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Lord of the Rings Trilogy - Restructured to match the Rough cut/Script.

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I have been intending for a while to create a fan edit of the trilogy that re-structured the film to the original chronology corresponding to the script and the rough cuts, filling in the deleted content with stills/subtitles and whatever material can be found in the behind the scenes footage. This is not intended to be an improvement or even a restoration of Jackson’s intentions (the released versions are his preferred ones, after all) merely a curiosity of sorts ala “The Lost Cut” of Star Wars. For some it might be a fun alternative to the extended versions if they intend to watch the entire trilogy in a row.
Since the shooting script is nowhere to be found, I compiled a list of the numbered scenes based on photos of the call sheets, clapboards as seen in the behind the scenes, photos from the storyboards, animatics, etc):

  • SCENE 3-7C Gandalf and Frodo arrive at Hobbiton.
  • SCENE 4 Unidentified scene at forest.
  • SCENE 10 Bilbo’s Party.
  • SCENE 15 Unidentified, dark background.
  • SCENE 19 Nazguls in the Shire.
  • SCENE 26 Gandalf leaves for Isengard (“The enemy has many spies”).
  • SCENE 28 Sam on the cornfield (“If I take one more step…”).
  • SCENE 31 Arrival at Isengard.
  • SCENE 32 Gandalf and Saruman “The Palantir is a dangerous weapon”.
  • SCENE 33 Shortcut to the Mushrooms.
  • SCENE 44 Nazguls enter Bree.
  • SCENE 63 Story of Beren and Luthien.
  • SCENE 68 Frodo stabbed on Weathertop.
  • SCENE 70 Caverns of Isengard.
  • SCENE 76 Flight to the Ford.
  • SCENE 108 The Ring Goes South.
  • SCENE 117 Entrance of Moria.
  • SCENE 130 Fellowship vs. Troll.
  • SCENE 132 Fellowship at the Stairs.
  • SCENE 133 Gandalf vs. Balrog.
  • SCENE 139 Goblins chase Fellowship at Lorien (Deleted scene).
  • SCENE 147 Sam’s poem about Gandalf in Lorien.
  • SCENE 150 Mirror of Galadriel.
  • SCENE 153 Farewell to Lorien.
  • SCENE 164 The Argonath.
  • SCENE 169 Aragorn and Legolas battle Uruks/Boromir’s death.
  • SCENE 169-5A Frodo and Sam reuinted.
  • SCENE 176 Fellowship ending (“I’m glad you’re with me”).
  • SCENE 202 Recap of Gandalf and Balrog.
  • SCENE 207 Urukus quicken pace.
  • SCENE 207 Banishment of Eomer.
  • SCENE 217 Heroes meet Rohirrim.
  • SCENE 239 Taming of Smeagol.
  • SCENE 264 Exodus from Edoras.
  • SCENE 257 The Dead Marshes (“We can’t eat Hobbit food!”)/Dead faces/Smeagol Flashack.
  • SCENE 264 The Black Gate is Closed.
  • SCENE 313 Warg Attack.
  • SCENE 313 Arwen and Galadriel at Lorien (Deleted scene).
  • SCENE 314 Frodo and Sam captured at Ithilien.
  • SCENE 320 The Forbidden Pool.
  • SCENE 322 “So this is the answer to all riddles” DELETED: Faramir * imagines Frodo as Gollum.
  • SCENE 324 Treebeard and the Hobbits (Unknown).
  • SCENE 325 Treebeard and the Hobbits (“South? That would lead us past Isengard”).
  • SCENE 330 Isengard army sets out.
  • SCENE 332 Last March of the Ents.
  • SCENE 333 Brego rescues Aragorn.
  • SCENE 336 Aragorn arrives at Helm’s Deep.
  • SCENE 337 Aragorn informs Theoden of the approaching army.
  • SCENE 345 Battle of the Hornburg (“Release Arrows!”).
  • SCENE 348 Battle of the Hornburg - Ladders.
  • SCENE 349 Battle of the Hornburg - Retreat.
  • SCENE 370 The Road to Insengard.
  • SCENE 371 The Voice of Saruman.
  • SCENE 372 Gandalf Epilogue (“Sauron’s Wrath will be terrible”).
  • SCENE ??? Deleted scene between Legolas & Treebeard.
  • SCENE ??? Arwen’s vision.
  • SCENE 375 Two Towers Ending (“We could let her do it”).
  • SCENE 401 Forging of Anduril.
  • SCENE 402 The Chalice Passed.
  • SCENE 408 Legolas and Aragorn at balcony (“He’s here!”).
  • SCENE 409 Gandalf questions Pippin about what he saw in the Palantir.
  • SCENE 410 Golden Hall (“There was no lie in Pippin’s eyes”).
  • SCENE 411 Morgul Vale (“No safe places around here”).
  • SCENE ??? Golden Hall (“Things are in motion that cannot be undone”).
  • SCENE 420 Osgiliath invaded (“We ride for Minas Tirith”).
  • SCENE 433 Gandalf and Pippin arrive at the citadel and see the White Tree.
  • SCENE 434 Gandalf and Pippin meet Denethor at Minas Tirith.
  • SCENE 440 Task for Pippin/Denethor berates Faramir.
  • SCENE ??? Lighting of the Beacons.
  • SCENE 447 Aragorn informs Theoden of the Beacons.
  • SCENE 450 DELETED: Pippin wakes up in room and sees Gandalf in * balcony.
  • SCENE 460 Gandalf and Pippin in the balcony.
  • SCENE 461 Minas Morgul.
  • SCENE 467 Pippin and Faramir discuss childhood armor.
  • SCENE ??? Allegiance to Denethor/Faramir’s sacrifice.
  • SCENE 470 Pippin and Denethor (“Can you sing, Master Hobbit?”)
  • SCENE 473 Dunharrow (“We have till dawn”).
  • SCENE 474 Dunharrow (“To the smithy")/Vision of Arwen (Deleted scene?).
  • SCENE 478 Dunharrow – Elrond brings Anduril.
  • SCENE 482 Muster of Rohan (“We ride for Gondor!”).
  • SCENE 485 Parting of Frodo and Sam.
  • SCENE 487 Siege of Gondor (Unknown section).
  • SCENE 492 Trio at Paths of the Dead (“I see shapes of men).
  • SCENE 495 Siege of Gondor ("Denethor Has Betrayed Me”).
  • SCENE 499 Siege of Gondor (Unknown section).
  • SCENE 500 Denethor leads Faramir to pyre.
  • SCENE 504 Trio at Paths of the Dead (Silhouettes).
  • SCENE 505 Trio at Paths of the Dead (“That line was broken!).
  • SCENE 506 Aragorn sees pirate ships/(“We fight”).
  • SCENE 508 Grond opens the door (“You’re soldiers of Gondor”).
  • SCENE ??? Merry’s simple courage.
  • SCENE 513 Shot of Pirates (Aragorn boarding ship?).
  • SCENE 514 Siege of Gondor (“Kill all in your path”).
  • SCENE 516 Pelennor Fields - Arrival of Rohirrim.
  • SCENE 517 Pelennor Fields - Charge of the Rohirrim.
  • SCENE 521 Pelennor Fields - Mumakil Fight.
  • SCENE 522 Gandalf explaining the Gray Havens to Pippin.
  • SCENE 525 Shelob’s Lair.
  • SCENE 531 Sam vs. Shelob.
  • SCENE 533 Pelennor Fields – Legolas vs. Mumakil.
  • SCENE 538 Fight at Cirith Ungol (“This scum tried to knife me!”).
  • SCENE 550 Arwen at Rivendel (“Your hands are cold”)*/Aragorn Dresses for Battle (Deleted).
  • SCENE 562 Aragorn vs Sauron.
  • SCENE 563 Mount Doom (“The Ring is Mine”).
  • SCENE 566 Nazgul flies to Mt. Doom.
  • SCENE 569 Mount Doom – Gollum recovers Ring.
  • SCENE 572 Mount Doom - Frodo and Sam run away from doorway.
  • SCENE 573 Dark Tower Explodes.
  • SCENE 578 Coronation scene.
  • SCENE 589 Sam returns home with family.
    *It’s strange to see this scene pop-up so late, perhaps the filmed section at the behind the scenes is a flashback (???).

Some notes on the early cuts as indicated by the audio commentaries and liner notes from the Complete Recordings:
There was to be a flashback in Fellowship, prior to Aragorn’s meeting with Boromir, which would have shown a young Aragorn frolicking with Arwen.
The flashback were Elrond tells Aragorn to forget about Arwen (“She stays for you”) was to occur after Gilraen’s Memorial.
The flashback to Aragorn bidding farewell to Arwen was to occur before the Fellowship leaves Rivendell.
The flashback to Aragorn biding farewell to Arwen (“You must not falter” This identified as scene 89 in the clapboard, which contradicts Jackson’s statement) would have occured after his conversation with Gandalf (“Sauron fears you”).

  • Many of the scenes featuring Isengard preparing for battle at the beginning of The Two Towers are outtakes from * The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • The Uruks setting camp originally took place in two different sequences. They were combined in post-production.
  • The flashback to Gollum’s origins was to take place in The Two Towers during the Dead Marshes sequence.
  • When Faramir discovers Frodo has the Ring, he was to have a vision of him looking like Gollum.
  • The beginning of the Battle of the Hornburg was not to be intercut with civilians in the caves.
  • Legolas cutting the rope with an arrow is an outtake of him firing at the Olympic Orc.
  • No close-ups of Aragorn reacting to Gandalf’s arrival.
  • No close-ups of Saruman reacting to the flood.
  • No voice-overs by Sam at Osgiliath, nor there are reactions by Gollum.
  • Saruman’s death was to take place at the end of The Two Towers. Following this there would be a deleted conversation between Legolas and Treebeard. The next scene would be Arwen at the forest having a vision.
  • The Return of the King was to open at Edoras with Aragorn awakening from a nightmare.
  • The conversation about the Palantir (“He told nothing to Sauron about Frodo or the Ring”) was to be interrupted by the Journey to the Crossroads.
  • The arrival of Gandalf and Pippin to Minas Tirith was to occur simultaneously with Osgiliath being invaded.
  • The scene where Denethor berates Faramir for letting Frodo go was to take place before the lightning of the Beacons.
  • Faramir’s sacrifice was to occur immediately after his argument with Denethor.

The project is still on the research stage, so there’s still no telling what the finished edit will be like, but it will likely resemble the films as conceived in the principal photography.

Lord of the Rings - Principal Photography cuts (WIP)
Caligula’expanded OST, V2 Released
The Shining’s complete OST
Ghidorah, The Tree-Headed Monster (English dub synched to Toho cut)

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sounds good.
will this be a extended extended version or there some cuts?
by the way i like extended movies…😉
if you need a german track,let me know.
i own the german blurays.

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Wait. You’re telling me that even with each movie clocking in at over three hours (EE) there’s still a significant amount of cut footage that hasn’t been released? Wow. I mean I had heard about Arwen being cut from Helm’s Deep, which hasn’t been released, and which I’m still kinda salty about.

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Updated the list of scenes.

Anakin Starkiller said:

Wait. You’re telling me that even with each movie clocking in at over three hours (EE) there’s still a significant amount of cut footage that hasn’t been released? Wow. I mean I had heard about Arwen being cut from Helm’s Deep, which hasn’t been released, and which I’m still kinda salty about.

Yup, there’s plenty of footage that didn’t make it to any cut of the film. I’ll be working mostly we the material we see in the trailers and documentaries, though the main focus of the edit will be to restore the originally planned structure.

benduwan said:

sounds good.
will this be a extended extended version or there some cuts?
by the way i like extended movies…😉
if you need a german track,let me know.
i own the german blurays.

No cuts to alter the film. I might, however, delete all shots not pertaining to the principal photography when possible, and will possibly remove shots that corresponded to different scenes and/or montages that were conceived in post-production.

As for the different languages, I don’t think I would be doing that for this edit since much of the deleted content exists only in English (and Elvish?). However, there’s nothing stopping us from making multilanguage .mkvs of the Theatrical and Extended cuts 😉.

Lord of the Rings - Principal Photography cuts (WIP)
Caligula’expanded OST, V2 Released
The Shining’s complete OST
Ghidorah, The Tree-Headed Monster (English dub synched to Toho cut)