If you were asked to name the most important, well-made, and iconic trilogy of all time, what would you answer? The vast majority of people who are acquainted with the world of cinema universally agree that the best trilogy ever made is the Lord of the Rings trilogy. A story of a hobbit carrying the ring of power to the burning crater of Mount Doom with a bunch of other plots revolving about massive battles between orcs, elves, and humans captivated the collective imagination of humanity and made millions of people fall in love with works of Tolkien.
Frodo, the main hobbit of the trilogy, was portrayed as a very simple person who did not want the responsibility and burden that the ring puts on people. While humans, elves, and orcs all fall victims to the power of the ring, hobbits can resist its seducing calls. Frodo volunteers to carry the dangerous artifact to Mount Doom and inspire other heroes to aid him in his journey.
While he is trying to get through various obstacles to reach his final destination, other heroes are involved in wars and quests to either help the hobbits or protect innocent from hungry orcs. The story is full of epic moments and emotional heroics. It is truly an amazing saga that tells a very simple story without any unnecessary complications.
The good nature and pure innocence of Frodo were adorable in the movie and moviegoers loved him for that. Seeing a powerless hobbit bravely fight against monsters and far more powerful enemies were rewarding and suspenseful. We were ready to see him failing yet he always prevailed and came out victorious. He was kind and compassionate, strong and brave, interesting and complex.
Interestingly enough, Peter Jackson, the director of the trilogy, initially wanted to make Frodo a murderer. In his biography, the director recollects how he initially planned to have Frodo push Gollum to the burning abyss effectively killing the creature. The move would have turned Frodo into a killer and made his descent into depression even more efficient. However, Jackson also realized that such a turn of events would definitely anger the fans of the series and would be against the tone and narrative set up by Tolkien in his novel.
On the other hand, the director did not really like the idea of Gollum just biting off the finger and falling off since it would have removed all the agenda from Frodo. The final version of the scene is the one that we see in Return of the King. In the movie, Gollum and Frodo fight for the right to wear the ring and Gollum ultimately wins by biting off the finger and falling into the abyss with the ring. This scene still makes Frodo’s final moments questionable and twisted while also not turning him into a cold-blooded murderer.
In hindsight, the decision made by Peter Jackson was correct. Fans and critics loved the movie. The academy awarded it 11 Oscars. The movie and the trilogy are both considered classics and icons of the fantasy genre. After such praise and incredible awards run, talking about small decisions that could have completely ruined the themes and characters of the movie seems redundant. However, it is also awesome to know that such drastic changes to the structure of the epic were once considered and were even filmed by the director.
Changing the way characters and storylines are treated can be detrimental which is evident in the reaction from fans and critics to the follow-up trilogy The Hobbit created by Peter Jackson a couple of years ago. This trilogy was adapted with a little bit more freedom and made fans dislike it and even bash some of the artistic choices made by Jackson.