Edena_of_Neith said:Being critical of Tolkien is an invitation to a flame war. Not here on the ENBoards, but ... Gods ... go to the White Council and criticize Tolkien, and see what happens ...
Haha, that is why I would make a poor fanboy. I don't even consider my favorite authors as perfect writers- I often question some of their decisions.
Furn, are you saying then that Peter Jackson improved on Tolkien?
Argh, this is not a yes/no question in the broad sense. Movies and books are different mediums, and I do not like comparing them like that.
Do I think PJ made changes for the movie that improved the story? Yes, he cleaned up a lot of pacing issues I had with the book. He took out some characters I could have done without in the book.
Did he improve the storyline by apparently altering the timeline?
Ok, I would agree with that. Part of that goes to the pacing of the movie in the sense that the characters were not apparently idle for so long. You tell the general audiance sixteen years go by, and you are going to leave a lot of them wondering on a few issues instead of just watching the next scene.
Back to the timeline- another person mentioned Sauron could be patient, and I can see that. But could his army of goblinoids and trolls be patient?
I guess they were busy sacking dwarven cities, but I find it odd no word ever got out about that.
As for the tracking of Gollum, pardon me if I am wrong, but weren't there other rangers(or was it elves?) tracking Gollum as well as Aragorn? They could have been keeping tabs on him for sometime- or at least nipping at heels until they finally caught up with him.
I tend to be a nitpik over problems I find in movies, but I did not find the time an issue in this. Especially considering they did not often lay out specific durations of time between scenes.