LOTR Characters: Reader's version vs. actor's portrayal

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    Legolas

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    hullo!

    I was just wondering about all the teeny tiny lil differences there are between the characters in the book and the actors in LOTR...were your imaginary characters different to the ones played by Elijah ond Orlando? Or were Viggo and Ian perfect for their parts? plz tell me what u think!

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    Shaun

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    I thought all the actors were suited to their parts except I didn't think of Merry and Frodo looking like that. They made up for that with there great acting though.
    The best actor to suit their character I thought was Ian Mckellan portraying Gandalf. He was exactly as I pictured Gandalf both physically and through body language and voice.
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    Legolas

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    I have to say, the Legolas in my head was quite a bit different to the one in the film...

    In my head he was very tall and not blonde (dunno why) and wore all brown not green aswell.

    Elrond was more Ruler like in my head. Wore more Gold

    Frodo was older, cos in the book it says he was 50+ but Elijahs acting made up for that.

    Boromir was perfect, just as I imagined him:D
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    Legolas

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    looky looky what I found...all the actor piccies!


    Characters

    Click on the blue box at the very bottom of that page...I cant get a link straight to it sorry....
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    Jessa

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    i thought Bilbo, Gandalf, Legolas, Boromir and Aragorn looked exactly like i thought they wuld:D
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    Legolas

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    ya, but Aragron was more...rough looking in the film then he was in my head, and Boromir was blonde!:D

    Frodo was younger in the film, cos in the book he's supposed to be about 50 isn't he?
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    Jessa

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    supposedly, yes
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    Legolas

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    yeah he is, but Elijahs great acting made up for it!

    I didn't imagine Sam to have a farmers accent, but the stuff he said and the way he said it was perfect
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    Jessa

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    course Eli's acting made up for it! best actor of his generation! and mine i might add :D
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    ray gower

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    I always imagine the Shire as being like Oxfordshire, soft and rolling. With Hobbiton like one of the small market towns, like Banbury (would have said Witney, but I've been there recently)

    Hobbit dialect fits so comfortably in that, with a Cotswold twang for the more rustic and genteel lilt to the more 'upper-crust'.
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    Shaun

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    Ok I don't have a clue about the places you just said there.

    As for Sam, he is of a lower class than the rest of the Hobbits so I expected him to have a farmers accent.
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    Legolas

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    I never thought of Hobbits as classed citizens, they all seem to work together and play together, even if some (namely Bilbo) had more money then ohters....thats why I like'em so much!:D
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    Jessa

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    they didn't really have probalems with class or stuff, even tho some were poorer than others, they always helped each other out. thats what i thought hobbits were like
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    ray gower

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    I do not think the Hobbits can be entirely classless.

    There are an 'educated' class e.g. the Baggins's. The peasentry, e.g. the Gamgee's. And those that rule, e.g. the Tooks. Everything is right with the world and everybody is free and easy with what they have

    It all makes for a lovely, genteel and rosey Edwardian Home Counties scene.
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    Legolas

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    aww sweet...lets not keep this thread directly for the characters, what did the scenery look like in your head and was it different to in the film?

    In Lorien, in the film it was more...spooky with all the glowing lights everywhere, but Galadriel was kinda how I imagined her give or take, but Celeborn...he was just eeegh!
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    Jessa

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    yeah, no offence to the actor...but he was kinda :dead:
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    Legolas

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    he looked stoned to me! But then again I was concentrationg more on...another elf at the time:blush:

    Anyway, I wish they had put Glorfindel in there somewhere, cos I liked his character in the book:( And Tom Bombadil...
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    Jessa

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    poor poor tom :(
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    Legolas

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    who do you think would have played a good Bombadil? hm....trying to thing of all the actors who possibly look like him...
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    ray gower

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    Robi Coltrain, David Jason, Tom Baker or John Pertwee (if he is still about)?
    All are excellent comic actors and would fit nicely.

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