Re: [mythsoc] On "LOTR: The Two Towers"; "improvement"?
> > That's very well put; I had a hard time explaining clearly what bothered
> > me
> > about that, but you've done so. Bringing Sauron onstage in the prologue,
> > however massive and powerful, also limits him.
>I disliked Jackson's decision to retell (and not very well) the story of
>the Rings of Power, the Last Alliance, and the loss of the Ring at the
>beginning of his movie for a different reason.
I thought the prologue to FoTR was an amazing achievement, one of the
really brilliant parts of the movie.
- On Wed, 01 Jan 2003 23:50:42 -0800 David S Bratman
<dbratman@...> wrote in part:
>Shelob is an obvious example. Aragorn mentions thisgo
>principle in the discussion of Caradhras: "There are many evil and
>unfriendly things in the world that have little love for those that
>on two legs, and yet are not in league with Sauron, but havepurposes
>of their own. Some have been in this world longer than he." Theymay
>be roused by Sauron or his activities, though: apparently the Balrog[snip]
>was, for instance.
Well, the balrogs have a history with Sauron, or at least his
spiritual predecessors. Gandalf among others took on a large group
of them dispatched from Angband during a major battle in the Second
Age (*). And Ungoliant, the spider Maiar, helped destroy the Two
Frankly, I'm not sure I agree with Aragorn that they are properly
judged as evil. They could simply be independent actors whose
interests may conflict with "those that go on two legs". There are
many powers in Middle-earth, in fact the place seems to be teeming
with them. I doubt they can be classified so simply as evil or good.
On (*), I thought this was odd. I mean, the balrogs don't exactly
impress me as team players. In that respect, in Jackson's
"Fellowship", I think he drew them better than Tolkien did. If I
recall (don't have the text handy), the Moria balrog first appears
with orcs nearby, if not actually at his side. Jackson's painting of
them as running in fear of the balrog seems to me more like their
Indeed, if anything distinguishes "good folk" from "bad folk" in LORD
OF THE RINGS (the book, not the movie, necessarily) apart from
expression of compassion, it is the practical feature that "good
folk" seem to be able to work together whereas "bad folk" seek their
personal self-interest first. The latter induces chaos and leads to
their disruption. Of course, "good folk" have faults, too. I think
Ilúvatar is a tad intolerant of disharmony, at least as related in
Ainulindale, and that intolerance encourages it.
- On Wed, 01 Jan 2003 23:50:42 -0800 David S Bratman <dbratman@...> wrote in part:
>True, but that was what I was saying, so I can't square this withOh, I'm not trying to be consistent. I am, like I think many here, just exploring the possibilities. LOTR is just _so_ evocative.
>your earlier statement that you thought the LOTR text did not support
>some of my points.
- Ernest S. Tomlinson wrote:
> Tolkien's genius in _The[snip]
> Lord of the Rings_ was to tell the story from the hobbits' perspective.
> Jackson's method is to attempt to give us that broad picture right fromThank you for putting your finger right on something that had been bothering me just
> the start. Because of time constraints, he doesn't do too good a job,
> but more importantly, he straightaway reduces the hobbits to secondary
> players in their own story, and dissipates much of the suspense--we know
> exactly why Gandalf is missing, for example, and we know exactly who the
> Black Riders are.
beyond the reach of my tongue for months.
> I watched theIt makes me want to cry out, "It's the finger! Go for the finger!" Yeah,
> first half of the extended cut of _The Fellowship of the Ring_ last
> night, and I giggled (silently, for I had company) when Sauron appears on
> Battle Plain and sends his obviously computer-generated foes flying with
> every swing of his weapon.
trivialized. That's the word. Thank you Earnest and David B.
David J. Finnamore
Nashville, TN, USA
"A story must be told or there'll be no story, yet it is the untold stories that are
most moving: mountains seen far away, never to be climbed, distant trees (like
Niggle's) never to be approached." - J.R.R. Tolkien, letters