One of the most impressive armies of the franchise is Saruman’s. Those 10,000 soldiers marching will make anyone freeze where they stand and run for the hills screaming. You might remember that Grima Wormtongue’s reaction was a little different — he cried.
Brad Dourif, the actor, wasn’t scripted to have tears rolling from his eyes, but given that he could cry on command and that he thought this would fit the scene, he figured he’d just go for it. And good thing he did.
No Helicopters for Me, Thanks
The Fellowship's journey took them through various terrains. Mountains too. That means that shoot locations often had to be set in high altitudes that the cast had to be transported in via helicopter. For most of the cast members, that wasn't a problem, but Sean Bean (who played Boromir) was a whole other story.
The actor, as it happens, was afraid of flying and literally preferred to get dressed as his character and climb — for two hours in full costume — up the snowy mountains on foot!
Even Her Own Father Couldn't Recognize Her
If you listen to the films where Arwen speaks, and then to Liv Tyler speak in an interview out of character, you'll notice the two sound a lot different.
As part of creating her character, Tyler used a register much lower than her natural one. Apparently, it was so low that even her own father, Steven Tyler, thought that the character was dubbed.
That's One Tall Dwarf
John Rhys-Davies, the actor playing Gimli, is a tall guy. At 6' 1", he towered over most of the people on set, and was, in fact, the tallest person in the Fellowship.
Since his character is the shortest one in the story, production had to use cinema tricks such as forced perspective, camera angles, and small platforms to make this big man appear tiny.
Leaf It Alone
Remember the Council of Elrond? Remember the beautiful background of arches and greenery? Well, those trees, as trees often do, shed some leaves during the meeting. Except it wasn't really the trees.
Each of those leaves was intentionally dropped by a hidden crew member! All those leaves were sourced locally by the production during the fall, put into sacks, and specially painted in order to be used in the film.