About Lord of the Rings: One thing I have always loved about film is the little things you find out after viewing them. Like when Tarantino reveals connections to his other movies, or how many takes David Fincher needed to get his shot juuuuust right. Whether it’s a couple days after or 15 years later, discovering little anecdotes and tidbits reignites life into the stories we know and love.
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True, some of these stories are urban legends and hearsay made up to either boost viewings or sully someone’s name; it’s the truthful ones that really allow me to appreciate the craft of film making.
It’s surprising to think that even after so many years since the Lord of the Rings’ release, we still have unheard stories to hear from the set. From on set injuries to real-life experiences, this list should enlighten you on what the cast and crew had to go through to bring this epic film to our homes. Given some of these have made their rounds on the internet already, that doesn’t mean you have heard them before. Hopefully the one you haven’t heard of are handy morsels for all you trivia buffs out there who love these sort of things. I know I do.
15. The Elvish Tongue – Mix of Welsh, Old Norse, and Icelandic Languages
The Elvish language spoken throughout the film was created just for the movie. However, it wasn’t some random letters and sounds they threw together. Jackson and his team took actual notes by Tolkien on his creation of the language.
Having a large interest in philology, Tolkien loved creating new languages, one of which is the Elvish language Sindarin that we hear in the film. He had constructed it based off of the Welsh, Old Norse and Icelandic languages we know and love today. This wasn’t the only language he developed, though. In fact, by the time he was in his early 20s, he already had multiple languages completed.