10936Re: Faithfulness to Tolkien
- Jan 4, 2004On Jan 4, 2004, at 8:46 PM, Michael Martinez wrote:
> For example, at one point, they wanted to know how the Elves wouldFirst, this sort of thing is not at all what I consider important in
> have rendered numbers. The only example I could find was in Aragorn's
> letter to Samwise. Oops. Can't use it.
terms of faithfulness to Tolkien or the book. The new reader of
Tolkien's novel knows no more than what Tolkien put into the book; a
filmmaker needs no more than what Tolkien put into the book to be
faithful to it. The sort of faithfulness that concerns me, and that
Jackson and Boyens had no concern for (or, perhaps, awareness of)
whatsoever, can be gleaned from my movie review of earlier today.
Second, if this sort of reasoning were of any concern to the
filmmakers, they have violated their legal limits repeatedly: for
example, most of the pseudo-Sindarin dialogue fabricated for the movie
utilizes information found only in the _Etymologies_, which was
published in _The Lost Road_. Apparently, the filmmakers had no qualms
with using such unlicensed sources.
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