Lets hope Guillermo Del Toro sticks to the original story then, unlike Peter Jackson who although got a lot of the original LOTR characters, story, scenery bang on, he also made up a lot of his own story that had fuck all to do with how Tolkein wrote it.
Where the fuck was Tom Bombadil, Glorfindel, the Dunedain that joined Aragorn in Rohan, the scouring of the Shire ect.........
If you understood the idea of adapting books for the big screen you would not have said any of that.
Tom Bombadil - A character I liked in the books but would've been pointless in the film. You have just set up the fact that Frodo is carrying to most evil and corrupting object in the entire world. He cannot trust anyone other than himself. Then along come Tom Bombadil who has absolutely no interest in the ring whatsoever. Making the ring seem less important and less powerful.
Glorfindel - A character I like more than TB. But in the film there was no need to introduce another character that will never be seen again. Instead PJ used this time wisely to introduce Arwen, a character who was given practically no time in the books. It would've been impossible to include her more because she was hundreds of miles away from what was going on in the books. She got more time because movie-going audiences (rather than readers) had to invest something in both the character and her relationship with Aragorn.
The Dunedain - Loved the Dunedain. Cool as hell. But there was no need to introduce yet more characters. Plus it made the army of the dead more imposing to have only three of hour heroes stading before them.
The Scouring of the Shire - My favourite chapter in the book but NOT a part of the main story which is Frodo taking the ring to Mount Doom. Once that was done PJ gave Aragorn, Gandalf and the Hobbits stories there own seperate closure. There was no need to then come back to the shire and have another 30-40 minutes of non-related action. Pointless.
I personally would love to see a film of the Silmarillon, but I don't think it would ever be possible to adapt it. The number of characters and the timescale mean it would really need to be several films. There are some great storylines in it, but it would be hard simpy because of all the detail Tolkien went in to (as he did intend to be basicaly a sort of history of what had gone before LOTR/Hobbit, rather than a novel).
I totally agree with you. I much prefer the Silmarillion to LOTR. The scope and majesty of it is utterly awesome. It would take a long, long (far longer than LOTR) time to adapt it. Many films. Many years. Perhaps too many. One day movies will be easier to make and it will be possible but not before then.
However I would LOVE to see the Narn I Hin Hurin (Tale Of The Children Of Hurin) brought to life on screen. Turin Turambar is one of the greatest, most flawed and tragic characters in all of literature. Really an awe inspiring story.
And the Tale of Beren and Luthien.
If we cant have it all I wish we could have just those two.
Beren and Luthien is one of the most epic and romantic love stories ever told and it is done so in only 42 pages of the Silmarillion.