Can’t wait to see the film.
Looking forward to the movies. I found the Lord of the Rings books far superior to The Hobbit. The Hobbit seemed to be more of teen book.
I believe Tolkien helped to convert C.S. Lewis to Christianity. He couldn’t get him to go Catholic though.
Our youth group is making a day of this on Sunday: Christmas caroling at local nursing homes in the afternoon, dinner out with Father, then The Hobbit in the evening.
I’ll probably take my children (20, 18 and 16 now) on opening day. Our household has been thoroughly immersed in Tolkien since I read all the books to my kids when the were young, and again several years later.
I still have the old cartoon version on an old CED disc. It was surprisingly good. I still have the player but it probably needs some TLC before it will play.
The music was particularly good.
Unfortunately I won’t watch any movies based on the books, until after I read through them for the last time.
I keep meaning to do my 4th read through at some point, when the time is right for me, but until then, I have to keep putting off watching the movies.
McKellen explained, The message I think that resonates in the books and films is Yes, the world is organized by people who are extremely powerful and are concerned with the preservation of Middle Earth, but they are entirely dependent on the little guy. And [it's impressive] that [Tolkien], whos been through two World Wars, accepts that: that its not the great people we build statues to through whom the world is changed its the ordinary people who measure up in the moment.
The same man who boasts that he rips passages that offend him out of the bibles left in hotel rooms.
He nails it. This statement reminds me of the fall of the Berlin wall. This was a huge event in the continuing war on fascism which became the first of many falling dominos and it was precipitated by ordinary people who were tired of all that "the wall" represented.
Regular citizens partied at the wall, and on the wall, and back and forth over the wall, and finally, through the wall. Ordinary cops refused to stop them and while the decision makers enjoyed their weekend in the country history was made by average men and women who saw their opportunity and made the most of it.
I’m halfway through “Return of the King” on the Nth re-read (can’t remember how many times!) and am always struck by the symbolism Tolkein wove into his stories without being obvious or preachy. “The Hobbit” is such a special book, in that he allows Bilbo to set the stage for what follows, without knowing the impact of his acts but just being true to himself.
Really look forward to seeing yet another brilliant interpretation by Peter Jackson, who truly does the work justice.
I read The Hobbit in college, not as part of a course but for enjoyment. I’ve seen the LOTR Lord of the Rings films in the cineplex and am looking forward to seeing The Hobbit.
In some places the Source Material shines through quite clearly:
Sing now, ye people of the Tower of Anor,
for the Realm of Sauron is ended for ever,
and the Dark Tower is thrown down.
Sing and rejoice, ye people of the Tower of Guard,
for your watch hath not been in vain,
and the Black Gate is broken,
and your King hath passed through,
and he is victorious.
Sing and be glad, all ye children of the West,
for your King shall come again,
and he shall dwell among you
all the days of your life.
And the Tree that was withered shall be renewed,
and he shall plant it in the high places,
and the City shall be blessed.
Sing all ye people!
Thanks, Mrs. Don-o!
PING to a friend!
So many Christian themes in Tolkeins works. Frodo and the Ring is essentially the tale of the mustard seed, how the great become small and the small great, among many others. Boromir’s fall and redemption at the end. Gandalf and Aragorn’s trials an echo of Christ. The Ring with all it’s temptations, but in the end just lies and slavery.
Not allegory, for that directs or rather insists on taking the reader to one precise comparison, but metaphor, where the reader participates in the applicability.
Overall, the entry there appears quite good (to my eyes) for it's depth & range of discussion. There are numerous links embedded there, leading to more information, including critics;
The Inklings, reviews were mixed. Hugo Dyson complained loudly at its readings, and Christopher Tolkien records Dyson as "lying on the couch, and lolling and shouting and saying, 'Oh God, no more Elves.'" However, another Inkling, C. S. Lewis, had very different feelings, writing, "here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron."
With other later criticisms themselves being criticized;
Moorcock's essay has drawn criticism for its portrayal of the themes in The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's other works. Epic Pooh accuses Tolkien of glorifying war, preaching "cowardly self-protection," avoiding the subject of death, and forcing a happy ending upon the reader.
The ending, for my own readings, seemed sad, amid the poignant note of the Elves needing retire to (an admittedly vague) "Gray Havens" where their once known immortality would slowly fade. But not all the once immortals (taking along Bilbo & Gandalf) sailed away [from first listed link]
Finally, in one of the appendices to The Return of the King, after more than two hundred years of life Aragorn dies in his deathbed, leaving behind a lonely and now-mortal Arwen, who travels to what is left of Lothlórien to herself die on a flat stone next to the river Nimrodel, having returned to one of the few places of true happiness she knew in her life.
There was a handful of famous "rock 'n roll" songs inspired by the Lord of the Rings, most famously from Led Zeppelin (in case some here didn't know that, ha!)
I did run across an interesting, suggestive explanation which somewhat assists interpreting the riddle, or leading the listener in a certain direction in understanding the metaphors concerning "the lady" in Stairway to Heaven, with myself being led to think of the love for what was good & right that the elven princess Arwen carried as "lady of the light" and what she gave up *[to bring the balance back]* in the preceding song on that album, yet gained still(?) shared love with Aragon
Eh, probably reading too much into all of that...
The suggestion for interpretation found on a webpage discussing the preceding related song, primarily The Battle of Evermore with that one needing to be taken in context to see all that lovey-dovey in Stairway, with better copy of the lyrics found *here*.
As to the aforementioned Stairway there is an incongruous re-phrasing there of Tolkien's beginning line of http://allpoetry.com/poem/8500017-Song_Of_Aragorn-by-J_R_R_Tolkien "All that is gold does not glitter", with the editor there noting the resemblance to lines from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. In the Stairway version, clearly influenced by Tolkien, the line is rather inverted in meaning, making the Lady to look the fool at the beginning, saying;
Being as Plant & Page were rumored to have been satanists during that period of their musical careers, I suppose it is fitting that things might get twisted in opposite directions, leaving one thinking love for fools, if reading into the Zeppelin song's metaphors, as suggested.
[can anyone follow all of that -- or is it all too much?]
For any who have read Lord of the Rings, but not heard one of the LedZep songs mentioned, once one "prays up" a bit, with mind towards protecting themselves from possible demonic influence carried along by the song, here's a
which I cannot vouch for soundwise -- no sound on this 'puter. But it's a interesting song, with the mandolin, and call-and-response style to the lyrics that rather evokes a Lord of the Rings sort of clash between forces both good & bad. It's rather disturbing to hear the narrator voice such seeming enthusiasm for the ring-wraiths, but still overall "evocative" as to mood, fitting loosely with the set-piece battles at Helm's Deep, and the final large confrontation near the end (of LoTR), but still leaving me wonder just who's side Zeppelin was on?
Returning to the literary LoTR itself, another short discussion of themes within http://www.novelguide.com/TheFellowshipoftheRing/metaphoranalysis.html
I did see the first three movies of the series, my favorite being that of the two towers which peaked my interest bigtime after the attack of the WTC towers on 9/11/01.
Could Tolkien had recieved spiritual visions from God in prophecy as well being incflunced by the Bible in regards to the present times we are living in which influnced his writing style?