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Re: Kong/Tyrannosaur

In a message dated 9/21/02 4:17:53 AM Pacific Daylight Time, 
jrccea@bellsouth.net writes:

<< Re the Tolkien film, I was
 disgusted that they left out the Bombadil scenes with their 'earth
 abides' theme.  Tolkien could have made Lord of the Rings a lot shorter
 if he'd just had Frodo give the ring to Tom and ask him to dispose of
 it. >>

Yes, well, perhaps the biggest deficiency of this otherwise splendid film was 
omitting the scenes with Old Man Willow, the barrow-wight, and Tom Bombadil.

As I recall, Tolkien covered the contingency of simply giving the ring to 
Tom. At the council of Elrond, it was decided that in the long run, Tom, not 
being interested in the ring or influenced by it, would simply lose it for 
one reason or another, and the problem of disposing of it would resurface.