Ah, finally, my hard work for GOTF had paid off! Elbren the Purist faces off with the Elves at Helm's Deep! Elbren vs Haldir: Who will win?!
Last month, we posted a link to an article in the New York Times entitled "Are Women Bored of the Rings?" that received quite the passionate response. Thanks to Katherine, we have the letters that were sent in to the Times from some women who felt the same as most of those here on Tolkien Online.
The Return of the King has been criticized from both sides: the ending too drawn out for the casual viewers and the ending is grossly incomplete for the Tolkien Fans. Here's an idea for a proposed compromise.
What happens when the actors of FOTR get their lines messed up?
I should have brought a jumbo box of Kleenex . . .
"That idea, that stories, the great tales, the ones that really mattered, like Lord of the Rings, cinema, that wasn't from the books. They wrote that, as a sort of, you know... And they gave it to me, I was so grateful they gave it to me. I think it was an acknowledgement of my capabilities. I remember they said afterwards, 'We knew you could do it, and we're glad you did it.'"
"I am sure that once the filmmakers read this article there will be claims that they had to stay true to the story that J. R. R. Tolkien wrote, but the fact is, African and Asian cultures have always been a part of the European fabric whose ancient legends and fairy tales gave birth to J. R. R. Tolkien's epic portrayal of the battle between good and evil..."
I'm sorry, this is a very long string of ranting, but I need to get it out....
So Dr. Phil won't be dedicating a show to post-LOTR syndrome, but many of us Tolkienites are feeling the beginning of the end of the LOTR craze.
No movie or series of movies can match what was in the mind of an author when he, or she, put pen to paper, only the spirit of what was written can tanscend from one medium to another and not an exact recreation of every person, place or event.
"It's not bad enough that many literary critics and readers of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings are always elevating one supporting character or another to the position of hero, completely overlooking the gentle, unassuming hobbit at the heart of the story, the one who has to carry an evil, burdensome, corrupting ring to be destroyed. To add insult to injury, whenever a dramatic adaptation is made of The Lord of the Rings, the adapters can't seem to resist the urge to tamper with the character..."
"As Rhys-Davies stood to leave the room, he jokingly asked the writers to make sure to 'put verbs in my sentences' and concluded by saying: 'By and large, our cultures and our society are resilient enough to put up with any sort of nonsense. But if Tolkien's got a message, it's,"Sometimes you've got to stand up and fight for what you believe in." He knew what he was fighting for in World War I.'"