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Any Lord of the Rings fans?

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by Kylo Solo, Feb 14, 2017.

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Which LotR is your favorite?

  1. Fellowship of the Ring

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  2. The Two Towers

    19 vote(s)
    25.3%
  3. Return of the King

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    30.7%
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    @starfish Post 14 more times and "like" you shall.....
    --- Double Post Merged, Feb 4, 2018, Original Post Date: Feb 4, 2018 ---
    Actually one of my most favorite parts of "The Letters of JRR Tolkien" is his discussions with a movie producer about an adaptation. And how far, far off track the producer was from Tolkien's vision and desires.....
     
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    Hey, no worries. Star Wars as a larger franchise has undoubtedly had a larger impact on my life but my favorite film is actually Amadeus, and SW and LotR/Tolkien generally have about equal status in my mind.

    I really need to get to reading my copy of The Letters...
     
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    Did those letters ever mention Tolkien's wishes for casting? As much as I loved Christopher Lee's rendition of Saruman, it always made me sad that, despite a personal promise by Tolkien that he could portray Gandalf, he wasn't allowed to be casted as such. Considering Lee's passion for Tolkien's work, I'm glad he was casted at all, but I always wondered what his portrayal of Gandalf would have been.
     
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    "This new series is set to take place before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring, but will not be an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous prequel The Silmarillion"

    Interesting.....so this is how they get around the rights to the material? A made-up "prequel" to LOTR?

    As a dyed-in-the-wool fanatic of Tolkien's works, not sure I could get my mind around something like this.....that doesn't take place in his universe.....
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    @Shira His letters spanned the period from approx WWI (1916) through his death in 1969. Nothing in the letters talk to specific actors that Tolkien was thinking about if casting for an adaptation. Where did you hear about JRR Tolkien's promise to him? Everything that I have read points to one meeting by Lee of Tolkien in a pub, where Lee said himself afterwards he was almost too nervous to say anything.

    It is interesting that Tolkien was really not a fan of any adaptations of his works, as borne out in his letters on the topic.
     
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    Lee mentions it at one point in his autobiography.
     
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    Hi. My name is Star Dude, I’m new in this thread and I was a Tolkien addict.

    Maybe I’m a bit late to this party, but…

    I knew Tolkien before Lucas, as the Hobbit was a book that was read to me when I just stated in school. That was when I got myself a wooden batten and carved it into a blunt sword, while applying the (Viking) runes reading ‘Beorn’ with a soldering iron to the blade.

    Star Wars and Tolkien’s works were the loves of my lives, both starting in childhood.

    Next contact was the Rankin/Bass & Ralph Bakshi when I was still in elementary school, so those Orcs and Nazguls with those glowing red eyes scarred the hell out of me.

    My first read of the LotR Books was in the early 80’s, and then about once every other year for over two decades, together with the Silmarillion and the other sources.

    I had a roleplaying group running on middle earth, with the Iron Crown version for years, meeting about every Sunday. In my teens, it was Star Wars and middle earth posters all over my room.

    For the books, I bought the English version of the Hobbit, as it contains all the original drawings that Tolkien did himself.

    And then the movies came out. I loved them very much, and watched them a multitude of times both in the cinema and at home (well, more often at home of course).

    But after seeing the movies – I never touched the books again. I really can’t explain what happened, as they were such a re-occurring part in my life before. Especially while I consider both the books and the movies greats works, that does not have to go in parallel in every aspect.

    But I guess I count myself still a Tolkien fan, a retired one maybe. ;)
     
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    I'm not "feelin it" for this new series. I mean the vast majority of Gollum's miserable 589 yr long life were of him living under a mountain in dank, dark cave system eating raw fish. Yeah baby that there is some good material for a TV show!

    Hey @Star Dude I didn't know the Dude was a Tolkien fan too!!!
     
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    I look forward to a good series with or without him.
     
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    I've always thought Quenya and Sindarin would make cool secret languages ;)
     
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    I wish they could get the go ahead from the estate to just have fun in ME without impacting the current established lore
     
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    I'm almost sure you should give the books another try. I feel the need to reread it every few years. I didn't read the german translation for a good while though.
     
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    After thinking about it, it seems that there is a correlation if a person would be an Star Wars fan and/or Tolkien. Something like a genetic endowment for fantastic worlds, places, creatures and stories. I personally don’t know anybody that does like Star Wars but not LotR and vice versa. Only the extend seems to vary.

    By the way, ‘my’ Aragorn always looked like a beardless Dúnadan of far elvish descent: A man lean, dark and tall, with shaggy dark hair flecked with grey, grey eyes, and a stern pale face. Something that this Danish guy from the movies could not override in my head.

    Close to this:
    AragornII.jpg
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    As far as I know, the German translation by Margaret Carroux is quite in line with Tolkien, as he was supplying annotations to the transcription of names, and was supervising the whole thing. Because of that, I even feel in some places were the Nordic (Edda) origins shine through, German terminology is at least as good as the original English one.

    But from my personal point of view, the modernized translation done by Wolfgang Krege is a blasphemy and a capital sin!

    Since writing in this thread, it became a real option that for this summer holiday, LotR is travelling with me.

    So far, over the last years while being on vacation I’ve read one of those ‘Uthred’ saga novels from Bernard Cornwell which was really fitting with the Danish coast line. But this year, there’s no new book available of those.

    I’ve to admit, that because of the Trollshaws I should journey further up north to Norway for vacation and reading. Being there about a dozen times, it is THE Tolkien environment for me. Wild nature, mountains, waterfalls and of course, Trolls!

    That brings me to another entertaining movie: Does anybody of you guys know the b-movie ‘Trollhunter’? Being there a few times, it was kind of fun watching it.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trollhunter



    Edit: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/trollhunter
     
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    The purist in me groans at the prospect of non-Tolkien works set in Middle Earth. It's an extremely complicated endeavor to recapture that special "element" that only the creator of a given universe can give it. It's been done well, and it's been done poorly. As for Middle Earth, most of the recent video games set there take a number of liberties with the source material, leaving me particularly unimpressed. With the new show on Amazon, I hope they go about it with patience and make every effort to remain true to Tolkien's spirit.
     
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    I wonder if anyone ever actually used the Elvish languages as some sort of secret code. I don't know them myself, but I wish for a girlfriend who did, so that she could tease me with phrases I don't understand :p
     
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