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Hey Dol, Derry Dol, Ring Dong a Dillo!

Rereading Fellowship of the Ring. I can totally see why Jackson chopped out Tom Bombadil ... it'd be sorta like having Ronald McDonald pop up a third of the way through Saving Private Ryan. Of course, if you lose Tom Bombadil, you lose the barrow wights, who were kinda neat. At least Old Man Willow got back in, and in the context of the movies, Treebeard was a good choice to have deal with that.

I can also see why he fast-forwarded over the parts in the Shire, although I do miss the night at Farmer Maggot's house, just because I've had that experience of becoming friends as an adult with somebody you were terrified of as a kid. The meeting with Gildor is nice and has some great lines ("Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger." "Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes!") but doesn't really hurt to leave out. On the other hand, Merry and Pippin having planned to come with Frodo all along does make more sense than "*crash!* Oh, hi Frodo, let's tag along on a deadly quest to the far side of the continent!"

It's interesting; when I saw the scene at Bucklebury Ferry in the theaters, I remember thinking that was pretty much how it happened in the book, with Frodo jumping to the boat and everything, and that it was neat that it made it in. But no, in the book they're already well out on the river when the ringwraith shows up. Wonder what I was thinking of?

-The Gneech


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Mar. 29th, 2007 11:53 am (UTC)
Hey, when in doubt, dramatic tension is always good. Whats the difference between a narrowing leap to safety and safely being on the river by the time the badguy shows up, after all? But anyways, I never read the books so I honestly couldn't say. Screenwriters are gunna do what screenwriters are gunna do.
Mar. 29th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was a bit irked at Merry and Pippin getting turned into bumblers rather than schemers. Somewhere along the line, I realized they're actually the coolest characters in the book. At least Jackson captured their best moments later on.

Mar. 29th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
When reading the books, I never did care for Pippin much, although I warmed to Merry a bit once they got to Rohan. It wasn't until the movies that I actually liked them.

Mar. 29th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
Tom Bombadill has never made it into any production of TLOTR that I have ever encountered, and for good reason. It is useless tripe, does not advance the plot, and in fact, even Gandalf poo poos Tom in Elrond's palace, saying that, while Tom is unaffected by the ring, he also doesn't really care for anything outside his forest, and will not leave it, even to save himself.

Mar. 29th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
So ... let me just make sure I understand you ... you don't care for Tom Bombadil, right?

-The Gneech ;)
Mar. 29th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)

If there's ever a Bored of the Rings movie, I hope they do leave Tim Benzedrine in.

Mar. 30th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
Aww, you shoulda been at the What Peter Jackson Left Out panel at Linucon!
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