The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy became one of the defining trilogies for an entire generation. It was the book that many claimed could never be filmed, but Peter Jackson did the impossible and produced one of the groundbreaking fantasy stories of all time and a trilogy for eternity. For the children who grew up with “Lord of the Rings,” this was their “Star Wars.”
If you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings, there are so many wonderful layers in the story and the characters, and that’s something to explore. Fans of a particular franchise often want to find out more and make sure they know as much as possible about a particular movie. So, without further ado, here are some of the great facts about the Lord of the Rings that you probably never knew.
Viggo Mortensen was not originally cast as Aragorn
The role of Aragorn proved to be the most problematic in the cast, which is not surprising, since the character plays a central role in the movies. Initially, Nicolas Cage was offered the role, but he refused it due to family commitments. Daniel Day-Lewis was also offered the role, but he refused. Irish actor Stuart Townsend was cast, but he left the film after a short time due to creative differences. At that time, Mortensen was offered the role that would become his most iconic.
Sean Connery was offered the role of Gandalf.
Incredibly, Ian McKellen, as iconic as Gandalf, was about not to feature in the film. Scottish legend Sean Connery was originally offered the role, but since he had never read the books and did not understand the script, he refused. This was despite the offer of 15% of the film’s profits. Imagine how different these films could have been if Double-Oh-Seven had put on the cape and the long, pointed hat!
Ian Holm once played Frodo
Ian Holm plays Bilbo Baggins, Frodo’s uncle, in the trilogy. But, in a nice allusion to the character, Holm himself played Frodo about 20 years earlier. Back then, in 1981, the BBC commissioned a radio dramatization of the Lord of the Rings story. The series was broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and Holm’s appearance in it led to Peter Jackson offering him the role of Bilbo in the “Lord of the Rings” film series.
Watching the extended versions back to back would take half a day
Well, watching the extended versions of the movies is definitely the better choice, and that’s something the hardcore fans would probably do anyway. If you are interested in doing all this in one go, you need to allow some time for it. After all, it would take you about half a day! The three extended editions total 681 minutes, and it would take 11 hours and 21 minutes to finish the trilogy.
These are some of the most important facts to keep in mind about the Lord of the Rings franchise, and you have to look at the different aspects that were involved in the making of the films. So much time, work and money has been invested to make these films as perfect as possible. And that has led to some of the most intriguing facts you probably never knew about these groundbreaking movies.