The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Corrected entry: In the scene after Helm's Deep when Gimli and Legolas are tallying up their kills, just before the scene is over the visible arm of the dead orc moves. This is not the result of Gimli shaking the body with his axe as the arm moves then stops and moves again.

Correction: Either the Orc was not quite dead yet, or it was a nerve twitching as the Orc finally died.

Mark English

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film when we are reintroduced to Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas, the camera pans over them while they are running. Look closely at Gimli's boots, as he is running a big chunk of it flies off.

Correction: No, you are wrong. It is a rock that flips as Gimli runs on the rocky terrain. Zoom in. This has been previously corrected.

Corrected entry: In the opening scene, when Frodo dreams about Gandalf's duel with the Balrog, Frodo screams "No" before Gandalf falls into the abyss. In the original scene in "Fellowship", Frodo doesn't screams "No" until after Gandalf has fallen.

Correction: You can't really say that this is a mistake as Frodo is just dreaming about the events. Dreams are often mixed up or not entirely accurate to actual events.

Corrected entry: Near the beginning of the movie when we see Gollum struggling with Frodo and Sam, Gollum drags Sam onto the ground and starts strangling him. Just before Frodo draws Sting and says "This is Sting..." there is a wide shot, and Gollum's arm is already underneath Sam's chin and he is so relaxed that it is clear he is NOT being strangled. However, in the next close-up shot, Sam makes a hiccup noise and Smeagol's arm slips under Sam's chin again.

Correction: That is because even though Gollum is still and not actively strangling Sam, Sam is still struggling to get out of Gollum's tight grasp.

Corrected entry: In Helms Deep, at several times, the command "fire" is used. This command only concerns fire weapons, not bows. The correct command would be "loose".

Correction: Maybe in our world, but not necessarily in Middle-Earth.

Corrected entry: When Aragorn says "you have some skill with a blade" inside the Golden Hall, there are two guys setting a table in the background. The next time you see the table, there's nothing on it.

Correction: The table is not being 'set'. The tapestry is being spread across the table in order to fold it properly. If you look in the background things are being put away all around, in preparation of their absence in Edoras and immediate departure and journey to Helm's Deep.

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Corrected entry: At Helm's Deep when the Uruks are standing outside screaming, you can see one of the Uruks in a close up. His teeth in the back of his mouth are white and are not carnivore teeth.

Correction: It NEVER says that all of the Uruk's teeth are pointy. They can very well have normal teeth. Remember they're part mutated elves.

Corrected entry: In the Entmoot, it takes the entire day to say 'Good Morning' in Entish. So why does it take only a few hours (as it's still night and Helm's Deep is still going on) to decide that a) Merry and Pippin are not orcs and b) to do nothing about the upcoming war?

Correction: "Good morning" also includes introducing everyone, like a roll call. Ents have extremely long names in Entish, their names pretty much tell everything they've ever done. That's why that takes so long compared to the other discussions. Also, we don't know that this is meant to be in real time. In the books the Entmoot went on for three days.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Gollum is begging to be released from the leash, if you look carefully you can see the fabric of Frodo's cloak jumping around Gollum's computer-generated hand.

Correction: This can't be true, because it was actually actor Andy Serkis's hand that was there originally, and Gollum's CG hand was simply painted over it. Whatever we're seeing is a trick of the friction.

Corrected entry: The climax of the Battle of Helm's Deep was based on an actual historical event: In 1672, King Louis XIV invaded the Netherlands. The Dutch thwarted the attack by cutting Holland's dikes, flooding the land and forcing the French troops to retreat.

Correction: This doesn't happen at the end of Helm's Deep, but at the end of the Ents' attack on Isengard.

Correction: Gimli runs and his right foot kicks up a rock, his boots are still on his feet.

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Corrected entry: At the end of the battle of helms deep, Gandalf arrives from the East to save the day just as he tells Aragorn he will earlier. However, quoting from the book: "Upon the east too shear and stony was the valley's side; upon the left, from the west, their final doom approached". Their final doom being Gandalf, Erkenbrand Lord of Westfold and a thousand men on foot. (01:25:55)

Correction: Although I understand the logic in what you're saying, nevertheless, many liberties were taken by the writers, in regard to following the letter of law from the book. Helm's Deep alone had many changes done. The Elves being there, Eomer not being there, and so forth. The fact that Gandalf approaches from the West in the book, is of little relevance to the movie, unfortunately. It isn't a mistake really.

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Corrected entry: Extended edition only - When Merry and Pippin are looking for food after the flooding of Isengard, Pippin spots the apple and from the front he grabs from a bunch of 3 floating apples. Only when we see him grab the apple there is only one around, the one he grabbed.

Correction: The scene goes like this, as Merry says, "...probably only dead rats and mouldy bread", Pip turns to his left, and sees a floating apple, the first of four that are floating to his left. He picks it up, we see some closeups including him looking up (remember Aragorn, FotR), The camera pans back out, and now we see the three from before, plus one more that's floating by, for a total of four floating plus the first one in his hand. There are no mistakes here.

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Corrected entry: When Aragorn is saying to the Elves in Elvish: "Show them no mercy.....for you shall receive none," there is no rain falling on them, only in the background.

Correction: Not true... there are rain drops seen, even in slo-mo and the closeup, in front of the elves.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Gandalf releases Theoden from Saruman's spell, Legolas punches one of Grima's henchmen who's coming up behind him, and you see the henchman falling away and to Legolas's left. In the next shot, there is no one behind Legolas except Grima.

Correction: The man falls back and to the left of the SHOT, but that is to Legolas's RIGHT, since we are looking at him from the front. The next shot is from behind Legolas, and it shows the man lying on the ground to the right and behind him - exactly where he should be.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: When Legolas makes his unlikely grab-and-jump onto the horse with Gimli as the warg riders approach, he is seen to be mounting the horse behind Gimli. A few moments later, we see him expertly shooting down enemies from his position in front of Gimli on the horse. His mounting of the horse seems like an easy maneuvre compared to either forward flipping over the Dwarf or grabbing the Dwarf and tossing him over his head (which Gimli would have taken as an insult anyway).

Correction: He does leap onto the horse in front of Gimli. If you look in still frame, behind King Theoden, you can catch a glimpse of Legolas sitting in front of Gimli.

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Corrected entry: When Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli encounter Eomer and his Riders on the Plains of Rohan, they have a little talk before Eomer leaves, crying "We ride North." But Aragorn has been running west, pursuing the Uruk-Hai, so is to the south of Fangorn Forest. Eomer has just come from Fangorn, where he slaughtered the Uruks, so he has just come from the North. If you have a map of Middle-Earth, have a look at it, and you can see that Eomer has come from the North so should, technically, be riding east or west.

Correction: The three hunters are tracking the Uruks, who have made it to the borders of Fangorn. If you look at the map and work out how the Uruks will have travelled to get there, then the hunters, who will be using the same route, should be some distance east and slightly to the south of Fangorn at this point. Eomer's unit has therefore been riding mostly eastwards, so his decision to turn north doesn't represent an about-face.

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Corrected entry: If you pay close attention when the rain starts in the battle at Helm's Deep, the makeup on the elves is running. Legolas in particular, when he is readying his bow in the beginning, has a ring of white makeup near his hairline.

Correction: It is NOT a ring of white makeup, it's just all the rain droplets reflecting the light at the hairline and on the rest of the face. The makeup isn't running, it is the shiny water dripping down the faces of the Elves and men.

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Corrected entry: Just after Gollum is captured by Faramir's men and has had a hood placed over his head, there's a shot where 3 archers have their bows trained on him and Frodo. The archer on the upper right is illustrating the proper way to hold a bow. The archer on the lower left has his index finger wrapped around the arrow to steady it. If he released the string, the feathers would tear his finger to shreds like a monstrous papercut, and the arrow's flight would be completely screwed up. (Submitted by an archer who has learned the hard way.) (01:33:10)

Correction: While you don't want to fire the arrow with your finger on it, you can still have your finger on it before you shoot. I will often use my finger to steady the arrow, and take it off right before I fire.

Correction: The chain and ring are under Frodo's shirt, but when Frodo says,"Gollum" and when Sam asks, "Mr Frodo, are you alright?", you can see a glimpse of the chain, under the Lorien brooch.

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Continuity mistake: Merry and Pippin were bound when taken by the Uruk-hai, and the bonds weren't cut until after they managed to escape during the fight. Yet, when the horse almost crashed down on Pippin, he had his arms spread out up near his face, not bound, even though they weren't cut until later. In the next shot, his hands are bound again. (00:31:15)

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Gimli: Oh come on, we can take 'em.
Aragorn: It's a long way.
Gimli: Toss me.
Aragorn: What?
Gimli: I cannot jump the distance you'll have to toss me!...don't tell the elf.
Aragorn: Not a word.

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Trivia: John Rhys-Davies is missing the end of his middle finger on his left hand due to a farming accident as a child. The make-up artists made artificial, gelatin fingertips for him to wear in the movies. Davies one day, cut the tip in half, put 'blood' in it and closed it up. He went over to Peter Jackson (unaware of the gelatin tip) and said, "Boss, I've had an accident, look what happened". Jackson saw a small cut, but Davies bent the tip back and it split open, gushing.

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Question: Maybe I missed something, but why didn't Gandalf notice that Sam was not there? He acts surprised when Aragorn says that Frodo didn't go to Mordor alone, Sam went with him. Yet, he has already seen Merry and Pippin, and Legolas, Gimli and Aragorn are with him, and he knows that Frodo went on alone, so where does he think Sam is? Please excuse me if I missed something.

Answer: The movie makes it clear that Gandalf has lost some of his memory and his personality has changed. Gandalf actually did die and pass over to the "other side", as it were but was sent back to complete his task. However, he was sent back as a similar, but different entity. Gandalf the White does not have all the memories of Gandalf the Grey, at least at first. He doesn't even remember that he used to be called Gandalf the Grey until someone points this out to him. It is implied that Gandalf doesn't even remember Sam until Aragorn mentions him. Gandalf then searches his memories and remembers who Sam is and his eventual importance to Frodo's quest. When he finally remembers this, he is pleased that Sam went with Frodo, as he will play a crucial role near the end of the journey.

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