Re: Varied Subjects
- In a message dated 7/4/99 4:11:43 PM Eastern Daylight Time, FrMacKen@...
> I bought a book several years ago that I still love today. As I recall itcost much for
> the hardcover edition, but I think it has more than paid for itself for allthe
> interesting information it has between its covers.I'm not quite so enthusiastic about the book as you are. What's there in the
> The book: The Annotated Hobbit annotated by Douglas A. Anderson. Simply, a
> rare and wonderful find.
book is good, and I'm glad that Douglas it, but there's an awful lot of white
space in the margins that could have been filled with more notes. In fact,
about a year after the book came out, I wrote the book's publishers offering
to co-author a second edition and suggested some further sorts of notes that
could be added. They weren't interested, nor was Douglas when I talked to
him at the 1992 Tolkien Centenary. (And, I should add, it may be true that I
wouldn't have been capable of doing the new notes that I wanted, but I think
that someone would have been.)
> Concerning the movie: I would be greatly surprised if the movie based onthe LOTR
> is good. There are just too many characters involved in this book.Hollywood will
> not do it justice. I would have rather see them make a movie on a chapterin the
> Silmarillion such as Beren and Luthien or my personal favourite: TurinTurambar.
>Come on, what are the chances that anyone in Hollywood will green-light a
> There are not as many characters and a filmmaker can do it without losing
> Tolkien's feel.
script that consists of a story taken out of _The Silmarillion_? Yes, it's
true that a movie that would really do justice to _The Lord of the Rings_
would have to be miniseries-length, but six to nine hours might be good
enough for a trilogy of movies that gets across the main plot. Some nice
subplots would have to be stripped out though.
I was speaking hypothetically about the Silmarillion. I know that
Hollywood will not approve any script from said book. I meant that it would
be easier to pick a story and to do that justice rather than a major
undertaking such as the LOTR.
Yours in cooperation.
- Doug will be the guest of honor at Mythcon/Bree Moot this summer in Milwaukee.
He'll be showing slides that I think were originally compiled in connection with
doing the book, which I gather would be much longer, well, the annotations would
be more extensive, were it being done today. Too bad if you can't make it.
But, in case Doug is NOT on this list, may I forward your note to him?
Responding to the message of <fae13590.24b119c3@...>
> From: FrMacKen@...
> Hello All;
> I bought a book several years ago that I still love today. As I
> recall it cost much for the hardcover edition, but I think it has more than
> paid for itself for all the interesting information it has between its
> The book: The Annotated Hobbit annotated by Douglas A. Anderson.
> Simply, a rare and wonderful find.
> Concerning the movie: I would be greatly surprised if the movie based
> on the LOTR is good. There are just too many characters involved in this
> book. Hollywood will not do it justice. I would have rather see them make a
> movie on a chapter in the Silmarillion such as Beren and Luthien or my
> personal favourite: Turin Turambar.
> There are not as many characters and a filmmaker can do it without
> losing Tolkien's feel.
> There is my input for today
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