Man, are you guys TRYING to make it impossible for us judges?! :P Both of your entries are awesome: awesome rocks, awesome layout, awesome coloring, and so on. J-Rod's entry is very nicely detailed, but a little chaotic. Also, the palm fronds don't really fit with the landscaping from the movie. Graham's landscaping is a tiny bit better, and his build overall matches the movie's aesthetic better, so Graham gets my vote. (I know all those reasons are really nit-picky, but it was just that close).
Both of you captured the scene pretty much to perfection. I like both takes, the rocks are great and very inspirational. I think J-rod's is great and I like the size of his rocks and the overall size, the details of what each member in the fellowship is doing as a big plus for me. Graham's is also great, I would have loved to see the finished product, he too included some important details such as the wrestling match happening. I think Graham's is a bit cleaner while J-rod's can be a little hard to focus on one thing, and this may be what he was going for. In the end my vote goes to J-rod, the sheer size of his MOC and the jagged rocks is what ended up being the clincher for me. Both of you have very note worthy MOCs and I look forward to more. Good luck with the other judges!