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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Has JK Rowling ever directly contradicted the movies?

This isn't quite what you're looking for. But the latter part of your question ("The movies said something which didn't contradict canon at the time, but Rowling subsequently wrote something to ...
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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 Peter Jackson ever explain why he left out the Scouring of the Shire?

The most logical answer is, as other users have said, that the Scouring of the Shire would have been too long and complicated an element to include at the end of a film that was already pretty damn ...
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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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Stardust book to film differences?

In the book In the movie Our hero's name is Tristran, and he has other family besides his father. He's also has a slight inhuman look. The name is changed to Tristan, to keep people from stumbling ...
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