Back to “The Lord of the Rings”, and to 10 small details that make the characters of the trilogy even more touching…
A small gesture of support from Boromir, a tribute in the form of an elven song, a scar that shows Frodo’s fight… From The Fellowship of the Ring to the Return of the King, a look back at Peter’s film trilogy Jackson adapted from Tolkien’s work, through 10 small details that you may not have noticed and that add another degree of emotion to its protagonists.
In The Fellowship of the Ringwhen the characters discover Balin’s grave and Gimli mourns the loss of his cousin, the most observant viewers may have noted that Boromir lays his hand brotherly on the Dwarf’s shoulder, supporting him in his grief.
No doubt the warrior of Gondor also felt the pain of losing comrades in arms.
In the trilogy of peter jackson, while playing the legendary magician Gandalf, British comedian Ian McKellen delivers without a doubt one of the most striking performances of his entire career. For the occasion, and in order to pay homage to the author of The Lord of the Rings, the actor slightly modified his tone of voice, to give Gandalf the accent which was that of JRR Tolkien.
Tribute to Boromir
At the end of The Fellowship of the Ring, when Boromir falls in turn in battle, the elven song that can be heard in the background music has a very special meaning. The song indeed takes up a sentence declaimed by Faramir (Boromir’s brother) in the original work, and can be translated as follows: “I do not like the brilliant sword for its edge, nor the arrow for its speed. I do not love those that serve to defend.”
A fitting quote, given that the brave warrior of Gondor has just given his life for Merry and Pippin.
After accompanying him until the very last moment at the end of The Fellowship of the RingAragorn decided to honor the memory of Boromir by recovering the two bracers of his comrade in arms, and wearing them in turn in battle.
With this gesture, the heir of Gondor pays homage both to his deceased friend and to the kingdom from which he came.
In support of Gandalf!
When the characters arrive in Edoras at the start of The Two Towers, Legolas seems to have understood Gandalf’s strategy very well. Indeed, when the Magician asks to keep his stick before appearing in front of Théoden, claiming that an “old man needs his support”, the Elf immediately takes to the game by grabbing his arm. Enough to further fool the soldiers of Rohan.
Sam tightens his belt
Contrary to what Gollum will claim accusing him of having hidden food, Sam was truly loyal and devoted to Frodo until the end. The proof: this scene where the Hobbit discusses with Sméagol, and where we can see him discreetly tightening his belt a notch. Perhaps to adjust his sword around his waist. No doubt to fight against the hunger that torments him.
Physical, psychological, mental and spiritual burden, the One Ring forged by Sauron is not a simple bauble for its wearer, as Boromir had specified in the first part of the trilogy.
When Frodo is taken prisoner by the Orcs in The king’s return and finds himself shirtless, so we can see that the evil artifact has left burns all around his neck, where his chain was. A small detail that allows the viewer to understand a little better what is the magnitude of the fight for the Hobbit.
“If by my life or my death I can protect you, I will. My sword is yours.”
This commitment, pronounced by Aragorn in The Fellowship of the Ring when joining Frodo, resounds again in the form of an elvish song at the end of the trilogy, when the King of Gondor charges with his army in front of the gates of Mordor, thus allowing the Hobbit to accomplish his quest. A way of remembering that until the end, the heir of Isildur respected his oath.
An Eagle for Sméagol?
At the end of Return of the King, when Gandalf flies over Mount Doom to retrieve Frodo and Sam, it can be seen that he has come with three Eagles. Had the Wizard considered the possibility that Sméagol was still alive? And did he intend to help him by getting him back as well?
Sam Gamegie’s Daughter
Several members of the team Lord of the Rings were able to invite their children to the filming of the trilogy. This is for example the case of peter jackson and Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), but also Sean Astin, who shared the screen with his own daughter Alexandra for the final sequence of Return of the Kingwhen Sam returns to his family.