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Posted: Nov 6th 2008 9:48AM (Unverified) said

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Probably the books, but I agree with Tolkein's assessment that they aren't long enough. I realize this seems silly, since they're already three books long, but once they get on the road, it's a pretty quick trip to mordor.

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 12:11PM (Unverified) said

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just to be a geek about it. It's 6 books in 3 volumes. :)
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Posted: Nov 6th 2008 12:35PM (Unverified) said

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7 if you count the appendices as their own book ;)
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Posted: Nov 7th 2008 8:20PM (Unverified) said

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The books without a doubt, you can take your time drawing the enjoyment out more, savoring each event.

It's particularly enjoyable after reading them to be actually playing the game and saying OMG I have been there!
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Posted: Nov 6th 2008 10:48AM (Unverified) said

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I like the movies better. The visual grahics are awesome. It's been forever since I've read the books, maybe I'll go back and re-read them :)

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 12:03PM (Unverified) said

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The books, of course.

The movies were great, but the Elves had 5 o'clock shadows.

-- Daedren

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 12:16PM spodi said

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I enjoyed the books much more. Mainly becase they covered more ground. But as mentioned above the movies did offer a very good rendition of the landscape that previously only existed in my mind.

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 12:06PM (Unverified) said

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The books were great for the same reason the game is great, all the lore and background that can be packed into the text. Although I have to give it to the movies. I can't count the number of times my friends and I turned one on and sat down to play a game of LotR Risk at the same time.

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 12:06PM (Unverified) said

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The books, most definitely.

The movies were visually stunning though.

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 12:10PM pixiestyx said

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The movies were like cliff notes for the masses, great and covered the essentials but nothing beats the books

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 12:09PM (Unverified) said

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If push came to shove I'd choose the books but I really did enjoy the movies. I thought they captured essence of the books quite well.

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 12:26PM jmerriex said

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That's easy, the books. While I think Jackson did an AMAZING job with the films, the books were substantially more interesting and fulfilling.

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 12:19PM (Unverified) said

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Definitely the books. While the movies were incredible, there's only so much you can really do in the span of a movie, while the books were able to delve into much more of the world. Sure, they got slow sometimes (Tom Bombadil, I'm looking at you), but the payoff for reading these classics was so much more worth it than watching the movies and saying that you got all the good parts.

Because simply, no, you didn't.

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 12:17PM (Unverified) said

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LOTR books by a mile - THAT'S real literature!

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 12:12PM Softserve said

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Books.

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 12:13PM chrischob said

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I liked the movies better by a bit, probably because they are more of a shared experience...

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 2:28PM (Unverified) said

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I enjoy the book more just because it has more content. I love the stories that they just didn't have time for in the movie.

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 12:16PM (Unverified) said

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Movies

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 12:15PM (Unverified) said

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Books.

Posted: Nov 6th 2008 12:17PM (Unverified) said

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Why is this for US and Canada only. Us UK brothers are feeling left out....

I preferred the books, there's a lot more depth to them in my opinion.

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