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"The Return of the King" - Look, More Bloopers! Quiz


This quiz poses additional questions on bloopers and editing discontinuities in Peter Jackson's "The Return of the King." This quiz has been updated per the newly-released Extended Edition. Good luck, and enjoy!

A multiple-choice quiz by traderider. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
traderider
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
181,386
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
2857
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Top 35% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. "The Return of the King" opens with Smeagol and Deagol fishing from a boat that resembles a shallow washtub. Deagol is pulled overboard and into the water, whose surface is smooth with no hint of a current, and shortly thereafter he finds the One Ring. What is it about Deagol finding the One Ring in a calm and idyllic body of water that is inconsistent with how the One Ring was originally lost? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. After Pippin lights the warning beacon atop Minas Tirith, we see a succession of beacons being lit all the way back to Edoras, where Aragorn sees the last of the fires being set. Pippin lights the first beacon in early daylight, and the scene with Aragorn also occurs just after sunrise. What editing discontinuity happens between these two scenes? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. As the life of the Eldar leaves Arwen Undomiel, we see her reading a book of lore that shows (on the right-hand side) a representation of the western entrance to Moria. A split-second later, when she drops the book, the contents of the right-hand page have changed to text. Where does this heart-breaking scene occur?
Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. When Gollum throws the remaining lembas off the cliffside above Minas Morgul, the bread and leaves are scattered in the wind. However, we see later that the some of the lembas is once again partially enclosed in some of the leaves. Which character finds this somewhat magical re-packaging?

Answer: (1 word, 3 letters)
Question 5 of 10
5. As King Theoden rides before the front ranks of his horsemen, we see Eowyn avert her eyes. We assume the screenplay includes this action to emphasize that she is in disguise and wishes not to be recognized by her uncle. However, what important element of this scene might draw Theoden's attention to her anyway?
Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Sir Ian McKellen's riding double appears at certain points in the movie trilogy, and is clearly recognizable when Gandalf interrupts Denethor's plans for a funeral pyre. What type of weapon does Gandalf employ to help interrupt these proceedings? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Billy Boyd's body double is evident throughout "The Return of the King," most often in the company of Gandalf as they speed through the landscape astride Shadowfax. However, when Aragorn leads an army away from Minas Tirith, after the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, there is something strange about the "Pippin" riding with Gandalf. What is the problem? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. The combined army of Gondor and Rohan appears before the Black Gates of Mordor to stage a diversion for Frodo and Sam. Between Aragorn's impassioned speech to the soldiers and his headlong charge into the ranks of the orcs, what elements of the scene disappear without even a cursory explanation? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Frodo, Sam, and Gollum carry out the tragic ending of their drama on the jutting shelf of rock inside Mount Doom. In between the moment that Frodo puts on the One Ring, and the time Gollum attacks the invisible Frodo, what do we first see clearly, and then not see, on the surface of the rock?
Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Towards the end of the movie, we see an extended close-up of Gandalf as he starts to laugh. We cannot help but notice that underneath Gandalf's white mustache, his skin is very shiny, likely from the adhesive used to keep the fake mustache in place. Who is Gandalf looking at when we view this piece of cosmetic work?

Answer: (1 word, 5 letters)

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. "The Return of the King" opens with Smeagol and Deagol fishing from a boat that resembles a shallow washtub. Deagol is pulled overboard and into the water, whose surface is smooth with no hint of a current, and shortly thereafter he finds the One Ring. What is it about Deagol finding the One Ring in a calm and idyllic body of water that is inconsistent with how the One Ring was originally lost?

Answer: The One Ring was lost in a fast-moving river

The prologue to "The Fellowship of the Ring" shows Isildur being shot by arrows in the back and afterwards, the body of the High King of Gondor is carried downstream by the river. The One Ring drops to the bottom of the river, there to wait for its opportunity over the next 2500 years.

It certainly is possible that the course of the Anduin River could have changed course over those 2500 years (especially the portion of the Anduin where the One Ring was lost), but from all appearances, Smeagol and Deagol were fishing in either a pond or a small lake. I suppose it was easier and safer to film this flashback scene with Smeagol and Deagol on a pond or a small lake, since many of New Zealand's rivers have dangerous fast-moving currents.
2. After Pippin lights the warning beacon atop Minas Tirith, we see a succession of beacons being lit all the way back to Edoras, where Aragorn sees the last of the fires being set. Pippin lights the first beacon in early daylight, and the scene with Aragorn also occurs just after sunrise. What editing discontinuity happens between these two scenes?

Answer: Some of the beacons are shown at night

The lighting of the beacons progresses from east-southeast to the west-northwest. If we are to assume that each beacon is lit as soon as the previous one is fully engulfed, then we should expect lighting conditions to regress from early daylight to sunrise. Therefore, the presentation of a few beacons in a nighttime setting during the middle of this sequence is not quite right--but it does provide viewers with a spectacular sight.
3. As the life of the Eldar leaves Arwen Undomiel, we see her reading a book of lore that shows (on the right-hand side) a representation of the western entrance to Moria. A split-second later, when she drops the book, the contents of the right-hand page have changed to text. Where does this heart-breaking scene occur?

Answer: Rivendell

Arwen returns to Rivendell after seeing a vision of her son with Aragorn. She is sitting on a divan when we see this rapid change in book contents.
4. When Gollum throws the remaining lembas off the cliffside above Minas Morgul, the bread and leaves are scattered in the wind. However, we see later that the some of the lembas is once again partially enclosed in some of the leaves. Which character finds this somewhat magical re-packaging?

Answer: Sam

Sam finds the lembas further down the slope, after he is sent home by Frodo. Sam's discovery is clear evidence of Gollum's treachery and Sam returns up the steep stairs, just in time to rescue Frodo from Shelob.
5. As King Theoden rides before the front ranks of his horsemen, we see Eowyn avert her eyes. We assume the screenplay includes this action to emphasize that she is in disguise and wishes not to be recognized by her uncle. However, what important element of this scene might draw Theoden's attention to her anyway?

Answer: The hobbit sitting on Eowyn's horse

Eowyn wears armor and a helm that are generally indistinguishable from those of the other Rohirrim, and her long golden hair is mostly indistinguishable from the hair of the men in any case. However, it would be difficult for Theoden to fail to notice the hobbit--much smaller in stature compared to the other Rohirrim--sitting on the same horse as Eowyn.
6. Sir Ian McKellen's riding double appears at certain points in the movie trilogy, and is clearly recognizable when Gandalf interrupts Denethor's plans for a funeral pyre. What type of weapon does Gandalf employ to help interrupt these proceedings?

Answer: A pike

Gandalf grabs a pike from one of the guards standing at the doorway and uses it to knock Denethor onto the floor. Later, Shadowfax kicks Denethor back onto the flames--a downward kick that sends the Steward of Gondor flying upward, which is a very interesting combination indeed.

It is interesting to note that this scene was the first in which Gandalf fights without his staff, a mystery that is solved in the Extended Version!
7. Billy Boyd's body double is evident throughout "The Return of the King," most often in the company of Gandalf as they speed through the landscape astride Shadowfax. However, when Aragorn leads an army away from Minas Tirith, after the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, there is something strange about the "Pippin" riding with Gandalf. What is the problem?

Answer: It is not the body double, it is actually an inanimate dummy

This likely blooper is very difficult to catch, especially on a smaller screen, because the scene only lasts for a couple of seconds. We see a wide view of Aragorn leading a column of soldiers away from the main gate of Minas Tirith, and Gandalf is stubbornly holding onto the left arm of "Pippin" to keep him from falling off.

Some may disagree, but this "Pippin" really does look like a stiff and inanimate dummy.
8. The combined army of Gondor and Rohan appears before the Black Gates of Mordor to stage a diversion for Frodo and Sam. Between Aragorn's impassioned speech to the soldiers and his headlong charge into the ranks of the orcs, what elements of the scene disappear without even a cursory explanation?

Answer: The horses

The eagles and the Nazgul do not make their appearance until after the battle starts. Neither side brings archers to this final confrontation, which is surprising because thousands of archers (on both sides) are present earlier in the film. On the other hand, the horses on which Aragorn and many others have ridden up from Minas Tirith become "missing in action" just before the battle starts.
9. Frodo, Sam, and Gollum carry out the tragic ending of their drama on the jutting shelf of rock inside Mount Doom. In between the moment that Frodo puts on the One Ring, and the time Gollum attacks the invisible Frodo, what do we first see clearly, and then not see, on the surface of the rock?

Answer: Frodo's footprints

Just after Frodo disappears, we see Sam tracking his fellow hobbit's movements by the footprints Frodo is leaving on the surface of the rock. After Gollum attacks Frodo, we see Gollum moving around in thin air as he struggles with the invisible Frodo--but there are no signs of footprints.
10. Towards the end of the movie, we see an extended close-up of Gandalf as he starts to laugh. We cannot help but notice that underneath Gandalf's white mustache, his skin is very shiny, likely from the adhesive used to keep the fake mustache in place. Who is Gandalf looking at when we view this piece of cosmetic work?

Answer: Frodo

This scene occurs after Frodo and Sam are rescued from the slopes of Mount Doom. The manner in which Frodo wakes up with Gandalf watching over him is certainly reminiscent of the scene in Rivendell, after Frodo has (mostly) recovered from the Witch King's stab wound.

This scene also starts my most favorite part of the movie and the entire trilogy--the final parting of the Fellowship, leading towards the final goodbye at the Grey Havens.
Source: Author traderider

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