Monday, August 20, 2012
Book To Movie Monday (18)
For this weeks Book to Movie Monday I have decided to cover the Book To Movie conversion of The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers.
First Let's Discuss The Book. Below Is The Cover:
Now for a little back story in case some of you aren't familiar with the Novel. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers is the second installment in J.R.R. Tolkien's series The Lord Of The Rings and was released November 11,1954 by George Allen and Unwin. The Two Towers actually have names they are Orthanc and Minas Morgul. Tolkien was not happy with the title but was under deadline to create one.
Let's look at some of the characters now shall we.
Frodo Baggins- Frodo has heroism thrust upon him when he decides to take on the task of destroying the one ring. He isn't overly brave or bold but his goodness and readiness to trust others make him an undeniably likable character.
Samwise Gamgee- Frodo's loyal servant. While Frodo treats Sam like a friend, Sam has a hard time treating Frodo as anything else but his Master whom he loves. Sam is an interesting and complex character who sees the most growth during The Two Towers personality wise.
Pippin & Merry- Much of the first half of The Two Towers focuses on Merry and Pippin's exploits in fact they are the only Hobbits shown at all as Sam and Frodo are absent during this portion of the book. Pippin and Merry are your typical Hobbits liking the simple things in life such as conversation and beer but underneath they also have plenty of courage and quick wittedness that make them invaluable to The Fellowship.
Gollum- A twisted, broken creature Gollum is more than just the villain of the book, he is someone to be pitied not feared. After years of being corrupted by the ring it is easy to see why he takes the step to protect Frodo even while trying to kill him in the process of regaining it for himself.
Major differences between the Book and the Movie.
In the Book it is never revealed whether the Orc's are Saurons or Sarumans.
In the Movie the Orc's belong to Saruman.
In the Book The fight with the Orcs, the death of Boromir, and the capture of Merry and Pippin take place.
In the Movie these events had already happened.
In the Book Aragorn goes to Amon Hen but doesn't find Frodo.
In the Movie Aragorn finds Frodo at Amon Hen.
In the Book Merry and Pippin's scabbards are found near Boromir's body.
In the Movie Gimli finds them near the burned bodies of Orcs.
In the Book Dwarves are known for their long endurance.
In the Movie Gimli has a hard time keeping up.
In the Book Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas are not spotted by the Rohirrim because they are sitting in their cloaks.
In the Movie Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas make their presence known by stepping out from behind boulders.
In the Book when Pippin drops his brooch he is walking on foot.
In the Movie Pippin is being carried by an Orc on his back.
In the Book Merry and Pippin are chased into Fanghorn Forest by Uruk-Hai.
In the Movie Grishnakh chases Merry and Pippin into the forest and treebeard saves them.
In the Book Merry and Pippin do not see Gandalf in the forest.
In the Movie Gandalf appears in shining white robes.
In the Book Treebeard never consults Gandalf about Merry and Pippin being Orclings.
In the Movie Treebeard consults with Gandalf.
In the Book Merry and Pippin drink Ent Draught and grow taller. This is significant because it helps them save the shire in Book 3.
In the Movie this was left out, although the extended edition does have this scene.
In the Book Treebeard and the rest of the Ents decide to take care of Saruman.
In the Movie they basically surround the tower keeping an eye on him but leave him be.
In the Book Treebeard knows Saruman has been cutting down trees and calls the Entmoot together to act.
In the Movie Merry and Pippin show Treebeard the ravaged forest and this makes Treebeard and the other Ents act against Saruman.
In the Book before the group visit Theoden they give the lineage to their weapons.
In the Movie they just give up the weapons without comment.
In the Book Gandalf supports Theodens decision to go to Helm's deep.
In the Movie Gandalf is against Theodens decision to go to Helm's deep. He calls it a trap.
In the Book Aragorn never dreams about Arwen in fact she isn't even in the second book.
In the Movie Aragorn has a dream about Arwen and the elves.
In the Book Aragorn is never injured.
In the Movie Aragorn is injured by Wargs and dragged over a cliff.
I cannot possibly list all the differences, to do so would take a website dedicated to them. I did happen to come across one noteworthy site while researching this and so if you want to learn more go Here. I even stumbled across a few I didn't realize.
I enjoy both The Movie and The Book equally. I own the extended editions of The Dvd's and for those of you who haven't watched the movies yet, I highly suggest buying these. You should also read the Book, even if it is just once. You will be glad you did I promise. Overall great movie, great book you should definitely check out both if you haven't already.
Well that about wraps up this weeks Book to Movie Monday. I'll post the movie trailer down below in case your curious. Leave a Comment down below telling me which you liked better and why. Have a recommend for an upcoming Book to Movie let me know that as well.