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 Post subject: RIP Christopher Tolkien
PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:30 pm 
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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/ ... es-aged-95

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:38 pm 
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I have to say I agree with what he says in those last couple paragraphs completely.


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I'm not sure. I think the LoTR movies, though they have their flaws, were really well done. I think they opened up Tolkien's work to a new generation and ensured the ongoing popularity of the works.

The hobbit movies on the other hand, they are a completely different beast. They were a rushed money grab that didn't get anywhere near the book and were just bad as a movie.

I'm grateful that Christopher Tolkien took it on himself to publish the Silmarillion and all the other posthumous works. They're a great read and provide an extra window in to middle earth that would otherwise not exist.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:27 pm 
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I guess we probably won’t get any more books. The translation of Beowulf in particular is something I feel like I should read. It’s such a primal text that echoes down the ages, not just in Tolkien’s work but even in authors like JK Rowling. I enjoyed the films without being completely blown away. Parts left me cold, parts were awesome. If nothing else, I agree that The Silmarillion leaves a lot of us not just in the elder Tolkien’s debt but also in Christopher’s.

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