August 24, 2001
Give Jackson a Break
I just read the post about Tom Bombadil being taken out.
Sure, it would be ideal to follow every word of the books. (He has stated over and over
that he has tried to do so.) But there are other considerations.
He is creating this movie not just for the extreme hard-core Tolkein fans, but needs to
make a movie that is interesting, not too long, develops characters, etc. He needs to
appeal to the general public as well. Why? Because otherwise there would be no profit, and
therefore no movies. In spending as much money as he has, he is relying on people to watch
the movie that haven't read the books as well.
The Lord of the Rings is not a script. It's a book. A great book. If we used it totally
and literally as a script, we would probably not have a great movie. When we translate
books to movies, some things just don't come across.
Jackson is bravely finding the middle ground where he can create amazing movies while
following the book as closely as possible. If he left something out, I'm sure it pains him
as much as anyone, and I'm sure he had a good reason to do so.
I've seen and read much about these movies, and being a Tolkein fan already myself, I
think that Tolkein fans should be the most excited about the movies. Let's not get overly
Let's just accept the fact that some small things will be altered. They have to be. Let's
go to the theaters in December and enjoy one artist's interpretation (not replacement) of
Give Jackson a break.