The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Corrected entry: Sam and Pippin quite often sport 5 o'clock shadows, even though Hobbits do not have facial hair.

Correction: There are three types of hobbits: Stoors, Fallohides, and Harfoots. Only Fallohides are established to have no facial hair, the other two types may or may not. Who's to say that a five o' clock shadow is wrong? Also, in the books, Merry and Pippin grew taller and beards because of what Treebeard gave them to drink.

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Corrected entry: When Sam picks up Frodo on Mount Doom after his "patriotic" speech, Frodo's head is on Sam's right side. In the next scene, where they see the doorway, Frodo's head is on Sam's left side.

Correction: They climbed a pretty long way up Mount Doom in the time between those two scenes; it's quite possible that Sam may have stopped to rest, put Frodo down, and then picked him up the other way when he was ready to go on.

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Corrected entry: In the scene at Mount Doom when Gollum bites Frodo's finger off, he falls down in pain, next to Gollum. Then Gollum is ecstatic he got the ring, and it shows a top view of Gollum, and Frodo is several meters away from him.

Correction: Actually Gollum leaps from Frodo and lands a couple of meters away from him.

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Corrected entry: In the Two Towers, as the Ents are about to attack Isengard, they have to walk from Fangorn Forest to Isengard. However, in Return of the King, the two are right next to each other. It's not that the Ents have taken root again, because you can see them walking around in the background. It was probably done deliberately, so that Merry and Pippin could see them walking out of the forest, but still a mistake.

Correction: A scene restored to the extended edition of TTT shows the Huorns, which are moving trees but not Ents, arrive at Helm's Deep and stomp the orcs to death, when they flee into the newly formed forest. This scene from the book was deleted from the theatrical edition of TTT for reasons of length, but explains why the forest is closer to Isengard in ROTK.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Pippin finds Merry under an Orc, look at the dead Mumak in the background. The size is drastically reduced from all the battle scenes. The foot, for example, looks like it could hardly step completely on Merry, a 3'8" Hobbit, let alone entire Rohirrim horses. (02:17:20)

Correction: It looks the same size as it was earlier. A horse is not much longer than Merry is tall, and it does look like it could step on the Hobbit quite well. It is not at all drastically reduced.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Theoden rides into Dunharrow, he asks "Where are the riders from Snowborn?" the answer is "None have come, my lord"; this is impossible, since Snowborn is a river or stream passing right next to the Rohirrim encampment. What this means is that they cannot come since they would have already been there.

Correction: It doesn't mean anything of the sort. The Snowbourn River does indeed run past Dunharrow, but it then runs north and east across Rohan, past Edoras, until it finally meets up with the Entwash. The Snowbourn that Theoden refers to, which is presumably a settlement of some description that takes its name from the river on which it lies, could be anywhere along the route.

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Corrected entry: Eomer shoots an arrow at an Oliphaunt. In the first shot, front view, it is missing nearly its entire right tusk (it shows a bloody stump). In the shot from the rear view, it has an intact right tusk as it falls. (This scene occurs immediately after the one in which Eowyn & Merry charge at, hack at, and down an Oliphaunt).

Correction: In the side back shot, only the two small bottom tusks, the long top left tusk and the Mumak's trunk (which may be mistaken for the long right tusk in the quick shot) is clearly seen. We do not see the long right tusk on the other side of the trunk, as it is a short stump.

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Corrected entry: In the book The Hobbit, the three trolls that captured the dwarves are turned to stone by being exposed to daylight. The extended DVD of FOTR has a scene which touches on this. However, there are plenty of trolls fighting in the daylight battles in ROTK.

Correction: Different types of troll - the ones seen towards the end are Olog-Hai, a special breed of troll created by Sauron. They're stronger, more intelligent, and can survive in sunlight, unlike the common trolls of the type encountered in the Hobbit.

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Corrected entry: When Aragorn, Eomer, Merry, Pippin, Gandalf, Legolas and Gimli ride up to the black gate, after Aragorn says his bit, there's a shot of Merry, then Gimli, then Eomer. You can see Eomer is wearing a red bandana or hat of some sort under his helmet. (02:24:25)

Correction: What's to say someone from Middle-Earth couldn't do that?

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Corrected entry: When Théoden is knocked under his horse by the Witch-King, it's obvious that the Fell Beast is attacking so Théoden is looking down at him, with the horse's legs pointing at the Fell Beast, yet after Éowyn destroys the Witch-King and Théoden passes away, we see a wide-shot of the whole scene. Éowyn's discarded helmet and the remains of the Witch-King are positioned at Théoden's head rather than feet. The attack all took part below Théoden, so how did everything shift to above his

Correction: Wrong. After Theoden dies, there is a wide shot of the area and the helmet near Theoden's head is his (use zoom if necessary) not Eowyn's. Plus the Witch King's remains are not near Theoden's head in this shot either.

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Corrected entry: When Aragorn is releasing the Army of the Dead, in the background flags showing the white tree of Gondor can be seen (the same emblem that Aragorn wears on his armour at the black gate). Problem is, no Gondorian soldiers fought in the fields around Minas Tirith, so where did the flags come from?

Correction: They came from Rivendell. Arwen made them and Elrond (in the film) brought them. Though the sequence itself was not in the theatrical cut.

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Corrected entry: At the Battle of Pelennor Fields Eowyn asks Merry to take hold of the reins. After he does she reaches out with her hand and grabs the spear of an on coming Orc. In the next shot it changes to a sword. (02:06:00)

Correction: It's not a spear she grabs. Look closely and you'll see it's a sword. The orc is holding it at the bottom. If it were a spear, the orc would be holding it farther up.

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Corrected entry: In the shot where Frodo is hanging in Shelobs web struggling to escape you can tell that he has shoes on.

Correction: No he is not wearing shoes. What is seen is the outline of the ankle straps for the attached wire, which is already noted.

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Corrected entry: On all the closeups of the Ring in Mount Doom, there are numerous flashes in the chamber that look like lightning flashes, or some other form of "blue" light. There wouldn't be any light of that color in the chamber because it is all fire and lava.

Correction: It's a chamber that has seen substantial amounts of magic used there - namely the forging of the Ring itself. Who's to say what sort of odd discharges there might be, particularly as we're focusing on the Ring - the target of all that magic power.

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Corrected entry: At Isengard when Pippin jumps off Aragorn's horse to retrieve the palantir, the water is up above his waist when he reaches into the water for the palantir. But when he hands the palantir to Gandalf, his top half is still dry.

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Correction: Pippin only reaches his arms down below water and his sleeves remain wet throughout the scene.

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Corrected entry: When Faramir and his men are overwhelmed by Orcs, they retreat to Minas Tirith. Gandalf, with Pippin astride, gallops out from Minas Tirith on Shadowfax and drives off the Nazgul and the fell beasts. There is no reason for Gandalf to have ridden out with Pippin.

Correction: Gandalf is responsible for Pippin - he simply wanted to keep him close. Gandalf drives the Nazgul off with ease, so it's not as if the hobbit is in any danger by accompanying him.

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Corrected entry: King Theoden tells Merry 'It is a three day gallop to Minas Tirith', but they arrive there the next day at dawn, as the siege of Gondor begins as they begin their ride, and the siege of Gondor goes on all night into dawn the next day, which is the time the Rohirrim arrive.

Correction: It is a three day ride from Edoras. Théoden and his men ride out from Duneharrow.

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Corrected entry: On the DVD, in the scene where Gandalf is driving the carriage (with Frodo and Bilbo on board), in the zoomed out shot you can see four hobbits riding on ponies. There should only be three. Since Frodo is in the carriage, that would only leave Sam, Merry, and Pippen. These are the only hobbits going along, since they are the only ones at the harbor.

Correction: In the opening shot when Gandalf arrives in the wagon, all four Hobbits are on the ponies. Then in the next shot after Gandalf's close-up, as we hear Bilbo's voiceover, the four ponies have only three riders, one of the ponies is riderless. Use zoom, it is very clear.

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Corrected entry: As Legolas walks along the top of the oliphant about to fire three arrows into its head, he draws his three arrows twice, once before and once after the camera change.

Correction: No. In the close-up his face twists up in anger at the Mumak and draws the first arrow. In the next shot from above, as he walks on top of the animal he places that arrow into his left hand and draws two more from behind, then puts the three together at the bow.

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Corrected entry: Frodo has his sleeves up when he is finished writing The Lord of the Rings revealing the same skin color as his hands. However, at the Grey Havens scene his sleeves are down as he has a nice clean cut tan if you look up his sleeve.

Correction: These scenes are never said to be set even in the same year. So far as the movie tells us, we have no idea how long they stayed in the shire before leaving for the Grey Havens. If there were even a space of one month, that would be plenty of time for Frodo to develop a tan line.

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Continuity mistake: Legolas sends an arrow directly to Grima atop Orthanc, and as Grima starts to fall back the arrow is quite visibly well below the coat's fur. However, when Grima actually hits the ground, the arrow is now higher up, protruding from the fur. (Extended Edition.) (00:16:35)

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Trivia: At the end of the film, young Elanor Gamgee is played by none other than Sean Astin's own daughter in a cameo. Not only that, but Frodo Gamgee (the baby) is played by Maisie McLeod-Riera, the daughter of Sarah McLeod, who plays Sam's wife, Rosie.

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Question: How old is Aragorn when he dies?

Answer: Aragorn is 210 years old when he dies. Some of the early texts give his age at death as 190, but Tolkien eventually confirmed that 210 is the correct age.

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