Lord of the Rings


Well now... What a series of movies this was, eh? My lovely bride and I caught each of the three in three consecutive years while visiting friends in Canada. Cool way to spend a cold stormy day when the Pubs aren't open yet... So, let's jump in with a few errors I noted.
  1. LOTR-2 - Sound... During the initial fight at HelmsKeep, even though the good guys were spread out along the parapets for what looks like miles, they all hear Aragorn's commands to fire. Over the din of the tens of thousands of Orcs running toward them and the thunder storm they are experiencing, sound in Middle Earth must be quite selective.
    Another sound thing (See images below): King Theodon yells from the top of HelmsKeep all the way to the ground in front of the Keep to tell Aragorn to "...fall back...".


    Aragorn is in the middle of a sword battle with swords clanging, axes splitting skulls, injured and dying Orcs screaming all around, yet he hears the King from such a distance away that even without any surrounding sounds he probably wouldn't hear. Aragorn then yells back up to the top for his elf buddy, Whats-is-name, to retreat and he heard fine; then got killed by a bad guy. My kids remind me that Whats-is-name is an elf and they have "elf-hearing" so I could let that one go...

  2. LOTR-2 - Density (See image below): Aragorn falls off a cliff after being dragged on the ground by one of those dog-hyena-horse things. He is later seen floating on the river water with what appears to be more than half his body sticking out of the water. WRONG! The human body is about the same density as ice, 0.9 g/cc. This means, like ice, about 10% of our bodies, yes I include myself as a human, stick out of the water with the rest below the surface. Aragorn's entire head, feet, hands, and chest are sticking above the surface. This is accomplished even with his battle gear on. In one scene, the board he is floating on (and being pulled on) is visible as a large dark square under him.

  3. LOTR-2 - Hill & Light: During the battle to protect Helmdeep, Gandalf returns. He charges downhill with the Horsemen to save the day. However, look at the hill! It's a 50o slope! Those hoirses would have ended up being bowling balls tumbling down the hill and rolling over all those stupid Orcs at the bottom.

    Also, check out the light patterns after the sun comes up over the hill the good guys just came down. The Orc's are casting a shadow to the left while the sun beams are coming from the left and the horsemen are casting shadows to the right. I guess the computer guys missed that. Middle Earth must have two suns...

  4. LOTR-2 - Ent falling: When the Ent's, the tree guys, attack Saramon's tower, some Orc's lasso and pull down an Ent. Now, the Ent is most likely 30 or so feet tall, weighs like tons, and two little Orc's are able to pull him down with a rope. Seems to me that if you lasso a tree and pull, all you do is climb the rope...

  5. LOTR-2 - "Fell Beast" floating: As Frodo is drawn to a Fell Beast, those large ugly flying screeching things ridden by Nazguls, the Beast floats. Yes, floats on air. It rises from behind a ruined building and it's body continues a relentless consistent path upward regardless of what it's wings are doing. Wings go down, body up. Wings go up, body goes up. Cute trick. I thought hummingbirds were the only ones to do that.

  6. LOTR -3 - The sword of Isildur, Aragorn's ancestor: The sword was broken by Sauron many moons ago. Arwen's (played by Liv Tyler; I still can't see the resemblance to her Dad, Steven Tyler...) elfen Dad, Elrond, has the sword forged back together. By viewing the images below, one can quickly see that the film producers/editors/writers don't reallly have a grasp of forging steel. All they did was place the pieces side-by-side and started pounding them. Wouldn't work. They would all need to be melted down together and re-formed into one sword. Sigh... The way they depict it, each piece would have very weak joints between them.

  7. LOTR-2: Gandalf's fall at the hands of the Balrog. Notice, Gandalf falls and catches his sword that he deopped a full 24 seconds befor he fell... This is remeniscent of any Arnold movie; Eraser comes to mind...