Fans Are Sharing The Most Frustrating Scenes In All Of 'Lord of the Rings'

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Vote up the most frustrating 'LOTR'  scenes.

Tolkien's Middle-earth is an extremely detailed fantasy world containing complex characters and plotlines. Adapting such work can be a challenge - one that Peter Jackson rose to and even received an Oscar for. And yet, despite the Oscar, loyal fans have a few scenes that they find extremely frustrating.

Vote up the scenes you find most frustrating!


  • 1
    1,663 VOTES

    The Witch King Breaks Gandalf's Staff

    The Witch King Breaks Gandalf's Staff
    Photo: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King / New Line Cinema

    From a former Redditor:

    Let's ignore the fact that Gandalf received the White Staff in Lorien and that it was presumably made by Galadriel herself, who was a pupil of Aule the Craftsman of the Valar back in Valinor - not to mention she wears Nenya the Protection Ring, which likely went into the construction of the staff.

    So ignore that, and let's just say that Gandalf was wielding a normal stick that he found in the woods. STILL the Witch King should not be able to break a random powerless stick because Gandalf is one of the most powerful Maiar and he wields it. 

    Gandalf the Grey was able to hold back the Balrog and eventually kill him - Balrogs are ALSO Maiar and are very very powerful. Yet, Gandalf the Grey was able to beat him. But Gandalf the White, who is more powerful than the Grey, can't face the Witch-King?

    Who is the Witch-King? A HUMAN, turned into an undead servant of Sauron and empowered by him. The Witch-King and the other Nazgul coudln't go into Lorien and face the power of Galadriel - but Gandalf became even more powerful than Galadriel when he came back as the White!

    Why the h*ll in the movies did he fall on the ground powerless, shaking in fear? Nazgul can scare mortals, but not immortals - especially not those who have seen the Light of the Two Trees, and especially not Gandalf who has seen the Light of Eru Iluvatar the Allfather himself! 

    1,663 votes
  • 2
    925 VOTES

    Faramir's Judgment In Osgiliath

    Faramir's Judgment In Osgiliath
    Photo: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers / New Line Cinema

    From Redditor u/Lord_Penguin_Poppins:

    The entire sequence that takes place in Osgiliath, culminating with Faramir watching Frodo attempt to give the ring to a Nazgul and concluding... yeah I can trust this guy with the ring. 

    925 votes
  • 3
    1,123 VOTES

    Gandalf Doesn't Remember His Own Name

    Gandalf Doesn't Remember His Own Name
    Photo: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers / New Line Cinema

    From Redditor u/poonchinello:

    When Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli meet up with Gandalf the White in The Two Towers, Gandalf recalls his own name like it had been ages since he heard it. That would have been fine if he hadn't just met up with Merry and Pippin the day before, and [they would've called him] Gandalf. 

    1,123 votes
  • 4
    903 VOTES

    Frodo Falls To Avoid Sauron's Gaze

    Frodo Falls To Avoid Sauron's Gaze
    Photo: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King / New Line Cinema

    From Redditor u/OrlandoWashington69:

    The way Frodo falls down (faints) daintily to avoid Sauron's eye. It's like he just saw a mouse. 

    903 votes
  • 5
    797 VOTES

    Faramir Tortures Gollum

    Faramir Tortures Gollum
    Photo: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers / New Line Cinema

    From Redditor u/evergiven_2021:

    Faramir and the soldiers of Gondor torturing Gollum. Everything to do with Faramir's first half of screen time, actually. His character is, in my opinion, much worse than in books. 

    797 votes
  • 6
    902 VOTES

    Sam Finds The Discarded Lembas Bread

    Sam Finds The Discarded Lembas Bread
    Photo: The Lord of the Ring: The Return of the King / New Line Cinema

    From Redditor u/Bodkin-Van-Horn:

    When Sam finds the rest of the lembas and is like, "I knew it!"

    Ok Sam. Were you starting to believe that you ate the lembas too? YOU weren't the one who needed convincing that Gollum did it. 

    902 votes