The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Corrected entry: Aragorn has a ring on his right index finger with a marquise shaped stone. When we first see it, as Boromir is teaching Merry and Pip to fight, it is whole. Next as Aragorn prepares to draw his sword on Boromir if he does not return the ring to Frodo, it is broken. After the Fellowship is buried under snow, we see it again and it is whole. Finally we see it as Aragorn lets Frodo go, and it is broken again.

Correction: The ring is never broken - the detail on it can be seen from different angles at times, but it stays in one piece throughout the film and can be seen many times in The Two Towers as well.

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Corrected entry: When Saruman is summoning an avalanche on Carhadras a bandage can be seen on his left middle finger.

Correction: This isn't really a mistake - although it was a real bandage from an injury (it is mentioned in the commentary on the extended DVD) it isn't anachronistic in any way.

Corrected entry: When Borimir is about to die and Strider is running towards him, one of the supposedly dead Orcs lifts his head to watch Strider run by and then promptly lays his head down again.

Correction: Debatable - looks more like he's just wounded but has no energy to get up and continue the fight.

Corrected entry: When Legolas arrives in Rivendell, you see him dismount his horse and turn to view the area. Right after he jumps off you see he is just behind his horse's front leg. After the shot changes, he is a couple feet forward from his last position.

Correction: This scene is not supposed to be in real time – there's simply wide shots, showing Boromir, Gimli and Legolas arriving, then a close-up of Legolas' face, showing his joy at being in Rivendell at last.

Corrected entry: The doorknob to Bilbo's Hobbit hole is in the center, as mentioned in the books. However, the interior doorknob is at the side of the door, in the normal place.

Correction: The door - among other things - was made to function correctly, so that it would open and shut normally. While it is unusual to have the two doorknobs in different places, the latches still work - so this is not a mistake.

Corrected entry: When Frodo is getting dragged away by the cave troll, he cries out "Aragorn! Aragorn!" but his lips don't move.

Correction: You can see Frodo's lips move if you look carefully. They just don't move that much. You can see it more the second time he says Aragorn.

Corrected entry: When Gandalf battles the evil wizard, Gandalf's staff is taken from him and he is therefore defeated. Gandalf is placed atop a large column until rescued by the giant bird. Once united with Frodo again, however, Gandalf's staff is by his side.

Correction: Gandalf doesn't regain his staff, he has two different staffs. The branches on the tip of the first one are almost straight and there's a spot for his pipe to fit. On the second one the branches on the tip are bent to one side. Both can be seen in pre-release pictures.

Corrected entry: When Aragorn is letting Frodo go to Mordor, in one shot it shows him facing the camera and you can see that Frodo is up to his shoulder, before Aragorn kneels down. In the next shot, Frodo is only up to his waist, but Aragorn hasn't moved.

Correction: This is the effect of forced perspective - Aragorn and Frodo are some distance apart, and the shot referred to here is over Frodo's shoulder, so that he is closer to the camera. He therefore looks taller than when he is further away, but his actual height hasn't changed.

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Corrected entry: In Balin's tomb, when the Fellowship can hear the Orcs coming, they block the door and prepare for battle. The thing is, there is a HUGE hole in the wall behind them (they even leave through this after the fight is over to get to the bridge). Why didn't they run through there after blocking the door in the first place? I realise that we wouldn't have a great battle scene, but it still would have saved a lot of hassle.

Correction: The reason that they don't go out of the other door is because they realize that it would be no good escaping the room with heavy pursuit behind them; the orcs could break through the wall, and they soon would catch up to the fellowship. This is true to the book.

Corrected entry: When the Fellowship crosses a mountain ridge, just before Frodo falls in the snow and loses the ring, there is an aerial shot - where's Bill, the pony, in that shot?

Correction: He's there – just a little difficult to see. Look in the middle of the party – if you look carefully (and freeze-frame doesn't hurt!) you can see him in both the aerial shots and the ones from Aragorn's / Frodo's POV, ie. the bottom of the slope.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Sam is chasing Frodo into the river, there is a shot of Sam sinking in slow motion. However, you can see that the water surrounding him is murky with sand. That proves that his feet are touching and kicking the bottom.

Correction: Some people have said that as the scene was shot on a dry soundstage it's not a valid mistake, but that doesn't change anything - they should have used clear water when adding the effects later. EXCEPT other people have pointed out that he could easily be kicking the bottom and still drowning - he can't swim, and is loaded with heavy equipment to boot.

Corrected entry: When Gimli the Dwarf tries to smash the ring to pieces at the council of Elrond his axe breaks into small pieces instead. In a shot shortly after, when the fellowship is decided, he promises his axe and his company to the fellowship, but this time the axe is completely whole.

Correction: He does not grab his own axe, he grabs the axe of the dwarf next to him.

Corrected entry: When Frodo and Gandalf are discussing the fate of the ring in Bilbo's house, the ring is on the table in front of them. When the camera goes to close ups of the ring it is sometimes to the left of the table and sometimes to the right. Looks like a simple camera reversal.

Correction: These changes represent the different points of view - sometimes we see the ring from Gandalf's POV, sometimes from Frodo's. The items on the table are all in the correct places to support this, and there is often a close-up of the relevant person right before the shot cuts away to the ring.

Corrected entry: When Sam tried to follow Frodo (at the very end) and started drowning in the Great River, Sam was all the way under water. Frodo saved him, and then when you see that they are both in the boat again, Sam is COMPLETELY dry. Only his head is dripping wet. Frodo also reached in to save him, and Frodo's arm wasn't wet, either.

Correction: The cloaks that the Fellowship were given in Lothlorien repel water extremely well, but even so you can see that Sam's cloak is several shades darker from his immersion and it is covered with water droplets and rivulets of water running down. His shirt is also several shades darker and water can be seen running down his chest and arms as well. As for Frodo's arm and hand, both are dripping with water. The side of the cloak where he reached in to grab Sam is also covered with water droplets and is slightly darker. Claims that both hobbits are "completely dry" are ridiculous.

Corrected entry: This is in the extended version only. When the hobbits are in the bar in Hobbiton, and Merry and Pippin are on the table singing, Frodo is skipping around the table singing too, with four mugs of ale in his hands. However, as he skips around, you can see that the mugs are in fact empty, yet he then puts them down in front of some other hobbits, and they have something in them.

Correction: When Frodo is running around the table singing and carrying the mugs look in his right hand, he is holding 3 mugs making the total 5 just like it should be

Corrected entry: When Bilbo Baggins is leaving Bag End after his birthday party, he picks ups his backpack. The shot shows that his backpack is a black leather hiking type. However, when he's at the door, the backpack is fabric, and much thinner.

Correction: As he picks up the bag, view it in slow mo to get a better grip on what you are seeing. As he picks it up, the underside of the bag is made of a leathery black material. However, as he flips it over, only the TOP is made of the other type of material.

Corrected entry: When Frodo pulls Sam into the elvish boat after saving him from drowning, you can see Sam's foot for a second, and you see he doesn't have his hobbit feet on. Sam pulls his foot under his cloak right away to hide it. Nevertheless, it is noticeable and a bit funny.

Correction: We can only see the sole of his foot, so it's not obvious that he has his hobbit feet on, but they are definitely there. Sean Astin has often talked about getting cut by glass when they filmed this scene, and that getting medical attention was made more difficult because he had his feet on.

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Corrected entry: When the Fellowship is running through the mines of Moria, after they have fought with the orcs and cave troll, they reach the bridge of Khazad-dum. Then they are stopped again by the great number of orcs. When the Balrog arrives, they run further to Khazad-dum; the filmmakers used the exact same shot for this scene as when the Fellowship was running from the orcs in the first place.

Correction: The long shots of the Fellowship running through the Great Hall were all CG (as Peter Jackson says on his commentary on the extended DVD) and the background of columns is very repetitive, so the shots look similar, but they are not the same.

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Corrected entry: Look closely just after Boromir is shot a third time with an arrow. The Horn of Gondor has split neatly down the middle and the two halves are held together with an inner hinge of duct tape. (02:39:53)

Correction: Absolutely false. The Horn of Gondor is broken in two halves near the end of the horn, where there´s a wide band of golden metallic ornament. The two halves stay together by this metallic ornament.

Corrected entry: When Gimli is going on about finding their way to Mordor through Emin Muil, you can see Sam sleeping in the background with both hands wrapped around his sword. In the next shot when you see Sam, the sword is by his side, and only one hand is even near it.

Correction: This is not a "mistake". Watch Sam exclusively during this scene. At first he is lying quietly against the rock. A moment later, he shifts about briefly to adjust the sword, presumably to get more comfortable. Shortly after that, he lies back again into stillness with the sword in a slightly different position.

Visible crew/equipment: After starting their four day journey through the long dark of Moria, a few shots later Gandalf pulls on his hat brim, and just as he walks (with Legolas close behind) to his left (towards the viewer's right), up some stairs, the black electrical cable leading from the staff to under the robe's left sleeve is visible. (00:19:30)

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