This is from Ken Tanner of TOUCHSTONE magazine, with his permission:
After watching most of the interview responses of Peter Jackson,
the director of the upcoming LOTR films -- these can be viewed
at the official LOTR films website -- I am not too concerned about
revisionism in the films.
One of the more telling replies came from a questioner that
assumed that Tolkien's female characters were "thin," that
Tolkien didn't know how to "write" women. Ha! While Jackson
admitted feeling that this was true when he was young, he has
since come to a different mind and find's Tolkein's women quite
compelling as they were originally rendered -- he plans to render
them cinematically much as they are in the books. Even the
"new" material for Arwen -- played in the films by Liv Tyler -- is
drawn from LOTR appendixed writings on the love of Arwen and
Aragorn. "Arwen will be no warrior princess," says Jackson.
Indeed, who reading of Galadrial could accept the notion that
Tolkien failed in rendering believable females? What a PC crock.
Anyway, the intterview with Jackson leaves me with the
impression that the action-adventure sequences of the books
will dominate, but that the "spirit" of the books -- the songs, the
wisdom, the cultures, the love of nature and creature comforts --
will not be lost in the process.
[he adds, relative to reading the story aloud, some enjoyable paragraphs:]
, too, am reading the books with my three oldest. We read
the Hobbit in the closing weeks of June, and we are coming to
the Council of Elrond (Book 1 of LOTR) tomorrow night.
It's a blast to watch the kids grow nervous (along with me!) as I
voice the sections about the dreaded Black Riders. Of course,
dad has to read ahead so that I can better dramatize the
readings. I just finished the first chapter of Book 3 before I came
We asked Rod Dreher to review the first LOTR film for
Touchstone. As I read the
books, I find myself growing jealous that Rod will get to see
them as early as October.
It was the latest film trailer -- downloaded to my laptop -- that
spurred the kids' interest and our current hour-plus nightly