Well, and Arwen gets one of Glorfindel's scenes in the first movie, too. The problem is, Glorfindel is not only powerful but historically very important, but you don't have time to explain that in the movie (heck, there wasn't even time to explain it in the trilogy, you have to read the Silmarillion to understand who Glorfindel is). I felt like most of the "added" scenes were meant as ways to compress and introduce concepts they couldn't include in their original forms, due to space, particularly stuff from the appendices, like the fact that Elrond wouldn't approve the marriage between Aragorn and Arwen unless Aragorn managed to reclaim the throne at Gondor.
The main trouble I had was that the Ring was indirectly turned down by far too many people. Gandalf and Galadriel, yes. But Aragorn gets a clear shot at it in the movies, and as great a guy as he is, I'm not sure he would have been able to turn it down if offered. And Faramir (in the movies) apparently figures out what the hobbits are carrying and avoids temptation by telling them not to tell him what it is. I suppose this is just to show how much more balanced and cool he is than Boromir, but we lose a lot of the peril of the Ring in the process.
To my mind, the character who suffered most in the conversion was Denethor. This is a guy who's been holding the front line against Mordor for most of his life, has been trying to use a palantir to get info about what Sauron is up to and has more or less lost his sanity in the process, and yet is still noble enough in bearing that Pippin offers to serve him on the spot. In the movie the whole palantir business gets cut, and he comes across as a loony tyrant. Théoden doesn't fare much better - hard to believe he's the kind of man that Merry would swear allegiance to on the spot. I can only suppose the idea here was to further improve Aragorn's standing when compared to the other leaders available, but this kind of manipulation didn't seem necessary to me.
Last edited by nekokami; 02-21-2007 at 01:12 PM.