The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Corrected entry: When Merry and Pippin run in on the Secret Council, you can see Elrond watch them come past him. However, for a few frames you can see that he keeps looking at where they came from even when they have gone past him. This is probably because they were superimposed on to the film.


Correction: There is no mistake. He is looking there since he thinks that someone else can also show up.

Corrected entry: Elrond could have easily stopped and taken the ring from Isildur inside Mount Doom, destroying it, but he simply lets Isildur walk out freely.



Correction: Isildur would have fought back against Elrond. Elrond having to kill him for the Ring may have caused him to desire it for himself. Or them two fighting may have caused a war between men and elves.

Greg Dwyer

Corrected entry: When Saruman and Gandalf are dueling in the tower, Saruman throws Gandalf above a door with his staff. Gandalf is stuck there, but when he falls, the wall moves very slightly.

Correction: No, the wall doesn't move at all.

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.

Correction: Why does the Black Rider have to have ridden up on the road? It is perfectly possible for a horse to wend its way through the trees instead, and indeed, if you're trying to be sneaky, this is a better way to go. If you're assuming the Rider must have been on the road because of what Frodo shouts, this is an incorrect assumption. Frodo shouts for his friends to get off the road because he doesn't want them to be seen and they are very easy to see on the open road. This does not in any way prove that anything approaching them has to be coming along the road.


Corrected entry: As Arwen rides off with the wounded Frodo, Sam yells at Aragorn saying 'What are you doing? Those wraiths are still out there'. He says the first part of this line in his natural American accent.

Correction: His voice sounds the same as when he usually yells. Sam doesn't have a thick as an accent as other characters.

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.



Correction: You can see him change the fruit from one hand to the other. And it's an apple that's red on one side, orange/yellow on the other.


Corrected entry: When Bilbo is back at his house after the party, Gandalf asks him whether it is so hard to give up the Ring, and Bilbo says, "Well no," though his mouth is very out of sync.

Correction: It is not out of sync. He speaks normally.

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.

Correction: According to the director/writers commentary of the extended cut of the film, it was actor Billy Boyd, who played Pippin, that did not require a wig. No mention is ever made of whether or not Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh's son needed a wig, or even what his name is. Their son AND daughter appear together, and neither is ever named.

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.

Correction: There was no magnetic floor. In the one of the extras on the DVD, many of the props are shown being constructed and designed. A large, roughly 18-inch-diameter version of The One Ring is being polished and it's explained that it's used for that close up scene in particular, so that it wouldn't bounce but you could still get a detailed close up of it in the same shot.

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').

Correction: However, on the audio tape J.R.R. Tolkien reads excerpts from the "Lord of the Rings" and "the Hobbit", and he pronounced the words the same way as in the movie.

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.

Correction: The fact that the trees "seem to form a circle" is not valid movie trivia.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

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.

Correction: The difference in the Red Book's handwriting is already online for FotR, and the entire title's handwriting is different, not just the letter "s".

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.

Correction: All audio from the actual shooting of a scene is only used for reference. All sounds and effects we hear in a movie is created under controlled environment in a studio. No dolly sound can be heard in any of the copies I have.

Corrected entry: Bill the Pony is nowhere to be seen when they are climbing the mountain, but he is back when they reach the gates of Moria.


Correction: Bill is tagging along in all the scenes between Rivendell and Moria. Often at the back of the Fellowship, but he is there.

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.

Correction: Frodo's feet become surrounded by leaves because the wind was blowing in his direction while he looked down the path. And the hill looks different because of the perspective we're viewing it from.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When the Troll stabs Frodo in Balin's tomb, it stabs the left side of his stomach with the blade held horizontally. When Frodo sits up and is alive, the stab mark on his shirt is on his right shoulder and it is vertical.

Correction: That's because it's from an earlier wound - the Witch King stabbed Frodo in his right shoulder on Weathertop.


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.

Correction: What exactly is the mistake? The entry is not clear about why it's a mistake.

This qualifies as a "Revealing Mistake" as defined on The actor, Sean Bean, spat water out that he was likely drinking between takes, and it was accidentally caught on film. At no point during the battle would the character Boromir have had time to calmly sit up and take a drink of water, as he was under the attack mere seconds after being thrown across the room.

Corrected entry: When the fellowship has just finished battling the Uruk, a "dead" orc can be seen to look up as Aragorn accidentally kicks him while running past towards the dying Boromir. Look at the middle left of the shot when Aragorn runs to notice.

Correction: So he's not dead, he's dying.

Phixius Premium member

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.

Correction: I watched this scene about 20 times, and I can't see any person other than the Fellowship. The light sources in that shot are from Gandalf's staff, and a torch that Aragorn holds.

Corrected entry: After the battle at Amon Hen, when Aragorn is running to Boromir who is laying on the ground after being shot, Aragorn jumps over an Uruk-hai on the ground. Just after Aragorn jumps, the Orc moves his head up. The Uruk-hai is supposed to be dead though.

Correction: Already submitted and corrected. People don't necessarily die instantaneously from their wounds - he's mortally wounded, but hasn't yet died, so moving his head is hardly unreasonable.

Tailkinker Premium member

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.)

Correction: Nowhere does it indicate that everyone is looking at Frodo. The elves could be, and certainly seem to be, looking elsewhere. Doesn't really seem to be a movie mistake.

Zwn Annwn

Corrected entry: Gandalf's sword, Glamdring, is an Elven blade, just as Frodo's sword Sting is. However, Glamdring does not glow when orcs are near as an Elven blade should.

Correction: This is a book thing - Gandalf's blade is never stated to be an elven one in the film and film/book discrepencies are not valid sources for mistakes.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: In the fellowship of the ring, when we first meet Legolas he has brown eyes. In the next two films the colour of his eyes alternate between being very dark blue, to icy blue.

Correction: Arwen's eyes change color too, it's an Elvish characteristic.

Nick Bylsma

Corrected entry: After battling the Watcher in the Water Legolas can be seen to the left of the screen helping Pippin to his feet as they flee inside Moria. In the next shot Pippin is standing with Sam and Merry and turning to run into the mines, nowhere near Legolas.

Correction: He's not helping Pippin, he's helping Frodo. Boromir was carrying Frodo but put him down, you can see that he has no Hobbit in his arms, and Legolas is helping Frodo to his feet. Note the difference between Frodo's green cape and Pippin's red.

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.

Correction: In the authors forward to The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien states that his intent was to see if he could tell a really long story that would hold the readers attention and that he originally wrote it as a serial that he mailed to his son in South Africa. He didn't care if it was published as a trilogy what set him off was the unauthorized publication by another publishing house.

Corrected entry: When Aragorn gets hit in the mouth by Lurtz it actually knocked out a tooth. He went to the dentist in his lunch break and was back on set the same afternoon.

Correction: Viggo Mortensen broke a tooth during the filming of Helm's Deep, not during the filming of this sequence. Confirmed on the DVD.

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.

Correction: It sounds like Pippin but it is Sam. In the Extended Edition cast commentary, Sean Astin explains how in one take of that scene, he said the line with an American accent.

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.".

Correction: Nonsense. He says "Aaagh" and makes a pained face. Anything else is merely speculation and doesn't count as a valid mistake.

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.



Correction: There is nothing to suggest that the wide shot takes place directly after Gandalf's reply. It could be a short leap forward in time. Before Gandalf's pipe ends up back in his mouth there is a long close-up of Legolas, during which he has more than enough time to bring the pipe to 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.


Correction: If you have to go frame-by-frame to see it, it is not a movie mistake as by the rules of this site. Only what is visible in regular viewing can be considered genuine mistakes, as that is how the director and the public would see the movie.


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.

Correction: Character decision, not a movie mistake. Arwen could be trying to slow down for a second to look around for an escape route, something that is hard to do at high speeds.


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

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Correction: There is nothing to say that the Ringwraiths don't actually wear some form of masks under their hoods. You never see any of them pull back their hoods, and when you see them in the Wraithworld, their outer trappings (cloaks and armor) are all gone. So this can be simply just another part of the Ringwraiths' clothing.


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?

Correction: This has already been corrected. At this time, Bilbo has lived in Rivendell for some time, and it is clear he intends to stay the rest of his life. The Elves have simply been corteous enough to build hobbit-sized quarters for him, and it is in these Frodo wanders after he wakes up.


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.

Correction: Frodo is wearing a mithril shirt which is the strongest substance known in this world. If it can repel a spear it should be able to jar the person using it.

Corrected entry: When Frodo awakes in the bed in Rivendell, Frodo's shirt is open and the sheet low down on the bed in the first shot, and then his shirt's closed and the sheet pulled substantially higher in the next shot.


Correction: His shirt isn't closed at any point during this scene it just look closed because the camera angle changes and because Frodo's movements makes the shirt and undershirt change position. The sheet doesn't move further up either although it does look that way. In the first shot the sheet is just below the second latch on Frodo’s shirt, (counted from the top) when he starts moving into a sitting position the sheet is still just below the second latch until it slides down to around the third latch.


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.


Correction: He cut both fingers.

STP Premium member

Corrected entry: When Galadriel is distributing gifts, she gives Merry and Pippin "daggers of the Noldorim", the blades of which are barely longer than their hands. If they had actually been daggers of the Noldorim (a race of Elves), they would have been the hobbit equivalent of a sword.

Correction: Merry and Pippin already have hobbit-scale swords, so Galadriel is giving them short-bladed knives to complement their existing weapons. There's no official length for a dagger - it's merely a short-bladed weapon, which seems to describe what she gives them quite nicely.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: When Frodo is departing the Fellowship, Sam catches him and attempts to swim to the boat. It switches between Frodo and Sam talking for a while and then goes to an overall view of Sam going under, here's where you check the boat. No Frodo anywhere in sight.

Correction: First shot Sam's head goes underwater, next shot Frodo shouts, "Sam!" and then the third is a long wideshot of Frodo leaning over the right side of the boat (viewer's right), as the water ripples in the foreground. The back of Frodo's head and cloak ARE visible in this shot, just zoom in if necessary.

Super Grover Premium member

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.


Correction: If the light that you are referring to is the one I think it is, Gandalf's shoulder nudges the light.

Corrected entry: At Amon Hen during Aragorn's fight with the Uruks, just after he screams "Elendil" Legolas and Gimli appears. Legolas aims his bow to the right of the screen but the arrow actually hits an Uruk on the left hand side of the screen.

Correction: Watch closer. Gimli is behind Legolas and throws an axe at the orc on the left the same time Legolas fires an arrow at an orc on the right.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the troll comes, it stabs Frodo but he is saved by his mithril. But wasn't he against the wall and wouldn't that crush him? Even if he wasn't against the wall, wouldn't he be pushed against it anyway?

Correction: In the book he gets bruised quite badly from the force in the stab, it's safe to assume he does in the film too even though they don't comment on it. The mithril saved him from being completely crushed but he still got bruised.

Corrected entry: When Frodo gets the ring out of the fire, he sees the markings. Right before the markings light up, you can barely see the outline of the markings engraved in the ring.

Mr. Freeze

Correction: It is Gandalf who removes the One Ring out of the fire with prongs and places it into Frodo's hand. In the 1st extreme close-up of the Ring as Frodo turns it in his fingers, Frodo remarks, "I see nothing.", but when he says, "Wait!", in the next extreme close-up, some of the CG letters first appear as a faint thin outline and slowly begin to glow. This is part of the effect.

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: I think this is just in the extended version: During the last battle, when Legolas shoots about six Orcs in a row with his arrows, and one of the last Orcs falls before the arrow hits him.



Correction: The Uruk fall is not caused initially by Legolas's arrow. It trips on a log before he is hit probably due to the poor visibility inside his helmet. Also watch Legolas he adjusts his arm to account for the sudden increase in the Uruks forward and downwards motion. And just to be pedantic they are Uruk-hai not orcs.

Corrected entry: There is a shot in which the four Hobbits are running to get off the road. Merry has a green carrot leaf sticking out of each pocket. When they all settle under the log to avoid being seen, the carrots are gone.

Correction: Actually they're just hidden. Watch as Merry jumps in under the log, the carrots are visibly there. In the same shot he sits down, lifts his knee up and lowers his arm, and you no longer see the carrots. They're simply hidden behind his limbs.

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.


Correction: There are enemies approaching from both sides. Aragorn mentions that orcs are on the eastern shore yet they are attacked on the western. Thus Legolas could be looking at either direction and there would be orcs there, so it's not really a mistake.

Corrected entry: In a scene in the Moria mines, where the troll stings Frodo with his spear, it's on his right side. When he falls down, the spear is under his right hand. When the members of the Fellowship check him, the rips on his cloths (where the troll stings the spear) it is on the left side.

Correction: Go back and have a closer look at the shots and the spear the cave troll uses. The spear has a horizontal bar with three sharp points; the center point which is very long runs directly below the spear handle and two short points at each end. When the troll stabs Frodo, the long deadly point goes between *his* left arm and side, never actually stabbing Frodo. It is one of the short points that stabs into Frodo's chest, on *his* right side, thereby ripping his shirt on *his* right side.

Super Grover Premium member

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.

Correction: Sorry, you're mistaken, the string is there, it is wrapped around the bow. Just before Aragorn sheaths his sword, in the close-up he says, "By nightfall these hills will be swarming with Orcs." and the string is visibly wrapped around the bow on his back. Then, after sheathing the sword, just after Aragorn helps Sam to his feet, he calls out, "Frodo!" and the string is still visibly wrapped around the bow on his back.

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: Near the end, when Gimli, Aragorn and Legolas are hearing Boromir's Horn, Legolas has four arrows in his quiver. But when Legolas looks at dying Boromir, his quiver is full. Later when they all near the river, Legolas has only two arrows.

Correction: Legolas reuses the arrows he's already shot, so that explains the full quiver. And when you see him by the river, who knows how many uruk-hai he has killed on his way to the river?

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.

Correction: Incorrect - Tolkien only uses Uruk-Hai to describe the large warrior orcs, like those created by Saruman. While the term Uruk is indeed the Orcish term for an Orc, and Uruk-Hai does literally translate to "Orc-People", Jackson's use of these terms is entirely in keeping with Tolkien's - they haven't changed anything.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: When the Fellowship are taking a break right before the crebain come, Boromir is sword fighting with Merry and Pippin. There's a far away shot where Merry starts fighting Boromir. Then there's a close up shot where Pippin starts to fight Boromir.

Correction: Go back and advance that scene shot by shot and you will see that you are wrong. Boromir twirls his sword and ONLY LOOKS at Merry, but continues to fight with Pippin. It is PIPPIN'S shoulder, arm and sword (NO yellow vest) that are shown close-up, fighting with Boromir when the shot faces Boromir. Pippin has a white shirt, that has a decorative color thread running through it on the cuffs and on the front of the shirt. Pippin is fighting with Boromir the ENTIRE time, UNTIL Merry says, "You look good, Pippin." while chewing, at which point Boromir starts to fight with Merry.

Super Grover Premium member

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.


Correction: Afraid of Boromir, Frodo takes the Ring while still on the chain, quickly slips it on his finger, disappears and runs away (as we see the log that he steps on move). The next few shots are of Boromir finally coming to his senses. In that time Frodo, while STILL invisible wearing the Ring, CAN slip the chain off his head (it is long enough), simply undo the clasp (still wearing the Ring) and slip the chain into his pocket very easily. After the shots of Boromir, we have shots of Frodo wearing the Ring without the chain, while still invisible. Later, when Frodo offers the Ring to Aragorn, there is still no chain. Then when he is down by the shoreline there has been PLENTY of time to slip the Ring safely back onto its chain. In both instances there are perfectly plausible explanations.

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: Boromir's horn magically splits in half for no apparent reason.

Correction: It's damaged during the fight - just because we don't see the actual specific moment of the split doesn't make this an error.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: In the third shot after Gandalf leaves Frodo and Sam, they are walking through a field of grass. Frodo's heels are coming out of the grass, and he is wearing normal shoes, not his hobbit feet.

Correction: Looked at it a zillion times on a high def. TV. All I can see is the Hobbit feet.

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?

Correction: Gandalf and Saruman are walking at Isengard long before Saruman ruins the area to create the Uruk Hai. The Ents are drawn into the war because of what Saruman does to the area, including cutting down the trees at the edge of Fangorn Forest.


Corrected entry: We are told both by Galadriel and Aragorn that the Ringwraiths were once 'great kings of men'. This is not entirely accurate as the second-in-command of the Witch-King, Khamul, was once an Easterling (not a 'great king of men').

Correction: Easterling is merely a term for the men of the East - they're not orcs or anything like that. Khamul was presumably one of their kings, making the description quite accurate.

Tailkinker Premium member

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.


Correction: There are enough shots between these two shots to have Elrond move his hand and even touch his forehead again.

Jack's Revenge

Corrected entry: When Gollum finds the ring under water the hand picking it up off the bottom is plainly human and flesh in color then the next shot the hand is out of the water and opens to expose the ring it is that of a stoor, (blue in color, bad nails, and horrible skin)


Kenneth Cote

Correction: The shot of the hand picking the ring out the water comes from the scene which we eventually see in its entirety at the beginning of ROTK. It is the moment when Deagol finds the One Ring and his hand is flesh coloured. The second shot is of Smeagol many centuries later when he has become Gollum, hence his bad complexion.

Chimera Premium member

Corrected entry: When the Fellowship are surrounded by Orcs after the fight with the cave troll, Frodo's sword, 'Sting', is not glowing blue as it should be when Orcs are nearby.


Correction: If you look closely, you'll see that it glows faintly.

Corrected entry: When Frodo is recovering in Rivendell from the Ringwraith dagger he is first seen lying in the bed with a chain necklace clearly visible (to which the ring is attached) - in following scenes the necklace is sometimes there - sometimes not.


Correction: When the chain is first shown, it is very close to going under Frodo's shirt. Frodo then moves around a bit, so it is possible the chain just went completely under.

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.


Correction: In at least the extended edition, he continues fighting with Uruk-Hai, and you can see it broken after he exchanges sword blows with an Uruk right before he gets shot with the final arrow. The horn was broken then.

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.


Correction: Merry and Pippin are on their tiptoes to see over Gimli's shoulders. Both scenes were shot with John Rhys-Davies, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd together, so unless their heights have changed Gimli's, Merry's and Pippin's haven't either.

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.



Correction: It is not impossible that time has passed between the shots, which would explain the new scenery and group 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.

Correction: Time has passed; it is not necessary to see Frodo rowing the whole way out, so it is logical he'd be out that far. Also, he is going quite slowly, and by the time Sam is wading out he's been stopped for a short while, so the water would have had time to calm down.

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.

Correction: His beard is not tossed over his shoulder but simply being blown by the Balrog's breath. Later, the wind subsides.

Corrected entry: When Frodo looks into Galadriel's mirror he falls backwards, lands on his back, and is seen grabbing at his neck. The camera angle changes and his hand is now at his side.



Correction: Frodo quickly moves his hand back down to his side. You can see that right before the camera angle change.

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.


Correction: Gandalf is sitting at the fireplace smoking, with his back to the front door, when Frodo walks in. Gandalf says,"Bilbo's ring." OFF CAMERA, Gandalf walks over to the table across the room, near the window. See the kitchen behind Gandalf in the following shots. He then says, "He's gone to stay with the Elves, He's left you Bag End", while he holds out the envelope to Frodo. The wax and seal are on that table. It isn't necessary to see him walking across the floor.

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Corrected entry: When Gandalf is trapped on top of the tower in Isengard, it's raining. But at the same time, at the base of the tower where Saruman and the orcs are tearing down the trees, it's not raining.


Correction: The rain moves slowly across the fields. Several shots of the Uruk-hai cutting down trees DO show that it is raining. It's only the closeup shots of Saruman and the Uruks he is speaking to that don't show rain, which just means that it hasn't gotten to them yet.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: In the beginning where we see Gollum crouched on a high rock, and he says 'my preciousss' it isn't Andy Serkis. He was not there that day so Dominic Monaghan said it instead, it was the only time Gollum's voice is not Andy Serkis'.

Correction: What Dom says in the commentary is that some days he was like a 'jack of all trades' on the set. For example, for filming part of the Hobbits reactions, he read Bilbo's speech to them. Also, the day that Ian filmed his 'young' shot of finding the ring, Dom did the voice 'ON SET', for Ian to react to someone's voice. The voice of Gollum in the movie IS Andy Serkis, because it was added later.

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Corrected entry: At the end of the movie Sam and Frodo are at the top of Emyn Muil looking toward Mordor. The complete mountain range of Ered Lithui is visible, though the far end of the range is about 600 miles away and certainly wouldn't be visible from Emyn Muil.

Correction: Yes, Frodo and Sam are standing on Emyn Muil and they're looking SouthEast into the distance towards Mordor. The mountain range visible however, would be that of the Western tip of Ered Lithui (Ash Mountains) and the Northern tip of Ephel Duath (Mountains of Shadow). They come together at the Valley of Morannon, the Black Gate, which is where they are headed. The complete mountain range of Ered Lithui, which extends far to the East, is not shown.

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Corrected entry: A bit of odd behavior. When Frodo begins packing in Bag End to go on his journey, Gandalf hands him a folded article of clothing. Frodo grabs it, shakes it out so that it is no longer folded, and stuffs it in his bag.

Correction: If you notice, Gandalf rolls the article of clothing up in a pretty large roll. Frodo unrolls it so he can jam it into his pack a little easier and have it take up less space in his pack. As many have noticed, Frodo isn't exactly what you'd call neat and tidy.

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.

Correction: There's also at least one hobbit living there full-time, namely Bilbo. The elves being a courteous bunch, they'd no doubt create an area for him to live in that's scaled to hobbit proportions, so that he'd feel comfortable.

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Corrected entry: Orlando Bloom had no stunt double.

Correction: This is not true. Though Orlando did do most of his own stunts, he did have a stunt double, named Morgan.

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Corrected entry: After Aragorn kisses Boromir right after he dies, he gets up and says something about how the tower guards of Ecthelion will look for his coming, but he will not come. Where is the 3rd arrow in Boromir's chest/stomach?

Correction: When Aragorn stands over Boromir, the three arrows are there. The top arrow is clear, but look at the still shot, Boromir's hand is resting on his stomach between the middle and bottom arrow. In this shot, the horn of Gondor is below his arm.

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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.


Correction: Go back and advance that scene shot by shot and you will see that you are wrong. Boromir twirls his sword and only looks at Merry, but continues to fight with Pippin. It is Pippin's shoulder, arm and sword that are shown close up, fighting with Boromir. Pippin has a white shirt, that has a decorative color thread running through it on the cuffs and on the front of the shirt. Pippin is fighting with Boromir the whole time, until Merry says, "You look good, Pippin," at which point Boromir starts to fight with Merry.

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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.


Correction: I checked in slow motion, and the second arrow does NOT hit him in the shoulder. That arrow is already there when the second hits, although the sequence is very fast and it could seem like he jerks from the arrow already in his shoulder.

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Corrected entry: In the prologue we see the three Elves that received the Elven rings, with Galadriel in the foreground. The elf behind her looks elderly. Elves did not age beyond adulthood, (Tolkien says of Galadriel and Celeborn, "but no sign of age was upon them").


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Correction: Not actually correct - elves do age, according to Tolkien. To quote from his Letters "The Elves were sufficiently longeval to be called by Man 'immortal'. But they were not unageing or unwearying". The Elf in question is almost certainly Cirdan the Shipwright (who may or may not appear at the end of the final film). Cirdan was one of the very first Elves and, as such, he would have been around for long enough to show some signs of aging.

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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.


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Correction: Clearly not true, as Bilbo does look different - Gandalf is merely commenting that Bilbo has aged remarkably well. The opening narration observes that the ring granted Gollum "unnatural long life", not immortality, and the Ring has certainly not prevented Gollum from undergoing significant changes.

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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.


Correction: At first, he is only ducking down a bit, then he kneels completely and tells Frodo to leave.

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.


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Correction: That's not even close to being true. Classifying dogs generically like that is wrong, mainly because many dogs have different types of reactions to certain things, and even have their own 'personalities' to some degree. Case in point: One of my own dogs is absolutely terrified of one of my friends, but wags her tail despite barking and cowering in fear from him. Dogs wag their tales for many different reasons.

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?


Correction: Given that Balin's tomb is deep underground, an excavated hole to the surface would only provide a beam of direct sunlight for a very short period of time on any given day - most likely only a few minutes. In order to keep the tomb illuminated during the day, the dwarves must have employed some sort of system (either magical or mirror-based) to redirect the sunlight down into the tomb chamber. As it's not actually direct sunlight, it probably causes the troll some discomfort, but doesn't have the full stoning effect.

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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.

Correction: It's stated in the books that hobbits are extremely good shots - even Uruk-Hai have vulnerable spots that could be exploited by somebody with good aim. It doesn't seem unreasonable that the impact could at least stun the Uruk-Hai temporarily.

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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.


Correction: Pippin stops to look behind his shoulder and comment "It's working". Merry, who doesn't stop, thus passes him.

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.


Correction: This is in corrections already - in fact has the distinction of being the first correction I ever submitted. The book states that there were only 8 Ringwraiths chasing Frodo, until they near the Ford, and the 9th one comes out of the woods near the road.

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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.


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Correction: I've already corrected this once - the object is far away, indistinct, and VERY similar in shape to the pottery vases on the tables throughout the scene. IMHO not a mistake. :)

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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.

Correction: The "horse" is Bill the pony, so the hobbit would be the right size. The camera angle also changes between the time Legolas passes and the hobbits pass, quite possibly to make it hard to gauge differences in height.

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Corrected entry: In the scene at the end, when Boromir is killed, the Uruk-hai has a bow, and is about to shoot Boromir again, when Aragorn jumps out at the Uruk-hai. Suddenly, the Uruk-hai's weapon changes from a bow to a sword and shield.

Correction: Lurtz (the Orc) dropped his bow as soon as he knew he was being attacked at close quarters, and we can see him seize another Uruk-hai's shield and sword from the ground. Lurtz had the best reflexes of the entire army (as demonstrated when he was "born"), and that was why he was picked as leader.

Corrected entry: In the scene after the battle of Amon Hen, when Merry and Pippin have distracted the Uruk Hai and have run across the bridge, why does an Uruk Hai come at the hobbits with an axe as if to kill them, when they have direct orders from Saruman to bring back the hobbits alive?

Correction: Isn't it easy to capture someone if you are threatening them mortally? After all Merry and Pippen DON'T KNOW that the orders are to capture and not kill.

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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.



Correction: I've checked this and it seems as if Frodo did not have the time to really close this last button. Instead he clasps his hand over the ring to protect it, which is why you can see it later when he walks up to Bilbo.

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.

Correction: Sound issues such as this are impossible to report accurately on a system with an analog or inadequate sound setup (VHS). A proper 5.1 home theater setup has multiple hoofbeat tracks coming from all directions depending on the location of the horse. The soundtrack also accurately portrays Arwen's horse Asfaloth in a full gallop.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: Why are the passwords for Moria, a Dwarvish city, in Elvish?

Correction: The road from that gate used to lead to the Elvish city of Ost-in-Edhil. The Dwarves of Moria and the Elves of Ost-in-Edhil were friends.


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.



Correction: He had plenty of time to get his hand into this position during the shots.

Corrected entry: When Aragorn is telling Gandalf that they must turn back during the avalanche, Gandalf is seen as being about 5 feet in front of him but when the camera angle changes to a wide shot, Gandalf is now seen about 15 feet away from Aragorn.



Correction: Gandalf is not followed by Aragorn, but by Boromir, so Aragorn is always further away from Gandalf. You can identify Boromir in the split second when the group is shown from behind and Legolas passes by: first he passes by Aragorn, then by Boromir - this is when Boromir turns his face sideways you can identify him.

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.

Correction: Dwarf runes are modified Elf runes, so Gandalf can read them. And in the book much of the text is written in the Elf language, which Gandalf understands.

Corrected entry: The Horn Of Gondor worn by Boromir is seen to be split in two after his fight with the orcs, however it is repaired when Aragorn comes to kneel by his side.


Correction: It's a long shot and very hard to see. I don't think the statement's right. In any case the two halves could just be resting together.

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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.


Correction: This is a pretty dodgy claim - something is reflected, VERY briefly, in the centre of the shield, but they are not obviously crew members. They probably are, but it's not clear.

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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.


Correction: This scene is not in real time. Bilbo has come back from the party, has changed his coat (and scarf), and is packing a bag. It is not a 'split second later'.

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Corrected entry: When the orc kills Boromir, he shoots him twice, and you can see the hole/blood stain for the third arrow between first ones, and only then the third arrow appears.


Correction: There is a stain of some sort on the front of Boromir's tunic, in roughly the place where the third arrow later hits him, but it doesn't look like a hole - and if it's just a blood stain that can't really be counted as a mistake.

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Corrected entry: Boromir cut himself with the broken sword, and we can see the blood. However, after he sees Aragorn, the blood is gone. Look closely when he is putting down the sword.


Correction: Boromir's fingers are slightly curled so the cut isn't visible.

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Corrected entry: When Gandalf rides to meet Saruman, Isengard is seen set in a dry valley. However, when Saruman is on top of Orthanc casting weather spells, there is a wide, curving river just outside the walls.

Correction: There is a river on one side, and trees on the other. Gandalf approaches Orthanc from among the trees and the river is out of shot on the other side.

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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.


Correction: Boromir seems to be giving the Ring back, but Aragorn doesn't trust him and has quietly moved to have his sword ready in case of trouble.

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Corrected entry: Look at the faces of Boromir, Legolas and Merry after they leave Moria and get outside. They have dirt on their faces in a particular pattern. Then they make their way to Lothlorien and get cleaned up. But in the final scene, the dirt returns in exactly the same places.

Correction: Not true. The dirt is in similar places, but it is definitely different (checked this one carefully.)

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Corrected entry: When Saruman uses his magical powers to bring an avalanche down on the group, Legolas is seen standing to the right of Gandalf but when the avalanche starts he is now standing to his left.



Correction: He is part way back to joining the group but then runs out to pull Gandalf to safety.

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Corrected entry: In Balin's tomb in Moria, Boromir runs to the door and avoids two arrows flying towards him. In the next shot, he runs back into the room a few feet away from the door, but in the next shot, he is back at the door, preparing to slam it shut.


Correction: He doesn't run any feet into the room. He turns to see Aragorn coming to help him and then they both slam the doors closed.

Corrected entry: Right after Frodo rescues Sam from drowning, in the boat Sam's left ear, camera side, is round and not pointed like it has been in the whole movie. This shot is repeated until the scene is over.


Correction: It's pointy. You only see it from behind so you don't get a very good look at it, but it is indeed pointy.

Corrected entry: After Boromir has been hit by the third arrow, shots of him alternate several times between showing all three completely parallel with each other and then sticking out from his chest at completely different angles.


Correction: He is involved in a pretty full-on sword fight - it's more than reasonable to assume he's knocked the arrows with his arms more than once.

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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.

Correction: What Galadriel says is that 'much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it'. She does not say, or mean, that nothing of the Last Alliance can be remembered; she is speaking generally about Middle Earth's history, and saying that of the many races and peoples within it, lots of knowledge has been lost as people have died and taken their memories with them.

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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.

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Correction: The trees were present in the book also, and yet Gandalf had Legolas and Gimli looking for the door. If you call it a mistake, don't blame the movie, blame the book.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Aragorn exposes the wound in Frodo's shoulder there is no blood on the shirt but when the shot cuts out then back in there is a large bloodstain on the shirt.

Correction: Watch in slow motion - Arwen's gloved hand obscures most of the bloodstain, but it is there.

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?

Correction: This is true to the book: it is only at the end of their conversation that Frodo is able to see Galadriel's ring, even though she's been wearing it all along. She explains to him that as a Ring-bearer, his sight has 'grown keener'. Even Sam (who is present in this scene in the book) cannot see it, instead saying something about seeing 'a star shining through your finger'.

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Corrected entry: When Galadriel pours water from a pitcher into the fountain, three set lights can be seen reflected in the pitcher.

Correction: All you can see in the reflection are three points of light; there's nothing to indicate what type of lights they are. They could easily be lanterns – there are many of them in Lorien.

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.

Correction: It's just twisted round his body on its strap as he's running.

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.

Correction: This scene is not in real time - some time has elapsed between seeing Bilbo come into Bag End and take off the ring, and this next shot of him gathering items and packing to leave. He already has a bag out and things are stacked around it ready to pack - he has also changed his party jacket for his travelling one.

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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"?


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.

Corrected entry: At the end, when Aragorn leans over to kiss Boromir's forehead, watch Boromir. When Aragorn's hair touches his face, Boromir closes his eyes tight.

Correction: He definitely doesn't. There is a moment when a strand of Aragorn's hair passes over his eye that could be confused for this, but Boromir's eyes remain the same.

Corrected entry: In the mines of Moria Frodo is stabbed by the cave troll. He falls to the floor and the spear is shown. The camera cuts away and then returns and the spear has gone.

Correction: When the camera returns, we only see part of Frodo ? where the spear should be is out of the shot so of course we don't see it.

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Corrected entry: Towards the end of the fight in Moria, the cave troll slams Pippin on his back, but in the very next shot (look at the bottom center), Pippin is standing up as if nothing happened.

Correction: There is enough time when Pippin is off-screen for him to jump to his feet again. He'd have to do it quickly - but I think the possibility of an enormous cave troll squashing you as you lay there would be motivation enough.

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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.



Correction: He's a bit hesitant getting up, and panting, plus we've been told many times that Hobbits are sturdy creatures.

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.

Correction: If you look closely at the mill house, you can see a water sluice over the top of the wheel. It is the water from the sluice which is turning the wheel, not the water in the river. In fact the wheel doesn't even touch the river.

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.

Correction: In this shot, nothing is reflected in the water but the sky (compare the rock, Tol Brandir, to the banks to the left and right). In a later shot, Tol Brandir reflects along with everything else. Although the rock was added digitally to this footage, it?s clear the film makers have been careful to match its reflection and general appearance to the rest of the scene.

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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.


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.

Corrected entry: When Lurtz is thrown on the ground by Aragorn before shooting Boromir with a point-blank arrow, he holds his bow. Nevertheless, after getting back up in a split second, he holds both his broad-bladed sword and his shield.

Correction: He rolls away when Aragorn tackles him and picks up the sword and shield of a fallen Uruk beside him.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Arwen first appears she has her hair loose. She talks to Frodo in elvish and you see a close up of his face, then the camera goes back to her and her hair is all in little plaits.

Correction: Arwen's whole appearance changes in this scene - hairstyle, clothing etc. At first (as she is seen from Frodo's POV) her true appearance as an Elf is revealed - white, shining, perfect - and then it changes to show her in her riding clothes, looking more normal. The book refers to this happening with Elves on a number of occasions - and once or twice even with Aragorn.

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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.



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.



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.