The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Trivia: Elijah Wood's (Frodo) sister Hannah, is in the film. She's the lone, blonde, lost-looking girl, clutching her shawl with her left hand, at the beginning of the shot in the Glittering Caves, at Helm's Deep when the women and children go in. She is also on the stairs for Theoden's return. (00:51:55)

Trivia: To get the cheering and shouting for the Orcs at the battle of Helm's Deep, the producers recorded the 25,000 strong crowd at a New Zealand/England cricket match.

Trivia: In one of the takes while filming the scene where Frodo and Sam are about to run to the Black Gate, and Gollum pulls them back, Andy Serkis (Gollum) pulled so hard on them both that he ripped off the wig worn by Sean Astin (Sam).


Trivia: Usually when the people in charge of the scenery need to make a life-size model of something, they create the smaller version and then create the life-size one as much like it as possible. However, it was the other way around with Helm's Deep: the life-size model was built first (with an easily collapsible wall) and the miniature for it was built later.

Trivia: John Rhys-Davies who plays Gimli the Dwarf also provides the voice for Treebeard the Ent. No effects were used beyond the actor speaking as low as possible and using a wooden megaphone.

Trivia: In Helm's Deep, when women and children retreat to the caves, look closely at the children. They're the same actors as the Hobbit children listening to Bilbo's story of the trolls at his birthday party in "Fellowship" and they're in RotK as well. They're the children of director Peter Jackson and writer Fran Walsh.

Trivia: Many of the major shots depicted in the movie are duplicates of Alan Lee's illustrations, in the LotR books, that had been published years before. In many shots, the actors were positioned in the same poses, as the drawings in the books. One example is, when Frodo pulls Gollum's head back and holds Sting up to his throat. (00:10:40)

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Trivia: Before he was cast as Legolas, Orlando Bloom was nearly killed in 1998 when he broke his back in a fall out of a window and fell three floors. He was told he might not walk again. He was operated on, and twelve days later he walked out of the hospital with the help of crutches.

Trivia: While one of the most accomplished horsemen of the Fellowship, Viggo Mortensen (who loves and own horses) was united with a horse who tended to kick into reverse gear in busy shots. As a result, much film was wasted re-taking scenes in which Aragorn backed right into the crowd he was trying to escape from.

Trivia: During the location shooting at Edoras, there were very strong winds, as can be seen by the actors' hair, especially Éowyn's. During one particular day's filming, the wind was so strong that it tore Peter Jackson's glasses right off his face, and blew them straight down the hill. He had to spend the rest of that day without them.

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Trivia: It took seven months to build the Helm's Deep set on location.

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Trivia: Many of the Riders of Rohan appearing with Éomer when they meet Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas, are accomplished horse women in beards. The crew knew that the set was a true traveling circus, when they actually sat down to lunch surrounded by bearded ladies. Appendices DVD.

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Trivia: 12 million plastic links were used to create the chain mail armor worn by the movie's heroes. The links were made from thin slices of 14 mm tubing.

Trivia: In the battle for Helms Deep, a man falls and the famous "Wilhelm" scream is heard as he falls. This is a signature sound effect, recorded in 1951 at Warner Bros., used as frequently as possible by sound supervisors at George Lucas's Skywalker Sound and Weddington Productions in Los Angeles, CA. On the "Rings" trilogy, two of the re-recording mixers and at least one of the sound effect designers work for Skywalker.

Trivia: In the cave scene in which Faramir lifts the Ring from under Frodo's shirt, David Wenham was afraid of accidentally stabbing Elijah Wood, so a swordsman was brought in to do the scene.

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Trivia: At the battle of Helm's Deep, when the Uruk-Hai are storming the gate, we see a black-haired man throwing a spear. The man is director Peter Jackson in a cameo.

Trivia: While filming the scene where Aragorn is floating unconscious down the river, Viggo Mortensen almost drowned because the rapids were worse than expected.

Trivia: 200 Orc masks were handmade for the movie's enemies.

Trivia: The Warg scene that includes the infamous shot of Legolas leaping onto the horse, was filmed on the same day that Orlando Bloom fell off his horse and cracked his rib. He landed on a rock and Gimli's scale double (Brett) fell on top of him. So the filming crew could not film Bloom actually jumping onto his saddle, because of the injury. Later in post-production, about six months before the release of "The Two Towers," Bloom had grown a beard, for the filming of "Ned Kelly" (2001). He was not permitted to shave, which meant he could not do the pickups for this scene in "The Two Towers," so the CG animators at WETA created a CG Legolas to do the actual springing onto the horse. (00:10:35)

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Trivia: At Helm's Deep, the one-eyed man who shouted, "Fire" after Theoden gives the order for a volley, really is missing an eye; it's not a CG effect. Director's commentary, extended DVD. (01:04:15)

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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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Question: Why did they change Faramir? In the books he wasn't even tempted by the Ring.


Answer: Most likely to emphasize the power of the ring to corrupt men. It shows that Faramir was actually the stronger brother, because he was able to resist its power.

Jason Hoffman

You mean that Faramir should have joined the Fellowship? Because I think if he joins the Fellowship, he would be corrupted. Or Is Faramir more stronger than Boromir?


Boromir is most motivated by glory for Gondor, whereas Faramir is most motivated by honor. Boromir was therefore more susceptible to the Ring's corruptive influence than Faramir was as the Ring has great power which Boromir believes Gondor could use to defeat Sauron. Faramir understands that the Ring must be destroyed at all costs, any other course of action is futile, and therefore dishonorable. Hence, he is able to resist the Ring's influence.

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