It probably goes without saying that this will spoil things for those who haven't seen the film but just in case. Spoiler space Rather than do the standard this is what I liked about the film style post, I just thought I'd post about some of the smaller things in the films that I thought were particularly cool. Some of them might have been missed by people who haven't read the book. I don't mean the so-called bloopers everyone's been going on about, most of which aren't really bloopers if you pay attention. When Gandalf was riding in to hobbiton and seeing the preparations he made the comment a long expected party which happens to be the title of the first chapter in the book. At the party, Bilbo is telling some young hobbits about his encounter with the trolls and how they turned to stone (told in the book The Hobbit). In the novel, as the hobbits and strider were travelling to Rivendell they found those same trolls still turned to stone. In the film, they weren't mentioned but you did see them. They were in the background when Arwen arrives to take Frodo. In the novel, the orcs from Isengard generally had Saruman's emblem of a white hand on their shields. Lurtz, the leader of the uruk-hai that was added for the film had white war-paint on his face. The second time I saw the film I noticed it's actually a white hand print. Saruman's emblem. The story of how Gollum got the ring was kept brief but there were hints about the finer details. The hand that picked up the ring from the bottom of the Anduin was a normal looking hand, not a gollum-like hand, hinting at Gollum's origins. Those that know the book well would have noticed that a lot of the dialogue in the film was taken word-for-word from the book. In some cases the dialogue was spoken in different locations (such as Gandalf and Frodo discussing Gollum in Moria. In the book it was in Bag end but that conversation was alreadly long enough in the film). In other cases certain lines were left out, most likely to avoid it dragging on too much, but keeping the same dialogue added to the feel of them film. Some of the comments that got the biggest reactions from the audience seem to be the ones that were straight from the book so the translation to screen obviously went well. The way the actors delivered the parts obviusly helped a lot though (for example, I love the way Ian Holm did Bilbo's speech at the party). Peter Jackson's cameo. Only a kiwi director would cast himself as a drunken bum. For those who didn't notice, he was the first person that the Hobbits see up close when they come in to bree. I only noticed him the second time I saw it. When the hobbits were running from Farmer Maggot's farm, the first things they saw at the bottom of the hill were mushrooms. It seemed to me that it was a hint about part of what had to be cut from that part of the story. In the book, that section of the story is a lot longer but mushrooms played a part. The decision about what parts to cut/shorten must have been a painful one. It's nice that they left hints for those who know what was cut. The watery horses. Most people probably noticed them but didn't they look cool? I'm referring to when the river rises up to take away the nazgul and charging horses can be seen in the foaming waves. The river was controlled by the power of Elrond but the horses were Gandalf's added touch as he later explained to Frodo in the book. That's all I can think of for now.