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The Lord Of The Rings Movies
Biggest Complaint
Biggest Complaint: The Lord Of The Rings Movies
Here's the place to let the world know about something that doesn't work about this show, trope, or author. As the votes roll in, you'll be able to see if it is also a problem for other folks.
At issue:
Things Peter Jackson & Co. changed in adapting The Lord Of The Rings for the big screen. These can be things that got added, deleted, or just made different.
+32 (yeas:44 nays:12)
Frodo sending Sam away on the steps of Cirith Ungol
+23 (yeas:25 nays:2)
Significantly reducing and cutting Faramir and Eowyn's story arc, turning their love story into a very awkward case of pair-the-spares.
+21 (yeas:50 nays:29)
Having Faramir submit (temporarily) to the temptation of the Ring and take the hobbits to Osgiliath. In the books, Faramir immediately resisted the temptation of the Ring and reassured Frodo he held no desire for it.
+14 (yeas:14 nays:0)
The characterization of Gimli. As one of Thorin's Folk, in the books he was strong-willed and stubborn, but not stupid or crass. In the movies, he becomes more of a comical side-kick to Legolas than an intelligent and well-rounded character in his own right.
+6 (yeas:13 nays:7)
In the books, Gimli was Legolas's equal in battle. In the movies, Legolas shows up Gimli every time.
+6 (yeas:7 nays:1)
Making Frodo much weaker and more passive in comparison to the book. In Fellowship (just to name an example), he even attacks the Witchking on Weathertop, where in the movies, he spends a lot of time crying for Aragorn.
+4 (yeas:28 nays:24)
Turning the Ents from wise and venerable creatures into comical half-wits
+3 (yeas:9 nays:6)
Who else was bothered by Aragorn not wanting to become king of Gondor until Elrond convinced him?
+2 (yeas:11 nays:9)
Am I the only one bothered because of the changes in Denethor and Faramir, all around they make Gondor seem like a crappy place ruled by weaklings, and none of that family was weak, not even Boromir who really failed, and also Denethor's words proved to be true when Frodo failed to destroy the ring. Gollum inherently saving the world was far beyond anyone's reach.
+1 (yeas:19 nays:18)
Making Sam so much less awesome

(Not that movie Sam isn't cool, but many of the character's defining moments have been cut or downplayed. Notably:
  • "The Choices of Master Samwise"
  • his song in the tower of Cirith Ungol
  • his epiphany with the star
  • his final confrontation with Gollum on the slopes of Mount Doom)
+1 (yeas:4 nays:3)
Lessening the contrast between Merry and Pippin. Merry was quite a bit less comical in the book than in the movies, where he and Pippin are the Middle Earth equivalent of the Weasley twins.
+1 (yeas:1 nays:0)
"They've turned Northeast - they're taking the Hobbits to Isengard!" A simple look at the map will show there's no way they were going Northeast to get to Isengard.
0 (yeas:0 nays:0)
Elves at Helm's Deep. They were only going to have that in the first place to give Arwen something to do. When everyone (including Liv Tyler) convinced Jackson it was a bad idea, he should have dropped it completely. It makes absolutely no sense and does not move the story along.
0 (yeas:0 nays:0)
The Prancing Pony as a dark den full of rather grimy, sinister Men. The whole point of what happens at the Pony is that it's brightly lit, warm and friendly, making them let their guard down.
-1 (yeas:4 nays:5)
Cutting out the Dunedain and a rather significant number of elves (e.g. Glorfindel, Elrohir, Elladan).
-2 (yeas:39 nays:41)
Cutting "The Scouring of the Shire"
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Total number of votes: 686

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