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theladyofgondor “Forth, Eorlingas!”
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I always think it's really sad and ironic how Theoden died. I mean his whole Rohirric culture revolves around horses, and then it turned out that his horse Snowmane was his bane. I do like the movies variation of his death a touch better than the book because Eowyn was with him as he died. I always thought it was tragic in the book that he never saw her face again, and she was literally just a few feet away from him.
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filmtrivia The scene where Merry and Pippin bump into Frodo and Sam and all the hobbits tumble down the hill after pilfering vegetables was the very first day of shooting in the entire Trilogy◆A scene of a fresh-faced very young Aragorn with much longer hair meeting (Arwen) for the first time was filmed, but Peter Jackson was unable to find a suitable place for it◆ Liam Neeson turned down the role of Boromir◆ Patrick Stewart turned down the Gandalf role because he disliked the script◆ Peter Jackson wanted to cast Lucy Lawless as (Galadriel) and Uma Thurman as (Arwen). Both actresses became pregnant after being asked to read, and the roles were filled in by (Cate Blanchett) and (Liv Tyler)◆ Patrick McGoohan (who potrayed King Edward Longshanks in Braveheart) turned down the role of Gandalf due to poor health◆ Sean Connery also turned down the role of Gandalf◆ Stuart Townsend was originally cast as Aragorn, but was replaced by Viggo Mortensen after four days of shooting. Jackson realized that an older actor was needed◆ Nicolas Cage, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Russell Crowe all turned down the role of Aragorn◆ David Bowie almost got the part of Lord Elrond◆Jake Gyllenhaal auditioned for the role of Frodo◆ Vin Diesel (a fan of the book) auditioned for Aragorn◆While the Fellowship struggle through snow drifts, Legolas walks on the top of the snow. In the novel, Elves are so lightweight that they are able to walk on top of snow◆ When Gandalf is trapped by Saruman, he whispers to the moth (Gwaihir) the name of the eagle that later rescues him from the tower.The moth was born shortly before filming that day, and died soon after the scene was finished◆
Aragorn battling the Ringwraiths at Weathertop right after Frodo gets stabbed was Viggo Mortensen's very first day on set. It was also the first time that Mortensen had ever handled a sword on camera after a crash course training◆
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  •   filmtrivia When Gandalf has his big stand-off scene with the firery Balrog, Ian McKellen is actually acting to a ping pong ball◆ Eight of the nine members of the Fellowship got a small tattoo of the word (nine) spelled out in Elvish. The 9th member (John Rhys-Davies/Gimli) declined and sent his stunt double in his place◆ The 3 trolls that were turned to stone in the 2012 Hobbit film can be seen 60 years later in the background when Pippin asks Aragorn if Frodo is going to die◆
    During Bilbo's party, Pippin can be seen in the band playing a guitar◆
    (Robin Atkin Downes) & (Jason Carter) auditioned for the role of Aragorn◆The Tolkien estate was never in favor of Peter Jackson's film adaptation◆ Ian Holm, who plays Bilbo Baggins, was the voice of Frodo Baggins in the 1981 BBC Radio adaptation of "The Lord of The Rings"◆ Sean Astin's father, John Astin, auditioned for the role of Gandalf◆ Elijah Wood & Ian McKellen both recorded a narration for the prologue but eventually the one with Cate Blanchett as Galadriel was used◆ Peter Jackson is the man eating the carrot outside the Prancing Pony. Some of the customers in the (Prancing Pony) are walking around on stilts to emphasize the height disparity with the Hobbits. In the beginning of (The Desolation Of Smaug) Thorin & Gandalf are eating at Prancing Pony◆ The big trees in Lothlorien forest were made of rubber◆ The climactic fight scene at the end 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◆
    Legolas's arrows in the final battle are computer generated◆ Sean Astin gained 30 pounds for his role as Samwise◆ The map Gandalf picks up in Bilbo's study is of Erebor, The Lonely Mountain. This is the same map Thorin hands to Elrond so that he can translate it for them in the first Hobbit film◆ 7mon
  •   filmtrivia Christopher Lee was the only member of the cast and crew to have met (J.R.R. Tolkien) face to face. Tolkien gave Lee his blessing to play Gandalf if there ever was a film version of Lord of the Rings, but he ended up playing Saruman◆ John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) is actually the tallest member of the Fellowship. He is 6' 1◆ Ian McKellen based Gandalf's accent on (J.R.R. Tolkien himself)◆ Gandalf's banging his head on the ceiling beam in Bilbo's hobbit-hole was really an accident & not in the script◆ The Orc blacksmiths shown beneath (Isengard) are actually the WETA Workshop staff who made the weapons used in the film◆ Dominic Monaghan (Merry) originally auditioned for the role of Frodo◆ Sylvester McCoy was contacted about playing Bilbo, and was kept in place as a potential Bilbo for six months before Peter Jackson went with Ian Holm. Sylvester would go on to play (Radagast, the Brown Wizard) in The Hobbit Trilogy◆ Billy Connolly almost landed the role of Gimli. He will be portraying (Dain II Ironfoot) in the 3rd Hobbit film (The Battle of the Five Armies)◆ John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) also played his own father (Gloin) at the council of Elrond. Peter Hambleton plays (Gloin) in The Hobbit Trilogy◆Brett Beattie was under the make up of (Gimli) in all the wide shots when Gimli is seen from head to toe with other characters in the same shot◆
    English stage actor (Alan Howard)
    Is the voice of The One Ring◆
    Two crew members wore the fingerprints off their thumbs and index fingers off from making so much chainmail◆ 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 being spotted by members of the public◆
    Each time the Black Riders/Nazgul speaks, It is Andy Serkis doing the voice◆The woman who is riding the horse when the black riders are chasing Arwen is (Lani Jackson) Liv Tyler's stunt double. She also appears in the trilogy as various stunt orcs. Viggo purchased Arwen's horse after production and gave it Lani◆
    Every actor in the film wore a wig◆ 7mon
  •   filmtrivia Boromir's speech at the Council of Rivendell is read from a sheet of paper sitting on Sean Bean's lap because it was only given to him the night before◆When you see Frodo and Gandalf sitting on a cart at the beginning, Elijah Wood is actually 3 feet behind Ian McKellen◆Orlando Bloom landed the role of Legolas two days before he finished drama school◆ Cate Blanchett's role as Galadriel required her to film for only a month◆ The nocturnal screams of possums were used for the screeches made by the Orcs in the mines of Moria◆ The cave troll's screech were a walrus, a tiger and a horse combined◆ The original cut of the film ran 4 hours and 33 minutes◆When Frodo falls on the snow and loses the ring, the close-up of the ring was a giant ring (6 inches of diameter) built for that one shot◆It took eleven hours for (Lawrence Makoare's) full costume and makeup to be applied for the role of the orc leader Lurtz◆
    Veteran sword master (Bob Anderson) called Viggo Mortensen the best swordsman he had ever trained◆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◆
    When Bilbo drops the ring before leaving Hobbiton, the floor was magnetic to prevent the ring from bouncing. This was to show the weight and presence of the ring◆ 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◆
    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◆ 7mon
  •   filmtrivia When Arwen escapes from the Black Riders through the river by flooding them, the spell she speaks isn't subtitled. What she says is (Waters of the Hithaeglir, hear the word of power, rush, waters of Bruinen, against the Ringwraiths)◆John Howe and Alan Lee (the two most famous Middle-earth artists) can be seen as two of the nine human kings In the prologue◆ Orlando Bloom (Legolas) did most of his own stunts and broke some ribs in the process◆In the mines of Moria, the battery for Ian McKellen's illuminated staff is hidden within the folds of his robes◆During the fight between the orc, Lurtz, and Aragorn, when Lurtz threw the dagger at him- that was an actual dagger. It was supposed to hit the tree behind Viggo but because of the bad capabilities with the orcs armor, he accidentally threw it towards Viggo. Luckily, Viggo was fast enough to deflect it. The scene was therefore improvised by that◆
    In one take of the Bucklebury Ferry scene, Elijah Wood overshot his jump and ended up in the river instead of on the Ferry◆When Gandalf is trapped and is looking down from Saruman's tower, you can hear the screams of the trees as they're being ripped from the ground◆
    The different colors 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◆
    During the council scene in Rivendell when Legolas tells Boromir that Aragorn is the king of Gondor- the Gondor theme can be heard. That same theme is prominent through out (The Return of the King)◆
    Liv Tyler accidentally stabbed herself up in the right thigh, when filming the 'If you want him, come and claim him!' sequence◆ For the musical background to the chase in the mines of Moria, Howard Shore wanted some heavy chanting, so he cast a Maori choir◆ Bilbo Baggins' birthday cake has 111 candles on it and they eventually set fire to the polystyrene cake. Ian Holm stayed in character and finished Bilbo's birthday speech◆
    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 (An Unexpected Journey)◆ 7mon
  •   filmtrivia A rubber puppet with a horrific face was superimposed over Ian Holm's face when Bilbo Baggins covets the ring in Rivendell. Ian 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◆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◆Gimli's line "Nobody tosses a dwarf!" was filmed after the "Toss me" line in The Two Towers◆Orlando Bloom spent two months learning how to use a bow and arrow◆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◆Viggo joined the film when it was already shooting, never having met Peter Jackson before, and never having read the J.R.R. Tolkien books. It was Mortensen's 11-year-old son Henry who convinced Viggo to sign on as Aragorn◆The scream of the Ringwraiths is actually (Fran Walsh) the co-writer and co-producer of the film◆When Frodo is leafing through Bilbo's Book in Rivendell, a drawing of a dwarven key can be see. This is the key Thorin used to enter the secret entrance into The Lonely Mountain in the second Hobbit film◆
    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◆
    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 portraits hanging above the fireplace in Bag End are based on the likenesses of director Peter Jackson and producer Fran Walsh◆
    Tolkién based Gandalf on (Väinämöinen) the hero of the Finnish epic Kalevala & (Odin) the mayor deity god of Norse Mythology◆The city visited by Gandalf when he's looking for information about Bilbo's ring is Minas Tirith◆ 7mon
  •   katiercarp Thanks for the awesome info The Lord of the Rings movies are amazing. 7mon

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filmtrivia In the 2001 film (The Fellowship Of The Ring) we see Aragorn (Viggo Mortenson) trying to distance himself and the 4 hobbits from the Ringwraiths shortly after the wraiths attacked their camp. They had just stabbed Frodo with a Morgul blade. When Pippin (Billy Boyd) asks Aragorn if Frodo is going to die - you can see 3 large trolls statutes◆ It is revealed in the 2012 film (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) that the trolls names are Tom, Bert, and William◆ 60 years before the events of (Lord of the Rings) the trolls had managed to tie up Thorin Oakenshield and company including Bilbo and were getting ready to eat them. Bilbo stalled them when he heard one of the trolls says that they must hurry up before the sun comes up and turns them into stone. Bilbo stalled them by saying that the dwarves had diseases and worms. Gandalf showed up and smashed a rock which exposed the trolls to sunlight sooner than later turning them into stone◆ William Kircher played Bifur & Tom Troll● Peter Hambleton played Gloin & William Troll● Mark Hadlow played Dori & Bert Troll◆ In the beginning of (The Fellowship Of The Ring) during Bilbo's big birthday party- there is a scene where old Bilbo (Ian Holm) relays this story to some of the children in the Shire. The hobbit child that is enthralled by Bilbo's story is Katie Jackson (Peter Jackson's daughter)◆ 12 years later, Katie appeared as the barmaid who served (Thorin Oakenshield) his food at the Prancing Pony in the beginning of (The Desolation Of Smaug)◆ 3mon

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filmtrivia Patrick Stewart turned down the role of Gandalf because he disliked the script◆
The filmmakers pulled out all the stops In order to try and convince (Sean Connery) to sign on as Gandalf. In addition to a $10 million per film salary, they offered Connery 15% of the box office for all three movies. Sean Connery turned down the role because he didn't understand the part or the script. However, Connery went on to say that (Ian McKellen) was marvellous in the role after he watched the films ◆Patrick McGoohan (who potrayed King Edward Longshanks in Braveheart) turned down the role of (Gandalf) due to poor health◆ Patrick Stewart went on to star as (Professor Charles Xavier) in the X-Men film series along side Ian McKellen as Magneto.
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filmtrivia In The Fellowship of the Ring, Gimli is dismayed when he finds that his cousin Balin and his colony have all been killed in the Mines of Moria. Gimli kneels down before Balin's tomb in tears while Boromir puts his hand on his shoulder to console him. The skeleton that is leaning against Balin's tomb holding the book is Ori◆ Balin & Ori (Balin inparticular) have major roles in Peter Jackson's (The Hobbit Trilogy) which takes place 60 years before The Lord of the Rings◆ Both were part of Thorin Oakenshield's company who went on the quest for Erebor, the Lonely Mountain. Both survived The Battle of the Five Armies◆ Balin later led an expedition in an attempt to reclaim the ancient dwarf kingdom of Moria. Ori was one of the several Dwarves that accompanied Balin to Moria to begin a colony there. Though it saw initial success, the colony was destroyed when the Balrog and Orcs begin to press back on them◆ After Balin died, Ori and others lived just long enough to bury him properly in a stone tomb before dying themselves in the last stand in Mazarbul◆ Ori recalls his last moments in (The Book of Mazarbul) which Gandalf reads from when the Fellowship passes by Balin's Tomb. Ori's body is left clutching the scarred, bloodied, and shredded book; a warrior-scribe to the last breath.
In Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, Balin is played by (Ken Stott) and Ori is played by Adam Brown◆
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filmtrivia A total of 7 people (and possibly more) played a part of the (Witch-King Of Angmar)◆ Fran Walsh provided the (Ringwraith scream) the deafening shrieks you hear the black riders make throughout (The Lord Of The Rings) trilogy. Fran is not only the co-producer & co-screenwriter on all 6 Middle Earth based films but she is the life partner of director Peter Jackson. They have two children together★ Andy Serkis provided the speaking voice of the Witch-King. His voice was layered 3 times to give it a ghastly effect ★New Zealand actor (Brent McIntyre) portrayed the Witch-King in his twilight ghostly form in the "wraith world" during the (Weathertop) scene where he stabs Frodo in The Fellowship Of The Ring. At 6'10 (Brent McIntyre) was one of the tallest actors in the trilogy★ When the Witch-King battled Éowyn (Miranda Otto) in The Return of the King, the role was played by (Lawrence Makoare). Lawrence filled the robe of the armored Witch-king holding the giant mace. When Lawrence felt claustrophobic (Mark Ferguson) filled the heavy armoured costume for the Witch King. In (The Fellowship Of The Ring) Lawrence Makoare played the Uruk-hai (Lurtz) who shot Boromir with three arrows & Mark Ferguson played the elf king (Gil-galad) in the prologue★Actor and stunt performer (Shane Rangi) did the horse chase scene as the Witch King when Arwen (Liv Tyler) is fleeing from the black riders in The Fellowship Of The Ring. Shane (the witch king in black rider form) is the one who reaches for Frodo when he almost catches up to Arwen on horseback◆ If you want to see (Shane Rangi) unhooded-he also played the (Harad Leader) in (The Return of the King) who blows the horn while he rides the massive (Mûmakil/Oliphaunt)- the large creatures resembling elephants★ 2mon

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filmtrivia In (The Fellowship of the Ring) Glóin is the white-haired and bearded Dwarf who enters Rivendell with Gimli when Gimli appears for the first time on film. Gloin is Gimil's father◆ On top of playing Gimli throughout the trilogy, It is also (John Rhys-Davies) under the prosthetic makeup for (Gloin) when he is briefly seen walking next to his son Gimli◆ Gloin is not present at the Council of Elrond in The Fellowship film◆ In The Hobbit trilogy (which takes place 60 years before The Lord of the Rings) Glóin is potrayed by Peter Hambleton. Glóin's axe is the same one Gimli has in The Lord Of The Rings◆ In the 3rd Hobbit film (The Battle Of The Five Armies) Gloin is seen wearing a helmet identical to the helmet Gimli wears in The Lord of the Rings◆ Until I hear Peter Jackson say himself that cinemactically, Gloin gave his helmet to his son- I won't write it as fact. The helmet is one of many nods throughout the Hobbit trilogy towards The Lord of the Rings trilogy◆ In the book (Glóin) and his son (Gimli) were sent by (Dáin Ironfoot) to Rivendell to seek advice concerning the fate of Balin's Colony in Moria◆ When Frodo recovered from his wounds and attended the feast, it was Glóin who sat next to him and gave him the news from Erebor and surrounding lands since the time of Bilbo's adventure with them◆ 2mon

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filmtrivia So did anyone else notice that (Lurtz) in (The Fellowship Of The Ring) didn't even care when Aragorn cut off his arm? It actually made him more pissed and he tried to pull Aragorn closer to him after being stabbed in the gut with a sword. Lurtz was the
(Uruk-hai) who shot Boromir with 3 arrows◆ Azog, on the other hand (no pun intended) is seen in a flashback during the first Hobbit film crying after (Thorin Oakenshield) cut off part of his forearm. He screamed then fell on one knee. For the record, I like Azog cinematically even though he is not in The Hobbit book.

Lurtz: 1

Azog: 0
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filmtrivia Girion (The Lord Of Dale) & (Bard the Bowman) were both potrayed by (Luke Evans @thereallukevans )◆ Girion was killed 174 years before the events of (The Desolation of Smaug).
A flashback scene shows how Girion attempted to slay Smaug using black arrows fired from a mounted windlance crossbow when the city of Dale was attacked. All of his shots bounced harmlessly off the dragon's scales. Only one broke off one of the scales. The missing scale left a small gap to the soft under belly in Smaug's torso. Girion's wife escaped Dale during the attack◆
Girion's descendant (Bard) would face the Dragon 174 years later with the last black arrow◆ It should be noted that in the films, Girion uses a ballista to knock a scale off of Smaug. There is no mention of this in the book. It was created specifically for the film.
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filmtrivia In the 2002 film (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) shortly after Saruman dispatches his Uruk-hai army to Helms Deep- Merry (Dominic Monaghan) sees the vast army leaving Isengard while on top of Treebeard. Merry notes that the war has started◆ In the 2012 film (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) when Bilbo, Gandalf, and the 13 dwarves are ambushed by Azog and his hunting party- they temporarily take refuge in the trees◆ The landscape behind them is the same exact landscape and location where Merry saw Saruman's Uruk-hai army heading to Helms Deep in (The Two Towers)◆ The landscape is especially more visible when the Eagles rescue Bilbo and company. For all the Tolkien purists out there; this is purely cinematic in Peter Jackson's universe. There's no need to pull out your Middle Earth maps. 3mon

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filmtrivia In the 2001 film (The Fellowship Of The Ring) while Aragorn (Viggo Mortenson) is escorting the 4 hobbits to Rivendell- one of the places they stop to rest is (Weathertop) which Aragorn says was once the great watchtower of Amon Súl◆ It is here the Ringwraiths attack their camp, stabbing Frodo with a Morgul blade before being driven off by Aragorn◆ In the 2012 film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (which takes place 60 years prior) Weathertop served as a meeting place for Azog (Manu Bennett) and his warg riding hunters. It is here Azog kills (Yazneg) played by (John Rawls) for failing to kill (Thorin Oakenshield) and tells his hunters to spread the word on the bounty on Thorins head◆ In a way (Azog) "killed himself" when he killed Yazneg. John Rawls (Yazneg) was the original antagonist in the first hobbit film and was supposed to do everything we see Azog do in the film. John even filmed the scene in the flashback where he fights Thorin Oakenshield in front of Moria◆ Peter Jackson decided to change the character to a 7 foot tall, all CGI pale Orc late in the filming. Peter said it was so Azog could stand out amongst the other orcs. Manu Bennett did the voice and motion capture for Azog◆ Weathertop is about halfway between the Shire and Rivendell. 3mon

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filmtrivia The voice of (Sauron) and (The One Ring) in The Lord of the Rings trilogy was performed by (Alan Howard). Alan is an English actor who was for a longtine a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1966 to 1983◆ New Zealand actor (Sala Baker) was originally hired as one of several stunt performers for The Lord of the Rings. He ended up landing the part of the physical manifestation of (Sauron) in (The Fellowship Of The Ring) prologue. Sala got to wear the incredible armor◆ Originally, for cinematic purposes, a scene was shot of Aragorn fighting the physical manifestation of Sauron during the climactic last battle in (The Return Of The King). Sauron appeared before Aragorn in his human form, still angelic in the face. Aragorn would then see Sauron was actually not in his human form but really in his battle armor holding his giant mace◆ The footage that was shot ended up not being used in the theatrical or extended cuts of the film. Peter Jackson super-imposed an armored troll in place of Sauron because he wanted the main focus to be on Frodo & Sam. Everything you see Aragorn doing in that fight with the armored troll was originally filmed as him fighting Sauron, especially when Legolas is running towards Aragorn to help him when the troll has his foot on his chest◆ Although this does not take place in the book, it would have made for great cinema. I disagree with Peter Jackson in that it would take away from Sam and Frodo. Both scenes could have worked perfectly simultaneously◆ I've always felt that Peter changed so many things from the books to the film anyway, why not give the audience a treat with a climatic battle between Aragorn & Sauron? I don't think most people would be against seeing a one on one between those two. Cinematically it would make sense. For those who are thinking that Sauron is way too strong for Aragorn, my thought is that he would come out of Mordor, still not having the ring meaning he is not as powerful as he was in the prologue of The Fellowship of the Ring. 3mon

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filmtrivia So what would you guys think if the original actresses were cast? Yay or nay? 4mon

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filmtrivia When Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug & Necromancer) was young, his father (actor Timothy Carlton) used to read "The Hobbit" to him as a bedtime treat. Benedict came up with the idea to read the Necromancer's Black Speech backwards to make it sound diabolic and unholy. He also supplied motion-capture performance to portray Smaug-however, since Smaug's body is impossible to motion-capture fully, only Cumberbatch's face, upper body and arms were captured and the rest of the body was completed in keyframe animation. Benedict also studied iguanas and Komodo dragons at the London Zoo's Reptilian House to prepare for the voice of Smaug, aiming for a tone that would "bridge between animal and human, a deep and rasping guttural dryness to the voice◆
When Guillermo del Toro was going to film the series, he had Ron Perlman in mind to voice Smaug◆
The European wyvern served as inspirations to design Smaug◆
It took (one processor week) to render a scale from Smaug's body. In other words, if a single computer processor were used, each scale would have taken a week to render. Fortunately, Weta Digital used a large server farm of multi-processor machines for its effects◆
Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch filmed their roles while on hiatus from their show "Sherlock".
The Arkenstone in this film is presented as a symbol of Dwarf kingship. In the novel, it was just a family heirloom◆ Just like in the Fellowship of the Ring, Peter Jackson appears as the man eating the carrot as the camera sweeps through the town of Bree while Thorin heads for The Prancing Pony ◆ Stephen Colbert makes a cameo as the eyepatch-wearing Laketown Spy who knocks on the door with the walking stick. Peter Jackson called Colbert the biggest Tolkien geek he’d ever met◆Katie Jackson (the daughter of Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh) appears in The Desolation of Smaug as (Betsy Butterbur) the barmaid serving Thorin and Gandalf at The Prancing Pony. Katie was also the young Hobbit girl enthralled with Bilbo's story about the trolls in the (Fellowship of the Ring). She also appeared as a Rohan Refugee Child in (The Two Towers)◆
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  •   filmtrivia Originally Doug Jones was meant to play King Thranduil (Legolas's father). Doug is best known for playing (Fauno & Pale Man) in the 2006 film (Pan's Labyrinth). Peter Jackson cast (Lee Pace) as Thranduil after seeing and liking his performance as (Roy) in the 2006 fantasy film (The Fall). Orlando Bloom is two years older than Lee Pace who plays his father◆ Evangeline Lilly's character (Silvan elf Tauriel) was created for the films. Tauriel is a name that in Sindarin means (Daughter of the Forest). Screenwriter (Philippa Boyens) explained that she and the other writers felt that “the story was weighed down by males” and that they “created her to bring that female energy.” They similarly expanded Arwen’s role for The Lord of the Rings films for the same reason. To prepare for the role of Tauriel, Evangeline underwent training for swordplay and archery, as well as studying the Elvish language. Evangeline has been a fan of (J.R.R. Tolkien's) "Middle-Earth" novels since she was 13◆The budding romance between Kili and Tauriel was not a part of the original footage shot in 2011-2012; it was added to "beef up" the second film during re-shoots in 2013◆
    Luke Evans (Bard The Bowman) also plays his own ancestor (Girion, Lord of Dale) in the flashback scene. Girion needed just one more arrow to kill (Smaug) but he died from the fire before you could do so. In the book, (Bard The Bowman) kills Smaug 174
    years after this event◆ Alan Lee: The conceptual designer appears as one of the musicians, when some of the Dwarves and Bilbo leave Laketown. He had also appeared as one of the 9 kings of men in the prologue of The Fellowship of the Ring◆ It is a pair of Megaloceros giganteus (Irish elk) antlers that flank Thranduil's throne. Thranduil was shown riding an elk in the first Hobbit film◆The insult Thorin screams at Thranduil in Khuzdul basically translates to (I dump my feces on your head)◆ 4mon
  •   filmtrivia James Nesbitt plays (Bofur). He real life daughter's Peggy Nesbitt and Mary Nesbitt play (Sigrid and Tilda) the daughters of Bard◆ Bombur (Stephen Hunter) doesn't speak for the entire movie◆ When Kili is being saved by Tauriel from the Morgul-tipped arrow, Kili sees Tauriel surrounded by light similar to how Frodo saw Arwen (Liv Tyler) for the first time as he was hurt by a Morgul knife◆ When Bilbo puts on the Ring in the black forest of Mirkwood, he can understand the giant spiders. In The Fellowship of the Ring", Frodo could hear the Nazgul when he put on the ring shortly before he got stabbed by the which King◆
    When Bilbo fights against a giant spider in Mirkwood with his sword, he hears the spider say "It stings"
    This gives Bildo the idea to call his sword sting, which years later he would give to Frodo in (The Fellowship of the Ring).
    Cinemactically the first time we see Sting is in the trolls Cave in the first Hobbit film. The last we see Sting is when it gets stuck in Shelob's webs as Frodo runs out of her cave for his life◆ The book has no passages about Gandalf visiting Dol Guldur.  Gandalf’s experiences at Dol Guldur are described only in The Lord of the Ring’s “Council of Elrond” chapter an in the Appendices◆
    After the barrel riding sequence, as the Orcs continue to search for the Dwarves, one of them dips his finger into a pool of blood on the ground and tastes it, spitting in disgust and says "Dwarf blood!". This mimics a scene from The Two Towers where Gimli dips his finger in a similar fashion into some blood left on some leaves and tastes it, only to spit out in disgust and say "Orc blood!◆
    In The Fellowship of the Ring, an aging Bilbo (Ian Holm) mentions Mirkwood and Laketown in a conversation with Frodo. Both middle-earth locations are shown in this film◆ Laketown is also called Esgaroth by dwarves and elves. Esgaroth is a word that means (bed of reed)◆ Mirkwood is a derivation from the Germanic word "Myrkviðr" and it means "Dark Wood"◆
    The only time Legolas blinks is when he realizes he has been wounded. This is in keeping with the character, as the only time Legolas blinks in the Lord of the Rings trilogy is when he is strongly surprised◆ 4mon
  •   filmtrivia The sudden scars on Thranduil's face while talking Thorin about the serpents from the north reflect a little-emphasized facet of Tolkien's lore. An elf's Fëa (soul) occasionally influences the Hröa (body). Particularly under moments of extreme stress. This can manifest as extreme physical changes that reflect the mind's state, in this case deep war scars◆ According to J.R.R. Tolkien's texts and books, the last battle where Thranduil fought was the last alliance at the end of the Second Age (about 3000 years earlier, where Sauron was defeated. Cinematical, the scars are a symbol of Thranduil's endurance by war◆
    Thranduil makes it clear that he doesn't consider Tauriel to be worthy of his son, Legolas, but the film avoids explaining why. In the books, it is established that the wood-elves of Mirkwood are Silvan, but Thranduil and his family are Sindar ('Grey Elves'), a more noble ruling class of elves. Legolas does not appear in the Hobbit book, however, in The Lord of the Rings, he is identified as the son of Thranduil, who in The Hobbit is mentioned as the Elven king.
    Legolas is thousands of years old. Since Thorin & Company encountered the entire army of the Wood-elves, it is reasonable to assume that Legolas would have been among them◆ Gloin takes great insult when Legolas mistakes the portrait of his bearded wife for his brother. In (The Two Towers) Gloin's son ( Gimli) says to Eowyn (Miranda Otto) that "Dwarf women are often mistaken for men"◆
    Luke Evans dedicated his involvement and work on this film to (Paul Walker) who he co-stared with in Fast & Furious 6◆ Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel) once dated her (LOST) co-star Dominic Monaghan, who played (Merry) in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy◆During filming, Ian McKellen had to spend hours in a box with nothing but a microphone and pictures of the dwarves for company (the footage would be edited in to make him look taller than the dwarves), and was so upset by this that he exclaimed "This is not why I became an actor!" The microphone was still on and everyone on set heard him as a result◆
    This is the only movie in the Middle Earth series to not feature Frodo and Gollum◆ 4mon
  •   filmtrivia When Bilbo first confronts Smaug, he explains who he is in various nicknames. He says that he comes from "under hill" to which Smaug replies, "Underhill?". This is the name by which Frodo Baggins covered his true identity "The Lord of the Rings" as per Gandalf's request◆ During his confrontation with Gandalf, the Necromancer reveals himself as Sauron, he initially appears as a ghost clad in armor, as he was shown in the prologue of (The Fellowship of the Ring) then he is shown as a giant eye of fire which is form in the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. At the end of the first Hobbit film when Smaug's eye opens- it is shaped exactly like Sauron's fire form◆ When Legolas fights against (Bolg) and the rest of Orcs in Laketown, he uses Thorin's sword (Orcrist the Goblin-cleaver), which he kept after disarming Thorin and the Dwarf company when they were captured in Mirkwood◆ Martin Freeman and the Elvish actors all play characters who cannot grow facial hair. The actors, however, not only grew facial hair, but had a complete five o'clock shadow by the end of a day's filming, even if they were clean-shaved at the beginning of the day. This shadow appears blue on film. Rather than shave repeatedly during the day, the actors had orange make-up applied, which canceled out the blue shadow◆
    The rune inscription inside the hidden door read by Gloin says: "Here in lies the seventh kingdom of Durin's folk. May the Heart of the Mountain unite all Dwarves in defense of this home"◆ The runes on Kili's black stone translate as "inikhde", a word in Khuzdul (the dwarvish language, created by J.R.R. Tolkien) which means "return to me"◆ The first meeting between Gandalf and Radagast takes place in the mountains of High Fells of Rhudaur, to investigate an underground cave. They find some tombs desecrated, and its iron doors blown out. These are the tombs of the Nazgul (the 9 ancient  kings of men), mentioned by Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) in (An Unexpected Journey)◆ While the novel is mostly told through Bilbo's point of view, this film shifts the perspective to mainly Gandalf and Thorin with little involvement from Bilbo in many major scenes◆ 4mon
  •   filmtrivia There is a fan theory that the Arkenstone is actually one of the lost Silmarils, from J.R.R. Tolkiens "The Silmarilion." Changes in the visual design of the Arkenstone from how it is described in the book seem to indicate Peter Jackson (or one of his design team) subscribe to that theory. Since they do not have film rights to that book, explicit references to its story and characters do not feature in the movies◆ Christopher Lee (Saruman) commented that he would have loved to voice the dragon Smaug in a film adaptation of 'The Hobbit'. In 2010 he voiced the dragon like creature (Jabberwocky) in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland◆
    New Zealand actor (Nathaniel Lees) was originally cast as the Necromancer but was replaced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Nathaniel had played (Uglúk) in the (The Two Towers). (Uglúk) was the Uruk-hai that said (they've picked up our trail) referencing how Aragon, Legolas, and Gimli were tracking them. (Uglúk) was also the one that said (they are not for eating) when another orc wanted to eat Merry and Pippin◆Bilbo steals the keys to the prison from an Elf addressed as Elros. Elros is also the name of Elrond's brother. The two brothers had both human and Elvish ancestry on both their mother's and father's side, and as such were perfectly half-Elf and half-Man. While Elrond chose to be an immortal Elf, Elros chose to become a mortal man. He thus became the progenitor of the Numenorian race, and an ancestor of Aragorn◆As the company has entered Beorn's house, Dori (Mark Hadlow) tells Ori (Adam Brown) to stay away from the door, and then says: "It's not natural. None of it." This is the exact same quote as Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) says to Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) after climbing down their Elvish rope in the beginning of (The Two Towers)◆
    The film was shipped to some theaters via a standard SATA hard drive. It was shipped with a security code that prevented the content from being viewed or copied until the code was released by the distributor about 24 hours in advance of the initial release time of the movie. 4mon
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filmtrivia Stephen Ure played (Grishnákh) in (The Two Towers) He was the orc that chased Merry & Pippin into Fangorn Forest, and is stepped on by Treebeard◆ In (The Return of the King) Stephen played (Gorbag) The Orc captain of Cirith Ungol, who (after Shelob paralyzed Frodo) came across his cocooned body and took him back to Cirith Ungol where they planned to torture him. Samwise Gamgee eventually impales him from behind to save Frodo◆ In the first Hobbit film (An Unexpected Journey) Stephen played the Goblin (Grinnah) through motion capture. He is the one who tells the Goblin King that the company they've captured are dwarves◆
Also in (An Unexpected Journey)
he portrayed the warg riding Orc (Fimbul). Fimbul succeeds (Yazneg) as Azog's right hand on Weathertop after Azog throws Yazneg to the wargs for his failure to kill the dwarves. In (The Desolation of Smaug) Fimbul
Is the one who dips his finger into a pool of Kili's blood and tastes it, spitting in disgust and says "Dwarf blood!" Fimbul is the orc that stays behind on a boat in Laketown, but is then beheaded by Legolas◆
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filmtrivia New Zealand actor (Sala Baker) was originally hired as one of several stunt performers for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He ended up landing the part of (Sauron) in (The Fellowship Of The Ring) prologue◆
In (The Two Towers) he played (Mauhur) the Uruk-hai captain that says (Man flesh) when he smells Aragorn getting closer along with Gimli and Legolas. When the Rohirrim, led by Éomer
(Karl Urban) slaughtered his Orc group, it was his head impaled on a pike seen the following morning by Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas◆
In (The Return of the King) he played
(Murgash) the Uruk lieutenant serving and always standing behind Gothmog during the siege of (Minas Tirith) in Gondor. Murgash died at the ship docks when he and the other Orcs discovered that Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas had taken over the Corsairs ships with the Army of the Dead◆ In addition, he also played, a Gondorian, and a Rohirrim soldier.
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filmtrivia Australian-New Zealand actor (Manu Bennett) is best known for his portrayal as the gladiator (Crixus) in the television series (Spartacus)◆ He also potrays (Azog the Defiler) in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy◆ And most recently has been portraying (Slade Wilson ·aka· Deathstroke) in the TV series Arrow◆
Fans of the 2007 vampire horror film (30 Days of Night) will know he played (Billy Kitka)◆ He also played (Marc Antony) in Xena: Warrior Princess, and potrayed Sinbad in 2011's (Sinbad and the Minotaur)
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