How do you find the representation of Sauron during the opening scene when he fought against Isildur. Sort of a giant Iron Man. Those of you who know Tolkien's thoughts/words on this interest me.
... Just like the Troll in Moria; Was he too big and am I going to die laughing - looked like Shrek's older brother.
Per Sauron, I never remember Tolkien mentioning "giants" in ME. If memory serves me right, there may be a description of Sauron in Silmarillion. Film version seemed too excessive.
...I found the Elves "anaemic" - whether it be Legolas, Elrond or Galadriel - even Celeborn.Just seemd a concession to New Age conceptions of Elves. Nobady said Elves were supposed to be aloof and snobish. Legolas walks around as if he doesn't care about anything and seems about as emotional as Spock. (Except the outburst about Aragorns honor)
I'm not meaning to be provocative, honestly, just a question.
It's okay, your not povocative, but I think I might be able to help.
Sauron's Build: In one of Tolkiens more obscure works (before the marring and destruction of Numenor) he is described as looking line one of the Numenoreans but much taller and extremely noble of bearing. While not being a giant, the Numenoreans at that time averaged 6 -7 feet tall an if he was taller than this...? Maybe they weren't that far off.
Not really sure how big trolls should be.
Elves and stuff: Don't forget when LoTR was written. Back then pale was beautiful. Or at least it was to Tolkien. In the Sil and other works, he often described the elves and various individuals (eg: Earendel) as pale or even of 'silvery' skin, and that this was considered beautiful, egg: description of Arwen in LoTR "...her white arms and clear skin were flawless and smooth...".
On the other hand, I do agree that at times this may have been overdone. I have seen stills of Erond in which he looks quite pasty.
Aloof and Snobbish: I don't know. Elves appear to have the capcity for mental telepathy. This may mean that they do not need to show their emotions outwardly and so they appear cold and unfeeling or aloof. I also think that elves could be a little insular and stuck up. Consider Feanor's attitude to Men. Elrond's initial response when he realises that Aragorn is in love with Arwen. "She is too far above you. And so it may well seem to her..." Also there is the general attitude of elves to dwarves whom they consider to be their inferiors because they consider them unlovely.
Well, I hope I havn't prattled on for too long. Hope that sort of answers your thoughts. I generally found the details in the movie to be well researched and accurate.
I do agree though, that maybe for a film the elves should have shown more emotion and Sauron's armour was a bit over the top. Someone even suggested that he looked like a personal stimulator.....got to agree.