on disc two of the blu-ray release. Just stay at the special features screen after letting the extended credits roll.
The city visited by Gandalf when he's looking for information about Bilbo's ring after his birthday party is Minas Tirith, shown extensively in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
During the Fellowship's stay in Lothlorien, Boromir says that his father Denethor is "a noble man." In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Denethor is played by John Noble.
At Bree, when the Nazgul "kill" the hobbits, Peter Jackson does a close up reaction shot of Merry, as he pulls back you can see Frodo come into frame. To facilitate the shot he wanted, Jackson had Elijah Wood sit on the very edge of the bed and then slide in as the camera pulled back. If you watch carefully you can see he is in motion.
The entire trilogy was voted #9 in Total Film's 100 Greatest Movies Of All Time list (November 2005).
Ian McKellen originally declined the role of Gandalf due to scheduling conflicts with X-Men (2000).
John Howe, brought in to work on the production because of his longstanding reputation as being one of the great artists of J.R.R. Tolkien's work, was given the task of designing the Moria Orcs himself.
Cate Blanchett joked that she took the role of Galadriel because, "I've always wanted pointy ears".
There were supposed to be 144 Hobbits at Bilbo Baggins' party. Due to budgetary constraints, there are actually only 100.
29 Ringwraith costumes were made in total.
Viggo Mortensen claimed that although filming of entire trilogy was technically wrapped by December 2000, they had ran over-budget and that the second and third movies required expensive re shoots of sub par footage over the following years.
Miramax spent $14 million to develop the project, but because of the projected budget, Weinsteins needed Disney's approval to go ahead. Harvey Weinstein made the pitch for two films, with a projected budget of no more than $180 million. Disney's head Michael Eisner rejected his proposal. He thought Lord of the Rings would not translate well to film and there was a limited audience for the fantasy genre. After Eisner's rejection Weinsteins reluctantly let Peter Jackson shop the project to other studios. After sitting through Jackson's presentation, New Line's chief executive, Robert Shaye, committed to three films with a combined budget of $350 million.
Howard Shore used the music of Richard Wagner as his primary influence for the films' musical scores. Wagner's most famous work is the four-opera cycle called "The Ring of the Nibelung".
Bilbo says the words, "I'm not at home," when some relatives bang on his door. "Not At Home" is also a chapter title from The Hobbit.
Vin Diesel auditioned for the role of Aragorn.
Anthony Hopkins and Kate Winslet both turned down roles in the trilogy.
Peter Jackson wanted either Russell Crowe or Daniel Day-Lewis for Aragorn. Both of them turned it down, Crowe choosing A Beautiful Mind (2001) instead, despite him hailing from New Zealand. He was also unwilling to play a role similar to his one in Gladiator (2000)
When Gimli proclaims "Nobody tosses a dwarf," this is a reference to the bizarre 1970s fad of dwarf tossing.
The only trilogy ever to have all 3 films nominated for the top 100 greatest films of all time by the AFI (American Film Institute).
Peter Jackson was concerned that the executives at New Line Cinema would object to the amount of smoking in the film. He jokingly suggested that if there was an objection that Gandalf would be re-written to have recently given up smoking and instead would suck on candies in an effort to curb his addiction. Fortunately for the filmmakers, there was no objection to the smoking.
Stuntwoman Lani Jackson doubled for Arwen for some fight scenes that were cut from the film. Jackson does appear in the film trilogy as various stunt orcs.
In the book, it is Frodo who had been pilfering Farmer Maggot's Crops and he had stolen mushrooms from the farm years prior when he was only a child.
Movie theater prints of The Fellowship of the Ring were labeled "Changing Seasons" on the film can and the actual reels.
WILHELM SCREAM: 00:3:20 after Sauron's third strike that kills a swath of enemies, The Ring is displayed while he is clutching his weapon. It can be heard briefly and partially.
Though this is the first time that three films have been shot concurrently, it is not the first time that more than one film in a planned series has been shot simultaneously. In fact, the cast of this film features actors from the other projects. Christopher Lee had appeared in The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974)--although those films were shot as one, then decided later to split in two. Elijah Wood made his film debut in Back to the Future Part II (1989), which was shot back-to-back with Back to the Future Part III (1990). Hugo Weaving and later Bruce Spence (who played the Mouth of Sauron in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Extended Edition) also appeared in The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003), which were shot at the same time.
Richard Taylor's Weta Workshop made over 45,000 individual items from prosthetics to armor for the films.
In the French version, names are translated (as in the books) into names that sound medieval to French people. Thus, Frodo and Bilbo Baggins are called "Frodon et Bilbon Sacquet", the Shire is "La Comté", Rivendell is "Fondcombe", and so on.
1800 Hobbit feet were made for the production.
Warwick Davis, Timothy Spall and Robert Trebor auditioned for the role of Gimli.
The MTV Council of Elrond spoof easter egg Lord of the Piercing (2002) does not appear on the UK version of the 4-disc set. This is because the BBFC would have required a "12" certificate for the set had it been included, instead of a "PG" certificate. For the same reason one of the documentaries has had some swearing cut out.
Tom Baker was a candidate for the role of Gandalf after his brief, but praised, cameo as the dying elven king in Dungeons & Dragons (2000). He turned it down, not willing to spend months in New Zealand.
Bill Bailey auditioned for the role of Gimli.
Tom Wilkinson was offered a role in the trilogy, but he didn't like the prospect of a year long production keeping him away from his family.
In a departure from the original Tolkien, Gandalf's sword (Glamdring) does not glow in the presence of orcs (like Bilbo's Sting) and is never named. In commentary for the Extended Edition, Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens joked that "budgetary cuts" led to "not enough blue left" for both swords. However, commentary for one of the later "prequel" films explained that a glowing Glamdring would have looked too much like a Star Wars "light-sabre".
Look carefully at the left hand margin of Bilbo's book when Frodo is flicking through it at Rivendell. Just before he turns it to look at the map you can briefly see the names of all 13 Dwarves featured in The Hobbit. (Bilbo also mentions wanting to go and see Lake-town again in the same scene.)
In order to make the actors playing Hobbits and Dwarfs look noticeably smaller than humans, Wizards and Elves, roughly three techniques were used. The easiest way was to simply put some actors farther away from the camera than others, using the perspective as a way to make some appear taller than others. In other situations, a small actor was used as a scale double, with the face of the real actor digitally superimposed over the double's face. Finally, for several shots, actors were filmed separately against a green screen, and were digitally composited together into the same shot with the desired height (the final shot at the end of the Council of Elrond was filmed this way). In Middle-Earth lore, Dwarfs are slightly taller than Hobbits; luckily, John Rhys-Davies (Gimli the Dwarf) was slightly taller than the actors playing the Hobbits, so in every shot in which Gimli and a Hobbit actor appear, he did not have to be filmed separately from his fellow actors.
Lurtz's name is never spoken aloud in the original film; it is only known from the franchise and credits. However, in the extended edition of the film, Lurtz's name is spoken by Saruman. Despite some initial fears that he was an entirely new character, he really wasn't much different from other 'generic Uruk-hai leaders' already present in the book.
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In August 2002 the DVD/ video release set a UK record when it chalked up sales of 2.4 million.
In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #50 Greatest Movie of All Time. This film was the most recently released entry of the 100 motion pictures compiled in the AFI's list.
When the hobbits are shown reacting to Gandalf's fireworks at Bilbo's party, they were actually reacting to a flashing light and an air horn.
Sam Neill was considered for the role of Gandalf.
Soria Moria Castle is a Norwegian fairy tale made famous by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe in their classical Norske Folkeeventyr. JRR Tolkien acknowledged that the name (in sound, not meaning) lay behind his "Mines of Moria."
There are 47 chimneys in the Hobbiton location.
This is one of five films to have sat at number 1 for any amount of time on the IMDb Top 250. The others being The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Godfather (1972), Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), and The Dark Knight (2008).
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Christopher Plummer was offered the role of Gandalf but turned it down because of the long filming commitment.
Bruce Willis, a fan of the book, expressed interest in the role of Boromir.
Hugo Weaving was recovering from the flu during the filming of the scene where Elrond talks to Gandalf at Rivendell, and as a result he had a hoarse voice. Co-writer Philippa Boyens remarked on the DVD commentary that she felt it actually enhanced the quality of his voice.
Stanley Kubrick once considered directing a Lord of the Rings adaptation. Ironically, his death was indirectly responsible for Peter Jackson being able to get the cast he wanted. Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett were going to appear in the film Minority Report (2002). Kubrick's death caused Spielberg to delay that film and make A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) first.
The story that Bilbo Baggins tells at his birthday party about the trolls actually takes place in 'The Hobbit'.
Helena Bonham Carter expressed an interest in the role of Arwen.
The Beatles wanted to star in an adaptation of Lord of the Rings and asked Stanley Kubrick to direct. Kubrick declined, feeling the books were unfilmable. The cast would have been Paul McCartney as Frodo, George Harrison as Gandalf, Ringo Starr as Samwise, and 'John Lennon' as Gollum.
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Because Lawrence Makoare's vision was impaired while he was made up to look like Lurtz he could not pull punches during the sequences when he battles Aragorn in hand-to-hand combat rather than having Makoare do this sequence over until he could pull his punches, Viggo Mortensen decided to fight back just as realistically making the physical blows completely real.
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Billy Connolly was considered for the role of Gimli. He would later play Dáin II Ironfoot in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).
Animator Ralph Bakshi who made The Lord of the Rings (1978) admitted in a 2001 Empire magazine interview that he was jealous of Peter Jackson and his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
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Johnny Vegas auditioned for the role of Sam. He recalled, "I was dreadful. I'm in front of a blue screen, they go, 'Imagine a spider' and there's me going, 'Oooh, Shelob! Shelob!' Peter Jackson's taking his glasses off and rubbing his eyes, saying: I flew from New Zealand for this."
Bernard Hill was considered to play Gandalf. He would play Theoden in the next two films.
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About 3,100 shots (78% of the Super 35 film) were color graded at Colorfront in Wellington, NZ using 5D Colossus software after being scanned by an Imagica XE scanner full 2K resolution (2048*1536). The color-graded shots were then recorded on Kodak 5242 intermediate film by two Arri Laser film recorders at 10 bits per channel. Because only 78% of the film was digital, a digitally squeezed anamorphic print could not be made for the whole movie. Instead, the digital shots were recorded on an inter-negative hardmatted at 1.77:1, intercut with the non-digital original negative (which had been color timed by The Film Unit, NZ), and printed to 2.39:1 anamorphic Kodak film using an optical printer at Deluxe, LA. Fuji 3519-D was used for release prints.
Producer Tim Sanders left the project after principal photography had commenced.
Robin Atkin Downes and Jason Carter auditioned for the role of Aragorn.
The only film in the trilogy to be given the PG rating in New Zealand.
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Executive Producer Mark Ordesky recommended Viggo Mortensen after seeing him in a play.
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Liv Tyler was one of the last actors to be cast, on 25 August 1999.
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Christopher Lee would later play a similar role in the "Star Wars" prequels, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) and in those films, Count Dooku (Lee) is a former Jedi whom has turned to the dark side and become apprentice to Darth Sidious (Ian McDiarmid).
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Lurtz's face markings is an upside down Hand of Saruman.
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In an interview on the podcast WTF With Marc Maron, actor/comedian James Corden revealed that his first film audition was for the role of Sam.
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Liv Tyler was scared to operate a car during filming in New Zealand due to having to drive on the opposite side of the road than what she was used to in the United States. She often had Orlando Bloom drive her around as he was familiar with driving on the left side of the road being from England.
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The lead ring wraith's horse, a black Thoroughbred gelding, was purchased by an American equestrian and began a competitive career in three-day eventing under the name "Frodo Baggins".
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Andy Serkis would later go on to play another bald character whom is a CG character - Supreme Leader Snoke in the third Star Wars trilogy. Fans speculated that the "Lord of the Rings" was one of George Lucas influences behind the "Star Wars" saga. Christopher Lee played Count Dooku in the "Star Wars" prequels.
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When the four hobbits are hiding underneath the grass verge early in the film the black rider approaches above them. There is a gap between the tree and the pathway to the right of the screen in which you should see the rider pass through before entering the centre of the screen, however he does not pass through it.
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Nicolas Cage turned down the role of Aragorn due to family obligations.
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Features two actors who have played James Bond villains: Christopher Lee from The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and Sean Bean from GoldenEye (1995).
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In the book, the Elfstone is a gift from Galadriel (Arwen's mother) to Aragorn, during the scene in which she gave gifts to the remaining members of the fellowship as they left Lothlorien. In the movie, Arwen gave Aragorn the stone herself; and Galadriel tells Aragorn he already has a more precious gift than any she could give him.
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Patrick McGoohan and Nigel Hawthorne both turned down the role of Gandalf due to ill health.
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Liv Tyler was sick with flu during production.
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The filmmakers approached Liv Tyler after seeing her performance in Plunkett & Macleane (1999), and New Line Cinema leaped at the opportunity of having one Hollywood star in the film.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Christopher Lee' s voice in the Italian version of the film was dubbed by Omero Antonutti.
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Elijah Wood was the first actor to be cast on 7 July 1999
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In the book, it is Gandalf who guesses the answer to the riddle that guards the entrance to the Mines of Moria. In the film, it is Frodo.
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Zo Hartley: A Hobbit of the couple who were about to kiss before the other ate a cupcake instead in the Extended Edition.
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Michael Elsworth: Cirdan the Shipwright in the left of Gil-galad and Galadriel during the film's prologue, and an archivist who escorts Gandalf to the archives in Minas Tirith.
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Matt Appleton: One of the Elves at the Council of Elrond.
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Gino Acevedo: One of the Dwarf-lords during the film's prologue.
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Director Cameo 

Peter Jackson: As the belching peasant, outside the Prancing Pony Inn in Bree.

Director Trademark 

Peter Jackson: [children] Jackson's children Billy Jackson and Katie Jackson are listed in the end credits as "Cute Hobbit Children".


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The ironic part about the Fellowship mourning the loss of Gandalf was, at that point, none of the cast members had met Ian McKellen, let alone seen him dressed up as the wizard.
The dummy of Sean Bean's body, seen at the end, was so convincing that a crew member, while taking lunch orders, asked other cast members if he wanted anything.
When Frodo is leaving everyone behind at the river Anduin to take up the quest on his own, divers went into the water to make sure it would be free of any sharp objects or debris for Sean Astin to run into when Sam goes chasing after him. Although they gave the OK, Sean ended up stepping on a piece of glass that completely pierced his foot from top to bottom, requiring a helicopter to transport him to the nearest hospital and several stitches.
J.R.R. Tolkien's original novel describes the fate of all of the surviving dwarves from The Hobbit. Gimli originally comes to Rivendell only to escort his father, Gloin; a member of Bilbo's quest; who has come to inform the Elves that servants of Sauron are searching for Bilbo. Gimli ends up being selected so that the Dwarves, along with all the other free peoples of Middle-Earth, would be represented in the Fellowship. Balin, whose tomb the find in Moria, was also a member. Sadly, most of the other surviving dwarves accompanied Balin there and were killed when the Orcs and the Balrog returned.
Sean Bean is wearing a fiberglass bodysuit underneath his costume for his death scene to stop the arrows sticking out of him from wobbling.
Production designer Grant Major personally supervised the translation of all the writings in Balin's tomb into Dwarvish. He was then horrified to learn that a visiting J.R.R. Tolkien scholar had taken great offence at seeing the phrase "Joe was here" among the writings. They scoured the contents of Balin's tomb and found nothing, only to learn that the scholar - who was overly serious about everything to do with Tolkien - had been told this by a crew carpenter who has having a joke at his expense. Intrepid fans later published screen captures and translations of Moria wall segments where the runes spelled "John was here" and "Made in New Zealand". During pre-production, Weta artists asked Tolkien expert Michael Martinez if there were any examples of Orc graffiti in the book. Martinez found one citation (in the chapter where Frodo, Sam, and Gollum see a defaced statue in Gondor). He used other passages to argue that the Orcs would have used runes to carve graffiti on Moria's walls.
The climax of the film actually inter-cuts the last chapter of the book (Boromir trying to take the Ring from Frodo, Frodo's escape and his departure with Sam) with the first chapter of the second book, which shows Boromir's death and funeral, Merry and Pippin's capture, and Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas beginning their pursuit of the Orcs.
Body count: 118
That's a silicon shell of Sean Bean that goes over the waterfall at the end.
Ian McKellen enjoyed playing Gandalf the Grey more than his transformed state in the next two films.
Sean Bean named Boromir's death in this film as his favourite onscreen death.
The chapter titles "A Long-expected Party", "A Short Cut to Mushrooms", "The Bridge of Khazad-dum", "Lothlorien", and "The Breaking of the Fellowship" from "The Fellowship of The Ring" are spoken lines at their respective points in the storyline with the exception of "The Breaking of The Fellowship" which is foreshadowed during the scene at "The Mirror of Galadriel". "Riddles In The Dark" is also mentioned - the name of a chapter from "The Hobbit". In the extended version released on DVD, the prologue title "Concerning Hobbits" was mentioned by Ian Holm (Bilbo) in the opening scenes at Bag End - before the first chapter is named.
Despite Liv Tyler's role in the films, the character of Arwen only appears in one scene in The Fellowship of the Ring before the Counsel of Elrond and again with just one spoken line in The Return of the King after the One Ring is destroyed. Other key scenes from the book were not shown in the films, while many others were altered for the sake of entertainment. Several characters from the books, including Tom Bombadil, Glorfindel, Radagast and Bill Ferny, were never shown or hinted at in the films.
In the films, the shards of Narsil are kept at Rivendell, and not reforged and given to Aragorn until midway through the third film. This is a notable difference from the book, in which Aragorn is already in possession of the broken sword when the hobbits first meet up with him in Bree. According to Peter Jackson's commentary on the DVD, one of the reasons for this change is because he felt Aragorn would look silly wielding a broken sword.

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