Bean hiked to set in Boromir’s full suit of armor
Great swaths of The Lord of the Rings was filmed in the mountains of New Zealand. Mountains which, due to their immense height and craggy terrain, could only be accessed by air. But actor Sean Bean (who played Boromir) refused to fly—leaving him only one option for travel
Christopher Lee have met Tolkin
Lee was also the only person involved with the Lord of the Rings films who had actually met Tolkien. He met him by chance at a bar in Oxford. Imagine how cool that conversation must have been.
Gandalf Slamming His Head In Bilbo’s House Was Not Scripted
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. But Peter Jackson thought McKellen did a great job “acting through” the mistake, so he kept it in.
Viggo Mortensen Became An Incredible Swordsman Over The Course Of The Trilogy
Veteran sword master Bob Anderson called Mortensen “the best swordsman I’ve ever trained.” Mortensen did his own stunts and insisted on only using a real steel sword, instead of significantly lighter aluminum swords or safer rubber swords, which were manufactured for battle scenes and stunts.
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.
The dagger that Lurtz threw at Aragon was an actual dagger.
During the fight between the orc, 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 with his sword.
Aragorn was a difficult role to cast for.
Nicolas Cage was offered the role of Aragorn, which he turned down due to “family obligations.” Famously, the role then went to up-and-coming Irish actor Stuart Townsend, who you probably don’t remember seeing in the final trilogy: “I was there rehearsing and training for two months, then was fired the day before filming began,” the actor later recalled. In need of an older actor, Jackson went to Viggo Mortensen, who took the role at the urging of his son Henry, who was a fan of the books.
Viggo Mortensen formed such a strong bond with the horse
He purchased him from the owners once filming wrapped. He also purchased another horse from the set so that his first horse would have a friend.
That’s one way of thanking Brego for saving him from the river after the warg rider fight.
Bilbo’s Floor Was Magnetic, For An Important Reason
In order to show the huge important and weight of the One Ring, the floor was built to be magnetic, so that when Bilbo dropped the ring, it wouldn’t bounce.
The ‘LOTR’ Trilogy Was One Of The First Franchises To Use MASSIVE And It Was Instrumental In Getting The Films Made
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 Jacksons’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.