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Concerning Christopher - An Essay on Tolkien's Son's Decision to Not Allow Further Cinematic Licensing of His Work
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Captain Salt
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Jan 11 2013, 12:48am

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Fine, but the BBC version included additions to the novels, as did PJ's films... [In reply to] Can't Post

True, the films were much more action-oriented than the books or the BBC radio versions, but a lot of effective focus on character was also added. Not sure why one is acceptable but the other is not.

My Top 5 Wish List for "The Hobbit"
5. Legolas will surf down Smaug's neck
4. Bilbo will be revealed to a Robot
3. Naked PJ cameo as Ghan-Buri-Ghan
2. Use of not only 3D, but smell-o-vision, plus the inclusion of axes coming out of the seats and poking the audience when appropriate
1. Not only keep the claim that Thorin & Co. ran amok in Mirkwood "molesting people", but depict said incident in vivid detail!!!!!


Captain Salt
Tol Eressea


Jan 11 2013, 12:50am

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Agreed with this...more high-quality screen productions would have been great. // [In reply to] Can't Post


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any films adaptations for those stories really must be made by people who will honour the work the way Jackson's filmic family has.

In a perfect world, I would give every story a chance to see life from the screen.


My Top 5 Wish List for "The Hobbit"
5. Legolas will surf down Smaug's neck
4. Bilbo will be revealed to a Robot
3. Naked PJ cameo as Ghan-Buri-Ghan
2. Use of not only 3D, but smell-o-vision, plus the inclusion of axes coming out of the seats and poking the audience when appropriate
1. Not only keep the claim that Thorin & Co. ran amok in Mirkwood "molesting people", but depict said incident in vivid detail!!!!!


Chilled in Hithlum
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Jan 16 2013, 1:23am

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I understand that JRRT said that his works were unfilmable [In reply to] Can't Post

and in his lifetime that would have been a more than fair assessment. Even in 1977 with the Silmarillion published and Star Wars released I do not believe that the groundbreaking effects of that soon to be mega-franchise would have done the Professor's works justice; the passing of time has changed things as we all know. However, I do believe that over reliance of GCI eye candy can hamper a film if it only dazzles rather than informs or serves storytelling - Azog or Goblin King perhaps? On the other hand, Gollum... This of course deals only with special effects and not characterisation by actor or screenplay.


There is a great appetite for Tolkien films, as one who came into this realm via that medium can attest; and even many more knowledgable than I here posting make concessions for the film-makers decisions or intent, still there is great resistance from Christopher Tolkien to allow his father's other works to be filmed. It is natural to question CT's choice as likewise to respect his wishes - for myself I am torn between the two. Others have said it better than I but it is worth remembering that without Christopher there would be no Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, HoMe and the rest; for his tirelessness and faithfulness to this work he deserves nothing but honour. Yet, I cannot help thinking also of Niggle and his concentration on a single leaf.

I sincerely hope this matter will resolve itself to the satisfaction of all involved, especially the fans...

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