The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Legolas, Gimli and Aragorn go after the Uruk Hai that have captured Merry and Pippin. Their travels take them into the kingdom of Rohan, where Saruman is planning an attack to destroy the race of Men. Meanwhile Merry and Pippin escape and meet up with Treebeard and a white wizard, who is Gandalf sent back by the Valar, and given a promotion from Grey to the highest rank; white. Aragorn and Co meet up with Gandalf who rescues the king of Rohan Theoden under the influence of Saruman and his servant Grima Wormtongue. Theoden's son had been killed by orcs, and his nephew had been banished while he was under Saruman's spell. Eowyn his neice desires to fight, and is also smitten with Aragorn. Merry and Pippin try to convince Treebeard and the Ents to help them fight Saruman. The Uruk Hai prepare to destroy Rohan. Meanwhile Elrond tries to convince Arwen to leave Middle Earth for Valinor. Aragorn tries to get Theoden to ride out and face the army but Theoden instead makes them go to the refuge of Helm's Deep and the Hornburg. Eomer, and the Rohirrim are too far away to come to aid them. The elves, sent from Lothlorien with Elrond's convincing, come to the rescue of the Rohan, a few old men/boys against ten thousand Uruk Hai and Orcs. Gandalf rides out to get help. Frodo and Sam continue their journey, and manage to capture Gollum, who agrees to lead them if they spare him. When they get to the black gates he explains he knows a better way. Gollum's old personality Smeagol starts to push through and for a while Gollum/Smeagol is changed by Frodo's kindness to him. They are captured by Faramir, Boromir's brother and son of the king who wants to use the ring to save Gondor. Frodo lures Gollum/Smeagol to him in order to save his life, but Faramir treats Gollum/Smeagol badly and Gollum/Smeagol believes that his 'master' has betrayed him. Gollum is once again dominant. Faramir drags Frodo all the way back to Ithilien, but after seeing proof of what the ring can do to corrupt let's Frodo go. At Helm's Deep the Uruk Hai using gunpowder given to them by Saruman blows the outer wall and breaks down the gate. The Rohan soldiers retreat in further, and finally they are trapped within the inner chambers of the Deep. Gandalf returns with Eomer and the Rohirrim. Treebeard does not want to help Pippin and Merry but when he sees the destruction Saruman has caused he and the Ents destroy Isengard by breaking the dam. Gandalf explains that they won this battle, and now the larger army of Sauron's is going to try and destroy a weakened Gondor. They cannot win but instead must give Frodo enough time to destroy the ring. The sinister Gollum convinces his Smeagol side to lead the hobbits into a trap . . .

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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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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: 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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