The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Trivia: Haleth, son of Hama, is played by Calum, son of Philippa Boyens. When it was time to do the ADR for the movie, Calum's voice was much deeper by then, so another young boy's voice was dubbed to say these powerful lines, "...The men are saying we will not live out the night. They say that it is hopeless." Director's commentary, extended DVD. (00:56:40)

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Trivia: In Elrond's vision of a dead Aragorn, it is Anduril he has clasped to his chest, not his ranger sword. This is a bit of a spoiler, as Elrond himself reforges and gives the sword to Aragorn in the third movie. In the books, he reforged the sword right before or after the council at Rivendell.

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Trivia: In one of the first wide shots of Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn tracking the Uruks, all three actors are running injured. Viggo had broken his toes doing a previous scene, Orlando Bloom had a cracked rib from falling off a horse and the scale double of John Rhys-Davies had a knee problem.

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Trivia: There is a clear parallel to a scene in 'The Wizard of Oz.' In the scene where Frodo, Sam, and Gollum reach the Black Gate of Mordor, they peer over the edge of the mountain at the army marching below. The gate swings open, and the army enters. I couldn't help but be reminded of when Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Man reach the Witch's castle and watch the columns of her soldiers march into the fort.

Trivia: The map that Faramir is looking at after he has captured Frodo and Sam is actually the map used in the books. It was drawn by Christopher Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien's son.

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Trivia: Many scenes in this movie, such as the gates of Mordor, Helm's Deep, and Orthanc, as well as in the Fellowship of the Ring, closely resemble the actual artwork of Alan Lee, the artist who did watercolor illustrations for the anniversary edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's book in the early 1990's. He has been involved in the concept making process of the films.

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Trivia: Around the start of the movie when it shows Saruman, one of the Orcs behind him that is pulling on a piece of rope is actually Paul Homes, a news presenter from New Zealand.

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Trivia: Actor Orlando Bloom originally auditioned for the role of Faramir, but was turned down and later asked by director Peter Jackson and co. if he would like the role of Legolas.

Trivia: You may notice that in every shot of the Hobbits, they are always walking or riding from the left side of the shot to the right. This was done deliberately to give the impression that they are journeying towards Mount Doom at all times.

Trivia: During the filming, Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) and Orlando Bloom (Legolas) would rib each other quite a lot. Mortensen would tell Bloom to go brush his long, blond hair and get another manicure, because the Elves are so prissy. Bloom would call Mortensen a dirty human (which is entirely true as he rarely bathed during filming) and say that at least the Elves live forever (which is entirely false and is based on a popular misconception of how long they live).

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Trivia: When Elrond gives Arwen his hard-father talk before sending her away, he asks, "Do I not also have your love?" and she replies, according to the subtitle, "You have my love, father." Actually she said, "Gerich veleth nín, Ada." Adar = "father", but Ada = "papa". One of many nuances lost in translation in the films' subtitles. (01:26:00)

Trivia: The rain during the battle of Helms Deep is mostly real rain (as opposed to the product of a rain machine, as is normally the case).

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Trivia: During the assault on Isengard, one of the Ents is set on fire. When another Ent tears down the dam and Isengard is flooded, the Ent on fire dunks its head into the wave of water to put itself out. (Extended Edition, Disc 2). (01:31:35 - 01:32:35)

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Trivia: When an elf soldier falls off the battlements during the Helm's Deep Battle, he yells a Wilhelm scream.

Trivia: John Noble plays Sean Bean's father in the movie, even though in real life he's only 11 years older than Bean.

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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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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