The latest issue of the Lord of the Rings Fan Club magazine has Peter Jackson discussing what we can expect in the Battle of Helm’s Deep:
David Holmes of Great Mills, Maryland, is curious about the truth of a rumour that has been circulating on the Internet – that the Helm’s Deep scene is 45 minutes long.
Well, I don’t know quite where that cam from; I know what he is talking about because I saw it, too. Basically that was very incorrect. What I have come to realize with the Internet is that there are a lot of people who pretend that they have information so they can have heroic status for a few seconds. But, no, it has never been 40 minutes, and I think it would be fairly dull if that were the case. I don’t know exactly how long the battle is – I haven’t actually timed it. It certainly occupies the last 30 or 40 minutes of the film. The battle probably begins 40 minutes before the end of the film, but we don’t just stay with the battle; we have things happening elsewhere. We are intercutting with Frodo and Sam’s story, and we’re intercutting it with Merry, Pippin, and the Ents. We go other places during the course of the battle. The battle finishes about 10 minutes before the end of the film. Over the course of the last 30 minutes, there is probably 15 minutes of battle. That would be my guess.
Thanks to Mormegil and Elf Lady of Council-of-Elrond.