Thread: What would you change about the LotR film trilogy?
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But certainly Tolkien's other writings should cause us to examine how accurately the final product reflects his intentions. I'm just saying that we need to distinguish between Intent and the Final Product (which is what I mean by Canon in this case). In some cases the Final Product matches Tolkien's intentions very clearly. In other cases, Christopher felt that perhaps the Final Product [i:3ujzh5sv][b:3ujzh5sv]may have[/b:3ujzh5sv][/i:3ujzh5sv] strayed from his father's intent. But he states that largely to placate Tolkien Zealots I believe .
That depends on if one accepts The Silmarillion as a finished product. Certainly J.R.R.T. never finished it, though he had given his son the right to finish it, which Christopher of course did. I won't dispute Christopher's legal or moral right to have published The Silmarillion as he did (in fact I am quite glad for it!), but I'm still a [i:3dd2e6aa]bit[/i:3dd2e6aa] uncomfortable with it given the changes.
[quote:3dd2e6aa]Christopher felt that perhaps the Final Product [i:3dd2e6aa][b:3dd2e6aa]may have[/b:3dd2e6aa][/i:3dd2e6aa] strayed from his father's intent. But he states that largely to placate Tolkien Zealots I believe .[/quote:3dd2e6aa]
C.T. was quite unequivocal in his statements about straying from his father's intent in several instances, including the parentage of Gil-galad and the Ruin of Doriath (and while in the latter instance he made a good case for needing to make changes in order to create a coherent story, he did suggest that he went too far). I won't pretend to know what goes on in C.T.'s mind, but going by his actual words he second-guessed some of his decisions when he went back over the material while editing [i:3dd2e6aa]The History of Middle-earth[/i:3dd2e6aa].