||The LOTR Movie Site
February 3, 2001
Reply to Mark S.
To quote Mark:
"One thing's for sure... the "favourite character" won't be that pathetic,
irrelevant, spaced-out, wash-his-hands-clean-of-the-whole-thing, maia-gone-feral, Bombadil
character! Way to go, Jackson, for getting rid of him. He would have been as stupidly
annoying as Jar Jar Binks!! 'How woo-ood! Hey Dol Derry Doh!" Durrhhh!!"
I think it is rather obvious that you just do not get the full meaning of the books if you
think Bombadil was an irrelavent part of the story. If it was so irrelavent, it
would have never been placed in the books.
I have read many of the cuts that were taken out of Tolkiens works, and they by themselves
are interesting reading and makes you wonder why they were even taken out. Tolkien
left Bombadil in the books for a reason, and it wasn't, as some have said, to please his
Tom is the initiation for the hobbits. When the hobbits leave the shire, they are
used to basically an Old English style of living. Rather boring, calm, and full of
food and beer. The hobbits need to be shown that the world that they are entering is
nothing like the world that they are leaving.
Something along the lines of when Gandalf says to Pippin in Moria: "Fool of a Took!
This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking party!"
Bombadil is a soft way of showing this. Is it comical? yes. But Tolkien needed
a way to basically tell the hobbits that they were "not in Kansas anymore".
"Swords, schmords! Who cares where they got 'em from - and so what about the spooky
dooky barrow downs!? They can pick up any old Numenorian sword leftover loot from
anywhere... trollshaws, for example!
Actually, no they couldn't as old swords of this power were never just laying around.
It wasn't like you could find Numenor swords just laying around.
I mean, sure you could modify the Tolkien World to supply this, but then why even go to
Bree, why not just meet up with strider on the road and go straight to Weathertop?
Why not just get to Mount Doom and skip everything? I mean do we really need
the phial of Galadriel? Does Gandalf really need a staff? Why can't he just
use a wand like a Disney Fairy? Gimli could use a club instead of an axe, and who
cares about the sword that was broken, just give Strider a common sword that he found in
Bree, it obviously really doesn't matter. Does it have to be a ring? Why can't
it be the Evil Neckless Of Sauron?
Get the point?
"As for Glorfindel... Glorfindel who? Frankly I forgot about the character
within pages of first hearing about him."
Um, I guess you must of got bored with the Battle At The Ford too. Im sure the
Nazgul Horses would have run straight into the river at the showing of the fierceness of
hobbits running after them. I mean, what's the difference between hobbits chasing
the Nazgul steeds into the river or an Elf Lord like Glorfindel? The same token
could be applied to Elrond. I mean, do we really need this old Elf telling us long
stories in the movie? The movie should just focus on Rivendell long enough for them
to form the grey company and get out. Elrond who?
I really hope that your name Mark S. isn't an ALIAS and that your real name is Peter
Jackson, or we are all in for a big disappointment.
Just my two cents (again)