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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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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 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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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. Varys: A thousand blades. ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Are the swords shown in Game of Thrones faithful to those in A Song of Ice and Fire?

Yes As it turns out there are some swords that align with GRRM's vision of it from the books. Robb Stark's Sword GRRM mentions this on his blog on this post: The Sword of Robb Stark is never ...
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Is Draco portrayed in the canon books as good-looking?

Draco isn’t described as attractive or ugly. Draco isn’t usually described as either good or bad looking. The best indication of what Draco was supposed to look like in the books is this drawing by J....
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Did Tom Riddle and Voldemort have the same wand?

It's the "same" wand, just redesigned. None of the movie wands were special-looking in the first two films. Prisoner of Azkaban introduced the personalized wands, and the trend remained ...
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Did Bard ride the cart in the novel?

No In fact, the goblins don't even attack the town, so... The 'Battle of Five Armies' in the novel is when the goblins and Wargs attack the mountain where Thorin & co are holding fort, which the ...
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Is the 2016 "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" TV series a direct adaptation from the books?

The story is completely different from that of the books. The show Wikipedia page summary is below (emphasis mine): The show is based around the eccentric Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) who claims ...
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Are "The Witcher" books as explicit as the game?

There are often descriptions of female nudity , but they're limited to upper torso. Female breasts are mention fairly often, but that's pretty much it (i.e. certainly not on the level of the cards ...
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Why was the "bread communication" in the arena of Catching Fire left out in the movie?

Books and movies are fundamentally different media, and require different storytelling techniques Movies are better at conveying some things, like action or background events, but much worse at ...
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Which GoT characters do not appear in ASoIaF?

I've now found an article on the Fandom page: New characters who appear exclusively in the TV series which has some good information on this, to summarise: Ros: The prostitute that goes from the ...
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How many men has Cersei slept with?

Game of Thrones In the show she has been with Jaime Lannister as we see in the very first episode. She has also slept with Robert and was even pregnant by him Cersei Baratheon: I felt something for ...
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Why is Frodo so strongly drawn to Minas Morgul?

UPDATE As pointed out in the comments, I seemed to have missed one part of the text in which the slight alteration suggested below is in fact false, and the alteration is rather significantly minor or ...
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Why did Gandalf change from blue to grey?

Tolkien did not envision his wizards as wearing monochromatic outfits. Towards the end of his life, circa 1970, Tolkien wrote an essay describing the appearance of the fellowship, in response to ...
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Why Sol 18 instead of Sol 6?

Updated with author quote/confirmation* *From comment provided by Gallifreyan DailyBeast.com I actually calculated the orbital trajectories that they needed to take to get from Earth to Mars. That’s ...
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Why do all Conan the Barbarian movies and TV adaptations stray so much from any of the original stories?

The way Conan adaptations were treated was an outgrowth of the way that pulp writers following Howard thought about the material and the way they treated it. For a long time, the people who owned and ...
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Why don't the Targaryens have purple eyes?

Sources GRRM himself in an interview states: There are changes, but I’m not sure how many of them are important. Like in the sets. The High Hall in the Eyrie, the one I described was long and ...
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