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Poll: What would you call a Hobbit Beatle, and other silliness.
Poll: Poll: What would you call a Hobbit Beatle, and other silliness.
This poll is too silly for a serious website like TORN.
Nick Bollinger is having us on.
Bollinger bet Sir Peter he'd have every interviewer asking, "So, Sir Peter, is it true you based the four film Hobbits on the Beatles? Who's who?"
Bollinger made a bet with Sir Peter that he could get TORN to post it.
It is totally true. Peter Jackson based his four LOTR Hobbits on the Fab Four (for the record, write your Hobbit Beatle matchups.)
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Feb 4, 7:58pm

Post #1 of 15 (3494 views)
Poll: What would you call a Hobbit Beatle, and other silliness. Can't Post

First there were 4 Hobbits. Then there were 4 Beatles. Then there were 4 Whatchamacallits? Hmmmmm.

New Zealand music writer Nick Bollinger recently wrote an opinion piece for RadioNZ on the upcoming Peter Jackson documentary about the making of the Beatles' last film together, Let It Be.https://www.radionz.co.nz/...tle-dreams-come-true

Bollinger claims that his acquaintance with Sir Peter is long and murky, going back decades to the early Wellington film scene and a certain bootlegged VHS cassette. Shocked Bollinger presents a provocative premise linking Jackson's admiration for the Fab Four to his fav four in the LOTR.

Jackson's obsession with The Beatles is genuine and deep-seated, and you don't have to look far for proof. Most obviously, the distinct characters of the four hobbits in his Lord Of The Rings trilogy are clearly patterned after the John, Paul, George and Ringo of the early Beatles films. (underlining added) The Beatles themselves once tried to option Rings for a possible movie, as Paul McCartney confirmed in a chance conversation with Jackson a few years ago.

So, what do you think, Tornfolk? Fact? Fiction? A bit of Kiwi whimsey, Bollinger's or Jackson's? It's your turn to speculate. We need something to do while we wait for news from Amazon. Laugh

NB: I just noticed I crossed into Valinor not too long ago, evidently. How did I miss that? Anywho, here's a mathom from me to you to mark the occasion. Thanks for all the fun, folks!

(This post was edited by Lissuin on Feb 4, 8:08pm)

Ethel Duath

Feb 6, 11:38pm

Post #2 of 15 (3345 views)
Beatified Hobbits. Sainthood is guaranteed when [In reply to] Can't Post

combining great musicians with a great creation by a great author.

It will be great.


Feb 6, 11:45pm

Post #3 of 15 (3340 views)
Great! [In reply to] Can't Post

Another great example of why "Other" is required in TORn polls.
Let it be.


Feb 7, 7:39am

Post #4 of 15 (3310 views)
Arthur / [In reply to] Can't Post


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Feb 7, 1:11pm

Post #5 of 15 (3292 views)
*facepalms* [In reply to] Can't Post

Now those hairstyles PJ & co. decided on make sense...Tongue

And they're just good friends.


Feb 7, 9:11pm

Post #6 of 15 (3255 views)
Darkstone, the master of the non-sequitur. Arthur? [In reply to] Can't Post

Dent? King? Mac? What?! Tongue "Arthur /" is funny all by itself. It is. But if there is more to it, I would really love to know. Ignorance is not bliss. There are no Arthurian pop lyrics, film characters, or literary references in my memory banks that serve the purpose. There was an endearing VW Beetle named Herbie, as I recall.

You win, DS. I'm not too proud. Send me a pm if you don't want to spoil the joke for brighter sparks.
But somebody- anybody!- please put me out of my misery.Laugh


Feb 7, 9:45pm

Post #7 of 15 (3247 views)
perhaps [In reply to] Can't Post

just the most random name he could come up with?

My great-nephew named his hamster "William." William? What kind of a pet name is that?

We once debated the weirdest name possible for a pope and came up with "Buster."

Tol Eressea

Feb 7, 9:50pm

Post #8 of 15 (3240 views)
Pope Buster I [In reply to] Can't Post

I love it! Sly

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Feb 8, 12:16am

Post #9 of 15 (3232 views)
WHAT? Have you never seen what is regarded as one of the best 100 movies of all time? [In reply to] Can't Post

The one given its title by Ringo - "A Hard Day's Night"!

Behold, a clip of the infamous interview. The relevant part starts around 1:35, but watch it all, it's classic!



Feb 8, 12:26am

Post #10 of 15 (3230 views)
George's hair, Avocados, or Marijuana. (Or all of them at once!) [In reply to] Can't Post


George seems to be referencing Mad Magazine, specifically the frequently appearing potted avocado plant named "Arthur", reportedly based on art director John Putnam's personal marijuana plant.

(See Figure 4 at http://cultureandcommunication.org/...UnworkableInterface/.)


Feb 8, 12:40am

Post #11 of 15 (3225 views)
It has been decades - decades! - dernwyn, dear. [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm just grateful I can still ask the question. Wink
Thanks for a trip down Penny...I mean...Memory Lane.

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Feb 8, 12:51am

Post #12 of 15 (3221 views)
I don't have that movie memorized... [In reply to] Can't Post

...but close to it! Laugh

What helped is having a daughter who is one of the World's Biggest Beatles Fans. Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes...Crazy


Feb 8, 1:32am

Post #13 of 15 (3218 views)
Oh, surely, it was an avocado plant! [In reply to] Can't Post


"Arthur /" is a very good name for a Beatle Hobbit, liking plants - and pipe weed - as they do.
So sorry to have nudged you into explaining a perfect joke...at least for those in the know...of a certain age...who preferred John, Paul, George and Ringo to Chad and Jeremy.Angelic But yesterday's gone, eh? (sigh)

Cheers, O' Sagacious One!

And this one's for you.



Feb 9, 3:54pm

Post #14 of 15 (3102 views)
Other: Hobbles! // [In reply to] Can't Post



Feb 19, 4:41am

Post #15 of 15 (2623 views)
Not sure, but... [In reply to] Can't Post

...all I can say is, I'm thrilled that there is yet another connection between my favorite book and my favorite musical group of all time! Long live the Beatles!


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