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The quote you brought indicates something deeper

sador
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Jan 14 2013, 9:35pm


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"The film's vision" cited here is not about Jackson, Lee or Howe, but rather about the subjugating of the book to the visuals. Middle-earth becomes less an imaginary landscape, varying with the different readers - with their perceptions and images of places and people evoked by the written word; it now has a concrete, unified vision which is an alternative point of reference. You might not like Ezpeleta, Horus Engels, Rankin/Bass or Cor Blok - but they provide fresh images, and different interpretations of Tolkien's work. But if you look at the Fan Art forum, you'll find many budding artists pracrticing in reproducing the Lee/Howe images. Some are really good at it - but all those clearly traded the book for the movies as a source of inspiration.

And it becomes even worse, seeing that JRRT himself drew and illustrated several scenes in his books; and the movies are hardly loyal to that vision. It might be an artistically imperfect vision - but hey, it was the author's! I can easily relate to Christopher Tolkien resenting Jackson and his team supplanting that vision. After all, he probably grew up with these visions, and knows them more intimately than anyone.

This might be an inevitable process; it surely is a sign of the films' success. But seeing a Richard Armitage-figurine being sold as Thorin must be unsettling for him.





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The look of the forbidden pool in Ithilien Calenheniel Send a private message to Calenheniel Jan 11 2013, 12:48am
    I admit that my Middle-earth was shaped by Alan Lee's paintings, Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Jan 11 2013, 9:46am
        I found it interesting that Christopher Tolkien cited John Howe and Alan Lee Kassandros Send a private message to Kassandros Jan 11 2013, 3:01pm
            Did he really? ArdamŪrŽ Send a private message to ArdamŪrŽ Jan 11 2013, 3:21pm
                I suppose it's unclear Kassandros Send a private message to Kassandros Jan 11 2013, 3:46pm
                    Ah well that is a little different ArdamŪrŽ Send a private message to ArdamŪrŽ Jan 11 2013, 4:00pm
                    The quote you brought indicates something deeper sador Send a private message to sador Jan 14 2013, 9:35pm
                        Like your point of view a lot, sador  leniel Tindome Send a private message to  leniel Tindome Jan 15 2013, 7:47pm
                            Thank you! sador Send a private message to sador Jan 16 2013, 4:15am
                        Late! Once again! telain Send a private message to telain Jan 20 2013, 2:09pm
                            At the present, I expect prompt responses from none... sador Send a private message to sador Jan 27 2013, 10:03pm
            Ted Nasmith Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Jan 12 2013, 10:09pm
                I'm not sure Christopher Tolkien is complaining about any one specific art style... Kassandros Send a private message to Kassandros Jan 14 2013, 7:12pm
                    I'm not familiar with their entire body of work Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Jan 14 2013, 7:56pm
                thanks for that link... weaver Send a private message to weaver Jan 16 2013, 11:37pm
                    You're welcome! Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Jan 17 2013, 12:15am
    what's interesting to me is how much I did not remember right! weaver Send a private message to weaver Jan 16 2013, 11:32pm
        The Grey Havens also looked totally different in my head Calenheniel Send a private message to Calenheniel Jan 16 2013, 11:39pm
            sombre is a good word... weaver Send a private message to weaver Jan 16 2013, 11:53pm
            Happy ending! squire Send a private message to squire Jan 18 2013, 7:31am
                Chills. Kassandros Send a private message to Kassandros Jan 18 2013, 3:35pm
                    Great Idea  leniel Tindome Send a private message to  leniel Tindome Jan 18 2013, 5:43pm
                That passage gives me chills big time FlyingSerkis Send a private message to FlyingSerkis Jan 18 2013, 7:44pm
                They got the harbor right, and the ship style, and the direction and the time of day... weaver Send a private message to weaver Jan 22 2013, 3:25am

 
 
 

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