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The Lord of the Rings voted best film adapatation

Vue Cinemas have done a survey of cinema-goers and have discovered that The Lord of the Rings trilogy has beaten the Harry Potter series to claim the crown as best book-to-film adaptation.

Following the results of the survey, Vue says:

Director Peter Jackson scored a box office hat trick with his movie adaption of J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary masterpiece, the Lord of the Rings.

With ticket sales amassing $2,917,506,956 (£1,787,304,818) globally, it came as no surprise that the majority of those surveyed preferred the movies to the books, with the exception of fans in East Anglia, the North West, Yorkshire and Humber districts.

Although both sexes chose the movies over the books, a larger percentage of males preferred the books. Over 50% of respondents that felt key moments from the books were missing from the movies – many fans agreed that the absence of Tom Bombadil left a major gap in the plot.

Peter Jackson has addressed this issue in the past, stating that they simply couldn’t figure out a way to include Bombadil without losing momentum on the rest of the plot.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner

Shaun is the current Chair of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2013, Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien’s works whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time can be found in the cinema, playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter.


  • gskid

    I know that Sir Peter Jackson could only take from LOTR and THE HOBBIT for the movies (not any other books, ie, The Silmarillion, etc..). I think a Bombadil movie would be great! Quite a challenge though, to make it fit with the changes made in the movies to omit Bombadil. Who could play him, or Goldberry?

    • Taurdîn

      Something like an adaptation of “The adventures of Tom Bombadil”?