June 3rd, 2013
Because I’ve read a lot and thought a lot
about Tolkien and his invented world,
and I’ve engaged in a lot of debates
about the quality and accuracy of the movies,
I feel entitled to say things like,
“Well, there are parts he would have loved
and parts he would have hated.”
But that’s not Tolkien talking.
The author died long before
The Fellowship of the Ring
was released in 2001,
so I’ll never know
how he might have reacted
to the Jackson films,
and neither will anyone else.
The nearest we can come to Tolkien’s assessment
might be that of his son, Christopher Tolkien,
who did not give the Jackson movies a positive review.
“They eviscerated the book by making it
an action movie for young people aged 15 to 25,”
Christopher told the French newspaper Le Monde
in July 2012.
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