If Peter Jackson does indeed decide to cut the role
of Eowyn in the new films, then that would leave us with only two main characters that are
women. Those two would be Arwen and Galadriel. Personally, I think that the LOTR trilogy
is void enough of females without Jacksons intervention. The female characters that
do appear in the trilogy, however, are each different and unique. If they cut Eowyn from
the film, and try and make Arwen some sort of warrior princess, lover of Aragorn, gentle
woman, and a dozen other things that you absolutely cannot mix into one person, then the
movies, at least where females are concerned, are doomed to the garbage dump of cinematic
First, lets look at the obvious facts here. If they cut Eowyn,
who will take Merry to the battle at Minas Tirith with the Riders of Rohan? Arwen? I
didnt know she was part of the Eorlingas. It will be a pretty large plot twist if
Jackson can pull that one off without making it look utterly stupid in the eyes of his
audience. If Arwen travels with the Company of Nine, whom will they leave out? Or will
they decide that ten is a better number? Is there really anyone in the company of the Ring
that you would trade for Arwen? Especially if she wasnt the character that Tolkien
originally intended her to be. Heck, since Jackson appears to be so crazy about the role
of Arwen, why dont we toss out Frodo himself and let Arwen be the new Ringbearer?
Another good thing to note is how is the Witch King supposed to be defeated if Eowyn
isnt there? Also, why would Eomer rally all of his forces because he thinks a lady
hes never seen before in his life is dead? That will be an interesting one to see
Jackson get through, but Im sure hell find a way is thats the case.
Im certainly not crazy about casting Liz Tyler as Arwen; from
the start I was kind of against it. Now that Jackson is thinking about expending her role,
it feels even worse. Im sure that most of us werent happy with the choice of
Tyler, but we could live with it as long as she was kept to the role Tolkien intended for
her. In the original LOTR trilogy, Arwen hardly even talks at Rivendell, so what makes
Jackson think that by his expanding the role hell be able to make it better? My
advice to Mr. Jackson is to go with Tolkiens original plot and characters. You're
taking on one heck of a responsibility by trying to produce a successful LOTR trilogy, Mr.
Jackson, and my advice is to stick with what the true master wrote. I understand that this
will never happen since the producer is only thinking about his bank balance, and not
sticking with what really counts, but its worth pointing out at least.
I know I sound severely critical of both Peter Jackson and the way
he must interpret the LOTR trilogy, but Im really rather optimistic about the new
LOTR movies. Aside from the casting of Liv Tyler as Arwen, I am very pleased with the job
hes done. I am, however, not getting my hopes up for these new movies since I might
be in for a disappointment. And if the movies are great, then Ill be happily
surprised along with everyone else. I truly hope that Jackson knows what hes getting
into, and every day I find myself hoping that he will make a great cinematic performance
of the greatest novel that nearly three generations of human beings have ever known.