Lord Of The Rings Trilogy: 16 Easter Eggs, In-Jokes & References You Need To See

13. ...And So Is The Shot Of The Hobbits Hiding From The Ringwraith - The Fellowship Of The Ring

The shot of Odo Proudfoot (and his feet!) isn't the only one that pays homage to the 1978 version of The Lord of the Rings, though; there's another shot in Fellowship of the Ring that echoes one in Bakshi's film, in which a Ringwraith searches for the hobbits as they cower beneath a gap under a tree in the infamously terrifying scene. Peter Jackson clearly felt like he needed to acknowledge Bakshi's efforts, because he opted to include not one - but two - shot-bases references in his movie. This makes sense when you realise that Jackson was first exposed to The Lord of the Rings by way of the animated film, which arguably proved to be the pivotal nudge that led Jackson to making the trilogy. So thanks, Ralph Bakshi: we owe you one.

Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.