The LOTR Movie Site
July 18, 2000
The Exclusion of Tom Bombadil
In my opinion, the cutting of Bombadil is probably due
to one thing ... time.
That is what I am hoping at least, I for one
would love to see all of those nice events, Old Man Willow, the house of Tom Bombadil, the
Barrow Downs as you all know. Yet I feel one would be hard pressed to incorporate Bilbo's
party, the wonderful and probably lengthy "The Shadow of the Past," where
Gandalf tells Frodo of the history of the Ring. The meeting of Strider at Bree, the Flight
to the Ford, The Council of Rivendell, Moria, Lothlorien.... my my, this is the FIRST
movie!(I'm thinking the first movie will represent most of this as does the first book,
that is speculation)
I have no problems with the exclusion of some
things in order to get the most out of what some would probably consider the major scenes
of the first book. I also feel that if you were to accurately present his character, you
would have to include most if not all of the dialogue between the Hobbits and him. I'd
rather not see him at all, then see him portrayed as some homeless woodland fairy,
spouting nonsense, and his only purposes being to free the Hobbits twice from the Willow
Man and the Barrow Wights. Bombadil should certainly be given time to be explained in my
opinion, and it might prove too much for the rest of the movie's time constraints.The
Elvish blades instead could be given to the Hobbits by Gildor Inglorien's Elvish company
or they could be given to them by the Elves of Rivendell I am thinking.
I don't mind the exclusion of some things due to
time, it's the addition of new things that concerns me most, granted the finding of the
Elvish blades in this case would be a new thing, yet I feel it is far less profound than
say, Arwen Warrior Princess =)
On the other hand, one thing I wouldn't
like though, is to see Bombadil cut just to make room for some new and contrived scenes.
I suppose we shall have to just see for
ourselves, there was also rumor of Jackson filming the Bombadil scenes for a special DVD
edition, how he would pull this off without greatly differing from the actual movie is
another interesting thing that remains to be seen.