The LOTR Movie Site
April 14, 2000
They've Cut Down the
33 years ago, a teenager bought a copy of the Hobbit because
it looked kind of interesting. He was drawn into Middle Earth as if by the power of the
One Ring itself. He purchased the Trilogy with allowance and lawn mowing money and bottle
refunds, and read it fervently. When the woes of Junior High School befell him, as they
have done and will do to others, he vanished back to Bag End, or the Inn at Bywater, or
Farmer Maggot's, or Lothlorien. His problems were insignificant indeed compared to
Frodo's. And yes, this has a point...
He sat, pained and downcast, through the Rankin-Bass fiasco,
moaning only when the brutality of his imagination being put to the torch by the agonizing
animation overwhelmed him. He had a family now, and dreamed of a day when his children
would know, as he did, the path to Middle Earth. This would not come to pass. Computers
and video games claimed the Escapism mantle. Still, he would from time to time read the
entire Trilogy again, as if to visit an old friend. He read the Silmarillion, and
Unfinished Tales. He is a Grandfather now.
He came upon the LOTR website and rejoiced! Great Heavens
Above!! At long last! Someone with vision is to give this miraculous work the respect it
Then he read that Bombadil is no more. One of the forum
comments was that he doesn't belong. To paraphrase, Bombadil is superfluous, and Arwen is
to go with the Nine Walkers. Bombadil, who returned the hobbits back to the living and
vanquished the Barrow Wights, to say nothing of treating the One Ring like costume
jewelry. Gandalf himself could not have done these things. Why not make Jerry Springer
Gandalf and have done with it? Liv Tyler vs. The Balrog in a Cage Match! Why, you could
turn it into a Los Vegas act and a Broadway Musical! Zeigfreid and Frodo meet the Wolfman.
You could have the entire show in mime, as the genius of Tolkien might seem superfluous.
Middle Earth touched my life and many other lives in ways
that can only (obviously) be imagined, and to me is Hallowed Ground. Can no one tread
lightly? Now I understand fully how Sam felt upon returning home after ALL he'd been
through, to find that Saruman had cut down the Party Tree.