NewsWire: Tolkien's Son OK With Rings Movie - Associated Press

Breaking his silence over the film The Lord Of The Rings, the son of fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien says he is not critical of the way film has interpreted his father's classic books.

Reports suggested that Christopher Tolkien was so unhappy about how the films of the trilogy had been made that he had fallen out with family members.

But in a statement issued Friday, Tolkien said while he had doubts about the viability of the projects, these were personal opinions.

Tolkien said his position is that The Lord Of The Rings is unsuitable for transformation into visual dramatic form.

"On the other hand, I recognize that this is a debatable and complex question of art, and the suggestions that have been made that I 'disapprove' of the films, whatever their cinematic quality, even to the extent of thinking ill of those with whom I may differ, are wholly without foundation," he said.

J.R.R. Tolkien sold the film rights to his fantasy books in 1969, leaving his family and those in charge of his estate with no control over the movies.

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first installment in the trilogy and will have its worldwide premiere on Monday in London.

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