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—Ron Swanson
(Nick Offerman)
[Parks and Recreation]

Synopsis: Frodo's uncle leaves him a ring that may lead to the enslaving of all who live in Middle Earth.


Reaction: Epic in scope and feel. This is about as good an interpretation of the book as any could have hoped for.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Peter Jackson => Director / Writer / Albert Dreary
Fran Walsh => Writer
Philippa Boyens => Writer
Howard Shore => Composer
J.R.R. Tolkien => Novel
Alan Howard => The Ring (voice)
Andy Serkis => Voice of The Witchking / Gollum
Billy Boyd => Peregrin 'Pippin' Took
Brent McIntyre => Witch-King
Bret McKenzie => Elf at Council of Elrond
Cate Blanchett => Galadriel - Lady of Lórien
Christopher Lee => Saruman the White
Craig Parker => Haldir of Lórien
David Weatherley => Barliman Butterbur
Dominic Monaghan => Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck
Elijah Wood => Frodo Baggins
Harry Sinclair => Isildur, son of Elendil
Hugo Weaving => Elrond Half-elven
Ian Holm => Bilbo Baggins
Ian McKellen => Gandalf the Grey
John Rhys-Davies => Gimli, son of Glóin
Lawrence Makoare => Lurtz
Liv Tyler => Arwen Undómiel
Marton Csokas => Celeborn - Lord of Lothlórien
Orlando Bloom => Legolas Greenleaf
Peter McKenzie => Elendil - Lord of Andúnië
Sala Baker => Sauron the Deceiver
Sarah McLeod => Rosie Cotton
Sean Astin => Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee
Sean Bean => Boromir - Captain of the White Tower
Shane Rangi => Witch-King of Angmar
Viggo Mortensen => Aragorn II, son of Arathorn - the Dúnadan

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Although Bilbo Baggins's opening scenes are in Hobbiton, Ian Holm never actually worked on the location. His scenes were all done against blue screen.
  • Galadriel's home at Lothlorien was the largest miniature set built for the trilogy.
  • Dominic Monaghan, wore a fat suit made of foam. He drank three liters of water a day so he would not dehydrate.
  • Ian Holm was the voice of Frodo Baggins in the 1981 BBC Radio adaptation of The Lord of The Rings.
  • When the trailer was released on Internet on 7 April 2001, it was downloaded 1.6 million times in the first 24 hours.
  • John Rhys-Davies is the tallest of the actors who play members of the Fellowship. He is 6' 3".
  • Sean Astin gained 30 pounds for his role as Samwise.
  • Christopher Lee reads The Lord of the Rings once a year and is the only member of the cast and crew ever to have met J.R.R. Tolkien.
  • Gandalf's painful encounter with a ceiling beam in Bilbo's hobbit-hole was not in the script - Ian McKellen banged his forehead against the beam accidentally, not on purpose. But Peter Jackson thought McKellen did a great job "acting through" the mistake, and so kept it in.
  • 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." (the secret to the back door to the Lonely Mountain)