Do not laugh! But once upon a time...I had a mind to make a body of more or less connected legend, ranging from the large and cosmogenic to the level of romantic fairy-story -- the larger founded on the lesser in contact with the earth, the lesser drawing splendor from the vast backcloths-- ..... The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama. Absurd.
I agree that PJ and his entire crew did their best job to bring Tolkien's works alive, and really put their heart into it and tried to follow the books as much as possible. They were limited of course due to lack of time and lack of money.
But i still think that a movie bout JRRT's works should have never been made, because i am a conservative, narrow-minded person, stuck in his own ways. (I am movie-Treebeard). I know it is impossible to make a movie exactly like the book, so a movie should never be made. I am such an evil person, aren't I ?
Naah, i just see the LOTR movies as an adaptation and tribute to JRRT's works. Took me a long time, though.
I think it's only possible to make a lotr-miniseries if we want it exactly like the book.
The last word in the Tolkien quote is 'absurd' : JRRT would have hated a movie bout his works. Of course, in the time JRRT lived, it was technically impossible to film his works. Now it is technically possible to film it (which PJ did) and this kinda changed everything. I agree that JRRT would have approved certain scenes from PJ's movies, but still i think he would be appalled by the fact that so many characters were thoroughly changed (Elrond, Faramir, Arwen) and that certain themes from the book were changed/left out/extended.
But i think that he would be satisfied by the fact that so many ppl wuld go and see the movies and that so many ppl would find interest in his works through the movies. I can't believe i said this, but it is true.
(PS : i have earned my job at New Line Cinema now... thx a lot Pete!! j/k)