The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Trivia: As in the other two films, Peter Jackson's children also have cameos. They are standing in front of a woman as Faramir and his men leave Minas Tirith to make their suicide raid against the Orcs at Osgiliath. They are also standing with Rosie and Sam at their wedding ceremony.


Trivia: The great grandson of Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien has landed a spot in the final movie, Return of the King. 34-year-old Royd Tolkien was asked by director Peter Jackson to play a Gondorian Ranger in the final movie.


Trivia: According to the commentary, Peter Jackson said that he shortened the scene of Smeagol strangling Deagol for the theatrical version because if he had not, it would not have given the film its PG-13 rating. The full strangling scene appeared in the Extended Edition.


Trivia: When Pippin finds Merry after the battle, the prop of the dead Oliphaunt in the background was (and possibly still is) the biggest prop ever made for a film. From the cast commentary.


Trivia: A bit of trivia for those who haven't read the books. In the Grey Havens scene, the three Elven Rings can be seen upon the hands of their bearers: Vilya, mightiest of the Three, is worn by Elrond; Nenya, the Ring of Adamant, is still borne by Galadriel; and Narya the Great is seen on Gandalf's hand.

Phil C.

Trivia: In the Extended Edition the Gondorian soldier who was shot by an Orc in Osgliath was a cameo appearance by film's stunt coordinator, according to director Peter Jackson on the director/writer audio commentary.


Trivia: In Tolkien's original text, Pippin died at the Battle of the Black Gates. C.S. Lewis then pleaded with him to let Pippin live, and Tolkien had Gimli save him. It was a rather unpleasant death he gave Pippin, who was crushed underneath a troll. According to some interviews, the scene in the first film where Pippin is thrown off the cave troll is a reference to this.

Trivia: The famous "Wilhelm" scream makes a reappearance during the scene where Faramir's men are fleeing from Osgiliath across the Pelennor Fields. Just after the people of Minas Tirith call out, "The White Rider" a Nazgul swoops down and snatches up one of Faramir's men. The "Wilhelm" is heard as he falls.

Phil C.

Trivia: According to Ian McKellen's (Gandalf) comments in a television interview, as well as other cast and crew member's statements, that due to weather conditions and indoor/outdoor set locations, eg. airport noise whilst filming, most of the entire movie is dubbed.

Trivia: This is the first fantasy film ever to win a Best Picture Oscar. It also tied records set by Ben-Hur and Titanic in winning all 11 Oscar awards for which it was nominated. Of the three, it is the only film to have won in all the categories it was nominated for.

Jean G

Trivia: The last shot of this film was shot after already winning the Academy award for best picture. (In the DVD extended cut, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh joke about it saying, "We already won the Academy Award for this film so we don't need to get all funny about it, do we?" The last shot filmed is a skeleton head hitting the ground before the chamber of the dead falls down.

Trivia: When King Théoden rallies his men before the first charge into the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, he rides along the first rank of his army brushing their lances with his sword. This scene was apparently inspired by the Japanese historic drama Kagemusha (1980), where the titular character performs a similar feat before he unceremoniously falls off his horse.


Trivia: The song 'Into the West' played at the end of the movie is inspired by a young New Zealand film maker named Cameron Duncan who died from cancer in 2003 at the age of 17. The song's first public performance was at his funeral.


Trivia: This was the last film until The Dark Knight in 2008 to remain number #1 at the American box office for four consecutive weeks.

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Continuity mistake: Legolas sends an arrow directly to Grima atop Orthanc, and as Grima starts to fall back the arrow is quite visibly well below the coat's fur. However, when Grima actually hits the ground, the arrow is now higher up, protruding from the fur. (Extended Edition.) (00:16:35)

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Question: Where were the other Wizards during the fight for Middle-Earth?

Answer: There are only five wizards. Saruman and Gandalf are heavily involved, as we see. Radagast, while not mentioned in the film, has a particular affinity with the birds and animals - it is he who sends the Eagles to the last battle, and to rescue Gandalf from Isengard. The final two, Alatar and Pallando, known as the Blue Wizards, went into the far eastern regions of Middle-Earth and never returned. Tolkien felt that they would ultimately have fallen from grace, much as Saruman did.

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