The Lord of the Rings movies were a huge success and reignited fervor for the world of Middle-Earth. While overall fans enjoyed the films, the movies did leave out many scenes that were included in the books. As with any movie interpretation of a film, it’s impossible to include everything, as they are two different mediums.
Also, which scenes are included and which are not is somewhat subjective and left up to the creators. While Lord of the Rings fans still love the movies, there are some scenes many people can agree should have been incorporated. Here are 10 scenes from the books we wish the movies had included.
10 OLD MAN WILLOW
This is a classic scene that books fans will remember. As the four Hobbits are leaving the Shire and heading toward Bree, they encounter Old Man Willow as an early indicator of the power of Sauron. Old Man Willow is a sentient tree with evil intentions and power. He tries to trap the Hobbits and hypnotizes them.
This whole sequence was cut from the film, which makes sense given time, but it would have been great to see this iconic moment. Luckily, there was a nod to this scene in the extended edition of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
9 WORMTONGUE DOESN’T KILL SARUMAN
This is another scene that did get included in the movies but only in the extended version. Also, how everything went down was quite different. In Return of the King, Wormtongue stabs Saruman in an extra scene that wasn’t in the theatrical version.
However, in the books, this happened at the end of the entire narrative in the Shire. In fact, Wormtongue actually cut Saruman's throat right on Frodo’s doorstep. Wormtongue was then killed by being shot with arrows.
8 NO ELLADAN OR ELROHIR
While Arwen is given a bigger role in the movies, not all of her family made it to the big screen. It’s a little-known fact to movie fans that Elrond had two sons as well. They are twins named Elrohir and Elladan.
In the books, they know and work with the Rangers of the North, including Aragorn. They are also the ones who meet Aragorn in Return of the King, not Elrond, and they spend much of that book fighting by his side.
7 GOLLUM ISN’T SHOWN IN MIRKWOOD
In the book version of The Fellowship of the Ring, there is a long sequence of the Council of Elrond that includes many flashbacks. They show some of this in the movie, such as the flashback where we see how Gandalf become imprisoned by Saruman.
However, one flashback sequence was left out. Legolas actually came to the council to tell Elrond that Gollum had escaped from the watch of the elves of Mirkwood, but we don’t get any of this information in the movie.
6 THE BARROW-DOWNS
A lot of cut scenes that fans missed have to do with Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin’s journey from the Shire towards Rivendell. It does make sense that many of these scenes were cut, considering that some of them don’t add a lot to the overall plot of the story.
However, these moments had a lot of worldbuilding that fans missed. After leaving Tom Bombadil's, the Hobbits run into even more trouble at the Barrow-downs. Frodo is pulled into a tomb by one of the spirits cursed by the Witch-king of Angmar.
5 THE OTHER DÚNEDAIN ARE NOT SHOWN
In the movies, Aragorn being a ranger is mentioned, but the significance of that is not explored like it is in the books. Aragorn is a Ranger of the North and one of the Dúnedain. This means he belongs to an ancient race of Men who were committed to destroying evil.
They can live three times longer than most humans and are excellent warriors. In the books, he is their leader. In the movies, this is not explored and we don’t see any of the other Rangers.
4 THE SCOURING OF THE SHIRE
In the movies, the ring is destroyed and then the Hobbits mostly get to go back to the Shire and live their lives, even if they are obviously impacted by the events. The book takes a different approach.
When the Hobbits return, they find Saruman has taken over the shire. There is a battle called the Battle of Bywater that they lead in order to remove Saruman from the Shire. This is a fascinating series of events, but it would have been too difficult and anticlimactic to include in the movies.
3 NO GLORFINDEL
Many characters that were included in the books were not included in the films. These side characters added a lot of the world of Middle-Earth but didn’t necessarily need to be included.
Glorfindel was a Firstborn elf who almost joined the Fellowship. He is also the person who rescues Frodo after he is stabbed by the Nazgûl. In the movies, Arwen takes this role instead.
2 NO GILDOR, EITHER
Gildor is another elf who was in the books who is not included in the movies. It’s a shame if you're a fan of Tolkien’s elves because some of these characters have fascinating backstories.
Gildor is an Elf Lord who actually rescues the Hobbits from a Ringwraith. Another fun fact is that he’s the character that says, “Don’t you leave him, Samwise Gamgee,” in the books instead of Gandalf.
1 TOM BOMBADIL
Tom Bombadil is often the most cited character and scene from the Lord of the Rings books that fans wish had been included. In the books, after rescuing the Hobbits from Old Man Willow, Bombadil gave them a place to rest at his home.
He also then rescues them from the Barrow-downs. His wife, Goldberry, is also absent from the films. Fans still wish the character could have been included even if he wasn’t necessary to the plot.