Justified & Ancient
- Sep 30, 2009
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And it's perfect for throwing in the face of people who say Tolkien has too black and white view of evil. Frodo has to stop the gentle and harmless hobbits from massacring their prisoners.I think the omission of The Scouring Of The Shire would have particularly riled Tolkien, he saw evil in part as the desire of others to boss people about and taken as a whole with the Silmarillion it's notable how evil diminishes in every age, culminating in the pathetic and spiteful actions of Saruman attempting to dominate a gentle and harmless people.
I think that's why it's in the book but without the entire history the films couldn't express this idea.
That bit always upsets me, the evil of morgoth even in the shire