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Does Sauron have any dialogue in any of the books?

Sauron speaks in The Silmarillion Thus Gorlim was ensnared; and taking him to their camp they tormented, seeking to learn the hidings of Barahir and all his ways. But nothing would Gorlim tell. Then ...
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Why do the Rohirrim apparently find the H-word offensive?

What you're seeing here is Peter Jackson adapting the films to try to make the plot more interesting, detracting from the books. This is common occurrence in the films as Peter wanted to change the ...
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Is the Iron Throne in the show faithful to the books?

No George R. R. Martin has written on his Not A Blog about this subject where he states that though the Iron Throne is iconic and he does like the way it is shown in the show it's not what he had in ...
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The Princess Bride - book vs film differences?

There's quite a bit, but let me sum up... The framing story In the movie, the story is being read by a grandfather to his sick grandson, and that's all there is to it. In the novel, the setup is ...
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Why does Bilbo try to hide his job when presenting the contract as evidence of his identity?

Bilbo Baggins is (or at least was) a respected member of the Hobbiton community. He knows that by going on an adventure he has already lost some degree of respect in his community and probably does ...
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Is Gandalf's origin discussed in the books but just excluded from the movies?

This is a surprisingly interesting question. How much could have been in the movies? Gandalf's origin is hinted at in the Appendices: When maybe a thousand years had passed, and the first shadow had ...
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Why does Bilbo try to hide his job when presenting the contract as evidence of his identity?

There is no auctioneer in the book. Bilbo arrives halfway during the auction. He's not asked for a legal document, but "the legal bother lasted for years" and "it was a long time before he was ...
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Why is Tom Bombadil not included in the films?

Time, pacing, and narrative focus Quoting from a 2000-ish interview with Ain't it Cool News1: "Also, will you be including Tom Bombadil? The Ralph Bakshi production cut it out, as did the BBC ...
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Has JK Rowling ever directly contradicted the movies?

Yes, at least twice. Both come from Philosopher’s Stone, which was released a year after the book version of Goblet of Fire: In the film, after escaping from Fluffy for the first time, Ron and Harry ...
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Does Lucius Malfoy have a wand inside his cane in the books?

No, it wasn't in the books (based on text searches I did on ebooks for Malfoy, cane, Lucius) Moreover, it is explicitly confirmed by the actor who played Malfoy (Jason Isaacs) that he was the one who ...
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Spider-man and the wrestling ring

Indeed, this goes all the way back to 1962 and the the first-ever Spider-man story, Amazing Fantasy 15. From comicbookresources.com: Peter decides to test out his newfound powers by taking part in an ...
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Why do the Rohirrim apparently find the H-word offensive?

Éomer isn't offended by being called horse-master in the book. The conversation goes slightly differently. Aragorn hails the Riders, and introduces himself as Strider. Éomer responds suspiciously, and ...
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Has JK Rowling ever directly contradicted the movies?

I’m not sure this is quite cut and dried as you’d hope, but the first thing that comes to mind is Lavender Brown’s skin colour. (In)famously, by now, Lavender Brown was a minor character in the first ...
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Does Lucius Malfoy have a wand inside his cane in the books?

As far as I can tell, there is no mention in the book of Lucius Malfoy using a walking stick at all, much less storing his wand in it. For example, when he is first introduced in Chamber of Secrets (...
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Why don't the Targaryens have purple eyes?

It appears as though George R. R. Martin discussed this in an interview with Entertainment Weekly back in 2011 before Season 1 was first aired. This will be a big area of debate among your ...
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Has Peter Jackson revealed why he changed the character of Aragorn?

I can think of a few main reasons, though I also am not aware if Jackson ever said so: To make sure everyone sees Frodo (and by proxy, Sam) as the hero(s) of the film. This simplifies it for a film ...
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Is the Iron Throne in the show faithful to the books?

No. There is even a joke made by Littlefinger where he counts the swords and says there aren't even two hundred swords when according to the book there are over a thousand. ...
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How true to the comics are Matt Murdock's powers in the 2015 Daredevil TV show?

Daredevil's enhanced senses are being depicted in the Netflix series Daredevil as both a fusion of his four remaining senses and as a limited but discrete "radar sense" which appears to Matt ...
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Which adaptations include Tom Bombadil?

More than you might think, though most of them are video games only tangentially related to The Lord of the Rings novels. In no particular order: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, a ...
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What was the first official film adaptation made of J.R.R. Tolkien's work?

The first official film adaptation of Tolkien's work was an adaptation of The Hobbit in 1967. Tolkien was previously approached twice about film adaptation rights to The Lord of the Rings in the late ...
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Why don't the Targaryens have purple eyes?

Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss stated in the Season 1 Blu Ray extra that "actors act with their eyes, and [the lenses] really hurt the emotion." as the reason for removing the colored ...
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How faithful is the film "The Martian" to the book?

Quite faithful, but with some notable differences. Having read the book and seen the film, I can say that it's quite a faithful adaptation. The main differences I noticed are: Reasons for ...
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Do the Game of Thrones books and series match up now? (Aegon Targaryen)

The books and the show have diverged pretty far, especially when it comes to Aegon Targaryen, and will likely never match up. As far as we know, Aegon Targaryen is not alive in the show -- we've seen ...
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What was the tragic event that caused Jessica Jones to give up being a superhero?

It's similar in the comics and the show, but the details are different. In both cases, Jessica has taken on her superhero persona (Jewel) and started acting as a costumed hero when Kilgrave runs into ...
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Is the origin of the Night King in Game of Thrones consistent with the books?

Differences between Show & Books about the Night's King: Show According to show, Night's King was a man captured most likely during First Men-Children of the Forest war. He was magically ...
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Does Randyll Tarly hate the wildlings in the books?

In one word, Nope. But seeing the kind of person Randyll Tarly is, he would be exactly the sort of guy who'd side with people advocating genocide of Wildlings or at least letting them die of their ...
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What exactly was the reason for Denethor's dislike of Faramir?

This is discussed in Appendix A (emphasis mine): Faramir the younger was like [Denethor] in looks but otherwise in mind. He read the hearts of men as shrewdly as his father, but what he read moved ...
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Does this cut material from Rogue One still appear in the novelisation?

All the "no" answers are backed up by: (a) thorough reading of Novelization - twice; and (b) text search of ebook for one or usually more keywords. First dialog with Saw - no Nothing about "...
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