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I'm a bit lost here

squire
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Aug 5 2013, 10:45pm


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I'm a bit lost here [In reply to] Can't Post

I had missed the original post by Mr. Tither, so I had to go find it before I could make sense of your reaction to it. I have to say, I didn't find the post particularly impressive, and not just because of the poor grammar that you noted; much of the writer's knowledge of Tolkien's career and literary production is kind of shaky too. I doubt very much, for instance, that Tolkien's creation of Frodo and his cousins, traveling with Sam as a quasi-servant, has any connection to the tutoring system at Oxford. If it did, of course, the writer would still be in error in identifying himself as a "Sam" undergraduate learning at the feet of a "Bilbo" tutor; by his own construction, he should identify himself as a "Frodo", leaving some unknown "Sam" valet to keep his dorm room neat - or something.

Well, aside from that kind of criticism, I can't say I disagree with you that the commercialization of Tolkien's literary output must be what it will be, within the terms of the Tolkien Estate's original sale of the rights to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien's use of medieval literature and conventions has nothing to do with the fidelity of a modern adaptation of his heroic fantasies to film (or other media). I can't fault the filmmakers for the pains they have taken, or not taken respectively, in adapting Tolkien to the screen, as far as mock-cultural details like visual design and language are concerned.

However, I think I do agree more with Mr. Tither on the question of Disney-style theme parks. I just don't think it's possible to make a theme park type environment that doesn't inherently do violence to Tolkien's concept of how fantasy works. He emphasized the importance to him of writing in a way that let the imagination of the reader create visual imagery from the author's descriptions. The films play hardball with this problem, and have a lot to answer for in terms of imprinting one team's vision onto a lot of susceptible fans' visual imaginations. But at least there are no tourists wandering about the background of the films, gawking, holding up their cameras and chomping on fast food - which is inevitably what one would be forced to deal with as one tried to experience a theme park's "environments" and "attractions".





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Brian Tither and Tolkien's Legacy Timdalf Send a private message to Timdalf Aug 5 2013, 11:07am
    I'm a big fan of paragraphs. // NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Aug 5 2013, 12:39pm
        I can't see the trees though the woods.\\ silneldor Send a private message to silneldor Aug 5 2013, 1:50pm
        Me too,... Timdalf Send a private message to Timdalf Aug 5 2013, 4:50pm
            for what it's worth... Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Aug 5 2013, 5:07pm
                Thanks, Mp... Timdalf Send a private message to Timdalf Aug 5 2013, 6:04pm
                    lol Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Aug 5 2013, 6:25pm
                    Another option is Notepad CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Aug 5 2013, 7:01pm
            Good to know :) // NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Aug 5 2013, 5:51pm
    hi : ) Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Aug 5 2013, 2:16pm
    Can't find an edit button now, so... Timdalf Send a private message to Timdalf Aug 5 2013, 4:53pm
        Ahh, this version is much easier to read, thanks. // NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Aug 5 2013, 5:16pm
        Thank you for the repost// sevilodorf Send a private message to sevilodorf Aug 5 2013, 5:59pm
            This kind of Middle-earth Faire already is popular Timdalf Send a private message to Timdalf Aug 5 2013, 6:16pm
        I'm a bit lost here squire Send a private message to squire Aug 5 2013, 10:45pm

 
 
 

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