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10 Shows To Watch If You Like Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings is a classic for a reason – it’s a phenomenal story with plenty of sword-swinging adventure thrown in. With months, and maybe years, to go before the Lord of the Rings TV show hits Amazon Prime, fans are chomping at the bit for their next bingeable fantasy drama series. It’s hard to find that perfect mix of action, drama, and magic that is oh so satisfying to watch. We’ve scoured all of Middle Earth in search of the binge-worthiest shows fit for a king. So let’s Netflix and dine at the Great Hall with these ten shows to watch if you like Lord of the Rings.

10. Spartacus

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Inspired by the historical figure of the same name, Spartacus follows a Thracian gladiator who, from 73 to 71 BCE, led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic departing from Capua. Early seasons focused on the events of Spartacus’ obscure early life leading up to the beginning of historical records. The story is a little thin, but the action sequences are stunning, having their stunts nominated for an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

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8. Robin Hood

Before two awful Robin Hood movies, there was this 2006 BBC series. Based solely on the traditional stories of legendary English folk hero of the same name, Robin Hood sees the titular character returned to England after five years fighting in the Third Crusade as part of the King’s Guard. He is shocked to find the Sheriff of Nottingham running the town with an iron fist upon his return. Robin is soon made an outlaw, and takes it upon himself to steal from the rich to feed the poor along with his gang, which consists of his best friend Much; two young men he saved from hanging, Will Scarlett and Allan A Dale,  the ex-leader of a band of outlaws already in the woods, Little John; and another young man named Royston White.

7. Merlin

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Merlin >is a re-imagining of the legend in which the future King Arthur and Merlin are young contemporaries. Arthur’s father Uther Pendragon has banned magic in Camelot, its use punishable by death, forcing Merlin to keep his magical powers secret from everyone in Camelot other than his mentor Gaius. Arthur grows from a young, self-absorbed boy to the mighty king in the legends, and Merlin develops into his colossal role in creating the powerful Camelot.

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>6. The Hollow Crown

For good, historical dramas one need not look further than the BBC. Taking seven of William Shakespeare’s plays and turning them into mini-series, The Hollow Crown features a star-studded lineup of Britain’s best, including Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons, and more. These aren’t adaptations of Romeo And Juliet, though. The Hollow Crown focuses on The Bard’s Henriad – the plays about the monarchs of England before and during the War of the Roses. Spanning over 100 years, this mega-series is as good as it gets.

5. Vikings

Created for the History Channel in 2013, >Vikings is inspired by the sagas of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the best-known legendary Norse folk heroes and notorious as the scourge of England and France. The show portrays Ragnar as a farmer who rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a Scandinavian King, with the support of his family and fellow warriors. After Ragnar’s death, the later seasons follow the fortunes of his sons, and their adventures in England, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean.

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4. Legend Of The Seeker

Based on the book series The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind, Legend of the Seeker follows the journeys of a long-awaited “Seeker of Truth” named Richard Cypher, a Confessor named Kahlan Amnell, a wizard named Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander, and a Mord-Sith named Cara as they defend the people of their realm against tyranny and destruction. A fun series that only lasted two seasons, Legend of the Seeker has a little bit of something for everyone.

3. The Shannara Chronicles

Another series based on books by a well-known fantasy author, The Shannara Chronicles is based on the >Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks. Set in the fictional Four Lands, demons start to return after being banished from this world to a place known as the Forbidding – locked by an ancient tree called the Ellcrys. The series chronicles the journey of Wil, Amberle and Eretria who, with the guidance of the last druid Allanon, must go on a quest to protect the Ellcrys from dying and releasing all the banished demons back into the Four Lands.

2. The Last Kingdom

Ola Rapace in The Last Kingdom Season 3

A British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories series of novels, The Last Kingdom is set in the late 9th century AD, when England is divided into seven separate kingdoms. The Anglo-Saxon lands are gradually attacked, plundered, and effectively ruled by Danes in many areas. The Kingdom of Wessex remains the last major stronghold against the Danes. Very much the BBC response to Game of Thrones, this show plays fast and loose with the lives of beloved characters.

1. Game Of Thrones

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones

This show needs no introduction. If you aren’t already watching this show, you need to go binge every episode right now. Game of Thrones has mastered the art of combining a vast, complicated plot with action, suspense, and mystery. We still don’t know how it’s all going to end, and with several prequel series inked for the future, it’s possible that the small screen adaptation of the song of ice and fire may never truly end.

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2019-01-24 01:01:57

Mortal Engines Footage Description: First 25 Minutes Debuts At NYCC

Following The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Peter Jackson returns as a producer on Mortal Engines, and at the movie’s New York Comic Con panel, the first 25 minutes of footage debuted; we offer a brief breakdown of what’s included.

Adapted from Philip Reeve’s novel of the same name, Mortal Engines takes place in a futuristic world where cities are moving beasts that roam the world searching for fuel to keep moving. Meanwhile, smaller also mobile towns have become the prey of larger city-states like London. The film follows Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), a fugitive with a deadly grudge against London’s Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving). Hester runs across historian Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) as she attempts to defeat Valentine and protect smaller cities and towns from the insatiable hunger that is London.

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Ahead of the film’s release in December, Jackson, Mortal Engines director Christian Rivers and members of the cast appeared on a panel at NYCC. Prior to a Q&A with the cast and filmmakers during the Mortal Engines NYCC panel, Andy Serkis presented the first 25 minutes of the movie. Much of the opening footage focused on building out the world of Mortal Engines. The film kicks off with an opening monologue setting the stage for the post-apocalyptic world (what Jackson refers to as a “post-post-apocalyptic” world) following the 60-Minute War that destroyed society as we know it.

After the voiceover, viewers get to meet Hester, who’s on a cliff and spots the approaching predator city of London. Once she sees the oncoming, mobile city, Hester runs back to a grouping of smaller, mobile towns that break apart and start running from London. Hester is stuck on one town that can’t seem to get its engines started and winds up being the “prey” pursued by London. The town flees across the open land, which Jackson referred to as “the great hunting ground” (essentially, where Europe used to be). The chase sequence continues for much of the opening, as the smaller town is chased by London and attempts to lose the larger city-state amid some foothills. While the sequence is filled with tension, the town is eventually caught by London and “ingested.”

On board London, Tom meets Katherine Valentine (Leila George) at the London Museum, where he shows her some of the artifacts he’s collected to help with her research into the 60-Minute War. Tom shows Katherine a video of a pre-war city being destroyed using some kind of quantum technology. Then, Tom reveals he’s been collecting similarly dangerous technology, some of which has been stolen. Once London ingests the smaller town, Tom is tasked with going down to sort through it for valuable artifacts, and he’s accompanied by Katherine. There, they meet Thaddeus, but Hester is lurking in the crowd of people moving from the town into London. When she has a moment, she attempts to assassinate Thaddeus, but she’s stopped by Tom and has to flee.

The final sequence of the footage screened includes a foot chase through the ingested mining town as Hester runs from Tom and Thaddeus (though the latter is following more slowly due to the injury Hester inflicted). Hester flees from Tom through the town as it’s being destroyed by massive saws and metal jaws. Eventually, she reaches a platform that overlooks a tunnel out of London and she jumps. Tom catches her and Hester tells him to ask Thaddeus about her mother, revealing that Thaddeus murdered her mother. Then she forces Tom to drop her and when Tom does mention to Thaddeus what Hester said, Thaddeus pushes Tom down the tunnel and out of London.

Altogether, the footage shown at NYCC for Mortal Engines introduced an expansive world akin to that of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit with sweeping, beautiful visuals. It remains to be seen if Mortal Engines turns out to be a massive blockbuster success on par with the trilogies for which Jackson is most well known. But, with Jackson on board as a producer and Rivers at the helm, it’s clear Mortal Engines will provide some stunning sequences for moviegoers – which they’ll get to see when the film hits theaters in December.

Next: The Biggest Changes Mortal Engines Makes to the Book



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2018-10-05 12:10:02 – Molly Freeman

20 Twilight Fan Castings Better Than What We Got In The Movies

Casting perfectly for a single film is important; casting perfectly for a film that will spawn a five-film saga is vital. Not every casting decision for a film franchise is going to be perfect. Even renowned franchises such as the MCU, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings have actors in roles that didn’t quite suit them or where there was an even more perfect casting decision staring them in the face.

Finding the perfect cast for a film is much harder than most people give these casting director’s credit for. All they have to go off of is the script, the director’s vision, and possibly (luckily for many big blockbusters) the source material. It’s even harder when adapting a book series whose fans have been picturing the characters in their heads for years.

Finding the perfect cast after a film’s complete is much more fun, even if it has no real impact. Though films are often recast when remade (A Star is Born) or when sequels are released and the original cast doesn’t return (The Girl in the Spider’s Web) it’s fun to still find that perfect cast when there’s no remake/sequel in sight. The Twilight Saga’s cast has been ridiculed and spoofed more than most franchises; some criticism warranted, some not. Fans took to the internet, as they’re known to do, with their ideal picks for who they think the cast of The Twilight Saga should have been.

Without further ado, here are 20 Twilight Fan Castings Better Than What We Got.

20 Rosie Huntington-Whitley As Rosalie Hale

Rosie Huntington-Whitley is more known for her runway walks and magazine covers than for her filmography, but she has three acting entries under her IMDb page; a 2009 short, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Mad Max: Fury Road.  Her resume  may be short, but it surely consists of some prominent movies. Her modeling career on the other hand, is one of the most prestigious and fruitful in the world.

While Nikki Reed may have been fine in retrospect for the character’s lack of screen-time in comparison to the other Cullen members, a woman with the following of Huntington-Whitley could added a higher profile cast member for the film.

19 Tom Sturridge As Edward Cullen

Robert Pattinson may be one of the few casting decisions the original filmmakers made that most fans are pretty okay with. A certain fan had a different actor they thought could have played the part a little bit better; Tom Sturridge.

Casting him with a certain actress who we’ll touch on a bit later, the On the Road and Far from The Madding Crowd actor has a lot in common with Pattinson himself.

Both men were born in London, both were in the 2004 drama Vanity Fair, and birth dates are less than six months apart.

Sturridge’s career never quite took off the way it should have, something that a leading role in a billion-dollar franchise surely could have helped.

18 David Harbour As Charlie Swan

Since his role as Eleven’s guardian in Stranger Things, Harbour has been branded as one of the best character actors to play a loving and concerned father. Billy Burke is one of the few who many fans actually thought fit the role well, but Harbour would have been such a fun and comedic addition. Many may think that Harbour would be too old to play Bella’s dad; those fans would be hard-pressed to learn that Burke is actually nine years Harbour’s senior.

Harbour has for many years been a supporting actor in films like Suicide Squad, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and End of Watch; another supporting role such as Charlie Swan would have been just perfect for the actor.

17 Angelina Jolie As Victoria

Victoria had already been replaced once, so why not do it again? Rachelle Lefevre played the red-haired vampire who was part of the coven that homes James and Laurent in the first two films, but then was blindsided when recast and portrayed by future Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard for Eclipse.

The books characterize Victoria as a beautiful and strong woman, adjectives that describe Angelina Jolie quite perfectly.

As of late, Jolie has focused her time more behind the camera then in front of it, but having her play the part would have been quite exciting, especially standing next to a vampiric Ben Stiller.

16 Ben Stiller As James

James, while not the most important figure in the saga, was the main antagonist of the first film. When his coven stumbles upon the Cullen’s and Bella playing a pretty athletic game of baseball, he decides that the human will be his next meal, causing Edwards and his family to go to vast lengths to protect her.

While Cam Gigandet may have had the physique for James, Ben Stiller’s rendition of the vampire would have given the character new depth.

Stiller’s dramatic work is pretty scarce, but having acted in film like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Brad’s Status prove he’d be able to handle it. Stiller’s one of the biggest movie stars in the world, so getting him would have been no easy task, but could have brought something unique to the film.

15 Millie Bobbie Brown As Jane

Some might say that Millie Bobbie Brown is far too young to play the millennia old vampire, but the character was turned at the age of 12. Brown would have been far too young during the original films– she was five during Jane’s first appearance in New Moon– but she would be perfect now.

The young actress has obtained fame from her portrayal as Eleven in Netflix’s Stranger Things, though look for her soon in the Godzilla sequel, Godzilla: King of Monsters and its crossover event Godzilla vs. Kong. Jane’s supposed to be a mysterious character with an old soul, something that Brown portrays brilliantly throughout the first two seasons of Stranger Things.

14 Shiloh Fernandez As Edward Cullen

Shiloh Fernandez may not be the most well-known actor out there, but then again, neither was Rob Pattinson when he was cast as Edward more than a decade ago. As featured on one of the greatest website names of all time, otherguysasedwardcullen-blog.tumblr.com, Shiloh would have made a great Edward, after some make-up work done to make him look a little less alive.

The Utah-born actor is roughly the right age, and as seen in the picture above, looks quite convincing as a vampire when his eyes are brightened and yellowed, with his skin a bit paler, like most of the Cullen’s.

13 Liv Tyler As Esme Cullen

Though she’s been rather absent from the big screen since playing Ed Norton’s love interest in the MCU’s The Incredible Hulk, she’s still etched in cinephiles minds for her roles in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Strangers, and (less so) Armageddon.

Tyler looks like she was born to play a vampire, and it’s a shame she’s never been given the opportunity.

Esme is a pretty small role in relation to the other Cullens, but  Tyler could have maybe brightened up the role a bit, or at the very least, given the family a more familiar feel for viewers.

12 Hugh Jackman As Garrett

The second best cast role in the saga– we’ll talk about the first in just a bit– is none other than a small character named Garrett played by the brilliant Lee Pace. Garrett is vampire who joins the Denali coven at the end of Breaking Dawn when he and Kate begin to form a relationship.

The only way that Lee Pace could be outdone is if one of the most beloved actors of our time replaced him: Hugh Jackman.

Jackman spent a movie hunting vampires back in 2004 with the critically berated Van Helsing, so maybe joining them would be more his suit. Classy as all could be, the Jackman above (provided by Nocuus) would have been perfect for Garrett, a man who was changed in mid 18th century New England.

11 Anton Yelchin As Mike Newton

This one, awfully unfortunately, will never be able to come to fruition because of a tragic accident which resulted in Anton Yelchin losing his life at the age of 27. Mike was played by Michael Welch, but Yelchin would have been the perfect age, and perfect casting for the role. Welch actually auditioned for the role of Edward, but ended up being cast as Mike after Pattinson was brought aboard.

The nice guy from high school is more or less exactly who Yelchin was born to play, and imagining him trying to hold Bella’s hand at the movies is textbook teenage romance that feels just right with Yelchin. Yelchin, like Jackman, isn’t a stranger to vampire films, having starred in the remake of Fright Night. Yelchin’s untimely passing came right at the height of his fame, and a Twilight film would have added right to it.

10 Lily Collins As Alice Cullen

Lily Collins actually auditioned for Twilight, but for the role of Bella; “I think everything happens for a reason and everyone who gets the roles they get were meant to.”

Collins has the flowing movement that Greene brought to the performance, but could have come off a bit more authentic in her compassion.

Greene was not been the worst actress in the franchise, but Collins would have potentially been a step up from the unexperienced performer. Greene’s career never took off quite like Collin’s did, which makes the films down the line seem a bit more dated when new viewers can’t recognize the fourth-billed lead; something that casting Collins could have changed.

9 Hugo Weaving as Aro

Michael Sheen wasn’t just the best casting of any of the actors in the franchise with his turn as Aro, but he gave the best performance from anyone, and even liked the source materia, Sheen may have been flawless, but another actor could have the potential to have done better; that man is Hugo Weaving. Though Aro is much younger than both Sheen and Weaving in the novels, both actors are very similar in age.

Like Liv Tyler, Weaving is famous for his part in The Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as the Wichowskis’ Matrix trilogy. Hugo’s vampire transformation above is a very reminiscent of his Elvish lineage in LOTR, but also extremely similar to Aro’s Volturi attire in the Twilight Saga.

8 Alexander Skarsgård As Emmett Cullen

Either it’s a coincidence that so many of the fan casting decisions were previously in vampire films/TV shows, or there is just an abundance of vampire films/TV shows. Alexander Skarsgård played Eric Northman on HBO’s cult vampire drama True Blood. Though he initially played the show’s antagonist, he was the favorite amongst fans and had far and away the most successful career after the show.

Standing at 6′ 4”,the Stockholm born actor has a much more towering physique than Kellan Lutz, who played Emmett in the films.

As he already plays brooding and mysterious extremely well, letting Skarsgård show a comedic soft side would have given the actor the chance to stretch his wings.

7 Rachel McAdams As Rosalie Hale

Rising to fame four years before the first films release with her starring role in The Notebook and near-perfect teenage antagonist in Mean Girls, McAdams has had an incredible career in the 15 years since; including an Oscar nomination for Spotlight. The inclusion of a renowned thespian like McAdams would have been a welcome addition for the filmmakers as well as the fans.

McAdams may be, and have been back in 2008, a little old to play a vampire who was turned at the age of 18. However she played a high schooler at the age of 26 for Mean Girls, so just a few years more later wouldn’t have been much more of a stretch.

6 Henry Cavill As Carlisle Cullen

Henry Cavill may not have been the household name back then that he is now due to his DCEU fame, but Twilight could have been that jumpstart he needed.

Though Cavill may have had a hand in pretty huge blockbusters with Man of Steel, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Mission Impossible: Fallout, he had been in only one mainstream film pre 2010; Stardust.

Had they stayed faithful to the books, Cavill would have been a perfect casting.

With Carlisle being the make-shift patriarch of the Cullen coven, the filmmakers wanted to go with someone a bit older than the character in the books.

5 Amber Midthunder as Leah Clearwater

Leah is the only female shapeshifter in Quileute history, and played by Native actress Julia Jones. Jones is an incredible actress, but newcomer Amber Midthunder has thrusted onto the scene after appearing in Hell or High Water and FX’s Legion.

Leah is 21 in the books, thus Midthunder is the perfect age to play the young woman, if the film were to come out today.

Acting in both Sunshine Cleaning and Swing Vote in 2008, the actress was already in high profile films the same year of the first film’s release. Midthunder’s a fan favourite on Legion, so expect the young lady to take off in the future; who knows, maybe even in a remake of Twilight.

4 Steven Strait As Jacob Black

Taylor Lautner became an overnight sensation with the success of the Twilight films, but no one could deny that the actor’s performance lacked authenticity. Steven Strait may not be any more of a household name than Lautner was, but the actor had already starred in his own film, something Lautner hadn’t done when first cast.

Strait starred in the Roland Emmerich vehicle 10,000 BC, which didn’t get rave reviews but gave the actor the experience of being first billed. Strait may be a bit older than Lautner, but that maturity and experience surely would have helped the character command a scene.

3 K.J. Apa as Edward Cullen

Riverdale may be a new show, but the Netflix series is a refreshing and original way to adapt a beloved medium. K.J. Apa shines as Archie, the title character of the original comics and his personality and way he carries himself on the show would be downright perfect for the sensitive and loving vampire.

Apa is still a relative newcomer to the scene, but with Riverdale under his belt and a role in the new drama The Hate U give he’s turning himself into a familiar face. Pattinson was a fine Edward and his career has surely taken off since ending his tenure as a vampire, but he may have been a bit happier had someone else taken the role.

2 Emily Browning As Bella Swan

Emily Browning was infamously author Stephanie Meyer’s first choice to play the role of Bella, though it obviously didn’t come to fruition. The young actress who appeared in A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sucker Punch, and Sleeping Beauty has had a very successful career by anyone’s standard, though has never been in a film quite as popular as Twilight.

The actress had this to say during a 2011 Indiewire interview: “The author at one point stated that I would be her ideal Bella, but I chose not to audition because I was at a point in my career where I wasn’t sure I wanted to work, I definitely didn’t want to sign onto a trilogy so I didn’t audition.”

Of course her wishes were respected, but one could only wonder what a Twilight saga with Browning at the helm could have looked like.

1 Millie Bobby Brown As Renesmee Cullen

That’s right, Millie Bobby Brown’s on here twice. She’s just that good!

This bit of casting could have potentially happened, with Brown being just six when Breaking Dawn: Part 2 was released.

Mackenzie Foy has matured into a great actress, but her performance in the film was a little flat. Renesmee in the book seemed to be smarter than her age; more advanced than she should be. This is something Brown would excel at, having done it for two seasons in Stranger Things.

Let’s be honest, anything would have been better than the CGI Renesmee at the beginning of her the last film.

Which actor do you wish could have had a major role in The Twilight Saga? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-05 08:10:45 – Mark A. Silba

Peter Jackson is Looking Forward to Lord of the Rings TV Show

Many people are looking forward to the upcoming Lord of the Rings TV show, and director Peter Jackson is one of them. It was revealed near the end of 2017 that Warner Bros. Television was developing a Lord of the Rings series. Soon after, Amazon Studios took over the project with a multi-season commitment.

Jackson has been involved with a number of films over his career, including Dead Alive, the 2005 remake of King Kong, as well as the famous Lord of the Rings trilogy. Even though Jackson often produces films, he directed the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as three Hobbit movies, which stood as prequels to the original films. The original three movies won a total of 17 Academy Awards, with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King winning 11 of them. While the prequel trilogy still did well with fans, it wasn’t as highly praised as the Lord of the Rings movies. But while more tales from Middle Earth are coming to fans, Jackson won’t be involved with the TV show; yet he’s excited to watch it himself.

Related: Lord of the Rings TV Show Features ‘Characters You Love’

When speaking with ComicBook at New York Comic Con 2018, Jackson explained that he has no problem letting someone else adapt more of J. R. R. Tolkien’s stories. Jackon said, “I’m kind of looking forward to it. I was a guy who didn’t get to see the Lord of the Rings like everybody else because I had to make it, so I’m looking forward to seeing somebody else’s take on the Tolkien world.”

While the television show is clearly on its way, not a whole lot is known about it just yet. The plot is still a mystery, but previous reports claimed that the show may focus on a young Aragorn. It’s still unknown if any of the original cast members will be included in any form of the show; however, it has been confirmed that Andy Serkis (Gollum) will not be apart of the Lord of the Rings series. With screenwriters JD Payne and Patrick McKay recently being hired, fans could expect an official synopsis once Amazon approves their story.

It may be disappointing that Jackson won’t be involved with the prequel TV series, but fans should be able to understand that he has done plenty for Tolkien’s stories already. With the two trilogies Jackson directed, fans have around 20 hours of Lord of the Rings material to stay occupied with until the new series debuts sometime in the future.

More: Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Prequel TV Show Is A Terrible Idea

Lord of the Rings does not yet have a premiere date.

Source: ComicBook



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2018-10-05 07:10:14 – Christopher Fiduccia

20 Things Wrong With Lord Of The Rings We All Choose To Ignore



When Peter Jackson delivered The Lord of the Rings cinematic trilogy, it was a long-awaited dream come true for fans of the epic JRR Tolkien tomes. Truly, there was no way to properly bring such a spectacle onto the big screen until we were well into the era of CGI.

It was something of a miracle that the director formerly best-known for splatter-fests like Dead Alive and light horror comedy fare like The Frighteners could so successfully craft a series of complex films (later taking on The Hobbit as well). But the adaptation was, in fact, less than perfect.

While doing his best to be faithful to the source material, Jackson actually deviated from Tolkien’s vision many times, and for reasons which aren’t always necessarily understandable.

Yes, of course, changes had to be made. Combining The Fellowship of the Rings with The Two Towers and The Return of the King added up to almost twelve hours of visual storytelling – and even more when you add in the special editions. It must have been a very tough task indeed. Regardless, mistakes were made.

Jackson simply got lots of things wrong, or in some cases, didn’t go far enough to explain some of Tolkien’s own shortcomings. The list strides from the nitpicky to the jaw-droppingly unexplainable. It’s time we face these uncomfortable truths, no matter how many Ring-Wraiths may hunt us down for daring to point them out!

Here are 20 Things Wrong With Lord Of The Rings We All Choose To Ignore.

20 The Ents Did Nothing About Orcs for Years

There are fewer stranger characters in The Lord of the Rings than the Ents. These walking, talking trees are known for being extremely patient, sometimes indulging in years of deliberation before making any decisions. This is true even while Saruman’s orcs are busy chopping down fellow Ents to build their war machine. And yet, when Merry and Pippin alert them to the carnage, they go into action and storm Isengard in revenge.

We are forced to accept that the smell of burning fellow Ents didn’t rouse Treebeard, but a couple of Hobbits do.

How about the slain Ents themselves? No crying for help all that time? No fighting back? This is never clearly explained in the books and the films don’t help either.

19 Those Eagles Could Have Solved a Lot More Problems

This one we may have to squarely lay on JRR Tolkien. In a world of stories with McGuffins, none may be more outrageous than the Great Eagles in The Lord of the Rings.

These giant birds appear sparingly in the stories, but always when there’s no other way out for our heroes.

We see them when they rescue Gandalf from imprisonment in Isengard and then later at the final battle of Mount Doom, where they ultimately pluck Frodo and Samwise from a fiery fate. These are beasts that can take on Nazgul. Oh, and they could fly the ring to be destroyed in hours whereas it takes the Fellowship months.

Does this make sense? With the films changing so many things, a nice line or two of dialogue explaining why these saviors get so much vacation time would be nice.

18 The Ring Affects Frodo Differently than Bilbo

The One Ring to Rule Them All is a heck of a powerful piece of jewelry. It tuns the wearer invisible, it corrupts the soul, and provides a psychic connection with the most evil figure ever, Sauron himself. Not only that, it turned Smeagol into the horrid Gollum!

All of these dangers are present when Frodo puts on the ring. But Bilbo? Not so much. In fact, in The Hobbit, all it does it make him invisible.

That whole it’s-so-evil-it-will-destroy-you thing doesn’t seem to apply to Bilbo.

This kind of calls the whole power of the ring into question. Again, it would be nice for the films to delve into this discrepancy a little more than the books did.

17 Gandalf Fails to Keep the Ring a Secret

This ring everybody is so focused on is so unbelievably scary, it needs to be kept a secret. Except that at the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo just about lets the cat out the bag.

Giddy at a Shire party, he decides to make his exit from society by turning himself invisible with the ring in front of everybody. This, of course, would give up the big secret in a hurry.

In the book version, Gandalf sees what Bilbo is about to do and adds some pyrotechnics at the last minute to make it look like the old wizard was behind the vanishing act. In the movie, there are no such distracting flashes.

16 Gimli Didn’t Stay In Touch with the Moria Dwarves

Dwarf culture as described in The Lord of the Rings is a powerful community of honor-bound bonds and great warmth between all of its members.

Gimli simply loves talking about all the awesome dwarves who live in Moria. When the Fellowship makes it to the mighty mines – he’s shocked to see all his relatives and countrymen perished and gone due to obvious signs of battle.

This isn’t a recent event, as decomposed bones and cobwebs reveal. If these dwarves were so tight-knit, then why didn’t anybody check in on the Moria population? Maybe they could have sent a letter via Eagle-mail, at least? We are left to believe that Gimli’s deep love didn’t warrant even a “You guys doing okay?” signal fire!

15 The Fate of Saruman

The single most reviled character in The Lord of the Rings might just be Saruman. While the Nazgul and Sauron are obviously the ringleaders of evil in Middle-earth, the stench of betrayal Saruman carries with him – having formerly being a trusted fighter for the good guys – is simply too much to take.

In The Two Towers, he finally gets defeated. But what happens to him after? In the books, he meets his end in The Return of the King.

In the movies, we just hear that “his power is no more.” We don’t get to see him face his final fate.

Except in the extended version of The Two Towers, where he falls to his oblivion. In the book, it happens much later in the Shire.

14 Sauron Can See Everywhere… but Under His Nose

Never has there been a single entity in all of Middle-earth as seemingly all-powerful as Sauron. His burning evil eye atop his tower in Modor can cast its gaze against all the lands of men and learn the secrets he can ride to victory. In fact, much of the story is spent with our heroes trying to avoid being seen by Sauron.

Just being in proximity to the ring can send a huge red flag to the evil one. But when Samwise and Frodo are carrying the ring up the steps of Mount Doom right next door to the tower, they can sneak right on by.

In one scene in the film, the Hobbits are exposed to the direct lighthouse-like beam of Sauron’s scrutiny, graphically driving his powers of perception home to viewers. But boy, how he misses some clumsy subterfuge in his own house!

13 How Did Pippin Acquire the Palantir?

To those in the know, the Palantir is a pivotal tool in The Lord of the Rings. It’s basically a crystal ball which can be used to look into the past or lands far away in the present.

Saruman uses it to keep up with his master Sauron, but the careless Hobbit Pippin grabs a hold of it, allowing the evil one to glean info as to the Fellowship’s whereabouts. Saruman loses it after his downfall in Isengard.

How the heck does Pippin find it later? By randomly grabbing it out of the water?

In the book version, a quick scene shows him picking it up after the battle.

The movie makes his acquisition of this powerful artifact highly unlikely.

12 Galadriel’s Opening Monologue

As any true JRR Tolkien fan would know, The Lord of the Rings book trilogy hardly contains all of the information to be found on Middle-earth. It’s impossible to add all of that context into the space of a feature film, so Peter Jackson chose to have Galadriel give a little monologue at the start of The Fellowship of the Ring to give the audience some backstory on the whole ring thing.

It’s an understandable choice, but none of it was written by Tolkien. Further, this choice erases many conversations that happen in the books which explain all this stuff.

It probably saves time, but it changes how Frodo and company learn about what they truly face, losing some emotion in the process.

11 The Ring Keeps Getting More Powers

Over the progress of the four books, from The Hobbit to The Return of the King, that super-special ring goes through more than a few changes. When it is originally created, it is deemed to be indestructible. We find out by the end of the tales, of course, that’s not the case.

In The Hobbit, all it seems to do is make Bilbo invisible. Later, it binds Frodo’s soul to evil and psychically connects him to Sauron. And before Bilbo, it turned Smeagol into the creature Gollum.

It’s not that the powers of the ring grow with time – it seems to do different things to different people at different times.

10 Helm’s Deep Has Deep Flaws

In both the books and the films, the legendary stronghold of Helm’s Deep is meant to be the ultimate fortress, fully capable of repelling any attack.

It’s kind of weird just how much this impregnable fort is built for weakness.

First of all, those walls do finally come down after all, thanks to orc-bombs. Then there’s that weird side door that Aragorn uses to lead a sneak attack strike force to take out some of the enemy. Couldn’t the enemy use that door to break into the place themselves?

In the end, Helm’s Deep had to be saved by a cavalry led by Gandalf. Maybe next time, Helm’s Deep will be rebuilt a bit more securely.

9 Aragorn’s Snow White Moment

Here’s an example of a scene not in the books leading to a really silly scene, also not in the books. In order to add some action early on in The Two Towers, the filmmakers invented a battle between Aragorn and a super-orc named Sharku. It’s a cool scene, but not something from JRR Tolkien’s story at all.

After the battle, Aragorn is left floating in the water. Then, he is woken by the kiss of the apparition of Arwen, presumably in a dream-state.

Yup, just like a reverse Snow White, a lover’s smooch wakes the hunk. It feels a little forced; a contrivance to both save the defeated fighter and make his love affair with the Elf more legit.

8 Two Towers Become Three Towers

When it comes to towers, Middle-earth has a heck of a lot of them. When it comes to the book The Two Towers, there was a little confusion as to what two towers exactly JRR Tolkien was referring.

At the end of The Fellowship of the Rings, a publisher’s postscript announces that the towers are to be “the citadel of Saruman, and the fortress of Minas Morgul that guards the entrance to Mordor.” But by the time The Two Towers shows up, the second tower actually turns out to be Barad-dûr.

In the film, it’s all reconciled within a speech given by Gandalf, clarifying what the two towers actually are.

It’s a speech that never happens in the books.

7 The Missed Shelob Cliffhanger

This one is a weird choice on the part of the filmmakers. In the book, The Two Towers ends on a major cliffhanger. The giant spider Shelob has attacked and seemingly destroyed Frodo. It’s a hope against hope that he could have survived this and readers had to wait for the next installment.

Peter Jackson decided to start the third film The Return of the Kings with this scene, totally ruining that cliffhanger moment.

The idea seems to have been to give Frodo and Samwise more screen time in the third film, but this was a missed opportunity for sure. It’s not like the pair didn’t have more thrilling adventures ahead of them!

6 The Shire’s Alternate Future

Another major omission from the films is the infamous Scouring of the Shire. This event had major implications in more ways than one. In the first place, it adds more drama after the ring has been disposed of and Sauron toppled.

The travelling Hobbits return home to see their beloved Shire turned into a nightmare by an unscrupulous resident sponsored by none other than Saruman.

Yep, in the books, Saruman is still alive by the end of the third book and has caused residual damage to Middle-earth. It is here in the books that he is finally dispatched.

Filmmakers disposed with the scene altogether, creating confusion about Saruman’s fate in the process, as discussed earlier.

5 Bilbo Never Really Wrote a Book

In the early scenes of The Fellowship of the Ring, the audience gets to see Bilbo working on a book about his adventures called There and Back Again – which is the subtitle of the novel version of The Hobbit.

The implication is that the The Hobbit book we all read was penned by Bilbo.

That never happened outside of the film. In fact, Tolkien establishes that Hobbits don’t even write books at all! Theirs is a spoken word form, retelling stories and histories instead.

Making the meta-authorship kind of throws things off. While helpful for introducing film audiences to Hobbits, it’s still a confusing choice.

4 Gandalf’s Klutzy Hobbit Hole Moment

There’s this bizarre moment early on in The Fellowship of the Rings that just makes you wonder what the editing process of the film was like.

Ian McKellan’s Gandalf humorously bumps his head in Bilbo’s Hobbit hole– something that the actor did in real life and was left in the final cut by filmmakers.

Yes, it adds some much-needed humor to the often-grim source material, but making the exacting and super-disciplined ancient wizard Gandalf act like a goof hurts the tension of the moment.

This choice seems just a little bit too needlessly undignified for such a strikingly venerable character.

3 Arwen’s Flood

One of the great narrow escape scenes in The Lord of the Rings trilogy happens in The Fellowship of the Rings. With the Black Riders hot on their tail, Arwen and Frodo ride over the Ford of Bruinen. Arwen dares them to follow, and when they do, she unleashes a flash flood which washes the ugly suckers downstream.

It’s an awesome move that saves our heroes’ skins, but in the books, it was Elrond and Gandalf behind that bit of salvation. Why the change?

Apparently, it made the whole thing easier to explain to audiences, saving explanations of how it all went down. It’s a small change, but ups the ante on just how much more powerful Arwen seems to be in the movies than she is in the books.

2 Bilbo’s Aging Process

When JRR Tolkien introduces readers to the race known as Hobbits, he makes a point of stating that once they reach adulthood, they don’t change much in appearance. That means that they don’t go grey or get wrinkled as they get older. You can’t tell if a Hobbit is 25 or 75 years old because their bodies simply do not go through those changes.

For the movie version, Peter Jackson decided to offer a visual cue to tell the audience that Bilbo is far older than  Frodo.

Yes, Bilbo looks like a charming old codger, but that’s a human trait. That’s a fundamental shift in Hobbit physiology and in a lot of ways, can help audiences become disenchanted with the little guys.

1 Tom Bombadil Was Cut

Let’s start with the one character cut from The Lord of the Rings cast which hurt many fans the most. Readers will never forget the bedazzling character of Tom Bombadil.

When Frodo and his band of Hobbits first set out from the Shire, Tom saves them from an evil tree, puts them up for a couple of nights and arms them with special daggers. Not only that, he demonstrates that the One Ring has absolutely no power over him. When it turns Frodo invisible, Tom can still see him. He can wear it without being affected and even makes it disappear!

Yet this unique character with a visually stunning way of jumping around the forest was not included.

What other problems with The Lord of the Rings do fans overlook? Let us know in the comments!



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