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Lord of the Rings
« on: March 12, 2013, 02:04:33 AM »
Knowing VogonGirl's fondness for the Lord of the Rings, and her dislike of the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, I thought she might enjoy knowing that Christopher Tolkien doesn't like them either:

http://worldcrunch.com/culture-society/my-father-039-s-quot-eviscerated-quot-work-son-of-hobbit-scribe-j.r.r.-tolkien-finally-speaks-out/hobbit-silmarillion-lord-of-rings/c3s10299/

Christopher Tolkien broke a decades long silence for this interview.  A couple of telling excerpts:

"They eviscerated [The Lord of the Rings] by making it an action movie for young people aged 15 to 25."

"Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed into the absurdity of our time. The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work, and what it has become, has overwhelmed me. The commercialization has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing. There is only one solution for me: to turn my head away."
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Re: Lord of the Rings
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2013, 04:09:27 PM »
The thing that most upsets me now, are those stupid comments on the article. >:(  I applaud Thomas John Mosbo for making a perfect statement about the horrid movies.  And I really hate the other comments that say "get with the time" "changes must be made".  *sigh* V.V
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Re: Lord of the Rings
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2013, 03:57:12 PM »
No surprise, Tolkien wrote about those kinds of people in the Hobbit.  I think he called them Trolls.
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Re: Lord of the Rings
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2013, 06:23:58 PM »
No surprise, Tolkien wrote about those kinds of people in the Hobbit.  I think he called them Trolls.
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Re: Lord of the Rings
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2013, 06:32:30 PM »
Maybe Tolkien was right when he wrote "In human art Fantasy is a thing best left to words, to true literature."
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Re: Lord of the Rings
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2013, 11:17:21 PM »
Well, you know, it's a funny thing. Movie versions of books never turn out the way they should, but it doesn't seem like there's any actual reason why they can't. Correcting for the essential differences is one thing, but if you had a director and screenwriter who actually wanted to be as true to the book as possible, it really shouldn't turn out as badly as the tendency is. It seems like there's some mysterious background force at work. Maybe it's one of those self-organizing things from chaos theory.
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