Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#30): The Fellowship of the Ring

The Book

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)

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The Fellowship of the Ring
is the first of three volumes of the epic[2] novel The Lord of the Rings by the English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It is followed by The Two Towers and The Return of the King. It takes place in the fictional universe of Middle-earth. It was originally published on 29 July 1954 in the United Kingdom.

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I read the book soon after finishing The Hobbit (twice) and this world that J.R.R. Tolkien created…wow. I remember thinking as I read the book that this man created a whole other world, threw in these various creatures and created a language that many people can actually speak today! That’s just something else man. I’ve only ever read the book once because hot d*mn, it’s huge! Very intimidating. The LoTR was one of the first fandoms I joined and it’ll always hold a special place in my heart. I actually feel like reading the series all over again because this post, it brings back great memories.

The Movie

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings (1954–1955).[4][5][6] It is the first instalment in The Lord of the Rings series, and was followed by The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003), based on the second and third volumes of The Lord of the Rings.

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I grew up watching The Lord of the Rings even though I didn’t know it at the time. I remember vaguely how I’d beg my mom to let me stay up Sunday evenings because this awesome movie about a man whose ring makes him invisible was coming on…again. I didn’t know at the time that it was the LoTR, but I think it’s safe to say that even though I’d forgotten, my love for it was set at an early age. My sister is a major fan so she told me to watch the trilogy and when I did…all the memories came back. I’ve watched the unextended version once, and all times after that…well, it’s not like those 208 minutes of my life were ever wasted. I get this feeling of happiness when I hear and see that opening scene. It sends shivers down my spine. If it were not because of the fact that I’m a wimp and chose to hide under the Fidelius Charm in the Harry Potter world, LoTR would’ve definitely been on the top of that list.

The Decision

I think it’s rather obvious what my decision is going to be. The movie, duh! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s better than the book or that the book was not amazing, I just connected with the movie more and as mentioned above, I grew up with it. I’m a bit of a sentimentalist and my granny, my sis and I would come together and watch this. The book can’t beat the time I spend with my granny. It is what it is.

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Let’s Talk…J.R.R. Tolkien

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was a writer, poet, WWI veteran, a university professor and of course we all know him as the author of the world famous Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit.

J.R.R. Tolkien passed away 2 September 1973.

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Christopher Tolkien edited and published a series (some incomplete) of his father’s works and this together with the LOTR Trilogy and The Hobbit form a connection of stories of various times within the Middle-Earth Universe.

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At this time, I have read the first two of the LOTR Trilogy and I’ve read The Hobbit multiple times. Clearly, I have a favourite of the series. Funny story, I had read the Hobbit and was discussing the ending with a friend when he said that Thorin didn’t die at the end and I argued saying that I had just finished the book and I knew for a fact that I was right. Instead of going back to the page, I read the entire book from the beginning. All this just to prove a point. I read The Hobbit before the other books but I’ve been watching the movies since I was a kid (Sundays were LOTR days with my granny).

J.R.R. Tolkien shares a birthday with a friend of mine and naturally I freaked out when I found out he was born in South Africa, me being a South African myself. This man created a world that so many of us look forward to when we open his books. He created an entire language that many have studied over the years and actually speak (I haven’t gone that far yet). I always choose the Hogwarts door when I’m asked, but I say that the only reason I don’t go through that Middle-Earth door is because I don’t fancy being chased down and killed by dragons.

I wasn’t really keen on reading any of Tolkien’s works when I was younger but to think that one book changed it all for me and made me want to live in that world was great for me. The way Tolkien’s writing affects us is phenomenal. He’s changed so many people’s lives and I can think of the times I smiled while walking through the crowd at comic con over these past few years and hearing peoples’ different takes on how the story went down.

Tolkien’s works bring people together and I don’t think it gets any better than that. I am thankful that he shared his works with the world and allowed us to find yet another land in which we wish to escape to. Thank you, Tolkien!

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