“THE TITLE IS clearly meant to refer to the attacks on The World Trade Center,” notes the petition posted at petitiononline.com and signed by more than 1,200 people. “It is unforgivable that this should be allowed to happen.”
The title is actually the name of the second book in the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy on which the films are based, but even when this was pointed out to the petitioners, they maintained that the title of the film should still be changed.
Some people, however, left comments on the petition suggesting that they believe the petitioners are overreacting. “I think they should rename New York too, because every time I hear “New York” it makes me think of that day and it makes me cry,” noted one. “That and the words `world,’ `trade,’ and `center’ should be removed from our language as well.” “
New Line didn’t respond to requests for comment, but Jackson has said that after the Sept. 11 attacks, he considered changing the name of the second film, but decided against it, saying, “Tolkien fans would kill us.”