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Feb 15 2017, 10:20pm

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Would even a 5-minute summary be necessarily required?

There's plenty of successful movies that just throw the viewer directly into the mix, with plenty of unknowns swirling around. Yet we discover as we go along, details that start to fit into the puzzle. When done properly, you can feel that something is important, even if you can't yet figure out why. Certain directors are even fęted by critics in how they leave certain unknowns in the viewers minds, and avoid wrapping up all the loose details with nice shiny bows. Granted, as has been discussed on the Forum, it's a fine line between an author who uses 'info gaps' to allow the reader to fill them in on their own, and a lazy author who has missing pieces in the story that end up distracting from the storyline.

I enjoyed the story of Beren and Lúthien in my first readings of LOTR, without having any clue about really anything pertaining to their lives or backstories beyond what was mentioned right there. Sure it means more to me now, but it captured my imagination even then.

So I'd hope if a movie/mini-series were made, it would be able to find that same sweet spot that moved us when we read LOTR without having read the Sil or any other of Tolkien's writings. Of course you thrown in tidbits that would excite those "in-the-know", without detracting from the experience of newbies. Kind of like how an effective children's movie can actually be entertaining for everyone by throwing in cultural references that might go over the heads of six year olds, but are meaningful to adults.

(This post was edited by enanito on Feb 15 2017, 10:22pm)

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Post edited by enanito (Lorien) on Feb 15 2017, 10:22pm

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