Corrected entry: When the four hobbits first encounter a Black Rider (just after Frodo shouts "get off the road!" at his mushroom-gathering companions), you can see that the Nazgul isn't on a road when his horse first walks on scene. Look at the gap in the top right corner. The road is straight and the horse should pass that gap, but it doesn't. There also is an extraordinarily short window of time between when the hobbits hide under the tree roots, and when the Nazgul appears on screen.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Pippin asks "Well what about second breakfast?" Merry and Pippin are thrown a piece of fruit each. Pippin is thrown his on the right side of his body, yet it ends up in his left hand. The fruit is also red in colour whilst being thrown, but orange in his hand.
Corrected entry: Peter Jackson's son Billy (seen listening to Bilbo's troll story) is the only hobbit in the movie that didn't need a wig.
Corrected entry: When Bilbo drops the Ring on the floor of Bag End and it thuds, a magnetic floor was used so the Ring wouldn't bounce.
Corrected entry: It is rather interesting that the German dubbed version of FOTR follows Tolkien's guidelines for pronunciation more closely than the original English version. In the Appendices to the novel (Appendix F, 'On Translation') Tolkien states that Sam's name is not of Hebraic origin but short for 'Samwise' (an Anglo-Saxon word, Tolkien being a lecturer in Anglo-Saxon and Old English) and therefore not to be pronounced similarly to the abbreviation for 'Samuel'. Instead the name would have been pronounced [sahm] (the 'a' like in British English 'fast'). Another example is with place names such as 'Isengard' ('Isen' rhyming with 'treason').
Corrected entry: Just before the scene in which Pippin complains about not having "second breakfast", the shot changes to show an overview of the forest they're in. Before the scene changes, look in the top right hand corner of the screen. The trees there appear to be forming a circle with a hole in the middle. Slow motion or pausing isn't necessary, but it makes it easier to spot.
Corrected entry: This is only for the Extended DVD. In the beginning of the film, we see Bilbo writing the title for his book. "There and Back Again, A Hobbit's Tale by Bilbo Baggins." We specifically see him write the 's' in Baggins. It is unadorned. Later, when in Rivendale, Frodo looks at the book and the 's' is completely different. Bilbo wouldn't go back and fix it, and all the letters on the page are the same as the ones earlier in the film.
Corrected entry: You can see the Black Rider's mask when he's asking the hobbit about "Shire. Baggins". There's a bluish glint on it.
Corrected entry: This happens when Sam and Frodo are in Farmer Maggot's cornfield, just before they encounter Merry and Pippin. Sam emerges on to the path and can't see Frodo, so he runs down the path, calling out for him. As he does so, a rhythmic squeaking noise is audible, which is heard at no other time when he runs. This would appear to be the camera trolley moving along the track, either filming him running or moving to simulate his point of view.
Corrected entry: When they're on the road and you see Frodo, there are barely any leaves around his feet. It cuts to the shortening road, then back, and Frodo's feet are surrounded by leaves. And when they're on the road, the hill they drop off is steep and green. When they hide, the verge is no longer grass-covered and is more level.
Corrected entry: After Boromir has been thrown across the Tomb of Balin in Moria by the cave troll's chain, as he sits up a little before he sees the orc about to stab him, he spits out a mouthful of water. This can also be seen in the next close-up of Boromir by the way around his mouth and lips. Extended Version.
Corrected entry: In the deleted scene where the Fellowship looks down into the mines in Moria, you can see a moving crew member with a torch down on one of the ledges.
Corrected entry: In the scene at the Council of Elrond, right after Frodo says, "I will take it," there is a shot of all the members of the council staring at Frodo. The problem is, they are not all staring in the same spot. (Look closely at Boromir and Gandalf, they look as though they could be staring at Frodo. But the two elves on the right of the screen are staring too far off to the right.)
Corrected entry: The books were published in the mid-1950s as three different stories, much to the annoyance of author J.R.R. Tolkien, who had never intended the work to become a trilogy.
Corrected entry: When the Hobbits are in the woods and Merry has asked Frodo who the Black Rider was looking for Pippin says "Get down". Though if you look you see that it is actually Sam who says it, but Pippin's voice is heard. You can tell because the one speaking is the one to the left, and when the Hobbits duck Sam is to the left and Pippin to the right. Plus it is the chubbier Hobbit who speaks, which would be Sam.
Corrected entry: After the fellowship sets out from Rivendell, when they've stopped on the rock formation for a break, Boromir is giving Merry and Pippin sword lessons. Pip misses a block and Boromir nicks him with his sword. If you look closely, you can see Pippin saying "Ow, sh*t." but all we hear is "Aaagh.".
Corrected entry: When Gimli is suggesting to Gandalf that they go through the Mines Of Moria, Gandalf is seen replying with his pipe near his mouth. When the camera angle changes to a wide view he is now seen with his hands clasped and when the camera angle changes to a close-up the pipe is back near his mouth.
Corrected entry: After Gandalf sends away the moth the camera plunges down the side of Orthanc Tower into one of the pits where orcs are making swords. In this continuous shot the crane suddenly swings around from a paused state, much like unpausing a video. (Since the crane moves at constant speed, it cannot have suddenly accelerated from rest.) If stepping frame by frame, it is evident that the shot is composed of many layers beneath the Orthanc miniature: the orc walking across the bridge, the crane that starts swinging and the orcs making swords. The last of these layers starts the action a few frames after the crane has started moving. Note that the time code applies to the first disc of the Extended Version DVD set.
Corrected entry: When Arwen is fleeing from the Nazgul, she's pulling back on the reins, which is what you do if you're trying to slow a horse down, not if you're trying to spur it on to outrun pursuers. Can't be a different system to ours - it's got a bit in its mouth, so pulling on the reigns will inhibit forward movement and cause pain, slowing it down.
Corrected entry: In some of the Nazgul shots such as the ones from Bree after they stomp down the door and are riding into town or after they realize they had been stabbing pillows with their blades, you can see the covering several of the Ringwraiths use to hide their faces. The light makes the covering appear lighter than the black of their cloaks
Corrected entry: In the scene where Frodo is in Rivendell, after he's been healed, and he's looking over the railing into the valley. The railing comes up to his waist. This would make the railing much too short for the elves. Since the elves built Rivendell, shouldn't the railing come up higher on Frodo?
Corrected entry: In the mines of Moria when the Fellowship are fighting the cave troll, the troll uses the spear to block Frodo, who runs into it before he is thrown against the wall. Watch when he runs into the spear. The troll's arm appears to be jarred from the impact and the entire spear moves. Frodo is a Hobbit, about 3 and 1/2 feet tall. His weight wouldn't be enough to move the spear.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Boromir is holding the hilt of the sword Narsil in Rivendale when he moves his hand up to the tip and cuts his finger there is a close up on his fingers and the one next to the one with the drop of blood has a small line of blood on it as well, it probably came from an earlier take.
Corrected entry: When Gandalf is leaving Bag End in a hurry, right after Frodo has received the Ring, he clearly bends down and passes below the light fixture in the main entrance hall without touching it. When he turns around to answer Frodo's question, the light fixture is swinging back and forth as if he bumped it.
Corrected entry: After leaving Lothlorien, the Fellowship paddle down the Anduin River towards the Falls of Rauros. Legolas, because of his keen Elven senses, looks to *his* left towards the river bank, on the *eastern shore*. The River Anduin flows from north to south, and they are heading south. The Uruk-hai arrive from the west, so he should really be looking to his right side, towards the western shore.
Corrected entry: During the fight scenes in Moria, Aragorn's bow is strung and he uses it both in Balin's Tomb and later on the stairs. He's also seen carrying it strung outside Moria, then the scene cuts away to 20 seconds of slow motion and music, and cuts back to Aragorn sheathing his sword and the bow is on his back, destrung.
Corrected entry: In Jackson's films the word 'Uruk' is reserved for Saruman's mutated soldiers only, as opposed to the smaller common orc of Moria, Mordor, etc. But according to Tolkien, the term 'Uruk' is actually the orcs' own word for an orc, and the term 'Uruk-hai' is the orcs' term for a group of orcs.
Corrected entry: Towards the end of the movie, where Boromir is collecting wood and he has the fight with Frodo, Frodo puts the Ring on his finger, somehow it went from the chain he had it on to his finger without any problems. the next time he has the Ring is when he takes it off (no chain) and offers it to Strider (no chain) when he is down by the river, he has it on the chain in his hand...too much action going on with that chain.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Gandalf and Saruman are walking and talking about the Ring being in the Shire all along, there is grass and trees growing, and a corner of the tower of Isengard is seen. However, later in the movie when we see the tower of Isengard, the surrounding area is all charred and black. So where did Gandalf and Saruman go walking?
Corrected entry: At the Council of Elrond, Gandalf starts to speak the language of Mordor. When we see the wide shot of the council, Elrond is seen putting his hand to his forehead. There is then a close-up of Elrond putting his hand on his forehead again. You can tell it's different and not one continuous motion because the finger positions on Elrond's hand are different in each shot. Extended DVD.
Corrected entry: The first arrow Boromir takes is right over his heart, the second to the bottom of his stomach. We don't see the third arrow hit him, we just see that it's lodged in the middle of his abdomen and the Horn of Gondor is broken. When did it break? The arrow wasn't shot from the right angle for it to have split the horn and land where it did. The UrukHai that shot the arrows was not in front of him but almost lined up with him.
Corrected entry: When Frodo reveals his mithril coat in Moria, Gimli says 'You are full of surprises, Mr Baggins'. Merry and Pippin are standing behind him, looking over his shoulders. When the Fellowship stand together at the Council of Elrond, the top of the hobbits' heads only come up to Gimli's shoulders.
Corrected entry: When Gandalf suggests that they take the Pass Of Caradhras the group is then seen walking together in a area that's completely covered in snow. The camera angle changes to a close-up and they are now in an area that has a number of rocks not covered by snow and when Frodo falls the group is not seen in the same formation.
Corrected entry: At the very end of the movie, Frodo gets in the boat and moves away from the shore. Before Sam jumps into the water to chase after Frodo you can see that the water is perfectly still between the two hobbits, especially around the boat. The water became still extremely quickly, especially considering this is just a few seconds after Frodo pushes away from shore. It also seems like Frodo made it to the location in the water he's at faster than it seems possible. This is visible in both the theatrical and extended editions.
Corrected entry: In the scene on the bridge of Khazad-Dum, when Gandalf turns around to face the Balrog, after he yells "You shall not pass" and slams his staff on the ground, the very next clip of him his beard is tossed over his shoulder. Yet after the Balrog falls down and before he falls down his beard is not tossed over his shoulder.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Frodo walks in and picks up the ring, he walks over to Gandalf, who is sitting near the fireplace smoking, and he informs Frodo that the ring belongs to the young Hobbit. There is no table beside Gandalf. Gandalf has put his pipe down, holds out an envelope, Frodo drops the ring in it and Gandalf instantaneously seals it with melted wax and a seal at a table in front of him.
Corrected entry: Rivendell was built by elves and lived in by elves, so wouldn't the balcony ledges be above the Hobbits heads? It seems a little odd that they seem just like normal balcony ledges to them.
Corrected entry: Gandalf (v/over): "We must walks over to Frodo and they watch Boromir sparring with the two other Hobbits. Pippin is wearing a white shirt and Merry is wearing a vest. Boromir is fighting with Pippind he says "Two, one, five. Good, very good." after he's done that short round with Pippin. Then he does a little fancy thing with his sword and turns to Merry. [You can identify Merry by his yellow vest] As Boromir fights with the hobbit, Merry moves backright shoulder near the camera, and then he disappears from view, all except his arm and his sword. Then the shot moves to Aragorn, with his pipe who says "Move your feet." The rhythm of the clanking swords continues without break but after the camera moves away from Aragorn, Boromir is suddenly fighting with Pippin again. Then Merry says "You look good Pippin." You can also tell that it changed from Merry to Pippin, because Merry's sleeves are larger/puffier that Pippin's and they are also longer.
Corrected entry: In the part where Boromir gets hit by arrows three times, you see the first arrow hit just below his shoulder. If you look closely, you can see the second arrow hit him in the same exact place as the first, and the first arrow has somehow disappeared. In the next shot you can see one arrow in his shoulder and one lower down, even though the second arrow looked as though it hit him in the shoulder.
Corrected entry: In the director's commentary, Peter Jackson says that for the prologue sequence in Gollum's cave they used tape to pull Ian Holm's (Bilbo's) skin tighter to look younger. They needn't, as even though that scene takes place many years before the story proper, because he then bore the Ring, as Gandalf later says, "You haven't aged a day." No-one who has the ring ages in any way.
Corrected entry: When Frodo offers the ring to Aragorn at the end, we see a couple of shots of Frodo from Aragorn's perspective. We see the back of Aragorn's head, and he is a few inches taller than Frodo. But seconds later he is suddenly about two feet taller as he kneels down to examine the ring in Frodo's hand.
Corrected entry: When the Black Rider confronts the wood-chopping hobbit and his dog and says "Shire. Baggins," the dog backs into the house supposedly in fear of the evil thing, but his tail is wagging. A terrified dog, even if barking furiously, would have his tail between his legs.
Corrected entry: Balin's tomb is directly under a beam of sunlight. Yet, when the cave troll enters the chamber, why isn't it turned to stone when the sunlight hits it?
Corrected entry: I just get a hoot out of the fact that the Uruk-Hai are these huge, ferocious, twisted and unbelievably strong warriors, yet at the end when they attack the Fellowship, many of them are being felled by the rocks that Merry and Pippin are tossing at them. Though those rocks may seem big to the young Hobbits, compared to the Uruk-Hai they would be no more than small stones, yet many of them are being laid out easier than Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli are doing with their swords.
Corrected entry: When the Uruk-Hai come after the Fellowship right near the end of the movie, Merry and Pippin shout at the orcs to lead them away from Frodo. As they run away, Pippin is in front of Merry at first, but then suddenly in the next shot Merry is in front and Pippin skids to a stop beside him as they realize there are now orcs before them as well as behind.
Corrected entry: In the high angle wide shot of the Nazgul in a V-formation chasing Arwen and Frodo, there are only eight of them. Granted, the last one could have joined the chase afterwards, but he either would have had to have a horse that was much faster than the others, since there is no sign of him behind them, or he'd have to be waiting for them all in the trees ahead. But if so, he never jumped in front of them, which would make a lot more sense, but just joined the chase behind them.Krista
Corrected entry: At the birthday party at the beginning of the film, Frodo pushes Sam onto the dance floor and into Rosie Cotton's arms. As they go sweeping off to the right, you see the musicians in the background. For an instant (more visible in freeze-frame), there's an object that looks strikingly like a modern bottle of mineral water by one of them.
Corrected entry: For the most part, the height difference between Hobbits and Humans is very well done, but just after the fellowship is formed we see the members walking over the crest of a hill one by one. Just after Legolas walks over, a horse accompanied by at least one Hobbit follows, however the horse is at least as tall as Legolas was, and the Hobbit is at least as tall as the horse.
Corrected entry: When Bilbo is giving Frodo the sword and apologizing to him for giving him the burden of the ring. Bilbo sees the ring on Frodo's chest and after making the evil face Frodo buttons the shirt back up and covers up the ring with it being tucked inside his shirt. The camera angle changes and Frodo is seen walking up to Bilbo and the ring and necklace it is on is now outside of the shirt.
Corrected entry: When Arwen and Frodo are being chased by the Ringwraiths, in some editions and certainly in the cinema, the soundtrack to the scene was of a cantering horse. Canter is three beats, whereas gallop (which is what all the horses on screen are doing) is four very fast beats that frequently sound like a single beat. It is also obvious that there should be more than one horse on the soundtrack (both Asfaloth and the Ringwraiths' horses), but instead the soundtrack (in the cinema and on my VHS copy at least) is of a single horse.
Corrected entry: When Elrond tells the group that someone in the group needs to take the ring back to Mordor to be destroyed, the wide camera angle of the group shows Boromir with his right hand on his chin sitting straight up. The camera angle changes to a close up of him and he hand is now rubbing his forehead as he speaks.
Corrected entry: In the scene where the Fellowship first enters Balin's tomb in the Mines of Moria, Gandalf finds a book that is written in Dwarvish. He begins to read the book, as well as translates the Dwarvish runes on Balin's tomb. However, Gandalf does not speak, understand or read Dwarvish, because Dwarves, unlike Elves, refuse to teach their language to anyone and keep it a secret from anyone but Dwarves.
Corrected entry: When the Fellowship is crossing over the mountain, Boromir sort of becomes transfixed by the ring and drops his shield. When he returns to his normal state, he picks his shield up from the snow and lifts it onto his back. When he does this, you can see the camera crew reflected briefly in the center of the shield.
Corrected entry: After Bilbo disappears from his birthday party and then re-appears inside his front door, there's a scarf tied around his neck. He still has the scarf on as he picks up a walking stick in the next shot. Then, a split second later, the scarf is gone.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Frodo falls in the snow and Boromir picks up the ring, you can see Aragorn standing behind Frodo. After Boromir ruffles Frodo's hair, only Aragorn's left hand is resting on the handle of the sword. Boromir then turns to leave and Aragorn has suddenly completely changed position, with his left hand on the scabbard and his right hand on the handle, although Boromir has already started to walk away and is no longer a threat.
Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie, during the Prologue when Cate Blanchett gives a brief history of Middle Earth, near the end of her monologue she says "For none now live who remember", referring to the war of the Last Alliance, this is in contradiction to two major facts of the story. The first being that the elves are immortal, therefore at least some of them would still be present at this time. The second is that Elrond is clearly shown fighting in the battle, and later he vividly recalls to the Fellowship, at the meeting in Rivendell, how he begged Isildur to cast the Ring into the fire of Mount Doom. Proving not only was he present but he can also remember the Last Alliance.
Corrected entry: Does it strike anyone else as odd that the members of the Fellowship have to tap at the walls outside Moria (extended DVD) to try to find the gates, when the gates have an enormous great tree at either side of them - the two holly trees which are later ripped up by the Watcher and used, along with stones and other rubble, to block the entrance. In the book they never had any trouble finding the door, only making it appear; the holly trees, which were 'larger than any trees of holly that Frodo had ever seen or imagined,' and stood 'like sentinel pilars at the end of the road,' marked the spot even from quite a distance.STP
Corrected entry: This is found on the extended version, the scene where Frodo is offering Galadriel the One Ring, she moves towards him with her right hand extended. After her morphing scene she regains composure and tells Frodo that she, too, is a Ring Bearer and then extends her right hand again - this time showing her ring. Where was the ring when she extended her hand the first time?
Corrected entry: After Frodo pulls the ring off for the last time, he falls off the stone ruins, and lands on his back. He then immediately jumps up, having no reaction to his fall. It seems like after falling a distance of about six feet and landing flat on his back, he'd need a minute to recover from the wind being knocked out of him, or hitting his head.
Corrected entry: When Gandalf first approaches the village on the cart, a water-powered mill can be seen slowly turning in an anti-clockwise direction. The water in the foreground stream appears to be travelling from right to left which would make the mill turn in a clockwise direction. However, in the very next scene (shot looking across the bridge at the same mill) the water is clearly stationary because the leaves on the surface of the stream are not moving. So either the mill is turning the wrong way or it should not be moving at all.
Corrected entry: After the fellowship passed the statues of Argonath, the river ends by a huge waterfall. There's a huge rock on the very tip of the waterfall, yet the reflection is not visible on the water; compare it with the Argonath statues which have its reflections on the water.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corrected entry: When Galadriel pours water from a pitcher into the fountain, three set lights can be seen reflected in the pitcher.
Corrected entry: At the end of the film, when Boromir is racing up the hill to the rescue of Merry and Pippin, you simply see his dark clothing as he climbs. Then the camera cuts away, returning to a shot of Boromir still coming up the hill, only this time the horn of Gondor is suddenly evident, flip-flopping wildly with his every step.
Corrected entry: At Bilbo's birthday party, he is wearing a red jacket with a green collar. He then disappears. When he re-appears, he still has it on. When he grabs the walking stick, it has turned all green.
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.
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?
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.
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.