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The Lord Of The Rings: 10 Ways The Animated Movie Was More Faithful To The Books Than The Jackson Trilogy

Understandably overshadowed by Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning live action trilogy, Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 adaptation of The Lord of the Rings is a decidedly weird beast. There’s no faulting the ambition involved – Bakshi, screenwriters Peter S. Beagle and Chris Conkling and the crew of animators do an admirable job of squeezing the first half of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic into one flick.

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But the film’s inconsistent visual style, hammy voice acting and disregard for the finer details of Tolkien’s mythos drag it down. Nevertheless, there’s also no denying that Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings gets more right than he and his team get credit for. Indeed, his spin on the source material is occasionally more faithful to the Middle-earth canon than Jackson’s movies. Don’t believe us? Read on, as we highlight 10 ways the animated Lord of the Rings

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