Peter Jackson should have watched this before he made the third movie.

From the Rankin Bass Return of the King cartoon:

This is true to the books, IMO. This is one of the very few changes in Jackson’s movies that bother me enough to write about. I like the movies, but the scene with Gandalf and the Lord of the Nazgul feels like revisionist history to me. I’ll have a Tolkien post here later today and another at Part Time Monster. I’ll also have one at The Writing Catalog to show anyone who is interested how I planned my Tolkien series.

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6 thoughts on “Peter Jackson should have watched this before he made the third movie.

        • Ok, sorta remember that now. I call that revisionist history, or adaptation decay, depending on whether I am looking at it as a Fourth Age historian or as an Earthling literary analyst. The cartoon is much more faithful. The enounter happens at the Gate, and Gandalf’s voiceover in the cartoon is the passage that transitions from the showdown between Gandalf and the Nazgul to the next part of the story.

          If I have any problem at all with the cartoon as a whole it’s that they put so much of that sort of stuff in Gandalf’s voice.IIRC, It’s a simplified version, but most of what’s actually on the screen is faithful to the text.

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