Peter Jackson on “The Lord of the Rings”
“Well, these films are truly timeless. That term is used a lot, but the themes are as relevant today as they were 50 years ago when Tolkien wrote the book. They were relevant 500 years ago. It’s basic human emotional stuff. It’s friendship, it’s courage, it’s loyalty, it’s love, it’s fear, it’s good vs. evil. There is nothing complicated about the themes.
“I mean for all the complexity of The Lord of the Rings as a story, for all the multitude of characters and funny place names, and things that you struggle to remember, at its essence it’s the most simple themic material possible.”