The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Corrected entry: When the Hobbits are in the woods and Merry has asked Frodo who the Black Rider was looking for Pippin says "Get down". Though if you look you see that it is actually Sam who says it, but Pippin's voice is heard. You can tell because the one speaking is the one to the left, and when the Hobbits duck Sam is to the left and Pippin to the right. Plus it is the chubbier Hobbit who speaks, which would be Sam.

Correction: It sounds like Pippin but it is Sam. In the Extended Edition cast commentary, Sean Astin explains how in one take of that scene, he said the line with an American accent.

I watched the film and I am sure it didn't sound like Pippin saying get down.

I've seen mistake entries for other film where characters say a line without their established accent or in the actor's real life accent. Perhaps then this would still be considered a mistake with a a different wording.


Corrected entry: After the fellowship sets out from Rivendell, when they've stopped on the rock formation for a break, Boromir is giving Merry and Pippin sword lessons. Pip misses a block and Boromir nicks him with his sword. If you look closely, you can see Pippin saying "Ow, sh*t." but all we hear is "Aaagh.".

Correction: Nonsense. He says "Aaagh" and makes a pained face. Anything else is merely speculation and doesn't count as a valid mistake.

Corrected entry: When Gimli is suggesting to Gandalf that they go through the Mines Of Moria, Gandalf is seen replying with his pipe near his mouth. When the camera angle changes to a wide view he is now seen with his hands clasped and when the camera angle changes to a close-up the pipe is back near his mouth. (01:36:48)


Correction: There is nothing to suggest that the wide shot takes place directly after Gandalf's reply. It could be a short leap forward in time. Before Gandalf's pipe ends up back in his mouth there is a long close-up of Legolas, during which he has more than enough time to bring the pipe to his mouth.

Corrected entry: After Gandalf sends away the moth the camera plunges down the side of Orthanc Tower into one of the pits where orcs are making swords. In this continuous shot the crane suddenly swings around from a paused state, much like unpausing a video. (Since the crane moves at constant speed, it cannot have suddenly accelerated from rest.) If stepping frame by frame, it is evident that the shot is composed of many layers beneath the Orthanc miniature: the orc walking across the bridge, the crane that starts swinging and the orcs making swords. The last of these layers starts the action a few frames after the crane has started moving. Note that the time code applies to the first disc of the Extended Version DVD set. (01:13:20)

Correction: If you have to go frame-by-frame to see it, it is not a movie mistake as by the rules of this site. Only what is visible in regular viewing can be considered genuine mistakes, as that is how the director and the public would see the movie.


Corrected entry: When Arwen is fleeing from the Nazgul, she's pulling back on the reins, which is what you do if you're trying to slow a horse down, not if you're trying to spur it on to outrun pursuers. Can't be a different system to ours - it's got a bit in its mouth, so pulling on the reigns will inhibit forward movement and cause pain, slowing it down.

Correction: Character decision, not a movie mistake. Arwen could be trying to slow down for a second to look around for an escape route, something that is hard to do at high speeds.


Corrected entry: In some of the Nazgul shots such as the ones from Bree after they stomp down the door and are riding into town or after they realize they had been stabbing pillows with their blades, you can see the covering several of the Ringwraiths use to hide their faces. The light makes the covering appear lighter than the black of their cloaks (00:55:15 - 00:56:15)

Correction: There is nothing to say that the Ringwraiths don't actually wear some form of masks under their hoods. You never see any of them pull back their hoods, and when you see them in the Wraithworld, their outer trappings (cloaks and armor) are all gone. So this can be simply just another part of the Ringwraiths' clothing.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Frodo is in Rivendell, after he's been healed, and he's looking over the railing into the valley. The railing comes up to his waist. This would make the railing much too short for the elves. Since the elves built Rivendell, shouldn't the railing come up higher on Frodo?

Correction: This has already been corrected. At this time, Bilbo has lived in Rivendell for some time, and it is clear he intends to stay the rest of his life. The Elves have simply been corteous enough to build hobbit-sized quarters for him, and it is in these Frodo wanders after he wakes up.


Corrected entry: In the mines of Moria when the Fellowship are fighting the cave troll, the troll uses the spear to block Frodo, who runs into it before he is thrown against the wall. Watch when he runs into the spear. The troll's arm appears to be jarred from the impact and the entire spear moves. Frodo is a Hobbit, about 3 and 1/2 feet tall. His weight wouldn't be enough to move the spear.

Correction: Frodo is wearing a mithril shirt which is the strongest substance known in this world. If it can repel a spear it should be able to jar the person using it.

Corrected entry: When Frodo awakes in the bed in Rivendell, Frodo's shirt is open and the sheet low down on the bed in the first shot, and then his shirt's closed and the sheet pulled substantially higher in the next shot. (01:22:50)

Correction: His shirt isn't closed at any point during this scene it just look closed because the camera angle changes and because Frodo's movements makes the shirt and undershirt change position. The sheet doesn't move further up either although it does look that way. In the first shot the sheet is just below the second latch on Frodo’s shirt, (counted from the top) when he starts moving into a sitting position the sheet is still just below the second latch until it slides down to around the third latch.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Boromir is holding the hilt of the sword Narsil in Rivendale when he moves his hand up to the tip and cuts his finger there is a close up on his fingers and the one next to the one with the drop of blood has a small line of blood on it as well, it probably came from an earlier take. (01:23:22)

Correction: He cut both fingers.

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Corrected entry: When Galadriel is distributing gifts, she gives Merry and Pippin "daggers of the Noldorim", the blades of which are barely longer than their hands. If they had actually been daggers of the Noldorim (a race of Elves), they would have been the hobbit equivalent of a sword.

Correction: Merry and Pippin already have hobbit-scale swords, so Galadriel is giving them short-bladed knives to complement their existing weapons. There's no official length for a dagger - it's merely a short-bladed weapon, which seems to describe what she gives them quite nicely.

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Corrected entry: When Frodo is departing the Fellowship, Sam catches him and attempts to swim to the boat. It switches between Frodo and Sam talking for a while and then goes to an overall view of Sam going under, here's where you check the boat. No Frodo anywhere in sight.

Correction: First shot Sam's head goes underwater, next shot Frodo shouts, "Sam!" and then the third is a long wideshot of Frodo leaning over the right side of the boat (viewer's right), as the water ripples in the foreground. The back of Frodo's head and cloak ARE visible in this shot, just zoom in if necessary.

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Corrected entry: When Gandalf is leaving Bag End in a hurry, right after Frodo has received the Ring, he clearly bends down and passes below the light fixture in the main entrance hall without touching it. When he turns around to answer Frodo's question, the light fixture is swinging back and forth as if he bumped it. (00:16:20)

Correction: If the light that you are referring to is the one I think it is, Gandalf's shoulder nudges the light.

Corrected entry: At Amon Hen during Aragorn's fight with the Uruks, just after he screams "Elendil" Legolas and Gimli appears. Legolas aims his bow to the right of the screen but the arrow actually hits an Uruk on the left hand side of the screen.

Correction: Watch closer. Gimli is behind Legolas and throws an axe at the orc on the left the same time Legolas fires an arrow at an orc on the right.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Frodo walks in and picks up the ring, he walks over to Gandalf, who is sitting near the fireplace smoking, and he informs Frodo that the ring belongs to the young Hobbit. There is no table beside Gandalf. Gandalf has put his pipe down, holds out an envelope, Frodo drops the ring in it and Gandalf instantaneously seals it with melted wax and a seal at a table in front of him. (00:31:05)

Correction: Gandalf is sitting at the fireplace smoking, with his back to the front door, when Frodo walks in. Gandalf says,"Bilbo's ring." OFF CAMERA, Gandalf walks over to the table across the room, near the window. See the kitchen behind Gandalf in the following shots. He then says, "He's gone to stay with the Elves, He's left you Bag End", while he holds out the envelope to Frodo. The wax and seal are on that table. It isn't necessary to see him walking across the floor.

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Corrected entry: In the beginning where we see Gollum crouched on a high rock, and he says 'my preciousss' it isn't Andy Serkis. He was not there that day so Dominic Monaghan said it instead, it was the only time Gollum's voice is not Andy Serkis'.

Correction: What Dom says in the commentary is that some days he was like a 'jack of all trades' on the set. For example, for filming part of the Hobbits reactions, he read Bilbo's speech to them. Also, the day that Ian filmed his 'young' shot of finding the ring, Dom did the voice 'ON SET', for Ian to react to someone's voice. The voice of Gollum in the movie IS Andy Serkis, because it was added later.

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Corrected entry: When the four hobbits first encounter a Black Rider (just after Frodo shouts "get off the road!" at his mushroom-gathering companions), you can see that the Nazgul isn't on a road when his horse first walks on scene. Look at the gap in the top right corner. The road is straight and the horse should pass that gap, but it doesn't. There also is an extraordinarily short window of time between when the hobbits hide under the tree roots, and when the Nazgul appears on screen.

Correction: Why does the Black Rider have to have ridden up on the road? It is perfectly possible for a horse to wend its way through the trees instead, and indeed, if you're trying to be sneaky, this is a better way to go. If you're assuming the Rider must have been on the road because of what Frodo shouts, this is an incorrect assumption. Frodo shouts for his friends to get off the road because he doesn't want them to be seen and they are very easy to see on the open road. This does not in any way prove that anything approaching them has to be coming along the road.


Corrected entry: This is only for the Extended DVD. In the beginning of the film, we see Bilbo writing the title for his book. "There and Back Again, A Hobbit's Tale by Bilbo Baggins." We specifically see him write the 's' in Baggins. It is unadorned. Later, when in Rivendale, Frodo looks at the book and the 's' is completely different. Bilbo wouldn't go back and fix it, and all the letters on the page are the same as the ones earlier in the film.

Correction: The difference in the Red Book's handwriting is already online for FotR, and the entire title's handwriting is different, not just the letter "s".

Corrected entry: After Boromir has been thrown across the Tomb of Balin in Moria by the cave troll's chain, as he sits up a little before he sees the orc about to stab him, he spits out a mouthful of water. This can also be seen in the next close-up of Boromir by the way around his mouth and lips. Extended Version.

Correction: What exactly is the mistake? The entry is not clear about why it's a mistake.

This qualifies as a "Revealing Mistake" as defined on The actor, Sean Bean, spat water out that he was likely drinking between takes, and it was accidentally caught on film. At no point during the battle would the character Boromir have had time to calmly sit up and take a drink of water, as he was under the attack mere seconds after being thrown across the room.

Corrected entry: When the fellowship has just finished battling the Uruk, a "dead" orc can be seen to look up as Aragorn accidentally kicks him while running past towards the dying Boromir. Look at the middle left of the shot when Aragorn runs to notice.

Correction: So he's not dead, he's dying.

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Other mistake: When Sam and Frodo are in the field with the scarecrow, you can plainly see a car cruising past in the distance, from right to left. Further comment - there are two different shots which show the car moving from right to left. One starts at the top right distance, and in a shot a few seconds later the car has traveled down the road a bit and is more easily visible. Complicating matters is that the dust thrown up by the car looks similar to smoke from a chimney in the right distance, making some people think it is just the chimney. But chimneys don't move, and the smoke from the chimney is separate from the moving vehicle. [It is deleted on the DVD, but you can still see an obvious bit of image fakery on the hill just left of the smoking chimney. One can see the hill, tree, and surrounding area move up and down and shimmer slightly where someone has done a cut and paste to cover up the auto. The "car inclusive" scene appears on the National Geographic documentary, "Beyond the Movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." Also, watch the music documentary on the Extended DVD - when it shows this scene the car is still in it. Bizarrely, in his commentary Peter Jackson said he never saw a car and doesn't know what people are talking about, but the production/post-production team say in their commentary that despite not thinking anyone would be able to see it, they took it out anyway.] (00:42:55)

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[Another Hobbit drunkenly hits on Rosie, Sam's crush.]
Frodo: Don't worry, Sam. Rosie knows an idiot when she sees one.
Sam: [Worried.] Does she?

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Trivia: While filming the trilogy, Viggo Mortensen got so into character that, during a conversation with Peter Jackson, Jackson addressed him as "Aragorn" for more than half an hour, and Mortensen didn't even realize it.

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Question: Since Gandalf knew how dangerous the ring was, why did he give it to Frodo and tell him that he must destroy the ring? It would make more sense to either do it himself or find someone else to do it.

Answer: The temptation of the Ring is directly proportional to the power and ambition of the bearer. To someone like Gandalf - a mighty wizard who wants to save the world - the temptation would, over time, prove to be too much, and he's realistic enough to understand that about himself. With an ordinary hobbit who only wants a nice meal and some peace and quiet, the Ring has a lot less to work with.

Answer: Gandalf can't take the ring because he would be tempted to use it, and it would ultimately corrupt him. This is true for nearly anyone who has it for any length of time, except hobbits for some unknown reason. Gandalf recognized this in Bilbo, and later in Frodo.

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