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Lord of the Rings: one special effect was crucial to Gimli actor John Rhys Davies

Here's a hint: It involves a wizard (You might know the one)

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The Lord of the Rings films have been praised through the years for its use of groundbreaking effects, both practical and digital. To this day, Middle Earth still looks as impressive as ever, and the cast of the movies recall just how magical it was to see the fantasy story come together on screen.

During an appearance at Seattle's Emerald City Comic Con 2024, John Rhys-Davies - who played Gimli in the beloved trilogy of movies - joined Popverse's very own Ashley V. Robinson to discuss the movies' effects, including one scene between Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen that left him stunned!

You can watch the full video above.

You can watch the full Lord of the Rings Cast Reunion panel for FREE here, and you can catch up with our Lord of the Rings watch guide!


Whether you're Shirefolk, Elven, Dwarven, or something else, there's a good reason to love Lord of the Rings. We do! With that in mind, we have a dragon's horde of goodies for you from a Lord of the Rings reading guide, a Lord of the Rings watch guide, details on the upcoming animated film Lord of the Rings: The War of Rohirrim, a full the Lord of the Rings reunion panel you can watch, how the OG Hobbit actors stay in touch every day on a groupchat, and the true message of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, according to Gimli himself - John Rhys-Davies.

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Veronica Valencia: Veronica Valencia is Popverse's Senior Video Producer. She has written for Crunchyroll, hosted the Anime Expo live stream, managed the English dub of Neon Genesis Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time, and appeared on Maria Menounos’s Afterbuzz TV, where she hosted and produced multiple after-show discussion panels.
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