August 9, 2001
Tom was always a favorite of mine, too... when I was a kid. I
also really like the barrow-downs sequence, but it really is superfluous to the plot--no,
it's more than superfluous, it's distracting from the plot. In a novel, you have time to
take such detours, but in a movie, you simply can't do it!
To Chad Z: Its not about time, its about pacing. I dont think PJ would
have any problem extending the movie by 15 minutes to include Bombadil, but cant you
see that what hes trying to do is up the tension a little in the first half of the
book? The best way to do this is to have it focus on the pursuit of the hobbits by the
black riders. Bombadil takes away from this tensionin fact, in the movie, I think
hed ruin it entirely. Instead of being on the edge of their seat, the average
movie-goer would be rolling their eyes.
To Geri A: Hi! Geri is my last name and A my middle initial. Combine with that the fact
that someone with the name of Chad posted above and youve got a pretty weird
coincidence. Now let me address what you said. Firstly, let me assure you that PJ is
expanding Arwens role only a little bit, to make her a more memorable character, so
that when she shows up again at the very end, people dont wonder who she is (as I
did the first time I read the books). This is being done seamlessly, and in a way that
incorporates itself largely into the action, thereby not dragging things out too much. The
problem with Bombadil is that 1. Hes not a major character at all, and 2. His
inclusion WOULD drag the first half of the movie out.
To Rich P.: You cant seriously tell me that it would be just as easy to include
Bombadil as it would be to include a new scene with the hobbits finding the Numenorean
swords. Bombadil would take at least 15 minutes of story time, having them find the swords
at Weathertop would take 1 minute at the very most.
Fellow fans, its time to accept that there are some things that work in a book that
simply dont work on the screen. It just happens that Tom Bombadil is one of them. PJ
wants to stay as true to the books as he can, but he also wants to make a good film, and
one that will entertain fans and non-fans alike. The exclusion of Bombadil is merely a
part of this process. Thank you, Peter Jackson!!