August 9, 2001
HP, Bombadil, Arwen, AND Bakshi
Ive really enjoyed the discussion about ol Tom
here. Im fully aware of why hed be out, and didnt really expect Mr.
Jackson to change his mind. Really theres not a lot to be said, but its still
great fun to discuss. Everyones had some great things to say about it. There are a
few topics Id like to touch on, though; Goldberry, the Bakshi version, Arwen, and
Weve been saying Tom this
and Tom that
the hobbits are in the house of Bombadil, Goldberry has quite the role to play herself!
Not only would Mr. J. have to explain Tom, but also the fact that Goldberry is the
Rivers Daughter. Im sure he could make a go of it, but the fact remains; the
story of the War of the Ring can stand without them. I would like to say, though, that the
house of Bombadil is a pleasant little island in the Trilogy that I enjoy every time I
read it. The timeless sense of the land, the seasonal rituals of lily gathering, staying
indoors and story-telling as it rains all day while Goldberry does her washing. Im
not sure but that I might enjoy it more since Mr. Jackson isnt including these
sequences because their enigmatic and ethereal quality may somehow be lessened.
And speaking of leaving parts out
I can barely begin to describe the feeling I had
when I first saw the Bakshi Lord of the Rings in the theatre in 1977. Granted,
Id only read the trilogy three, maybe four times by then, but I still had great
expectations. (It WAS all we had after all!) It started off well enough (for a cartoon)
but the time compression factor went haywire toward the end of the movie. Not to mention
the heir of Isildur looking like a thug
but we wont go there now. But the
pacing was poor; the scene at Bree went forever on. I was sad but glad to leave the
theatre. If we have to make some sacrifices of our beloved Trilogy for the sake of
continuity, my great hope is that the omissions are wisely selected (which I believe they
Arwen. Frankly, Im pleased she has a greater role in the movie. That might not have
been the case before I read The Silmarillion, though. If we look to see just why Galadriel
was an exile in Middle Earth in the first place, it was because of the revolt of the
Noldor, led by FŽanor, of which she was innocent. She was born in Eldamar, and then came
to Middle Earth. Was she a dainty flower that almost wilted in the frozen north? No! She
was, and is, mighty among the mighty, wise among the wise, powerful, regal, and
potentially dangerous (think of her test with the Ring at the Mirror of Galadriel). The
Elves were deadly in their way, and Galadriel was their queen. Not only that, but she was
Arwens grandmother. Consider, too, that Arwens father was the standard-bearer
for Gil-Galad, present when the Ring was cut from Saurons hand. He was mighty and
wise in Middle Earth. With this blood in her veins, Im not at all surprised that her
role in the movie was expanded!
Harry Potter? How in the WORLD can Harry Potter generate ANY concern about cutting into
the popularity of LOTR? If anything, it will be the warm-up act for the main event this
winter! Bring him on! I think theyve done a wonderful job with the books (which I
thoroughly enjoyed) in creating this movie, at least what Ive seen so far.
Comparison? What comparison? Both fantasy, both have a wizard, fantastic beasts
maybe I WILL skip Lord of the Rings in December! Puh-leeeeeese!
Weve got two movies to have fun with this winter!
So, anyway. One thing I do know is that its August and opening day is coming closer
and closer for what might be the movie Ive been hoping for for nearly thirty years.
I think Ill go read The Adventures of Tom Bombadil now