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About LotR films commercializing Tolkien

Faenoriel
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Nov 23 2012, 9:56pm


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The Simon Tolkien thread below reminded me of Christopher Tolkien's comment about how he disdains the way Tolkien has become a money making mass product.

I felt a bit hurt by that comment, considering I too buy LotR merchandice, and yet I also consider myself a Tolkienist who above all else values the artistic and intellectual quality of his subcreation.

Then the thought moved on this route: those who abuse Tolkien's popularity to make cash quite likely do not understand him, nor care about him. But it's a mistake to confuse those who sell to those who buy. Even if humans are treated as a mass by the commercial powers, this is always an illusion, and that mass is made of thinking and feeling individuals.

And a soothing realization came to me: there are good products and bad products to sell to these "masses". There are subpar movies and books which still become incredibly popular for a reason or another. They then proceed to have their negative, stupifying or outright immoralizing effect on the people who consume them.
But some of the extremely popular franchises are a good influence on people. I honestly believe LotR is one of these. It has a good, encouraging, optimistic, pro-life, pro-friendship message to send.

This inner goodness of Tolkien is what has always drawn me to him above all other story tellers. And I believe that while PJ's movies aren't as fine as Tolkien's books, they sill contain that deepest heart, that love for life, people and world.

Or am I being incredibly silly here? You see, for me Tolkien's world is so loveable because Tolkien himself loved it so much. It's like seeing an artifact made by a craftsman who has put all his skill and passion to it. Tolkien cared about things (his mother, Edith, trees, homeland, friends, languages, stories, horses...), and much of the spirit of his books is a mixture of this caring, and the sense of pain and regret caused by losing them.

In the bleak, cynic and nihilistic time we live, it's not a bad attitude to have. And it first reached me via PJ's movies, which were like a lightning and completly revolutionized my frivolous thoughts, opening them to the world of beauty and dignity.

That's all~ Heart

But every word you say today
Gets twisted 'round some other way
And they'll hurt you if they think you've lied

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About LotR films commercializing Tolkien Faenoriel Send a private message to Faenoriel Nov 23 2012, 9:56pm
    I agree LordotRings93 Send a private message to LordotRings93 Nov 24 2012, 4:21am
        Ditto Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Nov 24 2012, 4:57am
    Very well put! demnation Send a private message to demnation Nov 24 2012, 5:21am
    Christopher Tolkien is naive macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Nov 24 2012, 9:34am
        There was a big difference from society then as to now imin Send a private message to imin Nov 24 2012, 11:42am
            Grey Area Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Nov 24 2012, 11:40pm
                I think there is a grey area as well imin Send a private message to imin Nov 25 2012, 12:19am
                    Very difficult Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Nov 25 2012, 1:04am
    Chris is right... Malveth Send a private message to Malveth Nov 25 2012, 4:18pm
        To each their own Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Nov 25 2012, 4:42pm
        I just don't get it. macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Nov 25 2012, 7:45pm
            Tolkien LOTR sam90 Send a private message to sam90 Nov 25 2012, 8:54pm
                If they do "overshadow" the books macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Nov 25 2012, 9:52pm
                    comes down to this i feel imin Send a private message to imin Nov 25 2012, 9:58pm
                Eh Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Nov 25 2012, 9:55pm

 
 
 

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