During the filming of “The Fellowship of the Ring”, Peter Jackson did not know how to justify the presence of the Hobbit map. The idea came from a certain Henry, the son of … Viggo Mortensen!
During the filming of The Lord of the Rings:
The Fellowship of the Ring, the director Peter Jackson found himself for a time in a scenario deadlock concerning the Hobbit map, that of Thorïn Ecu-de-Chêne as Bilbo, the Dwarves, and Gandalf use to find the secret entrance to the Lonely Mountain. The New Zealander did not know how to justify the presence of the said card.
“We didn’t really know what had become of this card”, says screenwriter Philippa Boyens in the audio commentary of the long version of the first installment of the trilogy. “So we wanted to check what must have happened to him. And the one who took care of it was Henry, the son of Viggo Mortensen. He ended up finding that Bilbo had kept it.” A Henry Mortensen then barely twelve years old.
It should also be noted that it was little Henry Mortensen who convinced his father to accept the role of Aragorn in the Peter Jackson trilogy. The boy was rewarded by appearing twice in the saga. First in Les Deux Tours, on the ramparts of Fort-le-Cor where he played a young soldier from Rohan. Then in The Return of the King, during the Battle of the Fields of Pelennor, where he played one of the first Orcs to be killed by … Aragorn!