the 13th warrior
May 8 2016, 5:17pm
Hello Oldest Daughter, been a long time since I visited here. Hope all's well.
Three that come to mind: Shelob, Galadriel's Gifts, Flight to the Ford
The movie battle between Sam and Shelob was more intense than the book passages. The movie emphasized the horror of a spider the size of a small truck, jaws snapping away, stinger ready with venom, the terrifying size and mobility of Shelob, with Sam's courage and his own agility under pressure. The book passages were constructed with Tolkien playing out the suspense of hobbits realizing they're watched by something in the darkness, then the hope of escape, and then the spider's attack when Sam and Frodo were separated. Tolkien also made Shelob sound like an otherworldly monster, a dragon's armor plating on a huge spider's body, evil intelligence. The movie emphasized the simple desperate struggle between a hobbit and super-arachnid.
The movie scene was pure adrenalin rush of Sam having to use his wits, can't make one mistake or it's over and he's eaten. Sean Astin really gave it his all, never gave up. In the book Shelob tries to crush Sam under her and stabs herself on his sword, ironic that she mortally wounds herself. And Sam's fighting spirit powers Galadriel's phial into a white hot light that blasts her damaged eye. I have found myself liking the more direct one on one movie battle.
I liked the movie's take on Galadriel's farewelll gifts as opposed to the books. She was direct and personal with each Fellowship member, singling out a few for special consideration--that Pippin would find his courage, Frodo got his phial, Gimli, very powerful acting, gets the memory of her and her hair strands. We saw her expressions and theirs, shared in their moment together. Her separate farewell to Aragorn is powerful because she warns him of the penalty for failing, but gives hope by calling him his kingly name, Ellesar, as she bids farewell forever, never to see him again. Really amazing stuff, hits home the Aragorn and elves relationship.
Finally, I never had a problem with Liv Tyler joining the story one bit and her flight to the Ford was much more suspenseful than the books because she was alone with a sick hobbit and the Nine Riders after her in full force. The book dilutes this race and climax as Frodo is on Asfaloth, helpless and overcome with fear, while the Aragorn, Glorfindel and the hobbits drive the Riders into the river with torches and Glorfinder's power. Arwen commanding the waters with seconds to spare as the Riders were well across the river was much more exciting.
Just a few thoughts,
The 13th Warrior
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