Some viewers of The Lord of the Rings as a child confused Gandalf with Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter saga and even rejoiced in what we now call the Crossover. However, there is an important point here – Gandalf is not exactly a wizard. At least not in the interpretation to which the audience of mass cinema is accustomed.
According to Tolkien’s story, the magician was one of the Mayar spirits who helped and served the Valar. To help the peoples of Middle-earth in the fight against Sauron, the Valar decided to send there five Mayars in the form of elders. Thus, Gandalf, Saruman and Radagast took on the familiar form and became known as wizards – at the moment when they deliberately locked themselves in a mortal body.
That is why in the battle with Balrog, a fiery demon in the dungeon of Duria, Gandalf does not die, but is reborn. He is resurrected to fulfill his purpose in Middle-earth.
There is a theory that the heroes would not have had to make such a long and dangerous journey to Mordor if they had just flown on mighty eagles.
The giant birds that flew to Gandalf’s aid to the top of the Orthanca Tower or to Sam and Frodo in the finale are a typical “god of the machine.” This raises a reasonable question: why did the creators decide to complicate the lives of the heroes and at the same time their fans, who are forced to sit for twelve hours watching the whole trilogy and experience so many deaths?
In fact, there is no reason to believe that Sauron and his army were not ready for the enemy to approach Mordor from the air. In addition, the attentive viewer will note that eagles carry heroes over relatively short distances, which means that the power of birds is not so limitless.
In his works, Tolkien endowed animals with almost human intelligence. The writer has made it clear that birds themselves are seldom associated with bipeds, but given the importance of battle, he is ready to come to the rescue in case of emergency.
If you’ve watched movies but haven’t read books, Sauron is just a huge burning eye on top of Barad-dur, watching every corner of Middle-earth. In fact, this is not quite so.
Big fans of the epic probably remember what Sauron looks like on the flashback at the beginning of the “Brotherhood of the Ring”. In the original source of the dark lord, I call him the Eye only when they are afraid to say his real name.
Sauron used to be a spirit that served the Valar. He was seduced by the strength and power of Melkor, eager to seize power around the world. Before Sauron lost his body, he could take on different forms, but then only the spirit remained, which could exist as long as the ring existed. However, people who have thoroughly studied the texts claim that at the time of the war for the ring, the hero still had a material shell.
The eye was more of a metaphor for the power of darkness. Peter Jackson decided to make this image literal and created in his films a huge fiery eye that has a connection with his lord. It turned out effectively.
Legendary British actor Sean Bean is famous for the fact that screenwriters and directors constantly want to get rid of his characters. To take him on the role of Boromir in “The Lord of the Rings” meant to know in advance what would happen to the hero, although the actor himself considered this on-screen death the best in his filmography.
Contrary to the stereotype that prevailed after the filming of Jackson, Boromir was not a traitor. In his novel, Tolkien described Gondor’s successor as a fearless, strong, and noble warrior who, however, fell victim to his spiritual weakness.
In the films, the audience’s attention is focused only on four hobbits – Frodo, Sam, Pippin and Mary. At the end of the journey, they return home, where everything seems to remain as before, but in the penultimate chapter of the book “The Return of the King” the inhabitants of Shire are under threat.
“Purification of Shear” is considered by critics to be one of the most important chapters of the novel, as it is an allegory of the state of Britain after World War II.
According to the plot, Saruman, expelled from the Order of Istari, develops a plan of revenge and creates a military dictatorship in Shira. The Hobbits were forced to submit, but Frodo, Sam, Pippin, and Mary organized an uprising. Later, the Battle of Baywater took place, as a result of which the half-grown men won a victory over the guards, although there were enough killed on both sides.