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Synopsis: After having split up the fellowship, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas attempt to rescue Merry and Pippin while Sam and Frodo head for Mordor.


Reaction: The attack at Helm's Deep is an instant classic. This may be the best of the series. You have to be ready to sit for quite a while, though.


Personal Rating: 9/10

Select Cast and Crew
Peter Jackson => Director / Writer / Rohirrim Warrior
Fran Walsh => Writer
Philippa Boyens => Writer
Howard Shore => Composer
J.R.R. Tolkien => Novel
Alan Lee => Man of Rohan
Andy Serkis => Gollum
Bernard Hill => Théoden - King of Rohan
Billy Boyd => Peregrin 'Pippin' Took
Brad Dourif => Grima Wormtongue
Bruce Hopkins => Gamling
Cate Blanchett => Galadriel - Lady of Lórien
Christopher Lee => Saruman the White
Craig Parker => Haldir of Lórien
David Wenham => Faramir - Prince of Ithilien
Dominic Monaghan => Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck
Elijah Wood => Frodo Baggins
Hugo Weaving => Elrond Half-elven
Ian McKellen => Gandalf the Grey
John Bach => Madril
John Noble => Denethor II (as John Nogle)
John Rhys-Davies => Voice of Treebeard / Gimli, son of Glóin
Karl Urban => Éomer - Third Marshal of the Riddermark
Liv Tyler => Arwen Undómiel
Miranda Otto => Éowyn - the White Lady of Rohan
Orlando Bloom => Legolas Greenleaf
Paris Howe Strewe => Théodred - Prince of Rohan
Sean Astin => Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee
Sean Bean => Boromir - Captain of the White Tower
Viggo Mortensen => Aragorn II, son of Arathorn - the Dúnadan

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Bernard Hill cracked his sternum while riding his horse.
  • Andy Serkis said he based Gollum's desperation and cravings on the withdrawals of heroin addicts.
  • Bernard Hill was originally considered for the role of Gandalf.
  • Cameo: [Alan Lee] The Concept Designer can be seen as the Rohan collecting weapons at Helm's Deep (to the left when Aragorn yell's "Then I shall die as one of them!").
  • When Grima Wormtongue sees Saruman's army of 10,000, he is so shocked that a tear falls from one of his eyes. This wasn't in the script; it's something that Brad Dourif can do at will, and he and the filmmakers decided that it would work well for the scene.
  • Brad Dourif had to shave his eyebrows off, and because he was recalled several times during the trilogy's filming, he ended up doing that five times over the course of three years.
  • Between takes, Brad Dourif stayed in character by continuing to speak with an English accent until all his footage had been completed. This was so convincing that, at the end, when he spoke with his normal voice again, Bernard Hill thought that his English accent was real and that his American accent must be fake.
  • Orlando Bloom originally auditioned for the role of Faramir.
  • Kate Winslet was offered the role of Eowyn.
  • [?] Patrick McGoohan turned down the role of Gandalf due to poor health.