August 19, 2001
Wow is Right: Response to
Here, here, Paul, Stacy...
Some of you people are sooo close-minded. Losen up a bit. Have a
cup of coffee, read a magazine... Get a life.
What is the big deal? No one is touching Tolkien's literature. There isn't some maniacal
editor out there who doesn't like the professor's style of writing so he's decided to
change the construct of it. This a film adaptation of the books. Yes, it's someone's
interpretation of what Tolkien's wrote... Big deal. If, after you've watched it, and you
don't like it, no one's stopping you from going home cracking open Fellowship of the Ring
one more time and reading again to recapture what you think you might have lost.
You know, Peter Jackson might not make a perfect copy of what Tolkien wrote, but if he's
any where close, I for one think it's well worth the price to see it. Tolkien's words has
forever been captured and brought to life. Are you going to condemn the likes of John Howe
and Ted Nasmith who have forever labored to capture moments of Middle-Earth on canvas?
Tolkien himself has praised some of these artists. Two of which work on set of these films
as conceptual artists. Are you even going to condemn all the poems and stories Tolkien's
helped to inspire just because it's not the original piece of work? Look at all the
classic works of fiction that have come from the Arthurian mythologies. Mostly
interpretations of the original stories. Do you wish to stiffle the art and the love that
was inspired by Middle-Earth? I think that it's a sad thing if you do.
Do yourself a favor, go searching on the net and look at any of the finished stills
provided by New Line, and then honestly tell me these aren't some of the most beautiful
images ever captured on film. Go look at the day-planner images theonering.net just
posted. Look at the shot of Gandalf in Hobbiton, Saruman who looks to perhaps be somewhere
in the Shire as well (Return of the King), Frodo on the fallen head of the statue, the
ringwraith at the dock of the ferry, and so on... To me, images like this are worth the
price of admission alone.
Perhaps PJ will not get it full right, and so it is not exactly what you've pictured in
your mind, but isn't any attempt to try and bring these wonderful stories to life worth
it. It will definately enhanse the interests of the reading public which in turn will
expose more people to Tolkien. That can't be anything but a good thing. Open your mind and
your heart a little. Rejoice in the all the interest that these stories have generated
over the years, and are generating even now. See this other interpretation and then decide
whether yours or his is better. And remember that seeing this all in your head and then
seeing it all on film, come to life on the big screen, is an entirely different
Don't deprive yourself of something that can be so wonderful. And if you really love JRR
Tolkien and you want to share that love, how about giving this project some support, and
stop helping to generate negative feedback that definately won't help the interest in