... as I was walking to lunch the other day. I passed a bus stop containing a small billboard with a movie poster. The poster was of a guy with a weapon and two chicks - a blonde hussie and a brunette tart. The scene that came to mind was:
Brunette: What have you been feeding that thing?
Brunette: No wonder it's still hungry.
But this wasn't a poster for Total Recall, it was for The Two Towers. Will Lara Croft - er, I mean Arwen - ride down with the Grey Company, and cause Eowyn to flip out after seeing Aragorn with his Elvish Squeeze?
Oh, I just watched the extended version with the director/writer's comments. I think a bit better of the movie, but still say they are telling a somewhat different story.
On D2.net, the guy who wrote the Garwulf's Corner column, once did a diatribe about the twisted LotR stuff on the net, like the Very Secret Diaries. I think he missed the point. (But then, I think he did that a lot.)
Take this passage which the movie dropped:
'It's most unfair,' said Pippin. 'instead of throwing him out, and clappinghim in chains, Elrond goes and rewards him for his cheek!'
'Rewards!' said Frodo. 'I can't imagine a more severe punishment. You are not thinking what you are saying: condemned to go on this hopeless journey, a reward? Yesterday I dreamed that my task was done, and I could rest here, a long while, perhaps for good.'
'I don't wonder,' said Merry, 'and i wish you could. But we are envying Sam, not you. If you have to go, then it will be a punishment to be left behind, even in Rivendell. We have come a long way with you and been through some stiff times. We want to go on.'
To me that sums up a big theme in the book. Instead they were just on a lark, stealing vegetables. No wonder the movie got parodied that way. And in the commentary, they do joke about a fetish with root vegetables.
(Too bad Merry broke that carrot - it was just the right shape and all.)