The LOTR Movie Site
April 6, 2000
Arwen and Bombadil, Tomorrow the Ents!John K.
So there's no Bombadil, well that's ok I guess. I don't
mind seeing the story shortened up in some aspects, you are going to have to do that to
make a film adaptation for LOTR period. What I don't like seeing is changing this story by
adding completely new elements.
Arwen weilding a sword and possibly leaving with the
Fellowship is one drastic change to LOTR. From Liv Tyler's interview in the latest E! Online LOTR interview we
now know for sure she does act as a warrior in the film.
Omitting Glorfindel for Arwen in the part where the Hobbits
and Strider meet Glorfindel would be a minor change that can be shrugged off by even
the most critical Tolkien purist. But now there will be so many totally new scenes and
dialogue that will have to be made up.
I and many other people who want a faithful adaptation
don't mind excluding things for time constraints, that's a given, but lots of new totally
contrived elements is what's really disheartening.
If you're going to really change the story and place vast
new elements that were never there, why call it LOTR? Make your own story. All I can ask
is, what next? No Ents? I guess all these people bickering about a faithful rendition of
LOTR coming to the silver screen can be put to ease by just not seeing the movie.
It's a shame though, would've been nice to see the real story.