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The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy consists of three live action films, directed by Peter Jackson. Principal photography for all three movies took place in New Zealand over a continuous eighteen-month period — the first time that three films had ever been shot together in this way, although some pairs of movies had. There were several later "pick-up" shoots over the following months and years as the movies were edited, special effects were added and the script was honed and revised.

The movies for the most part follow the storyline of the books (see J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings); however, there are some major deviations as detailed within the entry for each movie.

Facts and figures about the trilogyEdit

  • Amount of film shot during production: Over 6 million feet
  • Swords, axes, shields and makeup prosthetics created: 48,000
  • Background actors cast: 20,602
  • Costumes produced by the wardrobe department: 19,000
  • New Zealand cricket fans enlisted to create the Orc army's grunts: 10,000
  • Behind-the-scenes crew members: 2,400 at the height of production
  • Pairs of prosthetic Hobbit feet created: 1,600
  • Most real horses in one scene: 250
  • Computer special-effects artists employed: 180
  • Total speaking roles: 114
  • Locations in New Zealand used as backdrops: 100.
  • Tailors, cobblers, designers, et al. in the wardrobe department: 50
  • Actors trained to speak fictional dialects and languages: 30
  • Total years of development for all three movies: 7
  • Combined running time of the series: 680 minutes (11 hours and 20 minutes)
  • Combined worldwide box-office gross: US$2,916,544,743 (source)

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The Lord of the Rings

Volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings book
The Fellowship of the Ring | The Two Towers | The Return of the King

Movies in Peter Jackson's LotR movie trilogy
The Fellowship of the Ring | The Two Towers | The Return of the King

Animated movies
The Hobbit animated movie | Lord of the Rings animated movie | Return of the King animated movie

Miscellaneous
The History of The Lord of the Rings | Lord of the Rings radio series

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