SPOILERS AHEAD!
I came to the novel after seeing the Peter Jackson film. The scene in the film where Gandalf and Sarumon blast away at each other with their staffs seemed very Harry Potter, and rather silly. There is nothing like it in the film, where Gandalf is simply put in detention by Sarumon’s retinue who greatly outnumber him. The Balrog who confronts Gandalf in the novel is only a little bigger than an NHL defenceman. In the film, he is as tall as a high-rise building and one really wonders why Gandalf confronts him. If he had retreated with the others the monster’s weight by itself would have been enough to bring down the bridge. Boromir scares Frodo into ending the fellowship of the ring and trying to slip away by himself in the direction of Mordor. He doesn’t die valiantly defending the fellowship against an Orc attack in the novel as he does in the film. Reading the book made me wonder if the film, good as it is, shouldn’t get a remake that would be truer to Tolkien, less dramatic perhaps, but also less silly.

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