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Lord of the Rings: The Biggest Things Jackson's Trilogy Left Out

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Here are the biggest parts of J.R.R. Tolkien's source material that Peter Jackson omitted from his Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Introducing Middle-earth to a brand new audience, it's no exaggeration to describe the Lord of the Rings movies as a cultural sensation. Through The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and  The Return of the King, Peter Jackson crafted three box office behemoths that enjoyed widespread critical acclaim, and tasted glory at the traditionally fantasy-averse Oscars.

Compared to most book-to-movie adaptations, The Lord of the Rings is generally faithful to its source material (perhaps thanks to the presence of a book-toting Christopher Lee on set). Jackson makes no major additions of his own, and the most important blocks of Frodo's journey through Middle-earth remain intact. But so detailed is Tolkien's mythology, it was inevitable that a Hollywood adaptation would cut a great deal of material. Each entry in the Lord of the Rings trilogy nudges the upper limits of acceptable blockbuster length (and, for many, bladder endurance), but still comes nowhere close to adapting the books in full.

Many of these go unnoticed, even to those who have read the original books. Other omissions, however, are impossible to ignore. For one reason or another, entire sections, characters and settings from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings are conspicuous by their absence on the big screen. These are the most significant cuts made by Jackson's trilogy.

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