• Continuity

    When Sam stabs Shelob in the eye with Sting, the blade is covered with blood, but when it is knocked out of his hand in the next shot, it's perfectly clean.

  • Continuity

    After Eowyn decapitates the Witch King's fellbeast, the severed head disappears.

  • Continuity

    After the negotiations with the Mouth of Sauron (Extended DVD version), Aragorn decapitates the Mouth of Sauron. The Black Gates open, and the Orcs march out, but as the camera pulls back to a wide angle shot showing Aragorn and the others ride back to their army, there is no sign of the Mouth's body, or of his horse.

  • Continuity

    The elf standing behind Elrond, Galadriel and Celeborn at the Grey Havens changes position several times between shots.

  • Continuity

    In the Coronation scene, when Aragorn bows to the four hobbits, in the close shot they are closely surrounded by a crowd of people. In the wide shot the hobbits are all along on a dais.

  • Continuity

    During the early stages of the Battle of Pelennor Fields (at Minas Tirith), the two sides use massive trebuchets against one another, loaded up with large stones and fiery projectiles. However, later in the battle, when the Rohirrim arrive, and later when the oliphaunts [sic] and army of the dead do battle, these large blocks have disappeared from the battlefield. Several towers in the city of Minas Tirith which we see smashed during the early fighting, also appear to be intact later on.

  • Continuity

    Before Eowyn delivers the first blow to the Witch King's Fell Beast, you can clearly see the cut through the beast's neck although no blows have been administered just yet.

  • Continuity

    At the end, when the four Hobbits are entering Grey Havens, Sam is wearing a yellow vest with brown buttons over a white shirt. When Frodo makes his way onto the ship and turns back to smile at his friends, Sam is no longer wearing the yellow vest. The vest is still not there when the three Hobbits turn to leave the Grey Havens. When Sam is holding his daughter, he is once again wearing the yellow vest. On the Extended Edition DVD they explain this mistake.

  • Continuity

    In the Voice of Saruman, after Saruman has fallen onto the spiked wheel it begins to turn, causing the Palantir to fall from his robe. When it is shown splashing into the water, the wheel is not turning, but continues to turn after the Palantir has landed on the ground.

  • Continuity

    When Saruman falls from the roof, he turns backward and falls top-of-body first, meaning that he is toppling counter-clockwise when viewed from stage left (the camera's view, in this sequence): In the brief moment showing him reaching the bottom of the tower (just before smashing on the water wheel), his body is toppling clockwise, still viewed from the left.

  • Continuity

    In the "Voice of Saruman" scene, as the characters approach Saruman's tower, the waterwheel is to their left and parallel to their path. When Saruman falls on it, it has moved directly in front of the characters and perpendicular to their path.

  • Continuity

    When Frodo finishes writing the book, he reaches for the stab wound on his shoulder with the writing quill in hand. Then Sam walks in and in the next shot, Frodo's hand is still by his shoulder, but the quill is gone.

  • Continuity

    After defeating Shelob, Sam runs to Frodo. He lays Sting down next to him, on an area of dirt with a couple rocks sticking up. But later, when we see Sting glow blue, it's on perfectly level dirt ground.

  • Continuity

    When Sam deals the killing blow to Shelob, he is shown pulling Sting from her belly two times, first at the end of one view, then again about a second into a different view.

  • Continuity

    When Eowyn kills the Witch King, her arm is hurt and she keeps holding it close to her body. But when she stands up after Merry stabs him she uses her hurt arm to push herself up.

  • Continuity

    Nearing the end of the film where we see Frodo, Sam, Pippin and Merry having a drink at the Green Dragon, Frodo places four mugs on the table. The first sequence has two green mugs on the right and two brown mugs on the left. The second shot shows the mugs with a brown and green mug on each side of the table. Frodo puts the other brown mug in front of Merry, but in the next shot the other brown mug is in front of Pippin.

  • Continuity

    In the scene of Theoden's death, a black line appears and disappears between shots on the right side of Eowyn's forehead, over her eyebrow.

  • Continuity

    When Frodo is writing in the book, and stops because of the pain from his wound, he has only had enough time to write a couple of words. However, when Sam looks at it, the whole title is there.

  • Continuity

    Toward the very end of the film, as Frodo finishes writing, he presses his hand to his chest. His quill is clearly visible between his fingers, and yet when the scene is cut to a slightly different angle, the quill disappears.

  • Factual errors

    When Sméagol/Gollum falls into the lava, he sinks while the ring floats. In fact, lava, albeit a fluid, is sufficiently dense that a body would not sink into it, and rather sufficiently hot that the body would burst into flames. Metal, in the form of, say, a ring, is denser than rock and would sink, although it might melt before it sank very far.

  • Plot holes

    Frodo is covered completely in a web cocoon when Sam grabs him and frees his face. Frodo's neck is still wrapped when the orcs take him. Sam somehow took the ring and chain from around Frodo's neck without disturbing the cocoon as he has it when he rescues Frodo later.

  • Revealing mistakes

    At the end of the movie when the four hobbits are at the Green Dragon and Sam works up the nerve to approach Rosie, Frodo has all 10 of his fingers. Gollum had bitten off the finger Frodo placed the One Ring on at Mount Doom.

  • Revealing mistakes

    The round doors on the houses in The Shire are always shown as being much larger then hobbits, but at the end of the movie, Sam and his wife have to bend over to get inside their house.

  • Revealing mistakes

    When Frodo and Sam are on the rock at the foot of the exploding Mount Doom, there is a shot of Frodo's left hand where the hand is completely clean and the finger is still there.

  • Revealing mistakes

    In the scene where Frodo is hanging on the ledge in Mt. Doom; as Frodo grabs Sam's hand, you can clearly see that the finger that's supposed to be cut off is actually curled up.

  • Revealing mistakes

    In Mount Doom, after Frodo puts The One Ring on and Gollum jumps on his back, as they struggle, Frodo starts moving around. At some points in this scene, judging after Gollum's position on invisible Frodo's back, Frodo appears to be in mid-air.

  • Revealing mistakes

    While Eowyn delivers the decapitating blow to the Witch King's Fell Beast, the path of her sword swing does not come close to matching the location of the eventual sword strike on the beast's neck.