Dec 29 2018, 2:28pm
did appreciate those films, as a matter of fact!...
But many fans of the book
Or perhaps in your eyes anyone who liked those films simply couldn't have been a fan of Tolkien?!
Well, I have discovered 'The Lord of the Rings' in 1975, and have been reading it again and again since then, with the addition of the Silmarillion, the Hobbit, the Unfinished Tales, the books by Christopher Tolkien (HOME), the biography by Carpenter, Tolkien's own Letters, several of his smaller books not part of Middle-earth, and more I will stop listing out. I have been giving talks and even workshops about him and his so special writings, and I still do. I myself write articles about all things Tolkien on my Research Blog, besides managing to appear also here as often as I can since years. Is that enough to count as a 'fan of Tolkien' in your eyes?...And there are many others like me here on TORN, who are most definitely fans of Tolkien, and still appreciate those movies at least to some extent, if not more, or, for some, as much as I do.
The problem is that even very real fans of Tolkien may - and often do - disagree among themselves about any number of such things, even in their shared knowledge and appreciation of Tolkien.We are all different, and nobody could satisfy all of us together with any adaptation - except, as Chen G; rightly said, if it were J.R.R.T. himself doing it.This is why the use of such extreme words as 'trash', etc, seems to me out of place - just as I would avoid also calling those films 'perfect'. That too would be simply too absolute, when all our various differing perceptions cannot be but relative. That's all I meant to say.
'Is everything sad going to come untrue?'
(Sam, 'The Field of Cormallen', in 'The Return of the King'.)