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  • Jordi Besora Solé

    2n Batxillerat A, any 2009-10

    Científic/tecnològic

    Llengua estrangera, Anglès

    Montse Agustí

    Institut Francesc Ribalta

    15 de Gener de 2010

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    INDEX

     Introduction ............................................................................................................ 2

     Summary of the book ............................................................................................. 4

     Book five ........................................................................................................ 4

     Book six ......................................................................................................... 17

     Summary of the film ............................................................................................. 30

     General story ................................................................................................ 30

     Frodo and Sam’s story ................................................................................. 35

     Ending........................................................................................................... 39

     Comparison book-film .......................................................................................... 40

     General story ................................................................................................ 40

     Frodo and Sam’s story ................................................................................. 45

     Ending........................................................................................................... 48

     Conclusion ............................................................................................................. 52

     Bibliography, films and webgraphy ..................................................................... 55

    APPENDIX

    Appendix 1

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    INTRODUCTION

    First of all, I want to say that I have always liked The Lord of the Rings. I have not read

    any book, but I think that the films are one of the best ones I have ever seen and the

    plot is amazing. That is one of the main reasons why I have chosen that Research

    Project.

    Another reason is that I wanted to do something in English to improve my vocabulary

    and my knowledge of this wonderful language. I have studied English since I was a child

    and it is one of my favourite subjects at school.

    By doing that project, I expect to learn more things about the Lord of the Rings and its

    writer. The story is amazing, but I want to know the real story, because, as I said

    before, I have only watched the films.

    I have always heard people who watch a film after reading the book and saying: “It is

    very different from the book. I do not like the film.”. I am not very used to reading

    books, so I have never had this feeling and I wanted to feel it.

    I have chosen to summarize only one part. There are many reasons for only choosing

    one part:

    On the one hand, the main reason is for the extension. One part of the story in the

    book is almost four hundred pages, so it is the same as one book. The film duration is

    more than three hours, therefore, the same that a long film.

    On the other hand, the level of English in the book is high. There are a lot of strange

    words and words that are not commonly used. Tolkien was a literature professor at

    university and he liked English a lot. Because of this, he used a lot of synonyms and

    made very good descriptions.

    As a consequence, I have only compared the third part because it is my favourite part

    and it is the part when everything finishes. The book of the Lord of the Rings is divided

    in six books. Every part has two books, therefore you will see that the summary of the

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    third part starts at book five. If you have never seen anything about the Lord of the

    Rings, I have summarized the first and the second part, which I have taken from the

    Internet, to make a kind of “historical context” of my project (see appendix 1).

    Another thing worth to mention is that the third part of the book does not match

    exactly with the film. The third film starts before the third part of the book. The film

    starts when the second part of the book is ending, so you will see that the summary of

    the book starts a little later than the summary of the film.

    Talking about the organisation, I will start with the summary of the book, which is the

    longest part. Then, I will summarize the film and make the comparison between both

    things. I will see what things are in the book and do not appear in the film, the things

    that appear in the firm and are not in the book and the things that appear at both and

    compare it.

    In my point of view, I have to talk about Tolkien, the author, and the main characters. I

    would like also to do a glossary of the most difficult words I find while reading the

    book. These things, I will include them all in the appendix.

    That is all I have to say for the moment. Now, I am going to start my trip in the

    fascinating world of “the Lord of the Rings”.

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    Gandalf riding with Pippin

    Minas Tirith

    SUMMARY OF THE BOOK

    BOOK FIVE

    1. MINAS TIRITH

    Pippin is riding with Gandalf. They ride for 3

    days while Pippin is sleeping. He gets up and

    asks Gandalf where they are and Gandalf says

    that they are in Gondor. Suddenly, Pippin sees

    fire, darkness and dragons and asks Gandalf

    of that. Gandalf says that the war is coming and they must haste. While they are riding,

    Gandalf explains things of Gondor to Pippin. After that, Gandalf tells him to sleep and

    says that they are going to Minas Tirith, the safest place in the world on those times.

    Pippin wakes up because he hears voices and he sees Gandalf talking to a group of

    men. They are talking about Pippin because they don’t know what kind of man he is.

    Pippin says that he is a Hobbit and he talks about Boromir. Gandalf says to him not to

    talk about it since the Lord of the country knew it, but the men say that he already

    knows it. When Pippin and Gandalf are leaving, they tell the man to be prepared and

    not to distract, because the war is coming.

    After days of walk, Pippin wakes up and sees

    a very big city with very big white walls. They

    enter Minas Tirith. Gandalf says to the people

    that he must see the king.

    Minas Tirith is a very safe city. It was built on

    seven levels, all delved into the hill, and all levels have a wall. In each wall there is a

    gate. In addition, the gates were not set in a line: the first one, the Great Gate, was at

    the east point, the next was faced south, the third was faced north and so on.

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    Boromir’s horn

    Gandalf and Pippin in the balcony

    Pippin is amazed and he likes the city a lot. When they get to the top, they see the

    guards. They are robed in black and they have an embroidered white tree. These

    guards were in front of the Court of the Fountain, where the White Tree once had

    grown.

    They walked in the garden and Pippin saw the tree. It was dead. Gandalf says to him

    not to talk of Boromir, Frodo or Aragorn. He talks about the kingship of Aragorn to

    explain Pippin why he can’t talk about him.

    The door of the king’s chamber opens. In the room, there are deep windows, tall pillars

    and the floor is made of white-gleaming polished stone. Then, Pip sees the throne with

    an image of the white tree, but it’s empty. An old man sits on a stone chair, Denethor.

    He asks Gandalf if he has news of Boromir and

    shows him a horn party in half. Then, Pippin

    says that Boromir always wore that horn.

    Denethor asks Pippin for more information

    and he tells him that Boromir was caught by

    many bows. Pippin offers his service to Denethor in payment of his debt. Denethor

    accepts it, he takes his sword, Pippin says a few words and Denethor gives the sword

    back to Pippin.

    Denethor says to him that his first command is to talk and not to be silent. He orders

    his servants to give a sit to Pippin and some food. Denethor says to Gandalf that he

    must leave the room, and Gandalf says that he hasn’t ridden one-hundred and fifty

    leagues only to bring a small warrior. He says that they have to ask for aid to everybody

    they can, but Denethor says that he is the king and they will do what he wants. Gandalf

    leaves the room with Pippin. A guide guides

    them to a house where they have a room. The

    room is quite fair. Pippin says to Gandalf if he