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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Poster

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Character error 

The scabbard for "Orcrist" is split down the edge side because the tip half of its blade is wider than the lower half towards the hand guard - when Thorin (partially) draws the sword after he finds it in the troll hoard, his fingers are wrapped around the split, putting him in severe risk of cutting himself (you can clearly see the wide part of the blade emerging from the split under his hand). A seasoned warrior like him would not make such a mistake, even if the straight dwarven swords he's used to don't have this feature.
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Continuity 

Immediately before Bofur throws the egg to Bombur in Bag End, Fili is sitting to Bombur's left. When he catches it, Ori is sitting there.
As Thorin addresses the group at Bilbo Baggins' dinner table, the arrangement, color, and texture of items in a plate (cookies or biscuits) changes.
Saruman's beard changes color. From white to black to dark gray.
When Bilbo is attempting to save the ponies from the trolls, the real horses are bridled and tied to the posts. When the ponies are computer generated, they are loose and unbridled.
Scenes with Galadriel make a point of showing that she turns in place so that the bottom of her dress wraps beautifully around her legs. When she and Gandalf say goodbye, she turns around and in the process spreads her feet and legs apart, but at the very next shot see that her legs are together and beautifully wrapped by her dress again.
Bilbo's height in comparison to Gandalf's changes throughout the movie. This is also visible in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
In the first scene with Galadriel, her tiara is off center. A moment later, it is perfect when you see her again.
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When Gandalf is speaking to Bilbo outside Bag End, we can see a woman in the background putting clothing on a line, the clothing changes position depending on the shot of Gandalf we see.
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Shortly after the team meet Radagast the brown, they are chased out of the forest and into a tundra, but when the camera pans around the dwarfs, there is no forest in sight.
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The sharp end of Thorin's sword is lying parallel to his face, out of his reach on the boulder where the white warg flings him to. When the eagle flies Thorin off to the Carrock, it is carrying the sword gathered by his side with the handle pointing towards his face.
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There are several shots scattered throughout the film where it's clearly noticeable that Robert Kazinsky is playing the role of Fili rather than Dean O'Gorman. This is especially noticeable in Trollshaw Forest, just as Thorin is beginning his song in Bag End.
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When the Company is being chased through the Goblin tunnels, several Goblins begin swinging at the dwarves from a bridge directly opposite them. When Thorin yells at Dori and Nori to cut the rope holding the bridges together, Dori's section snaps before he brings his sword down to cut it.
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When the dwarves are seen around Bilbo's table before Thorin appears, Fili is sitting next to Kili on the right hand side. A shot later, Ori has taken Fili's place, as Fili is walking along the table handing out ales.
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After Galadriel questions Gandalf "Why the Halfling?" in Rivendell, his hair changes of position some times: at the beginning he has a lock of fair falling by his left side, but later all his hair is slicked-back. Finally, a few hair cross his face, which are removed by Galadriel.
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When Gandalf shows the Morgul's blade in the White Council, the sword's covering changes of position some times.
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While the White Council is gathered in Rivendell, Saruman is being shot from his left side, where you can see that his hair is a bit 'wavy' but when the camera turns back to shoot right in front of him - you can see his hair is utterly smooth.
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When Thorin speaks to Balin in Bag End, the key he is holding changes orientation in his hand between shots.
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When the troll steals the ponies, Fili says that he stole "Daisy" and "Bungo". (Names of the ponies). And next, when Bilbo actually sees the ponies, he says that the troll stole "Myrtle" and "Minty".
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Revealing mistakes 

When the party is captured by the Goblins and Bilbo crawls away, a Goblin's CGI foot passes through the bridge he's walking on.
Gandalf's contacts are visible in close-up shots, particularly scenes around the table at Bilbo's.
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Early in the journey, as the Dwarves, Bilbo, and Gandalf are riding in the rain, none of the characters are really wet. In the downpour, water should be streaming down Bilbo's face and off of Gandalf's hat and beard.
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At the end of Bilbo's handkerchief scene, the lead horse's shaggy costume has come undone at its backside under the tail.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Just before the Eagles rescue Thorin and Company, Thorin's sword is lying to the side of him, too far for him to reach. Yet when the Eagle scoops him up, the sword lies on top of him.
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Continuity 

In various scenes in Goblin Town, as Gandalf is using his sword, the same sword is also sheathed in his scabbard, however in the last scene before they make it out, the scabbard is empty.
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Continuity 

After exiting the Goblin dungeon, when Thorin is thrown to the ground by Azog's warg, the Goblin Cleaver is clearly thrown to the ground, and is clearly out of reach and he faints. When the eagle grasps Thorin in his talons, the Goblin Cleaver is holstered with him.
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