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Posted 03 September 2020 - 03:08 PM
Lord of the rings-
fellowship of the ring
The two towers
Return of the king
By J.R Tolkien
Read them all in high school and I've always said that Tolkien is a very descriptive author.. takes a whole page just to describe the gates of Mordor but you knew what they looked like when you were done reading it.. so years later when the movies came out I was skeptical since the books are always better than the movies.. but I gotta say they did a helluva job on the movies! It's one of the most accurate movies that keeps to the books.. only thing they left out is the character Tom Bombadil.. the hobbits stopped to visit him on the way out of the Shire and on their way back home.. who else has read the books and seen the movies?
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Posted 03 September 2020 - 03:34 PM
I have read them all, some a few times. I have also seen all the Lord of the Rings movies, and at least two of The Hobbit movies.
I am in total agreement that these were the best movie retelling of the stories I have seen. Superb depictions of the places, scenes, and characters as compared to the minds eye when reading.
My usual feeling of a sci-fi or fantasy book made into a movie is profound disappointment. Dune was a classic example of how badly a movie can attempt to recapture a fantastic book. I understand a new Dune movie is in the works that is " supposed" to be much better, but we shall see.
Tolkien was a master at filling a book with detailed description of his Middle Earth visualization, with story telling that grabbed your full attention and would not let go.....
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Posted 03 September 2020 - 05:11 PM
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Posted 03 September 2020 - 06:25 PM
I think you can tour Some of the sets in NZ too, an old friend and I used to joke about going over there to the trip will on mushrooms and listening in The books on tape .
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Posted 04 September 2020 - 10:44 AM
My 7 year old nephew watched the movies and really liked them but he jumped twice both times when the spiders attacked.. when they were in the forest and then when frodo met Shelob in her lair.. first time he about jumped in my lap! So i know how to scare the hell outta my nephew.. just get a huge spider that jumps... Lol.. yes I'm a mean aunt who bakes cookies and cakes though.. lol
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Posted 04 September 2020 - 03:59 PM
We sort of made it a tradition to sneak some beers into the theaters and watch those movies when they first came out. My friend had a twelve pack still in the box stuffed into the front of his winter coat for return of the king, he looked like a robot it was ridiculous. Lot's of good memories watching those movies over the years. One Christmas eve my brother and I decided to take some mush and watch the first movie. You know your tripping when you feel electricity at the start when Gandalf leans in and tells Frodo to keep it secret, keep it safe. We made it to the part where Gandalf say's you shall not pass and smashes that bridge, my brother just went, NOPE and shut it off promptly.
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Posted 28 October 2020 - 10:26 AM
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Posted 23 November 2020 - 03:17 PM
I Love Tolkien, im very excited for the liveaction show being filmed about the second era. the Silmarillion is amazing after you take the time to slow down and make all the connections as peoples names change with time as the book is a creation story and deep history of Middle earth. please tell me you guys read Stephen King? The Stand was his first attempt to mimmic Tolkien and it does a Great job, The Dark Tower Series is another tribute to Tolkien as the main Bad guy is the same person in those stories and the Dark Tower touches all the worlds in Kings Multiverse of writing.
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Posted 05 June 2021 - 05:10 PM
The first story he wrote when 5 year old Michael lost his toy dog... ROVERANDOM... this wasn't published til 1998 but it was one of the first written.. I've only read this one so far and it was 100 pages of cuteness... lol.. basically about a dog who bites a wizard for taking his ball and the wizard turned him into a toy dog but he went on adventures to the moon then undersea adventures.. the man in the moon also had a dog named rover (moon rover) so he renamed the boys dog Roverandom..
The next tale is 'FARMER GILES OF HAM' (first published in 1949) just started this one but did read that he got the idea when the family had to take shelter under a bridge during a storm.. he told this story to calm them down so to be continued on this one and the rest... actually can't wait to read the one after this one.. it's about a character in the LOTR!
Reading is exhausting.. lol
Posted 06 June 2021 - 08:46 PM
The next story is 'THE ADVENTURES OF TOM BOMBADIL' if you read the LOTR you know who this is but they cut him out of the movie so have to read the book to know who he is.. can't wait to read it myself! To be continued till then.. lol
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Posted 17 June 2021 - 08:23 PM
1. Adventures of Tom.. Bombadil was the name of his kids toy like roverandom.. Tom takes a walk down the river meeting others along the way like Old Man Willow who was of course a tree which is where im guessing the idea of the ents came from in lotr.. he also catches and marries av river daughter
2. Bombadil goes boating.. in this poem he takes a ride in his boat down the river again meeting mythical creatures along the way
3. ERRANTRY.. this is about a male fairy who is seeking a mate.. this was made into a song that Frodo sang
4. Princess Mee... about an elven princess.. one of my favs
5. The Man in the Moon Stayed up too Late.. he got the idea from the nursery rhyme.. hey, diddle diddle the cow jumped over the moon.. but the reason the moon stayed up so late is because he was drinking ale.. lol. Which is why the dog laughed at him.. lol
6. The Man in the Moon Came Down too Soon... again based on the nursery rhythm and again he comes down to drink beer and eat porridge.. lol
7. The Stone Troll.. sat eating a bone till Tom came up and told him that was his uncle Tim's bone he was eating.. lol
8. Perry-The-Winkle... again about a troll who don't eat meat and is lonely and went looking for a friend in the Shire but of course everyone runs away scared.. eventually he finds a little boy named Perry and teaches him to bake bread and he becomes the best baker in the Shire
9. The Mewlips.. I'm not exactly sure how to explain this one.. lol.. but it reminds me of that swampy lake (can't think of the name right now) with the bones and bodies in it that gollum leads Frodo and Sam to...
10. Oliphaunt.. remember them in lotr? This is a cute short poem
11. Fastitocalon.. he is a huge turtle fish that looks like an island but he sinks any boats that land on him
12. Cat... yea it's probably the shortest name and poem but he wrote it for his granddaughter
13. Shadow-Bride.. reminds of sleeping beauty but reversal of rules.. she saved him.. he was made of stone and they became one shadow.. kinda sweet
14. The Hoard... about a dragon who steals gold and jewels from an old dwarf who had made all the treasure.. they eventually kill the dragon but in the process they bury the treasure and can't get to it.
15. The Sea Bell... about a sea shell that a king found
16. The Last Ship... about a maiden named Firiel who turns down the chance to board an elvish ship bound for middle earth
There's two more stories i gotta read so to be continued again..
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Posted 17 June 2021 - 09:18 PM
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Posted 17 June 2021 - 10:02 PM
I really enjoyed the Silmarillion, and read that 2 times. The book you are into now, Tales from the Perilous Realm is a great addition.
If you still hunger for more Middle Earth History after you finish. Tolkien's son Christopher published more of his fathers stories and deep layers of history in "Unfinished Tales". After that, there is a huge compilation assembled in " The History of Middle Earth". This one came in 3 volumes and it took me over a year to read it because I needed to take breaks.....
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Posted 18 June 2021 - 08:50 AM
I'll look around in the many piles and boxes I have of books I have read. The only thing I would not part with is my original LOTR set from the 70's.............................
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Posted 23 June 2021 - 05:13 PM
It is fun to find out the influences of the authors or artists that influenced you in your life. A person can come to enjoy the things that influenced that said influential person too. Tolkien is much of the fabric that makes up modern fantasy settings. I have been reading this author R.A. Salvatore for years and you can see Tolkien fingerprints in there. A particular scene in the early books where a dwarf sacrifices himself for the group and essentially falls down with a dragon into a deep underground chasm similar to the famous you shall not pass scene in the LOTR. In both instances the hero returned to save the day after their demise seemed sure
It is probably not realistic to think that our thoughts are that original. Everything appears to be influenced by something else in some way shape or form. Such is the way of learning and in turn filling our minds with other peoples thoughts.
It makes you wonder what influenced Tolkien back then
Edited by FLASHINGROOSTER, 23 June 2021 - 05:16 PM.
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