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Extended Edition Sheds New Light on the Story

July 6, 2011

CAUTION: SPOILER ALERT

You may or may not recall the post I wrote on the differences between the “Lord of the Rings” book and the “Lord of the Rings” film. Those of us who are devoted Tokien fans will agree that, while New Line did a fantastic job on bringing the story to life for old and new fans alike, there were a few things that didn’t make it into the final film that it would have been nice to see. So it was a real treat for me to get a chance to view the extended edition of the films. The extended edition features the deleted scenes as they would have appeared in the film, had they been included. This tacks on about an hour of additional film onto the already lengthy films, but it is well worth the watching.

There are a few sequences that were filmed that I still believe should have been in the final film. Eowyn and Faramir’s scenes in the Houses of Healing are scenes I felt to be pivotal parts of the story. I also feel that the massacre at the Fords of Isen (where Eomer discovers that King Theoden’s son is alive, but gravely injured) should have remained. The scene in which Faramir discovers his brother Boromir’s body are also important.

There are scenes that dragged the film out a bit, such as the scene between Eowyn and Aragorn where he reveals that he is 87 years old (he is a descendant of the Dunedain… read the books, people!). The scene at Isengard in which there is a lengthy coversation between Gandalf and Saruman (and Grima then stabs Saruman in the back and throws him off of the tower… oops, spoiler) is also a lengthy scene. Also, due to the fact that the scenes of Saruman in Hobbiton following the war were not only left out of the film, but were never written nor shot, this scene would have greatly confused those viewers who have not read the books. Another scene is the one between Sauron’s servant (known as the Mouth of Sauron) at the Black Gate, and Aragorn. This scene was, if nothing else, really wierd. While I believe it was in the book (can’t quite remember, shame on me!!!) it was really a wacky scene.  It was downright creepy. I rather liked it.

A few scenes that were not in the extended edition, due to the fact that they were never filmed, include all of Tom Bombadil’s scenes (*insert copious amounts of sobbing here*) and the scenes of Saruman in Hobbiton.

I would highly recommend looking up the trilogy on IMDB.com; there’s some very interesting behind-the-scenes stuff listed there!

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