History Film / TheLordOfTheRings

8th Oct '17 9:45:17 AM Josef5678
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** The final chapters of the books, the Scouring of the Shire, were removed entirely. Even if they were somewhat anti-climactic, they gave the book a darker vibe, arguably one of Tolkien's recurrent themes. Specifically, they were meant to illustrate what war does to a beloved homeland. They're also a riff on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rationing_in_the_United_Kingdom#Post-Second_World_War rationing and privations suffered by English civilians]] with the Labour Party's austerity programmes during and after WorldWarTwo.

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** The final chapters of the books, the Scouring of the Shire, were removed entirely. Even if they were somewhat anti-climactic, they gave the book a darker vibe, arguably one of Tolkien's recurrent themes. Specifically, they were meant to illustrate what war does to a beloved homeland. They're also a riff on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rationing_in_the_United_Kingdom#Post-Second_World_War rationing and privations suffered by English civilians]] with the Labour Party's austerity programmes during and after WorldWarTwo.UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo.
5th Oct '17 5:15:06 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: Since the scene with the Barrows was cut entirely and the Hobbits are equipped with random swords that Aragorn gave them, their weapons being effective against the ethereal Witch King comes out of nowhere.
5th Oct '17 2:40:50 PM CaptEquinox
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* BalefulPolymorph: Humorously subverted when Sam eavesdrops on Gandalf and Frodo's conversation about the One Ring in Bilbo's former house. Samwise begs Gandalf not to use his magic to turn him into something "unnatural". Then the scene cuts to a shot of Gandalf walking with a horse and telling Sam to keep up, only for Sam to run along after them.

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* BalefulPolymorph: Humorously subverted when Sam eavesdrops on Gandalf and Frodo's conversation about the One Ring in Bilbo's former house. Samwise begs Gandalf not to use his magic to turn him into something "unnatural". Then the scene cuts to a shot of Gandalf walking with a horse and telling Sam to keep up, only for Sam to run along after them.[[note]]A familiar Peter Jackson gag for those who remember what happened to the "bloody fool" psychiatrist in ''Film/HeavenlyCreatures''.[[/note]]
5th Oct '17 2:37:14 PM CaptEquinox
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* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Did this with a few characters. Arwen's role is expanded and she becomes an ActionGirl, Faramir becomes tempted by the ring and his ParentalFavoritism issues are more played up. Elrond is also made to be bitter and cynical, thinking humans are useless. Merry was also more serious in the book but in the films is more carefree and comical. Denethor also gets a bit of AdaptationalVillainy when he was simply GoodIsNotNice in the book.

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* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Did this with a few characters. Arwen's role is expanded and she becomes an ActionGirl, Faramir becomes tempted by the ring and his ParentalFavoritism issues are more played up. Elrond is also made to be bitter and cynical, thinking humans are useless. Merry was also and Pippin were much more serious mature and responsible in the book but in the films is more book; their carefree and comical.comical escapades in the film had been decades earlier (stealing food)[[note]]Farmer Maggot is a kind, wise and very helpful character in the book.[[/note]] or not at all (the fireworks scene). Denethor also gets a bit of AdaptationalVillainy when he was simply GoodIsNotNice in the book.



** In ''Two Towers'', Théoden buried his son after being under a spell from Saruman for a long time and was so trapped by the spell that he wasn't aware about his son dying until afterwards.

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** In ''Two Towers'', Théoden buried his son after being was under a spell from Saruman for a long time and was so trapped by the spell that he wasn't aware unaware about his son dying until afterwards.much later. He was freed from it in time for the funeral, though.



* AdvantageBall: Rather than worry about such things as [[HollywoodTactics tactical realism]], advantage in battle seems to be principally a matter of who makes the most [[BigEntrance badass entrance]], regardless of such matters as numbers and equipment.

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* AdvantageBall: Rather than worry about such things as [[HollywoodTactics tactical realism]], advantage in battle seems to be principally a matter of who makes the most [[BigEntrance badass entrance]], regardless of such matters as numbers and equipment. This is especially true of the Uruk-hai on Amon Hen.



* AgonyOfTheFeet: Averted when the other hobbits make a fire on Weathertop (inadvertently drawing the Nazgûl to them) and Frodo panics when he sees it and tries to put it out with his ''foot''. Hobbits are stated to have tough soles in the book.

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* AgonyOfTheFeet: Averted when the other hobbits make a fire on Weathertop (inadvertently drawing the Nazgûl to them) and Frodo panics when he sees it and tries to put it out with his ''foot''. Hobbits are stated to have tough soles in the book.book -- basically their feet ''are'' their shoes, and they have a lot more fur on them than depicted in the film.



* AluminumChristmasTrees: "Second Breakfast" is a real thing in some European cultures, including England, which The Shire is based on. In real life, second breakfast is more of a mid-morning snack than a full meal (though given Hobbit culture, for them it probably ''is'' [[BigEater a full meal]]).

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: "Second Breakfast" is a real thing in some European cultures, including England, which The Shire is based on. In real life, second breakfast is more of a mid-morning snack than a full meal (though given Hobbit culture, for them it probably ''is'' [[BigEater a full meal]]). "Elevenses" is real too, again more of a snack.



* AnnoyingArrows: Averted for the most part. Arrows are very, very lethal in the films and people from both sides go down after getting hit by one. Played with (for dramatic effect) when Boromir gets tagged with two in a row: he's visibly pained but still keeps fighting for a while uninhibited until the third one brings him to his knees and he's helpless to stop Merry and Pippin from being taken. Also, the Uruk-hai berserker with the bomb-igniting-torch at Helm's Deep keeps running unimpeded when Legolas shoots him two times.

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* AnnoyingArrows: Averted for the most part. Arrows are very, very lethal in the films and people from both sides go down after getting hit by one. Played with (for dramatic effect) when Boromir gets tagged with two in a row: he's visibly pained but still keeps fighting for a while uninhibited until the third one brings him to his knees and he's helpless to stop Merry and Pippin from being taken. [[note]]In the book, Boromir is depicted as immensely strong, so this is canon, but it takes a lot more than three arrows to even slow him down.[[/note]] Also, the Uruk-hai berserker with the bomb-igniting-torch at Helm's Deep keeps running unimpeded when Legolas shoots him two times.



** Arwen was pretty much a background character in the book, and barely appeared or talked. In the film, while still mostly a SatelliteLoveInterest, she also has a badass moment saving Frodo from the Nazgûl (in the book it was a male elf called Glorfindel), and her importance as a driving motivation for Aragorn is played up.

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** Arwen was pretty much a background character in the book, and barely appeared or talked. In the film, while still mostly a SatelliteLoveInterest, she also has a badass moment saving Frodo from the Nazgûl (in the book it was a male elf called Glorfindel), Glorfindel, and Frodo took that ride ''by himself!''), and her importance as a driving motivation for Aragorn is played up.



** Aragorn, being a nearly-pure Numenorean, is well into his 80s despite looking no more than half that. This is addressed in the extended edition of Two Towers, when Eowyn is flabbergasted to learn Aragorn's true age during a conversation.

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** Aragorn, being a nearly-pure Numenorean, is well into his 80s despite looking no more than half that. This is addressed in the extended edition of Two Towers, when Eowyn is flabbergasted to learn Aragorn's true age during a conversation.conversation and immediately pegs him as a Dúnadan.
5th Oct '17 2:14:27 PM CaptEquinox
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** The final chapters of the books, the Scouring of the Shire, were removed entirely. Even if they were somewhat anti-climactic, they gave the book a darker vibe, arguably one of Tolkien's recurrent themes.

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** The final chapters of the books, the Scouring of the Shire, were removed entirely. Even if they were somewhat anti-climactic, they gave the book a darker vibe, arguably one of Tolkien's recurrent themes. Specifically, they were meant to illustrate what war does to a beloved homeland. They're also a riff on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rationing_in_the_United_Kingdom#Post-Second_World_War rationing and privations suffered by English civilians]] with the Labour Party's austerity programmes during and after WorldWarTwo.
5th Oct '17 2:05:43 PM CaptEquinox
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** It's subtle, but some elves are also given Welsh accents. This in part reflects Tolkien's own feelings, as he saw great beauty and magic in Wales as a child.

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** It's subtle, but some elves are also given Welsh accents. This in part reflects Tolkien's own feelings, as he saw great beauty and magic in Wales and the Welsh language as a child.child. He based the Sindarin language, spoken by the Grey Elves such as Legolas, on the sounds of Welsh.
29th Sep '17 7:34:22 PM Josef5678
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* AccentAdaptation: A multitude of accents from all over The Isles are used with great effect throughout the trilogy to enhance characterization. The high-ranking characters (Gandalf, Saruman, Elrond, Galadriel etc) have RP (the Queen's English) accents, which lends them gravitas and enhances their position of authority. Bilbo and Frodo (arguably Hobbit gentry) also use RP, but it is less clipped and veers more towards an Estuary accent. Sam, Merry and most of the hobbit extras in films use a Somerset/rural accent, which befits their pastoral lifestyle and setting. The exception is Pippin, for whom Billy Boyd used his native Scottish accent. The Orcs have Ray Winstone-esque theatrical Cockney/SE London accents to emphasize their loutishness. Gimli was given a Scottish accent to mirror what in the text was simply gruff speech. (By John Rhys-Davies, who was raised in England by Welsh parents).

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* AccentAdaptation: AccentAdaptation:
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A multitude of accents from all over The Isles are used with great effect throughout the trilogy to enhance characterization. The high-ranking characters (Gandalf, Saruman, Elrond, Galadriel etc) have RP (the Queen's English) accents, which lends them gravitas and enhances their position of authority. Bilbo and Frodo (arguably Hobbit gentry) also use RP, but it is less clipped and veers more towards an Estuary accent. Sam, Merry and most of the hobbit extras in films use a Somerset/rural accent, which befits their pastoral lifestyle and setting. The exception is Pippin, for whom Billy Boyd used his native Scottish accent. The Orcs have Ray Winstone-esque theatrical Cockney/SE London accents to emphasize their loutishness. Gimli was given a Scottish accent to mirror what in the text was simply gruff speech. (By John Rhys-Davies, who was raised in England by Welsh parents).



* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: The heartwarming and peaceful scenes of The Shire in ''Fellowship of the Ring'' (especially in the Director's Cut), filled with laughter, friendship and happy children (what a warrior lays down his life to protect) is what makes us actually care whether or not Frodo and the Fellowship defeat the LordOfTheRings or not.

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* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: ActionFilmQuietDramaScene:
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The heartwarming and peaceful scenes of The Shire in ''Fellowship of the Ring'' (especially in the Director's Cut), filled with laughter, friendship and happy children (what a warrior lays down his life to protect) is what makes us actually care whether or not Frodo and the Fellowship defeat the LordOfTheRings or not.



* AdaptationalVillainy: The movie version of Denethor lacks most of the redeeming qualities that he has in the books, in which he is a GoodIsNotNice character who nevertheless was a capable leader until driven off the DespairEventHorizon.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: AdaptationalVillainy:
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The movie version of Denethor lacks most of the redeeming qualities that he has in the books, in which he is a GoodIsNotNice character who nevertheless was a capable leader until driven off the DespairEventHorizon.



* AdaptationDyeJob: Boromir in ''Fellowship of the Ring'' is described as having dark hair. For the movies they gave him light brown, bordering on blond.[[note]]In the books, Boromir looks a lot like Aragorn (they're related). The director probably felt that this would look confusing on film.[[/note]] Faramir's hair is not as dark, either. The vast majority of Men of Númenórean ancestry are said in the books to have dark hair and grey eyes.

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* AdaptationDyeJob: AdaptationDyeJob:
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Boromir in ''Fellowship of the Ring'' is described as having dark hair. For the movies they gave him light brown, bordering on blond.[[note]]In the books, Boromir looks a lot like Aragorn (they're related). The director probably felt that this would look confusing on film.[[/note]] Faramir's hair is not as dark, either. The vast majority of Men of Númenórean ancestry are said in the books to have dark hair and grey eyes.



* AllThereInTheManual: While not necessary to understand the movies, reading the books can provide valuable background information that just couldn't be fit into the films.
** Particularly ''Literature/TheHobbit'', the events of which are recapped in less than a minute. If you haven't read it, quite a few of the little {{continuity nod}}s will go right over your head. And seeing an aging Bilbo leaving Middle-Earth won't be nearly as emotional.

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* AllThereInTheManual: While not necessary to understand the movies, reading the books can provide valuable background information that just couldn't be fit into the films.
** Particularly ''Literature/TheHobbit'',
films. In particular, the events of which ''Literature/TheHobbit'' are recapped in less than a minute. If you haven't read it, quite a few of the little {{continuity nod}}s will go right over your head. And head, and seeing an aging Bilbo leaving Middle-Earth won't be nearly as emotional.



* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Frodo is badly stabbed on Weathertop, and later loses a finger, Boromir catches several arrows in his chest, Aragorn spends the whole trilogy bloody, bruised and scraped. Practically all of the cast is harassed by either the Watcher in the Water or a cave troll. But all pretty boy Legolas gets over the course of the trilogy is a bruise and a little smudge of dirt. Éowyn made it through almost the entire Battle of the Pelennor Fields unscathed, with nary a cut or bruise... until the Witch-King smashes her shield (and shield-arm) with his gigantic flail.

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: BeautyIsNeverTarnished:
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Frodo is badly stabbed on Weathertop, and later loses a finger, Boromir catches several arrows in his chest, Aragorn spends the whole trilogy bloody, bruised and scraped. Practically all of the cast is harassed by either the Watcher in the Water or a cave troll. But all pretty boy Legolas gets over the course of the trilogy is a bruise and a little smudge of dirt. Éowyn made it through almost the entire Battle of the Pelennor Fields unscathed, with nary a cut or bruise... until the Witch-King smashes her shield (and shield-arm) with his gigantic flail.



* BehindTheBlack: In ''The Two Towers'', Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli stop their run after Aragorn senses something. The Three Hunters run behind a rock and miss, by a matter of ''inches'', being trampled by a huge contingent of horses and riders that are coming over the hill. Why the particularly perceptive Legolas or Aragorn couldn't see or hear the riders coming from a mile off is left unexplained, but [[RuleOfCool the scene is played purely for effect.]] In the books, the hunters did in fact spot the riders coming from a long way off and had plenty of time to prepare themselves.

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* BehindTheBlack: BehindTheBlack:
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In ''The Two Towers'', Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli stop their run after Aragorn senses something. The Three Hunters run behind a rock and miss, by a matter of ''inches'', being trampled by a huge contingent of horses and riders that are coming over the hill. Why the particularly perceptive Legolas or Aragorn couldn't see or hear the riders coming from a mile off is left unexplained, but [[RuleOfCool the scene is played purely for effect.]] In the books, the hunters did in fact spot the riders coming from a long way off and had plenty of time to prepare themselves.



* TheCavalry: Minas Tirith is about to be overwhelmed by an enormous horde of Orcs—and then the Rohirrim appear at the top of the hill, blowing their horns.

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* TheCavalry: TheCavalry:
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Minas Tirith is about to be overwhelmed by an enormous horde of Orcs—and then the Rohirrim appear at the top of the hill, blowing their horns.



* ChekhovsGun: The small glass vial containing the Light of Eärendil, given to Frodo by Galadriel in the first film. [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest It comes in handy]] in the third film, when [[spoiler: Frodo is lost in Shelob's lair]]. The elven rope given to Sam also comes in handy, though it's only given a bit of relevance in the extended edition. Given the length of time between the release of the film in theaters, this turned into a bit of a BrickJoke.

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
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The small glass vial containing the Light of Eärendil, given to Frodo by Galadriel in the first film. [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest It comes in handy]] in the third film, when [[spoiler: Frodo is lost in Shelob's lair]]. The elven rope given to Sam also comes in handy, though it's only given a bit of relevance in the extended edition. Given the length of time between the release of the film in theaters, this turned into a bit of a BrickJoke.



* ConvectionSchmonvection The lava pours out of Mount Doom within feet of Sam and Frodo at the end of the movie. Then [[spoiler: the eagles swoop down and pick them up]].
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by John Rhys-Davies in the DVD commentary.

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* ConvectionSchmonvection ConvectionSchmonvection:
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The lava pours out of Mount Doom within feet of Sam and Frodo at the end of the movie. Then [[spoiler: the eagles swoop down and pick them up]].
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up]]. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by John Rhys-Davies in the DVD commentary.



* FateWorseThanDeath: The heroes (and the unfamiliar reader) assume Frodo suffered such a fate. Subverted, somehow, as Aragorn deduced the messenger was lying.
--> '''Mouth of Sauron:''' [[ToThePain Who could have thought one so small could endure so much pain?]] [[AssInAmbassador And he did, Gandalf. He did.]]
--> '''Aragorn''': (smirks, strolls up to the Mouth of Sauron, and [[ShutUpHannibal cuts of his head]]) I do not believe it. ''I will not.''

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* FateWorseThanDeath: FateWorseThanDeath:
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The heroes (and the unfamiliar reader) assume Frodo suffered such a fate. Subverted, somehow, as Aragorn deduced the messenger was lying.
--> ---> '''Mouth of Sauron:''' [[ToThePain Who could have thought one so small could endure so much pain?]] [[AssInAmbassador And he did, Gandalf. He did.]]
--> ---> '''Aragorn''': (smirks, strolls up to the Mouth of Sauron, and [[ShutUpHannibal cuts of his head]]) I do not believe it. ''I will not.''



* ForcedPerspective: Used to great effect to help the average-height actors playing hobbits and dwarves seem to-scale with their man and elf co-stars.
** Also used in reverse in one shot from ''The Fellowship of the Ring'': While climbing Caradhras, Frodo falls and drops the Ring. There is a shot of the Ring lying in the snow in the foreground. The filmmakers used a larger model of the Ring in this shot to make it seem closer, while still in-focus.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In an Extended-Version-only scene, Frodo and Sam see a group of Wood-Elves on their way to the Grey Havens while they're leaving the Shire. [[spoiler: The final film ends with Frodo going to the Grey Havens and leaving Middle-Earth with the rest of the elves]].

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* ForcedPerspective: ForcedPerspective:
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Used to great effect to help the average-height actors playing hobbits and dwarves seem to-scale with their man and elf co-stars.
** Also used Used in reverse in one shot from ''The Fellowship of the Ring'': While climbing Caradhras, Frodo falls and drops the Ring. There is a shot of the Ring lying in the snow in the foreground. The filmmakers used a larger model of the Ring in this shot to make it seem closer, while still in-focus.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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In an Extended-Version-only scene, Frodo and Sam see a group of Wood-Elves on their way to the Grey Havens while they're leaving the Shire. [[spoiler: The final film ends with Frodo going to the Grey Havens and leaving Middle-Earth with the rest of the elves]].



* FunnyBackgroundEvent: During the Entish assault on Isengard, one of them catches fire. The Ent running around and then dousing himself in the overflowing Isen is hilarious if you notice it.
** More of a funny foreground event. As the ents break the dam overlooking Isengard, there is an ent in the foreground holding a struggling orc in his hand. When the ent sees the dam breaking in the background, he casually throws the orc in the path of the torrent and walks away.

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: FunnyBackgroundEvent:
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During the Entish assault on Isengard, one of them catches fire. The Ent running around and then dousing himself in the overflowing Isen is hilarious if you notice it.
** More of a funny foreground event. As the ents Ents break the dam overlooking Isengard, there is an ent Ent in the foreground holding a struggling orc in his hand. When the ent Ent sees the dam breaking in the background, he casually throws the orc in the path of the torrent and walks away.



* GiantWallOfWateryDoom: In both cases the water is only "doom" to evil forces, and is actually the ''salvation'' to the good ones[[note]]Apparently in Tolkien's universe the element of water is good (also reinforced by how you can only reach the [[{{Heaven}} Undying lands]] by sailing over water), and the element of fire is bad (the evil Sauron and Saruman both heavily lean toward fire use and symbolism).[[/note]]

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* GiantWallOfWateryDoom: GiantWallOfWateryDoom:
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In both cases the water is only "doom" to evil forces, and is actually the ''salvation'' to the good ones[[note]]Apparently in Tolkien's universe the element of water is good (also reinforced by how you can only reach the [[{{Heaven}} Undying lands]] by sailing over water), and the element of fire is bad (the evil Sauron and Saruman both heavily lean toward fire use and symbolism).[[/note]]



* GroinAttack: Happens a couple of times to orcs during battles.
** Particularly to an Uruk-Hai at Helm's Deep. Gimli hits him with an axe.

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* GroinAttack: Happens a couple of times to orcs during battles.
** Particularly
battles, particularly to an Uruk-Hai at Helm's Deep. Gimli hits him with an axe.



* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Unless you are a Rider of Rohan, or an Elf soldier, or a Dwarf, or a soldier of Gondor.
** Interestingly, Éowyn wears a helmet properly like the Rohirrim (along with Merry, Éomer, and Théoden) but she needed a custom one made so that her face was still recognizable to the audience.

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* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Unless you are a Rider of Rohan, or an Elf soldier, or a Dwarf, or a soldier of Gondor.
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Gondor. Interestingly, Éowyn wears a helmet properly like the Rohirrim (along with Merry, Éomer, and Théoden) but she needed a custom one made so that her face was still recognizable to the audience.



* ManlyTears: [[spoiler:Boromir]]'s FinalSpeech:
--> I would have gone with you to the end, my brother...my captain...my king.

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* ManlyTears: ManlyTears:
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[[spoiler:Boromir]]'s FinalSpeech:
--> ---> I would have gone with you to the end, my brother...my captain...my king.



* ManOnFire: [[spoiler:The Steward of Gondor and nearly Faramir.]]

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* ManOnFire: ManOnFire:
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[[spoiler:The Steward of Gondor and nearly Faramir.]]



* MeaningfulEcho: The tune from "Concerning Hobbits" (the piece that plays as the Shire is introduced) appears at the end of the first movie in "[[spoiler:The Breaking of the Fellowship]]".

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* MeaningfulEcho: MeaningfulEcho:
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The tune from "Concerning Hobbits" (the piece that plays as the Shire is introduced) appears at the end of the first movie in "[[spoiler:The Breaking of the Fellowship]]".



* OffscreenRebuilding: Minas Tirith looks spiffy when Aragorn is crowned at the end of ''Return of the King''.
** Aragorn does too. HeCleansUpNicely.

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* OffscreenRebuilding: OffscreenRebuilding:
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Minas Tirith looks spiffy when Aragorn is crowned at the end of ''Return of the King''.
** Aragorn himself does too. HeCleansUpNicely.



* OlderThanTheyLook: Due to the Elves' immortality, all of the Elven characters fit.
** According to information given in The Silmarillion, Galadriel is one of the oldest Elves at around ''10,000 years old''[[note]]no authoritative source for her exact age seems to exist, but a calculation [[http://greenbooks.theonering.net/questions/files/030105.html here]] puts her age at around 8,440 years at the time of [=LoTR=], give or take depending on how long the pre-solar years were[[/note]]. Not bad for someone who was played by 32 year old Cate Blanchett.

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* OlderThanTheyLook: OlderThanTheyLook:
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Due to the Elves' immortality, all of the Elven characters fit.
** *** According to information given in The Silmarillion, Galadriel is one of the oldest Elves at around ''10,000 years old''[[note]]no authoritative source for her exact age seems to exist, but a calculation [[http://greenbooks.theonering.net/questions/files/030105.html here]] puts her age at around 8,440 years at the time of [=LoTR=], give or take depending on how long the pre-solar years were[[/note]]. Not bad for someone who was played by 32 year old Cate Blanchett.



** Gandalf, while looking like a frail 70-year-old, is a Maia (god-like entity) who has ''been around since the creation of the universe''.
*** He's been in Middle Earth in his human-looking form for about 2000 years, and was the *last* of the Five Wizards to arrive. So Saruman and Radagast are older in that respect.

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** Gandalf, while looking like a frail 70-year-old, is a Maia (god-like entity) who has ''been around since the creation of the universe''.
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universe''. He's been in Middle Earth in his human-looking form for about 2000 years, and was the *last* of the Five Wizards to arrive. So Saruman and Radagast are older in that respect.



* RuleOfCool: Creator/PeterJackson has admitted that he and his design team weren't exactly sure whether a Balrog literally had wings or not in Tolkien's story[[note]]Whether the Balrog just looks like it has wings or actually does have them is also a major point of debate in fan circles[[/note]], but decided to go with the look in the films "just because it looked cool."
** Legolas's stunts.

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* RuleOfCool: RuleOfCool:
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Creator/PeterJackson has admitted that he and his design team weren't exactly sure whether a Balrog literally had wings or not in Tolkien's story[[note]]Whether the Balrog just looks like it has wings or actually does have them is also a major point of debate in fan circles[[/note]], but decided to go with the look in the films "just because it looked cool."
** Legolas's stunts.
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* RuleOfSymbolism:
** Christian symbolism is carried over from the books, although in a [[ViewersAreGeniuses very discreet manner]]:

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* RuleOfSymbolism:
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RuleOfSymbolism: Christian symbolism is carried over from the books, although in a [[ViewersAreGeniuses very discreet manner]]:



* ScareChord: When Gandalf almost touches the One Ring and senses Sauron in it.

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* ScareChord: ScareChord:
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When Gandalf almost touches the One Ring and senses Sauron in it.



* ScarilyCompetentTracker: In ''The Two Towers'', Aragorn actually ''listens to the rocks'' to track the Uruk-Hai. Specifically he was listening to the vibrations coming from several hundred Uruk-Hai in heavy armour running at full speed.
** Tolkien's avowed fondness for "[[NativeAmericans Red Indians]]" is showing there.

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* ScarilyCompetentTracker: In ''The Two Towers'', Aragorn actually ''listens to the rocks'' to track the Uruk-Hai. Specifically he was listening to the vibrations coming from several hundred Uruk-Hai in heavy armour running at full speed.
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speed. Tolkien's avowed fondness for "[[NativeAmericans "[[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans Red Indians]]" is showing there.



* ShieldSurf: Legolas does this down some stone stairs during the battle for Helm's Deep, blazing a trail for shield surfers everywhere.
** Then he surfs down the trunk of an Oliphaunt in the third film.

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* ShieldSurf: Legolas does this down some stone stairs during the battle for Helm's Deep, blazing a trail for shield surfers everywhere.
** Then he
everywhere. He then surfs down the trunk of an Oliphaunt in the third film.



* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler:Aragorn to the Mouth of Sauron.]]
** Gandalf delivers an epic and hilarious one to Denethor after the Steward starts ranting about the hopelessness of the coming battle.

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* %%* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler:Aragorn to the Mouth of Sauron.]]
** %%** Gandalf delivers an epic and hilarious one to Denethor after the Steward starts ranting about the hopelessness of the coming battle.



* ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks: Lurtz throws his shield at Aragorn during the skirmish at Amon Hen, pinning him to a tree. Aragorn gets free of the shield just in time to dodge another attack.
** Legolas also does it at Helm's Deep; after sliding down the staircase, he picks up his shield and throws it at an orc, pinning him around the neck.

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* ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks: ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks:
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Lurtz throws his shield at Aragorn during the skirmish at Amon Hen, pinning him to a tree. Aragorn gets free of the shield just in time to dodge another attack.
** Legolas also does it at Helm's Deep; after sliding down the staircase, he picks up his shield and throws it at an orc, pinning him around the neck.



* VoiceOfTheLegion: Galadriel gets a bit of this when she [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen goes off on a tangent]] while being tempted by the Ring. In the extended edition of ''Return of the King'', Saruman gains some echoes when he tries to intimidate/manipulate Théoden, Gandalf, Aragorn and the rest of the party from Helm's Deep.

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* VoiceOfTheLegion: VoiceOfTheLegion:
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Galadriel gets a bit of this when she [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen goes off on a tangent]] while being tempted by the Ring. In the extended edition of ''Return of the King'', Saruman gains some echoes when he tries to intimidate/manipulate Théoden, Gandalf, Aragorn and the rest of the party from Helm's Deep.



** In the book Gollum points out that Frodo never told him what his intentions were, just saying that he'd go free if he guided them to the Black Gate safely.
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* DVDCommentary: All three films, including the Extended Editions, have several impressive tracks by the Director, Producers, Production Designers, and Cast.
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** ''Return of the King'' mounts its ArrowCam behind a tumbling chunk of broken city masonry as it sails from its catapult and over the walls to fall among the massed orcs outside.

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** ''Return of the King'' mounts its ArrowCam Arrow Cam behind a tumbling chunk of broken city masonry as it sails from its catapult and over the walls to fall among the massed orcs outside.



** In the book, the "Death" chant appears only at the end of the chapter, just before the corsairs' ships arrive.



* BloodlessCarnage: Okay, some blood, but with all the hacking and slashing, they had to keep the rating from being too high.
** There is quite a lot of gore if you watch closely, but the [[BlackBlood gushing blood]] is almost indistinguishable from the grime and filth the orcs are covered in.

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* BloodlessCarnage: Okay, some blood, but with all the hacking and slashing, they had to keep the rating from being too high.
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Downplayed. There is quite a lot of gore if you watch closely, but the [[BlackBlood gushing blood]] is almost indistinguishable from the grime and filth the orcs are covered in.



* BowAndSwordInAccord: Aragorn (though he doesn't use it often). Legolas, most other elves, Faramir's rangers, and the more heavily armoured Gondor archers.
** The orcs of Moria, too.

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* BowAndSwordInAccord: BowAndSwordInAccord:
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Aragorn (though uses both bow and sword in the movie, but he doesn't use usually uses the bow only to open battle, staying in melee once it often). Legolas, most other elves, opens.
** Legolas is more flexible, switching between his bow and his knives when appropriate. Elves in general are capable of both archery and swordplay.
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Faramir's rangers, rangers from Ithilien used bows and swords and were lightly armoured, but the more heavily armoured Gondor archers.
mainline Gondorian archers are depicted in plate armour, though it may have been a lighter style.
** The orcs Uruk-hai captain (Lurtz) at the end of Moria, too.the first film also employs a bow/sword combo.



* CatapultNightmare: Aragorn had one of these in ROTK.

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* %%* CatapultNightmare: Aragorn had one of these in ROTK.



* CCGImportanceDissonance

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* %%* CCGImportanceDissonance



* ChildSoldiers: Glimpsed in ''The Two Towers.''
* ChromaticArrangement: All merchandise, including the special edition [=DVDs=], was color-coded by film. ''Fellowship'' was green, ''Two Towers'' was red, and ''Return of the King'' was blue.
** Except, irritatingly, the Complete Recordings soundtracks: ''Fellowship'' was red, ''Towers'' blue, ''King'' green. These colours were made to match those of the limited edition soundtracks released at the same time as the films, which were designed before the films were even released. So in a way the Complete Recordings show the original colour concepts, then they went and changed them for the extended edition [=DVDs=].

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* ChildSoldiers: Glimpsed There is a scene in ''The Two Towers.''
Towers'' where the soldiers suit up to defend Helm's Deep and we see a number of people being armed are ''very'' young boys needed to up their soldier count. Mercifully, we're never shown the kids doing any actually combat besides throwing stones at the besiegers from the wall.
-->'''Gimli:''' Some of these men have seen too many winters.
-->'''Legolas:''' Or too few.
* ChromaticArrangement: All merchandise, including the special edition [=DVDs=], was color-coded colour-coded by film. ''Fellowship'' was green, ''Two Towers'' was red, and ''Return of the King'' was blue.
** Except, irritatingly,
blue. Irritatingly, the Complete Recordings soundtracks: soundtracks had a different order: ''Fellowship'' was red, ''Towers'' blue, ''King'' green. These colours were made to match those of the limited edition soundtracks released at the same time as the films, which were designed before the films were even released. So in a way the Complete Recordings show the original colour concepts, then they went and changed them for the extended edition [=DVDs=].



* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: Aragorn gets introduced this way in Bree, as a wilderness expert who can outrun the Nazgûl. More so in the film, since they set out that very morning after they outwit the Nazgûl ambush. Film!Aragorn fits the trope to a T:

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* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: Aragorn gets introduced this way in Bree, as a wilderness expert who can outrun the Nazgûl. More so in the film, since they set out that very morning after they outwit the Nazgûl ambush. Film!Aragorn In the film, Aragorn fits the trope to a T:
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* EvilChancellor: Grí­ma Wormtongue.

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* %%* EvilChancellor: Grí­ma Wormtongue.



* EvilIsHammy: Saruman, Gollum, and the Witch-King.

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* %%* EvilIsHammy: Saruman, Gollum, and the Witch-King.



** Gollum's Song, sung by Emiliana Torrini and played over the credits of ''The Two Towers'', ends with 'You are lost, you can never go home.' While it's ambiguous who exactly this is directed towards, [[spoiler: by the end of the quest Frodo at least suffers a tragic case of YouCantGoHomeAgain.]]

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** Gollum's Song, sung by Emiliana Torrini and played over the credits of ''The Two Towers'', ends with 'You are lost, you can never go home.' While it's ambiguous who exactly this is directed towards, [[spoiler: by [[spoiler:by the end of the quest Frodo at least suffers a tragic case of YouCantGoHomeAgain.]]



** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the books. It's noted that when the Istari were sent to Middle-Earth, the Valar specifically forbade them from wielding their full power in ''direct conflict'' with the ''Enemy'' (Sauron). Hence why Gandalf sticks to whacking things with his staff in combat situations, but will use magic in other situations that don't constitute a direct assault. (He can use magic against Saruman [[LoopholeAbuse because the Valar didn't extend their ban to those who turned against the cause]].)



* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Several characters.

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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Several characters.Saruman dies in the extended version of ''Return of the King'' by getting stabbed, falling off the tower of Isengard and onto a spiky wheel of a machine. For bonus symbolism points, the wheel then shifts because of his weight and turns until Saruman is on the bottom, hidden beneath the pool of water.
-->'''Treebeard''': The filth of Saruman is washing away.



** Which surprisingly makes sense. The last place you would search for someone who knows you're looking for them is right next to your main base. For a Hobbit (small and subtle) like Pippin, it's a plausible strategy. For an Ent like Treebeard (that can be seen from a mile away), its nearly impossible. However, Pippin has [[BatmanGambit something else in mind....]]



** Also, the books tell us the rest of the Gondorian citadel is on very strict rations. Pippin bemoans their paucity. So where does Denethor's luxurious spread come from?
** Curiously, if you pay attention, you can see that Denethor's meal isn't terribly ostentatious, consisting of just some unseasoned chicken and greens, befitting his ascetic lifestyle from the books. It's the manner by which he gorges up the meal that appears revolting.
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