The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Frodo and Sam capture Gollum and have him take them to Mordor. They are captured by Faramir, but he lets them go. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli go to Fangorn Forest in pursuit of Merry and Pippin and find Gandalf, who has been reborn. At the Battle of Helm's Deep, all looks lost until Gandalf and the Riders of Rohan charge from nowhere into the Uruk-hai and kill them. Merry and Pippin are taken care of by Treebeard the Ent. The Ents decide to attack Saruman for killing trees. They wash away all his work and renders him helpless. Arwen decides there is no reason for her to stay in Middle-earth, so she begins to leave.

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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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Pippin: They think we have the Ring!
Merry: Shhhh! As soon as they find out we don't we're dead!

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Trivia: In order to get the stunt Elves riled up enough to be on the offensive during certain scenes, the very aggressive stunt Uruk-hai would nastily taunt and mock them incessantly on the set and even call them, "Cupcakes." It worked! Commentary, extended DVD.

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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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