Here’s Orlando Bloom with Gimli’s stunt double, Brett Beattie, at Roger’s Tattooart. No one can really say for sure if Brett was invited when John Rhys-Davies declined, or if John asked him to go in his place (well—the cast says one thing, John says another), but Brett is one of the nine tattooed. He got his on his lower back.
In a chatroom, John had this to say:
JohnRhysDavies: “9 there were of the Fellowship. And 9 tattoos were made.”
JohnRhysDavies: This fiendish decision was taken in a drunken meeting in a pub in Queenstown.
JohnRhysDavies: I was not present, but was presented with a fait acompli.
JohnRhysDavies: The elvish tattoo was designed but, as I am a professional actor, whenever there’s anything dangerous or that involves blood, I sent my stunt double to do it.
JohnRhysDavies: So I’m proud to state that I sent my stunt double to do it.
JohnRhysDavies: I can only guess, with horror, in what fiendish place it resides.
JohnRhysDavies: (If I had a tattoo for every film I was in, I’d be a walking billboard by now!)