Ernest S. Tomlinson wrote:
> Tolkien's genius in _The
> Lord of the Rings_ was to tell the story from the hobbits' perspective.
> Jackson's method is to attempt to give us that broad picture right from
> the start. Because of time constraints, he doesn't do too good a job,
> but more importantly, he straightaway reduces the hobbits to secondary
> players in their own story, and dissipates much of the suspense--we know
> exactly why Gandalf is missing, for example, and we know exactly who the
> Black Riders are.
Thank you for putting your finger right on something that had been bothering me just
beyond the reach of my tongue for months.
> I watched the
> first half of the extended cut of _The Fellowship of the Ring_ last
> night, and I giggled (silently, for I had company) when Sauron appears on
> Battle Plain and sends his obviously computer-generated foes flying with
> every swing of his weapon.
It makes me want to cry out, "It's the finger! Go for the finger!" Yeah,
trivialized. That's the word. Thank you Earnest and David B.
David J. Finnamore
Nashville, TN, USA
"A story must be told or there'll be no story, yet it is the untold stories that are
most moving: mountains seen far away, never to be climbed, distant trees (like
Niggle's) never to be approached." - J.R.R. Tolkien, letters