The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Continuity mistake: During the siege of Gondor, when Pippin saves Gandalf by stabbing the Orc, he has to run forward to do so, and Gandalf turns to see what he has done. Despite this, when he says, 'Guard of the Citadel, indeed.' he turns backwards to look down at Pippin, although Pippin stepped back after stabbing the Orc it was only a few steps, and he should still be in front of Gandalf.

Continuity mistake: In one of the fighting scenes Legolas is ready for battle, but when you look at him first his hair is behind his shoulders the next camera shot showed his hair perfectly laid out in front of his shoulders, then the next shot his hair is back behind his shoulders again.

Continuity mistake: Éowyn removes her helmet and declares, "I am no man!" In the shot of her stabbing the Witch King, her hair on both sides is in front of her shoulders. However in the shots preceding and following this one, the hair on her left side is tucked behind her shoulder. (02:11:50)

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Continuity mistake: After Frodo has been wrapped in the spider web, Sam tries to rescue him and frees his face. In the next shots, the web is sometimes over Frodo's chin and sometimes under it, although no one touched it. (01:52:35)


Continuity mistake: After Shelob retreats into her lair, Sam runs over to Frodo and begins to remove the webbing. In the first front shot we see Shelob's green blood on his hands. In the next shot from the side, the amount and shape of the blood on Sam's hands has changed. Then back to another front shot and the stains are the same as in the first shot. (01:52:25)

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Continuity mistake: Aragorn is summoned to Theoden's tent, where he is greeted by Elrond, who removes the hood from his head. Just before Elrond steps towards Aragorn, in the close-ups, the hood at his shoulders changes position within these shots. (01:16:05)

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Continuity mistake: Gandalf discusses Pippin's contact with Sauron to the others, in the Golden Hall of Edoras. Right after Gandalf's line, "They will be," in the shot of Gandalf's back, all of his hair is in underneath and in front of his cloak, but when Gandalf approaches Aragorn to say, "You must come to Minas Tirith..." his hair is over the top of his cloak. (00:24:20)

Continuity mistake: During Aragorn's speech to his army at the black gates, the direction the flags on the spears blow constantly changes. When we see him from behindfacing them, they blow to his right, and when we see him in the POV from within the crowd, they are blowing to his left.


Continuity mistake: After the great battle in Pelennor fields when Pippin finds Merry under the Orc, Merry says, "I knew you'd find me," and you can see that Pippin has his hand under Merry's neck/head propping it up. Then, the shot pulls back to show both hobbits, and Merry says, "Are you going to leave me?" and now Pippin no longer has his hand under Merry's neck; he is sort of stroking his hair. (02:17:45)


Continuity mistake: The braids over Legolas' ears on his scalp, change in position, shape, and how it is braided, in consecutive scenes or shots, as well as the amount of his side hair that is swept up into the back braid. Some examples are, as he and Gimli ride Arod on the Paths of the Dead, Legolas says, "...and Isildur cursed them," and then after Aragorn says, "I do not fear death," before he runs into the Dimholt Gate. Also later in two consecutive shots, when Legolas says, "And what about a friend," and then when they battle at the Black Gate. (01:23:45 - 01:24:40)

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Continuity mistake: When Sam rescues Frodo in the Tower of Cirith Ungol and gives him back the Ring, Frodo puts it around his neck and you can see it against his bare chest. The chain is noticeably much longer and thicker than the one he's been wearing previously. (00:22:45)

Continuity mistake: Aragorn's shirt has been mended at the shoulders where it was ripped from his fall during the Warg attack in TTT, but the pattern of the thread that was sewn onto the shirt, at both shoulders, is different throughout many of the shots in this film. (00:21:50 - 00:24:20)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Aragorn suggests attacking the Black Gate in order to draw out the orcs and give Frodo safe passage, the amount of Gandalf's hair hanging loose from his pony tail varies from shot to shot. (02:24:25)

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Continuity mistake: Faramir and his men ride out of Osgiliath, and in the first wide shot their shadows are behind them. Thereafter as they ride, sometimes the shadow is directly below them, in front of them or to their left, and as Gandalf rides towards them, in one shot his shadow is in front of him to his left. Obviously filmed at different times of the day. (00:53:45)

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Continuity mistake: When Frodo is in Shelob's lair, before actually seeing her, there is a semi close-up of a bird swinging about upside-down in the webs. There is thick webbing that stretches from the bird's body to the tip of its beak, but in the next close-up the webbing only reaches halfway down its beak.

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Continuity mistake: At Cirith Ungol, in the close-up of Frodo's face as Sam says, "I can carry it for a while," Frodo has prominent black smudges under his eyes, on his cheeks and nose. In the preceding and following close-up shots of Frodo, the smudges on his face are not nearly as dark. (01:04:45)

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Continuity mistake: When Pippin approaches sleeping Gandalf there is a shot of Gandalf hugging the cloth covered Palantir, yet when Pippin waves his hand in front of Gandalf's eyes the cloth is wrapped around the Palantir differently. When Pip places it on the blankets and opens the grey cloth, in the first close-up, then a wide shot and subsequent close-ups, the cloth lying around the palantir is arranged differently. (00:20:20)

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Continuity mistake: When Aragorn, Legolas, Gandalf, Gimli etc, ride up to the gates of Mordor, the main characters go up to the gate on their own to demand it opens. The trails the horses leave on the way towards the gate are different to those that you see in the shot when they retreat after the gate has opened. (02:29:40 - 02:31:20)

Continuity mistake: In the scene at the beginning of the siege of Minas Tirith, as Denethor looks down, when the Troll is heaving the first rock onto the catapult, the first shot shows the rock being flat with a flat bottom. In the next shot, once on the catapult, the rock is taller. (01:31:50)

Continuity mistake: When King Theoden is lying under his horse, when Eowyn starts to battle the Witch King, he has spots of mud on his right cheek that are very clear. After Eowyn has slain the Witch King the spots on Theoden's face are now faint smudges. After he dies and she leans down to hug him, the spots are now as they appeared in the first shot. (02:09:20 - 02:15:45)

Gimli: Certainty of death; small chance of success...what are we waiting for?

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Trivia: When Gandalf is talking about the gathering of the armies of Sauron, the next shot shows the Corsairs on a ship. Walking from right to left is Peter Jackson in a cameo as a Corsair pirate. In the extended version he is pierced in the chest by Legolas' arrow and dramatically dies. (00:38:30)

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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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