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The Lord of the Rings movie series facts for kids
The Lord of the Rings is a set of three fantasy movies: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003). The movies were based on J. R. R. Tolkien's book The Lord of the Rings.
It was first live-action Lord of the Rings movies that were made. They were filmed together in New Zealand from October 1999 to December 2000, and released separately in December 2001-2003 by Warner Bros.
The movie trilogy
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The cast includes:
- Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
- Ian McKellen as Gandalf
- Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn
- Sean Astin as Samwise "Sam" Gamgee
- Dominic Monaghan as Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck
- Billy Boyd as Peregrin "Pippin" Took
- Orlando Bloom as Legolas
- John Rhys-Davies as Gimli and the voice of Treebeard
- Sean Bean as Boromir
- Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins
- Hugo Weaving as Elrond
- Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
- Liv Tyler as Arwen
- Andy Serkis as Sméagol/Voice and motion-capture of Gollum/Voice of Witch-king of Angmar
- Christopher Lee as Saruman
- Bernard Hill as Théoden
- Miranda Otto as Éowyn
- Karl Urban as Éomer
- David Wenham as Faramir
- Brad Dourif as Gríma Wormtongue
- John Noble as Denethor
- Paul Norell as the King of the Dead
- Marton Csokas as Celeborn
- Craig Parker as Haldir/Voice of Gothmog
- Sala Baker as Sauron/"Maggoty-Bread" Uruk/Stunts
- Harry Sinclair as Isildur
- Lawrence Makoare as Lurtz/Gothmog/The Witch-king of Angmar/Stunts
- Bruce Spence as the Mouth of Sauron
- Nathaniel Lees as Uglúk/Stunts
- Bruce Hopkins as Gamling
- Jed Brophy as Sharku/Snaga
- Peter McKenzie as Elendil
- Mark Ferguson as Gil-galad
Changes from the book
The Lord of the Rings movies were changed in several things from the book; among them where changes in the plot and motivation of the characters, and parts of the story were cut. A few sets of changes that many consider major were: "The Old Forest", "In the House of Tom Bombadil", and "Fog on the Barrow-Downs", from The Fellowship of the Ring, and "Many Partings", "Homeward Bound", & "The Scouring of the Shire" from The Return of the King. These were left out, and other passages changed, for reasons of dramatic flow and practical limits on what could be presented in three movies. The scripts are not exactly true to the story in the volumes of the book, yet have most of its most important elements. Yet, some major parts of the books were left out of the movies, and others significantly changed.
- Together the three movies were nominated for 30 Oscars at the Academy Awards. They won 17 Oscars, 11 of which were for Return of the King.
- The 3 movies cost 281 million dollars to make.
- Much of the filming was done in New Zealand, but some areas were made using computers.
- Each movie has a Special Extended Edition DVD which has a longer version of the movie.
- Together the movies are longer than 11 hours
- All together the movies have more than 3,500 special effects.
- Each movie was released a few weeks before Christmas in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
- The movies made nearly 3 billion dollars.