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Re: Australia's "Biggest Hobbit Fan" celebrates his growing Tolkien collection
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He doesn't seem to make much of a distinction between the written works of Tolkien and the paraphernalia generated by jackson's films.

Posted on: 2011/6/24 11:43


Re: Utter nonsense
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Theonering.net (better known as TORN to its subscribers) is generally a fan-boy/girl operated site dedicated to jackson's films. I don't think it ever existed prior to the development of the movies. If you really want to get a sense of the people that frequent it (and perhaps you don't), have a look at the discussion forum - it is quite comical. My favorite was a fellow using the monker "Morthoron" (or something similar) who has written a piece of fan-fiction that marries The Hobbit with Monty Python. I'm not kidding - you couldn't make this stuff up.

Posted on: 2011/6/18 17:38


Re: Utter nonsense
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Perhaps he would like Verlyn Flieger to comment on the films. When asked about the first one she commented:

I didn't like it. But then, it wasn't aimed at me. It was aimed at the generations who've grown up on Star Wars and hunger for more and more action and greater and greater special effects. Jackson has turned an extremely sophisticated, complex and subtle -- and very long -- story into an action movie that I think satisfies the audience for whom he made it. The time constraint that film format enforces makes it almost certain that, even making three separate films Jackson cannot get the fullness of Tolkien's story into a movie. Three hours of sitting it about the outside limit. After that your bum gets numb. I felt some parts were disastrously miscast, Elrond for example. Not the actor's fault, though if I'd been him I wouldn't have stood for that hairdo. Elijah Wood is just wrong for Frodo -- too young, too pretty, too goggle-eyed. And the script gave the character no chance to develop. His moments of growth in the barrow was omitted; his bravery when he turns and faces the Black Riders at the Ford was left out in favor of Arwen as Our Lady of the Ford. Galadriel was terrible, and since Cate Blanchett is a fine actor, she must have been directed to perform in that wooden, zombie-like manner. Sean Bean is the only person who played as if he believed who he was. His Boromir was a real person, not a type. I found him totally convincing, and his funeral journey down the river and over the falls was the film's finest moment. Truly moving. Although the script sentimentalized and overdid the character's repentance at the end. Boromir is not that good. As for un-Tolkienian lines like Gimli's "Nobody tosses a dwarf," and Strider's "Let's hunt some orc," they are beyond comment.

Posted on: 2011/6/18 9:17


Re: The Wonders of eBay
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I hope you are right about The Silmarillion, but I can't help but think that once Saul Zaentz and company have milked more millions out of Tolkien's legacy, they will be looking for additional opportunities.
As for the paraphernalia, I have to agree. I am simply astounded by the sheer volume of rubbish the first films have produced, and equally astounded at the people who eagerly rush to "collect" it. I shudder to think of the deluge of crap the next two films will generate.

Posted on: 2011/5/29 11:00


Re: The Wonders of eBay
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http://cgi.ebay.ca/TOLKIENS-RING-DAVI ... oks_2&hash=item51996d1504

At more than $3500, I don't think "Mr Thrifty" is really an appropriate name for the shop


Posted on: 2011/5/27 9:24



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