The staff at TheOneRing.net is somewhat split on the news, with some excited and some leary! Personally, I can’t imagine Peter Jackson messing up Middle-earth, and I’m pretty happy about the news. (Hopefully I won’t look back at this and want to slap myself.) One of the staff members asks a good question: if Bilbo doesn’t return home in the second film, will it still carry the subtitle, “There and Back again”? And what will the third’s subtitle be?
Yeah, I’ve been a bit slow doing these. I’m selling my house and will hopefully close next month, so things have been a little nuts.
Anyway, here’s a look at a short chapter which contains one of LOTR’s biggest shocks.
The Two Towers, Book 3, Chapter 1: The Departure of Boromir
Chapter synopsis: While everyone searchs for Frodo, the Orcs attack. Aragorn hears the sound of Boromir’s horn, and he runs to help him. He comes too late, however: Boromir is already dying, and in his last words he tells Aragorn about his attack on Frodo and about the attack of the Orcs, which have taken the Hobbits as prisoners. Gimli and Legolas appear soon after, and together they carry Boromir’s body into a boat and let it float down the River. They also notice that a boat and Sam’s baggage are missing, and conclude that Frodo and Sam must have crossed the River and headed towards Mordor. Aragorn decides that they will pursuit the Orcs and attempt to rescue Merry and Pippin. They start the chase at once and with great speed, for the Orcs have already gained an advantage of several hours.
Of interest: “Jackson showed 12 minutes of footage that included a chillingly comic exchange between Bilbo and Gollum; a tender moment between McKellen’s Gandalf and Cate Blanchett, reprising her role as elf queen Galadriel; and the pivotal moment when Bilbo discovers the ring.”
I haven’t seen that footage myself, but I have been in touch with my colleagues from TheOneRing.net, and they say it was spectacular.
Also of note: “At the Cinema Con theater owner’s convention in April, Jackson got a mixed reception for preview footage of “The Hobbit” shown at 48 frames a second. Some observers thought the images were too clear, so realistic that it took away from the magic of the film medium. At Comic-Con, Jackson chose to show his footage at the traditional 24 frames a second, saying the best way to experience the higher projection speed is by watching an entire movie at 48 frames a second, not just excerpts.”
What’s also important to know here is that fans will be able to choose which way they want to see it, just as they’ll be able to choose 3d or 2d.
Dude, did you read what Christopher Tolkien just had to say? With Comic-con happening right now it’s really interesting he’d be saying this now:
“[J.R.R.] Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed by the absurdity of our time,” Christopher Tolkien observes sadly. “The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work, and what it has become, has gone too far for me. Such commercialisation has reduced the esthetic and philosophical impact of this creation to nothing. They [the filmmakers] eviscerated the book by making it an action movie for young people 15 to 25. There is only one solution for me: turning my head away.”
Yeah, well, I doubt Comic-con is really Christopher’s thing. (Especially considering he’s like 157 years old or something.) Anyway, the son of J.R.R. Tolkien is right in that Peter Jackson made an action movie. He’s wrong in saying that Jackson did anything to The Lord of the Rings books. They’re sitting on my shelf right now, and they look the same as they did fifty-five years ago.
I visited the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory today with my wife and in-laws. Here I am with my Mother-in-Law standing in front of the plant “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue” (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ Asparagaceae).