Despite some film studios thinking audiences would never see a trilogy of three-hour movies, the Lord of the Rings franchise has gone on to become one of the most successful and celebrated film series of all time.
It’s so easy to get lost in this epic, sprawling adventure that some theaters will actually hold all-day screenings that play the films in a massive marathon.
And with the saga’s expansive run time, not to mention the hours of extra footage, comes a treasure trove of facts detailing exactly what it was like to make these movies.
And these 16 Lord of the Rings facts will show a lot of insight into why everyone involved felt as challenged as their characters on the journey of making these films.
Let us know if there’s anything you’ve happened upon about the series in your own travels.
A real battering ram was used to break down the main doors of the Helm’s Deep set, but the doors were too well-built to budge. The ram could only get through once the doors were weakened.
Gandalf’s horse refused to go near fire, so the film crew had to reflect fire off a pane of glass to create the illusion.
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