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The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien is a trilogy that includes The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

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The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien is a trilogy that includes The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. While others have tried to bring these stories alive by using video, animation and radio recreations, there is a problem with these video adaptations. The directors seem to alter the original story in order to make it into their own interpretation and to make it more cinematic. Looking specifically at the book The Two Towers within the trilogy of The Lord of the Rings and comparing the novel to the animated film by Ralph Bakshi and to the recently released film by Peter Jackson, one can see ideas and important elements that are left out or recreated in order to fit the new director's vision. Noticeably different in the two dramatizations are the addition and the deletion of scenes and changes made in the plot. The directors show the development of characters in a different way as more focus is put on what the actors do than what they say, or think. The director's interpretation is limited or enhanced by the available technology as well. By exploring important scenes such as the meeting of the Riders of Rohan, the development of characters like Aragorn, Gollum and Faramir with Frodo and Sam, and the time given to Helm's Deep, it can be seen how both directors used their own imagination to tell the epic adventure story. In the same way both movies shy away from using the intended format of Tolkien's story. ...read more.

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Unlike the scene from the book both Jackson and Bakshi view the importance of Farmir in different ways and have different ideas as to the character of Faramir and his role in the story. In the animated film Faramir is not even mentioned at all. This is an interesting approach by Bakshi since Faramir is in many of the major scenes in the third book The Return of the King, written by Tolkien. This is unlike Jackson's in that in his dramatization he tries to develop the character of Faramir into a more in depth and realistic figure. He might be doing this in order to have Faramir's transformation and comparison to Boromir more noticeable. In Jackson's movie once Faramir learns that the Ring is within his grasp, he takes advantage of the situation unlike his character in the text. In the Jackson movie, Faramir does not even try to resist the evil power and draw of the ring. He takes Frodo and Sam to Osgiliath in new added scenes but eventually lets them go once he realizes that he has been subjected to the desire, draw and power of the ring. He realizes this as he listens to a moving speech by Sam: Sam: I think Mr. Frodo, I understand. Folks in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn't. Because they were holding on to something. Frodo: What are we holding onto Sam? Sam: That there's some good in this world. And it's worth fighting for." ( Jackson ). ...read more.

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With the power and ability to create impressive illusions one could have hoped for an actual visual display of wizardry, " 'But the Orcs have brought a devilry from Orthanc,' said Aragorn ' They have a blasting fire, and with it they took the wall". (Tolkien, 171). Ralph Bakshi had a great vision as to the way his film was to be developed. He had beautifully drawn backgrounds for his film as this was the style of the time. The backgrounds do not change but the animated characters do. He relied heavily on sound effects to impress upon the audience such things as doom or foreboding, as his animated characters could not always express that. Unfortunately the longer one watched this movie, one could start to see a lack of quality. In one scene in particular during the fight between the Uruk-hai and the Riders of Rohan, some Uruk-hai are jumping, screaming ready for battle and some Uruk-hai are not even moving. Bakshi also seems to have run out of money because he starts switching between real figures and animated characters. Each of the directors are trying to relay their own vision of Tolkien's text by adapting their movie story lines. Unfortunately the original creator and master story teller Tolkien was not used to help in the making of the two dramatized versions of his epic tale. In using the text to compare the different visions of the directors one can see that important scenes are either left out, hurried past or embellished upon. Although both directors were close in recreating this epic, neither movie was able to capture the wonder, imagination and genius of Tolkien's classic story. ...read more.

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