Rings director cuts wizard scenes

Actor Christopher Lee has said he was mystified to learn that his key scenes have been dropped from the third Lord of the Rings movie. —Rings director cuts wizard scenes (BBC)

Lee plays Sarumon, and in the book he reappears in the climax that brings the Hobbits back to the Shire. So far, I have been very happy with the director’s interpretation of the books, but I shudder to think that the movie might end once we learn of the fate of the ring. Frodo’s journey started out as a very personal quest, and his encounter with Sarumon in the Shire (where the evil wizard’s actions force Frodo to confront the real meaning of the life ethic Gandalf taught him) was a deeply, mind-blowingly personal event.