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My attempted transcript...

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Oct 24 2011, 10:28am


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(I'm not great at transcipts... but I'll give it a go just for you Faenoriel. Hope it's legible. Evil )

Stephen Fry [narration]: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy are the second and third best-selling novels of all time. Just after Dickens' Tale of Two Cities.

New Zealand-based director Peter Jackson has devoted many years to bringing J.R.R Tolkien's books to the screen. And for him Tolkien's abmixture of Norse, Middle-English and Anglo-Saxon is one key to the enduring success of both the books and the films.

"Roads go ever ever on,
Under cloud and under star.
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Return at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen,
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green,
And trees and hills they long have known".


Stephen Fry: I wonder how much you felt - because you adapt these - how much the language matters to Tolkien. Because I happen to think he's an extremely good writer of English. I mean, just at a level of the sentence that you, you really can't improve much, can you?

Peter Jackson Well, it was one of the decisions that we made when we were adapting Lord of the Rings is that we tried to work as much of his language into the script as we could. I just think that one of the beauties of the book of Lord of the Rings, and I actually think that it ultimately worked in the movie too, is that they're talking in a language that is beautiful and poetic. And even though it's not one that we're used to hearing on the street, you understand it. And it becomes accessible in a funny kind of a way.

What Tolkien did great with his stories, especially in his use of language, is that he treated them as historical, you know. And I think that that's the way that we found - that was the door that we entered when we went into the movies. That this isn't made up, it's not a piece of gobbledy-gook set on the planet Zog or some such thing! I mean, every name, every place name, every plant name that Tolkien wrote about, he based in some form of a language. It was a language sometimes that he created himself, it was an archaic, old, Middle-English form of language.

Stephen Fry: Like, sort of, Oakenshield. Or something like that?

Peter Jackson: Yeah, everything meant something. Everything actually had a reality and it was almost like he did, literally, create it - create history.

Stephen Fry [narration]: What I also admire about Tolkien is that, like Joyce, his protagonists are reluctant heroes, grounded in a reality. No matter how fantastical the world they inhabit.

Peter Jackson: But, for Tolkien, the real heroes, the true heroes were the simple and decent folk. I think that what Tolkien is saying, ultimately, is to be a real hero - if you're good, if you're decent, if you are prepared to offer yourself up to protect your fellow friend. And you have to wonder how much of that came from his experiences in the trenches and World-War 1.

Stephen Fry [narration]: Jackson is also known as a Schlock-Horror director, where plot is all. And I wonder if, like me, he shares my unabashed love for the master of the genre, Stephen King.

Stephen Fry: As you say, I think he's one of the greatest story-tellers of our time - of any time, really. Partly because he's so obsessed with story-telling.

Peter Jackson: The thing about Stephen King which I think is fantastic, is that I don't think he ever invents a character. Every single character that he writes about (and these are good and bad. They're sane and they're insane) are an element of him. That he's not afraid to dig into the dark depths of his worst imagination and create a character out of that. So he literally mines what he considers to be the most evil part of himself and he creates an absolute psychopath, but you know it's coming from a real place. Whereas, you get somebody who says 'Now, I'm going to write the most evil psychopath in the world' and they kind of make stuff up. And you read it and it might be horrifying but you're not really connecting with it, because you don't recognise any of it.

Stephen King Yeah, I agree.


(This post was edited by QuackingTroll on Oct 24 2011, 10:33am)

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Stephen Fry spoke to PJ about Tolkien on ´Planet Word´ Reinier Send a private message to Reinier Oct 23 2011, 10:02pm
    Typical, I was going to watch this earlier and decided not to! QuackingTroll Send a private message to QuackingTroll Oct 23 2011, 10:37pm
    bbc i player maverickprince 5 Send a private message to maverickprince 5 Oct 23 2011, 10:45pm
        Hobbit painting TheRealBeren Send a private message to TheRealBeren Oct 24 2011, 7:34pm
            I'm glad you asked that question geordie Send a private message to geordie Oct 24 2011, 10:00pm
    What did they say? Faenoriel Send a private message to Faenoriel Oct 24 2011, 2:48am
        i can watch it from outside UK Chopsta123 Send a private message to Chopsta123 Oct 24 2011, 6:04am
        My attempted transcript... QuackingTroll Send a private message to QuackingTroll Oct 24 2011, 10:28am
            Great work! Nightingale Send a private message to Nightingale Oct 24 2011, 11:51am
                Bahaha, yes it should, sorry! // QuackingTroll Send a private message to QuackingTroll Oct 24 2011, 12:55pm
            Thank you! Faenoriel Send a private message to Faenoriel Oct 24 2011, 1:20pm
                Faenoriel, you aren't a native speaker!? Your English is superb, better than mine! :) Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Oct 24 2011, 1:42pm
                    Really? Thank you! Faenoriel Send a private message to Faenoriel Oct 24 2011, 2:12pm
        A fantastic series! Huan71 Send a private message to Huan71 Oct 25 2011, 9:41am
    Thanks for the heads up Alientraveller Send a private message to Alientraveller Oct 24 2011, 9:43am
        Absolutely Faenoriel Send a private message to Faenoriel Oct 24 2011, 1:29pm
    No YouTube links yet? Carne Send a private message to Carne Oct 24 2011, 2:58pm
        Here you go Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Oct 24 2011, 9:38pm
            thanks! titanium_hobbit Send a private message to titanium_hobbit Oct 24 2011, 11:04pm
                Nice Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower Oct 25 2011, 2:00pm
                    I would absolutely love for PJ to direct a Stephen King adaptation TheCoon Send a private message to TheCoon Oct 25 2011, 10:47pm
                        No thanks Flagg Send a private message to Flagg Oct 27 2011, 3:36pm
                            I'm also waiting for PJ and David Frost's The Dam Busters remake painjoiker Send a private message to painjoiker Oct 27 2011, 5:35pm
                    I was a bit surprised.. Huan71 Send a private message to Huan71 Oct 26 2011, 11:10am

 
 
 

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