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[[folder:General Trivia]]
* FollowTheLeader: It started the fantasy genre as we know it, and indirectly started role playing games as we know them too. The live action movies led the way for more film adaptations based on epic fantasy books.
* FountainOfExpies:
** Gandalf is up there with Merlin in some circles.
** If a character in a fantasy novel is a noble warrior who hangs out in the wilderness, there's about a 50/50 chance he was inspired by either Aragorn or Myth/RobinHood.
** The "elf ranger" archetype in fantasy descends almost solely from Legolas.
** Along with Thorin from ''The Hobbit'', Gimli is the iconic fantasy dwarf.
** After the publication of ''The Lord of the Rings'', it became ''de rigueur'' for the villain in a fantasy story to be a manipulative, rarely-seen EvilOverlord who lives in a dark tower in an evil realm, employs various horrible creatures to do his work, and is dependent on an artifact of his making for power and survival.
* HeyItsThatSound: In the BBC adaptation, each time that the Eagles arrive (when Gandalf escapes Orthanc, and on Mount Doom), the sound effect used is almost identical to a [[Series/DoctorWho TARDIS]].
* NamesTheSame: No, Sauron is not that pterodactyl guy from X-Men. Actually, that pterodactyl guy from X-Men named himself after him.
* ShrugOfGod
** Tolkien deliberately left Tom Bombadil's true nature obscure. Fan debate has raged for decades, and probably always will.
---> "Even in a mythical Age there must be some enigmas, as there always are. Tom Bombadil is one (intentionally)."
** Whether Sam killed Shelob or not is left a mystery.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** In Tolkien's lifetime he rejected a proposal for an AnimatedAdaptation. This was unconnected to Creator/RalphBakshi's project which was after his death.
** At one point, Music/TheBeatles had approached Creator/StanleyKubrick to direct them in a film adaptation but Kubrick felt the story was unfilmable.
** Creator/JohnBoorman wanted to adapt the books into one long epic movie but this fell through and he made ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'' instead. Boorman revisited the idea in the mid-1990s, but fell through again due to legal issues between producer Saul Zaentz and Creator/TristarPictures.
** When looking to branch out into fantasy comics, Creator/MarvelComics originally considered making ''Lord of the Rings'' comics before settling on adapting ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' instead.
* TheWikiRule: There's the One Wiki To Rule Them All, which can be found [[http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page here]].
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[[folder:Books]]
* CreatorBacklash: Hippies buying the [[http://lotrscrapbook.bookloaf.net/gallery/bookcovers/pages/04.htm Ballantine edition]] is what popularized the book in TheSixties [[note]]Frodo Lives! Gandalf for President![[/note]] (see MemeticMutation), and the back cover contains its own bit of CreatorBacklash in the form of a written TakeThat, directed against the numerous unauthorized pulp versions that were spreading like wildfire on college campuses: "This edition, and no other, was authorized by me... those who approve of courtesy (at least) to living authors will purchase it, and no other." as Tolkien was, in fact, quite unsettled to learn that American counter-culture was embracing his work.
** To their credit, the college students mounted a campaign of protest against the unauthorized editions after Tolkien made a point of mentioning, in his responses to fan mail, that he was being royally ripped off by the pulp publishers and did not receive a single cent in royalties from any American LOTR paperbacks other than the Ballantine edition. (Ace Books, the main offender among the pulp bootleggers, were harassed sufficiently by angry fans that they made a point of paying a massive royalty check to Tolkien and withdrawing their edition of ''LOTR'' from print.)
** Ironically, the covers for the Ace edition showed that the artist had read the books and knew what he was doing.
** Parodied in the ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'' inscription, based on the one up top: "This Ring, and no other / was made by the Elves -- / Who'd pawn their own mother / to get it themselves." In fact, the first edition included a direct parody of the author's warning stating that the intention of ''Bored'' was to make money off the pop-culture colossus that ''LOTR'' was becoming, and declaring that "Those who approve of courtesy to a certain author will not touch this gobbler with a ten-foot battle lance."
* {{Defictionalization}}:
** Caradhras, Orthanc, Dol Goldur [sic!], and the Mindolluin Crag are [[http://books.google.com/books?id=-ukAUElJXPIC&pg=PA287&lpg=PA287&dq=caradhras+cascades&source=bl&ots=euSEc07JNO&sig=Hvzq9zLCQ-TW9XT8BqDLAbRprsU&hl=en&ei=Nl8dTd_jHZDCsAOPu72TCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q&f=false real places]] in [[TheOtherRainforest Washington State]]. Two climbers (and Tolkien fans) in the 1960's were the first to climb a segment of mountains in the Cascade range and thus [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ensured naming rights]].
** "Lothlorien" is the former name of the thriving nature sanctuary/spiritual retreat (or non-Wiccan pagan/hippie commune) in Lawrence County, Indiana. Its founding documents were a poetic combination of Tolkien's idealism toward nature and "Christ Light" doctrine, making it a really NewAgeRetroHippie establishment. Today, it's called [[http://www.elvinhome.org/index.php Elvin H.O.M.E.]]
* ExecutiveMeddling: Tolkien and his publisher went back and forth about the titles of the books, with Tolkien suggesting many different possibilities for both the three published volumes and the six narrative books (including some subsequently used by Christopher Tolkien like "The Return of the Shadow" and "The Treason of Isengard", and some very [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin literal]] ones such as "The Ring Goes East"). Tolkien finally settled on "The Fellowship of the Ring", "The Two Towers", and "The War of the Ring" for the volumes, and left the narrative books untitled. The publisher [[ExecutiveMeddling overruled]] him and went with "Return of the King" for the third volume despite Tolkien arguing that it was a {{spoiler}} for anyone picking up the series.
* ExtremelyLengthyCreation: It was mostly written between 1937 and 1949. The appendices and final edits weren't completed until 1955. In total it took around 18 years to finish.
* ReferencedBy:
** The source code for Perl 5 contains several quotes from ''The Lord of the Rings'' (and one quote from ''Literature/TheHobbit''). Most users of Perl 5 never look at the source code and never see these quotes. The file [[http://perl5.git.perl.org/perl.git/blob/HEAD:/mathoms.c mathoms.c]] contains artefacts kept only for compatibility. It quotes the Prologue of ''The Lord of the Rings'', about how the hobbits kept mathoms.
** The Music/LedZeppelin songs "Misty Mountain Hop", "Ramble On", "Stairway to Heaven", "Over the Hills and Far Away" and "Battle of Evermore" all refer to people, places and situations in the books. But they are only the best known references. There are thousands of others. Tom Rapp, Pearls Before Swine's frontman, set most of the "Three rings for the Elven-kings..." lyric to music, called it "Ring Thing" and put it on the ''Balaklava'' album. The men's choral pop group [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Association The Association]][[note]]perhaps best remembered for "Along Comes Mary", "Windy" and "Never My Love"[[/note]] had a soft song called "Toymaker" with these lines: "Picture book, Pippin Took/Taking a look." There have been several bands called the Hobbits and a number of albums with titles like ''Middle-earth'', ''Lothlorien'' and so on. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Works_inspired_by_J._R._R._Tolkien#Rock_music Much more here.]]
* PublisherChosenTitle: The publisher meddled with the titles of the three volumes. Tolkien wanted the last one to be named ''The War of the Ring'' to avoid {{spoiler}}s, but it didn't get through.
* SequelGap: ''Literature/TheHobbit'' (1937) was followed by ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (three volumes, 1954-1955), 17 years later.
* SleeperHit: The book series' sales really didn't take off until the '60s.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Previously unpublished materials have a lot of examples of what could have been.
** Aragorn being a ranger hobbit named Trotter was one of them. Later, he was a man whose name kept changing back and forth between "Trotter", "Elfstone" and "Aragorn".
** ''Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth'' has many of these, including the above example. Others include:
*** Treebeard being a villain.
*** Éowyn being Aragorn's love interest (before Arwen was created).
*** Éowyn dying on the battlefield defending Théoden and not getting to kill the Witch-King.
*** Anywhere from two to five hobbits setting out on the quest instead of four.
*** The original hobbit names were Bingo (Frodo), Odo (Sam), Marmaduke (Merry), and Frodo/Faramond (Pippin)
*** A Fellowship that consisted of seven instead of nine members (Legolas and Gimli were later additions, and at one point, another elf was supposed to go as well)
*** Treebeard and the Ents appearing at the last battle in front of the Black Gate (and this is after they act as TheCavalry for Lothlórien).
*** Boromir arriving at Minas Tirith and completely going over to the dark forces partway through the siege.
*** Denethor surviving the siege of Minas Tirith (but still suspicious of Aragorn).
*** Denethor originally being less harsh towards Faramir -- in fact, in the first draft, it was Faramir's idea to retake Osgiliath, and Denethor reluctantly agreeing, but Tolkien eventually switched this around to make Faramir more sympathetic.
** There was a sequel planned called ''[[http://www.tolkiengateway.net/wiki/The_New_Shadow The New Shadow]]'', set more than 100 years after the events of ''LOTR'', involving an evil cult and boys playing at being orcs. Tolkien got about 13 pages in and decided "screw this."
** There were originally going to be [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch good orcs]]! Frodo would've met them on the road, but Tolkien couldn't fit them into the story. The reason he wanted these orcs in the story was because, as a Catholic, he couldn't see a whole species as 'irredeemably evil'. This scene was later in the Ralph Bashki films as a dream sequence.
** The Siege of Minas Tirith was supposed to have [[TankGoodness tanks]] at one point.
* WordOfGod: The appendices are only the start; Tolkien's son has edited together and published fifteen volumes from his notes.
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[[folder:Ralph Bakshi version]]
* ExecutiveMeddling: There was a concern that audiences would confuse "Saruman" with "Sauron". So Aruman was used. That could be understandable, but then the movie keeps switching between ''Saruman'' and Aruman.
* StillbornFranchise: Due to ExecutiveMeddling.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen
** The second part of this was planned. However, the first part received mixed reviews and the producers refused to fund part II.
** All of the live action parts were supposed to be rotoscoped, which is why the costumes are so basic. The movie as released is largely incomplete.
** In the animated adaption, Ralph Bakshi originally wanted to include music by Music/LedZeppelin. Unfortunately, Saul Zaentz insisted he use an orchestral score because he wouldn't be able to release the band's music on his Fantasy Records label. Bakshi later said that he hated the final orchestral score, as he found it too cliche.
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[[folder:Films]]
* AbilityOverAppearance:
** The producers intended to cast only British actors as the Hobbits as Tolkien had imagined the Shire as a form of England but American Creator/ElijahWood sent in a strong audition tape and was cast as Frodo. A marginal case, seeing as Wood speaks TheQueensLatin with very few slips. Creator/SeanAstin's North Country take on Sam Gamgee has also received generally good notices (funnily enough, it's the exact same accent Bill Nighy gave Sam in the '80s radio adaptation, despite Astin not having heard it when he came up with the voice).
** Gollum was meant to be an animatronic, but Creator/AndySerkis's performance impressed the filmmakers so much that they decided to use CGI and motion capture (trope-naming SerkisFolk), plus having him physically acting on the set. That also allowed them to have the flashback scene at the start of ''Return of the King'' where a live-action hobbit-Sméagol played by Serkis transforms into Gollum.
* ActorAllusion:
** In the extended cut of the third movie, [[Creator/ChristopherLee Saruman]] is [[Film/HorrorOfDracula impaled on a spike that goes through his heart]] after falling to his death from Orthanc.
** In the first film:
--> '''[[Creator/SeanBean Boromir]]''': (''after cutting himself on Narsil'') Still [[{{Series/Sharpe}} sharp.]]
* AdaptationalContextChange: Numerous lines and events are taken from the books but given a different meaning by changing the context or speaker.
** In the [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings book]], Sam wakes up to find Gollum crouched over Frodo and accuses him of "sneaking" about. Gollum was actually in the middle of a near-repentance, but Sam's words harden his animosity towards the hobbits and his resolve to feed them to Shelob. In the movie, Sam surprises Gollum disposing of the ''lembas'', and uses the same language on him. In this context, Sam's accusation is more justified and lacks the negative consequences of the original.
** In the book, Éowyn says the line "Do you not know?" to Faramir, in order to let him know that she has fallen in love with him. In the movie, her relationship with Faramir is downplayed, and her feelings for Aragorn emphasised, so the line is kept the same, but said to Aragorn instead.
** In the book the whole "fear no nightly noise" speech was said by Tom Bombadil in his house in the Old Forest on the borders of the Shire. When they decided to cut Bombadil from the film adaption they gave this line and some others to Treebeard in Fangorn forest. This changes the meaning of the line from "no matter what you hear tonight, it won't harm you" to something more like "sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite".
** Sam's vision of the star over the Ephel Dúath shows up in the extended edition of the movies, but is given slightly different significance. In the book, the vision is a private experience of Sam's that gives him strength to continue the journey. In the movie, Sam points out the star in order to encourage ''Frodo'', taking the focus off of Sam's inner struggle and shifting it to Frodo's need for support.
** Gandalf's line discribing Éowyn is changed to something Grima says to her directly. As Peter Jackson says, it wasn't important who said it, only that it was said about Éowyn
--> '''Wormtongue: When you are alone, in the bitter watches of the night, when all your life seemed shrinking, and the walls of your bower closing in about you, a hutch to trammel some wild thing in?”'''
** Sam's monologue at the end of ''The Two Towers'', the one about how their state was "like in the great stories," was actually transplanted not only from a different context, but also a different moment. In the books, the speech was given while they were camping at Cirith Ungol after passing Minas Morgul, and it was just part of a series of musings Sam had while chatting lightly with Frodo. The film placed it much before, during the battle in Osgiliath, and made Sam utter it as a shocked, heartfelt revelation about their fears and hopes, which the speech pretty much summed up. Gollum's reaction diverges too, as in the book he wasn't present and thus never heard it, while in the film he was right there with them and was uncharacteristically moved by Sam's words in one of his most redeeming moments.
* AFIS100YearsSeries:
** AFIS100Years100MovieQuotes:
*** #85, "My precious"
** AFIS100Years100Movies10THAnniversaryEdition: #50
** AFIS10Top10:
*** #2, Fantasy
* AllStarCast: A staggering list of recognizable names in the cast, not to mention that [[StarMakingRole these movies made recognizable the names of every actor]] in them whose names hadn't been beforehand.
* AuthorPhobia: Creator/PeterJackson actually used his own phobia of spiders to measure the effectiveness of Shelob's design and animations. By all accounts, ''it worked.'' Funnily enough, the whole reason for Shelob (and the Mirkwood spiders from ''Literature/TheHobbit'') existing was Tolkein's own AuthorPhobia -- as a young boy he'd been bitten by a venomous spider and almost died and from that time on had a sizable arachnophobia he was able to channel into the books.
* BackedByThePentagon: The New Zealand army in this case. Parts of Mordor were from old mine fields (that were swept beforehand), since they had enough ash to make the look needed.
* BeamMeUpScotty: People often don't remember Aragorn's speech before the Black Gates quite right -- possibly they're remembering the version in the trailer, which was from a different take. Théoden's speeches get this, too, to a lesser extent.
* CastTheExpert:
** In addition to the lead actors who were trained on horses, and numerous digital extras, the Riders of Rohan were portrayed by regular horse riders from all across New Zealand who came with their own horses to act as extras.
** For ''The Return of the King'', The New Zealand Army provided extras for the final battle in front of the Black Gate. Behind the scenes commentary on the [=DVDs=] makes note of how good they were at following directions and setting up formations, as well as how much enthusiasm they brought to the combat scenes.
* CreatorBacklash: Creator/ChristopherLee was understandably not happy that his one (and only) big scene was cut from the theatrical cut from ''The Return of the King'' (if he had been kept he would've got a SAG Award for Best Ensemble Cast). But he eventually reconciled his feud with Peter Jackson to be in ''The Hobbit''.
* DawsonCasting: In the Prologue, Sir Creator/IanHolm is ''very'' briefly seen wearing a dark, curly wig, as Bilbo 50 years younger. While Gandalf ''does'' say that Bilbo "hasn't aged a day" since seeing him last, Holm is obviously too old to have such brown hair.
* DeletedScene: Many put back in the extended editions, but some were still left out.
* DVDBonusContent: Set the standard for in-depth behind the scenes features, even though most DVD releases still can't compare to the sheer mass of juicy bonus material in the DVD sets, even discounting the extended cuts.
* DVDCommentary: All three films, including the Extended Editions, have several impressive tracks by the Director, Producers, Production Designers, and Cast. They're especially notable for including a rare public appearance by Peter Jackson's wife Frank Walsh, who didn't return for the ''Hobbit'' commentaries.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Played with. Jackson anticipated only being able to greenlight one or two movies so his writing team wrote the initial treatment accordingly. And indeed, the first few picture studios he visited did indeed want to do only one film (which Jackson found unacceptable, and would almost certainly have been too little time to tell the story), but when he pitched it to New Line, the producers saw it and said "What are you doing? This is ''[[InvertedTrope three]]'' movies." And this before Hollywood was obsessed with cranking out trilogies--indeed, ''Lord of the Rings'' may have sparked the trend.
* FatalMethodActing: Averted twice, thankfully, but nonetheless some close calls for Viggo Mortensen, who was pulled under by a current and nearly drowned while filming the river scene in ''The Two Towers''. Then there was his fight with Lurtz in ''Fellowship''. Lurtz's actor mistakenly threw his real-sharp knife directly at Mortensen's face, and Mortensen managed to deflect the blade with his sword. The shot remains in the movie.
* FountainOfExpies:
** Gandalf is ranked up there with Merlin in some circles.
** Thanks to Viggo Mortensen's portrayal, this applies to Aragorn. Although he may have already been one, anyways.
** Gimli, who usually serves as a base for many Dwarf character creations for fantasy roleplay, if it helps.
** Even people who haven't read the book or seen the film are familiar with Gollum, if only through PopCulturalOsmosis or his role as childhood NightmareFuel in ''Literature/TheHobbit''. Or, the reference to him in Music/LedZeppelin's "Ramble On."
** Legolas, who is made even more so by Orlando Bloom's portrayal in the film version.
** After the publication of ''The Lord Of The Rings'', it became ''de rigueur'' for the villain in a fantasy story to be a manipulative, rarely-seen EvilOverlord who lives in a dark tower in an evil realm, employs various horrible creatures to do his work, and is dependent on an artifact of his making for power and survival.
* HostilityOnTheSet: There was something of a rivalry between the extras playing Elves and the extras playing Uruk-hai. The Uruks coined the nickname "cupcakes" for their Elven counterparts. This apparently started because the Elven extras (who were largely local college students) weren't getting into character as soldiers, so the Uruk-hai decided to start taunting, jeering, and otherwise acting like actual members of an opposing army. This got the Elven actors riled up enough to be in character. This doubles as EnforcedMethodActing.
* LifeImitatesArt:
** According to behind the scenes material, Viggo Mortensen was a natural leader of the actors and film crew.
** Sean Astin also ended up more or less taking care of Elijah Wood during filming.
-->“Sean was very much Sam for me. You know, always looking after me, being there for me.”
---> - '''Elijah Wood''' (2001)

--> “Well, I felt very, um… protective over Elijah, for no reason. He could take care of himself fine.”
---> - '''Sean Astin''' (2012)
* NamesTheSame:
** No, Sauron's not that pterodactyl guy from ComicBook/{{X-Men}} (who actually named himself after him!)
** In-universe -- the name Gothmog initially belonged to a Balrog who served as Morgoth's [[TheDragon Dragon]]. This Gothmog may have been named after that one.
* OrphanedReference: Faramir's lines "A chance for Faramir, captain of Gondor, to prove his quality," and "Tell him I send a ''mighty'' gift" were supposed to be {{Meaningful Echo}}s of what his father Denethor says to him earlier, in Osgiliath. The scene in Osgiliath was deleted, though it can be found in the [[{{Recut}} Extended Version]] of the film. Granted, Faramir in the book ''did'' say the first line at about the same point in the story and Book!Denethor ''did'' refer to the Ring as "a mighty gift" that Boromir would not have let slip by in ''Return'', so the references are merely demoted to "shout-outs to the source".
* TheOtherDarrin: Sala Baker played [[spoiler:Sauron in his "black knight" form, when he still had the One Ring,]] in The LOTR trilogy. When ''The Hobbit'' was filmed, Creator/BenedictCumberbatch portrayed the character [[spoiler:in his guise as the Necromancer]] instead.
* TheOtherMarty: Stuart Townsend was cast as Aragorn, but was replaced by Viggo Mortensen a few days before filming supposedly for [[WordOfGod being too young]].
* PermanentPlaceholder: The One Ring's design was based on Rick Porras's wedding band after the producer used it as a prop for an impromptu acting session.
* RealLifeRelative:
** Creator/ElijahWood's sister Hannah played one of the Rohirrim refugees.
** Creator/SeanAstin's eldest daughter Alexandria, who was 4 at the time, played Sam's daughter Elanor in the ending of ''The Return of the King''.
** Viggo Mortensen's son Henry played an Orc as well as a Rohirrim soldier.
* ReferencedBy: In ''Film/XMenApocalypse'', Professor Charles Xavier is a benevolent, wise and [[PrettyBoy beautiful]] leader with [[Creator/JamesMcAvoy brilliant blue irises]], mind-reading and telepathic communication abilities who temporarily gets DrunkOnTheDarkSide with BlackEyesOfEvil when exposed to evil power, just like Galadriel in ''The Fellowship of the Ring''.
* ShrugOfGod: Whether Sam killed Shelob or not.
* TalkingToHimself:
** Creator/JohnRhysDavies plays Gimli and voices Treebeard.
** Lawrence Makoare has a scene between himself as Gothmog and himself as the Witch-King.
*** Who are both voiced by Andy Serkis, making it two different versions of this trope.
** The Gollum & Sméagol conversations are InUniverse sort of this trope.
* ThrowItIn:
** In a scene at the beginning of the first movie, when Gandalf visits Bilbo at Bag End, Creator/IanMcKellen bumps into the low hanging lanterns, which was expected. Then he turns quickly, and whacks his head on a wooden beam in the low ceiling, which was ''not'' expected. Since it looked just fine and [[RuleOfFunny also pretty funny]], it was kept as the final cut.
** Aragorn and Lurtz's fight is a lot more real than intended. Lurtz's actor threw the wrong knife instead of the safe prop, which made it quite lucky that Mortensen successfully deflected it. Lurtz's actor also could not see well in the costume, so many of his blows actually connected, which prompted Mortensen to go stiff on his own blows.
** At first Viggo Mortenson couldn't get the cry of grief and anger right at the scene when the trio think Merry and Pippin were killed. In the final take, he kicked a helmet and broke two of his toes. ''That's'' why he screamed and fell to his knees. The scream actually fit the mood perfectly, and was the one used in the final cut.
** In Helm's Deep, the army of orcs stomping their feet and weapons before battle was entirely unscripted. It all happened because one of the actors playing the orcs got bored and began stomping his feet and weapons. Then other orc-actors began to do the same thing. Before long, they all did it, which led to Peter Jackson throwing it in.
** When Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli first arrive at Edoras, there is a shot of a Rohirrim flag fluttering to the ground. The flag had simply slipped loose due to the wind but Peter Jackson threw it in because he liked the symbolism.
** The "rat catcher's cottage" in Minas Tirith. The build team interpreted one of Alan Lee's drawings of a building as having a dead rat hanging in the window, and based an entire house around the idea that the Official Gondorian Rat Catcher lived there. Alan Lee maintains he didn't have something so specific in mind when he did the sketch, but then he realized that it was completely logical: after all, a medieval city the size of Minas Tirith ''would'' have a rat problem.
** Creator/JohnRhysDavies couldn't be bothered to learn most of the fight choreography. According to Creator/DominicMonaghan fight scenes involving John were along the lines of John telling the stunt men to charge in a certain order and hitting them as they closed in.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/SylvesterMcCoy (the Seventh Doctor) was considered for the role of Bilbo. (He would later go on to play Radagast the Brown in ''The Hobbit''.)
** Arwen was actually suppose to [[AscendedExtra arrive at Helm's Deep to give Aragorn his sword Andúril, the Flame of the West, and, of course, to fight alongside him.]] Her role was ultimately reduced, and the scene of her [[spoiler: arrival at Helm's Deep]] instead became Legolas giving Aragorn back Arwen's pendant. Haldir was written in her place.
** Aragorn was originally supposed to personally duel Sauron in the end, but Sauron was ultimately replaced by a troll.
** A scene with [[MagicalNativeAmerican Ghan-Buri-Ghan]] and the [[WackyWaysideTribe Wood Woses]] (who were hunted and killed by the Rohirrim [[FantasticAesop for sport]]) was cut out.
** The movies were originally planned as a duology because Jackson thought making a trilogy was going to be a hard sell. Thankfully, when he pitched it as a duology to New Line, they responded, "Why do you want to make ''two'' movies?" and just as Jackson was about to launch into his defense of why it couldn't possibly be done in one film, they continued, "This is ''three'' movies." The plans for two movies is why The Two Towers has an additional writing credit for Stephen Sinclair. Sinclair worked on early drafts for the duology but apparently left once production expanded to three films. However he contributed enough on ''The Two Towers'' to warrant a writing credit.
** Stuart Townsend was actually cast as Aragorn and in New Zealand filming. A couple of days in they realized it wasn't going to work out and called up Viggo Mortensen. [[http://www.herr-der-ringe-film.de/v2/media/archiv/hdr/townsend02.jpg There's even a still of him in character.]] um... Yeah.
** Creator/SeanAstin lobbied for his father, [[Series/TheAddamsFamily John Astin]], to be given the part of Gandalf.
** When Miramax was unable to finance the original two films, they tried to get them meshed into one two-hour movie. Thankfully, Jackson understandably considered this to be "cutting out half the good stuff." Apparently, it was suggested that they:
*** Shorten Rivendell and Moria.
*** Cut Bree and the Battle of Helm's Deep.
*** "Lose or use" Saruman.
*** Merge Rohan and Gondor with Éowyn as Boromir's sister.
*** Having Ents prevent the Uruk-hai from kidnapping Merry and Pippin.
** The filmmakers tried to create the "Gollum into the lava" scene true to the book, but the take with Gollum simply falling into the lava while celebrating was deemed too anticlimactic. So they tried again, filming a scene where Frodo [[WhatTheHellHero deliberately pushes Gollum and the Ring into the lava]]. ''That'' was basically murder, so they [[TakeAThirdOption filmed a third take]] where they still fight, but Gollum's fall is an accident, which is the one we see in the final product.
** There was going to be a river rapids scene in the first film when the Fellowship was traveling by boat. However, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot real life wrote the plot]] when the equipment the crew was going to use was washed away or ruined by flood waters.
** [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A46263-2002Dec27 The tenor of the times in 2002]] compelled them to actually cut out a lot of material that mostly served to humanize the other races, such as the bit with the Southron or the conversations with orcs. The musings on the Southron soldier are in the Extended Edition of The Two Towers. Though, it's Faramir who delivers the musings (in the book, it was Sam).
** You know that song at the end of ''The Two Towers'' that's sung by someone who sounds an awful lot like Music/{{Bjork}}? Well, the original idea ''was'' for her to sing it, but she was pregnant at the time and declined the invitation. They used another Icelandic singer, Emilíana Torrini, instead.
** The Balrog was going to be shown after falling in the water with its fire gone out and covered in slime. Also, his fall would scare away several tentacled monsters similar to the Watcher in the Water.
** Creator/UmaThurman and Creator/EthanHawke were being considered for Éowyn and Faramir. Thurman initially accepted the offer but had to cancel due to pregnancy.
** The role of Theoden almost went to Kevin Conway, an actor you've [[ClassicallyTrainedExtra never heard of]] who has been in everything.
** Creator/SeanConnery was originally offered the role of Gandalf, but turned it down because he didn't like the first script (another version of this says he "didn't understand the story"). Creator/RussellCrowe was another actor who turned down a role from this movie (as Aragorn) because he didn't like the shooting schedule. Creator/DanielDayLewis, Jackson's first choice, also turned down the part of Aragorn.
** Creator/ChristopherLee originally auditioned for the role of Gandalf. He immediately realized that Gandalf was a very physical role that he only might have been able to do 25 years ago and chose Saruman instead.
** Patrick [=McGoohan=] was one of the first choices for Gandalf but he had to turn it down due to his declining health.
** Creator/TomBaker was offered "a role" according to him, and not necessarily "the role of Gandalf", but he turned it down because he didn't want to be in New Zealand for months at a time. Speculation still exists on what this role may have been, and some believe that it might have perhaps been Radagast the Brown (which eventually went to fellow ''Series/DoctorWho'' alum Creator/SylvesterMcCoy for Creator/PeterJackson's adaptation of ''Film/TheHobbit'') or even Tom Bombadil (who to date has never made an apparition in an adaptation, film or otherwise).
** Creator/NicolasCage was offered the role of Aragorn, but turned it down due to the time commitment.
** Creator/JeffreyCombs (with whom Creator/PeterJackson had worked on ''Film/TheFrighteners'') auditioned for the role of Grí­ma Wormtounge. Combs contends that he lost the role due to a less-than-stellar British accent, which did not sound credible when opposite the likes of Creator/IanMcKellen.
** During the scene in Ithilien when Faramir attempted to take the Ring from Frodo (only to be stopped by Sam), the original intention was to have Frodo have a moment where he changed into a hideous Gollum-like appearance, as Bilbo did in Rivendell. Although this was cut, you can still see traces of it in the moment where Frodo, face hidden from the camera, cowers against the rock, and the greatly disturbed look on Faramir's face. Images of Elijah's makeup tests of this scene can be found [[http://onedio.co/content/did-frodo-become-gollum-in-lotr-a-deleted-scene-revealed-11893 here.]]
** Creator/OrlandoBloom originally tried out for the part of Faramir, not Legolas. The producers ended up convincing him that he'd be better suited for Legolas.
** The narration in the prologue for ''Fellowship'' by Galadriel was originally intended to be spoken by Frodo -- Elijah Wood even did a recording, but the filmmakers felt that not only did the information in the prologue have little bearing on Frodo's character, but there was also the FridgeLogic of him knowing that information -- and if he did know all of that, he would have had to have learned it during the trilogy and it would have been a bit of a spoiler alert to the fact that [[spoiler:he survives]]. So then they got Ian [=McKellen=] as Gandalf to do a recording of the narration, but decided again that he wasn't the right person to be saying this. They eventually picked Cate Blanchett as Galadriel to speak these lines, emphasising the timelessness of the elves.
** And ''in Elvish''. The first voice you hear, while the screen's still dark, is speaking the language to which Tolkien devoted his life and for which he created the Elves and Middle-earth. ''In the beginning was the word.''
** Early in the film's development, there were multiple rumors that Creator/SarahMichelleGellar was being considered for the role of Eowyn. Ultimately, Miranda Otto was cast.
** Right from the time of the series' release there were rumors that Music/DavidBowie had auditioned for a role, most popularly suspected to be Elrond. Dominic Monaghan finally confirmed it was true after Bowie's death (as they'd run into each other as he was leaving the audition).
* WrongfullyAttributed: The now famous line, "A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to," was first uttered in the 2001 Fellowship film. Somehow, however, the line keeps being referenced as a genuine quote from the books by casual fans of the 'verse.
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* CelebrityVoiceActor: Creator/ElijahWood and Creator/JohnRhysDavies voiced Frodo and Gimli in Creator/SternPinball's [[Pinball/TheLordOfTheRings licensed pinball game.]]
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!!This book and film series has [[TropeNamers named the following tropes]]:

* BlackSpeech: The language of Sauron and Mordor.
* BreakingTheFellowship
* CommonTongue
* DugTooDeep
* TheFellowshipHasEnded
* GollumMadeMeDoIt
* GondorCallsForAid
* {{Hobbits}}
* KneelBeforeFrodo: Aragorn bows to Frodo and Sam at Cormallen during the honoring of the Ring-bearers.
* {{Mithril}}: A fantasy version of {{Unobtainium}}
** HeavyMithril: Music genre, a mix of the sound of HeavyMetal with fantasy-inspired lyrics
* {{Mordor}}: Although only true for parts of it (Volcanic soil is usually very fertile). The south of Mordor has huge fertile farmlands, which are needed to keep the Mooks fed.
* MouthOfSauron
* {{Mythopoeia}}: Tolkien coined the term.
* RingOfPower: Several rings, but The One Ring is nicknamed this.
* ShortCutsMakeLongDelays: Spoken first by Pippin.
* SpeakFriendAndEnter
* WalkIntoMordor: That dreaded thing, what which one [[MemeticMutation does not simply do]].
* YouShallNotPass: Spoken first by Gandalf as "You cannot pass." in the book, with the movie being the actual trope namer.

!!This book and film series [[ImageSource provides the page image]] for:

* General
** ArtifactOfDoom
** BonusMaterial
** EvilTowerOfOminousness
** SerkisFolk
* ''The Fellowship of the Ring''
** ArtifactOfAttraction (top-right; bottom-left)
** AnAxeToGrind
** EternallyPearlyWhiteTeeth
** EvilOverlord
** InAndOutOfCharacter (''Webcomic/DMOfTheRings'')
** {{Mithril}}
* ''The Two Towers''
** CameBackStrong
** CriticalFailure (''Webcomic/DMOfTheRings'')
** CrystalBall
** HilariousInHindsight
** HolyBacklight
** MageTower
** OurOrcsAreDifferent (1st image, top half)
** PrettyBoy
** ReforgedBlade
** SorcerousOverlord (poster)
** Webcomic.{{DM of the Rings}} (edited screenshot)
* ''The Return of the King''
** ArtifactOfAttraction (top-left; bottom-right)
** AwesomeMomentOfCrowning
** HollywoodTactics (''Webcomic/DMOfTheRings'')
** KneelBeforeFrodo
** TheLeader
** MouthOfSauron
** NoManOfWomanBorn
** ShiningCity
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