The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Corrected entry: Legolas can kill a giant thick skinned Warg with one arrow but cannot kill the berserker Uruk-Hai with several arrows.

Correction: The berserker Orc is supposed to be a bit like a suicide bomber - he's so psyched up, that even though he's hit, the adrenaline carries him on for the few more steps needed to complete his task.

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Corrected entry: When hiding behind the rocks and looking at Mordor, Frodo and Sam are more than willing to make a run through the black gate behind the entering column of soldiers. How on earth might they get in unnoticed, even assuming they somehow would manage to make it as far as to the gate despite the guards (which simply must exist) watching above?


Correction: That's part of the point of the scene - there IS virtually no hope, but they have to do something. In the book, Frodo puts it this way: 'I am commanded to go to the land of Mordor, and therefore I shall go. If there is only one way, then I must take it. What comes after must come after.' Until Gollum tells them otherwise, both hobbits only know of the one entrance.

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Corrected entry: During the defense of Helm's Deep, as King Theoden barricades the main door, he is stabbed through the breastplate by a massive Urak-Hai spear. In later scenes, his breastplate is shown undamaged. This is definitely Theoden both times - he goes down to help barricade the door, and a few moments later directs the soldiers doing this, just after telling Aragorn he can use 'as much time as you can give me'. He is seen shortly after looking at Aragorn and Gimli through the shattered gate just before the last piece of wood is put in place, yelling 'get out of there.'


Correction: This is difficult to see - it seems as if the spear hits him in the shoulder, beside the breastplate, but later on he has no difficulty to swing the sword when he rides out of that hall. If this shot really should be seen as if the spear hit the breastplate, then it is difficult to judge anyway, as he holds his clenched fist against his breast for the rest of the scene.


Corrected entry: The stew pot that Sam cooks the conies in is much bigger than the one he has been carrying around on his back.

Correction: No it isn't - it's the same one. Perhaps the pot looks much smaller on Sam's back next to the huge pack of gear he's carrying.

Corrected entry: Peter Jackson turns in a cameo as one of the men running toward the camera after Saruman's big speech.

Correction: Jackson said in an interview with the official Fan Club Magazine that although he wished he had, he never filmed a cameo as a Wild Man.

Corrected entry: In the battle involving the elephant, a man falls off the elephant and lands on the ground next to the hobbits. If you play it in slow motion, you can see the man change spinning directions in the air three times.

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Correction: It's because the man touches the Oliphant during his fall. He changes his direction only once.

Corrected entry: In Edoras, when Wormtongue is 'charming' Eowyn, his hand is clearly on her face and his person is only inches away. When Eowyn retaliates with words and gets Wormtongue's hand away from her, the next shot shows that they are over 6 feet apart from each other.

Correction: LOTR is not necessarily shot in consistent real-time. If you look more closely, you'll see that, not only is Eowyn some six feet away, she's much closer to the door than she was. A brief moment was cut out to give the scene a little pick-up in pace for the next shot.

Corrected entry: When it starts raining in the battle, all of the torches are still lit, and it seems to be raining very hard.

Correction: Toches usually are covered in tar or another such matter so the fire doesn't burn the wood directly. It would take a while before rain would put them out.


Correction: Saruman is telepathically talking to Sauron through the palantir.

Corrected entry: When Aragorn tells the King they should ride out and meet the Urk ki where did they get all those horses? They show the King putting on his armor for like two seconds and then they are on horses. Where did they come from?


Correction: When they arrived at Helm's Deep, all the horses were boarded within the walls of the fortress. There very well could have been another entrance in that room that they brought the horses through.

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Corrected entry: In the scene in Helms Deep, when Aragorn yells ladders in Elvish, the archer to the right of him has no string on his bow and his arrow's moving all over the place. (02:14:44)

Correction: You can see that right under the elf's middle finger that there is a bow string that leads down.

Corrected entry: Right after the death of Haldir, Aragorn pushes and rides one of the ladders down into the Uruk army. Then we cut to the Uruks breaking through the main gate. Then when Aragorn is shown again, he has magically made it back through the breach, up the stairs to the other door, before it was shut and barricaded. (02:24:16)

Correction: Aragorn doesn't ride the ladder into the army, he rides it down to the defenders' side of the wall. You can tell this because the orc's siege ladders are all on the other side of the wall when you look at the background and there is a staircase right next to the ladder he uses.

Correction: If you watch this scene frame by frame, his eyes are actually blue. It is the light in which the scene is filmed that makes them look darker, as well as possibly rather large pupils on Orlando's part. But they ARE blue. This is actually true to the books and the Tolkien world as whole. Legolas is desperate, and when elves despair, their eyes get darker, even almost brown. You see them then change back to normal blue when Legolas is again confident and meets Aragorn in the armory.

Corrected entry: When Merry and Pippin first meet Treebeard, the Ent is uncertain whether or not the hobbits are Orcs. He says the White Wizard will know and then they meet up with Gandalf. But later at the Ent Gathering it takes them forever to decide that they are not Orcs. Wouldn't have Gandalf already confirmed this for Treebeard and perhaps inform the Ents about the destruction at Isengard as well?

Correction: Gandalf told treebeard that Merry and Pippin aren't Orcs, but not the other Ents. And even if he told ALL the Ents, Ents always talk very long to decide something.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the Urks are breaking into the castle, Aragorn is seen to be coming through a door with the dwarf, however none of the Urks thought to use the side door as well.

Correction: That door is a secret exit. The enemy isn't supposed to know that it's there. Also, it appears to only open from the inside, so the Uruks wouldn't be able to use it.

Corrected entry: When Aragorn and company first encounter the Riders of Rohan, we see that there are only about 50 men at most in the group. Before Theoden leads his people to Helms Deep, Gandalf leaves to find Eomer and his riders to aid in its defense. During the final battle, Gandalf returns with the Riders of Rohan, but now there are hundreds, if not thousands of men with him. Where did all of these "extra" men come from?

Correction: Aragorn and company only encounter a small group of Riders (advanced scouts), not the entire army. Gandalf went and got all of the Riders.

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Corrected entry: When Legolas is getting onto the horse with one hand during the small battle with the wolves, Legolas is behind Gimli. In the next shot with the two, Legolas is in front of Gimli. (01:28:00)

Correction: If you look closely with the scene in slow-motion you can see that a part of Legolas' body passes in-front of Gimli meaning that Legolas lands at the front.

Corrected entry: When Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli enter the King of Rohan's chamber, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli start knocking down soldiers to protect Gandalf. When they have finished, there is a shot taken from behind and one of the beaten soldiers is lying on the floor playing with his hair, curling it around his finger.

Correction: I watched this carefully. He is only slightly moving a couple of fingers up and down, as if he is trying to muster the strength to get up but can't.

Corrected entry: It's the scene where the mother is telling her kids to get on the horse. Towards the beginning of the scene there is a guy standing there holding the horse still but when the mother is putting her little kid on the horse, he disappears.

Correction: Frame-by-frame advance shows that the man holding the horse is still there just after the woman calls "Eothain. Eothain." Immediately after, Eothain climbs onto the horse, after which there would be no need for the man to remain. He would naturally have gotten out as quickly as possible.

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Corrected entry: In the first film when the fellowship is attacked by Balrog, Gandalf says something like "Swords are no use here" to Aragorn who wanted to tackle it with his sword. But in the next film you see Gandalf stabbing Balrog with a sword. This makes no sense.

Correction: Gandalf can fight the Balrog with a sword because he is powerfully magical, and the Balrog is falling and at a disadvantage. The book tells a little of their long fight, from the chasms deep below Moria to the high mountains where the Balrog is finally beaten. If Aragorn had tried to attack the Balrog at the bridge, he wouldn't have got anywhere near it before being killed; Gandalf knows this.

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Continuity mistake: Gimli is lying with his face under the water, after jumping off the Deeping Wall and landing on the Uruk-hai. In the close-up, the right arm that grabs Gimli's shoulder to help him out of the water is Legolas' right arm. Yet, in the wide shot, suddenly it is Aragorn helping Gimli to his feet, not Legolas. (01:11:10)

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Sam: It's like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn't want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it's only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it'll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were too small to understand why. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand, I know now folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for.

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Trivia: During post-production, one of the effects technicians had to transport the first effects shots to a special location, since their computer could not send them all the way to Peter Jackson. After storing them in his iPod, he walked out into the street and was targeted by two thugs. After some serious sprinting, he managed to reach a hotel and save WETA's visual effects from falling into criminal hands.

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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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