Who is Gimli in the movie?
Gimli the Dwarf is one of the remaining members of the Fellowship. Along with Aragorn and Legolas he sets out to rescue Merry and Pippin from the Orcs.

Who was Gimli in the book?
Gimli the Dwarf is one of the remaining members of the Fellowship. Along with Aragorn and Legolas he sets out to rescue Merry and Pippin from the Orcs.

Changes in The Two Towers
The Riders of Rohan
In the film, Gimli is more of a comedic figure. When the three companions encounter the Riders of Rohan, Gimli says little other than asking Éomer’s name and had they seen the Hobbits. In the book, he is a serious figure and is affronted by ill references to Galadriel. He is very defensive of the Lady of the Golden Wood.

The White Rider
In the book Gimli is conflict with his Dwarvish traits of dislike of Elves and his fear of the Lady of the Golden Wood. He is quite childlike. Asking questions and seems to have a need for reassurance. It is Gimli who first sees a bent and hooded figure at the edge of the forest when Hasufel and Arod disappear.
It becomes obvious that Gimli’s friendship with Legolas is growing. His obvious devotion to Galadriel is shown when he is bitterly disappointed that there is no message from her. But his disappointment is turned to joy when Gandalf tells him that there was a message and he dances around, talking in Dwarvish.

In the film Gimli rides with Legolas on Arod. However, once Gandalf reveals himself and they set off for Edoras, Gimli rides with the Wizard on Shadowfax.

Helm’s Deep
In the book Gimli is invited to ride with Éomer on Firefoot to Helm’s Deep. Gimli now feels very much one of the group. As though he was now accepted for who he was.
His friendship with Legolas is growing deeper. They now appear to see each other as brothers-in-arms rather than Dwarf and Elf.

In the film, at the battle of Helm’s Deep, Gimli is with Aragorn and Legolas, but in the book he is separated from them during the battle. No offering of boxes by Legolas for him to see over the battlements. In the book, when the battle is done, he returns with Éomer and has a head wound. His body count is 42, one more that Legolas. Again, the comradeship comes through as Legolas is willing to let Gimli win the game, for the fact that the Dwarf is safe.

Journey to Isengard
Gimli rides with Legolas on the journey to Isengard and it is on this journey that their friendship is sealed. Gimli tells Legolas all about the caves beneath Helm’s Deep, the Glittering Caves and a pact is made that if Gimli visits Fangorn with Legolas, then Legolas will visit the Glittering Caves with Gimli.
When they reach Isengard and are reunited with Merry and Pippin, Gimli is now much more relaxed and I sense feels an equal with everyone.
When Legolas asks Treebeard permission that he and a friend be allowed to enter Fangorn, Treebeard assumes that the ‘friend’ is another Elf, but Legolas reveals that the friend he refers to is Gimli.


Gimli and Legolas in Helm’s Deep by John Howe (detail)

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Interesting Links:
Our Character Gallery has a separate section devoted to Gimli.
It also has the screencaps of the theatrical version, as well as the extended edition.

A transcript of 'The Lord Of the Rings: The Two Towers' can be found in our Film Fun & Facts section.

A summary of 'The Lord Of the Rings: The Two Towers' can be found in Elrond's Library.

You can also check out some pictures of John Rhys-Davies in our Cast & Crew Gallery or read a short biography in our Film, Fun & Facts section.

Some articles that are related to Gimli:
- You can find a Brief Introduction to the History of the Dwarves and a History of Durin's House in our Middle Earth section, as well as an article by Hathaldir on Aulë, creator of the Dwarves. There's also a Family Tree of the Dwarves of Erebor.
- The Weaponry has an article on Dwarven Armory.
- There's also some Dwarven poetry in our Poems Section.

Forum threads related to Gimli / John Rhys Davies:
- For John Rhys-Davies fans, there's the Favourite Character/Actor - The Others thread in the Casting Forum.

Take a look at how some artists saw Gimli in The Two Towers:
- Gimli and Legolas in Helm's Deep by Anke Eissmann
- Gimli by Sabra R. Hart
- Gimli by John Howe
- Legolas and Gimli at Helm's Deep by John Howe
- Gimli by Kfogarty
- Three Hunters by Lastofisildur
- Gimli and Legolas sketch by Ted Nasmith
- Gimli by ncouto
- Legolas and Gimli by Per Sjögren

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