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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Poster

Goofs

Anachronisms 

As Legolas, Aragon, and one of the hobbits enter the woods of Lothlorien, you can make out tire treads in the grass starting at the lower right hand side of the screen.

Anachronisms 

When Gandalf is on his cart walking up to Bagend with Frodo the camera zooms out and pans around the Shire, ending up looking over some of the homes. If you keep looking at the sky you can see a blinking plane light just before it goes back to a close up of Frodo and Gandalf.
In Hobbiton, Gandalf's cart pulls away from the Hobbit children who are begging for fireworks. When the camera angle is looking back at the children from the viewpoint of the cart, there are treaded tire tracks in the dirt of the road.
Many viewers spotted a car in the background of the theatrical version when Sam says that he is now the furthest he has ever been from home. In a 1 December 2003 Newsweek article, director Peter Jackson confirmed this, and revealed the car had been removed digitally for the DVD release. Jackson says: "We actually didn't know about the car until we were cutting the movie. The smoke and dust wasn't so bad because there was already lots of it around, but the bloody windshield was reflecting the sun back into the camera lens. So we erased it for the DVD. I think some people were upset because they tried to show it to their friends and it was gone." (The infamous car can be seen on the "Academy DVD" which was created for the Oscar jurors and leaked on the Internet. Also, the unaltered shot with the car appearing in it is contained in the bonus material of the SEE DVD - the feature about the film score.)
In the prologue, the above-water shot of Isildur, wounded by arrows after his invisibility-ring fell off, reveals the modern tread on the bottom of his shoes.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Arwen and Aragorn are alone together on a bridge in Rivendell, her lips are moving while he is speaking.
When the troll grabs Frodo by the leg, Frodo calls for Aragon but his lips don't match what he's saying.
As Gandalf and Bilbo smoke "the finest weed of the Southfarthing" Bilbo blows out a ring of smoke that Gandalf watches, after that we see Bilbo's mouth saying something, but there's no audio.
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When Frodo meets Bilbo in Rivendell and hugs him, you can hear Bilbo say "Ohh!" in delight of seeing Frodo again; however his mouth doesn't move.
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As Saruman reveals the Palantir to Gandalf, he lifts the cloth while speaking the line "Why should we fear to use it?" As he finishes the line, his mouth is still moving.
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When Bilbo asks if it's okay if he eats something and Gandalf goes "No, not at all." his mouth isn't moving in time with his words.
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Character error 

Gandalf asks Frodo if he can see anything on The Ring after he removes it from the fire. Frodo says "Nothing. There's nothing". The camera switches over to Gandalf then Frodo says "Wait!" The camera goes back to The Ring in Frodo's hands. It is plain in appearance and then letters start to appear on it. Why did Frodo say "wait" if nothing had happened yet?

Continuity 

Gandalf's belt repeatedly switches between being tied and untied as he speaks to Bilbo.
In the duel between Aragorn and Lurtz, Aragorn is thrown against a tree and we see his sword fall from his hand. The next shot shows Lurtz throwing his shield pinning Aragorn to the tree and again we see his sword fall from his hand.
When Sam reveals to Gandalf what he overheard of Gandalf's and Frodo's conversation, a map disappears and reappears under his right shoulder. The fallen books on the floor also change position between shots.
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Boromir's shield continually disappears and reappears during the battle at the tombs in Moria.
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The length of the hilt section of the Shards Of Narsil seen in Rivendell is shorter than the section used by Isildur to slice the Ring from Sauron's hand.
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When the hobbits first see Aragorn his beard is shaved down but when Aragorn saw Frodo disappear and took him into a private room his beard is fully grown.
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Sam's clothes are completely dry, moments after Frodo saved him from drowning.
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In the scene where Gandalf is visiting Frodo's home, he leaves without his hat, as it is still on Frodo's coat hanger. In the next scene, Gandalf has his hat.
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When the four Hobbits enter the Prancing Pony, there's a book on the counter with nothing on it. In the following shot, there is a feather lying on the book and a little bottle of ink next to it.
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When Arwen is challenging the Ring Wraiths at the ford, her hair alternates between hanging down in front of her and hanging down her back.
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Gandalf pulls the ring out of the fire by placing the tongs one inside the ring, one out. In the next shot, both tongs are outside the ring. As Frodo reaches for the ring, one is inside again.
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While the four hobbits (Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin) are at The Prancing Pony in Bree, Merry returns from the bar with a pint and Pippin takes off to get his own. When the angle changes to an over-head shot, Merry is no longer at the table and Pippin is suddenly back in place. This was obviously a shot that carried over from the previous scene (prior to Merry's return from the bar).
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When Gandalf first appears riding on his cart, there is a long grey-green cloth hanging from the lantern on the right-hand side of the cart, with Gandalf's staff on the left. In the next shot, the lantern and cloth have switched sides with the staff (which itself moves back and forth between shots as Gandalf and Frodo travel into the village). It would seem that the first shot has been flipped so that the "road" bends round to the left to match the curve of the road as Gandalf approaches Frodo in the next shot.
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Immediately after the Riders are overtaken by the river, a shot of Arwen shows her right arm (holding the sword) lowered. In the next shot, her arm is raised high over her head, as though she were still challenging the riders.
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When Gandalf knocks on the door at Bag End, there is a small leather pouch attached to his satchel. When he is walking through the door, it has disappeared.
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When Galdalf and Saruman are fighting on Orthanc, the bloody cut on Gandalf's forehead disappears and reappears between shots.
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When Frodo leaves the fellowship to continue on his own to Mordor, there's a tear running down his right cheek. When we next see him, the tear is on his left cheek and there is no evidence of it being on the right side. In the extended DVD version, there are tear tracks on both sides of Frodo's face.
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When Saruman first attacks Gandalf he uses his staff in his right hand. In the next shot from behind Saruman he is holding his staff with his left hand above his right hand, but in the next shot from the front it is back with his right hand above his left.
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In the Extended Edition, Sam and Frodo change places between shots when they see the Wood Elves leaving.
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When the Ring Wraiths are at the river, they draw their swords left handed. In the very next shot, all nine swords are in their right hands.
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During the fight between Gandalf and Saruman, Saruman closes all the doors in the tower. During the fight Gandalf is thrown around a lot and you can see one of the doors open, but in the next shot Saruman is thrown at this door which then breaks open (again).
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In the palantir scene between Gandalf and Saruman, Saruman says that the eye of Sauron sees past all, including flesh. In that shot a ring can be seen on Gandalf's finger (one of the three elvish rings). Then Saruman says, "You know of what I speak Gandalf," and in the very next shot, the ring is gone.
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When Arwen is riding her horse to get Frodo to Rivendell, Frodo is seen with green pus on his face by his mouth and eyes. In the next clip of Frodo, the pus is gone with no signs of it being there before.
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When Frodo runs up to the edge of the grassy knoll to tell Gandalf he's late, it's obvious he's a good few feet away from the wagon once it's stopped. After Gandalf is done talking and it goes to the shot where Frodo leaps into his arms, the wagon is standing right next to the grassy knoll, much closer than it was in the previous shot.
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In the scene at Isengard in which Orcs are tearing down trees, we see it start to rain as the camera focuses on Gandalf on the top of the tower, but in the scenes with Orcs and Saruman, the weather alternates between rain and no rain.
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When Aragorn's pack bumps the camera, it's on his right shoulder, but in the next shot you see it's on the left.
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Throughout the movie, Frodo's fingernails are very bitten down and short, but a close-up when the Black Rider tries to sniff him out shows neatly manicured nails.
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When Gandalf arrives at the hobbit village, he lauches some fireworks and the children cheer and jump with their hands in the air. In next shot, at least one of them (to the right of the screen) has both arms pressed to her body.
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When the squid-like Watcher of Moria catches Frodo by the ankle and pulls him back Frodo should have fallen on his face and been dragged back on his front. Instead, he falls backwards and is on his back when being pulled into the lake.
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As Frodo catches a ride on Gandalf's cart through the Shire, in close-ups, sunlight is brightly shining on Frodo's face from the right, but in close-ups of Gandalf sitting beside him, the sunlight is coming from above and left.
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When the company set out, they have Bill the pony with them. In a later long shot, Bill is nowhere to be seen. In a shot after this, Bill is back with them.
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When Bilbo opens the door of his house to greet Gandalf, the wizard raises his hand from his side when he says, "Bilbo Baggins!" However, in the next shot, his hand is back at his side as if he hadn't moved.
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The ring on Aragorn's forefinger moves from the left to the right forefinger several times during the movie.
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In the Extended Edition, when Gandalf begins to speak in the language of Mordor, a long shot of Elrond is seen, at which point he puts his hand on his forehead. In the close-up immediately afterwards, his hand is down and he again puts it to his head.
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When Gandalf and Frodo are discussing the ring at the table in Bag End, Frodo is holding the kettle and pouring water while Gandalf is speaking. When Gandalf finishes his sentence the camera angle changes to a closeup of Frodo who is holding a cup with both hands.
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When Frodo crouches back from the Ringwraiths on Weathertop, the Ringwraith closest to him has a sword in his right and a knife in his left hand. After Frodo puts on the Ring, the Ringwraith's left Hand can be seen - but the knife is gone.
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When King Elendil is hit by Sauron and falls to the ground, his helmet is on his head, when Isildur runs to him, it is lying beside him.
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After Gandalf pounds his magical staff into the stone on the bridge of Khaza-Dûm, a wideshot is shown in which the head of the staff is on the left side of his face (our left), but in the following close-up, it is on his right
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After Bilbo's birthday party, Bilbo enters his house and takes off the ring. He then steps over to a walking stick, picks it up with his left hand and transfers it to his right hand. In the very next shot the stick is back in left hand, and what appear to be a couple of small maps are now in his right hand.
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When the first Uruk is "born" and he kills the Orc standing next to him, he is muddy and his arms are not on his chest. In the next shot of him standing up, the mud is gone and replaced with slime and his arms are crossed on his chest.
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After getting off the boats, there is a scene with Gimli talking with Aragorn. Inbetween shots, behind Gimli, Sam switches from sleeping to awake, then back to sleeping. Later, he opens his eyes when Frodo is revealed to be missing.
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When Frodo falls down in the snow and Boromir hands him the ring, Aragorn's right hand has clearly been removed from the sword hilt. However they immediately show a close up where his hand releases the hilt.
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Before the water creature attacks, Frodo is facing the lake/facing the mine entrance between shots.
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When Merry and Pippin are talking about 2nd breakfast and an apple is thrown to them, Merry catches the first apple and walks off. Then a second apple hits Pippin and falls to his right. Immediately Pippin raises his left hand and an apple has appeared there. There would be no time to transfer the apple to his left hand even if he was able to catch it.
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The rope handle of Gandalf's staff jumps around his hand between cuts during his meeting with Saruman.
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When Gandalf and Frodo are first discussing the history of the ring in Bag End, Frodo is pouring the drink. In the next shot, he's already sitting down with a drink in his hand.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the fellowship is departing from Lothlorien, Galadriel is seen riding in the swan boat across the river. If you look into the background to the left of the screen, a crew member can be seen crouching down and looking about.
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In the scene in which Merry asks where Aragorn is taking them after leaving Bree, and he replies "Into the wild," Viggo Mortensen accidentally bumps the tip of his bow into the camera.
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As Elrond is explaining the quest, the close-ups of the Ring reflect the top of the set on which it was filmed.
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Reflectors can be seen in the Lothlorien scene, in the mirrorbowl as well as the watercan.
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When first in the mines of Moria, Gandalf is walking along a ledge right before he explains what the dwarves' mine for, you can see him kick the wire that lights up his staff.
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At the council of Lord Elrond, once the fellowship has been formed, in the close-ups of the hobbits you can see that they measure up above Gandalf's beard and Legolas's hair, almost up to their necks, but in the wide shots of the whole fellowship they are clearly smaller - only about waist height.
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Errors in geography 

During the introduction, King Elendil is smashed against a rocky hill, the same place where the one ring is cut from Sauron's hand. The overhead shot that follows, shows no such hill.
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When Aragorn and Legolas are talking, after the Fellowship has stopped before the Falls of Rauros on the River Anduin, the river can be seen flowing from right to left in the back ground. They are on the West bank of a river flowing from North to South and dropping over a large waterfall: the water should flow from left to right.
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When the company are traveling South in the boats on the River Anduin, Legolas becomes aware of the approaching Uruk Hai. He turns his head to the left. The chief Uruk, Lurtz, turns his own head to the right. This implies that the Uruks are on the East bank of the river but in fact they are on the West bank, having come on foot from Isengard. And in crossing the river to get to the Emyn Muil Frodo goes beyond the Uruk's reach.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The same ring that is the right size on the enormous Sauron also fits snugly on the tiny Frodo. The book explains that the ring can conform to fit its current master, and the movie shows it subtly shrinking or expanding.
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Gandalf loses his staff when he is imprisoned by Saruman, but later he has it again. Or so it seems. Actually, it's a visibly different staff. He also seems to lose his hat, but he leaves it on his horse, whose fate is never established. Bill the pony remembers his way back to Bree in the book after he is released by Sam at the entrance to the mines of Moria. In the book, Gandalf stops at Bree just before being imprisoned and shortly after escaping. It doesn't seem implausible that his horse could have remembered its way back to Bree or maybe even Rivendell. Gandalf could have retrieved his hat when he made his way there himself.
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The main Ringwraith on Weathertop draws its sword twice as it approaches Frodo. However, this stuttering image may be deliberate. Before Frodo puts on the Ring, we can see all of the Ringwraiths draw their swords. After Frodo puts on the Ring, the main Ringwraith draws a short sword. The long sword for a sword fight, keeping one's opponent at sword's length. The short sword for Frodo's execution, since he didn't put up a fight there was no need for the long sword.
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When Frodo saves Sam from drowning, they clasp each other in the "acrobat-grip", they both clasp the other one's wrist, a very tight grip. However, when Sam's hand is pulled above water, his arm has turned 180 degrees. It is, however, possible for a drowning, thrashing man to loose his grip and get turned around, even when getting rescued.
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When the Black Rider comes into shot while the hobbits are hiding under the tree-roots, he appears on the left-hand side of the tree without first being visible on the right-hand side. This is probably deliberate, to be a shock.
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When Frodo is looking out at Rivendell from the balcony, we see his hands on the rail. The rail only comes up to his waist, and he can comfortably rest his hands on it. As Rivendell is an Elven city, the rail should be above his head. However, as Bilbo has been an honored guest in Rivendell for several months it is likely that these are Bilbo's rooms, and they have been modified for him (by the elves).
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Gimli pledges his axe to Frodo at the Council of Elrond several minutes after pulverizing an axe in attempt to smash the ring. In fact, he snatched the axe of the dwarf next to him for that purpose.
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Plot holes 

When Orcs attack the fellowship in the Chamber of Mazarbul (the crypt in Moria), Frodo's sword glows blue, but Gandalf's does not. Gandalf carries Glamdring, the Foe-Hammer, which was forged by Turgon the elf and therefore should glow as Sting does.
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Revealing mistakes 

As Frodo runs from the orcs, his cape is clearly supported by a string to make it look flowing.
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When Legolas spots the "crebain" birds from Dunland and warns the fellowship to take cover, his eyes are brown. Yet as an elf and the rest of the movie his eyes are blue. This is because Orlando Bloom had to wear contacts to change the color of his eyes, but could not wear them consistently because they scratched his corneas. Most of the time, his eye color was digitally changed, but they missed it in this shot.
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The forced perspective trick becomes visible while Gandalf and Bilbo are having tea. As Bilbo is pottering about, Gandalf sits on a Hobbit-sized chair at a table that is too small for him. As he shuffles slightly to get comfortable, his knees move the table, but only his, smaller, half moves - the other half, where Bilbo is seated, is further away from the camera, and stays put. It can be seen that this gap between the two table "halves" is concealed behind cleverly placed, bottles, plates, etc. Then, when Bilbo is about to pour hot water in the teapot, Gandalf lifts the teapot lid for him. The lid is not on the teapot, but placed on a spike nearer to the camera to create the forced perspective. It is also clearly visible when Gandalf puts the lid back.
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In several scenes where the Fellowship faces orcs, Frodo's sword, Sting, does not glow blue.
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After the Ring Wraiths break down the entrance to the village (the scene after Aragorn talks to Frodo and the others at the prancing pony), one ring-wraith turns toward a light and you can see the mask which hides their face but allows them to see out (like the Halloween masks). A ring-wraith is supposed to have no physical form other than when they are being looked at with the ring.
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Just after Bilbo's panicked search for the ring in Bag End, the camera pulls away for a long shot, and Bilbo's foot can be seen bouncing on the ground, revealing it to be a rubber prosthetic.
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When Arwen is riding her horse with Frodo trying to escape the Ringwraiths, in one close shot of Liv Tyler you can clearly see the dummy that was replacing Frodo.
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Near the end of the film, as Aragorn approaches Boromir, he steps around some orcs. One of the supposedly dead orcs sits up partly to look.
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In the theatrical version, Saruman's lower legs disappear for a frame or two as the camera swoops toward him when he is standing on the summit of Orthanc, bringing the lightning down on the mountain. This has been corrected in the extended edition of the film.
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When Bilbo takes Gandalf's hat and staff at Bag End. The staff has been erased behind Bilbo, preventing it from getting a false perspective in the composited scene
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As the hobbits scramble to get up after their fall over the cliff near Farmer Maggot's field, the 'poop' that Pippin has just narrowly missed is bumped, revealing it to be rubber.
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When Frodo falls and rolls down the snowy slope of the mountain (when they approach the pass), the line where his prosthetic hobbit feet ends on his lower legs, is clearly visible.
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It is clear, that in some long shots of the scene in which the fellowship is formed in Rivendell, smaller stand ins (resembling children) are used to contrast height and are clearly not Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan or Billy Boyd.
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Aluminium foil can be seen inside the chimney passing under the camera as Gandalf rides into Hobbiton, just before the kids ask for fireworks. The foil is probably used for containing dry ice or such, to make a smoke effect in the chimney.
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When Saruman is telling Gandalf to join Sauron you can see that part of Christopher Lee's beard, right side of his face just under his mustache, has become unstuck.
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After the huge orc battle, one of the "dead" orcs sits up and has a good look round before lying back down. This has been explained away in all manner of different ways, but it strikes a sufficient number of viewers as incongruous that it seems more likely to be a genuine error than not.
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When Boromir cuts his finger on the broken sword, the blood is visible on his finger behind the sword before he gets cut, and as the sword is pulled away, his undamaged fingertip is visible through the blood.
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During filming Christopher Lee broke his finger. As Saruman is summoning the lightning when the fellowship are climbing Mount Caradhras, as the camera swoops past Saruman you can see Lee's heavily bandaged finger.
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When Aragorn is leading the hobbits through the Midge-water Marshes and Pippin falls flat on his face you can see the prosthetics on his foot falling off.
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When the fellowship is running into Moria escaping from the Watcher, the prosthetic masks of the hobbits' size doubles are easily seen.
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When Sam is nearly drowning in the river, you can see that the bubbles are placed later. There is no distortion of light from the waves, and his hair and cape are being moved as though by wind, showing that he was on strings above a fan on a green screen.
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In Lothlorien, when Boromir and Aragorn are sitting and talking about Minas Tirith, the wind is blowing their hair, yet the leaves in the background remain still.
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Following the fight with the troll in Moria, there is a shot of Aragorn crawling across the floor towards Frodo. He brushes against some "rocky" debris, which wobbles in a very polystyrene way.
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In the scene where Aragorn is leading the Hobbits towards Rivendell, they're walking through a swamp. At one point, Pippin trips and falls face down, and the seam of one of his fake feet comes loose.
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Aragorn finds "athelas" aka "kingsfoil" to tend Frodo's wraith-inflicted wound. He pulls a small knife to cut away what he needs, which on closer inspection can clearly be recognized as a common switchblade.
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When Arwen kneels beside Frodo after he sees her, you can clearly see that she does not have elven ears, where in the next two frames she does.
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When the dragon-firework Merry and Pippin have stolen goes off, the fuse is still burning. Several inches of fuse clearly remain, yet it launches.
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During the battle with the Uruk-Hai, at least three of them can be heard to deflate as they collapse, something that should have been edited out but was left.
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During the prologue, when it says, "nine rings were given to the race of men..." a man on the right is not holding a ring and is merely pretending to do so.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When the cave troll is stabbed by the spear in Balin's tomb, he is holding his club behind his head and then drops it but there is no sound as the club hits the ground.
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Continuity 

When Boromir is fighting the Uruk Hai the first arrow is shown as piercing his left shoulder. A second arrow is then shot at him and shown to strike in exactly the same position. The camera then shows a wider angle shot where he has one in his shoulder and one in his gut. This is on the Australian DVD version.
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Continuity 

The positions of Gimli's axes as he stands in Balin's tomb.
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As Boromir lies dying, Aragorn leans over him. In the shots over Aragorn's shoulder, looking at Boromir, Boromir's right hand rests on Aragorn's left shoulder. In shots looking at Aragorn, the hand is not there. This is because these shots looking at Aragorn while he is speaking to Boromir were actually shot without Sean Bean.
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Continuity 

When the Balrog snares Gandalf at the bridge of Khazad-Dum with its whip and pulls Gandalf to the edge of the broken bridge, the bridge surface is smooth and no ridges are visible all the way to the edge of the broken bridge. The tracks left by Gandalf's hands in the dirt on the bridge further indicate that. However, in the next shot when Gandalf is clinging to the bridge, just before he says, "Fly, you fools," there is a ridge that Gandalf uses to grab on that is not present in the previous shot.
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Continuity 

When Aragorn defeated Lurtz's Uruk Hai he had blood in his mouth but when he ran and talked to Boromir there was no blood.
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The distance at which Gimli is kneeling from Balin's tomb changes between shots. In one shot he is close enough to lean his head/helmet on the tomb, in the other shots he is much further away.
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Continuity 

When we enter the chamber of Balin's tomb, there is a shaft of daylight through the far wall. Soon afterward, we leave the chamber and a similar shaft illuminates the stone above the chamber door; this light must come from roughly the opposite direction.
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Revealing mistakes 

At the end of the film, there is a wide shot showing Merry being carried off by the Uruk-hai. It is clear that the full-sized, 5-foot-7 Dominic Monaghan is in the shot rather than the scale double - his feet hang way down below the Uruk-hai's hips.
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Revealing mistakes 

At the end of the movie, when Aragorn decides that he, Legolas and Gimli will go to save Merry and Pippin, Legolas's arrows are first yellow, then green, then yellow again. Even more strikingly, in this scene, "Gimli" clearly appears in a forbiddingly close mid-shot as Scale Double actor Brett Beattie, then shifts to the more correct John Rhys-Davies. At a head or more shorter than Aragorn and Legolas, Beattie could barely pass as size-appropriate to be filmed with Legolas and Aragorn in crowded scenes, wide shots, back-to-camera, etc., but his face should never have been so clearly exposed, so close to the other actors.
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Revealing mistakes 

A cord of some kind is visible behind the boat after Sam is pulled into it by Frodo at the end of the film.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Lurtz is about to finish off Boromir, and Aragorn comes out of the right side of the screen to attack him, you can easily see that "Aragorn" is a dummy on strings. As it flies in from the upper right, it hovers for a split second before crashing into Lurtz.
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