We’ve had comic books, movies, cartoons and audio dramas. Many have made an attempt on Middle Earth and yet from the BBC to a kiwi there is one thing that they all share,the lack of Tom Bombadil……………….
This time last year I spent over three thousand words moaning about what Peter Jackson did to ‘The Hobbit‘ this year I decided to do something about it. Well I say do something about it, I mean of course sit and wait for someone to do something about it for me. This is someone else’s take on…………………..
They say the Silmarillion is un-filmable. I wouldn’t know, I never finished it. Anyway here comes a group to tell you that not every obscure Tolkien back story is un-doable. This is……………
So far I have argued against the pacing problems of the silly, silly trilogy. Surely that is all. Well no, for now I shall contend with the number one argument against pretty much everything I have said and the proposed solution to it all.
In my last post I questioned how Gandalf could have been expected to know that Bilbo was carting around the one ring all that time. In this one I will show why I was asking this in the first place and many, many problems with the movie series.
Perhaps it is best to preface this with the fact that I am big fan of The Hobbit as written down by J.R.R Tolkien. I first read the book when I was perhaps seven or eight when my elder brother brought it home as part of his homework. In fact it was many years before I moved onto The Lord of the Rings and though I enjoyed the text, feel it somewhat bloated next to the tightly told account of the Dwaves and one unlikely Hobbit attempting to reclaim their lost treasure from a greedy Dragon in a mountain far away.
However I can not abide what Jackson has turned it into and here I intend to lay out what I consider the problems, why they are there and what could be done about them to turn the whole thing into a worthy homage to my childhood favourite. Beware that spoilers will lurk in wait for the unsuspecting reader though I shall do my best to keep them from the path you shall tread.
But where to begin, why the beginning of course.
“The first casualty in war is often the truth”
The lord of the rings while a complex book with rich history and characters that have echoed through the years is at it’s a heart a rather simple tale of good against evil. This sits at odds with the world around us and is perhaps why for some it is so treasured, for others though this has lead to it being dismissed as little more than a children’s story but for one this was the foundation for another tale altogether.