In my opinion, I'm sure all things considered, he would have approved. The man doesn't need to be alive and watching over every little detail in the movie to make sure that it works, all that matters is that the director and the people working on it have a love for the piece, and PJ has said numerous times that he adores LOTR's. As a connection between the idea that you don't need to supervise the film for it to work, Margaret Mitchell, the postAuthorID of Gone with the Wind, sold the rights and didn't even go to the showing of the film, yet it turned out extremely well done and very close to the origonal concept of the piece.
As for JRRT, I'm sure he would have his qualms, but not too many. I mean, when I first saw the Shire and Rivendell, and numerous other places, they were awe inspiering, and almost exactly what I had pictured in my mind when I first read the books. Now, I'm not JRRT, but if the mental image I got was the same as the one PJ got and numerous other folk got, well then, I think they did a **** fine job.
If I was he, and I'm not (curses!) the only things that would really peeve me would be messing with some of the characters, (cough cough ARWEN) giving people biggers roles than nessicary or even what was writen is just wrong, and I hate it, being female and all, and rather activist-y, but her role in the book was sitting at table, and then marrying Aragorn, not being some crazy heroine, no matter how much women want their fair share in the movie, just wait for Eowyn. (That all made sense in my head, sorry your not here to comprehend what I was trying to get across ;) )
And then I come to my next point. In response to all this talk about Eowyn and Aragorn have a romantic connection, I hope to God that doesn't happen. I got the feeling (when I read the books) that he was slightly inclined to her for whatever reason, but never made any moves. So, I guess for this qualm, we're all going to have to wait until we see the movie to truely be ****** or pleased with it.
And now, I believe that's all I have to say about that... :D
[Edited on 17/12/2002 by QueenPippin]
(Grondy merely asterisked out a couple words in keeping with our newest policy not to give hints to the forbiden words even if they are as mild as these were.) :teacher: nn[Edited on 18/12/2002 by Grondmaster]