LOTR Film Factoids

The idea of having a battle scene in the Prologue to Fellowship was inspired by the tradition of a James Bond pre-credits action scene. There’s absolutely no CGI in the scene where Gandalf and Frodo meet in the forest; just small and tall stand-ins. Every single character wears a wig, apart from Billy Jackson in… Read More

Five Less Well Known LOTR Facts

The Mouth of Sauron In the movies we only saw the Mouth of Sauron once and we certainly never heard him referenced by his name. In actuality “The Mouth of Sauron” actually speaks directly to Sauron and is one of the truly evil characters in the book. He is a thorn in the side of… Read More

Balrogs, Beatles and Bean: Twelve Facts You May Not Have Known About Lord of the Rings

Sean Connery was originally offered the role of Gandalf, but had never read the books and “didn’t understand the script.” Sean Bean is afraid of riding in helicopters, so he chose to take a ski lift in full Boromir costume and then walk the rest of the way to the set. J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S.… Read More

12 Classic Children’s Books Every Adult Should Read Before They Die

Last month I posted my list of 18 Modern Children’s Books Every Adult Should Read. If you haven’t had a look jump over and see if your favourite is on there. Today I’ve got a list of more traditional classic books that have stood the test of time. But, just because they are classed as… Read More