Corrected entry: In the scene of Sam and Frodo on the slopes of Mount Doom, the entire scene has been flipped. Peter Jackson wanted the Hobbits to travel from left to right across the screen for all three movies, so the editors had to flip this scene to achieve that. This is also why any cuts/dirt smudges on their faces seem to change sides. Only when Frodo and Sam return to the Shire and go to the Grey Havens, do we see them traveling right to left.
Corrected entry: When Sam is fighting Shelob and stabs her in the eyes, there's gunk on Sting when he pulls it out - you can see it. But then, a shot later when Shelob throws Sting in the air, there's nothing on it.
Corrected entry: In the finale battle at the Black Gates, the good army is in a tight group surrounded by 10,000 orcs. If just 1/3 of those orcs had bows (which we never see in the final battle), and they volleyed into the group, 3000 men would have died right there (if not everyone, including Aragorn, Gandalf, the hobbits, etc). In all three films, the evil side has some sort of bowmen, but for some magical reason the army protecting the great eye and the orcs' leader, seems to have conveniently forgotten their bows. (Regardless of anyone's feelings, its a logical winning move for the orc, one that someone (PJ) left out, and no trees in Mordor to make bows is not a correction.)
Corrected entry: Sean Bean's contract was for all three films. That is why we see flashbacks of Boromir in this movie (Pippin remembering Boromir's death in Denethor's hall) and 'The Two Towers' (Boromir restraining Frodo at the Bridge of Khazad-Dum). In the Extended Editions, new footage of Boromir is seen in both films (Denethor hallucinating a vision of Boromir in this film and Boromir commanding his troops at Osgiliath in 'The Two Towers').Blibbetyblip
Corrected entry: When Eowyn faces the Nazgul in combat, he once swings his morning-star horizontally. In the instant where the scene is shown from behind the Witch King, Eowyn dodges the weapon's had by leaning backwards; but then, as the same scene is shown from behind Eowyn, she suddenly ducks low to avoid it.
Corrected entry: One look at the palantír is enough to make Pippin irresistibly drawn to it. When he steals it from Gandalf Merry takes quite a good look at it to and even looks into it while Pippin does. Merry should have been drawn to it just the same as Pippin, it's not something they could control.
Corrected entry: The parting of Merry and Pippin takes place within two or three days after the Isengard battle. In the aftermath of Isengard they find one barrel each filled with pipeweed, yet when Merry says goodbye to Pippin all that is left is a small pouch. There is no way they could have smoked all that pipe weed in just a few days; it was month's worth.
Corrected entry: When the title shows, we see a shot moving to a flooded Isengard. If you look closely, you can see Merry and Pippin sitting on the wall; Pippin on the left and Merry on the right. But when in the close-up of the two of them, Merry is now on the left and Pippin is on the right.
Corrected entry: In every shot of Minas Tirith, a city which faces east, with mountains behind it to the west, the sun is shining onto the City from the north. Now this is possible, in very early morning and evening, from May to early August in the Northern Hemisphere...but not at noon-time, and NOT in March (the Ring is destroyed just after equinox, March 25th). We know Middle-earth is Northern Hemisphere since the warmer lands are further south (and Tolkien states in the book that it lay approximately where Northwest Europe is now). In winter, the sun moves southerly and low in the sky. But this was filmed in New Zealand, where winter sunlight comes from the north, not the south, hence so does the sunlight at Minas Tirith in the movie. There's the reason, but still a mistake.
Corrected entry: When Frodo is in the Tower of Cirith Ungol, his shirt is off and you can see a round, burn-like mark; presumably where he was stung by Shelob. The mark is, however, in the area that would have been covered by his mithril shirt. Even if Shelob did pierce the shirt (which would be odd, since it survived that troll-thrust in "Fellowship"), where is the hole when the Mouth of Sauron shows it to Gandalf?
Corrected entry: How in the world did Sam rip the ring off Frodo even though he was covered with webs, pick up his sword that was far away from him, find a hiding space and run deeply into it in the four seconds or so that he had before the orcs came? Another thing is that hobbits are not very fast as they have very short legs and are fat, and Sam had pots and pans with him which would have made lots of noise if he was running quickly, and we hear nothing.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Frodo, Sam and Smeagol crawl past the dead city of Minas Morgul, a huge green ray of light issues from the top of the tower, followed by a zillion and a half orcs marching out. In the shot where Gandalf and Pippin are watching this event from Minas Tirith, the green beam appears to be on the right (our right) of Orodruin (Mt. Doom) erupting. However, check out Tolkien's maps of Middle Earth and you will see that, from Minas Tirith, the green beam should be on the left of Orodruin.
Corrected entry: In the Tower of Cirith Ungol when Frodo is lying without his shirt, while they go through his clothing, he has spider web in his hair. A short while later when Sam comes to rescue him, there is no spider web in his hair at all, and his hands are still bound so he couldn't have removed it.
Corrected entry: In the Extended Edition Eowyn is asleep on a couch in the throne room of Meduseld after the Rohan victory celebration. But she lives in Edoras; why isn't she in her own bedroom? In the film she has to be in a public place, because otherwise Aragorn couldn't talk to her about her dream in the middle of the night. But would king Theoden really leave his eligible young niece asleep alone in the throne room, when there are lots of drunken guests around after the party? You'd expect at least a guard or chaperon with her.
Corrected entry: The first or second time you see a Nazgul riding the winged beast (in Osgiliath), the winged beast's mouth is big enough to fit a person in whole. Later on when Eowyn cuts the winged beast's head off (just before she fights the witch king), the winged beast's mouth is a lot smaller.
Corrected entry: After the battle of the Pelennor fields, when Pippin finds Merry, Merry says, "I knew you'd find me." Then in a side shot, though we hear Merry say, "Are you going to leave me?" his lips actually touch and come together like for the letter 'B' and NOT forming the letter 'L' in 'leave'. As an aside, it appears as if his lips may say, "Are you going to bury me?", which was the line as said in the book, but in any case still a mistake.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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?
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.
Corrected entry: As Aragorn and co. are riding up to Isengard (right after the title appears on screen), we see a long shot of Merry and Pippin sitting among the rubble. Not only are they on opposite sides from the subsequent close-up, they are also both wearing their jackets; in the close-ups, neither is wearing a jacket.
Corrected entry: When Gandalf and Pippin ride out of Edoras for Minas Tirith, the first shot is inside the stable as Shadowfax is galloping out the door. Gandalf's staff is in his right hand. In the very next outside shot from above the stable door, the staff is in Gandalf's left hand. He did not have any time to switch hands between these two consecutive shots.
Corrected entry: When Sam slips going down the Winding Stair, a number of small rocks tumble down with him, but when he strikes the ground, the rocks are missing, and there is no sound of them striking the ground.
Corrected entry: When Gandalf and Pippin arrive at Minas Tirith and go inside to speak to Denethor, he is holding Boromir's horn close to the mouthpiece. When Denethor stands up and starts yelling at Gandalf, however, the horn has disappeared from his grasp, with the exception of the horn's strap.
Corrected entry: When the Mordor hosts has broken through the outer perimeters of Minas Tirith, a troll is hammering a large hammer at a gate. The sound of the hammer hitting the gate is delayed compared to the moment the hammer actually hits the gate.
Corrected entry: Just before the ride of the Rohirrim, we see a wide shot of them in their positions, not moving, and they are separated into two groups with a gap in the middle. In all further shots, the gap is not there.
Corrected entry: The journey from Osgiliath to Minas Tirith is about 15-20 miles. Faramir and his men were able to make the journey within a couple of minutes. This would be physically impossible for horses to do (even Shadowfax couldn't make the journey within a couple of minutes.)
Corrected entry: In the scene where Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli are standing in front of the entrance to Dimholt Mountain, their horses get frightened and run away with all their equipment save their weapons. Entering the tunnel, Aragorn suddenly has a torch in his hand. As it is not only a wooden stick, but a really big torch there's no way he could have hidden it in his clothes before. And it would not be logical if the dead living there kept torches for visitors at the entrance.
Corrected entry: When the heroes ride out of Minas Tirith to attack the Black Gate, there is a shot of them riding out of the gates of the city, with a fire burning the Witch King's fell beast to the far left of the screen. The problem: where has Grond, Mordor's giant battering ram, gone to?
Corrected entry: In the scene in front of the Black Gates, when Aragorn, Gandalf and the others approach the gates, their shadows show that the light comes from their left (which by the way is north). A few moments later, when Aragon is speaking to the soldiers, the light comes from the opposite side.
Corrected entry: Outside Shelob's Lair - before Orcs come and after Sam leaves Frodo: Apparently, Sam takes the Ring from Frodo when he takes him for dead. In order to do this, though, he would probably have to pull the chain over his head. This would be impossible because the web does not appear to be peeled back in shots after Sam has left Frodo. Even if he had simply yanked it from Frodo's neck as Frodo himself is seen doing throughout the trilogy, he would have to get it past the web on his chin. However, this, too, is impossible because that web is seen as still stuck fast to his chin and around his face afterwards.
Corrected entry: When Pippin is lying on a mat, just before he wakes up and steals the palantir, his body is the full length of the mat. On the mat next to him, which is the same length, is a full sized man, whose body is also the full length of the mat. As Pippin is a hobbit, he should be considerably shorter then the man in the next bed, but isn't.
Corrected entry: There is a sort of fly by shooting over Minas Tirith and the square on top of Gondor with the old tree on it...at the end of the square you can see a sort of fence to prevent from falling from the edge...when Denethor II lights himself he runs over the square and jumps from it....where's the fence?
Corrected entry: When the Nazgul flies past the orcs marching from the evil castle-like building by the stairs to Mordor, it flies very close to the orcs, with its beast flapping its mighty wings, probably creating large gusts of wind. Yet none of the torches being carried even flicker or blow.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Elijah Wood is lying in bed after being rescued from Mt. Doom when the Fellowship greet him, in one shot you can see a lipstick print on his chin area as if someone kissed him between takes and they didn't notice. It is very faint but if you look hard you can see it.
Corrected entry: When Smeagol is becoming Gollum, he is in a cave and takes a fish out of the water. As he eats it, we see he has almost no teeth left. But when we see him as Gollum later, especially when he's talking to himself in the pond's water, he has MANY more teeth in his mouth then he had originally lost.
Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film, when the underwater shot shows Deagol being dragged along by the fish he's caught, Deagol projects no shadow onto the bottom of the river.
Corrected entry: In the scene right after Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas jump of the ship, Legolas and Gimli continue their game of who kills the most orcs. There is a shot of Legolas where he shoots an arrow and says, "15" he makes the move to grab another arrow and shoots, but there is no arrow in his hand or in the bow when he shoots it and says, "16."
Corrected entry: After Frodo is paralyzed by the spider and taken captive, his captors take some of his personal effects - clothing, chain mail, and, of course, THE RING. Whoever took that ring should have been compelled to put it on (at which point Sauron would have seen it and sent his minions to recover it), and would not have just left it lying around somewhere for Sam to find later.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Pippin is about to climb up and light the beacon in Minas Tirith, it is quite obviously daylight. The next scene is of the orcs arriving in ships at Osgiliath, and it is night. We see Osgiliath several times in daylight and it is never that dark. But the next scene of Pippin lighting the beacon it is day again. It would never have taken that long for him to get up that tower.
Corrected entry: When the orcs are attacking Minas Tirith, we see them loading their catapults with heavy rocks, which they've towed there on wagons. They are able to both haul them and load them with the aid of huge Cave Trolls. After they've begun their attack on the city, the guards of Minas Tirith retaliate by launching very large sections of fallen masonry back at the orcs. These are shown to be enormous and often kill about a dozen orcs in one shot. Clearly, these chunks of stone would weigh several tons. So how did the men of Minas Tirith load them onto the catapults?
Corrected entry: In the scene where Pippin climbs the beacon of Minas Tirith, the shot from below shows a sentry patrolling the little bridge to the beacon. When Pippin arrives on the wood pile and looks in the direction of the bridge, the sentry is gone, and a man in a completely different uniform is sitting on the ground. The man who joins him later is not the sentry either.
Corrected entry: When Denethor has set himself on fire he runs from the room and outside before throwing himself from the tower, from the view he would have had to run quite a distance, maybe even half a mile. This is impossible, he is drenched in oil and blazing, he would be dead before he made it that far.troy fox
Corrected entry: If you look closely at the black gates when they are first shown, you can see that this shot was filmed in the dry delta or bed of a river, the strange thing is that there are no tracks other than the ones made by the horses. There should be plenty of traffic going through there.Sol Parker
Corrected entry: In the end of the scene where Frodo has been wrapped in the web by the spider, Frodo is supposed to be frozen in a coma-like state, with his eyes fixed wide open and straight ahead. In the final shot, you can see Frodo's eye (from Frodo's point of view, his right eye) move slightly to look sideways.
Corrected entry: As the Riders of Rohan are preparing to charge into the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, King Theoden gives a rallying speech to his troops. All throughout this scene, Theoden holds his sword with his right hand. But in every other fighting sequence (and in 'The Two Towers') Theoden shows his capabilities as a LEFT-handed swordsman. I read an interview where Bernard Hill explained that the image was flipped for that scene, but it does cause a continuity problem.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Sam and Frodo are on the rock surrounded by lava on the side of Mount Doom, and have finished talking about the Shire and so on, Frodo's left hand comes up to comfort Sam just before the scene cuts away to the next. When it does you see his whole finger in the shot, none of it missing, no blood or anything like that.
Corrected entry: When Frodo and Sam are in the cave on Mt.Doom, after Gollum bites the ring off of Frodo's finger he takes the ring off the finger and the finger falls to the ground. In the next shot, however, when Gollum holds the ring up and the camera angle is straight above him, looking down, the finger is has mysteriously disappeared.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Gollum has just blamed Sam for eating all the lembas and Frodo is convincing Sam to go back home, tear tracks are visible on Sam's face before he actually starts crying. The tracks are obvious, since his face is thoroughly dirty by this point and the tears have cleaned parts of his cheeks.
Corrected entry: When Frodo has his arms around Sam when they are on the rock in the middle of the lava, his "missing" finger is tucked completely under his hand on Sam's shoulder. Usually there is a stub visible, about to the first knuckle, but in this shot, it is completely gone, down to the hand. There is also considerably less blood.
Corrected entry: One of the men riding with Faramir back to Osgiliath is the same man that we see a couple of close-ups of at the black gate near the end. Faramir was the only man to survive after riding back from Osgiliath.
Corrected entry: In the scene where the Rohirrim ride into the Pelennor Fields, there is a closeup shot of Eomer riding a horse with a spear in his left hand. It appears that Eomer is reaching offscreen for his spear.
Corrected entry: After the Rohirrim crush through the orcs and the huge elephants come from the direction of Osgiliath, there is a river going straight through the city and they come from the far South anyway, so why are they marching on Minas Tirith from the East? There is no way they came over the river, and I doubt they can fly.
Corrected entry: In the scene where the beacons are being lit to call the Rohirrim to the aid of Gondor, no smoke is visible from the massive piles of burning wood.
Corrected entry: When Frodo is being held prisoner in the tower, Sam comes to rescue him & uses Sting to kill the orc that was there with Frodo. Sam stabs the orc with the sword & draws it back out, but no orc blood is ever seen on Sting. Often other scenes with orcs being stabbed show orc blood on the blades.
Corrected entry: When the Nazgul swoop in to attack the diversionary force at the Black Gate, several eagles intercept them and begin battling them in the air. When Frodo puts on the ring and Sauron becomes aware of him, the Nazgul ride their beasts directly towards Mount Doom. It's easy for them to do this, since there are suddenly no eagles anywhere to be seen. They didn't fly away and weren't killed by the Nazgul, since three of them assist in the rescue of Frodo and Sam following Mount Doom's eruption. So what happened to them?
Corrected entry: You can see a severely wounded King Theoden lying partially under his horse on the Pelennor Fields after being attacked by the Witch King. The length of his legs are out of proportion, since you can see his waist above the horse's back, and a large part of his lower leg underneath the horse's belly.
Corrected entry: Sam is shown as being as tall as Rosie. In Fellowship of the Ring Sam is a head shorter than her, which is especially obvious in the shot where Sam and Rosie are dancing.
Corrected entry: When Frodo is stung by Shelob and wrapped up, Sam appears a good 20 feet away, ALREADY carrying Sting and the Phial of Galadriel. He couldn't have collected these items from Frodo's body. In the book, Frodo and Sam enter the cave together, and Frodo gives these items to Sam, but that wasn't possible here.
Corrected entry: Merry and Pippin drink Ent draughts in TTT and grow taller. At the end of ROTK when all the hobbits are standing together (Aragorn's crowning in Minas Tirith) Merry and Pippin are no taller than they were to start with (compare with the group shot at the Council of Elrond in FOTR as one example). Yes, Merry does say "everything's back to normal", but that's because they've had equal amounts of the draught so he's back to being the tallest. The book states the effect is the draught is permanent, and the film doesn't suggest otherwise.STP
Corrected entry: Obscure one, here; in one of the books released about Lord of the Rings, it discusses the difference between normal Gondorion helmets and Citadel Guard helmets. Citadel Guards helmets have bronze wings carved to the side of them. Yet, when Pippin is made a Citadel Guard, he is given a standard Gondorion helmet. I also think he's given the wrong armor, too; he's given what looks like the armor of the Fountain Guard instead of the Citadel Guard.
Corrected entry: Numerology comes into fruition in this movie a lot. The number three comes a number of times. There are of course the three heroes, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli and the ring party consisting of Sam, Frodo and Gollum. When Sam and Frodo are rescued there are the three eagles which come to rescue them. At the end of the film it is stated that the time of the elves is over and thus their three rings are cast aside for the time of man. Also Sam's house is the number three.Tobin OReilly
Corrected entry: In the scene where Aragorn is saddling up to enter the Paths of the Dead, he straps Anduril on to Brego. When Eowyn approaches and the camera shot changes from Aragorn's right to his left, Anduril is clasped under Aragorn's left arm. When the shot changes back to the right view, Anduril is again strapped on Brego.
Corrected entry: Right after the dead guys clear the battlefield, there are a few shots of the heroes and it is very smoky in the background. Through the smoke we can see rolling hills in the near background. The problem is, these are not supposed to be there, when we see all the overhead shots, it is an enormous flat plain with a river and a city, etc. It just doesn't match up.Sol Parker
Corrected entry: Throughout the three films, Mount Doom is always shown spewing lava from its summit. This suggests that the lava is full to the brim. When Frodo and company reach the mountain, however, there's a large, open door leading into the center of the mountain. There is no evidence that lava has ever flowed through the door. Once inside, the lava level is hundreds of feet below them, but moments before lava was still spewing out the very top of the mountain.Jon Nicholas
Corrected entry: In the scene at the top of the Tower of Cirith Ungol, Sam says something to the shirtless Frodo like, "We better find you some clothes Mr. Frodo". They leave the tower wearing orc armor; however, within the next few scenes the hobbits shed their armor only to reveal Frodo wearing his original clothes.
Corrected entry: In the final scenes of the movie, when Frodo is writing in his book you can see that it is written in fairly large calligraphic script on parchment paper. The final book is too thin to contain both "There and Back Again" (The Hobbit) and "The Lord of the Rings". The text is larger than book print, parchment is thicker than paper, and my copy of the Hobbit is thicker than that book.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Frodo is helped by Galadriel in Shelob's lair (in the "dream sequence") he lays on the ground. In his hair on HIS right side (viewers' left) is what appears to be some clovers or leaves or grass. The camera cuts to Galadriel then back to Frodo, the thing in his hair is gone. The camera cuts to her again and back to Frodo, the thing is back in his hair.
Corrected entry: In the scene where the pachyderm animals of Mordor are introduced in the battle, there's a shot that pans the front of the line of them. One animal has wood connecting its larger tusks, complete with barbs jutting out from the wood. As the orcs flee to regroup behind the animals, several run through the contraption unharmed.
Corrected entry: When everyone is leaving to go to the battle at the black gate, Minas Tirith is shown as a battle-scarred city, with burned, gaping holes in the walls and towers from the damaging barrage of catapult-thrown boulders. The next time we're shown the city, after the battle, it's all fixed up.