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February 29, 2000
Expanding Arwen is a Good ThingTom Manning
I must agree with the traditionalists on Arwen and the whole
How did Galadriel destroy Dol Guldur? Screwdriver? A really big hammer? How did Fingolfin
do so much damage to Morgoth? Just his sword? And what about Felagund in Sauron's pits?
Swords and archery and the like may be focus points for the Elves, but not their most
potent weaponry. Expand Arwen as you like, I would see her more like Luthien with spells
and songs of power.
I doubt very much the men at Helm's Deep would be 'heartened' by the sight of an Elf woman
hacking up Orcs. But they might if they saw her chant something and have several Orcs
burst into flames.
If Jackson has Arwen doing the "Xena" thing, he risks making her scenes silly.
If test viewings result in laughter, Liv Tyler could end up on the cutting room floor.