July 19, 2001
I completely agree with Renee L. about the exclusion of the
Barrow-downs scenes. This scene shows (besides Frodos courage) just how dangerous Middle
Earth is outside the happy little Shire. It also shows that even the ring of power has
"It seemed to grow larger as it lay for a moment on his big, brown-skinned hand. Then
suddenly he put it to his eye and laughed. For a second the Hobbits had a vision, both
comical and alarming, of his bright blue eyes gleaming through a circle of gold. Then Tom
put the Ring round the end of his litlle finger and held it up to the candlelight. For a
moment the hobbits noticed nothing strange about this. Then they gasped. There was no sign
of Tom disappearing!"
To me, this is a very important scene. How else do they plan on showing that the Ring is
not all powerful, that it is a tool, with limitations? I feel that this is why the the
perfect reason NOT to remove Bombadil, yet they still are.