Elijah Wood used Alka-Seltzer tablets so he would foam from the mouth when Shelob stabbed him.

Grieving

The scene in which the group is mourning Gandalf’s death was shot before Ian McKellen even started any of the work for the film.

Eagles

Ever wonder why those giant eagles that flew Frodo and Sam to safety from Mount Doom don’t just fly the group to Mount Doom in the first place? Tolkien’s reasoning behind this is that eagles don’t listen to anyone or take orders.

Dead Marshes

Tolkien’s daughter states that she believes the descriptions Tolkien gave about the Dead Marshes actually represent his experience in World War I.

Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee, who plays Saruman, was the only person to have actually met Tolkien from the live-action Lord of the Rings films.

Gandalf

Before Sir Ian McKellen nabbed the role of Gandalf, the part was originally offered to Sean Connery. However, Sean Connery turned the offer down which was $30 million and 15% of the film trilogy profits. Because the films became massive hits, Sean Connery lost out on over $450,000,000.

Best Picture

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was the first fantasy film ever to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King

Author Tolkien did not want the third installment of his book trilogy to be titled The Return of The King. He felt that the title gave away too much of the story, but the publisher still went with the title.

Hobbit feet

Over 1,800 pairs of hobbit feet were cast and made for the three different films.

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