Lord of the Rings Movie Analysis: Treebeard

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TJ Wilson 7119 04-27-11 Lord of the Rings Movie Analysis: Don’t Be Hasty In J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers we are introduced to the character Treebeard, the guardian of Fangorn Forest and eventual ally to the heroes of the story. Treebeard is ancient, wise, and kind, and we see his wisdom and goodness acted out in his leading of the ents to war against Saruman. In Peter Jackson’s movie version of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Jackson portrays Treebeard in a way that demeans his wisdom while exalting the wisdom of the lesser hobbits. Tolkien’s Treebeard is very aware of the events going on outside Fangorn Forest, and moreover has the goodwill and wisdom to help in the fight against Saruman. Jackson’s interpretation of Treebeard is culturally irrelevant, rash, and unable to see the need for the ents to enter the battle until the hobbits convince him. There are three scenes in Jackson’s The Two Towers that illustrate his interpretations of Treebeard’s person: the first encounter of Treebeard and the hobbits, the Entmoot, and the scene on the edge of Fangorn Forest where Treebeard finally realizes the evil of Saruman. By comparing these three scenes in the movie with their corresponding parts in the book, we can see the differences and similarities between artistic portrayal of Treebeard, the tone of the scenes, the meaning behind the scenes, and the consequences of Jackson’s deviances. In the movie The Two Towers, we are first introduced to Treebeard when Merry and Pippin run into Fangorn Forest to escape from their captors. After being chased deep into the forest by an orc, they climb a tree for safety. The tree turns out to be Treebeard, who then stomps the orc and scoops up Merry and Pippin, taking the hobbits to the “White Wizard.” This first encounter is much more fast and tense than it is in the book, but it does give us a good
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