Favorite Movie Moments - The Two Towers


Magic Moment # 1
Set-up: The ruins of Osgiliath just after the Nazgul.
Frodo's realization he is overwhelmed and his broken words to Sam, "What are we holding onto, Sam?"
Contributed by: Primula

Magic Moment # 2
Set-up: The top of the ridge overlooking Helm's Deep.
Eomer's heartfelt cry of "To the King!" and the beginning of the surge of horses down to the valley...also the way that Gandalf and Shadowfax are glowing white as they leap into the fray over those terrible pikestaffs.
Contributed by: Primula & Boriel

Magic Moment # 3
Set-up: Fangorn Forest, when Gandalf reveals who he is..
The tears that form in Aragorn's eyes, Gimli's choked, joyful sob of "Gandalf" and Legolas' look of pure joy.
Contributed by samwisegirl & sarahstitcher

Magic Moment # 4
Set-up: Theoden's restoration.
Theoden's words, "Dark have been my dreams of late."
Contributed by samwisegirl

Magic Moment # 5
Set-up: Gamling aiding Theoden in dressing for battle.
The recitation of the verse, "Where is the horse and the rider..." with the blue-white backlighting streaming in.
Contributed by: Old Toby & Linaewen

Magic Moment # 6
Set-up: Just after the recitation of the above verse.
That one line - "How did it come to this?" and the bleak look on Theoden's face.
Contributed by: Old Toby

Magic Moment # 7
Set-up: Theoden's restoration.
Hama's giving Herugrim into Theoden's hands, and the look of joy and hope in his face as Theoden takes it.
Contributed by: samwisegirl

Magic Moment # 8
Set-up: Just after the tumble down the stairs in Osgiliath.
Frodo Pulling sting on Sam and the look on Frodo's face when Sam say's "it's me...It's your Sam...Don't you know your Sam?"
Contributed by: Lizmybit & Rohan Rider

Magic Moment # 9
Set-up: Frodo and Sam by the stream's edge, discussing Gollum and the Ring.
Frodo's fierce "What do you know about it? Nothing!" to Sam when he tells Frodo he can't save Gollum.
Contributed by: Lizmybit

Magic Moment # 10
Set-up: Sam cooking the brace of coney.
Gollum's disgust and exclamation of "Stupid, fat Hobbit!" and Sam's look back at him.
Contributed by: Lizmybit

Magic Moment # 11
Set-up:  The Golden Hall of Edoras, when Eomer confronts Grima.
Eomer's "How long is it since Saruman bought you? What was the promised price, Gríma? When all the men are dead you will take your share of the treasure?"
Contributed by: Lizmybit

Magic Moment # 12
Set-up: Smeagol and Gollum argue.
"But, he's my friend!" followed by "You don't have any friends - nobody likes you !"
Contributed by:  Lizmybit & Kimbo

Magic Moment # 13
Set-up: Fangorn Forest.
Pippin: "Don’t talk to it, Merry. Don’t encourage it."
Contributed by Lizmybit

Magic Moment # 14
Set-up: The Golden Hall of Edoras.
Grima's hideously longing, aching look at the unreachable Eowyn.
Contributed by Primula

Magic Moment # 15
Set-up: Fangorn Forest.
Gandalf's bemused, then accepting look and tone: "Gandalf? Yes... That's what they used to call me. Gandalf the Grey. That was my name."
Contributed by: Lizmybit

Magic Moment # 16
Set-up: Theoden's restoration.
The "changing" of his face as he is brought back to his right mind.
Contributed by: Lizmybit

Magic Moment # 17
Set-up: Rivendell.
Elrond's look of stern despair as he tries to convince Arwen to reject this fate.
Contributed by: Anborn1

Magic Moment # 18
Set-up: Rivendell.
Arwen mourning by Aragorn's tomb, with her veil, and the autumn leaves.
Contributed by: Anborn1 & Boriel

Magic Moment # 19
Set-up: Osgiliath.
When Frodo gives that terrible sigh of defeat and begins to put on the Ring on the parapet.
Contributed by: Anborn1, Bluebell & Primula

Magic Moment # 20
Set-up: Helm's Deep when they are preparing for war.
The looks on the faces of the men as the doors open and the stern, disciplined Elves march in.
Contributed by: Anborn1, Tori*Took & True-Hearted Easterling

Magic Moment # 21
Set-up: Henneth Annun.
When Sam is trying to convince Frodo to put on the Ring and escape - the expression on Frodo's face is incredible, especially those eyes! Such pain, grief, fear and sorrow communicated in that look.
Contributed by: Anborn1

Magic Moment # 22
Set-up: Osgiliath.
Sam's impassioned speech.
Contributed by: Everyone!

Magic Moment # 23
Set-up: The beginning of the Warg attack.
Legolas' marvelous leap onto that horse!
Contributed by Auntkimby35

Magic Moment # 24
Set-up: Sam and Frodo following Gollum away from Osgiliath..
Frodo's wistful smile as he says "Frodo wouldn't have got far without Sam."
Contributed by Lithilien Quicksilver

Magic Moment # 25
Set-up: Rivendell.
Arwen's gasping attempt to maintain her courage as Elrond tells her of her future fate.
Contributed by: Lithilien Quicksilver

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Magic Moment # 26
Set-up: Sam and Frodo following Gollum away from Osgiliath..
Sam's hitching his straps up on his shoulder and giving a half smile as he repeats to himself, "Samwise the Brave."
Contributed by: Tori*Took

Magic Moment # 27
Set-up: Sam and Frodo by the stream.
The utter desperation in Frodo's eyes when Sam tells him he can't save Smeagol - as the realization that if he can't save Smeagol, what hope is there for him?
Contributed by: Vik

Magic Moment # 28
Set-up: At the burial mounds outside of Edoras.
The grief of Theoden as he mourns for Theodred. Wow.
Contributed by: Vik, Lizmybit & Lindar7

Magic Moment # 29
Set-up: The restoration of Theoden.
When Theoden says "I know your face!" to Eowyn, and her smile of joy.
Contributed by: Linaewen & sarahstitcher

Magic Moment # 30
Set-up: Rivendell.
Arwen expressing her love for Elrond and burying her face in his shoulder, in the midst of her despair over Aragorn.
Contributed by: Linaewen

Magic Moment # 31
Set-up: Helm's Deep.
Aragorn leading the charge into the ranks of the Enemy after the breaching of the wall.
Contributed by: Linaewen

Magic Moment # 32
Set-up: Osgiliath.
Faramir, when reminded of his father's laws about releasing prisoners. His firm "Than it shall be forfeit."
Contributed by: Linaewen

Magic Moment # 33
Set-up: Henneth Annun.
The grieving break in Faramir's voice when he tells them "Boromir was my brother."
Contributed by Linaewen

Magic Moment # 34
Set-up: Outskirts of Isengard.
The Ents marching on Isengard, with two small hobbits in Elven cloaks at their head.
Contributed by Linaewen

Magic Moment # 35
Set-up: Helm's Deep.
Theoden, Aragorn and company riding out to meet the enemy at dawn in that final, almost suicidal charge.
Contributed by: Linaewen

Magic Moment # 36
Set-up: Helm's Deep.
Eomer, Gandalf and the Rohirrim's mad dash down the hill to meet Saruman's army, and the lances lowering to meet them.
Contributed by: Linaewen

Magic Moment # 37
Set-up: Isengard.
The Ents marching in and Saruman's expression when he sees them.
Contributed by: Tori*Took

Magic Moment # 38
Set-up: Fangorn Forest at the Entmoot..
Merry's speech to Pippin, telling him how the "fires of Isengard" will spread, and "There won't be a Shire, Pippin," and Pippin's expression on his face as Merry confronts him with that truth.
Contributed by: Tori*Took, Avondster & Hobbitlove

Magic Moment # 39
Set-up: Fangorn Forest, riding on Treebeard.
Pippin's sudden cry to Treebeard, "Turn around, take us South!" and Merry's confused look up at him.
Contributed by: Tori*Took

Magic Moment # 40
Set-up: Helm's Deep.
Aragorn bidding farewell to Haldir.
Contributed by: Varda

Magic Moment # 41
Set-up: Helm's Deep.
Legolas' look, and Aragorn's reaction when Legolas presses the Evenstar into his hand.
Contributed by: Varda

Magic Moment # 42
Set-up: Rivendell.
The scene where Aragorn is thinking of Arwen, and the scene cuts to their private moment in Rivendell, and she's expressing her faith in him.
Contributed by: sarahstitcher

Magic Moment # 43

Set-up: The Dead Marshes.
The disbelieving, almost shocked look on Smeagol's face when Frodo first names him.
Contributed by: Primula

Magic Moment # 44
Set-up: The opening scene.
That magnificent shot of the sunlit snowy mountain ridges. Bearthtaking!
Contributed by: Primula

Magic Moment # 45
Set-up: Helm's Deep.
Aragorn getting ready for combat.
Contributed by: Fan Forever

Magic Moment # 46
Set-up: Fangorn Forest
Legolas' eyes when he sees Gandalf again.
Contributed by: Fan Forever

Magic Moment # 47
Set-up: Opening scenes.
The entire fight between Gandalf and the Balrog  - utterly captivating.
Contributed by: Lothithil, Icarus and True-Hearted Easterling

Magic Moment # 48
Set-up: Isengard.
When the Ents wade into Isenguard and start lowering (or raising, depends on how you look at it) the property values of Orthanc.
My whole being surges to that fabulous music!  It's very poignant when all of the races are moving to war, and the Ents were the last ones to succumb to battling the enemy.
Contributed by: Lothithil & Tinuviel

Magic Moment # 49
Set-up: The Emyn Muil
Frodo's expression, and Sam's hand on Frodo's shoulder when he wakes from the dream of Gandalf.
Contributed by: Lothithil & True-Hearted Easterling

Magic Moment # 50
Set-up: Merry and Pippin being carried along by the Uruk-hai.
Pippin's sight of Merry, unconscious and bound onto the back of an orc .
Contributed by: Lothithil

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Magic Moment # 51
Set-up: The Uruk-Hai camp.
Pippin's wry smile when Merry wakes and says they made a mistake, leaving the Shire.
Contributed by: Lothithil

Magic Moment # 52
Set-up: The Black Gate.
Frodo and Sam under the elf-cloak, their faces close and you can not breath because the Easterling might hear you and find them!.
Contributed by: Lothithil & True-Hearted Easterling

Magic Moment # 53
Set-up: The Dead Marshes
When the Nazgul flies overhead and Frodo swoons and clutches his wound, overcome with terror and pain once again. Also, Smeagol's look and attitude: "Dead? No, you cannot kill them, no."
Contributed by Lothithil & True-Hearted Easterling

Magic Moment # 54
Set-up: Henneth Annun
That look in Sam's face when Frodo lies to Faramir.
Contributed by Lothithil

Magic Moment # 55
Set-up: The outskirts of Osgiliath.
The desperate sound of Frodo's voice when he begs Faramir to release him.
Contributed by: Lothithil

Magic Moment # 56
Set-up: Henneth Annun
Faramir staring into the fire; I believe that he is recalling the vision he had of his brother.  Also, our first glimpse of him when he is partially "veiled" at the ambush - he so very much resembles Boromir there.
Contributed by: Lothithil & Boriel

Magic Moment # 57
Set-up: The Black Gate
The creepy argument at the Black Gate, when Smeagol is talking, and he slides back and forth between Gollum and Smeagol-voice so quickly.
Contributed by: Lothithil

Magic Moment # 58
Set-up: Leaving Osgiliath.
The tired, loving smile on Frodo's face when her overhears Sam trying out the title "Samwise the Brave."
Contributed by: Lothithil & Tinuviel

Magic Moment # 59
Set-up: The plains of Rohan.
Aragorn lifting Pippin's Lorien brooch out of the grass.
Contributed by: Primula

Magic Moment # 60

Set-up: The Plains of Rohan.
The amazing cinematic sunrise and sunset shots of the Three Hunters, running.
Contributed by: Bluebell

Magic Moment # 61
Set-up: Rohan.
The first time we see the Riders, led by Eomer, as they come up over the hill and surround the Three Hunters.
Contributed by: Bluebell

Magic Moment # 62
Set-up: Edoras.
The panoramic beauty of those shots of windswept Eowyn standing out in front of the Golden Hall.
Contributed by: Primula & Agi

Magic Moment # 63
Set-up: The Dead Marshes
The look on Frodo's face when he realizes it was Smeagol, not Sam, who rescued him from the marshes.
Contributed by Lothithil & Icarus

Magic Moment # 64
Set-up: Henneth Annun
When the will of Smeagol is broken by the tormenting Gollum.
Contributed by Tinuviel

Magic Moment # 65
Set-up: The Uruk-Hai camp.
When Pippin worries over Merry when he's hurt and crawls over to him, and Merry lifts his head and whispers "I think we might have made a mistake leaving the Shire, Pippin." And that relieved smile from Pip.
Contributed by: Avondster & Lizmybit

Magic Moment # 66
Set-up: The Entmoot.
Merry's impassioned plea to the Ents, and his discouragement when they tell him to simply go home.
Contributed by: Avondster

Magic Moment # 67
Set-up: Helm's Deep
When Aragorn tells Legolas that 'there is nothing to forgive.'
Contributed by: Avondster

Magic Moment # 68
Set-up: Sam and Frodo by the stream.
The sneer that Frodo Gives to Sam when Sam confronts him about not eating, or sleeping and letting the Ring take a hold of him.
Contributed by: Lizmybit

Magic Moment # 69
Set-up: The oliphaunt in Ithilien.
The smile that Sam gives when he see's the Oliphaunt's and says "no one at home will believe this"
Contributed by: Lizmybit & Ansis

Magic Moment # 70
Set-up: The Uruk-Hai camp.
That statement of evident fact - "looks like meat's back on the menu, boys!"
Contributed by: Lizmybit & True-Hearted Easterling

Magic Moment # 71
Set-up: Rohan's migration.
Aragon mimicking to Eowyn "it's the beards" when Gimli is talking about dwarf women.
Contributed by: Orangeblossom Took & True-Hearted Easterling

Magic Moment # 72
Set-up: The entrance to Meduseld
Gandalf winking at Aragon after saying (to the Rohan guards) "Would you part an old man from his walking stick?"
Contributed by: Orangeblossom Took & sarahstitcher

Magic Moment # 73
Set-up: The parapet of Osgiliath.
The look on Frodo's face when he offers the Ring to the Nazgul- its all in the eyes.
Contributed by thepinkrider

Magic Moment # 74
Set-up: The end of the Warg attack.
When Theoden says to Legolas, 'Leave the dead.' after Aragorn tumbles over the cliff with the Warg, then tells him to "Come." .
Contributed by Isilme

Magic Moment # 75
Set-up: The Uruk-Hai camp.
Aragorn kneeling on the ground at the mound of smoldering Orcs, right before he catches Pippin's and Merry's trail.
Contributed by: Isilme

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Magic Moment # 76
Set-up: Fangorn Forest.
The look on Merry's face when Ugluk (or is it Grishnak?) grabs his ankle and yanks him from the tree.  
Contributed by: Isilme

Magic Moment # 77
Set-up: The pool at Henneth Annun.
The look Frodo has when he stops Faramir from shooting Smeagol, Frodo truly realizes he and Smeagol are linked.
Contributed by: Isilme

Magic Moment # 78
Set-up: The boundaries of Mordor.
Gollum covering his eyes at the Black Gate.
Contributed by: Isilme

Magic Moment # 79
Set-up: Gandalf enters Hobbiton with Frodo.
The lembas bread scene, when Sam sardonically pulls more lembas bread out of his pack, and then tries to be cheerful about it.
Contributed by: RosieCotton & True-Hearted Easterling

Magic Moment # 80
Set-up: The boundary of Fangorn Forest.
The beauty and grace of Shadowfax being shown to us for the first time as he crests the rise, seeking Gandalf.
Contributed by: Primula

Magic Moment # 81
Set-up: Henneth Annun
"Your bodyguard?"
"His gardener."
Contributed by: True-Hearted Easterling  & Icarus

Magic Moment # 82
Set-up: The Black Gate.
T he first close-up of the Easterling soldiers. Man, are they cool looking!  Especially their eyes.
Contributed by: True-Hearted Easterling & Ansis

Magic Moment # 83
Set-up: The pool of Henneth Annun
Smeagol's desperate cry of disbelief that he would be betrayed, right before his head is covered. "Master!"
Contributed by: Primula

Magic Moment # 84
Set-up: The opening scene in Moria
That incredible plunge into the depths with Gandalf - especially when they fall in a fiery ball towards the water.
Contributed by: Isilme, sarahstitcher & True-Hearted Easterling

Magic Moment # 85
Set-up: The Uruk-Hai camp.
When the Rohirrim catch up to the Uruk-Hai. As they come galloping into the Uruk camp, one of the riders turns and fires at an Uruk behind him. I have no doubt he nailed him. It looks like Eomer, but I don't know for sure. That's one for the DVD slo-mo.
Contributed by: Joyful

Magic Moment # 86
Set-up: Helm's Deep.
Gimli's voice ringing out over Helm's Deep: "19!... 20!... 21!"  
Contributed by: Icarus

Magic Moment # 87
Set-up: Meduseld.
That split second when Aragorn's not really sure Eowyn's not going to drive her sword between his eyes.
Contributed by: Icarus

Magic Moment # 88
Set-up: Helm's Deep.
Haldir's look of shock when Aragorn hugs him.
Contributed by: Icarus

Magic Moment # 89
Set-up: Fangorn Forest.
Treebeard scooping Merry up on the fly in Fangorn.
Contributed by: Icarus

Magic Moment # 90
Set-up: Helm's Deep.
Aragorn ordering the Elves behind the wall to start firing... very reminiscent of the prologue to FotR and Elrond's doing the same.
Contributed by: Icarus

Magic Moment # 91
Set-up: Helm's Deep.
Gimli's "It's a little tight across the chest," was priceless! The looks on Legolas's and Aragorn's faces as they try not to laugh at Gimli in his Rohan mail.
Contributed by: Icarus & True-Hearted Easterling

Magic Moment # 92
Set-up: On the riverbank.
Aragorn slowly recovering and Brego nuzzling his nose.
Contributed by: blooming

Magic Moment # 93
Set-up: The Dead Marshes.
The way Frodo's mouth moves while he's caressing the Ring. Also the way Frodo's eyes shift back and forth when he is fondling the Ring and hears Gollum talking to himself as if he has it.
Contributed by: Hobbitlove & True-Hearted Easterling

Magic Moment # 94
Set-up: Edoras.
The Rohan flag lifting into the air by Eowyn, then drifting to the ground as Aragorn watches it.
Contributed by: Hobbitlove

Magic Moment # 95
Set-up: Meduseld.
Eomer. "Warmongering?"  So much in that one word.
Contributed by: Hobbitlove

Magic Moment # 96
Set-up: Rohan.
"You would be dead before your stroke fell!" along with the priceless look on Legolas's face as he says it to Eomer.
Contributed by: True-Hearted Easterling

Magic Moment # 97
Set-up: The Dead Marshes.
Hearing Elrond's battle cry under the music in the Dead Marshes.  
Contributed by: True-Hearted Easterling

Magic Moment # 98
Set-up: Frodo and Sam capturing Gollum.
The intensity of the look on Frodo's face when he holds Sting to Gollum's throat.
Contributed by: True-Hearted Easterling

Magic Moment # 99
Set-up: Fangorn Forest
Treebeard's long pause and Merry's eyebrow raising question mark to him.
Contributed by: True-Hearted Easterling

Magic Moment # 100
Set-up: Frodo and Sam leaving Osgiliath
Sam impatiently pushing away of the guard's hands as soon as Faramir pronounces them free.
Contributed by: Bluebell