Gandalf’s Rebirth was Literally Written as Weird
By that we mean the script literally said “Death. Birth. Cosmic. Weird.”
The Black Gate was Designed Based on a Typo
The Black Gate is supposed to be singular, but a typo in the script given to the art department lead to it being turned into two gates.
Saruman Actually Knew JRR Tolkien
Christopher Lee, who played Saruman, is an immense Tolkien fan and in addition to reading the trilogy every year, he’s also the only cast or crew member to have met the man himself.
Viggo Mortensen “Killed” His Son During Filming
The first orc that Aragorn kills at the battle of Pelennor Fields was played by Viggo Mortensen’s son, Henry.
Aragorn Read the Books Right Before Filming
Mortensen wasn’t originally cast as Aragorn, and filming had already begun by the time he got the gig. He has stated he read the books for the first time on the flight to New Zealand.
Gandalf Once Had a Ring of Power
If you’ve read the books you know this already, but for movie fans only, Gandalf was one of the original ring-bearers, possessing the Ring of Fire, one of the three rings gifted to the Elves from Sauron.