Reading Challenge #2: Compare and Contrast Books and Their Movies - Lord of the Rings

Inspired by @ReadingChallenge. I know I'm a bit late on this one but I can't let this opportunity to rant go by. To summarise, the books are definitely better
  1. So I feel like I need to give this list some context and admit up front that I'm one of those freaks that re-reads Lord of the Rings each year. As such, I'm clearly a passionate fan of the books and know them well.
  2. I actually started this tradition because of a comment on the behind the scenes footage on the DVDs. I use to love the movies until I re-read the books and became more familiar with them, but now I would pay good money to punch Peter Jackson in the face
  3. WHAT THEY DID RIGHT
  4. How it looks
    Visually, I can't fault the movies. The scenery matches up so well with what is in my head
  5. Smeagol/Gollum
    Andy Serkis nailed it
  6. WHAT THEY GOT WRONG
    So much. I'll focus on the main ones
  7. Frodo
    This could be personal opinion, but Frodo in the books was much braver, and way less annoying. I wasn't surprised when book Frodo tried to take the ring but disappointed that he had lost his long fight against it. Watching the movie, I was only surprised that anyone thought movie Frodo would actually destroy the ring
  8. Faramir
    Book Faramir is noble, loyal, brave, and generally all round awesome. Movie Faramir is a bit of a dick
  9. No Scouring of the Shire
    Tolkien described this as 'an essential part of the plot' and I feel it really drove home just how far the reach of Sauron was
  10. Frodo sending Sam home
    WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK, NO WAY, FRODO KNEW HE NEEDED SAM, THEIR FRIENDSHIP WAS THE HEART OF THE BOOK IT WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED AAARRGGHHH!
  11. Aragorn was never reluctant to be king, Theoden never hesitated to help Gondor, the elves couldn't help at Helm's Deep because they were fighting their own battles, etc, etc
  12. Me discussing Lord of the Rings