I wish Peter Jackson would have gone more into the book version of Gondor, that way the audiance could have grown to love the wonderful city that is portrayed in the book, instead of it just being an hollow, lifeless, crazy-man-ruling city.
Hi Anilorak, great thread!
Obviously Tolkien gives us a much clearer picture of Gondor in his novel, more background, and an infinite amount of superior detail, but you have the time, and space to do that in a book, where as you can’t really spend the amount of time necessary to do that in a film. Yes, I agree, I wish we would’ve gotten more of Tolkien’s Gondor in PJ’s films, but I think he did a pretty good job all things considered. Also, I think the SEE of ROTK will offer us a better glimpse into the heart of the White City.
I think the main thing that PJ had to drive home in the film version of ROTK was just how weak Gondor had become over time, and just how ripe it was to fall. You have to remember that one of the most important underlining elements to the story of the War of the Ring (as the whole tale is told over the course of the Sil, UT, and LOTR) is that it’s really about the coming of age of Men. The time of the Elves is over, and if M.E. is to be saved, it’s on the shoulders of men to bear that burden.
This is really the main reason why Rohan figures into Tolkien’s tale (and ultimately PJ’s adaptation) so heavily. Gondor has become too weak to face Sauron alone, and desperately needs help. There had always been a close alliance between Gondor, and Rohan in the past, but over time, due to various circumstances the two kingdoms had become estranged.
It was necessary for PJ to spend so much time on Rohan to give some background as to why this had happened, and to show what those people were like. For moviegoers who haven’t read the books they needed to see that the people of Rohan were not so different from the people of Gondor, and that the fate of the two kingdoms were tied together.
Also, all of the other men (the Haradrim, the Easterlings, the Corsairs, etc.) in M.E., at that time were pretty much evil (due to Sauron’s treachery), or were just sorts of primitive nomadic wildmen.
The only real people who had the power to help Gondor were the Rohirrim, and again, I think PJ spent so much time developing Rohan in the movies because the Rohirrim played such a crucial role in the fight against Sauron in Tolkien’s LOTR. The moviegoers who hadn’t read the books needed to understand these people, what they had at stake, and why they would come to Gondor’s aide. During the time of the WOTR, there really wasn’t that much of Gondor left. It was a kingdom in shambles, in ruin, in decay, and only a fraction of a shadow of it’s former self.
Hope I’m being clear enough with what I’m trying to convey. I’m kinda pressed for time at the moment, maybe I’ll add some more to this over the next few days.
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