Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The time of the elves is over.

There is nothing we can do for Frodo.
The quest will claim his life. You have foreseen this.

In Dwimordene, in Lorien
Seldom have walked the feet of Men,
Few mortal eyes have seen the light
That lies here ever, long and bright.
Galadriel! Galadriel!
Clear is the water of your well;
White is the star in your white hand;
Unmarred, unstained is leaf and land
In Dwimordene, in Lorien
More fair than thoughts of Mortal Men.

~ The Two Towers, Book III, Chapter VI, The King of the Golden Hall

Galadriel's Message to Aragorn:

Where now are the Dunedain, Elesaar, Elessar?
Why do thy kinsfolk wander afar?
Near is the hour when the lost should come forth,
And the Grey Company ride from the North.
But dark is the path appointed for thee:
The Dead watch the road that leads to the Sea.

~ The Two Towers, Book III, Chapter V: The White Rider

The role of Eowyn, the White Lady of Rohan, was first offered to Irish actress Alison Doody in December 1999, who had to decline the part because she had just given birth to her second daughter. Miranda Otto then auditioned for the same role.

Viggo Mortensen broke a toe while kicking the steel helmet by the orc pyre.

Viggo Mortensen was so impressed with the horse his character rides that he purchased him from the owners. The horse was shipped back to New Zealand for the additional shots that were filmed in 2002.

Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the hand on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow.
Who shall gather the smoke of the dead wood burning,
Or behold the flowing years from the Sea returning?

~ Aragorn - The Two Towers, Book III, Chapter VI, The King of the Golden Hall

The battle at Helm's Deep was edited down from twenty hours of footage, shot over a three month period with the rain machine battering down on the cast.

Theoden: How many?
Aragorn: Ten thousand strong.
Theoden: Let them come.

Legolas' eyes are brown for the majority of the battle of Helm's Deep, instead of their customary blue. It has been pointed out that elves' eyes change color with their mood. However, a story is reported that, in fact, this particular color change came about when Orlando Bloom's blue contact lenses were forgotten during some of the shooting for this sequence.

  • GIMLI: Oh, come on, we can take 'em.
  • ARAGORN: It's a long way.
  • GIMLI: toss me.
  • ARAGORN: What?
  • GIMLI: I cannot jump the distance you'll have to toss me!
    ...Ahhh, don't tell the elf.
  • ARAGORN: Not a Word
  • Tosses Dwarf

    Gimli:It's luck you live by lad... let's hope it lasts the night.
    Legolas:Your friends are with you Aragorn
    Gimli:Let's hope they last the night

    In the wide shots of Legolas, Aragorn & Gimli running after the Orcs, all three performers are running injured. Orlando Bloom had a couple of broken ribs (from a fall off a horse); Aragorn had a broken toe (from kicking the helmet in the Orcs funeral pyre scene); and Brett Beattie (Gimli's scale double) had a knee injury. Peter Jackson said that all three were very dedicated and continued to film the scene, often yelling "ouch" or "ow" after "Cut" was called.

    Gimli:Come Legolas, there are enough for both of us!

    Galadriel's Message to Legolas:

    Legolas Greenleaf long under tree
    In joy thou hast lived. Beware of the Sea!
    If thou hearest the cry of the gull on the shore,
    Thy heart shall then rest in the forest no more.

    ~ The Two Towers, Book III, Chapter V: The White Rider

    We almost never see Legolas blink. The one exception is when he sets eyes on Galdalf's white horse, Shadowfax: he blinks five times in surprise.

  • I can't see! What's going on?
  • Would you like me to describe it to you? Or shall I fetch you a box?

    A red sun rises, blood has been spilled this night

    Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan spent so much time up the tree (TreeBeard) during the making of the the film that they spent their time between takes writing a screenplay. Additionally, it was so difficult to get up and down to their "perches" that they were left there during breaks while the rest of the crew went off to eat, though someone was kind enough to pass theirs up to them.

    Frodo: I am Frodo Baggins, and this is Samwise Gamgee.
    Faramir: His bodyguard?
    Sam: His gardener.

    The first sequel to be nominated for an Academy Award for best picture when the original film did not win the award itself.

    Last updated: December 10, 2007

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