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Peter Jackson admits it’s hard to please all fans

In an interview with The Daily Beast, titled “‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth“, Jackson talks about the difficulties in returning to Middle-earth as well as his decisions to include Legolas and Tauriel.

Talking about Tauriel, Peter Jackson admits that the decision has been controversial but he stands by it:

Yeah, there’s negative reaction from Tolkien fans, but then you have a nine-year-old girl who goes to the movie and she’s delighted that there’s a character she can relate to. So it depends on what side of the track you want to come from. […] Then you’ve got the king and you’ve got a son, and stories are best told with three people, not two, because then you can create conflicts and triangles. So we wanted a third elf character. Was this a chance to put a female role in the story? Because there are so few female roles. Also you do have a lot of young girls seeing this film, and they should have somebody in there who they can empathize with. It was a very cold-blooded decision. Yes, OK, a female elf. And that was how it came about…

He also talks about the possibility of filming The Silmarillion:

The truth of it is, they probably will one day [be made]. The Tolkien estate doesn’t want to release the films because it’s a decision that the current executors of the estate believe in. But at some point that may change, the executors may change, and those rights may suddenly surface. […] But if it was something connected to this mythology that we’ve done, if I had the energy and the strength then I would really want to do it. Never say never!

You can read the full article at the The Daily Beast.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner

Shaun is the current Chair of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2013, Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien’s works whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time can be found in the cinema, playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter.


  • dr_bombay

    i agree with him that Tauriel made perfect sense from an adaptation standpoint. it’s certainly plausible in Tolkien’s universe, and giving young girls someone to emulate and to draw them into the books is cool by me.

    • Amos Ben Israel

      only I think it was better to drop the relationship with Fili (or was it Kili?) or transfer it to another character (why only one major female character). both the Thranduil-Legolas-Tauriel and Legolas-Tauriel-Fili and the political Thranduil-Legolas+Tauriel-Mortals was for me too much and got silly, but then the whole movie was silly (and not in a bad way, it was rather funny this way, only, not ‘The Hobbit’)

      • dr_bombay

        yeah, that’s a good point: having one new female character to cover all those things is a bit much; but in a movie with so many characters for people to keep track of already, i can see why they chose to just add ONE female character, instead of a couple.

        • Amos Ben Israel

          They could have just dropped the Kili part. Or give Kili a non-romantic bond to bard’s daughter (she is too young so I’m thinking about liking her as a big brother or something).

  • Oskar RT

    He just became a George Looney-cas clone, unbelievable!!! BOTFA is just a massive let down for many fans, included me… Only hope is that the Tolkien Estate never give him the rights of the Silmarillion, NEVER!!!

  • Mike Tremblay

    The Silmarillion NEEDS to happen…it explains the story where the magic came from in the first place….

    • Jamie Parsons

      Yeah – it’s already happened. If people want that explained – they can read the damn book can’t they?

      • Victor Vaz

        Let’s be friends.

        • Jamie Parsons

          Yeah alright