Re: [mythsoc] LotR's Movie Tie-Ins
- It's not that a reproduction of the One Ring would have the power of the
original: it's that if you have enough respect for the book to want
reproductions of anything in it, or the minimal amount of knowledge of the
story needed to design one, the One Ring is the last thing you'd want.
Obviously somebody's read the book, but the people who invented and
designed these gimcracks possibly haven't.
Here's what Tolkien thought of such things (Letter 343):
"A drinking goblet arrived (from a fan) which proved to be of steel
engraved with the terrible words seen on the Ring. I =of course= [emphasis
added] have never drunk from it, but use it for tobacco ash."
- I don't remember which company it was, but someone was selling or
giving out One Ring replicas at Dragoncon. I noticed even some of my
Tolkien track staff members were wearing them, but I didn't feel any
compulsion to go get one for myself. Of course, I also regret the
exclusion of Bombadil from the movies, and the subsequent alterations
to the storyline to justify the "time saving". Still, a lot of
constraints are laid upon these companies. They pretty much have to
duplicate what is in the movies and not go off on their own.
I like some of the stuff myself, and have already purchased a couple
of the Arwen things for my 10-year-old niece from Giftgiving.Com
(which Xenite.Org was invited to promote through their affiliate
program). If it makes you folks feel any better, most people seem to
be looking rather than buying. The Tolkien movie merchandise bonanza
doesn't yet seem to have paid off for many companies.
It will be interesting to see what these companies report about their
product lines' sales in January.