16 Things You Didn’t Know About the Making of ‘Lord of the Rings’ This series was so freaking epic. I'd read the JRRTolkien books in my youth, but I thought it was way too big to be made into live-action. But Peter Jackson pulled it off in an incredible three-film saga. This was the series that put Weta VFX and Andy Serkis on the map, as well as revive the Middle-Earth saga and make it a sensation. There are certain things that I wish had been more faithful to the story (Saruman meeting his end in the Shire, Tom Bombadil appearing), but on the whole I think Peter Jackson did great.