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Birthdays and Tolkienian This and That

Happy birthday to brighteyed_jill, and happy early birthday to scribblerworks, mjolnir1964, altariel, pwilkinson, lukeski, seemag, and heidi8, and thrihyrne. May you enjoy many happy returns of the day, my friends!

I'm doing the start-of-semester shuffle as my classes get underway.

I thought this might be of interest to some of you. It's a 2003 documentary narrated by Sir Ian Holm called The Real Middle-earth, and it investigates how actual locations that featured in J.R.R. Tolkien's life helped to inspire his created world. There are some lovely insights and visuals here, and since I was sharing it with some of my students, I thought I'd share it here, too.

And speaking of all things Tolkien, just in case anyone missed this...
* from Le Monde: "My Father's 'Eviscerated' Work - Son Of Hobbit Scribe J.R.R. Tolkien Finally Speaks Out"
* from TheOneRing.net: "Concerning Christopher – An Essay on Tolkien’s Son’s Decision to Not Allow Further Cinematic Licensing of His Work"
* from The Tolkienist: "A Commentary on 'Concerning Christopher'" (Thanks to jan_u_wine!)

“I would draw some of the great tales in fullness, and leave many only placed in scheme, and sketched. The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama..."
- J.R.R. Tolkien to Milton Waldeman, about his Middle-earth works



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Jan. 9th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
oh, thanks for sharing all this great info!!!! In answer to "Concerning Christopher", this was posted at "The Tolkienist":


*and so it begins......or....continues, as it were....*
Jan. 9th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks a million for this link! I really appreciate it. I'm going to add it now to the post (and go read...).
Jan. 10th, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)
I don't even remember how I found that, but I'm glad I did......it was really quite good, I thought. (though nothing will stop the apparently ravening fans. One person posted on TORN: "oh, well, he can't live forever".

It is as Tolkien said in 1958 (!):

"I look East, West, North, South, and I do not see Sauron; but I see that Saruman has many descendants. We Hobbits have against them no magic weapons. Yet, my gentlehobbits, I give you this toast: To the Hobbits. May they outlast the Sarumans and see spring again in the trees.”

May dear Mr. Tolkien, who has labored so diligently all his life to bring his father's works to the public, indeed outlast the Sarumans.
Jan. 9th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for these cool links. I hadn't followed the Christopher Tolkien discussion, so it was interesting to find out about it.
Jan. 15th, 2013 01:07 pm (UTC)
My pleasure!
Jan. 9th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the birthday wishes!
Jan. 15th, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC)
My pleasure!
Jan. 10th, 2013 01:59 am (UTC)
I didn't realize there was such drama regarding the Tolkien situation, but it doesn't surprise me.

I skimmed most of it because it just depresses me. The way I look at it, we're lucky to have been given any of it. Be thankful!
Jan. 15th, 2013 01:14 pm (UTC)
Drama indeed!
Jan. 10th, 2013 08:39 am (UTC)
Wow, do I ever live in a different culture than the "Concerning Christopher" author. I was reading his test (does Christopher love the source, does he love his father, is this what JRR would have wanted) with astonishment. None of those questions seems relevant to me coming from internet fanfic culture, and strongly feeling that 'what the author wanted people to think and do' is low-value for deciding what I want to think or do about a creative work. Assuming I didn't just give blanket permission, I feel like the important questions to ask are "Do you respect the source, and can your work add something to the original?" Thanks for the links.
Jan. 15th, 2013 01:14 pm (UTC)
I feel like the important questions to ask are "Do you respect the source, and can your work add something to the original?"

Yes! This! *nods emphatically*
Jan. 11th, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing that! I'll look forward to seeing it. And I so appreciate the early birthday wishes. I'm partying like it's 1983! Seriously!! Roller skating, pizza, and War Games. LOLOL. It'll be a blast.

♥ and best to you with the start of the semester!
Jan. 15th, 2013 01:11 pm (UTC)
YAY to partying like it's 1983! I'm sending love and best wishes your way for a fantastic birthday, my dear. *hugs*
Jan. 14th, 2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
off topic of this post but
Jan. 15th, 2013 01:10 pm (UTC)
Re: off topic of this post but
Very cool indeed! I love this. So clever and creative. Thanks very much for the link!
Mar. 10th, 2013 06:38 am (UTC)
A very belated thanks for the birthday wishes. I hope your spring is going well!
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