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  • The time Gandalf takes to do his research isn't acutally made clear.

    Remember, by the time he returns Frodo has had time to place the packet containing the ring into the chest and bury it under a large amount of stuff, suggesting some time has passed.

    • Oh, I agree that it's not explicitly made clear. But you see Gandalf ride to Gondor, read Isildur's account of the finding of the ring and then ride back to the Shire. It really doesn't look like it takes him more than a week or so.

      And besides, Frodo hasn't aged at all[1].

      [1] Ok, so that could be the effects of the ring.

      • Oh, and that reminds me of another point.

        In the book, during that 17 years Gandalf and Aragorn track down and question Gollum[1] to fill in the gaps in the history of the ring. They then give Gollum to the Wood Elves to keep him prisoner. That's why Legolas comes to Rivendell - to tell them that Gollum has escaped from their custody.

        And the film completely ignores the fact that Gollum was originally a hobbit. The fact that the ring can change a hobbit into a creature like Gollum is an important reminder o

  • the exaggerated fights between Saruman & Gandalf.

    Also, didn't you think they miscast Elrond? Or at least Hugo Weaving could have left the Matrix characterization out of it for a bit ("The ring must be destroyed" - made me & my wife laugh).


  • It's not made obvious during the time the fellowship spends in Galadriel's wood, but she is one of the elves shown with the rings in the prolog.

    Yes, I'm behind in my reading. :-)