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What are the difference between the Lord of the Rings film and novel?

Any work of the scale of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movie screenplay was going to exhibit differences from the source material. While the three movies had a large number of minor and trivial differences from the book, there were quite a few substantial differences as well.


The director and writers of the motion pictures faced some significant challenges in bringing Tolkien’s work to the big screen. Not the least of these was the enormous scale of the story. The difficulties the writers faced were innumerable, and many compromises to the story were required to successfully adapt it to the medium of film.

Soon after the release of the first movie, controversy began to arise over deviations in the screenplay from Tolkien’s own story. Despite the differences, The Lord of the Rings motion pictures are beautiful and stunning epic movies that tell a great story in their own right.

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