Rare Lord of the Rings behind the scenes photos shared by Orlando Bloom

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Orlando Bloom with stunt doubles for most of the remaining Fellowship. (Credit: Orlando Bloom / Facebook)

Peter Jackson classic ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ turned 15 years of age this week and to mark the anniversary star Orlando Bloom has shared some unseen photos from behind the scenes.

Bloom, who played elven archer and Fellowship member Legolas in the fantasy epic, shared pictures of him with cast members including Viggo Mortensen, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd, stunt doubles and crew members.

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The actor shared the 11 photos on his official Facebook page, including additional pictures of him training with a bow and arrow, on the New Zealand set and putting in his coloured contact lenses during a make-up session.

“15 years ago today, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring hit theaters. and the rest, as you know, is history,” he wrote.

The ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy grossed $2.9 billion, leading to a trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkein’s second most-famous novel ‘The Hobbit’. Critically panned, the ‘Hobbit’ trilogy grossed roughly the same amount.

Orlando Bloom appeared in all but one of films based on Tolkein’s work to date, as did Hugo Weaving as fellow elf Elrond. Only Ian McKellan, as Gandalf, appeared in all six.

Bloom relaxing on set during the famously-long shoot. (Credit: Orlando Bloom / Facebook)
Orlando Bloom sporting a bruise on his cheek during filming. (Credit: Orlando Bloom / Facebook)
Bloom in a helicopter with some of the film’s stunt doubles. (Credit: Orlando Bloom / Facebook)