The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Audio problem: When Bilbo is saying good-bye to Gandalf outside, he's standing by the door and then he turns to walk to his gate. When the camera angles behind Gandalf, Bilbo is standing at the gate with it open; the gate is too far away for Bilbo to have been there in a split second, and we never hear the gate open, but we hear it squeak shut. (00:29:15)

Audio problem: When Merry, Pippin and Frodo are separated by the Troll's club smashing the ground beneath them in Balin's tomb (right before Frodo gets smelled round the pillar), Aragorn shouts, 'Frodo!', but his mouth is not in sync (it looks as if he shouts 'Legolas' in that shot, but it was dubbed over.) (00:30:00)

Audio problem: When Haldir is seen talking to the Fellowship in Lothlorien in the extended edition, he says "You can go no further." From Aragorn's point of view you can see Haldir saying "You can go no-" but when Haldir is walking away, he isn't moving his mouth to say the word "further." (00:46:18)

Audio problem: At Orthanc, as Saruman and Gandalf walk towards the Palantir, Saruman asks, "Why? Why should we fear to use it?" but his lips say something completely different. (00:48:40)

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Audio problem: When Arwen and Aragorn are talking on the bridge, you see Arwen's lips moving while Aragorn is speaking. When you zoom in you can see that Arwen's mouth is definitely moving as she is talking animatedly, both when neither character has any dialogue and when Aragorn's voice says 'I thought I had strayed into a dream'. (01:32:15)

Audio problem: In two shots at the end of Frodo and Gandalf's conversation in Moria (before the Fellowship enters Balin's tomb), Gandalf's beard is moving as if he were talking, but he doesn't say anything.

Audio problem: When Bilbo and Frodo are reunited at Rivendell, Bilbo embraces Frodo and Bilbo's voice can be heard saying "Oh." But, his mouth is closed and could not have possibly said it.

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Other mistake: When the hobbits are hiding under the tree trunk from the Ringwraith in the beginning, you can see space to the left and right of the tree above them. Logically when the Ringwraith walks past the tree you would see it on the right side of the tree first, then on the left, but you don't - it looks like it walks out of the tree instead of behind it. [Confirmed on the commentaries - Elijah Wood asks his fellow actors if anyone spotted the mistake: 'It kind of magically comes out of the tree'. Sean Astin: 'You mean it doesn't pass from the other side?' Wood: 'No, it comes out from the centre.'] (00:51:40)

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Aragorn: Gentlemen! We do not stop 'til nightfall.
Pippin: But what about breakfast?
Aragorn: You've already had it.
Pippin: We've had one, yes. But what about second breakfast?
[Aragorn stares at him, then walks off.]
Merry: Don't think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.
Pippin: What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn't he?
Merry: I wouldn't count on it.

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Question: Since Gandalf knew how dangerous the ring was, why did he give it to Frodo and tell him that he must destroy the ring? It would make more sense to either do it himself or find someone else to do it.

Answer: The temptation of the Ring is directly proportional to the power and ambition of the bearer. To someone like Gandalf - a mighty wizard who wants to save the world - the temptation would, over time, prove to be too much, and he's realistic enough to understand that about himself. With an ordinary hobbit who only wants a nice meal and some peace and quiet, the Ring has a lot less to work with.

Answer: Gandalf can't take the ring because he would be tempted to use it, and it would ultimately corrupt him. This is true for nearly anyone who has it for any length of time, except hobbits for some unknown reason. Gandalf recognized this in Bilbo, and later in Frodo.

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