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To: Mrs. Don-o
Sir Ian McKellen, who returns as the wizard Gandalf, has a similar view of what Tolkien – and by extension, everyone who has worked on these films – is trying to convey through their storytelling. He finds it especially profound because Tolkien had endured World War I before “The Hobbit” was published, and World War II by the time “The Lord of the Rings” was complete.

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], who’s been through two World Wars, accepts that: that it’s not the great people we build statues to through whom the world is changed – it’s 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.

7 posted on 12/10/2012 6:32:10 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

Yep, that bugs me too. A lot. I watch the movie now and instead of seeing Gandalf of the story, I see the actor who hates the God behind all the good in the story. Fatal distraction.


9 posted on 12/10/2012 7:07:45 PM PST by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: a fool in paradise

Interesting comment as McKellan is an atheist.


12 posted on 12/10/2012 7:32:46 PM PST by cblue55 (The original point and click interface was a Smith and Wesson.)
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