January 10, 2001 - Deleted Scenes from the Fellowship of the Ring
Well, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Most of you probably saw the movie over the holidays and have formed an opinion about the adaptation of the book The Fellowship of the Ring to the big screen. As we have seen on the ElvenRunes discussions everyone has different thoughts on the movie. I won't go on about what I thought since it is only my opinion, rather I will try to fill you in on what got edited due to time restrictions or to make the movie "easier" to watch for the non-Tolkien fan.
Most people who have read the books have displayed some disappointment at the treatment of Lothlorien. It was a very brief part of the movie with little introduction. The first we hear about Lorien and Galadriel is when the company is already entering the woods. Gimli makes a little speech, then before you know it elves are everywhere.
Hence the need to make a bigger deal of the Uruk-hai patrol and the death of Boromir . So the orc hunting patrol got the axe (or the arrow I guess). I have provided best images I could, but I am sorry to say most are small and not the best quality.
I guess New Line Cinema has done a smart commercial move on all. The movie was watchable by the general public, and us Tolkien fans will rush to buy the DVD to see those scenes we wanted to see. Once we are content with the Fellowship, along will come the Two Towers. Look like a we are to spend the next three years discussing Tolkien...
Finally, how many MUME-ers have examined the sign of the Prancing Pony Inn? I believe (since it was a little before I started to MUME) there was a competition to design that sign. I think it was Gwaywffon who won the competition and now his sign is in place (this happened in 1998/9??).
All you Bree legends spend lots of time at the SPPI, so what do you think it looks like? Did Gwaywffon do well? Did the movie capture what you see as your "home" away from reality?
Well that concludes this comparison of images. Next week it will be back to the "normal" column. In the mean time ponder where you travel in MUME. What does it look like? Or is it all black and white text (ok so maybe I am the only one using telnet without colour.....).