The LOTR Movie Site
May 29, 2000
Tom's Exclusion From the LOTR
I feel that cutting the part of Tom Bombadil in the
upcoming movie is ridiculous. He fills a pivotal role in the plot of the story. True it is
not as considerable as Frodo's, Gandalf's, Sam's or even Elrond's but none-the-less.
Up until the point of the hobbit's meeting with
him I don't think that any of them truly grasped the power of the ring or the necessity
for its destruction. Not even Gandalf in his conversation with Frodo in the study at Bag
End convinced Frodo of the magnitude of the situation. Tom is also a key figure in
relating the Elder Days of Middle Earth.
Taking Tom's character would cause
potentially cause detrimental damage to one of the key element's in the story: The power
of the One Ring. Remember that the whole concept of the Ring is esoteric to any hobbit
even Frodo, Bilbo and even Smeagol (Gollum). Gandalf simply introduced the concept, he
could not relate all that was necessary to Frodo, that was Tom's job.