Santa Klaus wrote:
I liked the White Council scene, great to see them all together... and for the complaint that you could tell Lee was filmed separately, the end of the conversation between Gandalf and Galadriel shows that he needn't have been there either. We know the mighty Elves can speak mind-to-mind... maybe Lorien's "magic hologram" tech works better than Isengard's!
Galadriel has a Ring. Frodo, who she telepathed with, had the Ring. So, guess what Gandalf has, which is one reason he could do a big blast at goblins?
Yes. Gandalf always had one of the three Elven Rings - the Ring of Fire. It was given to him by the Elves when he arrived in Middle Earth.
Which was why Galadriel could also talk long-range with Elrond, 'cause Elrond has the third one.
So what you got there is Ring private chat.
Also, Thorin's grandpa (and later his father) had the last of the seven Dwarf rings.
... and Good (if arrogant) Saruman...
Are we sure that Saruman is "Good" here? He sure had a, "Move along, move along. Nothing to see here." attitude toward the Necromancer.
At the time Saruman was focused on finding the One Ring. He didn't want to bother with the Necromancer until the Necromancer became a threat to that goal.