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Sauron is aware that Gollum owned the ring for many years and lost it to "Bagginses" from "The Shire". He sends the nine Ring Wraiths to look for it. They will have learned that the ring is being carried by a team of small people called Hobbits, but the Nine are defeated at the border of Rivendell. The next thing that Sauron hears is when a small person ...


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Sauron knew that a hobbit had the ring, and knew that Saruman had been searching for it as well. The book makes it clear (if we trust that Gandalf's guesses about Sauron's state of mind are correct) that when Sauron saw Pippin using the palantír, Sauron knew nothing of Saruman's defeats and thought that the palantír was still in Saruman's possession in ...


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This is not just particular to the movies, but also to the books. Tolkien intentionally chose to translate and transliterate Westron to English. From the Tolkien Gateway: According to Tolkien's fiction, Westron was the language spoken and understood by the protagonists of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Many names of characters and places, in the book'...


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This might have been taken from the books without the explanation from the books included in the movie. In the books, Orodruin/Mount Doom is spewing out ash and smoke as Sauron starts the War of the Ring, since he commands the fires of the mountain. The smoke forms a canopy that extends outwards from Mordor and blocks out the sun from the lands around it. ...


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In the book of The Return of the King, an appendix relates that during the Third Age the elf Glorfindel prophesied that the Witch-king of Angmar (Lord of the Nazgûl) would eventually fall, but not by "the hand of man". By the time of the Battle of Pelennor Fields, word of the prophecy had apparently reached the Witch-king himself. Like so many seemingly ...


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As you can see from this map of Middle Earth, Gondor is the name of the kingdom to the west of Mordor: And Minas Tirith is a castle city, and capital of the kingdom during the time period depicted in the series: As it says on the Wikipedia article for The White Tree of Gondor, it stands as a symbol for the realm of Gondor, but it also a symbol of the ...


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Quite simply...they would have been too long. Recall, theatres need to show these multiple times per day...the longer the movie is...the less times they can show it. These movies clock in at: Pt1: 3hr 28m. Pt2: 3hr 44m Pt3: 4hr 12m. Factor in getting the theatres ready, preview times etc you're not looking at much change from 5 to 6 hours overall. ...


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But it's only a fool's errand. This is it....something so impossible that only a fool would think it even worth doing, only a bigger fool would attempt it....and only a fool would hope it could work. The fool's hope here is the taking of the ring to Mordor for destruction. Frodo’s mission is impossible. Even if the Fellowship had not been broken at the ...


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I just watched the clip (It can be seen here), and there are a couple portions of the scene that lead me to believe that he is in a catatonic state. If you look at Aragorn when he grabs the palantir (at around 1:48-54), you can see him start to faint and his eyes closing. This suggests that the palantir/Sauron have the ability to induce unconsciousness from ...


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In-Universe, there may have been any number of reasons why Gandalf took Pippin along with him to help the Gondorians. Pippin had scarcely left Gandalf's side since they had arrived at Minas Tirith. Pippin had never been to a city of such size, the largest place he had been to was Edoras, which dwarfed in comparison. Maybe he didn't want to be left alone in ...


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In the movie, able bodied survivors are looking for friends and family who also fought and also injured survivors. While searching, Pippin comes across Merry's elven cloak. Pippin then begins his search specifically for Merry and does not give up until he is found.


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Perhaps the fireball only works at close range, and he wanted/needed to stay at the top of the tower (for a better strategic overview, to keep some defense systems running, to inspire his troops)? Perhaps a fireball does damage but isn't capable of setting things on fire unless they're really flammable, and a living tree is not (there might be a lot of ...


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Standard A - 0/3 - FAIL A1 - Lead or significant supporting actors are all white - FAIL A2 - General ensebmle cast still mostly white males - FAIL A3 - Main storyline/subject matter (I think hobbits don't count as a racial group) - FAIL Standard B - 2/3 - PASS B1 - at least two Creative leadership and department heads - Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are ...


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Much of the marketing for movies and the eventual income from them has to do with the ability to capture the most dollars from the audience as possible. With the LotR franchise, there was already a proven market for video and books. Naturally, if positioned properly there was room for toys, accessories, costumes, collectibles and everything else. There ...


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No, Middle Earth is Analgmous to real Earth. Sun rises in the East and Sets in the west. Before the Battle of Helms Deep, Gandalf leaves instructions behind to Aragorn. Look to my coming on the first light of the fifth day, at dawn look to the east.


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AFAIR this didn’t happen in the book. On Science Fiction & Fantasy SE, there is a similar question, and Jim Green answered: The ground collapsing under the orcs and not the humans was a visual effect added by Peter Jackson and his crew. So if it’s true that this wasn’t mentiond in any of Tolkien’s works, there can be no canonical answer whether this ...


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I have seen the extended version of the movie, and nothing else really happens. The Witch King of Angmar hears the Rohan army arriving, and goes to deal with them. Also notice that the scene in the books is actually different, he never "overpowers" Gandalf.


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Just to add to the answer from @Paulie_D - the 'fool' Gandalf is talking about here is himself. He is the one who dreamed up the scheme and hoped it would work.


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The Witch-king actually says, 'No living man may hinder me!' to which Éowyn laughs, revealing and stating that she is a woman. There is a battle in which Éowyn cuts off the head of the WK's flying mount(his so-called 'fell beast'), but the WK has the upper hand, breaking Éowyn's shield with his mace and about to deliver the killing blow, until Merry stabs ...


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A plausible reason we could invent, after the fact, is that Gandalf used Pippin as a decoy ring-bearer, similar to how in the book Aragorn revealed himself to Sauron, unfurled the king's flag in battle, etc. Since Pippin had looked in the Stone of Orthanc, we hear Merry say "The enemy thinks YOU have the ring!" So we might pretend that in this scene, ...


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They did. I have seen the extended versions of "The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Two Towers" in theater in Paris. This was a national release in France (I don't know for other countries) that was just before release of the next episode and also about at the same time of availability of the dvd version. According to the bonus of these DVDs, the extended ...


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He did ...at least in the books. Aragorn was silent for a moment. ‘Three days,’ he murmured, ‘and the muster of Rohan will only be begun. But I see that it cannot now be hastened.’ He looked up, and it seemed that he had made some decision; his face was less troubled. ‘Then, by your leave, lord, I must take new counsel for myself and my kindred. We must ...


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