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  • Jeremy Robinson
    ... Almost all of the questions arising in recent posts about the movie and the book can be answered by looking at Tolkien s Letters . Fascinating reading,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 22, 2002
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      >From Jeremy Robinson

      Almost all of the questions arising in recent posts about the movie and the
      book can be answered by looking at Tolkien's 'Letters'. Fascinating reading,
      because Tolkien explains everything clearly and carefully, time after time.
      Especially intriguing is letter no. 210, where Tolkien lists all of the things
      wrong with the first attempt (around 1957-58), to film 'LOTR'. It's
      illuminating to consider Tolkien's complaints in the light of the most recent
      adaption from New Line.
      Here's an extract:

      'Z... has intruded a 'fairy castle' and a great many Eagles, not to mention
      incantations, blue lights, and some irrelevant magic (such as the floating
      body of Faramir). He has cut the parts of the story upon which its
      characteristic and peculiar tone principally depends, showing a preference for
      fights; and he has made no serious attempt to represent the heart of the tale
      adequately: the journey of the Ringbearers. (pp. 270-1)

      So much of what Tolkien says about Morton Grady Zimmerman's 1958 script bears
      on the 2001 movie - on the Black Riders, Gandalf, orcs, trees, seasons,
      weather, etc. It's clear that the NZ filmmakers took on board a lot of what
      Tolkien said in his letters. On the other hand, they ignored other things (for
      ex, the screeching of the Black Riders, the orcs, the Balrog's noises, the
      emphasis on fights and monsters).
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