The LOTR Movie Site
July 12, 2000
Why Cut Bombadil?
It has been made clear that in the upcoming Tolkien video
that the character Tom Bombadil will be cut. I am just wondering why. Perhaps the makers
of the movie believe that JRR Tolkien wasnt quite as smart as them, or that making
an accurate film isnt as important as making one that will make money.
Maybe the makers of the movie are worried that Tom will
eventually come out as comic relief. And for any Star Wars fans, the words comic relief
are inevitably associated with three terrible words: Jar Jar Binks. Comic Relief never
really works in serious film, and Bombadil might would look out of place.
Although Bombadil in not a main character, I am interested as
to how to make an accurate version without him. Without Bombadil, how can you portray Old
Man Willow or the Barrow Downs? And without the Barrow Downs and Old Man Willow, how can
you get a feel for the Old Forest. And as Dave M. points out, without the Barrows, how do
the Hobbits come by the blades of Westernese, and without the Blades of Westernese, how
does the Nazgul Lord get so cut up? I cant imagine Merry stabbing the Nazgul Lord
with a butter knife. Also, Bombadil comes up a bit in The Council of Elrond. And when the
Hobbits are coming into the Old Forest on the way back, Gandalf leaves them to go talk to
Bombadil. What will Gandalf say, "uhh, nice trip guys, but Im going back, got
some things to do."
For every character in Tokien you can categorize, except
Bombadil. All we have is mysterious quotes like, "...last as he was first...".
This may make him out of place, but I think it adds to the mystery and fascination, the
sense of a far away place, a long time ago. Who knows what Tolkien was thinking when he
created Bombadil, but the point is he did, so Bombadil should stay in.
Tolkiens works are some of the best ever, and when you start
to compromise between what Tolkien wrote, and what will sell, I think youve already
missed the point. If the makers of this film chose to make it a typical glamourous
Hollywood version of it, then thats fine. I just wont go to see it.