Just a summary of differences between Peter Jackson’s movies and the unabridged books…
Movie 1: The Fellowship of the Ring
- In the film, only Sam leaves the Shire w/Frodo, but in the book Pippin accompanies them also
- In the film, Pippin & Meriadoc flee Farmer Maggot and meet up w/Frodo in Buckland, then rush Frodo to the ferry, but in the book they only meet Meriadoc in Buckland while riding in the back of Farmer Maggot’s wagon.
- In the film, Arwen rescues the Hobbits after escaping the siege at Weathertop, but in the book it is Elrond’s son who locates and rescues them
- In the film, Pippin drops a stone into a well in Moria, but in the movie he knocks a whole skeleton and bucket w/chain down the well
- In the film, the fellowship is taken directly to Galadriel, but in the book they are all escorted blindfolded
- In the film, Aragorn sees Frodo at the chair of thought, and bids him leave before the Orc attack at the Falls of Rauros, but in the book Aragorn never sees Frodo before the attack
- At the end of the film, Boromir dies trying to protect Merry and Pippin before they are ultimately captured by the Orcs, but this actually occurs in the very beginning of book 2 The Two Towers
Movie 2: The Two Towers
- Elves join Rohan prior to the battle of Helm’s Deep, but in book this does not occur, instead Treebeard beckons the "Huorn" (tree people) to help at Helm’s Deep (at Gandalf’s request)
- After the battle of Helm’s Deep, Gandalf visits Orthanc and Pippin finds the seeing stone already in the water, but in the book it is thrown out a window of Orthanc at Gandalf by Wormtongue
- Frodo and Sam are discovered by an army of Gondor and taken by the Captain Faramir to Osgiliath, but in the book Frodo never visits Osgiliath as he is released just as they are on their way there
- The movie ends with Gollum, Sam and Frodo being released from Faramir but the book ends much later after Frodo is attacked by Shelob and taken by the Orcs to the tower of Cirith Ungol.
MOVIE 3: The Return of the King
- Elrond delivers the reforged-sword of Isildur to Aragorn at the camp at Dunharrow where in the book Aragorn had the sword all along (shows it to the Hobbits in the hotel room at Bree and reforged for Aragorn for the quest as they depart Rivendell)
- Aragorn takes the paths of the dead from the camp at Dunharrow but in the book Aragorn takes this path much earlier – after departing from Helm’s Deep without the remainder of the Rohan forces.
More to come…