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While I agree with a lot of what you say

Tol Eressea

Dec 22 2012, 11:42am

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While I agree with a lot of what you say [In reply to] Can't Post

 - I do have one or two quibbles. Smile You wrote:

"Professor Tolkien sold the film rights to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings because he needed the money. . >snip<

..The Tolkien Estate owns the rights to everything else. It�s either that they want to protect the Professor�s works from an artistic and scholarly standpoint, or that they don�t think the financial reward will be all that high. I think the latter will prove to be the right reason.

I don't agree - the mission of the Tolkien Estate is precisely that; to protect the integrity of the author's works. From tha FAQ page of the Estate's website:

"Can I / someone else write / complete / develop my / their own version of one of these unfinished tales ? (or any others)

The simple answer is NO.

You are of course free to do whatever you like for your own private enjoyment, but there is no question of any commercial exploitation of this form of "fan-fiction".

Also, in these days of the Internet, and privately produced collectors’ items for sale on eBay, we must make it as clear as possible that the Tolkien Estate never has, and never will authorize the commercialisation or distribution of any works of this type.

The Estate exists to defend the integrity of J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings. Christopher Tolkien's work as his father’s literary executor has always been to publish as faithfully and honestly as possible his father's completed and uncompleted works, without adaptation or embellishment."

You also wrote:

"-Explain The Silmarillion to your average theatre film-goer (and there are less of them.) The Lord of the Rings is still readable as a fantasy novel even if a lot of people find it boring, too long and �old-timey� in parts. Even Christopher Tolkien admits The Silmarillion is unreadable without a lot of thoughtfulness as to the meaning of its content. It�s rough even for scholarly Tolkien fans. -Try mass-paperbacking The Silmarillion on convenience-store shelves and iTunes in ten years! No one will care."

Well from my point of view Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is a beautiful piece of work; it's my favourite story of all time. If others find it boring or over-long, I guess it's not the book for them. Smile

As for what you say are Christopher's remarks - (can't say I remember him saying it quite in those terms, off the top of my head, but never mind) - I think it's reasonable for a reader to enjoy The Silmarillion with some degree of thoughtfulness. Same goes for any other work of fiction, really. I don't think it's necessary to be a Tolkien scholar to enjoy Tolkien's works (even his academic output is very readable for a non-academic like me) - and what LotR boils down to is a cracking good yarn, accessible to anyone. In my opinion.

Welcome to ToRn, by the way - I enjoy reading your posts so far, and I hope you enjoy your time here.


(This post was edited by geordie on Dec 22 2012, 11:44am)

Subject User Time
Some Silmarillion debunking Simon616 Send a private message to Simon616 Dec 22 2012, 1:20am
    While I agree with a lot of what you say geordie Send a private message to geordie Dec 22 2012, 11:42am
    Er.... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Dec 22 2012, 11:23pm
        I couldn't agree more, dormouse Ardamr Send a private message to Ardamr Dec 23 2012, 2:32am
    I agree with you on one thing macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Dec 23 2012, 10:10am
        One can dream of many movies, the Sil is too big for one Hun200kmh Send a private message to Hun200kmh Dec 24 2012, 12:31pm
        Agreed vexx801 Send a private message to vexx801 Dec 30 2012, 1:28am
    I'm not quite sure what you're saying Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Dec 30 2012, 2:40am


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