||The LOTR Movie Site
February 17, 2001
Your Morning Cup of Hersey
I would like to put forward to Katerina and Byron the radical
and impossible notion that Tolkien was not perfect.
I will not deny that he was phenominal. I will not say we do not owe the creation of
modern fantasy to him. But perfect? Neh.
Several times, I found his characterizations to be inadequate, Arwen a very much case in
point. She is, as far as I can see, Aragorn's major motivation, but we learn nothing about
her! Even in the appendices, we learn history, but anything about *her*? No.
I'm aware that what I just said will probably raise screams of outrage, but I can deal
with that. So, shall I raise some more?
I adore Tolkien. But I can completely sympathize with my friends who have tried to read it
and found it boring as hell. After all, how many pages does he spend describing the Plains
of Rohan? To many intelligent, well-spoken people, saying that they were grassland with a
few hills would be enough. Personally, I revel in the detail, but at least half of that is
nostalgia from when my dad used to read to me at night.
Also, other than the hobbits, it often seems that the other characters are very. ..
hmmm. . .removed. Now, I think Tolkien did this on purpose, to enhance the sense
that this was written from old journals and the Red Book. But it's often frustrating, and
I wonder why there aren't more fan fiction sites out there to fill it in. (If I'm wrong
about this, please, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and give me the addresses of the sites.)
I have a few more heretical thoughts on this, but I think that is enough. Suffice it to
say, Kat and By, I find you rather hysterical and totalitarian. But that's okay; you
probably find me insulting, disloyal and impudent.
However, as I stated before, I await these movies with bated breath, and am often heard
bemoaning the fact that I must wait till Christmas to see the FIRST one. Truthfully, I
think you're downing something you haven't seen, for a reason I cannot comprehend. But
I'll leave it at this.