Top Ten Differences Between the Lord of the Rings Books and Films

IronSabbathPriest
I've recently finished reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy (I first watched the films many years ago). I've used the films as the original source because it's more likely you'll have seen them than read the books.

Jesus, I feel like such a nerd after finishing this list.

The Top Ten

1 Frodo is much braver in the books

I have the upmost respect for Frodo in both books and films, considering the perils he faced on his journey. But in the books he shows more courage in the face of danger. - IronSabbathPriest

2 Saruman is not truly defeated at Isenguard in the Two Towers book, and returns at the end of Return of the King book to take over The Shire

I still haven't gotten this far in the book. I get about halfway into Return of the King and I stop reading because I don't want the story to end! - eventer51314

But the Hobbits rise up and defeat him. - IronSabbathPriest

3 Shelob is encountered in the middle of the Return of the King film, instead of at the end of The Two Towers, like in the book

The reason for this was because Frodo and Sam wouldn't have much to do in the final film otherwise. - IronSabbathPriest

4 Frodo does not abandon Sam on the Stairs of Cirith Ungol in the books

Frodo still gets paralysed by Shelob, but in the books Sam is held back and strangled by Gollum in Shelob's lair. So he can't warn Frodo. - IronSabbathPriest

5 There is less mention of enemy leaders in the books V 1 Comment
6 Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin are the same age in the films.

Who says they were the same age in the films? Oldest to youngest: Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin. Funny thing, Elijah Wood was the youngest actor to play a hobbit and Billy Boyd was the oldest, the opposite of their characters, lol. - eventer51314

In the books they are 50, 38, 36, and 28 respectively. - IronSabbathPriest

7 The Time between Bilbo's 111th birthday and Frodo leaving the Shire is much shorter in the films

Only about a month or so. In the books it is 17 years. - IronSabbathPriest

It isn't a month in the films it's an entire year. Still shorter than 17 years I'll give you.

8 The species of Shagrat and Gorbag are reversed

These are the Orcs that discovered Frodo after he was paralysed by Shelob. Gorbag was an Orc and Shagrat was a Uruk in the books. In the films it was the other way round. However the roles remained the same. - IronSabbathPriest

9 Tom Bombadil is Not In the Movies

Peter Jackson stated that this decision was the most difficult to make.

10 Boromir dies at the end of the first film but dies at the beginning of the second book originally

Definitely better that they changed it to be at the end of the first film. - eventer51314

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The Contenders

11 The Witch King is aware that Eowyn is a Female in the Return of the King book

In the film it does the feminist thing of the Witch King saying "no man can kill me". Eowyn says "I am no man! " She takes her helmet off and stabs him in the face. Always works. - IronSabbathPriest

12 Arwen Rescues Frodo Instead of Glorfindel

No doubt, Glorfindel is a really cool character in the first book. But it's so nice that they gave Arwen something useful to do instead of sitting around, looking pretty and being Aragorn's trophy wife. I also think it makes more sense to have a character that will be in all the films be the one to rescue him. - eventer51314

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2. Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin are the same age in the films.
3. Tom Bombadil is Not In the Movies
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