- "Where is the horse, and the rider? Where is the horn that was blown? They have passed like rain on the mountains, like wind in the meadow. The days have gone down in the west, behind the hills... into shadow. How did it come to this?"
- Gimli has one at Helm's Deep, leaping off of a 20 foot wall onto a sea of Uruks and narrowly avoiding impalement
- Helm's Deep where the Rohirrim charge down hill, riding down everyone on the slope only to find Gandalf has arrived with reinforcements."Fell deeds awake. Now for wrath! Now for ruin! And the red dawn!"
- On a similar note, Aragorn's utter refusal to let despair stop him where it's stopped Theoden and his desperate attempts to save as many as he can, to slow the Uruk-hai for as long as possible.Theoden: "So much death. What can men do against such reckless hate?"Aragorn: "Ride out with me. Ride out and meet them."Theoden: "For death and glory?"Aragorn: "For Rohan. For your people."
- "That is no orc horn!" The Elves arrive at a woefully undermanned Helm's Deep just before the Uruk-hai get there. And you can tell from the expressions on the Rohirrim's faces that this was the hope they desperately needed.
- Even more awesome given that Elrond sent them, since he seemed ready to all but give up on the race of Men not long before (justifiably given his experiences with Isildur, but still). A crowning moment for Elrond, Haldir, and the race of Elves in general.
- In the Extended Edition, Faramir remembers the last time he was with his brother Boromir. In this flashback, we see Boromir as he truly was: not as a doubt-filled man, near-driven mad by the Ring's corruption, but instead Gondor's finest warrior, her protector and her champion.Boromir: This city was once the jewel of our kingdom. A place of light, and beauty, and music. And so it shall be once more! Let the armies of Mordor know this: Never again will the land of my people fall into enemy hands! The city of Osgiliath has been reclaimed. For Gondor!Soldiers: For Gondor!Boromir: For Gondor!Soldiers: For Gondor!Boromir: For Gondor!Soldiers: FOR GONDOR!
- Faramir also has a rather understated one when he lets Frodo and Sam go, simultaneously rejecting the Ring and successfully doing what his older brother couldn't.Madril: You know the laws of our country, the laws of your father. If you let them go, your life will be forfeit.Faramir: Then it is forfeit.
- The Last March of the Ents.
- Also, Treebeard's roar as he finds the forest destroyed. It has the perfect mix of pain and anger, where you completely understand what's going on in his mind.
- Gandalf's exorcism of Saurman from King Theoden at Meduseld.Gandalf: I release you from the spell. (raises hand and holds it towards the Saruman-possessed Théoden)Théoden: (starts to laugh) You have no power here, Gandalf the Grey. (continues laughing, then exclaims in pain as Gandalf throws off his cloak, fully exposing his power)Gandalf: I will draw you, Saruman, as poison is drawn from a wound! (presses harder, Théoden yells again)Saruman: If I go, Théoden dies!Gandalf: (presses even harder) You did not kill me. You will not kill him!Saruman: Rohan is mine!Gandalf: (even harder push)[Saruman is thrown out of Theoden and blown to the floor in his tower of Isengard]
"Be silent! Keep your forked tongue behind your teeth. I have not passed through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a witless worm!"
- Barely a moment before, when Grima tried to stop him from getting to Théoden, Gandalf cuts him off with this line, in the most contemptuous tone:
Gandalf: Your fingers would remember their old strength better... if they grasped your sword.
- When Saruman's hold over Theoden is lifted, Theoden's transformation effect is a stunningly impressive piece of visual effects. He goes from an ancient, dead-eyed, white haired, hunchbacked, butt-ugly albino to a hale and hearty badass.note
- One for Theoden also. When he gets up from his chair, he's still weakened and needs support. Gandalf then brings him his sword, and as Theoden draws it the music swells magnificently and gives an indication of Theoden returning to his old strength.
- The Freefall Fight between Gandalf and the Balrog.
Gandalf: From the deepest dungeon to the highest peak I fought with the Balrog of Morgoth. Until at last I threw down my enemy and smote his ruin upon the mountainside.
- The cut back to them falling into a cavern so vast they're nothing more than a speck of orange.
- Followed later by this line, as Gandalf recounts the battle after his resurrection:
- Pippin gets a minor one in having the presence of mind to drop his cloak clasp for the others to find.
- Merry and Pippin fulfil Gandalf's declaration of being small stones that signal the start of an avalanche by arriving in Fangorn when Merry becomes instrumental in gathering the Ents together and Pippin's quick thinking to divert Treebeard towards Isengard to finally convinces the Ents to actually fight.
- The last charge of Helm's Deep's defenders is rushing from the gates into the Uruk-Hai army, and even though they're all being Badass, it still looks like they're lost, and this is a suicide charge. Then Gandalf's words get echoed, the sun rises and Gandalf and Éomer appear on the ridge. They proceed to have the following exchange:Gandalf: Théoden King stands alone.
- Cue the arrival of The Cavalry as Éomer's Riders of Rohan charge down the hill towards the Uruk-Hai, the sun shining brightly behind them as they proceed to absolutely crush the Uruk-Hai.
- During Sam's "World of Cardboard" Speech, when the film cuts to different victories, backing up his point, we see the Uruk-hai army sprinting away from Helm's Deep as quickly as they possibly can along with the Ents' curb stomping of the forces of Isengard.
- And the Uruk-hai flee straight into Fangorn Forest. Which wasn't there when the battle started. And appear to be eaten by the forest.
- Sméagol gets one when he tells Gollum, who's been mocking him constantly, to go. Gathering strength and courage and telling him to leave and never come back. It doesn't last, but it shows that Sméagol still exists and remembers what his life was like before he encountered the Ring and was genuinely happy.
- A minor example is when Frodo and Sam see the Haradrim warriors heading for Mordor. Before they leave, Sam stops Frodo so they can gaze at something indeed marvelous - two enormous Mûmakil, considered the stuff of legend among people in the Shire. The music swells with as the giant pachyderms trudge into view, carrying a dozen Haradrim on their back. Neither Hobbit can resist smiling in utter awe.Sam: No one at home will believe this.
- Faramir and his Ithilien Rangers are highly effective at guerrilla warfare because they manage to take out a large group of enemy soldiers and two mûmakils very quickly with only a few dozen archers.
- On par with the book, Sam doesn't take any talking-down from Faramir. He even drops just enough disdain at Faramir into his job title.Frodo: We are Hobbits of the Shire. Frodo Baggins is my name, and this is Samwise Gamgee.Faramir: His bodyguard?Sam: His gardener.
- The pre-battle chant of the Uruk Hai army. Espically cause it wasn't scripted. The actors just felt like doing it, and Peter decided to keep it in.
Awesome / The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers