Dark Details Fans Noticed In 'The Lord of the Rings' Movies

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Part of what has made The Lord of the Rings one of the most successful movie franchises in history is its attention to detail. Middle-earth has a vast and complex mythology, complete with long histories and incredible visuals that stand out against anything before it or since. Fans online have picked apart even the subtlest of these details, and what they've discovered leads to some rather dark places. For example, over the course of the original trilogy, the chain Frodo wears that carries the One Ring actually rubs the skin around his neck raw. In The Return of the King, Gandalf sends the Eagles to rescue Frodo and Samwise from Mount Doom. There is, however, a third eagle in the convoy meant for Gollum, who would never get to make his escape. One of the most tragic moments in the series occurs in The Fellowship of the Ring when Boromir becomes possessed and attacks Frodo. If you listen to him closely, you can hear Sauron's voice emanate through his!

Check out this list of dark details fans noticed from The Lord of the Rings, and don't forget to vote up your favorites!


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    29 VOTES

    Sauron Whispers In The Black Speech In 'Return Of The King'

    From Redditor u/bredor4:

    If you listen closely to the conversation between the Mouth of Sauron and the Free Peoples of Middle-earth in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) you can hear Sauron whispering in the Black Speech to his servant.

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    43 VOTES

    Ori's Decomposing Carcass Appears In 'Fellowship Of The Ring'

    From Redditor u/inspektor71:

    In The Fellowship of the Ring, in Moria, Gandalf finds a decomposed Dwarf carcass clutching a journal and reads from it. The Dwarf was Ori, one of the 13 who accompanied Bilbo in The Hobbit.

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    Frodo's Chain Rubs His Neck Raw

    From Redditor u/[deleted]:

    In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King you can see prints on Frodos neck because of the heavy burden of the ring.

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    25 VOTES

    Sauron's Voice Echos Through Boromir's In 'Fellowship Of The Ring'

    From Redditor u/PrimordialSound:

    In Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Boromir screams for Frodo to give him the ring - you can hear Sauron's voice through Boromir's 'Give me the ring!'

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    32 VOTES

    Sauron Darkens The Sky In 'Return Of The King'

    From Redditor u/kwik_kwek_en_kwak:

    In The Return of the King (2003), Gandalf explains to Pippin that Sauron send fumes to darken the sky during war because the Orcs can't fight in the sun. Later, when Faramir retreats towards Minas Tirith, you can see that Osgiliath is indeed in shadow, so that the Orcs can fight there.

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    A Fallen Orc Drives An Arrow Through Its Body In 'Two Towers'

    From Redditor u/DlfJB:

    In Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers, after the old man mistakenly shoots one of the Orcs with an arrow, the Orc falls over, when he falls over you can see the arrow go through his body.