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The One Ring Forums: Tolkien Topics: Movie Discussion: The Hobbit: Thank you for your dedication to the site.: Edit Log

Michelle Johnston

Apr 3 2016, 12:04pm

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Thank you for your dedication to the site.

I have been thinking for several months I must return to the site and thank those guys that run One Ring and this thread seems ideal.

However just about a week ago I found the one other discussion board I have contributed to making exactly the same points you have made so elequently and so well in your post.

I am older than most posters and take a more systemic view of internet behaviour. One of the things I have learned for myself is do not come to these boards looking for relaxation after a busy day. I am probably more careful and thoughtful about what I write on these two boards than when dealing with my business interests. Thats because I am determined to explain whatever point I make properly. On both sites I find if you are going to be critical you have to have the highest standard of care in your observations because both sites include a number of personalities who have taken it upon themselves the role of "defender of the faith". If, because I operate on a case by case basis, I say some thing positive I find the alternative responses much less overbearing. For example in 2013 I really encouraged people to take a wait and see approach with the films and offered open ended support and lets see what transpires operating on a half full rather than half empty approach. I had some very nice exchanges with people who decided one film gave them all they needed to know and disappeared.

When the full picture emerged for me I realised my open mindedness was not rewarded and the films have got steadly worse in my mind. Your Green Dragons's review of the final film sits just about where I sit. But I did find when I tried to explain my concerns the "defenders of the faith" either minimised, dismissed or argued the facts. If people want to share their disappointment why not, it isn't compulsory for people to try and minimise and neutralise an opposing view. I do appreciate of course that argument can work both ways but for me I do not find people who take an opposing view in the negative an issue indeed I like to listen and understand why and most of them are decent thoughtful people who make a good case from their perspective.

In summary I find those that really enjoy the films and think they are on the whole great are much less willing to listen and I think I know why, this second trilogy has not captured the imagination of the public like the first. I noticed, having spent the winter in New Zealand, it was never mentioned in the many locations I spent time at and when I took a helicopter to treble cones as part of a themed afternoon either people were disinterested or unenthusiastic and that was the staff volunteering their views I said not a word. For me its the silence that tells me what I think the reaction is.

As a task orientated person the task is now complete and I have learned even at my age what I am looking for from a film and deepened my appreciation for Tolkien as a result of following the making of these movies.

But to finish I really do want to say i for one am pleased I had the chance in 2012 to 2014 to share Tolkien with others. My entire Tolkien experience since I left school has been in a vacuum of one so it has been good to meet others.

I am most grateful and when I, tired, have become more difficult myself I appreciated the quiet and sensitive input from your team.

My Dear Bilbo something is the matter with you! you are not the same hobbit that you were.

(This post was edited by Michelle Johnston on Apr 3 2016, 12:09pm)

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Post edited by Michelle Johnston (Rohan) on Apr 3 2016, 12:09pm

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