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Funny you bring this up


Mar 27 2013, 10:54pm

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Funny you bring this up [In reply to] Can't Post

I was having a think about this only recently.

Firstly let me just say (and this is only my fairly strong opinion) that I think Christopher's reception towards the LotR films was rather cruel, for too many reasons to list, but not least his sweeping generalisation of the films being "action" for "15 to 25 year-olds" despite the fact that there are people as old as him and older who loved PJ's interpretation. And of course if PJ had done it in the way that Christopher saw "the spirit of the book" the chances are that it would not have been the major success that it was (sure, fans of Tolkien would have adored it but many of the people in the wider world would have found it too much to take in). If he disliked PJ's LotR then no doubt he would have found The Hobbit *absolutely unbearable*.

I think that Tolkien would have loved certain aspects of PJ's LotR (Ian's Gandalf, the visualization of the landscapes, the attention to detail, etc). Some things like Faramir's changes and the re-issuing to certain lines to different characters would have upset him, but I do think he would have been pleased with the films overall.

However, I think he really would have been less than impressed with The Hobbit, maybe as much as Christopher probably would be. While I liked the film I couldn't help but cringe for Tolkien's sake at certain things. When Lee, a Tolkien fanatic, began talking about Radagast's mushrooms, I almost said out loud: "did I just hear what I thought I heard?" because that, I'm sure, would have had Tolkien rolling in his grave.

"True courage is about knowing not when to take a life, but when to spare one."

Subject User Time
JRR Tolkien vs Christopher Tolkien...who would have hated The Hobbit AUJ film more? malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Mar 25 2013, 12:54pm
    Christopher BoromirOfWinterfell Send a private message to BoromirOfWinterfell Mar 26 2013, 6:36pm
    Both CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 27 2013, 5:37pm
    Funny you bring this up Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Mar 27 2013, 10:54pm
        Christopher's reaction to LOTR Salmacis81 Send a private message to Salmacis81 Jun 11 2013, 4:11pm
    Depends on when they saw it. sador Send a private message to sador Apr 2 2013, 2:36pm
    Christopher KingTurgon Send a private message to KingTurgon Jun 25 2013, 2:04pm


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