Category “Oops!”

Del Toro Takes Leave

Monday, May 31, 2010 15:44

Guillermo del Toro told he’s not going to direct the upcoming Hobbit films afterall.

“In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming The Hobbit, I am faced with the hardest decision of my life. After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures,” he said, noting the film still hadn’t been given the green light by MGM, the struggling Hollywood studio.

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James Galway Mistake

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 9:12

On Pp. 156 of The Lord of the Films, the caption for the photo of James Galway indicates that the famed flutist played the pan flute solo you can hear when Faramir, in The Return of the King, departs from Minas Tirith under orders from Denethor. Denise Roper, author of The Lord of the Hallows: Christian Symbolism and Themes in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, informed me that I’m wrong.

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Ringers Mistake

Sunday, March 21, 2010 19:46
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When a book is missing a letter it doesn’t sound like a big deal. When that letter is in the address of a website, however, it’s a pretty bad mistake! In my book The Lord of the Films, I gave the wrong address for the website where you can buy the documentary Ringers: Lord of the Fans (2005). I said you could get it at… which sells ringtones! What it should have said is

I feel really bad about this one because the film’s director, who asked me to include the address of the website, helped me out with the book so much! I can only say I’m sorry.

The First Correction

Sunday, March 7, 2010 23:23
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With this post, I begin the new category of “oops”. This will be the category I will use when someone (or even I) realize that I have made a mistake regarding my book (or books, as I hope to say someday.)

So, with regard to The Lord of the Films,, and specifically concerning Pp. 27 where I explain that the buildings of Bree were inspired by Exeter, where Tolkien went to school, a member of the Tolkien Society set me straight:

“Although Exeter does indeed have some impressive old buildings, which may very well have been the basis for the set design of Bree, Tolkien did not go to school there, but rather in Birmingham; you may have been confusing this with his time as an undergraduate at Exeter College – which is in Oxford, not Exeter – but that doesn’t have any buildings of the Bree sort”

He is correct, and I apologize for the error. If you know of any mistakes I’ve made, feel free to e-mail me, and I’ll post the correction here.

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