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Book to Movie: Lord of the Rings – What’s the Difference?

This month’s What’s the Difference? from CineFix covers the Fellowship of the Ring section of Lord of the Rings.

Let’s be honest here, the movies were better.

Whilst I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings in both movie and book form, to call the books waffly and slow-moving is an understatement. As pointed out in the CineFix video, huge passages of time elapse before anything actually happens in the book. The adventure Frodo sets out upon literally takes decades to start, such that you forget what the inciting call to adventure is.

The movie also establishes the stakes and opposing forces better. This not only sets the clock ticking but raises tension and consequence. Meanwhile the book has plenty of pipe smoking and walking. In fairness, Tom Bombadil is a highlight that is sorely missing from the movie – although I doubt that the lyricism of his presence would translate to the screen from the page.

In all, this is one of the few examples where the movie was superior. And shorter. Much shorter.

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4 thoughts on “Book to Movie: Lord of the Rings – What’s the Difference?

  1. Shorter? Have you watched the extended editions? Those are some monster long movies 🙂

    • I can’t remember if we own the extended editions or the theatrical versions, but we have watched both.

      The theatricals had a combined run time of 557 minutes, the extended had a run time of 682 minutes (assuming you don’t watch the credits).

      The book is 481,103 words, so it will take 1600-2400 minutes to read. So you could watch both editions of the movie trilogy and still not have had time to finish the novel.

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