Like other fans, I went to see LOTR: FOTR on opening day (today!) and was quite impressed and perhaps slightly surprised by Jackson’s interpretation of Tolkien’s work. I won’t spill all the secrets of what was cut or added, but I’ll say it’s quite effective in keeping people with short attention spans in their seat. And did I see masses of people eager to see the movie? No. But you have to remember, my hometown is filled with hicks in self-denial whose idea of a good time is cow-tipping and gossiping. Fantasy with a Christian slant deep in Southern Baptist territory? If the church minded people knew, they would be violently urging people to boycott. No wonder the only LOTR commercials on TV around here are for Burger King. But give them something like The Bridges of Madison County and they’ll be mobbing the theaters.