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24050Re: [mythsoc] Fw: "The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion & Guide: Chronology: 1"

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  • John Davis
    Jan 17, 2013
      A joke with added typo, sadly. Sigh. lost=lot. Obviously.
       
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      Peter Jackson has gotten a lost of unjustified criticism...Except for occasional moments where he used Tolkien's own words, Jackson's films shouldn't be thought of as the 'actual' representation of the secondary world, but as Jackson's own artistic responses to Tolkien's books.
       
      Disclaimer: that was a joke. A joke, I tell you. Insert smiley faces and multiple exclamation marks if necessary. It absolutely wasn't intended to rekindle the tired old debate.
       
       
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      "John Rateliff" sacnoth@...> wrote:

      >I'm sorry to say Wm Elvin's singing is no better than I remembered.

      Tolkien liked his name, but he's not a very good singer: stiff and
      inexpressive. Every other performance of the cycle I've heard (all live; I
      don't know of any other recordings) I've liked better.

      >Somehow I can't suspend my disbelief that Sam found a piano in Cirith Ungol
      >to accompany himself for "In Western Lands".

      Swann has gotten a lot of unjustified criticism for this. Except for
      "Namarie", for which he used Tolkien's own melody, Swann's songs shouldn't
      be thought of as the "actual" music of the secondary world, but as Swann's
      own artistic responses to Tolkien's poetry, in the manner of art songs by
      the likes of Schubert on down.

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