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    The Lord of The Rings



    Most of you probarly know this book, due to the movie. The LOTR-trilogy is still the greatest movie project of all thim and I don't see it lose that title easily.

    My only regret is that I saw first the movie before I read the book, to my shame I must say I even never heard of it. But from the moment I saw the movie, I've been fascinated by it.

    A lot of people als don't know that LOTR is actually only a small part in the history and mythology that it's writer, J.R.R. Tolkien, has made. You've got other books like 'The Hobbit' and 'The children of Hurin'.



    A lot of fantasy-series, some of wich are also discussed in this section, we're inspired by LOTR.

    Tolkien has been working on the history of LOTR for his entire life and unfortunately it was never fully completed before his death. Nonetheless his legacy is priceless. Both the movie and the book are pieces of art that, in my opinion, never will be matched.
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    Same here, first watched the movies, and then read the books. I like the books more... Also i have The Silmarillion, The Hobbit and The Children of Hurin, awesome books.
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    Quote Originally Posted by MadMax View Post
    Same here, first watched the movies, and then read the books. I like the books more... Also i have The Silmarillion, The Hobbit and The Children of Hurin, awesome books.
    I've got those books too + faity tales and stories + Lost tales(I've got the Dutch versions, so I don't know there English counterpart names). I have the Hobbit, but I've never read it unfortunately, still I know more or less what the storyline is.

    Yes, like with all movies that are based on books, the book is always better. But what Peter Jackson did with the movies was amazing.
    When Tolkien was alive, they had the idea to make a movie out of LOTR(with the Beatles as Frodo, Sam, Aragorn and Smeagel/gollem:confused but therefore they had to buy the rights from Tolkien. The project never came out of it's planning-fase, but Tolkien said that he would sell his rights for one symbolical pond, because he didn't believe that anyone could make a movie out of it.

    I've seen the making-of the trilogy (over 12 hours of bonus-material) and what they did was beyond believe. Eventhough the book and movie are a bit different, they movie still rocks.

    Not unlike the Harry Potter-movies, where they pretty much raped the story.
     
         
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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    I can't believe I'm now seeing this section for the first time. DX I LOVE LotR...J.R.R. Tolkien inspired me to start writing. He is THE BEST, I haven't ever read another author's work that can match his. People say Harry Potter is the best, ah no that's totally wrong. They either haven't read Tolkien's work or are too narrow-minded to understand his writing. All of his works are masterpieces and I just love collecting them. I have the whole LotR trilogy, The Silmarillion, The Hobbit and the somewhat recent Children of Hurin. I'm grateful to my parents and my cousins for introducing me to his stuff. :worshippy:

    Oh and Peter Jackson did LotR justice, I mean it was still a bit compacted in the movies but they managed to do everything so perfectly. The elves were beautiful (not compared to the vampires in the Twilight movie, total disappointment with makeup *headpalm*), the costumes were awesome, the cast and crew couldn't have been chosen any better. x] The last movie really did deserve those 11 Academy Awards...they gave me something to look forward to those couple years ago. .
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    Quote Originally Posted by Krissy Knight View Post
    I can't believe I'm now seeing this section for the first time. DX I LOVE LotR...J.R.R. Tolkien inspired me to start writing. He is THE BEST, I haven't ever read another author's work that can match his. People say Harry Potter is the best, ah no that's totally wrong. They either haven't read Tolkien's work or are too narrow-minded to understand his writing. All of his works are masterpieces and I just love collecting them. I have the whole LotR trilogy, The Silmarillion, The Hobbit and the somewhat recent Children of Hurin. I'm grateful to my parents and my cousins for introducing me to his stuff. :worshippy:

    Oh and Peter Jackson did LotR justice, I mean it was still a bit compacted in the movies but they managed to do everything so perfectly. The elves were beautiful (not compared to the vampires in the Twilight movie, total disappointment with makeup *headpalm*), the costumes were awesome, the cast and crew couldn't have been chosen any better. x] The last movie really did deserve those 11 Academy Awards...they gave me something to look forward to those couple years ago. .

    Amen:D
    A lot of people don't realize how much effort was put in LOTR. Harry Potter was fun to read, but theoratically speaking everyone is able to make such thing because it's just fantasy.
    However Tolkien made an entire history, with the history of different kinds of races and he explained it all in detail. He even invented at least 3 languages on his own, made lots of songs and poems and even legends.

    You really should watch the making off LOTR on the extended DVD collection of LOTR, if you haven't done that already. There they explain everything of the movie, how they made all the weapons, clothing, cities etc.

    I though of writing myself, but I'm not good at it and a lot of other people already got inspired by him. Still LOTR made my interest in history even greater than it already was. Especially the Celtic culture.
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    Quote Originally Posted by Caliburn View Post
    Amen:D
    A lot of people don't realize how much effort was put in LOTR. Harry Potter was fun to read, but theoratically speaking everyone is able to make such thing because it's just fantasy.
    However Tolkien made an entire history, with the history of different kinds of races and he explained it all in detail. He even invented at least 3 languages on his own, made lots of songs and poems and even legends.

    You really should watch the making off LOTR on the extended DVD collection of LOTR, if you haven't done that already. There they explain everything of the movie, how they made all the weapons, clothing, cities etc.

    I though of writing myself, but I'm not good at it and a lot of other people already got inspired by him. Still LOTR made my interest in history even greater than it already was. Especially the Celtic culture.
    Indeed. A lot of his writing is actually based on history from our world, which is so amazing. To be able to take a little from every culture, religion etc is just, wow. O.o I love that he created his own languages, I think that Middle Earth was basically a representation of our world, though in more epic fanastical proportions.

    Hm, I haven't really ever gotten the chance to look at the making, but I shall try my best to. I've seen a few of the behind-the-scenes clips online and they were very entertaining. xD

    I know of some people who are quite dedicated to him, sometimes their ramblings catch me offguard and I just sit there in awe, because I learn something new about him almost everytime. =3 Last Christmas I got a book titled "The World of Tolkien" by David Day. It was brilliant, I read it twice.

    I have to say, LotR was my first literary love ever, even before Harry Potter.
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    Only one thing to say...
    LOTR is so badass
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    Quote Originally Posted by Misa-Misa View Post
    Only one thing to say...
    LOTR is so badass
    Aha...couldn't agree with you more ^.^
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    I love LOTR, read to book, read The Hobbit, Read Children of Hurin and tried to read the Silmarillion but found that to impossible for my little brain xD

    But the movies are really good to :]
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    Same as person above me. O.o
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    Quote Originally Posted by Sugarchan View Post
    I love LOTR, read to book, read The Hobbit, Read Children of Hurin and tried to read the Silmarillion but found that to impossible for my little brain xD

    But the movies are really good to :]
    Quote Originally Posted by Ingwer Hatake View Post
    Same as person above me. O.o
    LOTR rocks , did someone see the extended movie version and the making of? Those are epic
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    Quote Originally Posted by Caliburn View Post
    LOTR rocks , did someone see the extended movie version and the making of? Those are epic
    Yeah, didn't see all if it, though. Watched 2 movies extended and making of stuff. >.>
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

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    Yeah, didn't see all if it, though. Watched 2 movies extended and making of stuff. >.>
    When did you see tha second one xD We only have the first one xD

    I watched all of them with a friend on our 'LOTRAddiction' weekend

    Yesh, we just rock that much
    And don't have a life... at all
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    Quote Originally Posted by Sugarchan View Post
    When did you see tha second one xD We only have the first one xD

    I watched all of them with a friend on our 'LOTRAddiction' weekend

    Yesh, we just rock that much
    And don't have a life... at all
    LOTR transcends life I'm not even going to tell how many times I saw the entire trilogy (extended)
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    Quote Originally Posted by Sugarchan View Post
    When did you see tha second one xD We only have the first one xD

    I watched all of them with a friend on our 'LOTRAddiction' weekend

    Yesh, we just rock that much
    And don't have a life... at all
    Lmao, I'm on an LotR forum and every year we have a "Return of the Rings" thing and it also includes basically making plans so everyone looks at the movies at the same time.

    I've never participated though because it's usually an inconvenient time for me. X____X
     
         
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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    When I'm watching LORT it's like... talking along.. the whole time

    Me and my friend are just that cool... NOTZ xD
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    O.o
    So true, Cali, though, with some other series of book (also SF, but anyways) I also had the urge to read all day. >.>
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    lol this thread is epic... lotr realy does rock
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    hah, well this is a book that doesnt stop fascinating me. I cant recall how many times I've read it, but at each an every time it keeps me on the edge of the seat.
    I havent read Children of Hurin, and i suppose its as good as the other books, and to tell the truth I cant choose one to be my favorite, they all are!
    (so far Ive read the Hobit, The Sillmarilion, and all tomes of the Lord of the Rings)
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    Yup, LOTR is TOO good, my favourite character is Sam. What I like about it is that the story goes WAY back, I mean the heroes of LOTR are puny compared to the earlier heroes, eg. The Silmarils are ancient and yet, they make the rings look like...well, rings, they're way more significant. Sauron was supposed to be the big badass but turns out he was a mere servant of Morgoth. I wish they'd make a movie about the final war(forgot it's name) when Melkor comes back and the Valar fight him. For me, the most interesting part of the book was when Sam and Frodo are lost in the cave Gollum betrays them and the spider thingy appears. The journey through Mordor is a little to gloomy and depressing. But the story line is just perfect, the book kept me glued to itself, now that this forum reminded me of it, I might as well read it again! But seriously though, this is ONE long book...
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    And I also like Fingolfin and Gil-Galad.
     
         

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    Okay this is driving me nuts, somebody please tell me the name of the battle which will be the end of the LOTR world.
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    LOTR is my no.1 movie. I really admired J.R.R.Tolkien for his work. Its really his masterpiece. :worshippy: If i'm not mistaken, LOTR is the movie which revolutionised movie world in terms of animation. Before LOTR, there's no movie as great as LOTR in terms of pictures, graphics, animation, etc.
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    I love LotR!!! Best books/movies ever!
     
         

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    Re: The Lord of The Rings

    Hmm.. I'm not sure I have this double quote-thing down yet.. why aren't they showing up? Oh, well. There were so many good posts here that I wanted to comment on, but I'll just take it from memory instead. Great thread! I am a huge Tolkien-fan.

    J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Lord of The Rings to create a mythical world belonging to Anglian culture, since he felt there was need for one. He sent each finished chapter to his son who was at the time stationed in a military base (I forget where), and the story was original for his son's amusement, plus to satisfy his own obsessions with myths and languages. It was not meant to be published when he started it.

    I believe the first thing he started writing about Middle-Earth was The Hobbit, during a boring sitting in on an English Exam (Tolkien was an English professor). He found a blank sheet infront of him, and started scribbling: 'In a hole in the ground, there lived a Hobbit'.. and thus Bilbo Baggins was born.

    From what I've read from various biographies, J.R.R. Tolkien's true heartchild was The Silmarillion, because that is where he collected his mythological tales, which explains a lot about the world of Middle-Earth. However, publishers were not interested in that, and wanted to print The Lord Of The Rings instead. The Silmarillion was not published until much later, to Tolkien's disappointment. Tolkien wrote The Lord Of The Rings as one thick book of chapters, and it was the publishers who forced him to make three books out of it, as they did not have the resources to print it as one volume back then. This is why today, even if we now know it as three separate books, you can buy a thick one-volume version of it, finally granting Tolkien his wish.

    Tolkien took inspiration from a lot of Northern European myths, as well as Celtic ones. If you are interested, read the Ancient Norse poem Voluspaa (a rather long, but fun description of the Vikings' view of the creation and destruction of the world). You can find creatures and names in there that you will recognise from The Hobbit: Durin, Balin, among other Dwarven names, as well as Gandalf. The ancient Finnish poetry collection Kalevala is another great inspiration of his. You can find a lot of comparison between Finnish myths and linguistics and the culture of the Ents, including their love for long words.

    I agree with those of you who praise Peter Jackson et al's film production. I think the reason they manage to create such a truthful filmversion of that difficult, difficult tale, was that they were all wonderfully obsessed with the original works. One of you pointed out that some of the actors wrote biographies on Tolkien, and I'm not surprised at this. I think, even if he did not believe it could be done, that Tolkien would have truly appreciated these films. They are a tribute to his work, despite the impossible task of putting literary achievements (e.g. Tolkien's obsession with words) onto screen.

    *inhales*

    All the above is written from my memory of reading various biographies, and may be full of faults. Feel free to correct me or add to my fact-spilling.
     
         
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