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"The Hobbit" films ranked as among the worst out of 5,000+ films of the 2010s.
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Solicitr
Gondor


Mar 15, 3:28pm

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Just to clarify [In reply to] Can't Post

I have NO 'inside information' regarding the events of summer 2018 relating to the Tolkien Estate. All I know is what I read in the papers, just like everybody else.

But given the coincidence in time of Christopher's retirement and the Amazon deal, I think the two must be causally linked, in one of the following ways:

1) Christopher retired due to age, and with that roadblock gone the rest of the Board took the money and ran; or
1a) Christopher retired, and with that roadblock gone the lurking Amazon pounced; or

2) The majority of the Board couldn't resist the temptation of a quarter-billion dollars and so outvoted Christopher, who resigned in protest; or

3) With the GDP of a small country on the table, the rest of the Board forced the recalcitrant Christopher out so they could take the money.

Although, again, I don't have actual knowledge, nonetheless I would be utterly astounded if the case was

4) Christopher himself sold out


Voronwë_the_Faithful
Valinor

Mar 15, 6:17pm

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Definitely not No. 4 [In reply to] Can't Post

I would guess that it is some shading between 1 and 2. I'm doubtful that it is fully No. 3, though perhaps that is my idealistic side showing through.

'But very bright were the stars upon the margin of the world, when at times the clouds about the West were drawn aside.'

The Hall of Fire


Noria
Gondor

Mar 15, 8:07pm

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This, hopefully [In reply to] Can't Post


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I would guess that it is some shading between 1 and 2. I'm doubtful that it is fully No. 3, though perhaps that is my idealistic side showing through.


As for 1a), Amazon could lurk all it liked but it could hardly pounce, since the Estate could not have been forced to agree to the transaction.

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