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Michelle Johnston
Rohan


Mar 11 2013, 6:53am


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I share the authors view of his book

My view of Tolkiens work is almost identical to his own.

The LOTR was the great passion and love of his literary life that he felt confident to have published, though he felt it to short.

The core of his creatity was the Silmarillion which evolved and revealed itself slowly to him over 30 years and which after retirement he lacked the energy and self belief to find solutions to how to bring an orderly narrative to publication. Though deeply frustrating in its lack of coherance and consistancy of tone it is my great passion to, as is much of the variant material.

The Hobbit was written for Michael and Christopher and over the years he grew to regret the narrative style with its third person look ins. He recognised at the time, he hesitated whilst writing, and later, that the narrative collapses after Smaug's death. When he restarted quite unconsciously the book began to take on the feel of the later hobbit story and the Silmarillion and this incompatability came to a head with the BOTFA which he resolved by dwindling it to a look back scene. It was unashamedly written for children which is why I had not read it for thirty years until I began thinking about the films last year. What I have discovered on this forum is that whereas for my generation the Hobbit is merely regarded as a gentle read that you pursue after the greatness of LOTR, for our childrens generation it is one of their cherished childhood memories. Indeed I read it to my eldest daughter when she was 6 or 7.

On the question of Pippa she is of course right that screen adaption requires different treatments to source material its a different medium. However I found whoever wrote in the fake personal jeopardy arcs, that turned up particularly in the TTT, to be very trite whether Theoden, Legolas and particularly Treebeard. So far that has been avoided matters seem to develop properly though I know many are against what they see as the fake reconciliation between Thorin and Bilbo.

I am with Martin Freeman who did not want that drawn to far into the movies I also think that it fits in the mythology for Bilbo to emerge from underhill transformed by not only his accumulated experiences thus far but by his encounter with Gollum and the acquisition of the ring. When Tolkien wrote the book it was merely a trinket to give Bilbo a hidden advantage just as Gandalf's other business was a narrative ploy to allow Bilbo to shine, rather than connected, as it has become, with a key part of the history of the third age. Its this kind of understanding developed by Tolkien after the childrens book was written that should inform the film makers and the artistic outcomes that they pursue. It is the modus operandi beautifully set out by Ian Holm when he opens up the "real story" to us." I never told you" and as for my good self .... and so dear readers I must get on with my day and whatever that brings Wink

I tried to save the shire , and it has been but not for me.

(This post was edited by Michelle Johnston on Mar 11 2013, 6:56am)


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Post edited by Michelle Johnston (Rohan) on Mar 11 2013, 6:54am
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