||The LOTR Movie Site
February 16, 2001
To Katrina and Byron
I fully understand and respect your opinion and position, but
don't fully concur, after all, we're all individuals, and have all individually
interpretted the vision of Tolkien's stunning saga. But the bottom line is, cutting to the
chase, about profit margins at the end of the day -you're right. That's the bottom line
for all business ventures. But if you can read some of the information about HOW these
films are being made you may be able to absorb how incredibly faithful to detail PJ is
trying to be. Such info is available on this site, as well at theonering.net.
How much worse would it be if it was a purely Hollywood adaptation, with Tolkien's work
more than likely pillaged beyond recognition? We may have had the likes of Bruce Willis as
Aragorn, et al. I honestly believe this film is being made by Peter Jackson because he
loves this work, and will stay true to it as much as he is permitted. But it would not be
possible to adapt the entire book for the screen word for word. The book can be read at
our own leisure, we can be as casual or as in-depth as we like when we read its passages
and chapters. When we walk into the cinema we will sit down for perhaps two and a half
hours and the tale of each of the three books will be unfolded to us in ITS own time, and
its own screen format.
Watching or supporting this movie is not a betrayal of Tolkien though. This movie is a
homage to him and his creation. Whether it is good or bad in the final analysis, it is an
But how the final pictures will measure to the books is in large irrelevant, as the two
mediums cannot be stood side by side to be compared. Again, these movies will be of a
screenplay adaptation - a stand alone work; a 'representation' of Tolkien's story (PJ will
claim no more).
Movies are by far the most popular storytelling medium in our culture, and this, being one
of the most glorious and celebrated stories ever written has long deserved movie
treatment. It will I'm sure prove to be excellent, and very popular to those who perhaps
have never had the chance or prior interest to sit down and read a 1000 pages plus epic
such as LOTR. Perhaps after seeing the films, they will. And the book's contrasting
richness will possibly be the greatest literary experience they will have. And will that
not be the best thing that can come of all this hype -new fans?
I still have elements of trepidation myself when anticipating the release of this first
film, ie, how will things look, how will they talk and act, how will they portray this
scene and that etc. etc? But I will not be viewing Tolkien's vision on screen, I'll be
seeing Peter Jackson's. But it won't be a rip off, because I'll willingly walk into the
cinema with that knowledge, and no matter how it will undoubtedly differ from the vision
in my personal imagination, it will not offend it, and I think I will end up enjoying it
immensely, simply for what it is.