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Why does Peter Jackson hate floors?


Jul 7 2013, 9:43am

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So in Erebor, it kinda made sense that, like Moria, it wouldn't have a great deal of flooring because they're both mines so naturally the majority of flooring would be platforms and bridges. (Although if you've ever actually been in a mine you'd know they're more akin to tunnels than gigantic wells, but this is a fantasy)

PJ's Rivendell, rather than being surrounded by water is surrounded by really high cliffs, liked together by railingless bridges, for no reason other than to look cool. Again, I let him off, it has a dramatic feel and isn't really against the book in any way.

Then we get to Goblin Town and we get another walkway network above another bottomless pit. Okay, it looks kinda cool and gives a reason to Bilbo falling down the hole to meet Gollum, but it's getting old.

Dol Guldur, is again crazy high up and reached by narrow bridges with no railings. Tolkien did describe it as on top of a hill, but I'm pretty sure he didn't mean this.

High Fells, again another series of bottomless pits maneuverer via narrow railing-less ledges

Elvenking's Halls. The word "halls" here is a big hint that Tolkien did not picture what PJ has created. For those who don't know PJ's idea is that, because Thranduil's halls are underneath a woods, the tree roots have grown through the ceiling, creating natural walkways above, guess what! Another bottomless pit. To back this one up, the book does mention Thorin being locked in the "deepest" dungeon, But isn't the narrow walkways thing getting boring? Surely there's a more original idea for the next location design?

Laketown! Envisioned by Tolkien as a wooden platformed town atop a calm lake. How has PJ put his artistic spin on this one? Let's do the whole town in tiny railingless walkways!

I have a feeling that if PJ was to redesign Hobbitton for these films he'd probably have Bag End as a bottomless pit too, I just don't understand his obsession with it, when was the last time you've actually been anywhere with a bottomless pit? And yet everywhere the dwarves go that's all they seem to see. Hmm.

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Why does Peter Jackson hate floors? AshNazg Send a private message to AshNazg Jul 7 2013, 9:43am
    I guess it shows home is the only safe place Seaber Send a private message to Seaber Jul 7 2013, 9:56am
    floors are quite useful Elenorflower Send a private message to Elenorflower Jul 7 2013, 10:43am
    Don't forget the caverns of Isengard and Lothloriens trees Lieutenant of Dol Guldur Send a private message to Lieutenant of Dol Guldur Jul 7 2013, 11:24am
        And the Paths of the Dead. Instead of a haunted city in the mountains, it's a cave city Beeromir Send a private message to Beeromir Jul 8 2013, 7:23pm
    I've been thinking this to recently. Hamfast of Gamwich Send a private message to Hamfast of Gamwich Jul 7 2013, 12:32pm
    Rivendell does have floors.... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Jul 7 2013, 7:30pm
    A few railings would go a long way. Macfeast Send a private message to Macfeast Jul 7 2013, 9:22pm
    Becuase they weren't mentioned in the Appendices... malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Jul 7 2013, 9:32pm
        What is it about Laketown that you don't like? Skaan Send a private message to Skaan Jul 8 2013, 10:06am
    some ideas Cirashala Send a private message to Cirashala Jul 8 2013, 4:39am
    He probably just ignored a lot of "Wet Floor" signs as a Kid...// jtarkey Send a private message to jtarkey Jul 8 2013, 10:15am
    It could be because Lothwen Send a private message to Lothwen Jul 8 2013, 12:15pm
        Great theory Noria Send a private message to Noria Jul 8 2013, 12:47pm
    Easy Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Jul 8 2013, 5:25pm


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