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CT 2012 French Language Article/Interview in Le Monde
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An interview with Christopher Tolkien has appeared in French language paper Le Monde (7th July); with a nice photograph of the old chap too. Pieter (& friends) have translated the article (see his Facebook page for discussion) & are awaiting authorisation from Le Monde and The Tolkien Estate to publish the translation online. I can't read French, but from comment I gather Christopher comments extensively on the adaptation of The Hobbit. Should be interesting...

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Hmm... he doesn't really say that much. Interesting read all the same.

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(Douglas Anderson's blog; which has a link to a translation.)

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Thanks Khamul! I was waiting for an English translation to surface somewhere.

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Reading the article, it does amuse me how upset the Estate gets about the Movies (beyond the Hollywood execs trying to stiff them, that is!). The existence of the movies (which I personally detested) doesn't change the content of the books at all (and besides, the Estate does seem happy to allow the publication of lucrative film tie-in editions that further cement the relationship between the books and the films. This seems like hypocrisy to me).

CT needs to have more faith in the books and their ability to stand the test of time, I think. Or perhaps he needs to have more faith in the readers. Either way. The books haven't changed, they haven't become something else because JRRT *sold* the rights to have them turned into all manner of crap including the movies.

Really, the Estate do need to get some perspective. Tolkien wasn't an Albert Einstein or Leonardo Da-Vinci. He was a man who was skilled with languages and wrote a relatively small number of (publisher-friendly) stories that have divided opinion since they were published and will continue to do so.

Philosophical Impact? Maybe the Estate should just be happy with how many books they have sold and how many people have *enjoyed them*. Personally, I can't imagine there will ever be a book that I enjoy more than the LoTR. But I certainly don't think it is "important" or philosophically relevant (and the movies haven't influenced my thinking on that). No disrespect to CT, but I think he has been so entrenched in his father's work that he has lost perspective of what matters.

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In terms of the movie tie-in covers, I think The Tolkien Estate probably doesn't have a great deal of leverage here. I would think it's HarperCollins who have (historically & presently) pushed the movie covers. Are the Estate really going to start arguing with their publisher?; probably not recommended. Plus, it looks from papers in the public domain that both GA&U and Tolkien had certain "rights" to future movie adaptations i.e. cuts of profits (--although never artistic interference.) HarperCollins presumably can exercise these rights independent of the Estate i.e. arrange movie covers. Interestingly, the article quotes "£100,000" (or perhaps it said $, I haven't re-read it) as the 1960's figure Tolkien sold for. I've never heard it quoted as this high before.

I think CT is quite entitled to suggest that the "message" (whether you're talking about philosophical, or otherwise) is in danger of being lost, in the public's general understanding of Tolkien. However, those who have not read the books, never understood this anyway. Although, clearly, they may now be under the misapprehension that they do "understand" Tolkien; when in fact they merely understand Jackson's vision of Tolkien.

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