The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Trivia: When Merry and Pippin light the firework, Billy Boyd was so shocked by the firework going off when it was being filmed that he actually let out the high pitched shriek that is heard when the tent goes up. In some of the behind the scenes stuff, Dominic Monaghan makes fun of Billy by calling him 'a slightly feminine character', while poor Billy tries to defend himself.

Trivia: The scream of the Nazgul (Ringwraiths) is actually Fran Walsh, co-writer with Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson (director) on the film.

Trivia: When Legolas is on the Troll, only some shots of the lower part of his body are CG, the rest of him is real. Whereas, when Merry and Pippin are seen on the Troll, they are entirely CG. Commentaries, extended DVD. (00:30:55 - 00:32:30)

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Trivia: When the Ring speaks to Aragorn, the subtitles say, "Aragorn, Aragorn, Elessar." However, when listening to the words spoken, it sounds like the Ring says, "Aragorn, Aragorn, bless us." Even on the audio commentary, Elijah Wood (Frodo) says, "I love that the Ring actually speaks to Viggo, as it tempts him, 'bless us', that's amazing, I didn't pick that up until the third time I saw the movie." The other three Hobbit actors (Sean Astin, Dominic Monahan, and Billy Boyd) seemed to concur. (01:17:50)

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Trivia: Gil-Galad shows up in the movie during the prologue. He has armor like all the other elves, but he is wearing a blue cloak. He is the one who pins an orc to the ground with a spear.

Trivia: Even though Bilbo Baggins's opening scenes are in Hobbiton, Ian Holm never actually worked on the location. All of his scenes were done against a blue screen.

Trivia: When they are on the ledge of the snowy mountain, notice that Legolas is walking on top of the snow while the others are trudging through it.

Trivia: During Bilbo's party, right after Merry and Pippin set off the dragon rocket, we see Pippin's blackened face, then Merry's blackened face, then a shot of four Hobbit guests looking up at the sky, three males and one female - the female Hobbit is on the right side of the screen. I may be completely wrong, but I think she might have been played by Philippa Boyens, one of the movie's screenwriters. There are some shots of Boyens on the behind-the-scenes disc, especially in the feature called "A Passage to Middle Earth," and she and this Hobbit sure look alike to me. (00:17:33)

Trivia: 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'hais had to be taken off the set with heat exhaustion.

Trivia: When Pippin causes a loud noise with the suit of armor, Gandalf scolds him by saying, 'Fool of a Took! Throw yourself in next time, and rid us of your stupidity.' The insult in the book was even funnier where Pippin threw a rock down a deep shaft which startled everyone and was scolded by Gandalf as follows: 'Fool of a Took! This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking party. Throw yourself in next time, and we'll be rid of your stupidity. Now be quiet!'

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Trivia: Gollum's appearance in this film is different from the other two in the trilogy, as an earlier design was used due to scheduling issues. Partly for this reason he's only seen in brief glimpses. Peter Jackson has joked that he might create a "Special Edition" in the future and fix the discrepancy.

Trivia: Bilbo's birthday cake really had 111 candles on it. The cake was polystyrene, and eventually caught fire because of them.

Trivia: The leaves falling during the Council of Elrond were real leaves, collected during the autumn before filming, and then repainted because being dead they'd gone brown.

Trivia: When Bilbo drops the ring, a magnetic ring and floor were used to stop it from bouncing, emphasising its weight and significance.

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Other mistake: When Sam and Frodo are in the field with the scarecrow, you can plainly see a car cruising past in the distance, from right to left. Further comment - there are two different shots which show the car moving from right to left. One starts at the top right distance, and in a shot a few seconds later the car has traveled down the road a bit and is more easily visible. Complicating matters is that the dust thrown up by the car looks similar to smoke from a chimney in the right distance, making some people think it is just the chimney. But chimneys don't move, and the smoke from the chimney is separate from the moving vehicle. [It is deleted on the DVD, but you can still see an obvious bit of image fakery on the hill just left of the smoking chimney. One can see the hill, tree, and surrounding area move up and down and shimmer slightly where someone has done a cut and paste to cover up the auto. The "car inclusive" scene appears on the National Geographic documentary, "Beyond the Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." Also, watch the music documentary on the Extended DVD - when it shows this scene the car is still in it. Bizarrely, in his commentary Peter Jackson said he never saw a car and doesn't know what people are talking about, but the production/post-production team say in their commentary that despite not thinking anyone would be able to see it, they took it out anyway.] (00:42:55)

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Aragorn: Gentlemen! We do not stop 'til nightfall.
Pippin: But what about breakfast?
Aragorn: You've already had it.
Pippin: We've had one, yes. But what about second breakfast?
[Aragorn stares at him, then walks off.]
Merry: Don't think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.
Pippin: What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn't he?
Merry: I wouldn't count on it.

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Question: In the scene where Gandalf and Saruman are fighting in the tower Saruman takes Gandalf's staff and sends him to the top of the tower. What happened to Gandalf's staff? When he escapes he somehow gets his staff back and uses it the rest of the movie. Is it another similar staff, or am I missing something?

Answer: It is a different staff. Look at the branches at the top of the staff.

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