Thursday December 20, 2001
The Fellowship of the Ring
So, I saw the film last night and here are my comments.
Firstly, despite what I might say below, I really
enjoyed it. I think that if I'd been watching it without
any knowledge of the book I'd have loved every second of
it. I'd recommend that everyone should see it as soon as
That said, there were some places where the film departed from the book and some of these points annoyed me somewhat. I should point out that I probably only noticed most of these discrepancies as I've reread the book in the last week or so. Here are some of the things that jarred with me (the two or three of you that don't know the story might want to treat the rest of this entry as a spoiler).
- Leaving the Shire. The film gives the inpression that Frodo left the Shire just days after Bilbo. In the book it says that Gandalf researched the ring for 17 years before telling Frodo what he had discovered. Also Frodo leaves the Shire immediately that he's told about the ring. In the book there is weeks of planning.
- The Journey to Bree. The film gives the impression that Bree is just a short journey from the Shire. In fact it's a long and arduous trip. All of the major events from the journey were missed out - meeting Gildor and the elves, visiting Farmer Maggot, Old Man Willow, Tom Bombadil and the Barrow Wight.
- Arwen. This annoyed me most. Arwen has a tiny part in the book. She's only seen from afar at a feast in Rivendell. We don't find out about the relationship between her and Aragron until much later. In the film she replaces Glorfindel as the elf that carries Frodo to Rivendell and we see her telling Aragorn that she will give up her immortality for him.
- The Mirror of Galadriel. In the book both Frodo and Sam look into the mirror. In the film, only Frodo does.
- The Breaking of the Fellowship. The film was supposed to be taken from The Fellowship of the Ring but the last twenty minutes or so were from the beginning of The Two Towers. I suspect this was so they didn't have to pay Sean Bean for being in two films :)
There were a number of other, smaller things too. Bilbo wasn't at the Council of Elrond, Galadriel didn't reveal herself as the wearer of one of the Elven rings, Boromir and Legolas didn't get to explain why they were sent to Rivendell.
But as I said at the start, all in all it was a cracking film and I'm really looking forward to the other two.