I became a fan of LOTR through the 1978 animated version and have not read the book. I loved the new movie and today I consulted a friends copy of FOTR expecting to find the new movie to be truer to the original. However I seem to have found the contrary. I checked most of the points where the stories differ in the two films and each time the animated version seemed more accurate: The wraiths physically fighting Aragorn instead of being ghostlike in the book and animated version; Arwen carrying Frodo to the Ford and doing the magic; The end sequence when Frodo is separated from the fellowship. The Galadriel sequence. All this has been drastically changed from the book and weren't in the animated film. I thought one of the main reasons the fans of the book didn't often like the animated version was because of differences between the movie and the book. But I looked at theonering.net and it has a very high member rating. I think both movies are great and I don't think a live action movie replaces an animated movie or vice versa. I think both are well worth while. I guess it confounds me that the original was a flop while the new one seems to be a ringing success. I'd really like to know what fans of the book have to say on this matter. So I guess my main point is that the first film need some love too! I like the new score but I knew it could never top Rosenman's. It was always one of my favorites. It as one of my few orchestral albums I had before I started buying classical cd's. Loved the new film though and am so glad I only have to wait till next year for the sequel unlike Star Wars where we have to wait 3 years! Your thoughts please.