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32 Adorable Behind-the-Scenes Photos from the Set of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | December 19, 2012 | Comments ()


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You'll forgive me for going a bit Tolkein mad, won't you? It's been a decade since the last film came out. A DECADE. I've been waiting a decade to swim this deep in my Middle-earth dorkitude. So come on, splash around with me until your fingers get all pruney. Here are some older than dirt photos from behind-the-scenes of Lord Of The Rings. If you've listened to any of the commentary on the DVDs, you know this cast was quite loving and close. (Except, perhaps, for John Rhys-Davies who had an allergic reaction to his make-up and spent much of his down time recuperating.) As for proof of love between the rest, you need look no further than their matching tattoos (Davies' stunt double went in his place). So strap on your mithril, pour yourself a flagon from the Green Dragon (yes, they come in pints) and get to work on your √Čomer/Gandalf slash fiction. They don't call them horse people for nothing, you know.

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  • This is a lovely idea for a list (considering I love LOTR and how the actors were actually really close), however only two of the pictures load on my computer, the rest are apparently "forbidden" and "can't be found" , has anyone else had this problem?

  • Goldberry

    A little piece of my heart died in December 2003, that's how much I missed the anticipation of each new installment. Looking forward to seeing The Hobbit tomorrow, but I still miss the stories of the brotherhood...thanks for this sweet reminiscience.

  • FrayedMachine

    Whenever people rip on Lord of the Rings, I immediately think of this. i get that people don't like the story but part of the appeal (at least to me) is that it's so clear and blatantly obvious that the people who worked on this loved working on it, and that there was a ton of care and love that went into making it. Ach. How can you just not love it because of all the love that went into it for reason alone!

  • Tinkerville

    It's like Pajiba knew what I needed to feel warm and squishy again on a really rough morning. This was like a cup of mulled wine and a pouch of Longbottom leaf for my soul.

  • Kala

    That last picture cheers my cold, black heart.

  • Skyler Durden

    Those pics of the Uruk-Hai just serve as a valuable reminder of the importance of practical effects and ACTUAL PEOPLE IN MAKEUP.

    I'm looking at you, CGI character in the Hobbit. You know who you are.

  • Fredo

    That last picture was perfect.

    And I've come to realize that anything is instantly made better with more Ian McKellen. A bit obvious really, but it has to be said.

  • Natallica

    In picture number 7, McKellen looks like a priest and Boyd and Monaghan like his altar boys. I would sing up to that religion right now

  • Big-Hearted Grinch

    It's only been NINE years since RotK was released in 2003. You're welcome everyone I just gave you a year of your lives back. Merry Christmas!

  • Three_nineteen

    But the pellet with the poison is in the flagon from The Dragon!

    Oops, wrong movie. Sorry.

  • Mrs. Julien

    The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Noooo...the vessel with the pestle has the pellet with the poison. The chalice with the palace has the brew that is true.

  • Mrs. Julien

    The chalice from the palace got broken, now it's in the vessel with the pestle.

  • I'd seen most of these already but not that one in the header and it is ADORABLE.

    Also...Ian McKellen. Goddamn. His face. He's just too much awesome.

  • cheryl

    Everything Ian McKellan does is adorable!

  • BWeaves

    It's actually a bit disturbing to see the hobbits taller than Gandalf.

  • SilverDeb

    Ian McKellan is 5'11" and the hobbits are 5'7" each.

  • phase10

    Looks like he's kinda being held up to me. He was probably hitting that pipe a little too hard that night.

  • Oh! My heart! I love all of this so much!

  • Mrs. Julien

    Hit refresh and COMMENT AGAIN! OhmygodOhmygodOhmygodOhmygodOhmygodOhmygodOhmygodOhmygodOhmygodOhmygodOhmygodOhmygodOhmygodOhmygodOhmygodOhmygodOhmygod

  • Mrs. Julien

    Wait a second! What's this? A Christmas miracle?! I'm at work and commenting...

  • Ah man, I remember watching and re-watching all the hours and hours of extras on these DVDs all those years ago, and I swear I was *this* close to diving headfirst into the TV, that's how palpable the sense of love and fun that these people were exuding was. And you can tell from the actual films; that kind of defiant, joyous solidarity completely bled through the screen, and it's surprising how much warmth it added to such a gargantuan production, which ran the not insignificant risk of being cold and lifeless due to the sheer scale of it.

  • Tinkerville

    I felt the exact same way watching them. The camaraderie and love was so visible and the films needed that to truly succeed. They still would have been visual feasts and spectacular epics, but without the chemistry that existed between the cast it would've felt so empty.

  • Strand

    After recently rewatching the extended movies on Blu-Ray, there are some really weird artefacts that only showed up on the 1080p version. There are wide angle shots where the hobbit characters are clearly played by stunt doubles (often small women), a lot of bows don't have strings when drawn, weird CGI effects on the tents, etc.

    I love the crispness but boy... there were some things better hid by lower resolution.

  • Irina

    One of the pictures is posted twice, so technically there are 31 adorable photos. I feel cheated.

  • PDamian

    I desperately want the chair Ian McKellen is sitting on in the sixth photo. The whole Rivendell esthetic -- the curving lines, the detailed ornamentation -- is very reminiscent of Art Nouveau/Jugenstil, a style I love. Hobbiton interiors are more British Arts and Crafts, but they're delightful, too. I've no idea if the LOTR and Hobbit set designers took their cues from those two movements, but it certainly looks like it, and I would be so happy to live in Rivendell -- or have a house that looks like it should be in Rivendell.

  • Fredo

    it's reminiscent of art nouveau because that's what they chose as the artistic signature for the elves. So you're not wrong.

  • PDamian

    Thanks! Good to know! And I still want that chair ...

  • BWeaves

    I want to live in Bag End, myself.

  • michaelceratops

    *splashes about* This has made my day better *splish splash* True story: my best friend and I have the same tattoo as the Fellowship actors because we're weirdos best friends.

  • I had to wear a fake beard in a play once. I feel so sorry for everyone involved.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Every time we see Gimli, I remember John Rhys-Davies saying on the DVD extras that he was allergic to the glue they used for his facial prosthetics and he was extremely uncomfortable every moment.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I really don't understand how they couldn't find a replacement adhesive for him.

    Then again, I knocked a college boyfriend out cold once by presenting him with a beard and mask for a production of The Bacchae. The combination of spirit gum and toxic fumes/dust from the shredded rug I used for his 'hair' were apparently more than his gigantic frame could take.

    And I was never asked to do costume duty again.

  • bill

    Take that kid in the last pic

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