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The breaking of Gandalf's staff...


Jul 16 2012, 4:47pm

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In the Peter Jackson films, which (for the most part) I viewed with great delight and satisfaction, I was alarmed that he added that scene wherein the Lord of the Nazgul and Gandalf confront one another on some upper level of Minas Tirith (instead of at the main gate) with the Nazgul, after a test of wills, using his power to shatter Gandalf's staff. Alas, if only I had been in that film planning session!!! (Of course, I would have already been kicked out after my violent protests over the rewrite of Faramir's character.)

I would have preferred that the Witch-king of the films had not broken Gandalf's staff; however, this seems to have set up the alterations to the scene between Aragorn and the Mouth of Sauron. Sauron's servant presents the company with a token, Frodo's mithril shirt, which leads to the beginnings of dispair. In the book, Gandalf was able to dispell this dispair and send the Mouth of Sauron packing. Here, however, Gandalf has lost his staff, making him more vulnerable. It is Aragorn who sees this and must rally the company with a dramatic gesture--in this case, removing the head of Sauron's messenger. Not an ideal solution, perhaps; but it serves its purpose.

"Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man's part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house." - Aragorn

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Tolkien at UVM - 2012 summer - week 2 - A Wizard's Staff bglenney_uvm Send a private message to bglenney_uvm Jul 14 2012, 2:01am
    Wizards are maiar spirits in human bodies, that's why they have powers Tigero Send a private message to Tigero Jul 14 2012, 3:08pm
        a wizard's power (minus the staff) bglenney_uvm Send a private message to bglenney_uvm Jul 16 2012, 3:10am
    I think it has various uses Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Jul 14 2012, 4:48pm
        a wizard's staff bglenney_uvm Send a private message to bglenney_uvm Jul 16 2012, 3:16am
            The breaking of Gandalf's staff... Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Jul 16 2012, 4:47pm
    The staff is an instrument Mim Send a private message to Mim Jul 14 2012, 7:21pm
    The story of a magic-user who can't be killed is an old one. Curious Send a private message to Curious Jul 16 2012, 2:31am
        a wizard's staff - horcruxes - the good guys v. the bad guys bglenney_uvm Send a private message to bglenney_uvm Jul 16 2012, 3:30am


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