The LOTR Movie Site
April 26, 2000
The Hobbits on Weathertop
I'm not sure if anyone has noticed this yet, but here goes:
As you know there has been some questions as to why
the four hobbit are being assaulted by the Nazgul (presumably at Weathertop), and
Aragorn's absence during this assault. The questions are there because the hobbits were
never assaulted by the Nazgul while by themselves in the book. Particularly at Weathertop,
where the hobbits are believed to be at in the image, Aragorn is with them in the book,
and fends off the Nazgul with a flaming brand of wood. But Aragorn is not in the image
with the hobbits. Now quoting Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring,
chapter 11, page 263, it says:
"Even as he swooned he caught, as through a swirling mist, a glimpse
of Strider leaping out of the darkness with a flaming brand of wood in either hand."
Now look at the picture of Aragorn from the preview. Not only is he
throwing a flaming brand of wood, but the background behind him appears to be Weathertop
This then is my conclusion. Peter Jackson followed this part of the story
word for word seemingly. Aragorn is not shown in the image because he is concealed within
the shadows, and is preparing to leap out with his flaming brands of wood to drive the
Nazgul off with. Thus, it explains the nature of both the image of the Nazgul assaulting
the hobbits and the image of Aragorn.
Sorry for wasting your time if this has
already been brought to your attention and posted on the site.