The movie begins with scenes from a vast battle, during which elves and men do battle with Sauron and his
forces. The violence is more stylized than graphic. Almost no blood is seen. However, a great deal of medieval
weapons are visible during this scene, and corpses are strewn all over. During a one-on-one fight between the
leader of the men and the dark lord, the man is flung against rocks and dies. Another man then uses the sword of
the fallen leader to cut off Sauron's fingers, and remove the ring. Sauron then disintegrates into a pile of ashes and
sends a shock wave across the field obliterating the rest of both armies. The scene in which Sauron's fingers are cut
off is shown a few more times during the course of the three films.
This flashback culminates with a scene in which a man dives into a river and then is shot by archers. We do not see the impact, but the man is seen floating dead with several arrows protruding from his back, and some diluted blood can be seen in the water.
Two elderly men fight using long sticks that emit bolts of power. They are both knocked to the ground, and flung about. By the end, they both have bloody faces. One is magically forced to rotate while lying on the floor, with his fixed head being the central point of rotation.
An innocent hobbit strolling down the street has his head lopped off by a Nazgul, (non-graphic). The scene cuts away on impact.
One of the main characters is stabbed in the shoulder by one of the Nazgul. He screams. We see him later, near death, with a bloody wound.
There is a battle in a cavern involving the heroes, Goblins, and a Troll. This battle is mostly non-graphic swordplay with the exception of two points. The first is when a man removes the head of a Goblin, and there is a small splash of black blood. The second is when the troll is shot through the mouth; again, there is little to no blood, but the arrows are shown protruding from the back of the creature's head, and from its mouth.
A man is repeatedly shot with arrows. We see the impact, and he cries out in pain. He is shot three times in total. A Uruk then prepares to shoot him in the head, but he is interrupted by Aragorn.
The second graphic scene depicts a duel between Aragorn and the creature which had been about to kill the first man. This is the most violent scene in the film, and lasts approximately one minute. Despite the short duration, there is a good deal of realistic blood. The creature then runs at him, intending to kill him, but he slips away and stabs the creature in the thigh with a knife. The creature picks him up and headbutts him several times, before tossing him aside, and removes the knife from its thigh. The man is seen watching, with blood on his face and clearly in his mouth, as the creature licks the blood off the blade, and then throws the knife at the him. The battle ends abruptly when the man chops the creature's arm off, and then runs it through. The creature growls, and impales itself further. The man then withdraws the sword and beheads the creature. A small amount of black blood is seen flying through the air, and there is blood on the sword's blade.