01. During shooting John Rhys-Davies suffered rashes from constant wearing the Gimli make-up, on his last day of photography the head of make-up department gave him the opportunity to throw his Gimli mask into the fire and he didn’t hesitate a moment to burn it.
02. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King made almost 1400% profit for New Line Studios.
03. On the last day of shooting each of the cast members was given a gift that was important to their roles. Miranda Otto got Eowyn’s dresses and her sword, Liv Tyler got “dying dress” of Arwen, Orlando Bloom received one of Legolas’ bows.
04. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King had 1488 effects shots.
05. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, surpassing both the Godfather trilogy (28) and the Star Wars franchise (21), became the most nominated film series in Academy Award history with 30 nominations.
06. Peter Jackson did not like the Army of Dead. He was thinking it was too unbelievable but he kept it in the movie because he did not want to disappoint die-hard fans of the book trilogy.
07. 26-year-old Stuart Townsend was replaced by forty-one year old Viggo Mortensen because director Peter Jackson thought the character should be played by someone older.
08. This movie was nominated for 11 categories at the Academy Awards and also won all 11 awards. This is the highest perfect score at the Academy Awards. the LOTR franchise has won in every category except one (Best Supporting Actor).
09. During one of the shots a horse rider fell off his horse. All the horses that came behind him miraculously managed to avoid him.
10. This movie is the second movie featuring Bernard Hill that received eleven Academy Awards. The first movie was Titanic (1997).
11. For the world premiere almost 100,000 people lined the streets of Wellington.
12. The entire running time for this trilogy is approximately 12 hours and 1 minutes.
13. This movie broke another record by winning all 11 Oscars for which it was nominated. The previous record was held by The Last Emperor (1987) nine out of nine and Gigi (1958) also nine out of nine.
14. There were 540 computer generated effects in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and 799 in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and 1488 in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
15. In February 2004, this movie become second movie to achieve $1 billion mark in worldwide box office revenue after Titanic (1997).