The Lord of the Rings used many, groundbreaking practical and digital visual effects, in its time. And with there being a total of around 3420 effects shots throughout the trilogy (including the extended cuts), it required the work of around 260 visual effects artists.
But with so much work and such huge amounts of detail in the scenes, some small things either get missed, forgotten or just left for people like us to come along and point them all out to you. So that's what we're going to do.
Here are 10 Secret Mistakes Nobody Saw in the Lord of the Rings:
Number one: Magic Chimneys
Take a look at this shot of the city of Edoras, from 'The Return of the King'. Doesn't it look impressive, with that big aerial pan, zooming into the Golden Hall, with its flags, that seem to be moving very oddly... Must be some kinda strange wind or something... But hang on, let's just go back a second, why is the smoke being sucked back into the chimneys? Oh, I know, It's because they've reversed the whole scene! Yep, apparently, they must have decided after filming that they actually wanted to zoom in instead and that "no one will notice if we just reverse the shot". Guess they were wrong.
Number two: A Quick Clear up
When Bilbo Baggins is having his little birthday bash he decides to give a little speech, isn't that nice. And we can see lots of people standing around tables, a couple of barrels and a very tasty looking birthday cake, nice. But later on, after he does his little disappearing act, we can see everyone running around worrying about his disappearance. But oddly, maybe in their state of panic, they must have also decided to eat the cake and pack away the tables and chairs because they're nowhere to be seen! I'm guessing they left it all at the studio set, where the first scene was filmed and just couldn't be bothered to set it all up again for the outside shots...lazy.
Number Three: Orlando Brown
In this close up shot of Legolas exiting the mountain in return of the king, he has brown eyes! And it's not even a quick glimpse, it's a close-up! Clearly, someone was trying to save a little too much work.
Number Four: Dodgy Tracking
In this aerial shot of Edoras, most of the buildings and perimeter wall weren't actually there in real life and were therefore added after filming by digitally mapping them to the scenery.
The only problem is they must not have properly locked the wall onto the shot because in the bottom right-hand corner it seems to be just floating in the air.
Number Five: Strings Attached
Wait a minute, it's a trick, he's not really knocking them into the sky, they're actually being lifted up by these wires, here and here, huh...
Number Six: The Blue Man
In the same scene as the one we've just been watching, it appears that not everyone wanted to dress for the occasion because, in this shot of Elrond fighting an orc, we can clearly see this tiny little man in blue overalls and a white hardhat.
Number Seven: Tree Stump
When departing from Lothlórien the fellowship passes this lovely looking tree at the lake. The top half of the tree was actually CGI and the base was made on set and stood around 20ft high. But in this wide shot we can clearly see that the rest of the tree isn't there, did they quickly chop it down or something?
Number Eight: Change Places
Rivendell is a magical place where elves live so maybe that's why its architecture and scenery keep changing? For some reason, it seems to change throughout the movies.
Number Nine: Not Shore
When the fellowship reaches the shore of Nen Hithoel we can see that the bank on the left has been enhanced with rock formations. But in the scene where we see Frodo standing at the shore (after the battle in the woods), preparing to go to Mordor on his own, the shore that before was rocky is now just a boring green hill.
Number Ten: Who's That?
One that takes the prize is this guy, Eomer's stunt double who randomly appears instead of Eomer, alongside Gandalf and coat the end of the second movie.
Well, those were the 'hard to spot' mistakes that we found in The Lord of the Rings. Did you spot any of these? Let us know in the comment section below.
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