The Motley Fool, dedicated to “educating, amusing, and enriching individuals in search of the truth” (well, financial truth in any case), has posted an article that addresses the upcoming Lord of the Rings films… I like Gardner’s insight into the films; his fiscal viewpoint is a new vantage from which to view the films…
Here’s an excerpt:
Lord of the Rule Breakers
By David Gardner
What books do you love? Any book you’ve read twice is a good place to start. I’ll tell you a book I love. Three of them, actually. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien. I first read them in an epic literature course taught by the distinguished Dr. Kenneth J. Reckford at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, whose famous tree lecture (in which he came dressed as a tree in order to discuss the significance of trees in Tolkien’s books) was attended additionally each year by many who were neither taking nor auditing the course.
(On a side note, Dr. Reckford — whom I was very proud to have attend my wedding 10 years ago — was the only professor I ever had who donned a jester cap while presenting an entire lecture.)
I love Tolkien. I love the epic in Tolkien, his heroes great and small. His erudition, and love of language. His delightful sense of humor. A quick example at hand from chapter one of his first book is this line from Bilbo Baggins’s farewell party toast, “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” (Say it aloud and have whoever’s near your computer puzzle that one out.)
Yes, I believe every one of us would be better off if we read this trilogy once a decade throughout our lives. To walk the walk, I’m just beginning to reread the trilogy for, er, the third time in twelve years. (OK, maybe it’s a sickness.) It is therefore with some hesitation but mostly extreme anticipation that I mention something you might not know yet: The Lord of the Rings is going Hollywood.
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