The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Trivia: The actors who played the members of the Fellowship all got the Elvish symbol for "9" tattooed somewhere on their bodies, apart from John Rhys-Davies (who plays Gimli) who sent his stunt double instead.

Trivia: At Bilbo's party, when he is giving his speech, the cake actually got set on fire (this is pointed out in the extended version) but as Ian Holm carried on acting, Peter Jackson decided to leave it in. (00:24:35)

Trivia: 5000 cubic metres of vegetables and flowers were grown a year before filming started to make the Hobbits' village.

Trivia: Not a mistake, but a wonderful in-joke. When Boromir is teaching Merry and Pippin to use their swords, you can hear him counting numbers as he delivers the blows to be parried. These numbers - "2, 1, 5" - are in fact the correct numbers for the system of parries used by the Society of American Fight Directors, and many stunt coordinators and fight masters worldwide. Boromir even matches the numbers to the correct locations. The numbering system is supposed to have been based on historic European fencing manuals, but if the folk of Middle-Earth knew it, it must have be a good deal older!

Trivia: At the end of the shoot, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh gave each, Elijah Wood (Frodo) and Andy Serkis (Gollum/Smeagol), one of the gold rings used as the "One Ring" in the films.

Trivia: Parts of the Rivendell scenes were shot as pickups, after filming was done. Sam in those shots is a much thinner hobbit, because after the final wrap, Sean Astin lost the weight he had gained to play Samwise Gamgee. (01:28:45)

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Trivia: Ian Holm, who plays Bilbo Baggins, was the voice of Frodo Baggins in a radio play version of "Lord of the Rings."

Trivia: During a fight scene with the Orcs, Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) got hit in the mouth with a sword and it broke a tooth. He tried to convince the crew to put it back with superglue, but for obvious reasons Peter Jackson didn't let him. He went to the dentist that afternoon to get it fixed.

Trivia: 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 to the map in "The Hobbit" and the runes tell of the secret entrance into The Lonely Mountain.

Trivia: The book of The Two Towers begins with the chapter, 'The Departure of Boromir', where he's found dead. The filmmakers decided to end the cinematic version of The Fellowship of the Ring with Boromir's death to provide a full arc for the character within the single film, whereas the book ends with his fate unresolved.

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Trivia: When the four Hobbits fall down the hill, Merry says "That was just a detour, a shortcut." Sam asks "A shortcut to what?" and Pippin says "Mushrooms!" This is a reference to a chapter in The Fellowship of the Ring called "A Shortcut to Mushrooms." A number of chapters are referred to within the dialogue in various places. Others include: "A Long-expected Party," "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony," "A Journey in the Dark" and "The Breaking of the Fellowship." All of those chapter names except "A Shortcut to Mushrooms" and "A Long-expected Party" were also used by composer Howard Shore to name a piece on the LOTR soundtrack.

Trivia: In order to make people believe that Ian McKellen is taller than the four Hobbits, Peter Jackson and the production crew used a technique called forced perspective. This was achieved by placing McKellen consistently closer to the camera, and the eye is tricked into believing that McKellen towers over the Hobbits. A good example of this is when Frodo is riding with Gandalf in Gandalf's cart. Elijah Wood was sitting about 2 feet behind Ian McKellen.

Trivia: Andy Serkis, who plays Gollum, also voices the Ringwraith who says, "Shire...Baggins" to the hobbit outside Hobbiton.

Trivia: In the scene where Frodo and Sam are leaving the Shire and walk through a cornfield, you may notice (a very subtle touch by the filmmakers) that the Scarecrow is covered in crows. Seems it wasn't doing a very good job.

Trivia: The costume department filled Bilbo's vest pockets with small stones so that the fabric would sag and look 'used' rather than new.

Trivia: In the Mines of Moria, in Balin's Tomb, there are a few shots where it only shows profiles of Aragorn's face. That's because Viggo Mortensen had gone surfing with the Hobbit actors, and his surfboard came up and hit his face. The right side of his face was swollen and he had a black eye. For about a week, the filming crew was only able to shoot his profile. (00:26:00)

Trivia: In the scene right after Bilbo leaves, Gandalf is sitting by the fire thinking to himself about how Bilbo acted when asked to give the Ring to Frodo, calling it his "precious" and all. While Gandalf is thinking, he mutters, "Riddles in the Dark." "Riddles in the Dark" is actually the name of the chapter in "The Hobbit" where Bilbo finds the Ring.

Trivia: When Aragorn parries the knife Lurtz throws at him, Viggo Mortensen successfully parried it on the first attempt. This is also done without special effects - the actor who played Lurtz' vision was so impaired that he could not see where he was supposed to throw the knife. If Mortensen had not parried it, he could have been seriously injured.

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Trivia: John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) is actually the tallest member of the Fellowship (Christopher Lee's the tallest member of the cast).

Trivia: In the scene near the end when the Fellowship is canoeing down the river, Legolas and Gimli's boat capsized because of a crew member trying to prevent them from floating downstream. Gimli started to sink because of the chain mail, and rescue boats came swarming out to save them.

Visible crew/equipment: After starting their four day journey through the long dark of Moria, a few shots later Gandalf pulls on his hat brim, and just as he walks (with Legolas close behind) to his left (towards the viewer's right), up some stairs, the black electrical cable leading from the staff to under the robe's left sleeve is visible. (00:19:30)

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[Another Hobbit drunkenly hits on Rosie, Sam's crush.]
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