Classic Remarks: Changes from Book to Film in LOTR

Participating in a two month old discussion now because I couldn’t then, but I have so much to talk about. This was hosted during the Tolkien Reading Event that I was a part of with my first guest post. Excerpt from the original post:

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Classic Remarks is a meme hosted here at Pages Unbound that poses questions each Friday about classic literature and asks participants to engage in ongoing discussions surrounding not only themes in the novels but also questions about canon formation, the “timelessness” of literature, and modes of interpretation. Feel free to comment even if you are not officially participating!  This week’s (24/03/2017) prompt is:

DISCUSS ONE OF THE CHANGES PETER JACKSON MADE FROM THE BOOK WHILE ADAPTING THE LORD OF THE RINGS.  WHAT DID THIS CHANGE ADD TO OR TAKE AWAY FROM THE STORY?

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As regular readers know by now, I probably can’t survive a week without talking about The Lord of the Rings somehow. Being the crazy fan that I am, I have decided to discuss not one but three changes that Peter Jackson made and what I felt about them. Let it be known that no matter how I feel about certain scenes, I love the movies and The Lord of the Rings is my favourite movie trilogy of all time as well. (I can’t say the same for The Hobbit, unfortunately, but that’s a story for another day.)

Warning: Spoilers ahead for both the movies and books!

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2016 Wrap-Up

I know it’s a terribly clichéd idea for a blog post, but looking back at the year often provides valuable lessons for the future. We probably all had that one big, embarrassing failure we don’t want to talk about and pray will never happen to us again. We all hopefully experienced a few deviously designed plans by the devil that confounded us but which we overcame anyway, becoming wiser in the process. We all definitely had those beautiful moments where the entire universe was perfectly aligned just for us, which brings a smile on our faces even as we think about it now. By now you should be convinced this is a great post idea. If you are, then bear with me as I share how 2016 went for me (and you can tell me all about yours after that).

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The Reader in Me

I intend to keep this post short because I just received some devastating news and it has totally put me off. However, I made myself a promise that I won’t skip a day in September, so here is the customary Monday post, the last for the September Reading Month.

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Best of The Lord of the Rings: Many Partings

If you have already read the books, you will probably recognise the title of this post. However, I meant to use it only to convey that this shall be the last post of the series and it seemed fitting to borrow an actual chapter title from the book.

Did you celebrate Hobbit Day yesterday by any chance? I just couldn’t find the time to bake the customary lembas and watch the trilogy again, so mine was pretty low-key. This has been rescheduled to Sunday because my college is working on Saturday (I think you can imagine the sad emoji that would accompany this sentence). The only significant thing I did was wear my Arwen necklace replica that I got as a birthday gift this year and gush over a friend’s acquisition of the One Ring (I’m still not sure if that’s a replica; I shall watch for the signs much like Gandalf did and post my observations on Twitter).

I initially thought this post would be about two things: the best relationship and the best villain as a bonus, but then I realised that I had so many things to talk about that I just couldn’t leave it at that. So I’ll be discussing several other favourite moments here. Is your elf-boat (or hobbit feet, if that’s your thing) ready? Then let’s be on our way!

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Best of The Lord of the Rings: OST

I don’t have much time on my hands today and I really couldn’t schedule this post beforehand, so I was looking to write a short post this time around. This gave me a sudden inspiration. Although I’d originally conceived this series to be a book discussion (and fangirl feels outlet), I decided to include the movies as well. After all, why not? The movies introduced me to the books and The Lord of the Rings is the highest Oscar-winning movie series till date. Purists might discard the films as crass commercialization and call it but a shadow of the published works, but the movies did get a lot of things right. The first thing that comes to my mind is the soundtrack.

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Best of The Lord of the Rings: Setting

Forgive me for almost missing the deadline in this one. I’ve been busy these few days, what with tests coming up next week. I hope I somehow manage to put up posts next week. Anyway, let’s worry about that later. Today I shall continue to explore my favourite series, The Lord of the Rings, and talk about the one place I loved more than the others (Don’t worry, this post will be small). Every reader knows that setting is very important to a story, especially in the fantasy genre. This series has extremely complex world-building and not only is it detailed, it is exquisitely beautiful. There were several options to choose from – the white towers of Minas Tirith, the quaint and simple Shire, the dangerous mines of Moria, the dwellings of Elrond in Rivendell… well, you get the picture. [Once again, please note that since this is a book discussion, the post may contain spoilers.]

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Best of The Lord of the Rings: Character Arc

Never have I been so excited about a new series on the blog, or more nervous. My first association with The Lord of the Rings series happened when I was 10 years old. I watched the entire movie trilogy with my family and I was instantly impressed. I finished reading the series in 8th grade and I vividly remember that it took me 3 weeks to complete it. I had taken a few days of sick leave and I had the book with me throughout. Ever since, I have never truly let go of it. I make it a point to watch the trilogy and read the books every year at least. If this hasn’t already told you how crazy I am about this series, perhaps the blog posts that I have in store for September will.

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The Inspiration Circle – Aug ’16

It’s been a pretty hectic month for me personally. I haven’t kept to my posting schedule strictly (oops!) and my fiction output fell to zero. I’m not particularly proud of admitting that, but it helps in easing the blogger guilt trapped inside just a little. I’m in dire need of inspiration to get off to a good start next month (I have plans! More about it at the end of the post).

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Fictional Fridays #17

Who thought holidays could be more stressful than the months I have to attend college? Strangely, I find myself having no time to do the things I want to finish and having all the time in the world to complete TV series in record time during my semesters. Another example of time being a vindictive creature, I suppose. Putting aside selfish concerns for a bit, I decided to write something, anything, to take my mind off of things. Here is the result (Incidentally, it fits this week’s Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes Prompt Challenge #33 – Favourite Food).

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A Little Less Lonely Tag

I was just searching around the Internet for fun book tags to do when I stumbled upon ‘A Little Less Lonely’ book tag by BookTuber Emma Tobias. It’s an old tag (original video published in November 2014) but I watched it a few hours ago and found that I could rattle off answers without too much effort. So, let’s dive right into it.

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