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Small Details Fans Noticed 'Lord of the Rings' Battle Scenes

July 21, 2021 102 votes 19 voters15 items

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Whether at Helm's Deep or the Black Gate, the battles of the The Lord of the Rings franchise are massive, epic, and crucially important to the survival of Middle-earth. It's not just the huge moments that make these battles so memorable, though. The little details play a critical role, and thankfully fans online have spotted a ton of them for us. Just after Aragorn delivers his famous line "For Frodo" in The Return of the King, an Elvish chorus sings the very oath he made to Frodo in Fellowship of the Ring. In The Two Towers, when Legolas takes on an Oliphaunt, if you watch closely you'll see that the giant beast uses its tail to try and swat the light-footed elf off its side. Some of these details are simply little nods to the audience. At Helm's Deep in The Two Towers, director Peter Jackson makes a cameo as a spread thrower,

Check out this list of small details from battle scenes that fans spotted in The Lord of the Rings franchise, and don't forget to vote up your favorites!

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    A Chorus Sings Aragorn's Oath At The Black Gate In 'The Return Of The King'

    From Redditor u/Tulkas_7:

    In Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Aragorn swears an oath to protect Frodo. Later, in Return of the King (2003), as they charge into the Black Gate, the chorus sings the same words in Sindarin.

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    Éomer Isn't Quite Present At Helm's Deep In 'The Two Towers'

    From Redditor u/BioCuriousDave:

    In Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), the actor who played Éomer (Karl Urban) is absent from this iconic shot following the battle of Helm's Deep, a stand in can be seen wearing his armor.

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    The Oliphaunt Takes Swipes At Legolas With Its Tail In 'The Return Of The King'

    From Redditor u/surprisedropbears:

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - when Legolas climbs and kills an Oliphaunt, the Oliphaunt repeatedly attempts to swat him off with it's tail.

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    Aragorn Slays The Mouth Of Sauron At The Black Gates In 'The Return Of The King'

    From Redditor u/CamoFaSho:

    In Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, when Aragorn is giving his speech in front of the black gates, his sword is suddenly tarnished before the battle commences. It's only revealed in the extended edition, that it is due to beheading the Mouth of Sauron, a scene that did not make the final cut.

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