Top Ten Differences Between the Lord of the Rings Books and FilmsIronSabbathPriest 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.
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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
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
The reason for this was because Frodo and Sam wouldn't have much to do in the final film otherwise. - IronSabbathPriest
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
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
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.
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
Peter Jackson stated that this decision was the most difficult to make.
Definitely better that they changed it to be at the end of the first film. - eventer51314V 1 Comment
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
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 is much braver in the books
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2. Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin are the same age in the films.
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