The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Corrected entry: After Frodo and Sam encounter Merry and Pippin in the farmer's crop, they roll down a hill. At the bottom, Pippin almost gets a face full of animal dung, and there is a close up of him close to it and he says 'That was close' so you know it was there. The hobbits get up to gather mushrooms, and the huge pile of dung has disappeared.

Correction: The pile is hidden from view by vegetation when seen from the angle that the next shot uses.

Corrected entry: In the movie, Bilbo's book is called "There and Back Again - a Hobbit's Tale," but in the book "The Hobbit," it's "There and Back Again - A Hobbit Holiday." Maybe Peter Jackson thought audiences would misinterpret Bilbo's British use of the word "holiday"?

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Correction: At the end of 'The Hobbit', when Bilbo is writing his memoirs, certainly it is stated that 'he THOUGHT [my emphasis] of calling them 'There and Back Again, a Hobbit's Holiday' ' - however by the end of the 'The Lord of the Rings' this has changed significantly. When Frodo has finished writing his part of the tale, he hands the book on to Sam for completion (last chapter, 'The Return of the King'), and Sam sees that 'the title page had many titles on it, crossed out one after another, so: My Diary. My Unexpected Journey. There and Back Again. And What Happened After. Adventures of Five Hobbits. The Tale of the Great Ring, compiled by Bilbo Baggins from his own observations and the accounts of his friends. What we did in the War of the Ring. Here Bilbo's hand ended and Frodo had written: The Downfall of the Lord of the Rings and the Return of the King. We can hardly blame the film-makers for avoiding all that and just keeping it simple!

Corrected entry: When the Fellowship first sets off they are on top of a mountain and the bird spies are approaching, Boromir says that it can't be a cloud because it's blowing against the wind, when quite clearly his hair is blowing in the same direction as the shape is moving.

Correction: The *prevailing* direction of the wind is from behind Boromir. This does not mean that the wind cannot shift momentarily and blow his hair in a different direction, particularly when he is standing near many large rocks and outcroppings that would cause eddies and swirls in the wind's patterns.

Corrected entry: When the Ringwraiths have found the hobbits again at Weathertop, they all draw their swords at the same time and point them at the hobbits. Frodo falls over, and then pulls out the ring, one of the Ringwraiths looks at him and then draws his sword. Didn't they already draw their swords?

Correction: The ringwraith has two swords, a regular one and a Morgul Blade, which he uses to stab Frodo.

Corrected entry: As the orcs pursue the fellowship through the large hall in Moria, the camera's position sweeps to the right and we see orcs popping up from the floor in the foreground and giving chase. The view is cut by a pillar, and when it returns those orcs have vanished.

Correction: The camera is tracking along in this shot and the original orcs go off screen.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Boromir is giving sword-fighting lessons to Pippin and Merry, someone throws Aragorn an orange, which he catches in his hand (and subsequently drops), but, considering the direction from which the orange was thrown, none of the other characters can have thrown it.

Correction: Merry could throw an orange to Aragorn in that time. He is not visible, because he's behind Frodo, so you can see him right after, when he is looking at Aragorn.

Corrected entry: There are two parts in the film where Sam refers to what "Gandalf told him". When he first tells him (in the cornfield) he says "Don't you lose him Samwise Gamgee", but at the ending (right after Frodo saves Sam from drowning) he says, "Don't you leave him Samwise Gamgee."

Correction: How is this a "mistake"? Sam could have remembered what Gandalf told him two different ways; memory is a very subjective thing. Or he could have chosen to use the word "leave" rather than "lose" the second time because it had more impact. Or he could have decided that even though Gandalf had said "lose", what he truly meant was "leave". There are a dozen other plausible reasons for this.

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Gandalf: Confound it all, Samwise Gamgee, have you been eavesdropping?
Sam Gamgee: I ain't been dropping no eaves, sir, honest! I was just cutting the grass under the window there, if you follow me.
Gandalf: A little late for trimming the verge, don't you think?
Sam Gamgee: I heard raised voices.
Gandalf: What did you hear? Speak!
Sam Gamgee: Oh, nothing important. That is, I heard a good deal about a Ring, and a Dark Lord, and something about the end of the world, but please Mr. Gandalf, sir, don't hurt me. Don't turn me into anything... Un-natural.

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Mistakes

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.

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Trivia

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the Lord of the Rings holds the record for the greatest number of false feet used in one movie: 60,000.

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