June 7, 2001
Response to Arwen
I completely and utterly agree with the portrayal of Arwen. I find Liv Tyler a very very poor choice. I also feel that, according to the countless interviews, she is only one without a true appreciation for the story. She seems as though she is plowing through another movie. What a sad waste! There are numerous actresses who would have killed for such a part, and been adamant that her part was not changed. Also, I had never thought about it this way, but she does overshadow the heroism of Eowyn... who was my favorite character the first time I read the book.
I have thought about the whole concept of ruining Middle
Earth in movie form. I understand the loss of Bombadil as significant and even more so of
Goldberry. But in the end, only one thing truly bothers me: the increased role of Arwen.
Arwen was a delicate flower as I saw it from the book, not a warrior. However, I did
idolize Glorfindal. Here was this mysterious, powerful elf who was a prince among elves,
but little else is known. This was the wonder of Tolkien. He was able to conjure wonder
for a character merely by mystery. Now that Arwen has taken his role, something is
definately lost in the terms of the mystery of elves.
In the end, however, I concede to the fact that the movies look absolutely incredible, and if they live up the hype that the actors have been speaking of, Im sure I will be able to forgive the loss of Glorfindal, hopefully.