20 Epic ‘Lord Of the Rings’ Facts To Rule Them All

1The Last Ringbearer

A 1999 Russian book (The Last Ringbearer) re-tells Lord Of The Rings from Sauron's perspective with Gandalf and the fellowship as the villains.

2Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen wore a Montreal Canadiens t-shirt under his armor throughout filming the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

3Viggo Mortensen kick

In the scene where Viggo Mortensen kicks the helmet near a pile of orcs, he actually screams so hard because he broke two toes. They actually used the footage in the movie.


While shooting The Lord of the Rings, Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) often spent days hiking to the film's remote locations, in costume and carrying his sword, in order to appear authentically travel-worn.


Sauron has a rich backstory in Lord of the Rings, and at one point turned into a vampire and hid in the woods. There were also werewolves.

6Lord of the Rings novel

The Lord of the Rings novels were written as if they were translated into English, and the actual common tongue of the books is called Westron.

7The Silmarillion

After the success of The Hobbit, Tolkien wanted to publish a book on the history of Middle Earth, The Silmarillion. It was through a misunderstanding that the publisher rejected the draft without reading it, leading Tolkien to write another story about hobbits, which became The Lord of the Rings.

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In the first edition of "The Hobbit," Gollum willingly bets his ring in the riddle game with Bilbo and the two part on good terms. Tolkien changed the story in the second edition to reflect the corruptive powers of the ring taking shape in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.


The meals mentioned by Pippin in Lord of the Rings (breakfast, second breakfast, brunch, elevenses, lunch, tea, dinner, supper, and snack) are considered actual meal times.

10Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood created his Frodo audition tape in his backyard with a homemade Hobbit costume.


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