10 Movies That Could Be Made In Middle-Earth After The Hobbit
10. The Adventures Of Tom Bombadil
What's the story? Oldest of ancient beings, Tom Bombadil lives in the Old Forest just outside the Shire with his wife, river spirit Goldberry. Unconcerned by the grand events of the wider world and unaffected by the magic of rings of power, Bombadil potters around the Withywindle river. The sound of his booming, merry voice, constant singing and tendency to refer to himself in the third person is enough to defeat various creatures from monstrous tree Old Man Willow to ghostly Barrow-wights. Why should it be filmed? Probably the most significant character from The Lord Of The Rings not to make an appearance in the film, there is definitely a dedicated fanbase who would like to see him on screen. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, the verse book in which he also appears, is the only Middle Earth work apart from The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings that Tolkien published in his life time, which would lend a film a bit of credibility. Given the popularity of the hobbits and their key role in making the current films a success, this would be one of the few ways New Line could continue to tell a story set around the Shire and using hobbit characters. Why shouldn't it be filmed? Neither Jackson nor Ralph Bakshi's versions of The Lord Of The Rings used Bombadil because he does little to advance the story and he doesn't really fit with the rest of the mythology of the world. That kind of problem would be likely to continue here, as would the fact that his adventures are defiantly small scale against the epic nature of the rest of the films without a great deal of threat (although the Barrow-wights would make a creepy sequence). And, oh yeah, he's spectacularly annoying. There's always that.