Peter Jackson must read this!

For all intents and purposes, the world of Middle Earth is no more, we have seen what is to be considered the last installment of the saga to hit the big screen.

It seems like only yesterday we were clambering into theaters to enjoy the Lord of the Rings, yesterday almost a decade and a half ago that is. Lord of the Rings came out when I was in highschool and ended when I was in university, I carry the memories of watching the movies with me fondly. At that time, we were promised the Hobbit would make it to the big screen, and we waited a decade for the first installment to be finished.

With all the recent ruckus regarding the Tolkien estates dispute with Peter Jackson, it seems highly unlikely that any more of Tolkien’s stories will be big screened, which is a tremendous loss given that LOTR starts off with the return of the “evil one” Sauron, the Hobbit starts off with his demise and resurrection, all the while none of the movies explained exactly why Sauron was so bad, what made him that way? With Harry Potter, Voldemort’s origins were discussed in detail. With Sauron, we need to read/watch The Silmarillion, an account of Middle Earth’s inception, and the creation of Sauron.

However, that is neither here nor there regarding the purpose of this post. Peter Jackson’s work is not yet complete. Taking the lessons learnt from George Lucas, when a prequel trilogy is made after a sequel trilogy, the latter needs alteration to reflect the former.

An explanation for all those that are lost and know nothing of what I am discussing; with Star Wars, the movie took a very strange path, it started off with episodes 4, 5 & 6. The “evil one” Darth Vader was portrayed in all his gruesomeness, and then in a shot with his “spirit” he was brought back to regular form. Now, this character needed to be explained, origins, storyline, path etc. and hence parts 1, 2 & 3 were made. Now, Hayden Christensen was cast to play the young Darth Vader, and so, in an effort to bring normalcy to the saga, the character was digitally entered into the 1983 movie “Return of the Jedi” as the true spirit of Darth Vader, as opposed to the original portrayer of the character (Hayden Christensen first appeared in Episode 2 in 2002, a full 19 years after the last movie!)

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This way, any one watching the movie in the correct order (1-6 as opposed to 4-6, 1-3) will see continuity in the origin of the villain.

My dear wife, god bless her, who has sat with me through the extended versions of The Hobbit 1 & 2 and the cinema version of part 3, is now watching the extended LOTR trilogy, which picks up exactly where The Hobbit 3 left off! Basically, this scene from LOTR – The Fellowship of the Ring, needs to be remastered to include Martin Freeman.

Thank you!

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