So I was thinking while chatting with Morrighan in the comments of her follow-up to her review – lord, we’re all reviewing and following-up; in terms of buzz, you have to credit this movie as a success. We can’t stop deciding whether we hate it or are just irritated by it, or if we think it’s the best thing since the Orcrist-shaped lembas-slicer.
Yes, I’m pretty sure that *was* a hot gift item back in the Elder Days in Gondolin for the Elf who had everything. But I digress.
So it occurred to me. The thing that has me, and a lot of other LotR fanatics up in arms, is the way PJ’s “departed from” source material to make room for changes and additions.
Even if you hate it, every cloud has a silver lining, and I think we may have stumbled onto the great good possible in this case!! If the source material is outmoded and boring and what we need are heroes, action figures, and redemption stories — well, heck! No-one’s more absolutely made-to-order than our King Under The Mountain himself, Thorin Oakenshield!!
So I think an absolutely FABulous idea would be to make one more change – and this one, very much in keeping with Tolkien’s ideas about renouncing greed and embracing the simple pleasures.
LET THORIN LIVE.
Take Thorin’s deathbed line: “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” and make it his statement of redemption – just like when he gives Bilbo that big ol’ hug at the end of AUJ. And you know, you can have Gandalf revive him, like you did in movie one. It worked once, why wouldn’t it work again? Come on!
Think of the Christmas joy! Think of the happy tears! Think of the Oscars.
So, For Your Consideration: Let Thorin live.